As you may know, Jeff and I are both originally from Arizona. I haven’t lived there in 5 years and Jeff hasn’t lived in Arizona for about 15 years. With both of our families still there, we go back a few times each year to visit. We are headed to AZ today to pick up the older girls and see our parents and siblings. I packed this outfit (first talked about in this EARLY ACCESS post) because I can wear each piece together or separate! Here are some of my favorite places to eat and things to do when in Arizona.
PLACES TO EAT IN ARIZONA
BOCA TAQUERIA – formerly Tia Rosa’s. This is a childhood favorite. I always order the chicken enchiladas with green sauce. Their chips and green salsa are my absolute favorite.
SAUCE – the kids mac n’ cheese is SO good. I also love the pine nut/chicken salad.
BARROS – another childhood favorite. My all time favorite pizza. The wings are good too.
CHOP SHOP – great green drinks and bowls
NORTH – I love any restaurant by Sam Fox and AZ has a ton of them. He has now opened several: True Food, Flower Child, North etc in California. At North I love the Italian Farm salad salmon.
LGO – get the dip duo and don’t leave until you grab some homemade english muffins and sea salt cookies from the grocery next door.
ZINBURGER – another great Fox restaurant. Get the zucchini fries with your burger!
JALAPENO BUCKS – green chili and beef burrito and I hear the brisket is also incredible.
TEMARI – really great sushi in Gilbert
HOPDODDY – burgers and shakes. Newport Beach also just got this restaurant.
SNOOZE – one of the best omelet’s I’ve had. Kids love the pancakes.
ZOE’S KITCHEN – love the mediterranean chicken plate
SWIG – famous for their frosted sugar cookies, but you’ve got to try the coconut oatmeal! Incredible.
THINGS TO DO IN ARIZONA
CAMELBACK MOUTAIN – I love to hike. So do my kids. This is a good one.
USERY MOUNTAIN – easier than Camelback, located in the east valley
LAST CHANCE – if you don’t know about LC, here’s a quick run down. All of Nordstrom returns go here and marked down up to 90% off. It’s really amazing when you score something good, like the Wang boots I’m wearing in this post. I bought them, totally new for $60…for real! I will warn you it’s like thrift shopping in a big messy warehouse with hundreds of people all wanting and sometimes fighting over items. I’ve said this for years, but a behind the scenes of Last Chance would make a really great reality show. Also the same regulars have been there since I was in Jr. High buying Doc Marten sandals.
FASHION SQUARE – hands down, best mall. Every high and low end store, all in one spot.
QT- can you tell I’m running out of things to do in Arizona…#onereasonwhyImoved. However, this is the BEST gas station and the only gas station with clean bathrooms. Get a soft pretzel or a BLT on a croissant, you’re welcome:)
TOPGOLF – planning to this with my family this weekend
BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND – the kids all love this place
TEMPLE LIGHTS – I always love seeing the temple lights, excited to show Ozzy for the first time.
TEMPE TOWN LAKE – rent the water bikes. Great workout.
WHERE TO STAY IN ARIZONA
WESTIN KIERLAND – love this hotel. Best location to walk to restaurants and shopping.
HOTEL VALLEY HO – this hotel has such a good vibe. Jeff and I stayed in one of their two story penthouses, it was as big as our home. Super retro and the banana pancakes are good!
JW MARRIOTT – great for families. Fun waterpark for the kids.
THE PHOENICIAN – such a pretty spot with a view of Camelback Mountain
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