After I finished my cookie dough cereal, Matt and I went out exploring. I actually spent a whole summer in Arizona when my dad worked in Phoenix when I was young, so I have fond memories of prickly pear flavored everything, giant cacti and desert hikes.
We found a little trail that led us to a waterfall
And then we found a long legitimate hike just on the other side of the resort property. We hiked about 30 minutes into Ventana Canyon and loved feeling like we had escaped into the canyon away from the world. Thankfully we had water and sunscreen with us!
After showers, we reunited with Gina, Tom + Liv for one more meal – brunch at the Loews resort.
The resort is known for its Blues, Brews + BBQ brunch and after multiple people reported it was out of this world, we had to try it.
They had everything from sushi to fresh green juice to grilled meats and vegetables to shrimp cocktail to an amazing dessert spread to all-you-can-drink local beer and champagne. The brunch was not cheap, but man was it worth the cost. All the food went above and beyond the call of flavor to impress the palate – bourbon-soaked watermelon, pineapple grilled ribs and jalapeno mashed potatoes.
I had champagne with prickly pear syrup – superb!
Plus a jalapeno green juice
They had local beer on tap and Matt was in seventh heaven!
Mazen was perfectly happy with milk : ) Look at that tooth!
Liv loved her grilled salmon and watermelon juice!
I started with a sushi and seafood sampler, which I shared with Matt
And then I feasted on this incredible plate. Grilled fruits, a charred tomato, jumbo asparagus, beer-soaked grilled corn, barbecue salmon, pulled pork, spiced cornbread, beans and an amazing mac and cheese.
And as if that weren’t enough….the dessert table was breathtaking!
I shared this plate with Matt and Karen – plus a slice of heavenly German chocolate cake. Our favorite was the coconut crème pie on the right.
A memorable day of eating for sure!!
Afterwards, we all did this until we were digested enough to put our bathing suits on: