If your preconceived ideas of Arizona include endless strip malls, early bird specials with a side of blue rinse and tumbleweeds, you my friend, need to wake up and smell the desert lavender (aka Hyptis emoryi for all of you gardening buffs out there). Yes, we said lavender. And that’s just one of the too-many-to-count pleasant surprises you’ll find in Phoenix, Mesa and surrounding areas. We know that Scottsdale gets the lion’s share of culinary kudos, but trust us when we tell you that there’s a world of good eating within these city limits (or as the Mesa mantra is prone to say, “City Limitless”) including locally grown citrus, peaches, greens and even locally produced olive oil and wine! It’s already cold here in Canada, which makes the southwest some kind of wonderful from October through the winter. Slap on some sun block, bring your stretchy pants along and join us as we feast on everything from an amazing anti-inflammatory menu at True Food Kitchen to Mexican comida, made with the kind of integrity and soul you’ve got to admire at Barrio Cafe. And that’s just for starters! Oh, and if you’d like to see us in action, making two of the recipes we discovered in Arizona, catch us on Roger’s Daytime here.
Mary Luz Mejia and Mario Stojanac
Co-Founders of Appetype.ca
Note: Portions of this trip were sponsored by @VisitMesa and @VisitPhoenix. As always, all opinions are uniquely our own.