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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How to Empower Women

How to Empower Women

Women can accomplish incredible things when they support each other. We live in a world where you have the freedom to spread hate or love. Why wouldn’t you choose to encourage others rather than shut them down? Here are three ways you can empower women:


1. Celebrate Her Success!
How to Empower Women

Support a woman's goals, dreams, ambitions, anything! I'm always excited for the things my friends and families are accomplishing, but I'm also excited for strangers and influential women who are reaching new heights in their career and life. Whether it's a bright, up and coming woman or an established and well-recognized woman who is achieving something great, I find inspiration from her.

If she's a complete stranger, it can be something as simple as telling her you like her shoes, or how well-behaved her kids are. If you know her, acknowledge her success whether she received a new promotion, scored a pair of designer shoes for an awesome price, remodeled her bedroom, cooked something delicious, recently graduated from school, or anything else!

Bottom line:
If someone is happy, be happy for them.


2. Uplift, Don't Put Down.
How to Empower Women
 
I've been on the receiving end of both circumstances and I have to say that I much prefer to be uplifted than put down ha ha! I know I'm not the only one either! What do you gain from putting someone down? How did you succeed by making fun of someone passively or directly? You just negatively contributed to her depression, anxiety or anything else she may be dealing with. People have so much going on in their lives that they don't need these low-levels of pettiness.

If she's feeling discouraged, provide some ideas on how you can inspire her to get back onto her feet. Offer words of wisdom and advice, or just listen if all she needs is empathy. Remind her to not give up during the hardships she is facing.


 3. Create a Community and Build Ideas.
 How to Empower Women

Visibly seek out ways you can improve your community by connecting women with the right people. If you encounter someone who you feel would benefit from whatever services (social media, therapy, baking, home decor, skin care, etc.) it is she provides then share her business! I love being able to connect women with each other. Build ideas upon each other. I enjoy regularly meeting with students and help strategize their future plans. I want them to experience success and avoid facing the same failures I have encountered. I enjoy doing the same with my Instagram fam who will ask me questions about fitness, blogging, travel, food and fashion.

My closest friends and I are always strategizing ways to help each other be our best selves! If something didn't work out, we brainstorm the possible next steps to move forward. No matter what, we always believe in each other and make sure we achieve the dreams we set out to accomplish!

Just because Women's History Month ended in March doesn't mean we need to stop empowering women. Continuously seek out to enrich the lives of others and be a better person because there is nothing you have to lose from being kind.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Juniper Green Wedding

Juniper Green Wedding

A week ago my youngest sister, Leah, said "I do" to her high school sweetheart of nine years! It was a beautiful, rustic wedding on a ranch. Leah's colors were yellow and green.

For the bridesmaid dresses, she allowed everyone to pick out their own style of dress as long as it was the Juniper style color from David's Bridal. I decided on a timeless, faux-wrap dress made of chiffon. The dress is one I look forward to wearing again. Some of my favorites details included the deep back and front slit.




The Dress
I was impressed by the quality, and the dress is on sale for $119! I did have the dress altered, but that's the story of my life with most things because I am 5'0". I took in the straps, adjusted the slit and cut the helm. The slit I needed to adjust because it was meant to rise above the knee, however it hit me at mid-shin. Overall, I still am happy with the purchase and cannot wait to wear it again for a gala or special event!

Juniper Green Wedding

The Accessories
Kendra Scott jewelry is typically my go-to. To create a spring look, I wore my pearl-stranded Misha earrings. Unfortunately it's not sold online anymore, but I did link other options. I would recommend styling this green with ivory mother-of-pearl if using the dress in the spring or summer, and then something with more sparkles for the fall and winter. I included a few examples in the LTK slider above. For bracelets, I wore my favorite Ott bracelet in gold. My sister was so sweet and gifted us each a rose quartz Elaina! I started off with my gold DVF stiletto pumps but switched to my brown Michael Kors chunky heels after the photos.

