Day 31! (After a week-long hiatus)

August 22, 2012

Hey Everyone! 

We definitely failed at blogging while on vacation. We kept ourselves busy being tourists and we spent very little time in our hotel room or on our laptops. We had a wonderful vacation! It was nice to catch up with Nikki’s grandpa and our friends. Arizona is beautiful (and VERY hot) and we loved the mountain views. As expected, we ate at some fantastic restaurants. It felt like all we did was eat! 

To be honest, we could have done better with our “no processed foods” diet. It’s not that we went out of the way to eat processed foods, but we ate out so much that sometimes we would forget to ask what was in certain menu items or we would eat food and realize later that it probably wasn’t fresh. That being said, we did try to pick restaurants that were known for using fresh, local ingredients. We’re a bit disappointed in ourselves because we’ve worked so hard, but we’re not going to give up! We’re getting back on track today and we’ll continue forward from here. We’re actually looking forward to doing some of our own cooking again!

Here are some of our good eats along the way—

Pizzeria Bianco

Some people swear this is the best pizza in the world. On the weekend you can be looking at a 2+ hour wait to get it. Did we think it was the best pizza we’ve ever had? Well, we’ll let ya try it for yourselves 😉



St. Francis

Word to the wise: if your on vacation (or just happen to be home during the day) check out happy hours. That’s how we stumbled across this place. Good happy hour specials, good food, and great cocktails! 




Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout is part of a large restaurant company which has fun places all over Phoenix. We went here for lunch. It’s a little pricey just for lunch, but these pretzel rolls were to die for. Chris loved the fish and chips, as for Nikki’s seared tuna we could take it or leave it. 





Words can’t really express how much we loved this place. The food was original (yes, even for New Mexican food), interesting, and delicious. The atmosphere is really fun and colorful. If you visit Phoenix, we highly recommend you make the trip to Jerome, Arizona. There are wineries, funky little shops, and good food. It was totally worth the 2 hour drive. 





House of Tricks


Okay, okay now we know this isn’t a food picture, but we were too busy eating that we forgot to take pictures until the end! This place came highly recommended to us, so we had to check it out. It was a beautiful night so we even got to sit outside and enjoy a nice bottle of wine. The food was very good (fabulous Salmon) and the service was great. 




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