Arizona Tag Archives

About Town: Tocaya Organica, The Sicilian Baker, Dog Haus

Tocaya Organica Santa Monica-based Tocaya Organica opened its second Arizona location on May 5, 2019, in Scottsdale Fashion Square.  I feel the term Fresh Mex was overused in the ‘90’s, so I will describe this concept as Healthy Modern Mex.  Tocaya Organica offers counter-service in a hip, contemporary space with soothing color tones.  Vegans, vegatarians and carnivores alike will be pleased by the wide range …

Vegan Omakase Menu at Sushi Roku

A couple of years ago I took my friend Laura, who is vegan, with me on a photo shoot at a sushi restaurant.  While she couldn’t eat any of the plates, she went along happily and lent me her beautifully manicured nails so that I could get just the right shot (see my post here).  Since then, I have often wondered what vegan/vegetarian eaters like …

Cloth & Flame

Last spring at our school auction, Hubby and I, along with some friends, bought a desert dining experience with a local company, Cloth & Flame.  As a result of following their Instagram page, I had been fascinated by the idea gourmet dining in the desert under the stars in the company of great friends.  When the appointed date rolled around, sixteen of us were picked …

About Town: Tryst Cafe, KOVO and Killer Burger

I am far overdue for an update so please forgive me.  Championship swim season has me traveling from Texas to California to watch my little ones compete.  I play catch up while I am home, and promise to continually be on the look out for the latest and greatest.  On the plus side, I have been able to sneak away and do some fun traveling …

Devour Culinary Classic 2019

The 10th annual Devour Culinary Classic took place over the weekend of February 23-24 in the spectacular setting of the Desert Botanical Gardens. A celebration of the Valley’s culinary scene, this is the largest culinary festival in Phoenix, and one not to be missed. The event is hosted by Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent, local restaurants whose aim is to promote the local dining …

Winter Wrap Up

I have been so busy this fall and winter, but still made time in between cheering kids on at swim meets both in Texas and in AZ to experience some interesting eats.  I have grouped them together to give you a snapshot of the last two months. As always, feel free to add a comment or message me with any questions, or ideas for places …

Farewell to Cowboy Ciao

The dining scene in the Valley has experienced a major loss.  By now, many of you have read the October 15 announcement that Cowboy Ciao would no longer open its doors to the public.  On their Facebook page, it was posted: Unfortunately, an end of an era has come upon us.  Tonight is the last night Cowboy Ciao will be open.  Thank you to all …

Outstanding In The Field

I have long admired the Instagram account of Outstanding In The Field (@out_inthefield) depicting photos of expansive tables arranged in fields, tables so long they stretch into the horizon, winding through fields and vineyards.  Intrigued, I signed up on their website to be alerted for events in Phoenix, purchasing two tickets for me and Hubby when I saw that they were coming to Mesa this …

About Town: Fair Fare

I am a sucker for fairs and festivals, whether it’s the Luling Watermelon Thump or the Navajo County Fair.  Think about the innovations that were developed for fairs: the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel, and fried Twinkies.  Where would we be without them?  Speaking of, our very own Arizona Exposition and State Fair is in full swing at the Arizona State Fairgrounds where it will …

About Town: New Pastry Chef at ZuZu, Food & Wine Pairings at Hearth ’61, and RA Sushi turns 21

September “Show Stopper” Shake at Zuzu in the Hotel Valley Ho Since December, I have photographed 9 out of 10 monthly “Show Stopper” shakes at ZuZu in the wonderfully retro Hotel Valley Ho.  Not a bad record, but my hips are showing the telltale signs.  Therefore, this month, before heading out to photograph the September shake, I hiked Piestewa Peak in the cool hours of …