I came here for a Local First AZ promoted dinner with the brew masters. I was surprised Helio Basin is taking residence in an old pool hall I used to hang and drink cheap bad beer at. It’s definitely great to see an upgrade in the beer being served at this location – lol. I had blast hearing the stories from the brew masters of how this place came about and how they make their beer. You can tell these guys know their stuff and are very passionate about serving a good beer. In fact their slogan is “Quality Crafted in Phx”. Not only do they serve good beer, but the food is phenomenon. Chef Tamara Stanger just recently won the Devoured Culinary Classic excellence award for her smoked bison taquito. About thirty of us were served a four course dinner with a beer paired with each dish. Their IPA and Blackberry Wheat are the big sellers. Both were very clean, crisp and delicious. But I think the Robust Porter was my favorite. It’s not too heavy and full of flavor (a nice blend of chocolate, caramel and coffee). My favorite courses were the Palo Verde Torte and the Blueberry Tamarind Pudding. Each dish was beautifully presented and had some sort of representation of Arizona in it. Hello Basin is a great addition to the Arcadia food scene and worth another stop. They have a great happy hour and I hear Taco Tuesdays is a must. Check them out!
I’ve become quite the food critic here in Phoenix and a valuable source for people on what and where to eat in town. I love this video because it describes my life and what I do when I get that last minute panic text from someone on a date on where to go to eat.
– Haha… I’ve worked in some bad restaurants, but this is nuts!
I love Christmas parties. It’s fun to see everyone get dressed up and celebrate the holidays together. I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of friends that I get to do life with and grow in my relationship with God with. We had a white elephant gift exchange and lots of great food. What a great night of fellowship!
It’s that time of year again. Turkey Day is over and December is upon us. The decorations are up and I’m excited for advent season this year. The boys and I have tons of fun things planned as well as some great serving opportunities out in the community. I’m thankful to have family and great friends here to spend time with and enjoy the holidays with. I’m also looking forward to eating some yummy food!
Within 48 hrs of getting off the plane from Guatemala, I was on a plane to Chicago for an event. I had a day to get over being sick to get my stomach ready for some great food. This blog has generated a lot of interest and just got picked up, so I have felt the need to start adding some content to it. What better place to find great food and architecture than the windy city! So I am making this trip a culinary and art adventure as well. Even though I ate at a couple of fancy restaurants (I left my camera in the hotel), I decided to just include some of the highlights of some of the popular eats, art and culture of Chicago and my own personal experiences of them. I am enjoying my photography and art work and thankful I don’t feel the pressure to make money off it. God really has blessed me financially in amazing ways and it has freed me up to enjoy taking pictures for fun and to share with others. It also allows me to let God expand my creativity and make it about Him and not me. Even though my passion is taking photos of what is going on in the world, I also love taking pictures of food (even though it is harder than I thought) and architecture! I am looking forward to future travels of shooting and marveling at God’s beauty and creativity.