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Dinner with a worldview.

ALBUQUERQUE Nothing like taking your name literally. At Farm & Table in Albuquerque's city-meets-country North Valley neighborhood, produce fields come right up to the patio where, on nippy winter nights, you can warm yourself by a fire while tucking into seasonal dishes like arugula salad with toasted pecans and Quadrello di Bufala cheese; braised pork belly with butterscotch-miso sauce; and dense, moist, black bean-chocolate cake. Need to boost the cozy factor? The dining room, with its kiva fireplace, viga ceiling, and adobe walls, should fit the bill. $$; 8977 Fourth St. N.W.; 505/503-7124.


Two new desert digs

Deciding where to spend the night just got more interesting with two new Valley hotels. Downtown Phoenix's Hotel Palomar (from $249;; lays out 242 sleek rooms with city views, zebra-print bathrobes, and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails ($$$), home to Kentucky fried quail with foie gras cornbread. If you're more in the mood for midcentury modern, El Dorado Scottsdale's suites (from $195;; *) come with vintage-style kitchens and a pool area that doubles as an outdoor Living room, with brightly hued furniture, communal tables, and barbecues. Downtown Scottsdale's restaurants, galleries, and clubs are within pedaling distance on the hotel's complimentary cruisers.


Skate under the stars

W Scottsdale's outdoor pool deck transforms into a winter wonderland with Chill, a polymer-compound "ice" skating trier rink. Rent skates, practice a triple toe loop, then sip hot chocolate spiked with banana liqueur. For those spending the night, the Chill Out package includes unlimited skate rentals and two drinks. Through Jan 6; skate rentals $70; room packages from $239;;


This month, Agri-U of Yuma, the self-proclaimed Winter Vegetable Capital of the World, offers a five-week workshop to teach veg-o-philes how the millions of pounds of greens harvested here daily get to your neighborhood grocery store. The specialty cooking class uses some of the 175 varieties of Yuma-grown produce, like Eight Ball squash and broccoflower. $150; 800/253-0071.

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Title Annotation:Editors' picks; restaurants and hotels in Albuquerque in New Mexico and Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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