Saturday, January 31, 2009

Phoenix Vacation - Part Three

I am finally getting around to my final installment of my trip to AZ! It's nice to reflect back on those warm temps, especially since I am at my wit's end w/ Old Man Winter...

On my 2nd to last night in Phoenix, Heidi and Chris

took me out to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Phoenix - Oregano's. It's this cute little Italian place that has been best pizzas, pastas, salads, and a wonderful signature drink & dessert.

Their signature drink is a "Bellini's" - I am not sure what all is in it besides Champagne, Chambered, and some sort of Peach Liquor, but dang it is good. Plus, it is a blended/slushy sort of drink - I relished the fact that I could drink this frozen drink while sitting outdoors in January. Heaven.

Apparently the drink is quite potent as you are only allowed to drink a maximum of 2!

I finally had my appetite back, so ordered a salad - which was clearly ginormous. I took a small dent out of this. Clearly it's big enough to share amongst 3-4 people!!

Heidi and Chris had pizza and shared a slice with me - it featured Applewood smoked bacon and a few other toppings and was so so delicious! I'm usually not a bacon person but the smokiness of the bacon made the pizza so delish!

Even though we were all pretty full, we had to make room for dessert. I rarely order dessert at a restaurant, but it's not optional when I visit Oregano's - they have this fabulous dessert called a "Pazookie" - it is basically a cookie, baked in a deep dish pan, with ice cream served on top. The best part is that the cookie is not fully cooked, so is still sort of gooey.

The picture doesn't do it justice, so you'll have to take my word for it. And if you go to Phoenix, you MUST try this dessert!

The next day, I was able to meet up with a college friend that had moved down to Phoenix about 5 years ago.

We met at a cute little deli that served croissants which reminded me of my time in France. I hadn't seen Jen in 5-6 years so it was wonderful catching up with her. It was like no time had passed since we had last seen each other. I love friendships like that. We both had obviously grown up and matured over the last 5 years, but we were fundamentally still the same people. It was fun reminiscing about our college days!

All in all, I had a wonderful trip to Phoenix. If I ever needed to move to Phoenix for work, it'd be a very easy city to move to since I have so many friends, and now a sister, that lives in the area!

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