Scottsdale, Arizona

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

17572372921_f05481e7e8_cA spring weekend in Scottsdale. This was my first (and hopefully not last!) visit to Arizona…

17570549712_1a9683816a_c…which started in the late afternoon at The Saguaro

17385247630_f85d3b87d9_c…with killer guacamole at Distrito. They do two types – one with cotija and another with lump crabmeat. I loved them both equally.

16950259864_5d9a194288_cAnd then it was off to Second Story for old fashioneds…

17384994828_aa61ec7d10_c…dry aged ribeye…

17416064098_72f0dcddbf_c…and a giant, boozy wedge of rum butter cake, grilled crisp on a flattop.

17572762985_4e445633ab_cToast and prickly pear jam for breakfast the next morning. And off to the spa (where they do a white tea scrub)…

16950180904_03d331cafc_c…before a visit to Tea Time, for milk oolong and a matcha latte.

17546372066_6446685f4d_cAnd a trip to Super Chunk for honeycomb cake. Super moist honey cake on the bottom. Topped with cinnamon tres leches, poofy layers of whipped mascarpone, and crumbled honeycomb candy. Repeat. The owner used to work for Roy’s…so there are tons of Hawaii-influenced sweets in the bakery like li hing mui-pineapple pops.

17546348636_29e828cca3_cA little afternoon nap, and then off to The Phonecian for afternoon tea.

16950154834_c5bd94b7a1_cTea for two at 3 o’clock…details in another post later this week ^-^

17570351172_21b0a71334_cDinner at FnB, my favorite restaurant of the trip. Watermelon, beets, and heirloooms…

17572560001_633b10e5b9_c…shaved kholrabi, with parm and porcinis.

17572551421_bec76931c9_cLamb tenderloin…

17386289219_82ff515650_c….and for dessert, butterscotch pudding, lemon cake with cherries, and a collapsed chocolate slab with cream.

17386283679_db7ae71a07_cWe walked to the farmer’s market the next morning, and then to Cartel for coffee and chai…

17385020380_76b801a96c_c…and soon it was time for…

17570294012_b6418ba016_cPizzeria Bianco!!! I’ve been wanting to dine here for years so that was real treat.

17546195556_1ba94ddd40_cA classic margherita…

17546203906_61d1881d6c_c…and Wiseguy with roasted onions, house smoked mozzerella, and fennel sausage. Heaven.

17546182566_04a028d7d8_cPost-pizza we drove over to Sweet Republic (thanks for driving, Stephanie!)

17386201859_a00702d69c_cOne scoop medjool dates, one scoop kulfi. Perfect combo.

17572542585_6654a9f626_cAfternoon bath at the Fairmont Scottsdale

17546162366_fe93e93a98_c…like that little touch of NYC with Le Labo bath products ^-^

17386180919_1e71861f11_cDinner at Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue…brisket and saucy ribs…

16949943104_cbb0f6590f_c…and a side of spicy fried rabbit. Ice cream sandwiches for dessert!

17384673308_e5bab1388c_cUp early the next morning for 8am pilates..I forgot how good exercise can feel. Definitely want to be doing more of that heheheh. Sunday afternoon = spa. Think mud wraps and scalp massages. Never underestimate the power of a good scalp massage!

16952049353_7cdab82129_cSupper at La Hacienda started with queso fundido (laced with chorizo and mushrooms), and finished with airy churros and dulce de leche. A midnight stroll…

17572276901_5260b57846_c…and back home to NYC the next morning. Till next time ^-^

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