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Sushi Roku Raises $5,800 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

March 19, 2015 | 2:14 PM | Local | By Staff

Sushi Roku Donation

Sushi Roku, the stylish sushi restaurant tucked into the ground floor of the W Scottsdale, recently partnered with Charity Benefits Unlimited to host a silent auction to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the world. Charity Benefits Unlimited works with businesses around the country and allows these institutions to choose the charity of their choice for the donation.

Sushi Roku understands the importance of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and wrote a check for $5,837.62 to PCH after the silent auction, in hopes of working towards healing thousands of children each year.

Silent auction items from this year included autographed photos of former San Francisco 49er great Joe Montana, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. There were also autographed photos of James Bond actor, Sean Connery.

The event was held at Sushi Roku, inside the bustling W Scottsdale Hotel. For more information on Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale, go to www.sushiroku.com.

Frites Street Food Truck to Debut on March 18

March 18, 2015 | 1:16 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Frites Street, a brand-new gourmet Belgian fry food truck, will hit Phoenix roads on March 18 to serve up some of the finest fries available anywhere on wheels. Vegan and gluten-free options will also be on the menu.

The tasty fries are all hand-peeled and topped with from-scratch sauces, proteins, and produce. Highlighted entrees include Duck Confit Poutine ($11), Carne Asada Frites ($11), and Vegan Black Bean Soyrizo Chili Cheese Frites ($11).

Co-owners Braden Jones and Philip Isard teamed up with head chef Mitch Neely, who has held numerous executive and sous chef positions at top restaurants across Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and Louisiana.

Jones and Isard come from backgrounds of working within some of Phoenix’s hottest spots, like The Gladly, Fox Restaurant Concepts, and more.

To get a taste of these Belgian slow-cooked frites, be sure to follow food truck’s stops on Facebook starting on March 18.

Herberger Theater Presents Objects d’Art Auction

March 17, 2015 | 1:50 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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The Herberger Theater Center is hosting the third annual Herberger Theater Objects d’Art event on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include two drinks. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs – Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, Multicultural Theater Camp and Wolf Trap.

The evening is highlighted by visual art provided by 34 talented Arizona artists, a live and silent auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dessert prepared by Chef Gabe Bertaccini of iL TOCCO.

Grammy-nominated vocalist and Herberger Hall of Fame performer Dennis Rowland, music by Kiri Guldner, and live painting by AztecSmurf will also be part of the night’s festivities.

Guests are encouraged to stop by the Picasso Studio in the lobby for a complimentary portrait by flutterDshutter Photography.

The Herberger Theater is located at 222 E. Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix. More information about the event and $4 parking can be found at http://www.herbergertheater.org/objects-art/.

Photo via: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielebertaccini

Better Than a Pot O’ Gold: Great St. Patrick’s Day Spots in the...

March 16, 2015 | 9:31 AM | Bars | By Staff

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St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, so here are some fun facts about this festive holiday:

  • Guinness drinkers around the world lift 13 million pints of the dark Irish stout to their mouths on this day.
  • 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage is produced in the U.S. each year.
  • More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the U.S., with New York City and Boston home to the largest celebrations.

Now that we’ve peaked your interest in the greenest day of the year, here are some local spots gearing up to make your St. Patrick’s Day memorable.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Get your fill of authentic Irish food from Tilted Kilt’s Hooley Menu. Patrons can enjoy Scotch Eggs, Olde Dublin Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Sheperd’s Pie. Don’t forget to order their infamous Paddy Bomb drink and watch it change colors. Tilted Kilt can be found in Peoria, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale.

Rosie McCaffrey’s

Rosie McCaffrey’s will be ready for early risers, opening at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The pub and restaurant will serve hearty Irish breakfast and coffee. The big party starts at 10 a.m. as Rosie’s will shut down the parking lot to host beer trucks and music from the Brazen Heads, Sea Merchants, and Celtic Cowboys.

The Dubliner

The Dubliner in north Phoenix will open early and serve an Irish fare buffet for just $10 per person. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and bands will be performing all day and employees will be selling T-shirts to commemorate the event. The bar will open at 10 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Mill Avenue

Handlebar Tempe, El Hefe Tempe, and Fat Tuesday join together for a bash on Mill Avenue. The parties will take place inside of the bars and extend to the courtyard outside. There will be four stages and six bars serving specials including green vodka and Jameson whiskey. The party gets started at 11 a.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $20 the day of.

