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Foodies in Phoenix ~ An Overview

Foodies In Phoenix ~ The Complete SavoristOn the 28th of June I arrived in Phoenix for what I assumed would be a fun, quick, delicious, and hot experience. I had no idea how much each of those things it would be. Sitting here, wanting to share with you all that I experienced, it quickly became clear that I could not convey the entire trip in a single post. So instead of trying to cram all my adventures into one multi-thousand word post, I decided to start with a quick overview of what I did and then one by one, share each experience.

I arrived at 8 am and was picked up at the airport by Loriann of Thyme for Cocktails. We visited her Farmer’s Market, had lunch with her hubby, and then took off to my first resort hotel.

I’ve listed my itinerary below with just a tasting of something I experienced at each location. See what I did there?

Fairmont Princess: ScottsdaleFairmont Scottsdale Princess ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxThis is the view from my balcony. I walked into my room, threw back the curtains and my breath hitched. Was it the beauty that did it? For sure, but quite possibly the refreshing nature of that glorious teal water in 110 degree heat might have played a part too.

Blue Hound KitchenBlue Hound Kitchen ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxI might have gone a little crazy taking pictures of the hounds in this place. But wait until I write about the food! I was just anticipating tastings, but we had courses. This first stop in my Phoenix adventures set the tone of the entire trip: food, fun, drinks, fun, laughter, and many, many Mmmmm’s.

Joe’s Farm Grill/AgritopiaJoe's Farm Grill ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphx

This is the burger made famous on Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives. One bite, I knew why it was famous. Super juicy and full of flavor.Agritopia ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxEven though it was over 100 degrees, walking around this agriculture community (agritopia) was incredibly fascinating and honestly quite inspiring. My whole life I have been taught about self-sufficiency and self-reliance. This is taking those teaching and fully putting them into practice.

Hayden Flour Mills (Sossaman Farms)Hayden Flour Mills - Sossaman Farms ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodieInPhoenix #MyPhx**Warning, the above picture is not gluten free**  I couldn’t resist. I know this looks like a boring picture, just a few various grains on a table, but they have taken rare ancient grains and given them new life. Take that quinoa.

Queen Creek Olive MillQueen Creek Olive Mill ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxYes, I am at an olive mill and you’re looking at a plate of cupcakes. During the course of my trip to Phoenix, I spent a lot of time on social media and this cupcake showed up on my Instagram feed. I knew I was going to be visiting this location a few hours from when I saw the picture. To say it was all I could think about was an understatement. When it was served to us after the tour, I was rather impatient, annoyed that I was following ‘the rules’ and having lunch first before I devoured the cupcake. But it was worth it.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing CompanyArizona Wilderness Brewing Company ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxThose that know me, know I am not the hugest of beer fans, but I’m holding the darkest ale, which turned out to be my favorite in the bunch with notes of chocolate…yes it ALWAYS comes back to chocolate for me.

La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessLa Hacienda ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxThe picture isn’t the best, and for that I apologize to you and to Chef Forest Hamrick but I had a spiritual experience eating this taco. The first bite literally brought a tear to my eye. The tender lobster, the creamy avocado and that sauce, I still don’t know what it was because, well, it didn’t stay around long enough for me to pick it apart or even savor it, I just wanted to devour it. And I did…twice

Vincent Market Bistro/Vincent’s on CamelbackVincent's on Camelback ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxPhoenix is landlocked, but I have never had more seafood in such a short period of time and never had quiet some many delicious offerings. The smoked salmon quesadilla was unique in that the cheese quesadilla is enclosed in a thin succulent piece of smoked salmon. The soup brought me back to childhood. It was a dish paired in comfort and sophistication.