Juniper Green Wedding

My sisters and I had so much fun on this special celebration. Of my six siblings there have already been three weddings, and each one had their own style and flair!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What I Learned from my First Year of Marriage

What I Learned from my First Year of Marriage
 
This year, Alex and I celebrated 12 years together and our first wedding anniversary! Marriage is a holy institution where a husband and wife are bonded through the word of God, and I was able to experience firsthand what this meant after I got married. 

There are two main things I learned and it only made me realize how lucky of a wife I am to be able to call Alex my husband!


1. Stop being stubborn and share the weight.
I discovered the importance of relying on Alex to share a burden with me so we can solve it as a unit. While Alex was the one person I could always depend on prior to marriage, there was something that shifted over the year after we exchanged our vows. I've always been pretty independent and haven't really been one to ask for help. I like to find the solution because this has worked for most things in my life.

Well, last year was a turbulent year for me, for reasons outside our relationship. Once I finally let Alex bear the weight and stress of the problems with me, the mental strain plaguing me was alleviated. Throughout all of last year, he kept saying "let me help you" and I continuously responded back with, "no, I will figure it out."

Towards October, my mental health toppled and could have been avoided had I stopped being stubborn. God intended for husband and wife to work as a team and lean on each other for support.

"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what 
God has joined together, let no one separate.”

-Matthew 19:6

2. We get to because we want to, not because we have to.
During college and most of my 20s, I was especially selfish. I will go into more detail about this in a separate post, but essentially I reached maturity in our relationship in my late 20s. Once I knew I was ready for marriage, I started finding myself making smaller decisions here and there with Alex. I was beyond ecstatic for us to make major decisions together and discuss what would be best for us instead of me

It stopped being "I have to do this" to "I want to do this." We could strategize anything in our life; ranging from careers to hobbies to decorating our home. It's setting aside time together every week and realizing the number one priority in our lives is each other.

What I Learned from my First Year of Marriage
Wedding Photographer: Tara Leinen
As the years go by, I am sure I will continue to discover more lessons. But in the meantime, I'm aiming for us to attend church at least once a week and start praying together.
 

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The Ritz-Carlton Earns Forbes Five-Star Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year

The Ritz-Carlton Earns Forbes Five-Star Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain received recognition as a Five-Star luxury resort for the fifth consecutive year from Forbes Travel Guide. Under this recognition from Forbes Travel Guide, the property continues to be the only full-destination resort in the southwestern United States, and remains as one of the eight most luxurious hotel and spa properties in the world!

"I am deeply grateful to our resort’s stellar team of ladies and gentlemen, who continue to bring a new and increasingly memorable luxury travel experience to the desert Southwest,” said Liam Doyle, Area General Manager, Western Region, for Marriott Luxury Brands.

As you may recall from the beginning of the year, Alex and I our celebrated our first wedding anniversary and 12 years together with this Ritz-Carlton in Tucson. From the exquisite culinary experience to the scenic desert oasis, we witnessed on first-hand what validates this accolade. 

“With our property renovation unveiled just a few months ago, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain continues to seek ever new ways to delight and inspire our guests – who remain at the heart of everything we do,” said Doyle.

During select dates of March thru May, the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is introducing a Spring Getaway rate at $299 per night. Alex and I plan to take advantage of these rates and experience the three swimming pools! I look forward to the visit as we always find such serenity in this Sonoran desert luxury destination.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Topgolf Brunch

Topgolf Brunch

Topgolf is stepping up it's culinary game: Brunch. With the breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, you can enjoy a friendly competitive round of Topgolf while choosing your pick of savory, sweet or healthy brunch menu items.

As a "City of Gastronomy" recognized by UNESCO, it is no surprise Tucson was selected as one of 10 testing doors out of the 70+ Topgolf locations. For those of you who feel the best brunch places are always downtown, you may need to head over to the northwest side of town because Topgolf's brunch is worth experiencing.

