I love the Queen Creek Olive Mill. I laugh because I hated olives growing up, but now I really appreciate them. The Olive Mill was started by Perry and Brenda Rea. There are over a thousand olive trees on their property and the Olive Mill is one of Arizona’s largest suppliers of extra virgin olive oil to the Valley. They have a Mediterranean eatery here that serves up some great food. Christin and I went on a tour of how they process their olives and met my good friends the de Klerks for lunch.
Thanks to Groupon, Christin and I got to enjoy a nice dinner at the Compass Arizona Grill at a good price. Compass AZ Grill is a revolving roof top restaurant that sits on top of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant gives you a 360 degree view of the Valley of the Sun. They have a great selection of wines as well as a menu of a variety of grilled meats, roasted chicken and lamb, and seared fishes and vegetables.
From their website: Experience award-winning cuisine and unparalleled views at our renowned revolving restaurant. Featuring a menu prepared with a contemporary regional influence, our distinctive Phoenix restaurant offers a list of highly allocated wines and is host to many visiting vintners who have chosen the Compass to showcase their most sought after vintages. Seasonal menus invite adventurous diners to return for the most current coupling of entrées and wines.
Christin got a Mushroom and bean salad made up of peppercorn goat cheese pistachio pesto and fried garbanzo. She also got an Eggplant bisque with crab and chives. I went for the Ribeye topped with tomato blue cheese butter served with roasted cauliflower. Both were delicious. We finished off the night with a Butter pecan goat cheese cake with basil blueberries and a cinnamon cookie crust for desert.
Christin and I returned to the spot where we got engaged a few months back. It was free museum day and we were able to go to the Desert Botanical Garden. I love coming to the garden. They have jazz in the garden days, wine tastings and avant-garde evenings with music. The current exhibit were these big bug sculptures placed all over the garden. I feel like every time we have gone here we catch a beautiful sunset. It truly is an amazing place for us and it will always be special to me because it was the place where God called to me to ask my amazing wife to marry me.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally bring Christin here. After a day of bike riding and looking at art, we decided to head over to Matt’s Big Breakfast. This place is one of my all time favorites! They use very simple ingredients with fresh items from the local area. They use cage-free eggs that come from humanely raise chickens, grain-fed natural Iowa pork, Angus beef and local organic produce. They were featured on Diner, Drive-In’s and Dives on the Food Network channel a couple years back. The wait is a little long because of how small it is, but it is worth it.
Our first date night out since getting married! We went to Havana Cafe – a restaurant that serves up latin cuisine. This fun place serves up some great mojitos and they have salsa nights on the weekends. Their main dishes (chicken, meat or fish) are always accompanied with rice and beans – a Cuban tradition. Then there are some yummy plantains as well. Afterwards we hit the Gelato Spot for some Italian ice cream for dessert. I love being married and spending my evenings with my wife!!!
Christin and I did all we can to keep our wedding simple and unique to who we were. So instead of stressing over food, we did our reception potluck style. It turned out to be a great idea as we had a huge turnout. We had tons of food and everyone had a great time. What an amazing evening for both of us! It’s the happiest day of my life and I can’t believe God gave me this amazing woman to be my wife!
I love going to Joe’s Farm Grill for my birthday. They give you a free meal. My birthday happens to be the day before Christin and I’s wedding and we celebrated with the kids and my dad. I got a big burger and sweet potato fries and loved every bit of it. Check out my other blog entry on Joe’s here.
There’s nothing like driving up to the Mogollon Rim and doing some camping. I love making a fire and cooking some burgers on the grill. Then afterward comes the kid’s favorite part – S’mores! My fiance made a great salad and we enjoyed some wine while looking at the stars. A little fine dining in the woods.
Christin and I love going to the Coffee Shop. It’s next to Joe’s Farm Grill. The coffee shop is nestled in a suburban farm setting and serves up fresh coffee and pastries. Next door, Joe’s Farm Grill serves common food like burgers, pizza, french fries, etc. They use the freshest of ingredients because they grow their own produce in the farmland of Agritopia. The Johnston family bought the farm in the 1960’s and have been there since. Joe’s Farm Grill has been featured on many food shows like Diners, Drive-in’s & Dives. We had a chicken sandwich for lunch after chilling at the Coffee shop all morning.