Desert Botanical Garden Chef Demo by Chef Jason Wyrick of The Vegan TasteDesert Botanical Gardens and The Vegan Taste ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxChef Wyrick is vegan. You all know I am not. But I can tell you that he created some AWESOME dishes where I didn’t even miss the meat. I will be recreating some of his recipes to share with you, some will have meat in them, much to his dismay. But I did learn how fantastic vegan food really is. He made this spicy and full bodied soup and added this swiss chard to it.  He looked like he was deeply in love with this bunch; it was a look I recognized well as I have had it many of times in my own produce section or Farmer’s Market.

Westin-Kierland ResortWestin Kierland Resort ~ The Complete SavoristAfter a long and utterly full day (both with time commitments and quantity of food), it was amazing walking into my room and looking out the window. Gorgeous. I had some downtime and it was the perfect opportunity to sit out on my balcony and do some writing. Later that night a vibrant thunderstorm rippled through the sky, so I went back outside on the balcony, did some more writing and watched the nature show.

Scotch Tasting at The Scotch Library with Bagpipes at Sunset

Scotch Tasting at the Scotch Library ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPHoenix #myphxWe’ve established I am not much of a beer drinker, you can now add whisky in any of it’s varieties as well. Although, I think with the right mixer, I might get on board with at few of these. I didn’t shoot them or even chug. We sipped. I can’t wait to share with you all that I learned about scotch and how to go about actually smelling your beverage to find the notes of flavor. I truly think with time, I might find one I truly enjoy, they do have over 200 bottles.

DeseoDeseo ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxI struggled with what picture to share for Deseo as each component of the meal from the cocktail to the chocolate cigar was worthy to be included in this overview. But my carnivorous side ruled in favor of the steak cooked to a perfect medium rare and was so tender, a knife wasn’t necessary.

Nelson Garcia-Miranda ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphxMeet Nelson Garcia-Miranda, a Cuban artist who was plucked from his humble job at Deseo when his true talent and passion was revealed. His art stopped me in my tracks. I can’t wait to share his story with you.

I am grateful to Visit Phoenix and Visit Mesa for inviting me and the other media members to Phoenix to partake in the culinary delights.

Before I sign off for this post, I need to introduce you to the fabulous ladies I traveled with.

Theresa Greco writes The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine. She is on a mission to share her love of healthy yet delicious food from both her kitchen and from all her travels. Theresa is serious about her food sources,  and that impressed me. Plus she made me feel totally better about my own food quirks. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.Theresa Greco ~ The Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphx

Theresa Greco ~ The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine

Jennifer Drummond writes Peanut Butter and Peppers. She shares her food tips and her commitment to a healthy-eating lifestyle, but she also believes in moderation, as she loves her burgers. We did share that pictured burger above. I think she might eat peppers for breakfast too, I truly wouldn’t be surprised. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.Jennifer Drummond ~ Peanut Butter and Peppers ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphx

Jennifer Drummond ~ Peanut Butter and Peppers

Susan Benton writes 30aEats. If you want to know anything remotely related to food, from local farmers to restaurants to culinary artisans in the Northwest section of Florida, then Susan is your woman. She is witty and beyond knowledgable about all things food. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and InstagramSusan Benton ~ 30aEats ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphx

Susan Benton ~ 30aEats with daughter Caroline Coker

These ladies have all traveled together before, so essentially I am the new girl on the block. My time with them was short but completely unforgettable. They are all warm, charming, intelligent, beautiful, and HILARIOUS. I am grateful to have been added to their fold.

One by one, I will share my entire trip with you. As you can see, there is no way I could do each location justice in one quick article. Which location are you most eager to read about?Foodies in Phoenix ~ The Complete Savorist #FoodiesInPhoenix #myphx

Foodies In Phoenix

This trip was sponsored by Visit Phoenix and Visit Mesa. All events and accommodations were provided for, however all opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

Thank you for sharing!

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Sara
    July 8, 2015 at 1:23 am

    What an amazing trip, I wasn’t hungry until I read this post and now you’ve got me craving a vacation with some good food 🙂

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      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Phoenix is a place to go. I would have never thought that until this trip.

