When it’s in the single digits (*F) in St. Louis in early January, a weekend in Phoenix is a welcome escape! I headed out the first weekend in January for a belated birthday trip (courtesy of my dad and his wife).
Our first stop was Joyride Taco House for street tacos and elote – yum! Even more exciting was that it was warm enough to sit on the patio!
After tacos, it was time for First Friday. Museums are free and open late on the first Friday of each month, and downtown feels like a bit of a festival with all of the art and food for sale. We walked all around and stopped to visit the Phoenix Art Museum as well as the Heard Museum. There were some great exhibits at both, but I really liked “A Tribute to James Galanos” – a fashion designer who dressed women like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Nancy Reagan.
[Andy Warhol, Sunset – 1972]
[I thought this one was cool, because it’s made to look like something exploded and bits are flying everywhere.]
We kicked off our Saturday with more good food at Snooze: An A.M. Eatery, where I tried two different kinds of Eggs Benedict. And of course, we sat outside on the patio again!
We got pedicures at Luxe Nail Bar, which had SO MANY pedicure stations! I was amazed!
Late in the afternoon, we headed to Scottsdale to visit Taliesin West, the final home of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture school, which is still in operation. This was Wright’s winter home, and he began construction in 1937. Our guide shared many, many stories about the life Frank Lloyd Wright lived in this home. He also shared a lot about Wright’s apprentices, who helped build this property. I visited Falling Waters in Pennsylvania when I was young, but that was so long ago, that everything I learned about Frank Lloyd Wright during this visit felt new.
We had dinner at Sumomaya, which describes itself as a Mexican Asian Kitchen. We had everything from Pomegranate Guacamole to Bacon-wrapped Dates to Pineapple Fried Rice to Sushi rolls with Foie Gras. It was a strange combination, but everything was delicious.
After church on Sunday, we had one more delicious meal at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles. The chicken and cornbread were delicious, but I have to say that The Flying Biscuit in Atlanta has better cheese grits. The best part for me was the fact that they serve Kool-Aid! I don’t think I’ve had any since I was a little kid. Boy, is it sugary!
Thanks to my family for a weekend of fun in a city where winter is delightful!