Western Weekend in Arizona – Part I

This past weekend, the family accompanied me on my work trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. Although I did have to work, we actually had a good amount of time to explore Scottsdale and Phoenix.

I was very anxious to see how Rylee would do on a plane and traveling through the airport.

She was amazing and we all made it back home sane and sound on Sunday evening.

We started our trip on Thursday night, and got to the airport for our 8:30pm flight.

Not knowing how long it would take us to get through security with a baby, and all that travels with one, we got there pretty early and had time to get dinner at Ruby Tuesday before the flight.
ArizonaI love a good salad bar when I have the chance!

After landing, we wanted to get a head start on setting up for our event, so we made a pit stop at our venue to set up the bulk of our equipment so we could enjoy more of the city the next day.

Afterwards, we were on a hunt for some late night grub, since we had been traveling for quite a while and it was pretty late by the time we headed to our hotel.  So before checking into the W Scottsdale we drove around town and quickly realized we were right in the heart of the trendy area of Scottsdale, full of neat looking restaurants and bars on streets lined with lights.

After searching the area for a cheeseburger (Wendy’s you’ve saved me again!) we finally made it to our hotel and completely passed out for the night.

Meanwhile, Rylee was sleeping the entire flight and until we got to the hotel! And through the night till the morning! She was an Angel!

The next day we headed out, after doing some work in the hotel room, to explore Scottsdale and Phoenix before we had to meet for a walk through of our space at 2pm.


Being from Florida, the heat did not bother me much at all. It was definitely hot, but I now understand what they say about it being more of a dry heat in the desert. I always wondered what that meant, but it really is the best way to describe it!

For our day out on the town, my travel partners, Brett and I all decided the best thing to do was follow the Man vs. Food Arizona food tour!

Our first stop took us to Cooperstown!


An Alice Cooper themed restaurant where they serve a 22 inch hotdog topped with all kinds of stuff, including chili, cheese, relish, onions, jalapenos, and I think I am missing some!




We decided to split it up in four parts and share. The thing with following the Man vs. Food tour, is that he visits places that are more for the creative, large quantity, weird ingredient type foods. The size was definitely the feature quality of this hot dog, but we all agreed that it could have been a little bit more delicious. There was too much bread and not enough toppings. To really impress, we all thought that it should have been just smothered with cheese and chili to soak it all up. Like knife and fork kind of dog.

But I think it was the gimmick of the themed restaurant and dog that brought Adam Richmond to this location, and not really the deliciousness of the food. (Sorry Man vs. Food!)

On our way to our next location, we passed by the Diamondbacks stadium and Brett really wanted to snap a picture for his Dad, since he is a huge MLB fan.

ArizonaIt was a really cool looking stadium!


Our next stop took us to an authentic Mexican restaurant. I felt like I had crossed the border once we arrived!


Here we ordered a crazy sandwich that was featured on Man vs. Food. Again, with an array of crazy topping sand ingredients to include ham, melted cheese, pork sirloin, breaded beef, with refried beans, hot dog meat & chorizo omelet, tomato, onion, avocado and chipotle sauce.

We also got a chicken quesadilla topped with queso fresco, which I thought stole the show!


After our second lunch, we headed to our walk through, which went great, and then back to the hotel to rest a bit.

I actually completed my ab challenge during this time while Rylee and Brett napped!

For dinner that night, we met up with Christine, Brett’s cousin, and her boyfriend  for dinner at Culinary Dropout.


It was a really trendy bar and restaurant right near the hotel with a really eclectic menu and live music.

We all fell in love with the pretzel bread and cheese fondue we ordered as an appetizer.


We noticed pretty much every table enjoying these as we waiting by the bar for our table to be ready.

For dinner I ordered the rainbow trout with green beans, almonds and shallots. It was a lot of food and really yummy!

ArizonaAfterwards, we said goodbye to Brett’s cousin and headed back to the hotel for a drink at the lobby bar and a walk around the pool before hitting the hay for an early morning the next day.


W Pool

More on the rest of my trip later!

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