Arizona in February

If you have the Winter Blues and are reaching your limit on cold or snow or bulky jackets, might I suggest a quick trip to Arizona?  There’s palm trees and baseball and hiking and sunshine!  We planned a trip back in December and after a week in which it snowed THREE TIMES, we were more than ready to escape to the land of perpetual summer.


We went the Airbnb route and stayed at a beautiful house in Scottsdale.  There was even a grapefruit tree in the backyard and though the pool wasn’t heated, it was pretty to look at 🙂  Post rental car pick up, house check in and brief unpack, we headed towards Old Town Scottsdale (though I think we were technically a few block from it) for dinner at Craft + Farm and look, they serve kombucha cocktails!

Afterward, we walked to Goldwater Brewing for beer and spicy popcorn, followed by a quick trip to the Sugar Bowl.  I think everyone was having ice cream buyer’s remorse after seeing all the interesting concoctions on the menu and having just ordered plain old scoops of ice cream.


The next morning, we made our way to Hash Kitchen for breakfast and the restaurant turned out to be huge!  And there was also a DJ setting up, ha.  We were sat far enough away that the music was a fun addition instead of an annoying distraction.  Also, I can’t speak for anyone else, but my Huevos Ranchero Hash was incredible!  Can I put fried onions on everything from now on?

We hiked Tom’s Thumb afterwards and the weather was so perfect for mid-day hiking.  I thought the difficultly level of the hike was just right, but I’m not going to lie, my calves were sore for like four days!  Later on, we took ourselves to the Salty Sow for happy hour/early dinner and we saw two groups of people take a selfie outside and felt compelled to follow suit.  We ordered Brussels sprouts with golden raisins and nachos to share and both dishes were SO GOOD.

May or may not have accidentally driven to a way out of the way movie theater to see Black Panther later that night.  I’m not sure how I feel about superhero movies in general (I feel like they tend to lean into plot/action scenes and neglect character development, though this one offers much more nuance/depth) but I know Shuri was a hilarious badass and Michael B. Jordan plays an incredible villain that you almost end up rooting for.


SPRING TRAINING!  BASEBALL!  ROCKIES! I’M SO HAPPY!  We had breakfast with Joey’s grandparents Monday morning then made our way to Salt River Fields to walk around for a bit before the game started.  We had lawn seats and though there weren’t many of us, it was kind of nice to not feel so crowded or hot.  Rockies maybe lost and we maybe left towards the end, when all the big name players had been switched out, but Joey caught a Kyle Freeland warm-up ball, I drank a margarita in the sun and most importantly, we got a taste of baseball ♥

For dinner, we went to Twisted Grove and ordered… Brussels sprouts!  But also pasta, chicken, a crab cake and a sandwich, all of which we approved of.  We tried to go to Top Golf afterwards and there was seriously a two hour wait, on a Monday night!  How?!  So we changed course and went glow-in-the-dark mini golfing instead.  I really really lost but I need you to know that at one of the holes, we had to spin a wheel and Lori was forced to use her club like a pool cue and SHE GOT A HOLE IN ONE!  I’m still amazed.  One last ice cream treat afterwards, then we were done for the night.

Tuesday, before our flight, we had a chance to grab breakfast and coffee at Maverick Coffee and then we popped into a cute little baseball apparel store (where I totally bought myself a shirt) before heading to the airport and back home to Denver.  Till next time, Arizona!

Where We Stayed: Turquoise House Scottsdale 

Where We Ate/Drank:

Farm & Craft // Healthy options, normal portion sizes and kombucha cocktails!  But most importantly, David Dahl eats here.

Goldwater Brewing // I had a Birthday Suit IPA taster and really liked it!  Plus they have a popcorn maker, where you can help yourself to a snack.

Hash Kitchen // This place is busy but it’s also big, so the wait is no big deal.  Get the Huevos Ranchero Hash and let your waiter talk you into writing a Yelp review (twist my arm…) for 10% off your bill!

Salty Sow // Order Brussels and nachos off the Happy Hour menu and just know that the entrees are big enough to split.

T.C. Eggington’s // We needed a place in Mesa to meet Joey’s grandparents and picked this place.  It was halfway between hip and homey and the Hilltop Acres skillet was plenty cheesy!

Salty Señorita at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick // This early in Spring Training season, lots of stands weren’t open but I was able to grab tacos and a margarita and they were both surprisingly good!

Twisted Grove // I had a hard time deciding what to order because everything looked good!  And luckily, it all was.  I ate a surprisingly good (for a desert state) crab cake.

