Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Arizona's Eclectic Foods

So yes, it took less than a week for me to break my blogging resolution. However, I do have a good excuse, I have been in Arizona and I have been experiencing it as a tour guide. 

This semester, I don't have classes on Tuesday or Friday, which meant that with MLK day off, we had from Thursday after class to Tuesday absolutely free. So, Giulia and I planned a trip to Mesa with a detour to the Grand Canyon. As we were leaving, after class, Dave decided to spontaneously join us. We had a great time and saw some fun things. The best part, and the nucleus of the trip ended up being the places we ate. 

The night we got in, we went to Yupha's. Adam and I shared
fried rice (with no egg) and some curry. It was my first Thai
experience and I loved it, despite the fact that it was so
spicy my eyes were tearing up. 

The next morning/afternoon we took the light rail into phoenix
and walked down central to Lo-Lo's. They are famous for their
southern style chicken and waffles. I pretty much threw my detox
out the window by eating fried chicken, however, I had them hold
the bacon, cheese and sauce on my sandwich. 

This, was the sole reason that Dave joined us on our adventure. 
What you might ask is a Cornish Pasty? According to Dave, it
is a gourmet hot pocket. I wasn't too sure how I felt about 
such a concoction. All I have to say, is they are amazing! 
Giulia and I split two for dinner that night.
The Greek: 
Spinach, fresh mozzarella, feta, sun-dried  
tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichokes & roasted garlic   
With a side of tzatziki or tahini 
and the
Veggie Pesto Chicken:        
Quorn© brand vegetarian chicken, artichokes,  
mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and pesto  
With a side of marinara 

Since we hadn't eaten enough that day, we did a 
midnight run to phoenix for tacos. They have been 
coined The Phoenix Gay Bar Tacos. 
Supposedly these are the best authentic Mexican 
tacos to be found in the Phoenix metropolitan area. 
And, I will concur with that statement, yumm. 
The first night though, I was so full I didn't order
a mini quesadilla. So, we of course had to go back 
the next night so I could order correctly. 

Monday, before we headed out, we needed to 
get lunch, so Adam took us to Chino Bandido. 
Yes, this is a mixture of Chinese and Mexican 
food. It may sound disgusting, but wow! How 
can you go wrong with an orange chicken 
quesadilla? You can't really. And, they top
it off with a free snicker doodle cookie. 

There are a few things we learned on this trip:
1.) If you are ever in Arizona, don't pay the $20 car fee to see the Grand Canyon, instead save your money and eat at some AMAZING place. There are many, these are the places we hit up on a 4 day stay, imagine if we had stayed longer.
2.) Dave is now know as the spontaneous one
3.) Chelsie is bossy, and
4.) Giulia's interpretation of the language can sometimes be hilarious. 

1 comment:

  1. Working your way through triple d's Phoenix stops? Next, Matts big breakfast. And Joe's farm grill. I want to try this taco truck though. Where is it at?