Below are the brunch menu items Topgolf invited me to taste at their media event:

Carnivore

Hot Mess Waffle Fries
Topgolf Brunch

What impressed me the most about these fries were two things: they didn't get immediately soggy and the layering was well-distributed. When I asked the Topgolf team what prevented the waffle fries from instantly getting soggy, their response was the waffle fries served as a better foundation as opposed to regular fries because of the holes. These are definitely a cheat-meal worthy brunch item to share! Smoked pork is tossed in a spicy BBQ sauce, which consists of the housemade buffalo and BBQ sauce, then layered with the housemade craft beer queso and a sprinkle of three cheese blend. A sunny side egg is the perfect creation for an even tastier mess.


Kalbi Beef Bowl
Topgolf Brunch

The Korean beef short-rib is marinated with sesame oil, red and green onion, and soy sauce. To ensure absolute flavor, the meat is grilled to order then placed on kimchi fried rice. Julienned carrots and diced pickles are the other flavors to accompany the dish, along with a sunny-side egg. As a Korean-food lover, I would recommend asking for a drizzle of the gochujang sauce because this particular kimchi fried rice does not include that as a main ingredient. If you don't like spice, then keep the dish as it is because the flavor is still enjoyable either way. While this dish could be shared family style, I find it delicious enough to eat by myself!


Carnitas Benedict
Topgolf Brunch

Long ago I used to be a fan of traditional benedicts but now seek out something more, and the Carnitas Benedict is the perfect alternative! A buttermilk biscuit is halved then topped with smoked pork tossed in a tomatillo salsa. TopGolf recommends an over-medium egg, which is then covered with tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo and Cotijia cheese.


Pescetarian

Everything Bagel Pizza
Topgolf Brunch

I have a difficulty between choosing what was my favorite between the Everything Bagel Pizza and the Ahi Tuna Toast. If in the mood for something heavier, I would without a doubt go for the Everything Bagel Pizza to share with friends as one of our brunch items! The pizza dough is brushed with egg wash to give it that nice, golden color, then topped with Everything seasoning. Herb Boursin cream cheese is generously spread over the bagel, followed by the placement of the lox, fried capers, slice radishes, fresh dill and cherry tomatoes. The radishes are a unique substitute for the red onion ingredient most lox menu items have.


Ahi Tuna Toast
Topgolf Brunch

I would recommend the Ahi Tuna Toast for those who are looking for a healthier and lighter brunch item. Poke fans will love this toast as well because it's essentially just that on toast! Thinly sliced, seven-grain bread is lightly toasted before it is spread with a gochujang aioli that consists of a nice level of spice and savoriness that creates an umani of flavors in one's mouth. Tuna marinated with Shiro Miso, a light and sweet miso flavor, is mixed with dice avocados and juicy navel oranges. Quinoa is cooked then deep fried and used sparingly over the toast as a light crunch.


Vegetarian 

Farmer's Benedict
Topgolf Brunch

With more restaurants recognizing the importance of offering creative vegetarian menu items, you won't be disappointed with the Farmer's Benedict. A fried zucchini cake is used as the base, then is topped with a seared beefsteak tomato, followed by a poached egg. A savory tomato basil sauce, or farmers sauce, smothers the stack. The sauce is simmered with a mouth-watering herbed cheese to create a rich and creamy consistency. Cotijia cheese is loosely sprinkled as the final touch.


Vegan

Smoothie Bowls
Topgolf Brunch

For those who always wish for a fruity and healthy breakfast item then look no further. TopGolf will serve up two different smoothie bowls which are both topped with: granola, kiwi, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana, slivered almonds and chia seeds. I didn't get a taste of the Green Bowl, but the Açai bowl I would recommend splitting up with friends as a supplement to savory brunch items. The Açai Bowl includes a blend of strawberries, mango, açai, agave and almond milk.
The Green Bowl is blended with avocado, spinach, kale, mango and almond milk.