Sweet Republic // This place was quite cute, but I’m just going to be honest, I thought the ice cream was really icy and flavorless.  Like if I just closed my eyes, I would have thought I was eating snow…

Maverick Coffee // I appreciated the hipster vibe (all the brewing methods, all the non-dairy milks, all avocado toast) and I was delighted to find they had overnight oats but the portion seemed unnecessarily large and it was topped with what I believe were dried banana slices that had soaked up some moisture and tasted REALLY off-putting.

What We Did: 

Tom’s Thumb // A really good moderate hike, that will get your lungs and leg muscles working.

Spring Training // If you’re not catching a Spring Training game, what are you even doing it AZ? 🙂

Glow Putt // In case Top Golf has a 2+ hour wait.

Baseballism // The best baseball shirts!



Weekend Things & Love/Hate Relationships

Don’t worry, that’s not a description of my relationship with Joey.  But it is a description of my relationship with him being out of town for the weekend.  It’s that time of the year again… Spring Training!  Which means Joey’s been in Arizona, soaking up the warm weather, time with his grandparents and of course, Rockies baseball.  Meanwhile, I’ve been at home, loudly playing three songs on repeat, eating a bowl of Brussels sprouts for dinner and spending more money than I probably should be.  In other words, love the alone time, hate that I’m missing out on the AZ funshine <— that’s a new word I just made up.  Like it?!  Some other love/hate relationships I’ve been experiencing this weekend?


The one with my mani/pedi experience on Friday afternoon.  Love how my nails turned out, hate that it ended up making me wayyyy late for my other Friday night plans.  Note to self: If manicurist says she’s running 20 minutes late, just reschedule.  But, fact: Blondes Pink nails have more fun.



Love that I got to spend the night with these two cutie faces at the Nuggets game on Friday night, hate that someone stole the cash out of my sister’s wallet when she accidentally lost it on the walk to the Pepsi Center.  At least they turned in her wallet, ID, debit card, etc, but bad karma to that person!




Love homemade almond milk, hate that there’s such a rush to use it.  I’ve only made almond milk one other time a few years ago and I remember being pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was and not so pleasantly surprised at how quickly it went sour.  We’re talking two days quick.  I made sure to make a small batch this time and use it all up between Saturday (when I made it) and Sunday.  So amazingly creamy!  I definitely need to make this a more frequent occurrence.


How’s that for a complicated drink order?  I missed one box though!


Love Saturday morning coffee, wedding talk and massage with my mom, hate when my massage ends!  I most definitely took a mini nap during said massage, which is a true sign of how good it was.  At the end, I tried my best to convince my mom she forgot to massage my head.  She knew better, but did it again anyways 🙂


Could that roasted red pepper hummus look any grosser?

Love this weekend’s PERFECT weather (hello, al fresco dining!), hate that indoor running endurance apparently does not translate to outdoor running endurance.  It was 75 degrees yesterday.  I repeat, SEVENTY-FIVE DEGREES.  Too nice not to go running outside.  I’ve been religiously and exclusively running 3 miles at the gym lately, but I headed outside on both Saturday and Sunday and felt like I’d never run in my life.  Save me.

Love all the restaurant options in Denver (btw, Twitter informed me that one of my favorite restaurants follows me and now I feel like I’ve really made it in life), hate that it’s so fricken hard to park!  Basically it goes like this: 5 minutes to get everywhere, 15 minutes to find parking.  I paralleled and it only took me one try so this is huge progress.

Love catching up with Hannah, hate that it doesn’t happen nearly enough!  Evidence that we are soul mates is that I had been staring lustfully at all the appetizers and her first question was “should we get some of these appetizers?”  Um yes!  Gorgonzola-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates for the win!  I think we are officially up to date on each other’s lives.


Love Sunday breakfast with my family, hate that no one ordered the “Cornbread Rancheros.”  I’m pretty sure that’s what the restaurant is known for, yet none of us ordered it.  Boo!  I got a brie and veggie scramble with griddled potatoes and although it was tasty I was kind of disinterred for some reason.  Definitely solid (and close!) enough to give it another try though.


Love that I was able to take my dad to Cheesman Park for the first time — I had no idea he hadn’t been there yet! — hate that I still suck at getting around in Denver without help from my iPhone.  Bad excuse, but Joey does most of the driving so I’m never paying attention to how we get places.  Codependency problems, right?


Love that I replenished our grocery supply (now that’s a fruit bowl!), hate that I ended up at home with a bag of someone else’s meat?  Like $20 worth of stuff I definitely didn’t buy.  I consulted my sister and she said the store would most likely have to throw it away even if I did return it, so I guess I just inherited some ground turkey and cod filets?  What does one make with cod filets?

And last but not least, love that Joey is home today because I hate how quiet it is around here!


P.S. I really did have Brussels sprouts for dinner last night.