I’ve always thought that one of the best and most unique places to eat in the Valley of the Sun is Chino Bandido, which, no, is not just a restaurant where a bunch of Mexicans decided to cook up Chinese food. I’ve definitely visited Chino Bandido many times before, but decided to go again during a recent trip to Phoenix. And just like I remember … it was sooooo delicious! I mean, who ever thought that mixing Mexican and Chinese cuisine would be so delicious? I would have never imagined, but the owners and creators of this place are geniuses. That’s all I have to say!

A Chinese Mexican photo adventure:

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{phx} ohso

February 6, 2016

During a recent visit to Phoenix, I met up with some friends at OHSO. I had never visited this place before even though I know it’s quite popular. I know a teacher who lives near the North Phoenix one and frequents it. Anyway, I met up with some friends at OHSO for a late afternoon get-together. We shared some beers and appetizers, which were all quite delicious. I can definitely see how this is a place to meet up for Happy Hour, on the weekends to watch the game, or for a girls or guys night. It gives off that vibe!

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Beers

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Food to share

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Some more food to share

{sedona} slide rock

June 4, 2015

Outside of Sedona is one of Arizona’s most interesting state parks, Slide Rock State Park. I’ve wanted to visit this place for awhile especially since I’ve heard it’s really fun on a hot summer Arizona day, but never got a chance until a recent trip to Sedona. The land Slide Rock State Park is on was originally the Pendley Homestead, an 43-acre apple farm in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley was able to plant his apple orchard here despite others’ failures because he was able to set up an unique irrigation system that the park uses to this day. In 1933, Pendley built very, very rustic cabins to cater to the tourists and vacationers that started visiting the area when the canyon road was completed. You can still see what’s left of the cabins on the property today.

Since then, Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service have taken over the area which is named for the famous Slide Rock, an 80-foot stretch of slippery slick water chute along the creek bottom that visitors slide down. This is especially famous on hot summer days because the water is cool and who doesn’t like a natural water slide … especially one that’s surrounded by Sedona’s famous red rocks!

A sliding photo adventure:

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Downtown Sedona is kind of a funny place. It’s like the bridge between super touristy and nature gateway. Some parts of it are so touristy it makes you cringe, especially the prices and ridiculous things on sale. But then you turn around and glance at the other side of the road and see a glimpse of the beautiful red rocks that surround this place and you remember why Downtown Sedona even exists. The lovely art right on the street reminds you just where you are. I especially love the various javelina sculptures even though they are kind of scary! My favorite though are the newly-installed bells/xylophones/percussion instruments that anyone can walk up to and play. How fun!

A strolling photo adventure:

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I always love going over to Chapel of the Holy Cross when I’m Sedona because it’s just so beautiful! I’ve now visited this church twice and could still go back again and again. Chapel of the Holy Cross was designed by Marguerite Bruswig Staude. She was a student of the infamous Frank Lloyd Wright and clearly demonstrated her own abilities to integrate architecture into the surrounding landscape with this beauty of a building. It’s so perfect it’s as though the chapel grew out of the red rocks. The dark windows are the best because they reflect the red rocks behind the building so that each angle of the building is unique, beautiful, and reflects the natural beauty surrounding it.

When you go downstairs into the church basement where the store is located, you can’t help but realize that you’re actually inside the red rocks!

A holy photo adventure:

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