Uptown Plaza x Modern Manor Mid-Century Collab in the Works

March 13, 2015 | 9:42 AM | Local | By Staff

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Kylie and Ryan Durkin, owners of the popular Phoenix furniture design boutique Modern Manor, are joining efforts with Vintage Partners in bringing modern charm to Uptown Plaza, the landmark 1950s shopping center on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Vintage Partners, the Arizona-based commercial real estate development and investment company, began the renovation in late 2014.

The Durkins are experts in all things mid-century and modern, and are focused on restoring the center’s signature 1950s style while still making it relevant and inviting for today’s shoppers. The high-wattage design duo joins designer Nelsen Partners, builders Kitchell Contractors, and landscape architect Kristina Floor of Floor & Associates.

The Uptown Plaza renovation is scheduled for completion in fall 2015, with additional tenants to be announced in April. The delicate demolition process has already uncovered 50s-era details such as original hand-painted signage on the red brick storefronts. Additionally, several key items have been repurposed, including the original Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s wooden floor, which is being used in several historic home remodels in the Willo district, and the iconic windows from The Good Egg, which have been donated to a local church.

For more information about Vintage Partners, click here. For more information about Modern Manor, click here.

Looking for a Laugh? Nikki Glaser is Coming To Town

March 12, 2015 | 3:06 PM | Events | By Staff

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Are you looking to get your laugh on? Nikki Glaser is coming to the new comedy club on High Street, a member of Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy family. Glaser is a comedian, writer, and host who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. Additionally, she co-hosted Nikki & Sara LIVE, a late night talk show on MTV.

Glaser will be performing at High Street beginning today through Sunday (March 11-15) and tickets range from $15-$20. For a complete listing of Glaser’s showtimes, visit www.houseofcomedy.net.

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy brings a unique experience to the North Valley, featuring comedians that have appeared hundreds of times on national and international television. Located at 5350 E. High Street in Phoenix, the club offers the ultimate form of entertainment in its 6,600 square foot space.

For more information about Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, click on this link: https://houseofcomedy.net/.

What’s Cookin’ at the Westin Phoenix Downtown?

March 11, 2015 | 8:35 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Westin ChefWith over 23 years of culinary experience in hotels and hospitality, Chef Martin Scott will be joining the Westin Phoenix Downtown team as the new executive chef of the hotel and its signature restaurant, Province.

Chef Scott began his career with a European flair 6,000- hour apprenticeship on the U.S. territory of Guam with Hilton International. Scott previously served as an executive chef for San Marcos Resort in Chandler, Ariz., Troon Golf Scottsdale and most recently, as clubhouse executive chef/property executive sous chef for Boulders Resort, the Waldorf resort in Carefree, Ariz.

Chef Scott will direct all culinary operations for the hotel and oversee day-to-day operation of all areas in the kitchen for Province, in-room dining, hotel banquets and stewarding. Chef Scott will work to develop new menus and recipes as well as be responsible for developing the culinary staff.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown and Province is located at 333 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. For more information visit www.westinphoenixdowntown.com.

Morimoto Heads to Scottsdale for Friends of James Beard Dinner

March 10, 2015 | 9:25 AM | Events | By Staff

James Beard Dinner

The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival might kickoff on April 7, but a pair of incredible events opens the festivities at the end of March. The Friends of James Beard Dinner is March 26 and the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is March 30. Tickets for both events can be purchased here.

The annual Friends of James Beard Dinner event will be fit for kings as guests enjoy a multicourse wine-paired dinner prepared by famed local and national chefs for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner under the stars at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

The featured chefs for 2015 are:

Ben Pollinger (Oceana, New York, NY)

Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Denver, CO)

Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Philadelphia, PA)

Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery Los Angeles, CA)

Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Restaurant Lola, Great Neck, NY)

Host Chef Chris Masco (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa)

Host Chef Roberto Madrid (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa)

Once you’ve digested that deliciousness, prepare your taste buds because the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is just four days later. Hosted inside Scottsdale’s newest entertainment venue, Livewire, the ceremony will recognize 2015’s best chef, restaurateur and beverage master presented by 2014’s Hall of Fame recipients.

