July 2nd

Julia Blackbird's

My friends in Phoenix are melting. And, surprise, surprise, nary a soul is happy to hear I’m blogging from my patio, in the shade, sipping a milkshake with the world’s cutest dog at my feet. I’m a wee bit smug pleased this is the first summer I can say I intentionally wanted to be out of the heat at made it happen. Although as far as the weather karma goes, I’m keenly aware this also means I’m going to be begging for Scottsdale guest rooms come winter. White stuff is rumored to fall from the sky, stick and make doing all the incredibly fun things I’ve been doing fairly difficult. I’m considering becoming a nomad.

Julia Blackbird's

I honestly am spending 90% of time my time outside this summer, without a sunburn, outside of a pool and even on occasion wearing jeans and scarves. Together. In the summer. JEANS AND SCARVES.

Julia Blackbird's

A bit of my leathery tanned Arizona heart leapt just reading that.

In other news, I’ve visited some great restaurants in the area lately with friends in town. Julia Blackbird’s is New Mexican cuisine in the Highlands neighborhood. The green chile is fantastic and the patio is delightful. Lots of shade, flowers and of course, the guacamole and tequila aren’t too bad either. It is reasonably priced, quality food with a relaxing and pretty environment.

Julia Blackbird's

Delite is a retro bar off Broadway and the perfect place to grab a pre-dinner drink. Next door to Beatrice + Woodsley, we people watched and enjoyed reading the creative list of cocktails. Be wary; the bartender is far too generous. By the time we took our seats at B+W, I needed food. Pronto.


Woah Nelly

Thankfully, I’d come to the right place. Beatrice + Woodsley is like walking into a fairytale. The wine is served with Alice and Wonderland inspired tags. There are giant aspen trees inside, with gauzy mosquito netting between tables glowing from hurricane lamps and candles. It is romantic and a bit dreamy.

Alice and Wonderland wine

Purple potatoes and turnips

peach pork

guinea fowl

The food was a wash. Some plates were excellent, others were simply not. It’s a little pricey for such inconsistency; next time I’ll likely have an appetizer and skip the rest.

Today I had lunch at Zoka’s in Pine, Colorado. If you are visiting me this summer — we are going here for lunch. The drive from Denver is about an hour into the mountains and couldn’t be lovelier. Zoka’s has a huge porch, with dog tie up stations at each table and the waiter gladly brought a bowl of water. The food was great, the scenery was unbelievably gorgeous and the outing was the perfect time away from the city.

Lucky, spoiled and happy to be living without an air conditioner,


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6 Responses

  1. Okay, I tried not to be, but I’m officially jealous. This soooo sucks today. At least there’s a slight breeze; I just spent an hour outside like a dope. We don’t even have our a/c on yet, we’re diehards, we have an evap and try to last as long as we can with that. It’s usually 4th of July weekend when we can’t stand it anymore. It’s a cool 86 inside right now 🙁 so tomorrow will probably be the big day.

  2. Angie July 2, 2011

    Thanks for your review of Beatrice & Woodsley’s – I’ve been curious about it and am glad to hear something besides a critic’s opinion! Have you tried Colt & Grey near the Platte River downtown yet?

  3. The word for today is “envy”. I went out for 20 minutes yesterday in the middle of the day in Tucson and after one errand, turned around and came home to the A/C and it was 5 degrees or so cooler than in Phoenix. Enjoy your new home, the cool breeze and non-A/C days, and know that when that white stuff falls and sticks, I will again be envious…it will be so beautiful in that “photographing snowy pine trees and making snow angels with Nelson” kind of way…you will love it! 🙂

  4. Glad to hear you’re doing so well. I think Colorado weather would agree with me too. East coast humidity sucks.

    What are you doing for work? You haven’t mentioned it (that I know of) and I’m nosy.

  5. You’re far better than any tourists’ guide….

  6. So, Zoka’s in a few weeks then? So happy you’re spending your summer in CO this year because you know my ass wouldn’t be coming to see you if you were still in PHX.

    I mean, I’d see you – but it would be elsewhere. Elsewhere that’d be 30 degrees cooler.