Where did I leave off? The next weekend I took off early Saturday morning to Phoenix on business. Oh, the high I get from traveling to new places. Another check off the bucket list.
Since we were starving, our first stop was a trendy place called Fez. The food was delicious and the bloody mary’s even better. Next we headed over to our hotel and to my delight Comicon was overlapped our event. It was a sight for sore eyes. So many in costume I could barely keep it together I was bursting at the seems with giggles and amusement. Even better, after heading to the rooftop pool bar for drinks, Comicon was starting a pool party.
Full costumes, mermaids, the whole shebang. I ended up sucking down a few mojitos and napping in the sun. The 108 degree weather was a dream for me and I was soaking it up.
Showered and starving we headed over to Squid Ink Sushi Cityscape and it was phenomenal. I could always go for sushi and I’ve gotta say this place is high on my list. I was definitely impressed.
The next day we did a bit of work, but soon headed over to Scottsdale for some fun. We made jewelry, shopped, and had another fantastic dinner at Bar North. The sangria wasn’t too shabby either. Exhausted we headed back to the hotel and got ready for a long day of work.
The first day went well, but we all know the real excitement for me is exploring and going to restaurants. We headed back to Scottsdale to Pepin for dinner with a live band and flamenco dancing. The dinner wasn’t the greatest, but the dancing and guitarist were quite impressive. The restaurant had a great old school Spanish decor to it as well.
Exhausted again and back to the hotel. Next, another long day of work, but this day was followed up with my favorite meal by a long shot. We went to a place called The Arrogant Butcher, and let me tell you, he is arrogant for a reason. I had the filet, medium rare, with sautéed spinach, roasted carrots & potatoes, and a pineapple infused beer. I wanted to savor it for as long as possible and do it over and over again. Wow! This restaurant is a must!
We liked this place so much we even got carryout for lunch from there the next day. I would also recommend the french dip..mmmm…. We finished up the last of our work and headed out for one last meal before the airport.
Culinary Dropout was the last of our foodie stops and definitely had an interesting menu. Unfortunately for me it was riddled with dairy so my choices were quite limited. It has a great edgy, urban atmosphere and would be worth checking out. After dinner we headed to the airport to catch the redeye home. I counted my blessing as I happened to get first class for the way home. Two glasses of wine later and I was out like a light.
Synopsis: I loved Arizona. I could definitely see myself staying there for a bit. The food was impressive and I wish I had a chance to check out the hiking scene. The heat was my mistress and I even got a large derby style hat that will be joining me on future adventures. Until next time!