Sweet-Tooth

Carrot Cake Waffles
Topgolf Brunch

Carrot cake waffles are drizzled with cream cheese icing and traditional caramel. I was initially concerned the brunch item may be too sweet but the waffle base isn't as decadent as I anticipated! The dish includes a dusting of powdered sugar and quartered strawberries.


Donuts
Topgolf Brunch

Topgolf's donut assortment includes: fruity crisp, cookies and cream and s'mores. The fruity crisp is a yeast-raised donut with a vanilla glaze and crunchy, fruity crisp cereal. Cookies and cream include a chocolate cake donut with vanilla icing topped with chocolate cookies. The s'mores donut is a white cake donut with chocolate ganache, graham crackers and brûléed marshmallows. Long-term, TopGolf may rotate the donuts seasonally.


Sides

Candy Bacon
Topgolf Brunch

This is a must; order the candy bacon and you won't regret it! The candy bacon uses a thicker cut bacon than the bacon that accompanies burgers. Brown sugar and granulated sugar are mixed with crushed red pepper for a subtle spice. The result: caramelized bacon!

Topgolf Brunch

After seeing the photos of the new menu, my husband told me that we should switch our evenings for mornings at Topgolf. I can't say I disagree!

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Friday, March 1, 2019

A Syrian Sentiment

A Syrian Sentiment

New York Fashion Week is the opportunity to showcase creativity and eclectic styles. For my every-day-look, I tend to gravitate towards feminine whimsical or classic pieces. However for NYFW, I wanted to do something different for Rebecca Minkoff's show. I integrated a piece of my family into the look I created: a velvet bolero with intricate embroidery.

My mother passed the bolero down to me from my great-grandfather, who migrated to the United States from Syria. In California, he met his American wife and worked as a merchant. At some point over the years, my grandfather and great-grandfather had a disagreement and never really spoke again. As a result, my grandfather decided to go by his middle name, Spencer, as opposed to his Syrian first name and the name of my great-grandfather, Najeeb.

While I may never learn about that piece of my family, I did feel a sense of pride and confidence when I wore the historical garment knowing it was a part of my great-grandfather's Syrian culture. To me, it's important to maintain family history and values. Our family history is what contributes to the type of person we are today. Debuting this bolero to my first NYFW attendance made the experience all the more special.


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

The moment I walked through the historical wooden doors of the Gothic Revival synagogue, now known as the Angel Orensanz Center, I felt as though I had stepped into another world. That world was filled with magic, fantasy, romance and elicited emotions of pure delight. This was the fantasy world created by Alice + Olivia for their Fall 2019 presentation.

Stacey Bendet and her team produced a captivating "Fantasia" collection which filled the space of the 1849 synagogue with excitement and dazzle. The sequins, velvet, various textures and prints set the foundation for magical and elaborate sets that enabled one's imagination to escape reality and enter the world each look embodied.

With the vignettes, you could visit anything: a winter wonderland with carousel horses and a giant, gilded birdcage holding a model who reminded me of a nightingale ready to sing a beautiful song; a vision filled with Venus Roses adorning every inch on the floor and wall; a dark, magical forest with glittery mushrooms and winding, golden vines; or butterfly mania where models subtlety mimicked the fluttering movement through their personification of butterflies.

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

One of my favorite parts from the collection is one that is no fantasy at all. Bendet created a design to empower women through her signature statement tees: the words "Strong Female Protagonist" sparkled through the black sequins on the contrasting hot pink jersey. The power pose of the model well-represented the statement and you could see a fiery boldness through her gaze.

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

What resonated with me was the messaging Bendet established through the creation of this collection. She empowered women with the idea they can be a feminist and sexy simultaneously. She sought out an approach different from previous collections by introducing jersey plunge necklines, high-slits on skirts, shorter hemlines on mini dresses and heavily-beaded, cropped tube tops.

Through her messaging, we still see that A+O girl we all love: the bold and daring one who isn't afraid to go against the flow. "Be yourself. That is feminism to me," said Stacey Bendet.

