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Over the mountains and through the dunes, to grandmother’s house we go… Welcome to Themed Thursday! This post is all about our adventures in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mars and I spent a few days in Phoenix where we visited our Arizona family members. And, of course, we stopped by some wow-worthy places in the area to share on the blog. After six hours or so of travel, Mars and I decided to stop by a restaurant called The White Chocolate Grill. Its interior was so elegant that I was even impressed by the elegance of their bathrooms! To start our lunch, Mars and I split a caprese salad. Then we split the BBQ bacon burger with a side of couscous (topped with golden raisins and roasted pistachios). All of it was very tasty so we weren’t very hungry by the time we finished, but we were at the White Chocolate Grill! How could we pass up dessert? So we ordered the brownie, which was great, but we couldn’t finish. We boxed it up and took it to Grandma (who ended up eating it for lunch the next day declaring it one of the best brownies she’d had from a restaurant). Next time we’re in town and end up here, I want to try their AZ egg rolls and their bread pudding!

WCG 1

WCG 2

One morning, Mars and I decided to do some Christmas shopping and hit up breakfast while we were out. We found a bakery nearby called the Wildflower Bread Company. It has a charming feel and the menu was extensive. Mars tried a sausage egg sandwich and I ordered lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry and maple syrups. For those who are particular about their maple syrup being warmed, let me tell you, they warm theirs at this place! I had to use my napkin as an oven mitt/pot holder to pick it up. That was a pleasant surprise. Their food was very good and fresh. We were tempted to go back the next day, but we decided against that as we’re both the type to be easily embarrassed if we’re recognized. But while there, I bought Wing a present of their own green (iced) tea with guava. He hasn’t brewed any yet, but the leaves smell delicious and refreshing.

Wildflower 2

That same day, Grandpa took us to the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge to see their display of gingerbread houses. They had built a small town where all of the buildings were about four feet high, using gingerbread “bricks” that were a bit larger than a sheet of graham cracker. Their gingerbread houses were impressive, but more impressive than that was the resort itself. If we ever need a place to stay in Phoenix (aside from the grandma & grandpa inn), this will be our spot. They have three or four restaurants inside, a small shopping area, golfing, tennis, fire pits, and a fancy pool with a lazy river. All Mars needed to hear was “lazy river” and he was sold!

Marriott 2

Marriott 1

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Mars, the parentals, and I (Peanut) went to Old Town in San Diego for dinner (Wing had to work so he couldn’t join us). With its historical buildings and its rich culture, nothing beats eating authentic Mexican food in the exact spot that is considered California’s birthplace:  http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/history.html

CdeR Casa de Reyes

There are many great, authentic Mexican restaurants (and other great restaurants that aren’t Mexican) in Old Town, but we decided to dine at a restaurant called Casa de Reyes (house of kings) located in the plaza known as Fiesta de Reyes. The restaurant has outdoor dining only, but in sunny San Diego, this isn’t much of a problem. The concern we had for this time of year, was that it wasCdeR chips too hot, but luckily the hostess seated us at a table in the shade. We ordered our drinks and enjoyed perusing the menu with a nice basket of chips and salsa. The chips were sprinkled with a type of chili powder that gave them a nice taste that was not spicy but out of the ordinary from your regular chips. Mars seemed to think they tasted the same as normal chips, but our mom and I thought they tasted better than the traditional. None of us ordered anything extravagant (if you wonder why, please refer to the About page and note that our parents are not foodies at all), but there’s nothing wrong with going back to your favorites. I ordered the chicken Suiza enchiladas, Mars ordered cheese enchiladas, mom a beef taco, and dad the chile relleno. I thought the chicken Suiza enchiladas were very good. They were served with a white cheese sauce that is a nice change from the typical red or green sauces. The chicken itself was shredded and wasn’t too dry as some restaurants can cook their chicken til it’s dry and flavorless. But this was good and flavorful. The rest of the fam liked theirs well enough also. Dad even said his was good, which is a compliment to the restaurant since he’s becoming a grouch these days. So consider the chile rellenos a ‘wow’ from us from him… Dad’s chile rellenos came with housemade flour tortillas (literally made on site in a little area where people can watch the workers making them). I stole a bit of one (because fresh tortillas are always worth stealing from your dad) and they were nice and thick, just melting in your mouth. Yum!

chicken suiza enchiladas, tortillas, chile relleno

chicken suiza enchiladas, tortillas, chile relleno

After dinner, we walked around Old Town a bit, looking through the shops and letting our food settle before we headed back to the plaza area to buy churros from our favorite little panaderia (bakery) aptly named La Panaderia. Our parents used to take us here quite a bit when we were kids and we’d always get the churros. To this day, I compare my churros from any other place to the churros made at this Old Town bakery. We love them!

La Panaderia Churro 2

Overall, the little outing was a good one. Food was good and company was good. We definitely recommend Casa de Reyes (or any of the other restaurants in or near Old Town) as a place to eat if you’re ever in the San Diego area. And make sure to stop by La Panaderia for a taste of delicious Mexican pastries!