Chef of the Year

Charleen Badman – FnB

Gio Osso – Virtú

Mel Mecinas – Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort

Justin Beckett – Beckett’s Table, Southern Rail

Beverage Master of the Year

Kim Haasarud – Liquid Architecture, AZ Cocktail Week

Ross Simon – Bitter & Twisted, AZ Cocktail Week

Travis Nass- Last Drop at Lon’s at the Hermosa

Bill Degroot- SumoMaya

Jonathan Buford/ Brett Dettler/ Patrick Ware (Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company)

Restaurateur of the Year

Mastro’s Family – Steak 44, Michael Dominick’s

Sam Fox – Fox Restaurant Concepts

Maggiore Family- Tomaso’s, Tommy V’s, Vivo Ristorante, Cuttlefish

Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso- Salty Sow, Hopdoddy, Roaring Fork, Eddie V’s

For more information visit www.scottsdalefest.org.

Momentum Building in Reborn Downtown Phoenix

March 9, 2015 | 2:01 PM | Phoenix | By Staff

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It is hard to miss the revitalization of beautiful downtown Phoenix, what with the high-rise buildings buzzing with excitement and local businesses buying up prime real estate in the heart of the nation’s sixth-largest city. Here are examples of who is moving in and how they are helping downtown Phoenix move up.

Tuft & Needle Gets Comfortable

The mattress company leased their office space on Seventh Street and Lincoln from Michael Levine, staying true to an unwavering loyalty to their customers by providing a centralized office space. And who wouldn’t want to work in an office that is unique and has character? The Tuft & Needle space, built in 1895, has many of the original factory details still in place, including a conference room table that is an old assembly line table.

For all things Tuft & Needle, visit their website: https://www.tuftandneedle.com/.

The Historically Modern Luhrs City Center

Luhrs City Center, located on Jefferson Street and Central Avenue, has been rejuvenated and is ready to welcome a 19-story Marriott in 2016, which will complete a decade-long rebirth. Originally built in 1924, the 10-story neoclassical Luhrs Buildings and 14-story Art Deco Luhrs Tower have been beautifully restored to the tune of $10 million and already house up-and-coming businesses. Bitter & Twisted, Hagens Berman law firm, and a host of tech companies like Giftcard Zen and an accelerator partnership with Tallwave call the Luhrs City Center home.

For more information about the Luhrs City Center, click here: http://www.luhrscitycenter.com/.

R&R Partners Keep Classic Elements of Historic Spot

Within a newly retrofitted warehouse building near Second and Buchanan Streets, R&R Partners bring a new voice into the bustling downtown Phoenix area. The firm bought the building, which was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and utilized the services of architect Marty Ball to give it a facelift. Original floors, brick walls, and other historic features such as a safe were held over to maintain a level of creativity only allowed with such history as its foundation

Find more information about R&R Partners here: http://www.rrpartners.com/.

Get Your Fish Fix on Friday’s at Del Frisco’s Grille

March 6, 2015 | 3:42 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Fried fish fans and chips choppers are in for a treat with a tasty new dish debuting by Del Frisco’s Grille. Every Friday, Del Frisco’s will be serving Gourmet Fish & Chips for both lunch and dinner, featuring a hand-beer battered Northern Atlantic haddock known for its a mild, sweet flavors and punctuated with Del Frisco’s “Darned Good” tartar sauce.

Del Frisco’s will be serving this delicious plate through April 3, 2015. If you’ve given up a particular treat for Lent and need to fill your craving, the Fish & Chips from Del Frisco’s will be sure to satisfy your hankering until Easter.

Be sure to join Del Frisco’s for their Fish & Chips Fridays. Lunch is $16.50 and dinner is $24.

Honor Fallen Officers This Sunday

March 5, 2015 | 11:05 AM | Events | By Staff

Fallen Cops Run

Put on your best running shoes and get ready to support a great cause this Sunday, March 8 at the 11th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk. Participants will help honor memories of officers killed in the line of duty by participating in this event in Downtown Phoenix, as all proceeds benefit survivors of fallen officers in an effort to help rebuild their lives. Proceeds will also go towards upkeep of the Arizona state memorial.

The run/walk is coordinated by Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors and the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board Charity. AZ C.O.P.S. offers resources to assist families and impacted coworkers of law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. The address is 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. The run/walk will get underway at 8 a.m. and is expected to conclude at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Those interested can register on the day of the race or online at www.copsarizona.org.

