Explore Arizona: Winslow and the Hopi Reservation

Part II of our Easter vacation to the Navajo and Hopi reservations found us based out of the town of Winslow, Arizona, at the historic La Posada Hotel.  We had planned to spend a day touring Hopi Mesas One, Two and Three, while taking some time for small side trips to Meteor Crater and Grand Falls. Winslow and La Posada Before the Eagles made Winslow, …

Explore Arizona: Canyon de Chelly

After our last road trip to the Petrified Forest in Northern Arizona, we became inspired to explore more of this great state.  (See my post: Explore Arizona: Sunrise Park and Navajo County.)  Over Easter break, we drove north again, this time to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, namely to explore Canyon de Chelly and the Hopi mesas, two of the longest continuously inhabited areas in …

The Two Fridas

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.” Frida Kahlo It is by sheer coincidence that recently I was invited to two separate events, one cultural and the other culinary, both having to do with the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.  First of all, run, don’t walk, to the Frida Kahlo and …

10 Things I Learned at Press Coffee Roasters

While I have attended many wine tastings, a coffee tasting was a new experience for me.  So when I was invited to a coffee tasting at Press Coffee Roasters in North Scottsdale, I jumped at the chance.  Tastings are held every Saturday at their Scottsdale Quarter location (and every other Saturday at the Chandler location) at 10 a.m.  It is $10 to register and after …

Nobuo at Teeter House

“Every time I go back, something’s different. I realized how much I loved Japan after I left.” Nobuo Fukuda, in Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda by Andrew Gooi In 2007, Chef Nobuo Fukuda was voted Best Chef of the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation for his work at the (now closed) Sea Saw restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale.  Fast forward 10 years …

Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2017

The Devour Culinary Classic of Phoenix took place over the weekend of March 4-5 on the beautiful grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum.  This event highlights the movers and shakers of the Arizona food and beverage industry.  Attendees were ushered into the sculpture garden courtyard where they were treated to tastings from Arizona liquor, beer and wine merchants (plus a few from Cali) and several valley …

Melville Winery at Market Street Kitchen

I had the pleasure of attending a winemaker dinner Tuesday night at Market Street Kitchen featuring Chad Melville from Melville Winery in Lompoc, California.  Market Street Kitchen is in the DC Ranch area of North Scottsdale, near Jalapeño Inferno, Fleming’s and The Herb Box.  The original DC Ranch holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the Scottsdale community, where only a few …

Cuisine de Savoie Part Deux

First of all, thank you for all of the positive feedback that I received regarding Part 1 of the Cuisine de Savoie.  I am still dreaming of the trip and trying to recreate the experience by making fondue and raclette for Hubby and the kids.  As our plane touched down on U.S. soil, I had to swallow the bitter pill of reality: kids with strep, …

Cuisine de Savoie Part 1

  As I am writing this, it’s Super Bowl Sunday and in lieu of my usual Super Bowl fare of queso dip and Texas chili, I am borrowing a friend’s raclette machine to serve alongside some charcuterie, cornichons and fingerling potatoes.  I have been inspired by my recent trip to the Savoy region of the France where cheese, potatoes and saucisson (dry, cured sausage) reign …