Restaurant Reviews

Arizona Bar-B-Que Fest

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Arizona Bar-B-Que Fest

Print PDF This past Saturday my family and I headed out to Salt River Fields for the fourth annual Arizona BBQ Festival with two things in mind. The redneck games (yep, I said it) and of course, the BBQ…..and my son wanted to see Metalhead (they had lots of other music too). My husband even gave himself a “redneck haircut” to celebrate the festivities, don’t worry, I took pictures so everyone can see. Can I get a “Yeehaw”? I think I should take a minute here and say that I don’t say “redneck” in a mean prejudice kind of way, but more in...

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Ultimate Body Boot Camp

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Ultimate Body Boot Camp

Print PDF So, a few weeks ago I was surfing around on Groupon and found this great deal for Ultimate Body Boot Camp – something I would probably never actually sign up for except that it was a really, really good deal and I can’t pass up a sale. Doesn’t the word boot camp just sound scary? It makes me think of like all of the movies where I’ve seen the drill Sargent screaming at the people and basically torturing them. Also, the first group was full, so I had to wait a month to start – more time to be nervous. Oh, you may be wondering what this has to do with...

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Aloha Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Aloha Festival

Print PDF This past Saturday and Sunday we had an amazing treat - The Aloha Festival in Tempe Arizona! We got to the festival sometime in the afternoon. As we walked up, we could smell what I thought was sure to be some of the best slow cooked pork ever! People were passing us by, the women’s  hair adorned with the Tropical flowers from the island. One guy we passed even had his beard done up with the flowers :)! There was a huge crowd gathered as we got closer.  The sound of Hawaiian music filled the air and as soon as we walked in we were greeted with the beautiful sight of the...

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Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire

Print PDF Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire – Once a year, chocolate purveyors (and lovers) from around the nation gather in downtown Glendale, AZ for this award-winning festival, which celebrates chocolate, romance and the arts. Also, it has lots of yummy treats :D! Here is a little glance at my own chocolate affaire. We had to park kind of far and walk, but as we got closer, we were greeted by the sweet smell of chocolate filling the air! People were passing us by on the way back to their cars munching on chocolate treats that they probably intended on taking home (I can’t...

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El New Yorican- Puerto Rican Restaurant – Phoenix, AZ

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

El New Yorican- Puerto Rican Restaurant – Phoenix, AZ

Print PDF   I recently had the pleasure of eating at El New Yorican, a local Puerto Rican restaurant here in Phoenix. Puerto Rican food is something that has become very close to my heart in the last 11 years (since I met my wonderful husband, Xavier). It is an amazing combination of Mediterranean and “island food” with some influences from Africa and yes, China. These influences stem from way back in history when trade ships from far away places would come to the island with their native food and cooking methods. Good Puerto Rican food is hard to come by unless you can...

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Hoptoberfest/Chili Cookoff

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Hoptoberfest/Chili Cookoff

Print PDF   Last Saturday, my husband Xavier and I loaded up the kids and went to the Hoptoberfest and Chili Cook-off. I have to say that when we left, we were expecting a typical festival where there are lots of families and tons of people walking around. Well, when we got there, from the parking lot, it appeared to be an empty festival with lots of tents set up and a rock – and – roll cover band playing. We debated for a few minutes going somewhere else and in the end decided to at least check it out. I’m glad we did, because first of all it wasn’t empty. It...

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