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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Quickie Arizona Recap

As many of you know, Ryan and I spent last week in Arizona with some of our good friends, Mike and Maggie. It was a fabulous trip; we could not have asked for better weather (high 70s, low 80s all week), better hikes (3 in total-the Grand Canyon, Secret Canyon in Sedona, and Sabino Canyon in Tucson), or better friends to share it with! It was hard coming home after such a perfect week, but I was eager to get back into the kitchen. We ate a few of our meals at the condo--most breakfasts and a few dinners consisting of an appetizer spread--but we also ventured out and explored many great places in Arizona.

A special thanks to Kelsey, Jenn, and Sara, for graciously giving us many food and activity suggestions. Aside from hiking, we also managed to check out Fashion Square Mall, the Desert Botanical Gardens, a Spring Training Baseball game, and many other fun things. Check out the pictures below for the highlights :)

Brewers vs. Giants in Scottsdale

The 4 of us at the Grand Canyon (a little chillier here!)

One of our MANY water crossings during our Sedona hike

Cooking in the Condo

Pretty flowers at the Botanical Gardens

Maggie and I at Seven Falls (Sabino Canyon)
Additionally, we had some wonderful meals and lots of delish margaritas. Again, highlights below...

Lots of margaritas enjoyed at Cafe Carumba (on multiple occasions!)...the fresh watermelon margarita was my favorite!

We ate a lot of Mexican Food...including these yummy eats (& margaritas) at Loco Patron for Happy Hour

Awesome breakfast at an eclectic cafe in Flagstaff (Macy's), between our Grand Canyon & Sedona hikes

Our favorite meal of the trip, from Joe's Farm Grill (A MUST-VISIT if you're anywhere near it in Arizona)...best burger of my life!

Thai salad with tuna, also from Joe's Farm Grill (we saw this place featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network one night and decided it was worth a stop. Boy we were right!)

The SUGAR BOWL...banana splits for lunch in the cutest little ice cream parlor!

Grimaldi's pizza for our last night in Scottsdale. We devoured this bad boy!

As you can see, a fabulous trip! Later this week I'll post a recipe we re-created from a dish we had one night at Cafe Carumba!