If that isn't inspiring then I don't know what is!

Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a desert luxury experience nestled into the historical foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, where the Hohokam tribe resided until 1450 AD.

Alex and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay sponsored with the Ritz-Carlton. It was a weekend getaway filled with a divine culinary experience and plenty of relaxation. As someone who is always on the go, I felt at ease during our visit.

The Ritz-Carlton is one of eight luxury resorts recognized by the Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Verified Lists of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and World’s Most Luxurious Spas. There are only three properties in the continental United States with this accolade, however the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the only western property.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

At the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain you're immersed in the Sonoran desert's culture of the past and present. The designers of the Ritz-Carlton integrated natural elements of wood, stone and steel, accompanied by rich-hued fabrics to complement the ambiance. The designs create a warm and soothing environment that further enhances the gastronomy experience.

Our culinary itinerary included eating at the following restaurants owned by the Ritz-Carlton: CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, Cayton’s CB2 Burger Bistro, and the Ignite Lobby Lounge.

At the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain 
you're immersed in the Sonoran desert's 
culture of the past and present.

These outstanding options are filled with delicious visions from the hard work and expertise of Executive Chef David Serus and Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione.

David Serus was named a Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France) from the French culinary community. To join this nearly 70-year-old organization, a chef must be French and then nominated for their superior levels of culinary skill, artistry and commitment to French gastronomy. Serus worked for other Ritz-Carlton's properties before landing his position in Tucson.

Daniel Mangione's background is unique in that he started his pastry endeavor at 17 years old as a bread boy at a Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena. He later interned for the Ritz-Carlton in Naples through the Culinary Institute of America.

Serus and Mangione are no strangers to creating a balanced menu for one another. The two chefs worked together in at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. prior to their roles in Arizona.

Serus and Mangione are no strangers 
to creating a balanced menu for one another.

Both Serus and Mangione's tenure with the Ritz-Carlton expands for many years. Their dedication to guest satisfaction and indulgences is part of what sets the Ritz-Carlton apart from others.

With such high culinary expectations, Alex and I were eager to celebrate our anniversary with one of our favorite pastimes... eating! That weekend we celebrated 12 years of unity and an early-wedding anniversary.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

Aside from the food, we couldn't wait to see the property and the recent $10 million resort renovation. The upgrades primarily targeted the guest rooms, property amenities and conference rooms. Our executive suite was one of the 253 guest rooms that received a floor-to-ceiling transformation. The room consisted of two balconies, one bathroom, one powder room, one lounge room, one bedroom and a walk-in closet.

Alex and I opened the balcony doors and instantaneously fell in love with our mountain view filled with cacti. The cool desert atmosphere was tranquil and we were to able to breathe in the fresh in between exploring the menus from the restaurants.


Ignite Lounge & Bar
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

Ignite Lounge & Bar is one of my favorite spots to leisurely pass time. Ignite sits just past the main entrance lobby with seating both inside and outside. From the crackling fireplaces to the newly installed library of Arizona-related books, it's an ideal way to enjoy a bite while taking in the beautiful canyon view.

Ritz-Carlton, Rich Hues and Ruffles

The bar within Ignite serves an variety of house cocktails but will stir, shake, or pour classic favorites as well. During the early evening Ignite offers a mixology class open to guests, which Alex and I look forward to experiencing during our next visit.

Many of the menu items at Ignite are crafted through the utilization of local products. They wish to provide that sought-after and authentic southwest experience. I love when restaurants support our local farmers and I find it commendable they work with such a vast list of local vendors.


CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

To reach CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar, we walked down the flagstone corridor in the lobby of the resort where the steel chandeliers lit our path. We descended the stairs and were greeted by the trickling sound of a waterfall art on the wall. The environment is different depending on the time of day and is a strategic design to fit both settings.

