Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit Scottsdale, AZ for the day courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau! I shared the first part of our day trip with you earlier this week, and as promised, here’s the second part! We left off at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market and today we’re picking up with some shopping!
Old Town Scottsdale has some amazing and unique shops! And the scenery is just fantastic.
I found a Mexican Import store that I just adored. The textiles were just so vibrant. I definitely see another visit there in our future!
During our Old Town shopping adventure, we stopped off for a sweet treat at the Sugar Bowl! The Sugar Bowl is well known by those in the Valley and has been around since the 1950s! We grabbed a couple scoops of ice cream then were on our way for more!
Our last stop in Old Town was at Bischoff’s Shades of the West. Such a FUN fun shop, filled to the brim with interesting housewares, souvenirs and more! They have a lot of Arizona and Southwest memorabilia, and even though we live in the Valley, we still picked up a few things for home!
Last up on our shopping list was the amazing Scottsdale Fashion Square – the best mall in the Phoenix Metro area.
Now we’ve been here a number of times but there is a whole new wing of the mall that we hadn’t seen, and a few of my favorite stores on Earth, so we had to stop by. We spent some time in my favorite stores, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel and Sur la Table! We stopped by some of Andre’s favorite stores, the new Tesla Motors, Lucky and Express. See how I’m all about housewares? We even stopped by Tiffany & Co. to have my ring polished – I think that was the highlight! It’s been a while since this store is the only Tiffany & Co. in town. I’m still excited to have it all shiny and sparkly again. Here’s a little recap of our shopping trip via Instagram:
Such fun was had! Again, we could have called it a day at that point, but there was one last adventure to be had – dinner. Now Scottsdale has an amazing assortment of any dining experience that you can think of! Some of our very favorite restaurants are in Scottsdale. But this time around we wanted to try something new. So we met up with some good friends and headed down to Citizen Public House. Double date! Aren’t those the best?
I would describe Citizen Public House as an intimate and unique steakhouse.Their menu selection is concise and welcoming. Though the list isn’t long, it was hard to make a decision because everything sounded so amazing. We were all hungry, so we started out with an appetizer of Chicken & Waffles. Yum! It was the perfect salty and sweet treat to begin with. Then for our entrees Andre and I had Porcini Filet Mignon with a porcini rub, smashed new potatoes, sautéed local greens, white beech mushrooms, and demi-glace & black garlic butter. Yes, it was as delicious as it sounds! Our friend Simon had the Amaro Meatloaf made with Montenegro Amaro Italian liqueur, pork, beef, parsnip meatloaf, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted zucchini, veal demi-glace, and mushroom cream. And Morgan rounded out our selection with the Applewood Smoked Duck made from Maple Leaf farms duck breast, creamy rosemary millet, spiced pistachios, and sauteed greens. I had a chance to try the duck and it was amazing. Almost made me second guess my filet. We were stuffed but when we saw the Bag ‘O Bacon Pecan Brittle on the Dessert Menu, we knew we had to give it a try. And you guessed it, it was amazing too!
All in all the food was amazing, the atmosphere warm and intimate, and the service – fantastic. Andre and I are really excited to have found another restaurant that we enjoy so much.
Now that is the end of our Experience Scottsdale journey. What do you think? It’s Scottsdale a place that you would love to visit? I hope we showed you just a glimpse of the amazing dining and shopping experiences to be had, but there is so much more! You can always find more information on the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Website,Facebook, Twitter and YouTube! In fact, I picked up a little extra goody along the way that I just loved and knew you would too! You can WIN this lovely beaded chevron friendship bracelet:
GIVEAWAY IS OVER: Simply visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, check out the “THINGS TO DO”, “PLACES TO STAY” or “WHERE TO EAT” tabs and leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you’d like to check out in Scottsdale! I’ll accept entries through 11:59pm next Friday, March 29th. Good luck!
UPDATE: Winner is Ange! Congratulations!
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with the Scottsdale Convention & Tourism Bureau. I received a gift card to experience Scottsdale; however, all opinions and pictures are my own.
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