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.



The Orion Bread Co.

September 8th, 2011

1028 N. Main St.

Cottonwood, AZ 86326


I recently purchased Redrock Sourdough at the Payson farmer’s market and it was delicious. This fine artisan bread is all natural, and no preservatives. It had a wonderful crunchy crust and soft middle when it was heated. What more can I say, besides I wish it was closer to Scottsdale.

UA Meat

September 8th, 2011

The University of Arizona

Meat Science Laboratory

Department of Animal Science

4181 N. Campbell Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85719


As part of the animal science program at the UA, this is as fresh a local butcher for grass fed meats as it gets.

Utilizing their own free range cattle as well as  some of the local ranchers, you can place an order and shop here for an array of delicious cuts of beef, including ground, steaks, ribs, roasts, as well as lamb, and some pork. Their beef Italian sausage is wonderful and lean. It averages around $3-$4 per pound, so I stock up when I come to visit. This is the same that you will find at some farmer’s markets for half the price! On Friday’s you might find a sale sign indicating the students are selling what they have practiced during “lab”.

Aliki’s Greek Taverna

April 11th, 2011

5862 Arbor Vitae St., L.A.X.


I just had to make a special trip to purchase second helpings of Aliki’s strained yogurt that I had tried originally bought at the El Segundo Farmer’s Market where they also sell flavors of hummus, olives, olive oil and other delicacies. The yogurt is so rich and creamy, nothing like you can get at the store.  Adding some honey and a handful of walnuts makes for a rewarding and filling breakfast like no other. I was welcomed by the handsome Greek owner, who assured me the food here at this small, joint of a restaurant was equally delicious. Unfortunately it was closing time, but I was so glad to make it in time for more yogurt to go!

Red’s by Day (Organic Coffee and Cafe)

July 27th, 2010

1017 Rosecrans St.

San Diego, CA 92106


To order:

Hours: 7 days a week; 5am to 10pm

I am always on the hunt for that perfect cup of Joe when I am out of town, and I was truly satisfied to come across Reds. A small little shop on Shelter Island that not only roasts and serves their own beans but also operates a little breakfast cafe (which I did not have a chance to try).  I just bought  their Double Black Diamond beans which brews up a really nice, smooth, rich cup of coffee. Like honey, bringing home a regional coffee can remind you of the wonderful vacation you just came back from, for mornings to come. Organic/Fair Trade/Bird Friendly. Available to order on-line.

Sisters Coffee Company

October 6th, 2009

273 W. Hood St., Sisters OR 97759


Located in downtown Sisters, you can grab a cup of fresh roasted coffee to go, along with a small assortment of pastries, or take a seat and enjoy the company of locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss the pot of oatmeal with all the toppings near the entry way ($3), like I did-no sign, or when it becomes soup at lunchtime during the winter months. They also sell  their coffee and souvenirs galore.

Schoolhouse Produce

October 6th, 2009

651 NW 6th St., Redmond OR 97756


Sometimes you have to have faith and dig a little deeper, or just good fortune to stumble upon rare treasures in remote parts. It was a little of both when I found Schoolhouse Produce in Redmond. A small, establishment filled with a variety of wonderfully garden or field grown seasonal, local produce. Also filled with unexpected pleasures like fresh locally harvested nuts, cheeses, wine, eggs,breads and other products.

Cinder Butte Meat Co.

October 2nd, 2009

197 NW O’Neil Way, Redmond, OR 97756

541-548-6328-Bill and Amy Simpson

This custom meat cutting shop sells the finest grade of Oregon beef cuts, as well as smoked meats and bacon.

Special orders welcome.

Trees (and fresh Corn on the Cobb)

October 2nd, 2009

Tim Tillia

4285 NW Canal, Redmond, OR (north of O’Neil Junction)


This is a backyard stand selling fresh garden grown corn for about $.50 an ear during the summer season.

Southwest Salsa Company

October 2nd, 2009

Tucson, AZ

Bend, OR


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