If you love food as much as I do, you’ll love Dishcrawl. Dishcrawl creates dining experiences and events to satisfy anyone’s craving. A local Dishcrawl Ambassador leads you through progressive dinners, prix fixe dinners, and other fun food events. The Phoenix Dishcrawl Ambassador is Tiffany. Fox News has said that Dishcrawl is “the best way to explore food in your city.” With accolades from thousands of food critics, bloggers, and food lovers, Dishcrawl has won the hearts of 250+ cities across the US & Canada, the UK, and is now reemerging in Phoenix.
First stop of the year? Old Town Scottsdale. The event is on Tuesday, March 18th at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to explore Scottsdale’s downtown historic charm. They’ll be visiting 3 distinguished restaurants, sampling highlights of each menu. New restaurants are always popping up in the Scottsdale scene, so this is a great opportunity to get a taste of what’s out there. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering multi-plate tour. Want to view past tours? You can find recaps on their website here.
This adventurous dinner is only $45 and drinks may be purchased separately. Reservations are limited, but are still being accepted here. The names of the restaurants are a secret for now, but hints will be dropped here and there on Twitter. However, I got a special leak that Gelato Spot is on board as the last spot offering a slice of their awesome thin crust margherita pizza, homemade meatballs, and of course, their gelato!
Want more information? Visit the event page here. It looks like a great time!
My boyfriend and I have been on a pizza crawl for the past 3 weekends to find the best pizza in the Phoenix area. We definitely have one already. I’ll do a post on our finds once we’ve tried the noteworthy ones out. Yesterday, our pizza crawl took us to Cibo Pizzeria. It had rained the day before so Sunday morning/afternoon was gorgeous out. The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze. We sat on their outdoor patio, which is really charming. After lunch, we wanted to spend some more time outside and decided to go to the Japanese Friendship Garden since it wasn’t too far away.
I have been wanting to go to the garden since they opened a year ago. Admission is $5/adult and you can pay $1 for koi food (which I recommend if it’s your first time). You could easily drive right by the garden without even realizing what beauty lies behind the large parking lot. The Japanese Friendship Garden reminds me of a mini Balboa Park for those of you who have been to San Francisco.
The path takes you around the water where you’ll find lots of koi fish and ducks. There are also several benches along the path for you to sit and enjoy the scenery. Walking around the pond doesn’t take much time at all. Most of our time was spent feeding the koi fishes and me taking pictures. They also have a tea house and do private events too. If you’re looking to do something unique, I highly recommend visiting at least once.
After the garden, we went to Modern on Melrose to do something different. They have a lot of cool mid-century modern pieces. My favorite was looking outside at all the metal letters. They also had a lot of model airplane parts that my boyfriend really liked. From the backyard, we noticed a few other stores across the street. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon in this hidden area that we would have never discovered if it wasn’t for an old-coworker posting an Instagram photo of her trip. If you like looking at antiques, furniture, and other salvage pieces, you should make the trip.
I’m always looking for fun things to do in Arizona. Do any of you have ideas of places or things to do?
I don’t have a Manicure Monday for you this week, instead I have a Motivational Monday quote for you. I posted this last week on my Instagram, but I also wanted to share it with you all here in case you don’t follow me. If you don’t, you should.
This quote resonates with me because no one is in charge or cares about your future except yourself. Your success and achievements come from what you do and what you’re able to accomplish. The road to success will come with lots of obstacles and people who don’t want to see you succeed. Whether you have a personal health goal or a career goal, it’s up to you to make it happen.
For example, since college, I’ve been meaning to get in better shape. I wouldn’t buy new jeans because I wanted to wait until I was at my ideal weight. Fast forward a few years, I still have the same mind set and am still waiting for that goal to magically happen. However, last week, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait anymore and that it was now or never. A year or so ago, I was introduced to an app called My Fitness Pal. I used it to help lose almost 10 lbs that I had gained during my last job. It’s a free calorie counter and exercise tracker. For me, it makes me accountable for what I eat. If I want to eat more calories than I’m allotted for that day, I have to go work out. It also helps me to make healthier choices. I could have went for the pretzel and cheese appetizer at The Yard this weekend but instead, I went with their Sweet Potato and Kale salad. I wouldn’t say I’m on a diet, instead, I’m just choosing to eat better. I still had chicken tenders, pizza, and a quesadilla this weekend. Don’t worry, it all fell within my allotted calorie limit for each day.
