Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Page Springs Cellars & Vineyards

On our way up to Williams this past weekend, we made a stop in a tiny town named Cornville. My sister-in-law has been telling us about Page Springs Cellars & Vineyards for a long time and we finally scheduled some time to go! I'm so glad we did!

Our first stop was the Tasting Room. We decided on a bottle of red wine and ordered some food to take out on the deck. They packed us up a little picnic basket and we took a short walk to the deck, which ended up being a beautiful spot with picnic tables.... ...with an amazing view right next to the creek. The deck is definitely the way to go! We ordered the Bistro Plate to share which came with an assortment of cheese, salami, nuts, dried fruit, olives, beans, and tomatoes. It went perfectly with our bottle of Chupacabra wine.

I can't wait to go back this summer when the whole area is blooming.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stingray Sushi And A Evening Stroll Around The Biltmore

Last night was the first of my husband's 4 days off of work. Yay!! So to celebrate we went out for happy hour at one of our favorite places, Stingray Sushi! They have one of the best happy hour menus around. At least that I know about. And it's a beautiful place, huge windows that let in a lot of light! I love how open it is there.

I usually don't order a drink but this time I decided to try out their Raspberry and Roses cocktail because at happy hour all of their signature cocktails are 1/2 off. It was perfectly refreshing since we've been having such warm weather here in Phoenix.
We always sit at the sushi bar because it comes with complementary edamame and miso soup. I never used to like miso soup, but now that I've eaten it a couple of times I really have taken a liking to it. Tasty!!
For sushi we ordered the Shrimp Tempura Roll, Dragon Roll, and Spicy Tuna. Eric and I were fighting each other for the last couple of pieces, it was that good!
Afterwards, we strolled around the Biltmore mall and window shopped.
We looked around Pottery Barn and then I peeked inside the Coach store. I have a 25% off coupon that expires this week and I really would love to use it on a new leather bag. I really shouldn't right now though, I just bought a new purse recently. I'm still tempted though!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The First Movie In The Park Of The Season

Last night the hubby was working, but it was such beautiful weather out that my sister Emily and I decided to go to the first Movie In The Park of the season at Biltmore Fashion Park.

We made a quick stop at Paradise Bakery for some dinner to go! Emily got 1/2 Turkey Sandwich with Tomato Soup...

I got 1/2 Roast Beef Sandwich on a croissant and my favorite... the Southwestern Ceasar Salad!

We took our sandwiches and drinks (and chocolate chip cookies!) and settled in on the lawn for a showing of an old favorite, "The Seven Year Itch" with Marilyn Monroe. Such a funny movie!!

We have a pretty quiet weekend ahead. Eric is still trying to get over this cough/flu that he's been sick with this week, so today I'm sure he will just want to rest since he has to work tomorrow. This afternoon, I will be attending my sister's dance class to shoot some video for her while she's instructing. Have a great weekend!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

My Top 4 Things To Do Outdoors In Phoenix (Before It Gets Hot!)

Longer days, blinding sunshine, and perfectly warm weather are all some of my favorite things about March in Phoenix. I've been trying to keep track of all the things I would like to do around town this spring before the hot weather arrives. Here are the Top 4 Things To Do Outdoors I have planned....

Go to the Biltmore for Movies In The Park-
I always look forward to going to the Biltmore Fashion Park and watching a movie on their Center Lawn. We usually stop by Paradise Bakery first for coffee and cookies to enjoy while watching the movie outside under the stars. You can check out their movie schedule here.

Check out a Spring Training Game-
I've never been to a Spring Training game and really want to go to one this month! http://www.springtrainingonline.com/

Sunday dinner at Joe's BBQ-
Worth the drive to Gilbert, my husband and I always get our usual.... pork ribs, mac and cheese (best ever!!), root beer cake, and 25 cent coffee. I love eating outside on the picnic tables under the shady trees. www.joesrealbbq.com

Saturday Farmers Market-
My sister and I just discovered a great little farmer's market in Old Town Scottsdale. So far, we've bought some great oranges, grapefruit, kale, cilantro, hot sauce, tamales, and crepes there. I definitely want to make the farmers market my Saturday morning ritual! www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com