Pokitrition Sushi Burritos in Arizona

March 6, 2017

The wait is over. Sushi burritos are now in Arizona! Ever since I had my first sushi burrito in D.C., I’ve been hooked. Sadly, there was no where in Arizona that had them. It seems like Arizona is always behind on the food-trend scene but better late then never, right? While there have been numerous poke shops opening up around the Valley in the last year, I have a feeling I’ll be back here, even though it’s not that close to me. Pokitrition is located in Chandler right off of the 101. I went to their grand opening yesterday and it was a breeze to get there from Scottsdale.

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The wait was about 2 hours, but it was totally worth it. I had the salmon and marinated tuna and the texture and taste were spot on. It wasn’t fishy at all and it melts in your mouth. You can tell it’s fresh and the best part is the price is very in-line with other poke places. I’ve tried another poke place in Scottsdale before and the quality doesn’t come close. I thought I’d have to wait until I go to LA to get good poke, but not anymore!

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You have the option of making a poke bowl or poke wrap (sushi burrito). There isn’t an overwhelming amount of sauces or toppings to choose from so it’s a pretty easy and stress-free ordering process. You start by telling them what kind of fish you want, what sauce you want, and then what toppings you’d like to finish it off. They also have some different drinks options available such as fresh brewed peach tea, cold brew coffee, and WTRMLN WTR.

Anyway, I’m super excited that there’s finally a fresh and delicious poke spot in the Valley and can’t wait to go back. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait another day as they are closed today to restock due to the overwhelming amount of people who showed up yesterday. I promise it’s worth the wait though!

Sweets Raku in Vegas

February 26, 2017

During our return trip back from Death Valley National Park to the Seven Magic Mountains, we stopped in Vegas’ Chinatown for dessert in lieu of lunch. We got to Sweets Raku 10 minutes before they opened, which was at the perfect time as there was a small group waiting before us and a lot more people who got in line after us. Sweets Raku opened promptly at noon on Sunday and we were excited to file in. We were given the option of sitting at the bar or at a table, and we opted for the bar. The bar seemed to be the more popular option as you get to watch the desserts get made right in front of you.

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The restaurant is very intimate. Including the small bar area, it can probably seat about 25 people. While they do have a small lunch menu, we were there for their Japanese French style desserts. Tyler and I both got the Sweets Raku Dessert Set which is a 2-course dessert that includes an amuse and a main dessert of your choice. It was a hard decision, we ended up ordering the Mars and the Mount Fuji.

The Mars dessert came out first and it was fun to watch the flaming Hennessy being poured over the white chocolate dome, melting away the chocolate while exposing the yuzu mousse, chocolate cream with hazelnut, and raspberries underneath. The Mars wasn’t too sweet but some bites had an overwhelming taste of Hennessy, which I did not care for.

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Next, our amuse came out which was a mango sorbet topped with a mint jelly. The mango sorbet was tart but sweet and the mint jelly on top was fun and added an interesting texture to the sorbet.

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Finally, our Mount Fuji dessert was placed in front of us. This dessert combines chestnut cream with fluffy sponge cake piped with chocolate. Tyler and I both really enjoyed the pieces of chestnut in it as well. This was the winner out of the two main desserts we tried. Again, it was not too sweet or dense.

Sweets Raku is a fun place to go to if you love dessert as much as I do. Check it out next time you’re in Vegas and want to explore a unique spot off the strip. I would recommend arriving a few minutes before they open to avoid having to wait as the wait could be as little as an hour.

Seven Magic Mountains

February 23, 2017

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If you’re on Insta, you’ve probably seen photos of people in front of large colorful boulders. This is Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, a public art installation located about ten miles south of Las Vegas. The exhibition openedMay 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.

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The road to get there is really easy and there are even signs pointing you in the right direction. We had no problems finding it with a GPS and as you’re getting close, you can’t miss these large boulders that stand more than thirty feet high. It’s definitely worth the trip if you’re in Vegas. Continue Reading

Visiting Death Valley National Park from Arizona

February 21, 2017

This past 3-day weekend, Tyler and I went to Death Valley National Park from Arizona. Because of the storms, we weren’t able to do much hiking and had to stay on the paved roads. Luckily, we were still able to see most of the hot spots, but had to pass on Mosaic Canyon and the Badlands. I guess I’ll have to go back some other time.

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First, we stopped at the Harmony Borax Works. This is a quick stop as there’s not a whole lot to see, but pretty interesting to learn about the history of borax mining in Death Valley. Next, we went to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center so we could get a map and have someone point out where we could go in our car without getting stuck.

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Our next stop was to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The dunes kind of pop out of the middle of nowhere. We did get out and walk along the dunes. After visiting Glamis Beach, the dunes weren’t as impressive but it was nice to get out of the car and stretch our legs. Continue Reading

Did Lady Gaga Jump Off the Roof at the Big Game?

February 8, 2017

Over the weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to go to Super Bowl LI in Houston. I won tickets through my agency’s client which included everything from airfare, to hotel, to car service to and from the game. It is an experience I won’t forget!

Tyler and I flew in Friday night and first order of business was to find us some dinner, pronto! We went to Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors and lucky for us, they could seat us without a reservation. I had the tuna tartare (it was so fresh, citrusy, and delicious) with taro chips. We shared the burrata cheese which was light and refreshing. Tyler had the hot chicken which he really enjoyed.

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For dessert, we went to Amorino Gelato because I wanted the macarose. They have a location in Beverly Hills, but I’ve never had the chance to go while I was there. For the macarose, you can choose as many flavors as you want for your creation. I chose tiramisu, coffee, speculoos, and hazelnut. It was topped with a raspberry macaron and chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

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