Schreiner’s Fine Sausages

February 22nd, 2013

3601 N. 7th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85014



After my son brought over a slab of fresh bacon and breakfast sausage for Christmas brunch from this local landmark, I have been wondering what took me so long to get there myself. Located in central Phoenix, it is worth a trip to go  and stock up on sliced to order bacon and an array of fine sausages for your freezer. It turns any meal into a special occasion.

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

February 22nd, 2013

10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 101B

Phoenix, AZ 85028


It’s nice to have an independently owned restaurant at the N/E cross-roads of Shea and Tatum. Not to mention a chef who has earned his marks under the tutelage of some of the valley’s finest. My first opinion is usually based on the wine list, of  which I ordered a Merlot-yes Merlot, and was extremely satisfied. The price was reasonable too at $8, and next time, I just might go ahead and trust the $5 special they are offering. I have to be honest, the environment was pleasant right off the bat, and I am sure that the few tables out front will be hard to get during spring and fall. The lunch I had was just okay, there really wasn’t enough meat on the short-rib sliders to justify the use of the tasty bun, and I prefer a little more kick to the horseradish sauce-why else eat it? The chocolate mousse with pear topping dessert was to die for. Did I really have to share it? It was delicious! So, for a nice place to sip wine and  devour dessert I’ll go back. My verdict is still not out on the food, so I’ll be happy to give it another try and let you know.

Slow Food Dinner @ Tarbell’s

November 21st, 2011

Chef Jeff, Foodie Kim and Mark Tarbell

Firecreek Coffee Co.

September 8th, 2011

6501 E. Cave Creek Rd.

Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Elote in Sedona serves and sells Firecreek coffee. Come to find, it’s fresh and locally roasted right here in Cave Creek. Along with coffee and tea, it looks like they also serve breakfast and brunch. I haven’t tried it but if it is anything like the coffee, it will be good.



El Guero Canelo-Tucson

April 28th, 2011

2480 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85705


A great quick stop for some authentic Mexican fast food in Tucson.

JAVINOS Wine Bar and Restaurant

March 7th, 2010

14795 N. Northsight Blvd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Open every day for lunch and dinner; closed Sunday.

Apparently this restaurant has been waiting for us to try for three years. The signage is misleading. Timing is everything. On a walk in our neighborhood, fortunately it was close to dinner time and I didn’t feel like cooking. We walked up to JAVINOS to see what it was all about, and our first impression, was casual and approachable-inviting. A quick perusal of the menu showed the prices were reasonable and there were plenty of items to choose from. We decided to give it a try. I looked around to see what the seating options were and there appeared to be three separate areas: the bar with tables and booths facing the kitchen, brick oven flames and televisions, the patio (enclosed as it was evening, but I think the sides open up in good weather) complete with a water fountain, and a more formal dining room which had a Tuscan living room feel. We opted for a booth in the bar area. The waiters were still learning the new, price reduced menu, but were eager to please and be helpful. The manager was friendly and gave us the scoop on this privately owned restaurant. The owners for which the J and A stand for, wanted a venue for their winery in Argentino. I sampled a couple of  reds, their Malbecs, which had a nice flavor to them. I ordered off the appetizer list and was impressed as I enjoyed a vegetarian stuffed red bell pepper, the three short ribs, a set of three which sat on a bed of french fries priced at $6 each. My husband went for the pizza, and was equally satisfied, though he eyed my dishes with longing-yes, I shared, reluctantly I admit. I was savoring every bite. The Happy Hour offered two beers on tap: Fat Tire and Peroni, for a mere $2, and glasses of house wine are half off! We are excited to have a neighborhood spot within walking distance, and are looking forward to returning there. Did I mention they use all Angus beef, and their half pound burgers are only $10? Or was it $8? I’ll have to go back and find out.


March 7th, 2010

7133 E. Stetson Dr. #2

Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Enjoy creative innovations at the bar and on the menu, using the freshest local (including AZ wines) and in-season ingredients in this intimate cafe in downtown Scottsdale on Stetson.

Moira Sushi Bar and Kitchen

January 4th, 2010

215 E. McKinley St., #102

Phoenix, AZ 85004


I took my daughter Macy here on our way out to see the Ballet this holiday season. What a charming little spot nestled on McKinley and Third.  With little white lights trailing the window seats it was certainly festive. We sampled the happy hour menu and the waiter was right when he suggested the calamari was the best in town. Adding to it a salad and doubling up on the sushi rolls, we left so full and sated. Can’t wait to go back!

My Wine Cellar/Lucy’s Place

January 4th, 2010

5030 E. Warner Rd. (48th/Warner Rd.)

Ahwatukee, AZ 85044


This charming little shop located in Ahwatukee, serves as both a wine store, beer bar and cafe for locals. With a variety of seating arrangements both indoor and out, decorated with the owner’s obvious love for I Love Lucy and her wine stomping antics, you are sure to find a comfortable seat to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from around the world to suit your fancy.  They also offer a slew of brew on tap and in the bottle, as well as happy hour specials,  of which I tried the pizza and a beer for only $10.  The 10″ pizza was pretty good and I managed to eat the whole thing. The server was accommodating to my simple bottled beer request,  rather than the special offerings on tap. They also have a range of appetizers, soups and salads, as well as a few pasta dishes, and a worthy espresso bar.

Steve’s Espresso

October 15th, 2009

S.E. Corner Baseline & McClintock, Tempe AZ


I kept an article about Steve’s for about two years before I recently had a chance to scout it out and actually try a cup of coffee! It is known for owning one of six espresso machines that were sold to coffee companies before Starbucks grabbed up the rights to them, which I’m sure has something to do with their success.  Well, a little help with marketing is all Steve needs. I had driven by those crossroads many times over the past two years, glancing to my right where I thought the shop was and never noticed it. Recently, I pulled into the parking lot and determined to see if it was actually still there, somewhere, or not! It was. But it faces McClintock behind the FastGas station. Little signage. Just a humble little wi-fi coffee shop, with some made from scratch breakfast items and bakery goods, and a GREAT cup of coffee made from fresh, locally roasted beans. So good in fact, I returned the same day for a second cup, and can’t wait go back.

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