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February - Arizona Lifestyle Edit

Happy February! We are excited to share our monthly lifestyle edit as we kick off a new month! From a Valentine's Day drink recipe to a spotlight on a Phoenix, Arizona restaurant and the much anticipated Waste Management Open, we've curated the perfect experience for you.

Drink Recipe

Valentine's Bliss Elixir - Non-Alcoholic

This Valentine's Day-inspired drink that the whole family can enjoy combines the exotic allure of coconut milk, the vibrant hues of dried dragon fruit powder, and the sweet symphony of apple and mango juices. The result is the "Valentine's Bliss Elixir" – a potion that captures the essence of love in every sip. Let the tropical flavors and romantic colors transport you to a paradise of affection, making it the perfect beverage to create with your kiddos. Cheers to romance, family bonds  and the magic of Valentine's Day!


  • 1 cup Coconut milk

  • 2 teaspoons Dried dragon fruit powder

  • ¼ cup Apple juice or white grape juice

  • ½ cup Mango juice

  • 2 tablespoon Simple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon Green coffee extract, optional

  • Ice


Step 1

  • In a blender- This blender is our favorite and we use it to make so many drinks, smoothies, and foods! All you will need to do is add all your ingredients into the blender and mix until the mixture is creamy! Add ice to glasses and pour!

  • In a cocktail shaker- This is how they make this drink at Starbucks. Add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker, and shake for 30 seconds so all the ingredients melt together and are well combined.

Step 2

  • Carefully pour the drink into 2 glasses and top them with more dragon fruit powder or dragon fruit chips for presentation. Enjoy!

Blackberry Margarita - Alcoholic


  • 2 lime wedges

  • Kosher salt (coarse salt)

  • 2 ounces fresh blackberry juice or ½ cup fresh blackberries

  • 3 ounces tequila blanco

  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier

  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce simple syrup

  • 4 slices of jalapeño (optional)


  • Wet the edge of your margarita glasses with a lime wedge.

  • Using a shallow bowl or a small plate, coat the rims of the glasses in the kosher salt.

  • Muddle the blackberries in the bottom of the shaker with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon.

  • Add the ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.

  • Shake and strain into the salt-rimmed glasses.

  • Garnish the cocktails with lime slices and jalapeño slices, if desired.

Featured Restaurant

Kembra, at the Desert Ridge Marriott

5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Phoenix, Arizona has a new culinary sensation, Kembara,  located at the Desert Ridge Marriott. If you don’t know this about  me yet, you  will see a trend in my restaurant choices. It’s more than just the food for me when selecting restaurants. I go for the entire experience including the ambiance, service and of course the menu. Kembara delivered on all fronts, and then some!

As you step into Kembara, you are immediately captivated by its moody ambiance. The dim lighting with pops of fluorescent colored lighting and tasteful decor create an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere, making it the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience. The fusion of modern and funky elements adds a touch of playfulness, making Kembara a destination for both special occasions and casual outings.

The true highlight of the evening was the family-style feast we indulged in. Kembara takes pride in its diverse menu, offering a blend of flavors that cater to every palate. We kicked off our culinary adventure with a couple appetizers including the Steamed Pork Dumplings and Chicken Satay skewers. We then shared the Chicken Khoa Soi and Crab Fried rice along with the Wagyu Beef that was a masterpiece on a plate. Cooked to perfection, each bite was a symphony of flavors that left us craving for more.

What truly sets Kembara apart is its commitment to delivering a symphony of flavors. The fusion of ingredients in each dish creates a culinary masterpiece that tantalizes the taste buds. The balance between bold and subtle flavors is a testament to the chef's expertise, leaving a lasting impression on every diner.

Kembara at Desert Ridge Marriott is more than just a restaurant; it's a culinary odyssey. The moody ambiance sets the stage for an evening of indulgence, and the diverse menu ensures there's something for everyone. Whether you're a local or just passing through Phoenix, Kembara is a must-visit destination for those who appreciate the artistry of food.

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Featured Arizona Event

Get ready to tee off February with a sporting and musical spectacle like no other! The much-anticipated Waste Management Phoenix Open is right around the corner, promising thrilling golf action alongside a star-studded concert at the Colosseum. Here's a sneak peek into the excitement awaiting you in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Waste Management Phoenix Open: Golfing Galore!

Known for its lively atmosphere, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has earned a reputation as “The People's Open.”  Held at the TPC Scottsdale, this PGA Tour event isn't your average golf tournament. Expect an electrifying atmosphere, enthusiastic crowds, and some of the world's top golfers battling it out on the pristine greens.

Whether you're a golf aficionado or a casual spectator, the Waste Management Phoenix Open offers a unique experience with its famous par-3 16th hole, known as "The Colosseum." This stadium-style setting transforms the golf course into a raucous arena, complete with cheering fans, lively banter, and an unforgettable atmosphere. 

If you're like me and prefer to savor the golfing spectacle without navigating through bustling weekend crowds, consider attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open during the week. The atmosphere remains vibrant, but the pace is slightly more relaxed, providing you with an opportunity to appreciate the skillful swings and strategic plays of your favorite golfers without the weekend hustle. Weekdays offer a chance to explore the tournament grounds with a bit more ease, ensuring you can soak in the excitement of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at your own leisurely pace. 

Colosseum Concert: A Night of Musical Magic

As the sun sets on the golf course, the excitement doesn't end. The Waste Management Phoenix Open adds a musical twist with a concert at The Colosseum. This year's lineup includes Post Malone bringing together music enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Event Details:

  • Waste Management Phoenix Open:

  • Date: February 5th-11th 

  • Location: TPC Scottsdale, 17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Colosseum Concert:

  • Date: February 3rd 

  • Location: TPC Scottsdale, 17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

The Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona is an event you don’t want to miss. Immerse yourself in the world of golfing excitement during the day and groove to the rhythm of live music at night. It's a dynamic combination that promises a week filled with sportsmanship, entertainment, and unforgettable memories. Don't miss out on the magic at The Colosseum—see you on the greens and under the stars!


Stay tuned for my March picks!


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