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    July 8, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Great overview, so many fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    July 8, 2015 at 3:57 am

    What a great trip Michelle. I’m so glad you got to go. I enjoyed it vicariously! Great photos and fun times. 🙂

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      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Allie. If you get chance, go. The off-season is the summer, so more deals can be had then…if you can endure 115 degree heat from inside a pool. 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Year-Round Giving
    July 8, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Jealous! It looks like yall had a blast!
    I want in on the next trip!
    Cheers,
    Stephanie

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      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Stephanie, it was a fantastic experience.

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    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie
    July 8, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I’m so sorry I missed meeting all of you. Looks like you had a great time!

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      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Shelby, I am so sad I did not get to meet you. We must plan another trip.

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    I Should Have Been One of the #FoodiesinPhoenix
    July 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

    […] surprisingly, the girls managed to have a good time without me. Jennifer’s post and Michelle’s post almost made me feel like I was there. […]

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet
    July 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    My brother lives in AZ so I’m pinning & saving this so I can remember all of this!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Lisa, I truly feel we only reached the tip of the iceberg so to speak on what can be done there.

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    GiGi Eats
    July 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    That burger CALLS TO ME!

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      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

      I hear ya…get it with egg on it. I’ll be sharing that one soon.

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    Faye Wilkerson
    July 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Phoenix looks like a fun place to visit.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

      It truly is, I was so very impressed.

  • Reply
    Derek
    July 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    When do I get the invite to Phoenix?! Looks like a blast!

  • Reply
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    July 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve lived in Phoenix most of my life and haven’t been to a few of these spots. How fun!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 1:45 am

      Which haven’t you been to?

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    christine
    July 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Great trip. So fun to get together and meet w/ all those other bloggers! I can’t wait to get some details on the burger. Whenever we travel we always try to find a place from DDD. So far we’ve had great luck and sounds like you did too!

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      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 1:45 am

      I love finding DDD places as well.

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    Analida's Ethnic Spoon
    July 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    The trip sounds great and I need to add Phoenix to my list of places to visit! Scotch tasting!! Nice!

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      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 1:47 am

      Phoenix was great. You really should add it to your must see places.

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    Healing Tomato
    July 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Looks like you guys had a blast. I have wanted to go to Phoenix for the longest time. You have made me want to go there tomorrow.

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    July 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

    It all looks like such a fun adventure – good friends good food – doesn’t get any better than this!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

      It really was a lot of fun.

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    The Food Hunter
    July 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I’m so glad you got to experience all that Phx has to offer! Happy we got the chance to meet IRL! Can’t wait until our next adventure!

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      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      I, too, am happy we got to meet in IRL.

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    July 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    It certainly sounds like you had an amazing trip!! And apparently I’ve been living under a rock – I haven’t been to any of these place yet! (I live in Phoenix). Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how big Phoenix is – I’m in the Ahwatukee area and haven’t branched out much N of South Mountain. Looks like i’ll have to remedy that 😀

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      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Oh Chrisy!, You must venture out, I am so impressed by what PHX has to offer.

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    Sandra
    July 9, 2015 at 11:04 am

    What a great trip! Love all the different samplings you got to do and how fun to meet fellow bloggers!! It would be hard to get out of the pool 🙂

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      Michelle
      July 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      The food was amazing, and meeting all the other bloggers was just the icing on my already delicious cake.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    July 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    What amazing picture you took and what an amazing time we had. I never realized how much Phoenix has to offer.

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      Michelle
      July 10, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Neither did I, Phoenix was truly an amazing place.

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    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    July 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This looks like so much fun….had a great laugh over your “non-gluten free” photo. LOL. Seriously, that pool looks like it was so much fun to swim in. Let me know when you go back 🙂

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    Susan 30AEats
    August 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    we had such a great trip and I love your post! It is so comprehensive the wonderful time we all shared in Phoenix, and I would love to return again! Pleasure to get to know you and spend time with everyone else doing so many great activities, while eating fantastic food!

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