Morning Brew…..

there were a couple of things that we brought with us from St. Louis, knowing full well that we would not be able to find their equivalent for in the Scottsdale/PHX area.  One of them was Goshen Coffee.  I was lucky enough to have gotten the advice from a fellow blogger about 222 Bakery/Goshen Coffee, oh what seems so long ago…..since that fateful drive over to Edwardsville, Illinois those many moons ago….we’ve been hooked.  Goshen Coffee IS the only coffee I will brew at my home.  Imagine my suprise and joy when I found out the Mathew Rice/Gerard Craft were to begin serving Goshen Coffee at Veruca Bakeshop…..oh, what a lucky girl was I…..but then we got the news that we were to leave our little home in St Louis and travel to the great unknown that is Arizona (and it’s still a super weird place for me….I have yet to adjust to my new surroundings).  So, the list began:  what to bring with us (food-wise):  where are we going to buy cheese?…bread?….grass fed meat?….does Arizona even have the ability to grow vegetables?  In time, we have found some decent proprietors of goods….but one thing was not going to be left up to chance….it was way too important to our existance….COFFEE.  We brought 5lbs of whole bean coffee with us from Goshen…..we are down to 3 already and it’s only been a month…, I guess I better call the kids in E-Ville and place an order for delivery.

P.S.:  we found an amazing rancher that does grass fed beef, lamb and free range chicken/eggs….he and his wife deliver to our area once a month….A BAR H Farm.  Still hoping Si can work a miracle out here for cheese…the pickin’s are slim….the best cheese shop is a mere 4 1/2 hour drive to Vegas.  McClendon Produce is our other source….only available at the Chef’s market on Weds mornings…..a very long distance from our new digs…so…it’s been a struggle to get out there and see what he’s got….I hear it’s amazing.

The only thing left is cheese….

Well…and some beer.  But most everything else has been disposed of properly.  Our home is an empty shell…save for a few ‘staging’ items for the home sale.  We leave soon….I’m excited now.  School is over…the house is packed and ready…all we need to do know is have a huge party and hit the road.  We are not rushing out west…we are going to take our time.  Stopping in OK CITY, OK…staying at a gorgeous boutique hotel...driving then to Winslow, AZ to stay at the ledgendary La Posada.….home of my all time favorite artists James Turrell.  His life’s work: Roden Crater is just north of us and I hope to get up there before we move back east.  I also want to explore the National Parks of Utah…go to Salt Lake City and see the Grand Canyon…..but all in good time…not on this first excursion out there of course.

Then into Carefree to unload the car, settle in to our new living space and have a beer by the pool.

I’ll get to take over 2 weeks off  of work before starting at the Mayo Clinic.  I have never had that much time off of work since I started bussing tables at Ricardo’s in 1991.  Can’t wait.

So…sorry about the lack of posts…I’m sure once we are settled in AZ I’ll have lots to say.  Looking forward to eating my way through PHX/Scottsdale.

Arizona, huh???

Well, there may be a kink in my summer plans. Looks like we might be moving to Carefree, AZ come mid-August. Arizona. I never dreamed it.

Look on the bright side…Kevin Binkley’s restaurant is on the other side of Black Mountain and he also just opened a lunch spot, Binks.

If we go, we’ll be back in St. Louis in time for craptastic January weather.

Of course, like everything else in our life at the moment….it’s not set in stone….but looks pretty promising that we’ll go.

Arizona…’s hot out there. And brown….and well….they have deadly insects and reptiles just hangin’ out in your yard. At least it’s just for 5 months or so.