The trip started off with a bang, or maybe I should say a delay! Due to some rough weather patterns our flight left about 90 minutes late. We used the time to grab lunch and be sure our phones were charged. Once we made our way to the Orange Tree Golf Resort we opted to stay in and have dinner there, a Prime Rib Special that hit the spot and made the decisions easy. The irony of staying in this Resort, neither my friend nor I golf...but it was indeed lovely to look at.
Sunday morning we woke up EARLY! Of course our brains were in a time zone 3 hours a head of where we were, so we really just woke up on time. Since it was 6am we decided to go out to breakfast before searching out a location to watch the E A G L E S game. We found a nice breakfast spot called Eggstasy. Their menu was unique with many amazing options. We split a Spinach Feta Omelet and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Oh my!!! The omelet was great, but the pancakes...SURPERB! I could have those every day I think. Next stop was the local grocery store. It was just a brief stop to find a few days of breakfast and a couple snacks. It's vacation...no cooking allowed! After hanging in the resort bar for a while to watch most of the Eagles game, yes it was really odd to watch at 10am it seemed time to catch a few rays by the pool before heading to dinner with family.
We returned to Scottsdale after lunch and caught a few hours of late afternoon sun before heading over to Old Town to Grimaldi's Pizza. I think I had the best white pizza I have ever had. It was simple, just cheese, garlic and the oil that is used instead of red sauce. The crust was nice and thin and crisp.
As luck would have it, my cousin and his wife were also in Sedona so we grabbed lunch together At the Creekside American Bistro. I enjoyed their beet salad. Trying to stay healthy and traveling are indeed a new life goal.
By the way, at night, as soon as that sun goes down, it was COLD!!!!
We headed for Plaza Bonita for a nice Mexican meal. The atmosphere was fun, and the décor was colorful and enjoyable.
I know that my friend I was traveling with is more of a Beach and Pool person, so I balanced my desire to stay and see every nook and cranny with that reality. About 11 we hopped in the car to head back to Scottsdale. We decided on a whim to stop for lunch once we got back to highway 17. That was amusing, just as we made that decision we had passed Flagstaff...no going backwards so I started searching for places "near me". Munds Park popped up as an option, so we took the exit. Well, there's not a lot going on in Munds Park this time of year. The private golf course...they didn't even want you on their property nonetheless to feed you lunch, so we opted for the local whole in the wall Pinewood Bar & Grill. A nice quick grilled cheese sandwich, and we were back at the resort in time for a couple hours by the pool! After that we decide to treat ourselves for dinner. The day of extremes, from frost on the windshield to sun at the pool; Grilled Cheese and Hotel Buffets to Fine Dining at Rusconi's Kitchen The menu was nice, it wasn't easy to decide. I went with the Apple Cider Glazed Pork Osso Bucca. I had never ordered that before. It was incredible! Now that I know, I would not hesitate to order that type of entrée again. We splurged on dessert Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Salt Carmel Sauce. Mmmm...wish I had a bite of that right about now.
Today was a pool day. I have a funny way of laying in the sun, it involves a lot of shade! But I enjoy the down time and read a book. That's always enjoyable as I rarely do things like that at home. That evening we decided to go back to Oldtown after all it was the "day of the Dead". The Oldtown Adobe Mission had a nice display explaining "Día de los Muertos". I never understood what it was about until this. What a great way to honor those who have passed on every year. We walked around, enjoyed the dancers and storytellers than made our way to Bandera for dinner. Again, it is time to pick wisely we shared an Appetizer Grilled Brussel Sprouts and each had a Macho Salad. The food was really good. You could smell the rotisserie chicken all around the area as it cooked.
It was indeed time to RELAX!!! Thanks to my membership at Hand & Stone we had lovely massages at a great price, even while on vacation. Before the massages we went to a cute little place called The OINK Café for breakfast. The food was good, the atmosphere could be a bit better, but it was okay. What I found the most amusing was that they listed a "Flight of Bacon" on the menu. Basically a sampler of their 8 kinds of Bacon: Apple Cider, Applewood, Chef’s Choice, Hickory, Honey, Jalapeño, Pepper, Sugar Cured. I didn't order it, but I thought it was funny. I had the Paradise Valley Omelet: Spinach, mushrooms, bacon, and cheddar cheese& Chai Tea Latte. Then it was off to the massages, and an afternoon at the pool before my daughter and her husband came up to visit for the evening. We ended up at Grimaldi's again. Mmmm yes, really good Pizza!
It was time to go home! Our last morning we went back to Eggstasy on the way to airport. We just had to have the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes again. We also shared an Apple Brie Omelette with Chicken Sausage. Even though this was not the way our week had originally been planned, in the sun and sand of St. Maarten, it was a fun adventure with lots of beautiful sights and some great food. Yes, I did indeed join a gym when I got home!!!