Friday, May 31, 2013

Focus On Life Week 22: Foodie

Wow! What perfect timing for this theme. This past week, my two nieces visited Arizona for the very first time. I had a blast putting together our itinerary which not only featured some of our state's most scenic locations but also showcased some great food. Since we were on the road most of the week, we ate out almost every day and below is a sampling of our travel and dining itinerary.

We did have breakfast at home the first few days and I found this scrumptious recipe courtesy of Cathy Zastoupil on Facebook. How can you resist cinnamon, sugar and butter?

And here's what my version looked like (with some missing pieces):

Cinnamon Roll Cake
Just the nutrition we needed before heading out for our horseback ride at Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek.

We headed to beautiful Sedona and here you see the girls in front of praying hands at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Praying Hands in Background

We had lunch at the Cowboy Club and I had some fun with Photoshop combining a photo of Devon's burger with one of the menu.

Oak Creek is a wondrous place and our timing couldn't have been better. The weather was cool in the morning, warming to the mid 70's in the afternoon.

Oak Creek in Sedona
And what is a road trip without a little beadie sight-seeing? We stopped in the Bead Garden in Sedona and I found some Tulip needles, a Tulip awl, and some fantastic 8/0 and 11/0 seeds.

One of my all-time favorite places is Indian Gardens on Highway 89A on the way from Sedona to Flagstaff.

We had breakfast outside accompanied by the sweet sounds of the burbling stream. Isn't this latte almost too beautiful to drink?

Latte (non-fat of course) at Indian Gardens
On our second day in Sedona, we had breakfast at the Coffee Pot Restaurant, named for the famous Coffee Pot rock formation.

Its kitshy-cool decor featured these colorful images along the upper wall.

And the menu really does have 101 varieties of omelettes as well as countless other goodies. Mariah is a little overwhelmed at all the menu options.

When the girls checked in on Foursquare, they saw a message to "try the biscuits" so of course we did - as you can see in the middle of the photo below. And they were right - the biscuits are light, fluffy and delish!

Breakfast at the Coffee Pot Restaurant, Sedona
And what is a trip to Arizona without a stop at the Grand Canyon to gaze in amazement?

We took many many photos like the one above but my favorite is this weathered tree.

We headed south through Flagstaff and stopped for dinner at Charley's which is part of the historic Weatherford Hotel.

Although our locale was historic, our dinner selections were more on the modern side. For Devon a taco salad, for me a reuben and for Mariah some kind of southwest fry bread tacos.

We headed back to Cave Creek to complete the rest of our itinerary capped off by dinner at El Encanto.

The girls are packing to head back home. We have some great photos and probably a pound or two to show from our travels. But we sure had fun!

For more news from foodie fanatics, please stop on over to Sally's blog.


Patty Woodland said...

What a wonderful travelogue and how special for all of you.

Lynn Holland said...

And a good time was had by all

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, it sounds like you had a fab time, and all that food looks delicious!

Islandgirl said...

What a great travelogue! I have beads from the Sedona bead store in my stash. I was hiding out there during a snow storm the middle of may a couple of years ago! Don't remember where we ate there... if we go back I'll have to get some good restaurants from you.. we ate near the hotel which had a lovely location but the restaurants weren't very interesting!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Definitely need you as a tour guide when I visit Arizona. Great sites and great food.

My Life Under the Bus said...

I'm stuffed just looking at the pictures!

Shel said...

Oh Paula, these all look fabulous!! So much yummy goodness. I'm glad your nieces got to come for a visit - looks like you all had a wonderful time. El Encanto is my fav Mex food place - hubby's and son's too. We like to watch the turtles in the little pond while we eat - and the food is always super great!

Becky Pancake said...

Paula your week sounds fabulous. Thanx for the Arizona tour. I think your part of the country is so beautiful. That latte does look too good to drink.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Shel, I was thinking of your post when we were there. I think you had visited El Encanto for brunch a couple weeks ago - hope it was good!

Alice said...

What a wonderful time you had. I'm so glad you took us along on your trip and shared your favorite places to eat an to visit. I'm adding Sedona to my long list of places I want to visit.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Fabulous photos. That burger looks incredible. I know I'm going to crave that for awhile now. So glad it was a wonderful visit.

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