BREAKFAST
CORE is surrounded with large-panel windows that go from the floor to ceiling. There is plenty of  natural light that stretches throughout the space. There is a large table centered before the dining area that is filled with fresh lox, savory meats, a yogurt station and more. If you're the type who prefers a variety then I fully recommend selecting the American Buffet. However, if you're like Alex and me and you prefer your food made-to-order, then go with the CORE Features.

We spoke briefly with CORE's chef de cuisine, Devin Pinto, and he recommended to us the chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Items like the chilaquiles and prickly pear mimosas are based on the surrounding region.The chilaquiles uses chicken thighs that are braised with a light tomatillo salsa and then pulled. The dish itself incorporates a more robust salsa to give a southwest flavor.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

DINNER
The warm atmosphere and lightly rumbling fireplace truly set the ambiance. The dimly lit table heightens the taste of food and overall experience.

A sommelier is readily available to assist you with finding a pairing. We are particularly drawn to reds but wanted a white for the seafood plates we ordered. Our sommelier, Jennifer, recommended the Nickel & Nickel's 2016 Truchard Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley. This pour was crisp and is a new favorite we've added to our list. Peach and pears, with a hint of tropical flavor, are the main notes in the wine. Malolactic fermentation is eliminated from the wine-making process because the vineyard naturally produces a broad mouthfeel and great presence.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

The chardonnay paired fantastically with the pan-seared scallops. The scallops are sent from California and are plated beautifully. Two scallops are placed on a brush of puréed butternut squash, then topped with shaved fennel, beech mushrooms and a roasted nut medley. The nut medley includes pecans from Green Valley Pecan Company.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

For dinner we opted to go for a seasonal plate, monkfish, as well as a CORE feature, kurobuta pork tenderloin. Kurobuta is the Wagyu beef of the pork world. The meat comes from a Berkshire pig and is sought out after for it's tenderness and juicy flavor.

With such a beautiful quality of pork, CORE chooses to sous vide the meat at 130 degrees Fahrenheit before searing. An apple balsamic reduction is brushed onto the plate. Baby carrots, onion and celery are sautéed with butter, herbs and shallots. Brussels sprouts leaves are then added as a final touch. One of our favorites flavors of the dish was chili white sweet potatoes that were folded with roasted poblano peppers. When production allows, vegetables are sourced locally from Maggie's Farm.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience


Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

DESSERT
Midway through our meal, we were greeted by Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione who reminded us to save room for his desserts! By now you may have recalled Mangione from my Ritz-Carlton gingerbread post and how he crafted a full-sized adobe house made from gingerbread. If you know me, you know dessert is my absolute favorite and I had been anxiously anticipating the desserts made by Mangione.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

The gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake could easily fool you into thinking that you're eating something without either of those words. The chocolate cake was rich and had a soft texture that made all mouths smile. Pair this with the southwest-inspired prickly pear sorbet and you have dynamically, contrasting flavors. The raspberry coulis drizzle and the berry gel, partially covered with shimmering 24 karat loose-leaf gold, create a work of art. The intricate dessert is then topped with an abstract sugar art. I was torn between admiring the dessert and wanting to dive in. You will be pleased to know this dessert is now available at the Ritz-Carlton!


Cayton's CB2 Burger Bistro
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience

If you desire the southwest flair but would prefer it in American comfort food, then Cayton's CB2 Burger Bistro is your go-to. Located down by the Golf Club, Cayton's interior resembles casual elegance, while the outdoor seating showcases a beautiful Arizona sunset in the evenings.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience


Cayton's is less gourmet but still maintains high expectations. The green chile fries are what Cayton's Chef de Cuisine, Mani Ramalingam, called a "southwest poutine." The burgers are large, juicy and seasoned to perfection. The patties are then placed on a lightly-toasted brioche bun. The shakes at Cayton's don't disappoint either; my favorite was the "black and white," which is essentially a cookies and cream type.

Thank you to the Ritz-Carlton for the wonderful anniversary celebration. Alex and I savored every bit (and bite!) of our visit and we cannot wait to return.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Culinary Experience


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