Discounts for Teachers, Military and First Responder

Growing up in a military family has given me deep respect for those who enlist and serve.  My Dad and one brother were in the Air Force, two other brothers in the Marines,  and my fourth brother in the Army.  I’ll never forget the first time one of my brothers was deployed, the feeling of anxiety, the rock in my stomach and so many prayers that they would return safely.

One of those brothers went on to become a police officer.  One day we received a call that he had been shot, and my world stopped while I tried hard not to let the tears fall, wanting to ask the questions no one could answer.  Looking  back, I’m incredibly grateful that he was able to recover from his injuries.

Several years ago, when I was in Human Resources, a group I was with witnessed a bad car accident and called 911.  When the paramedics arrived, I saw one of my employees hop out of the truck.  He was far too busy to notice I was there as he worked diligently to save the person’s life.  When he arrived early the next morning at our workplace, I realized that his wages for saving lives wasn’t enough to live on and required him to work a second job.

Over the years I’ve become friends with many nurses and teachers.  I admit to being surprised at how hard and long they work, using their own money to purchase class supplies for children whose parents couldn’t afford them.  All this while their own pay and benefits decreased and their workload increased.

This is a very small sampling of experiences, but they’ve burned into me a deep gratitude for those who give so much for so little in return.

As a REALTOR® I’ve found a way that I can say ‘thank you’ and give back to those who serve their country or community: First Responders; active, retired and veteran Military personnel; Teachers; Nurses; Police and Firefighters.  To show my appreciation, I gratefully give a 25% rebate from my commission to you at close of escrow.  This amount will often pay for closing costs, home warranties and more.  Typically, a $275,000 home will result in a rebate of over $2,000.

Thank you for serving our communities and nation!





A Taste of Philly in Arizona

After an interesting chat this morning with someone about great Philly cheesesteaks, I’m now craving one.  For the sake of our impending summer and perfect swimming pool weather I won’t indulge, but I can write about them!

While I work all over the valley, I tend to dine closer to my office in the SE Valley.  I’ve found two places I find to be worthy of the calories.  They’re different, so the choice is really which flavor and location suits you.

If you want a “real” Philly cheese, then Philly’s Famous in Chandler is the place you want to go.  One of the partners is from Philly and their ingredients are flown in from Philadelphia, including the infamous Amoroso bread.

If you don’t know what Amoroso bread is, then you’ve missed out.  Amoroso bread has been a family business for over a century, baking and shipping their fresh bread around the world to those who demand absolute authenticity.  The bread is”Hearth-Baked”, meaning the bread and rolls are never put in a pan so they can “free form” the own shape and “personality”.  They are the authentic bread of a Philly cheesesteak.

This restaurant is small with no frills counter service, but the food is amazing.  It can get really loud at the grill while they cook the wafer thin steak or chicken and chop in your choice of ingredients – onions, peppers, mushrooms, sauce and your cheese of choice. If you want your Philly with whiz, then they have that too.  You’ll need to ask for it or they will probably give you cheddar instead.  Don’t forget to ask for the red sauce!  It’s not hot but it adds a great flavor to your sandwich.There are a couple places to eat outside or they will be happy to wrap it up for you to go.

Since our hot summer is on its way, they have great hoagies too, with all the fresh toppings you desire, such as pastrami, ham, tuna and turkey, each hoagie topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a must on a hoagie, special oils and spices.

If you want something further west, or a little quieter, then Forefathers  in Tempe is the place to go!  While I don’t believe they are originally from Philly, they know how to make a darn good sandwich…and soup….and salads.

My husband always goes for the Philly cheesesteak loaded with onions and peppers.  Their fries are coated and go perfectly with their yummy fry sauce.  What they’don’t have is the red sauce, but the flavors and spices are good enough that you probably won’t miss it.

I enjoy their steak and chicken phillys, but it’s nice to try new things and have healthier options to choose from. Their tomato basil soup is seriously good and the combo with half salad is perfect, especially with their delish salad dressing options of Tomato Parmesan Vinaigrette, Adobo Chile Vinaigrette, Spicy Blue Cheese, Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch and even regular Ranch for the less adventurous. My personal favorite is the Jalapeño Ranch but it’s nice to switch it up from time to time.

If you head out to either one, let me know your thoughts! Better yet, go to both and let me know which one you like the best. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we do.