I visited a friend in Phoenix, who showed me around this beautiful desert city. It has a reputation for being hot (its nickname is “Valley of the Sun,” after all), but don’t let it intimate you! If you’ve never seen a desert sunset stretch for miles across the land, you should add “visit Phoenix” to your bucket list. There are plenty of things to do and eat in Phoenix for the weekend!
Top of the Rock
This restaurant inside the Marriott offers a spectacular view of the Phoenix skyline. And if you’re worried about sitting outside, they have misters to keep you cool.
We started with an Old Fashioned before diving into the dishes. We tried fried chicken n’ doughnuts (instead of waffles), and their version of green eggs and ham: a caramelized piece of pork pelly topped with a fried egg, served with a pea cream.
I don’t usually work out during my vacations, but because my buddy owns the gym, I stopped by for a workout. If you want to raise your standard with an excellent crossfit coaching program and super supportive community, visit their website to learn more!
I didn’t learn my lesson after the first crossfit workout, so I decided to get an early morning “Spartan workout” with my friend Lance (who looks like a spartan) at Maximum Fitness Gym.
After my workout, I grabbed some grub at the local establishment U.S. Egg. This Arizona establishment has been family run since 1986, and boasts locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Chandler.
I got my fill with a stack of protein blueberry granola almond cinnamon pancakes (a mouthful indeed!), as well as a chicken avocado skillet. They also have vegan and gluten free options, so stop by for breakfast or lunch with the whole crew!
Hash Kitchen: Creative Breakfast and Bar
Naturally, after our workout, we needed Bloody Marys. Hash offers a Bring Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, which doesn’t mean you have to bring all your fixings. It means they mix the liquids, and you add the dressings: olives, salami, celery, bacon, tomatoes, mozzarella…whatever your stomach desires.
But that’s not the whole meal! I then treated myself to banana French toast and carnitas. Hash Kitchen encourages patrons to think outside the breakfast box and get creative with their food!
Even if you don’t have buddies like mine in Phoenix, you can still enjoy yourself at all these great restaurants! And if you feel guilty about your indulgence, you can work it off at any of the gyms.