Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fun in the Sun - AZ

I think I need a vacation from my vacation! It's been quite hard to catch up and get back in the swing of things, but I thought a quick recap of my trip to Arizona would be a good distraction :) My parents and I went out to visit family and get away for a bit. After my luggage arrived (a day after I did :/), I was able to enjoy myself and have a great trip!

Some of the highlights...

Andre Agassi

We caught the last match of a Champions Tourney and it was great to see Andre Agassi in action again. Oh how I love him! I always liked watching him play, and once imagined my backhand to be like his (ha).

Pinnacle Peak

I dragged my dad on a couple of hikes, one day up Pinnacle Peak and another on the Lost Dog Trail. I forgot to find out where the name of the latter trail came from, but we didn't cross the paths of any dogs-- just lots of cacti!

view from the Lost Dog Trail

I know I was on vacation, but I actually went to PT while I was in Arizona! If you're in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, I would highly recommend Endurance Rehabilitation. I've been to a few physical therapists and various doctors about my knee/heel issues and orthotics, and I can't say enough good things about them. Except I wish they were back east!


Another unexpected treat was the chance to meet an awesome blogger and her adorable daughter! It was great to have a chance to chat with Averie, she's just as passionate and inspiring in real life as on her blog! Skylar's was a little picture shy for me, but luckily Averie had the good sense to snap a quick picture before we had to part ways.

Me & Averie


Later in the week we hit up the Pueblo Grande Museum to escape the escalating temperatures (our last day hit 100!) and I was quite fascinated to see how well the prehistoric Hohokam people cooked ;) By placing grasses and herbs around hot stones and agave hearts, they were essentially infusing their food cooked in their "ovens"! How neat is that?!



While we didn't try cooking like the Hohokam, we did have a few terrific meals. My parents indulged my peanut butter habit and went to lunch with me at a P.B.Loco Cafe. I've already recreated the sandwich I had (Curry/Spicy PB, cucumber and pineapple on wheat, toasted or pressed), and I think they enjoyed it, too! We won't talk about how much of the jar I bought (the Sumatra Cinnamon & Raisin was my fav) there is left...

Curry Spice Sandwich

Luckily our pb-filled lunches held our bellies over through the wait at Pizzaria Bianco. The food was definitely worth it-- their antipasto plate was a wonderful assortment of roasted veggies (butternut squash, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers...) that was quickly polished off. The brick oven is in the corner of the restaurant, and the bread and pizzas it produced were pretty amazing. Thin and crispy, we couldn't wait to dig in to our pizzas! Sudded with rosemary and pistachios, the Rosa took us by surprise, but the Wiseguy with roasted crimini's stole our hearts. Definitely a restaurant I would recommend, if you can get there at 4:30. Grab a drink at the bar next door, get in line, and enjoy each others company until the restaurant opens at 5 :)



My aunt also took us to a fabulous French place, Zinc Bistro, that took her back to the streets of Paris (I've never been, so I can't say ;)). Everything we had there was phenomenal, but the dish that is at the top of my list to recreate is their pistachio ice cream. The waitress we had was awesome, going above and beyond to try and find the recipe for me! She confirmed my suspicion--it had a coconut milk base. When I make room in my freezer, expect me to figure this one out :) As our "last meal" we went to White Chocolate Grill, which was also pretty good. They made their bread pudding with croissants, which won over a few of my dining companions!

I've probably missed something along the way, but it was great to go on vacation with my parents (it had been awhile!). It was also fun to meet my cousins' wives and their kids... crazy to think about how old that makes us! I leave you with one of my new buddies, we had fun flirting at lunch one day ;) Isn't he just the cutest??

Me & Tommy

17 comments:

Laura: Learning to Love said...

I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to try a savory pb sandwich!!

Lauren said...

Looks like you had an amazing vacation! It looks beautiful =D.

Erica said...

How fabulous. I love AZ! Josh and I considered moving there but it was just too far from our families. The hiking sounds awesome

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Thanks for the shoutout Shannon! So you have done more in "my town" in a week than I've done in the 2 mos since we've lived here LOL. I will use unpacking and settling in, and oh yeah cooking and blogging up a storm, as my excuses but your shots of the Pinnacle hike are giving me the kick in the bootie I need. It's all of 15 min from my house. I need to get on that...maybe this weekend yet?!!!

Anyway it was great seeing you and if you're ever here again, holla :) I will even have Scott watch Skylar LOL
xoxox

Living and Loving in L.A. said...

So jealous you got to meet Averie! How fun! Those are some great pictures too!!

Joanne said...

This sounds like such a fun trip! I went to AZ a few years ago with my roomie from college since that is where she grew up. There is so much fun hiking to do around there and so many great places to eat. The food you described sounds super good.

I buy jars of peanut butter from PB loco on-line by the box! All of their flavors are delicious but the sumatra cinnamon raisin is one of my favorites. I eat a jar of their peanut butter within about a week. It's dangerous.

Dawn said...

stay in AZ! the weather at home bites. we need SUN. I'm dying without sun, and I know AZ has tons of it.
love that sammie too, bring one home. lol

kitchenbelle said...

Sounds like a great trip! Welcome home. PS Tommy is adorable!

Kerstin said...

How fun, sounds like you had an awesome trip! We're going to AZ for the holidays and I'm already looking forward to trying Pizzaria Bianco!

MacDuff said...

So awesome!! I've never been to AZ, but totally want to hit it sometime. Love the pictures of cactii!

Emily said...

Looks like you had a fantastic vacation in AZ. Even though it's dry, it looks beautiful. :-)

Congrats on getting to go to the Foodbuzz Festival, too!

Elina said...

Going to PB Loco cafe I think would be the highlight of my trip. I'm really into food centric traveling ;)

Kelly said...

Sounds like a really fun trip.

brandi said...

it looks like you had a great time! I've never been to AZ, but it looks so beautiful.

RunToTheFinish said...

Vacations are wonderful, but so true that they really knock you out of whack for a bit when getting back!!

how neat you got to meet averie, she is a doll!

Brittany said...

OMG. I have been wanting to go to PB Loco Cafe since I found out it existed. Your recreation of the sandwich looks tasty. I might need to recreate your recreation!

Erica said...

hey girly- where did you guys stay?

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