Yesterday, I got the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor from Bed Bath & Beyond for a great deal. I’m not really interested in doing a complete juice fast, instead I know that this is going to be a great way for me to add vegetables in to my diet. Without juices, I know that I’m not eating enough vegetables. It’s also a great snack alternative to the Cheez-Its and pita chips and hummus. Again, it’s all in moderation and finding healthier alternatives. Instead of Cheez-Its, I’ve been eating Van’s Gluten Free Say Cheese! crackers. It’s kind of like a big game of eat this, not that.
I hate the gym, running, and sweating… unless I’m dancing. However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t find other ways to work-out. I love hiking, barre, yoga, and doing Blogilates videos. I just need to work on incorporating more fitness activity which can be a challenge when I have meetings after work and don’t get home until 8 or 9pm.
Anyway, I’m very motivated to reach my goal by my birthday and know that I can do it. This is going to be the year, no more excuses. After all, who is going to stop me?
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
PicGIF is an easy to use, straight-forward software that allows you to make GIFs from photos or videos quickly and easily. Who doesn’t love a great GIF? Also, now that Pinterest is showing animated GIFs, you may want to play around with the idea of creating animated GIFs to make your pins stand out.
You can add as many photos as you want to created your animated GIF. If you have a video, PicGIF breaks the video down in to photos. You can also add text to your GIF. The only thing is the text stays there for all of the “slides.” I wish there was a way to have text show up on certain images instead of all of them. You are also able to change the background color of your canvas, select the size of your canvas, frame delay, and sequence.
Above is a GIF that I made with photos that I took at Antelope Canyon (I should probably do a post on that). I was able to create that GIF in just a couple of minutes. It’s very user-friendly and intuitive.
PicGIF is currently only available for Macs and can be found in the Mac Apple Store for $4.99. PicGIF supports Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 – fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.9.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I may go to the mall pretty much every weekend, but rarely do I purchase something that is not on sale. People, the sales rack is your friend! Especially with stores that have frequent sales like The Limited and The Loft, there’s no reason to pay full price. With the change of seasons, now is the perfect time to score some great deals. Sure, you might not be able to wear it until next year, but if you wait to purchase staple items that won’t go out of style, like a great leather boot, you’ll be saving a ton of money. Here are my 10 favorite things on sale right now that you can buy online for $50 or less.
A few weeks ago I scored a great deal on a maroon colored blazer that was on sale at The Loft and got an additional 60% off. I love blazers because you can dress them up or down. Target’s blazers are currently on sale at a great price. Chambray shirts have made a come-back and I don’t see them going away anytime soon. I own 3 different kinds and wore them a lot last summer. I wear them with colored jeans or shorts. J. Crew’s outlet store currently has one on sale.
Infinity scarves are my favorite. I have a black one with gold threads in it that I wear all the time. They keep your neck warm while making a great fashion accessory. Nordstrom’s cashmere infinity scarves come in multiple colors and are currently on sale. These would make a great gift too if you want to stock up. I love J. Crew’s statement jewelry. Their Brass-Plated Crystal Necklace is great for work or a night out on the town. A phone case on your iPhone is a must and how cute is this Tory Burch hardshell case with their iconic flats?
The weather is warming up and shorts are a must for the spring and summer. I love J. Crew’s shorts as they aren’t too short and come in a lot of fun colors. They’re currently on sale too! Stock up on these as you’ll be able to wear them for years to come. A black or nude dress sandal is very popular right now and can be worn with almost anything. These Madden Girl sandals at Macy’s are on sale right now. You can never have enough shoes and I have a pair of these Chinese Laundry sandals in a gunmetal color that I scored at DSW in the sales section a while ago. They’re great for going out.
Hot Tools are my favorite when it comes to curling irons. They get hot really quickly and my curls always last when I use them. I would recommend their 1.5 or 1.75″ barrel as it’s the most versatile. Vanity trays are great for adding a little bling, color, or visual interest to your countertops. I’m loving Urban Outfitter’s mint colored lace vanity tray. It comes in several other colors too.
In this post:
1. Merona Women’s Oxford Blazer, Target, $20.98 | 2. Factory Two-pocket Chambray Shirt, J. Crew, $29.50 | 3. Pointelle Knit Cashmere Infinity Scarf, Nordstrom, $46.80 | 4. Factory Brass-Plated Crystal Necklace, J. Crew, $29.50 | 5. Trompe Hardshell Case for iPhone 5/5S, Tory Burch, $35 | 6. Factory 3″ Chino Short, J. Crew, $27.50 | 7. Madden Girl Dafney Evening Sandal, Macy’s, $44.10 | 8. Imagine Sandal, Chinese Laundry, $33.99 | 9. Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron, folica, $34.99 | 10. Cut Lace Vanity Tray, Urban Outfitters, $19