Arizona

The Arizona Renaissance Festival, turkey legs + raspberry mead.

The Arizona Renaissance Festival, turkey legs + raspberry mead.

For a few years now, David has been talking about the Arizona Renaissance Festival (but mainly about the turkey legs you can buy there). From what I understood, it was like a medieval convention out in the desert where people dressed up in period costume, […]

Farmers Markets in the Desert.

Farmers Markets in the Desert.

Today I spent traipsing farmers markets in the sun all across Phoenix, shooting for a Market Focus photo spread for the next issue of Taste & Travel. We started at Gilbert Farmers Market, down the road from my house, where we tried carrot cake jam, […]

Lakeside camping in the Arizona desert.

Lakeside camping in the Arizona desert.

About 6 months ago from Australia I was talking to my friend Mike about camping, and how I was too afraid to camp in the US because of the mountain lions, pumas, bears, rattlesnakes…. coming from Australia many people find that strange as we are […]

My first American sports game.

My first American sports game.

Breakfast back at the Crepe Bar, we ordered a little too much. We had the chipotle crepe with queso, eggs and bacon, the lemon curd and hibiscus gel crepe, and the nutella and banana brulee.   Let’s go co-yotes! My first American sports game! 6 […]

Coffee crêpes, maple glazed pork jowel and smoked sea salt cereal.

Coffee crêpes, maple glazed pork jowel and smoked sea salt cereal.

No, I’m not at Momofuku Milk Bar. I’m in a strip mall in Tempe. Today I have a research trip planned by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for my Phoenix Craft Beer article coming up in the next Taste & Travel. My first stop is […]

A craft beer oasis in the Arizona desert.

A craft beer oasis in the Arizona desert.

Today I set out on a research trip to a number of Arizona’s top breweries for my next article for Taste & Travel on Phoenix’s craft brewing scene. First up I hit local favourite Four Peaks, makers of the state’s favourite craft beer Kiltlifter, a […]

Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Once a year, all the food trucks in Phoenix gather together at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Street Eats Food Truck Festival. Buy a ticket, head into the showgrounds, and try small tasters for cheaper prices from over 50 of Phoenix’s top […]

Lamingtons for Australia Day in the Wild West of the USA.

Lamingtons for Australia Day in the Wild West of the USA.

I was told as soon as I left Australia for my adventure around the world I would have a newfound sense of patriotism. I have always been patriotic about Melbourne (maybe because it is the best place in the world?), but have never really been […]

Beer battered fish tacos + an Australian music festival from afar.

Beer battered fish tacos + an Australian music festival from afar.

Photos by Angela Jia Zheng We love music festivals. But sometimes they are just too darn hot/busy/packed/loud/dirty. So this year, we decided instead of going to Big Day Out, we would hold a Big Day In. Packed into Stina and Peters house were our huge […]

Juniper-crusted bison carpaccio, smoked dark chocolate fudge + coconut green mole.

Juniper-crusted bison carpaccio, smoked dark chocolate fudge + coconut green mole.

Last night we had one of the best meals we have eaten in the USA, right here in Phoenix. A few weeks ago when we visited the Desert Botanical Gardens, mum pointed out the restaurant in the gardens and mentioned it had been recently redone […]

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.

My nan and I love afternoon tea. In any situation, if there is tea and scones on offer, we are there at the drop of a hat. There is something about getting dressed up in pretty sundresses and drinking coconut oolong out of fine china, […]

S’mores over a barrel fire and deep fried cheesecake.

S’mores over a barrel fire and deep fried cheesecake.

For the past 5 years, whenever I would visit my family in Arizona, my stepdad would tell me about this place in the desert, where you would sit next to your own fire in a barrel, listen to cowboy music, eat burgers and drink beers […]



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