My trip began at this tasty eatery in Phoenix. A small chain out of Colorado that does it right. Great decor, very tasty food, vibe, music, servers. All good.
There’s something about traveling that makes me want a Bloody Mary. Their concoction was stellar…very herbaceous and spicy.
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Candied Pecans. YUM.
on to Sedona…
Not a bad view from the hotel. Nice craft cocktails and scenery that is mesmerizing. Three cocktails later, I was glad my room was within walking distance.
Nice Quinoa Salad. Perfect afternoon snack while gazing at the big red rocks.
Took Oak Creek Canyon Drive to Flagstaff. Beautiful.
The Grand Canyon…
I have never heard so many different languages spoken in one location. Truly an international destination. Awesome and humbling.
On to Palm Springs with a stop in Jerome and Prescott…
Prescott, Arizona is a happening town. Great courthouse square with shops and funky cafes. I enjoyed “The Blue Cat”.
Palm Springs is an oasis in the desert. Restaurants, nightlife, mountains and a mid-century vibe. Took a great architectural tour and dined in several good places. The standout was Johannes. Delicious meal.
On to San Diego…
Coastline at La Jolla. Delicious lunch at George’s with a good friend. Spectacular view.
Best fries ever! Really. Leroy’s Kitchen in Coronado. Had two orders. Loved strolling the streets and neighborhoods in Coronado. Pricey real estate. Fabulous weather.
Farmer’s Market in Little Italy. Overflowing displays of gorgeous, organically raised vegetables. Cheese vendors, bread makers, baristas, taco vendors, beer on tap, musicians, gorgeous flowers…so much for the eye and appetite. A MUST DO.
BALBOA PARK…amazing…1200 acres of urban green space: fountains, gardens, museums, theaters, restaurants and the famous San Diego Zoo.
Most of the buildings at the park were built for the opening of The Panama Canal. Beautiful, ornate carved stone.
San Diego Museum of Art
The Tony winning Globe Theatre. Three performance venues.
Beautiful succulent garden.
So many roses.
Who couldn’t spend the day here? Had a nice lunch at The Prado. Lovely patio dining.
Spreckels Organ Pavillion. It was Flag Day and I heard patriotic fervor from the pipes. The instrument is soon to be the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ.
I guess you can tell that I was most impressed with this park. Such a treasure. Anyway, back home now and back in the kitchen. More recipes coming!!!!