Arizona Tag Archives

Get Tiki With Me at UnderTow

My middle name should have been Fog Cutter. That’s what my father used to say. Jim Billups, or simply “The General” was a commanding figure to be sure. Everything about him was larger than life, including his stories. One of his favorites had to do with my mother’s pregnancy with yours truly. They were living in Colorado Springs and my father had just retired from …

Bloodies, Bubbles and Brunch at Hash Kitchen

“I looked at it (vodka), sniffed it. It was pretty pungent and smelled like rotten potatoes. ‘Hell, what have we got to lose? Get me some Worcestershire sauce, some tomato juice, and lemon; That ought to kill the smell.’ “ George Jessel, “The World I Lived In” Whether you believe the Bloody Mary cocktail was named for Mary Tudor who burned hundreds of religious dissenters …

Hopdoddy’s Oktoberfest Menu

German settlers started moving to Central Texas in 1831 driven from their homeland by political and economic pressure, and lured to the New World by land grants and the dream of a better life.  Within a few short years, they found a pocket of Texas to call home and started populating the area with towns whose names such as New Braunfels, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Bergheim, and …

James Beard Foundation Taste of America Phoenix

The James Beard Foundation kicked off its culinary tour called Taste America in Phoenix on September 20 – 22, 2017.  This 10-city tour brings together chefs with foodies for a series of events celebrating James Beard and the mission of the Foundation, which is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”  A …

Local Focus – Pomchies

Occasionally, I have the honor of being asked to promote a product or service on Instagram or my blog.  In all honesty, my first reaction is that of hesitation because I wonder, “What if I don’t like it?”.  I am nice to a fault, and the Catholic school girl in me worries that telling white lies has the outcome of time in the confessional booth. …

Explore Arizona: Antelope Canyon

Recently I was asked by a friend what were my highlights of the summer.  There were truly so many, from the Grand Canyon to Alaska, to simply spending time with the family on the beach in California.  I have to admit, however, that our visit to Antelope Canyon tops that list.  Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona …

Explore Arizona: The Grand Canyon

Around the great state of Arizona, when one talks about “the Canyon”, one is referring to the Grand Canyon.  For we have lots of canyons, Canyon de Chelly, Salt River Canyon and Glen Canyon to name a few, but none has the mystique of the Grand Canyon.  We are the Grand Canyon State, after all.  It is nothing short of awe inspiring to stand on …

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 …