If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, make sure you follow me!), you would have noticed some tasty food pics lately. With so many new restaurants popping up, I try to go somewhere new each time and I love supporting local restaurants. Here are the ones I’ve tried and recommend!
I’ve seen yummy taco pictures from here in my Instagram feed and have had it bookmarked for a while. Crujiente means crunchy so on their menu, you’ll find a few starters (their chips & guacamole is delicious), crunchy tacos, and street-style tacos. They’re not a traditional Mexican restaurant so you won’t find any beans or rice here. They also have a pretty large cocktail menu.
I’ve tried their Sandia salad, 36 hour beef short rib taco, pork belly taco, blue crab taco, fresh fish taco, and ahi poke taco. My favorite is probably the ahi poke. Think marinated ahi on top of a thin and crispy taro root. The pork belly is also really tasty. They don’t do combos, it’s more of a tapas style. 3 tacos plus an appetizer usually fills me up. I’ve been twice now and both experiences were great!
How many of you have clothes in your closet that you’ve had for years but haven’t worn in the last year? I’m definitely guilty of this. I still have clothes that I’ve had since college (over 5 years now) that no longer fit and I haven’t touched since, thinking that I may need it one day. Recently, I’ve been cleaning out my closet and selling everything on Poshmark or at a local consignment store. Those shoes that I’ve worn once because they hurt my feet? Sold. Those shorts that are way too big on me? Sold. That dress I wore to formal once but haven’t worn since? Goodbye.
I first discovered Poshmark when I was looking for a pair of shoes that I had in black. I had bought them a few years ago and did a Google search hoping to find something similar. I came across the exact pair I wanted in my size on Poshmark. Even better, they were only $11! Not only can you sell your clothes on Poshmark, you can buy items that you missed out on or search for gently used clothing. For example, I recently purchased a pair of super cute Joe’s Jeans shorts for $25 with shipping and a Nike 3/4 Thermal Zip I almost bought at the store for $18.
Camelback Mountain is probably one of the most popular hikes in the greater Phoenix area. Almost 6 years ago, a few of us decided to hike Camelback Mountain (the Echo Canyon trail) in the middle of the day in July. I think this may have been my first time hiking and I was not prepared. I had one water bottle with me, which I easily went through before the half-way point. I struggled and had to stop and wait for my friends. Since then, I have sworn off hiking Camelback.
Fast forward 6 years, I love hiking and try to go as often as possible. I also go to HIIT workout classes 5 times a week and have been in the best shape of my life. I finally decided it was time for me to conquer Camelback Mountain… it was now or never! Anna and I had a good pace going the whole time although my legs definitely felt like spaghetti towards the end. The 360° view of the Valley from the summit is unbeatable and totally worth it.
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.
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!
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.
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.