There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

28 February 2017

All Hail! The Arizona Renaissance Festival

For the past twelve years (give or take a year or two), I've been driving past the "Renaissance Festival" sign at the base of the Superstition mountains in the east end of the valley. I would look out into the vast desert and wonder what truly happens here for six weeks.

This past weekend, I finally made it myself, and it was, in one word, glorious.
As soon as I entered the gates, I felt transported back in time to the Renaissance era of yesteryear. Busty corseted women and lanky knights sauntered past me, wizards and pirates strolled across the courtyard, executioners donning black capes and elf children scampered through the trees.
I'm pulled into a comedy show of irreverent nuns, a man with a mean fiery whip, three guys and some drums, belly dancers, fire eaters, and a spectacular carnevale.

This was only the tip of the iceberg though. You can try you hand wielding an axe as you attempt to throw it at a target, practice your archery skills, or perhaps show your strength as you lift the mighty mallet to impress your lady.

I go grab a leg of tasty meat with a dark pint of ale, sit back and enjoy.
So much to see and do, I'm thrilled that I decided to get a season pass so I can return for more adventures all throughout March, as there is still so much awesomeness to be found.

Be prepared, as there will be more to come over the next few weeks, but until then you wenchs, spires, kings and wizards....
Huzzah!

07 June 2014

Wining & Dining in Monterey Bay

I'm certainly no foodie or wine expert, but it is fun to pretend. With Monterey Bay as my canvas, I sit on the deck listening to the ocean waves come ashore as I sip Italian wine and savor succulent scallops.
Sea otters play in the water as I taste oyster on a half shell and lobster penna. Bowl after tasty bowl of clam chowder makes love to my lips. I gorge the perceived finer things in life, and love every minute of it.

05 March 2012

Rock of Ages

The day before Halloween 2009 we were putting together the desks in the office of my brothers new business venture.

He now employs my brother, sister-in-law, his mother-in-law, my parents have a franchise ( and my Dad can retire later this year because of this), and hundreds of people have work because of him. Plus, his cleaning business only uses environmentally friendly products.

I couldn't be more proud of him and all of his accomplishments. He works his tail off ( as anyone who has their own business can attest too), rarely having any time to relax. Luckily his wife decided to change that, and treated him and me to a great night out on the town of the SLC.



We decided to try an eclectic new restaurant in downtown, The Copper Onion. From starting with ricotta dumplings and fresh asparagus, to Argentinian wine and zabaturon steaks with shredded brussel sprouts, it's one constant party in your mouth.

Or, your lovers mouth.

*****
Rock of Ages stage at Kingsbury Hall.

After a few hours of decadence, we headed up the dark streets to Kingsbury Hall to see the musical, Rock of Ages. I didn't know anything about the show other than it featured  great 1980's rock n roll
hair bands. The music of our high school years.



Screaming and singing like a girl with a side ponytail and guys with big mullet hairdo's, we rocked the almost three hour show. Funny, irreverent, and sexy, a perfect combination of entertainment for us. Hope my brother had a good time, as he certainly deserves it.

19 March 2011

What I found to eat in the AZ

Whilst traveling this past week for work in Arizona, I came up with a new idea, trying to find unique places to eat, and then give you my thoughts about them. Let's get started :


Flagstaff : This town has a historic downtown district that you can walk around and find all kinds of great restaurants, bars, and cafes. Free parking lots are conveniently located everywhere, and  so after parking, I walked only a couple of blocks before settling on Altitudes bar and grill.


It was a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the spring weather. The place was super cool and relaxing, with friendly service. People were outside with their dogs enjoying a shot and a beer, or reading and sipping whiskey. I ordered a tasty vegetarian wrap, filled with broccoli, peppers and other good stuff, with a side of macaroni salad, and washed it down with a tasty iced tea. Some of the tables outside are made of old ski's, and even more outdoor memorabilia is scattered throughout the interior.
This place is awesome, and recommend it to anyone.
*****
The next day, I found my self in Camp Verde. This town always conjuring up images of whitewater rafting to the distant sounds of banjo music and the haunting words of "Squeal like a pig!". (Deliverance anyone?)
I never have high expectations in Camp Verde. I had heard good things about the restaurant next to their local casino, The Gathering, so I gave it a try.
 As soon as I walked in, I remembered that I had been here before, over eight years ago. I must have blocked out the memory. The people are friendly enough, but the decor is horrible, tacky, and boring all rolled into one. I tried a Verde Beef sandwich, which had green chiles with cream cheese and roast beef. I did like the taste of the chiles, but the sandwich was too greasy for me. The cottage cheese wasn't too bad though, I'll give them that.

I will still be on the lookout for a good place the eat in this town. I don't recommend The Gathering.

*****
That evening, I found myself on the other side of the mountain in a town called Prescott.
Prescott has a great area in the downtown area called Whiskey Row. I meandered along the Row until I found a little place The Palace
 
Around since the 1870's, the history of this place is what drew my inside. Well, that and I can't not go into a place with an entrance like this....
 

As I seated at the huge, beautiful wooden bar they have, the western ambience of this place was palpable. Cowboys in full gear, and the Old West was strewn throughout.



They have a great menu, but I wasn't really hungry. Their wine selection was small, but what they did have was fairly good. They do have a great selection of spirits though, if that is your thing. After enjoying a nice Pinot Noir, I decided on the prawns wrapped in fresh basil. A great appetizer, but the historicness of this place is truly what makes it a great find. If you like that sort of thing, this is your place in Prescott.


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The next day I was in Cottonwood. We went into Old Town to a place I've been to a couple of times before, and have been a huge fan since my first bite, Thai Palace.
This time, I ordered the Panang Curry with Chicken, and it was so good that I gobbled it all up before I realized I'd forgotten to take a picture. I love how they separate the rice from the main dish, and the peanut dressing they make for their side salad has a great flavour to it.
 

The staff here has always been nothing but extremely friendly and helpful, as they want to make sure that you get just the right amount of spice and flavour to enjoy your meal. If you ever find yourself in Cottonwood, do not miss checking this place out.
*****
 
For my last night, I found myself back in Phoenix. It was late at night, and the end of a long week of travel, so I wanted to just relax. The perfect place to do this is at a great new hotel super close to the airport, the Holiday Inn hotel and suites. Besides comfortable new rooms with great bedding, this place has a wonderful little hotel bar. They have a great selection of wines, beers, and spirits, super friendly bartenders, and you can enjoy your drink outside in the Arizona sun by the pool, or just put your feet up in big comfy lounge chairs or even a couch while watching whatever you want on three large screen TV's. My favourite meal is a fresh, crisp Ceasar salad and bacon wrapped shrimp and chipotle dressing. Delicious!


 I'm back this upcoming week to new cities, and we shall see what I will find.