Get Ready to Shout at Bachelor Auction to Benefit Susan G. Komen

March 4, 2015 | 8:37 AM | Events | By Staff

Scoop Auction

If you are single and ready to mingle, then The Shout House’s bachelor auction to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is where to be on March 11 at 8 p.m. The event will help longtime Shout House guest Allison MacDonald reach her $2,300 donations goal to participate in the walk.

There will be 11 eligible bachelors for single ladies to get in a bidding war over. The highest bidder will enjoy a date package that each bachelor has created to reflect his personal interests, such as a hot air balloon ride or indoor sky diving.

Guests can also support the cause by participating in the raffle, which offers up prizes such as luxury resort stays, wine tastings, and much more. Raffle tickets start at $5 per ticket, or three for $10 or 10 for $20.

The fun doesn’t end when the bachelors have been claimed, guests are encouraged to enjoy The Shout House’s dueling piano show at 9 p.m. Additionally, The Shout House offers a full dinner menu and drink specials.

For more information about the bachelor auction, visit az.theshouthouse.com.

The Renaissance of The Renaissance

March 3, 2015 | 11:59 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Photo Courtesy of TravelPony.com

 

Has anyone else noticed the dramatic uptick in cool happenings going down at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel?  It starts when you walk in the door, as you might bump into some front of the house staff that includes downtown artist Jesse Perry and chief mixologist Clint “Spottie” Spotleson.  But it goes beyond the actual hotel experience, as the hotel hosts some of this town’s most refreshing events.

Thursday, March 5th
Palette to Palate is a new event to the Devoured Culinary Classic repertoire, and blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. This year’s Palette to Palate event will be an exclusive VIP evening on the 6th floor balcony of the downtown Renaissance Hotel. The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, like Bob Tam (pictured) from the red-hot Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour and Gio Osso from Virtu in Scottsdale, paired with regional artists like Randy Slack of Legend City Studios who will prepare new works for the event.  Tickets are $40 and are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/palette-to-palate-tickets-15049510491

March 27th – 29th
McDowell Mountain Music Festival invades Hance Park later this month, but the real party seems to be developing after hours at the Renaissance.  Featuring intimate shows each night from Strfkr, Sunsquabi, Treezus, and more, the festy crowd will have a chance to party into the wee-morning hours.  Tickets vary, and can be purchased at https://mmmf.frontgatetickets.com/?_ga=1.185521965.527830409.1422652973

Ongoing
26 Blocks™, a 109-piece art installment and iPad app named after the 26 letters in children’s alphabet blocks and 26 randomly selected downtown Phoenix city blocks, premiered on January 16thinside the hotel and includes pieces of art that celebrate the past, present, and imagined future of these 26 city blocks with the help from local writers, photographers, sculptors, and illustrators. The unveiling in January included seven postcard illustrations on a wall map, with five more to be added each month until May of this year.  Admission is free, and the exhibit will run for three years.  For more information about the 26 Blocks™ exhibit, visit this website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxbd-renaissance-phoenix-downtown-hotel/.

So Much for Working, Spring Training’s Back

March 2, 2015 | 9:24 AM | Sports | By Staff

Baseball in the Infield

“For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game!” Despite the wet weekend, March in Arizona can only mean one thing for baseball lovers: Spring Training and soaking up the best outdoor weather in the country.

Since 1947, Spring Training has seen dedicated baseball fans flocking from all over the country to bask in the Arizona sun and enjoy games with a hot dog in hand.

The first official Spring Training games start tomorrow and are located at stadiums around the Phoenix area. Without showing too much favoritism to our hometown team, we must suggest that baseball fans give some love to our Arizona Diamondbacks, who play at beautiful Salt River Fields.

So, grab your favorite cap and baseball mitt – there are no bad seats for America’s favorite pastime during spring training.

For a complete list of stadium and ticket contact information for spring training games, go to http://www.cactusleague.com/tickets-stadiums.php.

The Musical Instrument Museum

February 27, 2015 | 10:09 AM | Events | By Staff

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Attention all brides-to-be: the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is hosting their wedding showcase on Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., and one lucky couple will win a wedding package valued at $25,000.

The package, eloquently titled the Symphonie de l’Amour Wedding Giveaway, includes, among several other fantastic items, use of the MIM for the ceremony and reception, a one-night stay at the beautiful JW Marriot Desert Ridge hotel with a couples massage and poolside cabana, $1,000 towards catering from Bon Appetit, five hours of photography from Erica Velasco Photographers, and a video package from Everly Films valued at $1,000. If you would like to see the full list of vendors participating in the showcase, click here: http://mim.org/events/mim-wedding-showcase/.

