Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Arizona and Colorado Trip

My last week was spent in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona and the Denver, Colorado area. The weather was awesome, ok, maybe a bit too hot in Phoenix, but still beautiful. The sun was shining and I always love visiting these two places.

First stop was Phoenix. I arrived on Monday and headed straight out to a little area that has casinos. I spent part of my day outside and it was HOT. 100 degrees and I was baking. I stopped at a little lunch spot called, Original ChopShop and had the best salad. It has pistachios, cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, raisins and goat cheese on it. Soooo amazing. I also had a strawberry ginger ice tea lemonade.

I worked the rest of the day and then checked into my hotel. I worked out and then went to a nearby outlet mall to buy a little wallet from Kate Spade. Then I grabbed dinner at Postino. I had a cup of soup and three bruschettas (burrata, bacon and tomato, the ricotta with dates and pistachios, and the prosciutto with figs and marscarpone). The food was good, but the service sucked. Ugh. I wanted to stay for dessert, but thought I would go to an ice cream place instead. That is when I found, Fatty Daddy's. They had this dessert that looked pretty amazing and I had to try it. I got the coconut gelato with a vanilla macaroon half and then a burned vanilla marshmallow. Soooo good and worth every single calorie, ha.
Fatty Daddy's

Tuesday morning I got up bright and early to grab breakfast at a place Rory recommended to me, Hash Kitchen. I wanted to try a hash with crab in it, but they didn't have it at the time, so I settled for the Paella Hash. Wow. Sooooo good, but rich and filling. It came with the most amazing biscuit too.
Paella Hash at Hash Kitchen

After breakfast, I drove into Phoenix and worked all day. I got a salad for lunch as my breakfast was huge, filling and rich. I worked out and then met up with my cousin (from Rory's side of the family) and her boyfriend at Houston's Steakhouse where we had ribs, soup, artichoke dip and so much good wine.

Wednesday morning I flew out to Denver and I had a very early start. I was up at 4 am, ugh. I flew to Denver and got to working right away. I had lunch at Zeps Epiq Sandwiches. Go there if you are in Downtown Denver.

That evening, I worked out and then met up with another one of my cousins (again from Rory's side of the family) and his girlfriend at 10 Barrel Brewing for beers and food. It was really good food and I had an amazing brown ale on nitro. We spent several hours catching up. Plus I got to meet his girlfriend before most of the family has. She is pretty awesome.

Thursday I worked all day in Golden, Colorado which was a lot of fun. It is such a cute area of Colorado. I had lunch at D'Deli sandwiches. I go to the same sandwich spot every time I am in Golden. I always think I will branch out, but the sandwiches are soooo good. I got the Bahn Mi with a bunch of spicy extras on it and it was perfect. Best sandwich I have had in a long time. Plus they were playing Pink Floyd which made the lunch hour even sweeter.
D'deli in Golden Colorado

I did some work in other areas near Golden before heading to Union Station to see what it was all about. A fellow IGer told me about how she was in Denver right before I was and that the best ice cream was at Union Station in a place called MilkBox Creamery. I had to give it a try. I got the coconut ice cream with almonds and fudge in it. Really good.
Union Station Denver
MilkBox Creamery

After I head back to my hotel for a workout and to look for dinner. I settled on Acres which had a great happy hour special. I got an amazing glass of wine for $4 and butternut squash soup with baked carrots in it and some fried artichokes. Really good. I made it back to my hotel early, so I packed and finished Bloodline. I am so sad it is over.

I got up bright and early on Friday morning to head home to my family and the Nevada Wolf Pack football loss. Ugh. But overall it was a successful trip.


  1. sounds like a nice work trip! that ice cream looks amazing!!

  2. Sounds like you got to eat a lot of yummy things!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! All of this food sounds amazing, but that dessert from Fatty Daddys??? Get in my belly!!!! That is my favorite thing about traveling, trying new restaurants!

  4. I'm glad you had a good trip! All the food is making me hungry!

  5. My mouth is watering looking at all this food!!

  6. You know how to eat on your trips girl! I'm salivating over that gelato, macaroon and toasted marshmallow!

  7. Girl, all the food!! I always read blogs while I eat my lunch and all of this food sure does look better than this plain salad I'm eating. haha.

  8. All that food looks delicious!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    1. It was soooo good. My favorite part of traveling is the food.

  9. You travel so well girl! Glad you got some great eats and got to see family. I love Houston's spinach dip so much. I need to get back to Denver!

  10. All of that food looks amazing!!!!