The Phoenician, Three Dinner Dresses, and another Birthday

October in my opinion has the most beautiful weather of the year!  For those who live in Tucson, the 1.5 hour drive to Scottsdale/Phoenix is effortless and a wonderful getaway with a different vibe, great restaurants, shopping, sites. and incredible resorts during this season.  My favorite resort is the Phoenician Hotel.FullSizeRender (5)  It is so gorgeous with multiple pools, cabanas,021 walking trails, golfing, tennis, complimentary classes, world class spa, and  the grounds are breathtaking.014

FullSizeRender (6)015IMG_1205This particular weekend was a Birthday Celebration and upon check in, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot was sent to the room.  Thank you!!!FullSizeRender (3)

Along with relaxing by the pool and people watching I enjoyed the Spa with a massage including Steam and Jacuzzi. IMG_1206 I also took advantage of some complimentary classes which consisted of Meditation, Aqua Aerobics, and the best was a Smart Phone Photography class.  Wow!  I learned so much from that class, the teacher was fantastic.FullSizeRender (7)

In the evening we ventured out to some local restaurants and they all received the two thumbs up by me.  I am a tough critic!   Half of the fun of going out to nice restaurants is dressing up!  I did not hold back, and enjoyed wearing sexy, fun dresses and eye catching accessories.  Red Lipstick accompanied them all.

Below is a Michael Kors Slip Dress,Eileen Fisher Bolero Sweater, Vintage Jet Beads, Via Spiga Heeled Sandals011

Crudo was our first dinner spot.  A cool vibe, it felt very local and relaxed. crudo-pics-loomis-030 They specialize in Mixology cocktails which is always fun and to have your cocktail served in a champagne coupe is always beautiful and sophisticated.FullSizeRender (4)  Presentation counts.   On the flip side to that my entree was Steamed Salmon with Celery Root Puree which arrived in a plastic bag on my plate and I asked myself " what is this?"  Well once they cut the bag open and I took the  first bite I  completely forgot about the "un-Presentation"  It was delicious, buttery and tender.  My husband ordered the Brisket and we both agreed it was the best Brisket we have ever tasted.  Dessert consisted of wrapped chocolates on our pillows.

Below is French Connection Fleur Silk  Dress, J Crew Earrings, Stuart Weitzman Pink Sandals

032The second evening started at  The Henry, a Fox Concept restaurant. The Henry had a cool vibe, interesting decor and was packed.  I like being in a restaurant with energy and people having fun.  We enjoyed Grey Goose Martini's and shared the Avocado Radish Toast on  grilled bread.  Yum yum, I am going to make my own version at home.  We then headed to Virtu a small restaurant in Old Town and it was amazing. FullSizeRendervirtu We sat at the bar and enjoyed talking with the staff.  My cocktail was delicious and so memorable with Champagne Foam on top!  It really tasted like champagne!  We shared Charred Octopus with Fennel, Arugula, Lemon Chick Peas and Calabrese Chile Butter.   Next was Frisee and Brussel Sprout Salad with Roasted Cinnamon Carrots and  Bacon Candy.  The entree was Gnudi, a pasta-like dumpling with a unique ricotta filling. Gnudi, also known as the naked gnocchi, can be best described as little puffs of clouds on your tongue.Gnudi  I have never had gnudi and now I am ruined for life because nothing compares to this delicacy.  Virtu was so delicious I could see myself driving from Tucson  to Scottsdale just for dinner!

It was such a lovely weekend in Scottsdale doing all the things I love to do.  As a Libra I need to be surrounded by beauty and that is exactly what the weekend was all about.  The Birthday celebration didn't end in Scottsdale.  I enjoyed one more wonderful evening out at Reilly's Craft Pizza in Tucson with friends. The  Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cavatelli and Boudini are repeats all the time.  Delicious!  Ahh another opportunity to dress up and dine out. I love the good life!!!!  A prelude to the big 50 next year-----

Below is J Crew Sparkle Dress, J Crew Earrings, J Crew Belt, Sam Edelman Stripe Shoes





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4 Responses

  1. It all sounds so fabulous, Monica. And you sparkle! Which is how it should be on you birthday.
    • Thanks Judy for reading the blog, hope you are successfully settling back to Tucson!
  2. Carol Gordon
    Am getting to the point where I can't wait 'till the next month so I can read another one of your blogs! They are so interesting - food, fashion, and fun! And you never forget about the cocktails, love the cocktails! Don't stop blogging!!!
    • Thank you so much I love a sister who enjoys her cocktails!!! You just motivated me for another blog!

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