Entering the giveaway is easy: simply RSVP for the MIM Wedding Showcase (email [email protected] or call 480.245.6913 by Sunday, March 1) and attend the showcase on Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The drawing will take place at 6:45 p.m. and guests MUST be present to win.
The event will also have live music, dancing, complimentary cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets to the wedding showcase are free, so engaged couples have nothing to lose and nearly $25,000 in wedding luxuries to win.

What would you do with $1,000,000?

April 17, 2013 | 1:03 PM | News | By Staff

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It’s a fun game, isn’t it? Imagining you have won a million dollars cash and trying to figure out what you would do with it. Would you go on a much-needed vacation? Splurge on a shopping spree? Donate it to charity? Invest it? However you decide to spend it, your chance to win with the Health & Wealth Raffle, benefiting Barrow and St. Joseph’s, ends this week at midnight, April 18th.

In addition to the grand prize of $1,000,000 cash, you could also win $250,000 cash, a Mercedes CLS550 and more than 2,000 amazing prizes that include extravagant, build-your-own trips, luxury cars and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

It’s a good time to win. Show your support by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Purchase your ticket for just $100 before the final deadline at midnight, Thursday, April 18, at www.HealthWealthRaffle.org or by calling 866-658-4066 today!

Breaking Food News: Pizza Bianco Coming to Tucson

April 17, 2013 | 9:38 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

The fortress of wood-fired flatbreads.

Phoenix-based pizza-maker and restaurateur Chris Bianco will open a second location of his acclaimed Pizzeria Bianco in Tucson this fall, Tucson Weekly reports. The original Pizzeria Bianco, known for its long lines and ethereal pies, has gained a very long list of devoted followers and accolades since opening in 1994.

The new Pizzeria Bianco will occupy 2,000 square feet in downtown Tucson, and Bianco, who happens to be a Bronx native, says he’s already started working with local food producers who will supply the ingredients for his hand-made pies. “I walked into the space and I saw the red brick and the good neighbors,” he tells the paper. “I’m just so excited.”

The Rumors Are True: Pizzeria Bianco Is Opening In Downtown Tucson [Tucson Weekly] via GS

Are You A Hater?

March 13, 2013 | 7:18 PM | Media | By Staff

If you said yes, this app is for you, just click here

Weekend Activity: Wake Up Your Inner Warrior With Spartan Race

January 31, 2013 | 9:18 AM | Sports | By Staff

DLT is a big fan of the Spartan Race which is coming to town February 9th and 10th. This year’s race supports two great charities, Green Beret Foundation and Creekside Outreach. Both are military based and help veterans. The wave will be geared towards secondary students (age 13-18) and will establish roots in Arizona for our High School Program. Their Reebok Spartan Race High School Program includes the teen only heat called the Reebok Spartan Race High School Challenge (HSC) and the ultimate goal to make this sport recognized in the United States, Australia, Europe, etc.

Normally the HSC is $30-$40. The charity 10:30am heat in Arizona will be a FREE HSC. A waiver must be signed by each racer.Parents, school faculty, and other adults are also welcome to run during this charity heat. However, they must pay the insurance fee. Both students and adults must register through spartan race, which is ultimately through active.com.The code for students is AZHS. The code for adults is AZHS14. Spartan Race will donate to the above charities for every racer that crosses the finish line. 

Visit the Reebok Arizona Spartan Sprint Race Event page to get signed up today!”

Sighting of The Day

December 27, 2012 | 10:51 AM | Nightlife | By Staff

We wish Amare Stoudemire never left town.  Well he was back last night (out of uniform due to injury) and after his team took down the Suns with a buzzer beating hoop he rolled in his old watering hole MercBar in the Esplanade.  At least he had something to celebrate, we just wish Sarver would figure out what he’s doing with our own team.

Get Boosted Like Jillian Michaels

December 19, 2012 | 1:56 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

The DLT office loves this product and so does Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels.  Pictured here is the latest flavor, natural orange, to join the company’s shot line up along with their fizzy powders, that come in orange, pink lemonade and acai.

We have to figure that anyone that pays as much attention to what they put into their bodies as Jillian knows how to energize properly.  It’s natural, it taste good, and it makes us feel great.  And we’re told its coming to a Sprout’s stores in Arizona next month.  Thanks Sprout’s. [EBOOST Store]

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