Scottsdale, AZ: A Food-Filled City That’s Not Just For Snowbirds

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Scottsdale, Arizona is often thought of as a resort destination with little more than golf courses and luxury properties, but there’s a strong undercurrent of creativity in this Sonoran desert city that’s fueling a diverse food scene. The same energy that brought Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri is inspiring a vibrant cadre of chefs, artisans, and purveyors to use the bounty of the region to make some seriously good eats.

And the weather is perfect for a visit this time of year. I’m still daydreaming of the smell of orange blossoms in the warm desert breeze — and the fantastic food from restaurants like Virtu and F &B.

Here are my top 10 spots for desert dining in and around Scottsdale on Gothamist Getaways.

East meets Southwest in this kale & Brussels sprouts salad w/cilantro mint vinaigrette. Recipe is on my blog @ www.kristasimmons.com!
Oh Bludso's, you've had my heart from the start. #dontmesswithtexas #bbq #foodporn #brisket #weekendeats
The chaat and saag paneer @BadmaashLA were off the chainz delicious and def my fav dishes, but this chai-spiced pot de creme was just too darn pretty not to post.
Discovered a local lunch gem! $9.75 chix plate is a steal: teriyaki chicken breast with rice, spicy salmon roll, shooter of butternut squash soup, salad, and a mini dessert.
So happy to be home cookin after another weekend on the road! Thx to @researchchef for the San Marzanos & onions; @craignsimmons for the homegrown Gilroy garlic; @urbanschmurban for the seedlings; and @mkretovics for helping me grow the gorgeous garden and always bringing the prettiest petals from @clementinefloralworks. I ๐Ÿ’™LA.
Finally, a soliton to the age old question of where the heck to find a really great bagel in LA. The lox @wexlersdeli make me miss Russ & Daughters just a little bit less too. Absolutely freaking stellar.
Friends! Today I'm Instagraming #MyDayInFood from Emei, China over at @saveurmag. Head on over for all sorts of hot, spicy Sichuan food porn. ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ›
Rise and shine! This fantastic baked egg shakshouka with chorizo from @ggetla is an aces way to start your Monday. That sourdough toast is crack doh. Try to stop. I dare you.
The signs don't lie: white nectarines from Arnett are SO sweet and luscious right now. Get some!
Best falafel and shwarma I've had since Azuri Cafe in NYC. Bonus points for the bangin baba, pickles, and refreshing watermelon agua frescas!
Spinach with clams, Shanghainese fried eel, shen jian bao. Love the more subtle, sweet & sour flavors in Shanghai. Great seafood too!
Learned another way to make mapo tofu in Ermei. This one is more my style -- it's less soupy and uses more of the gentle and piney green Sichuan peppercorns instead of loading up on the wild red ones. (Don't worry, you'll still feel the tingle!)
Harvesting some Chinese long beans before yoga with chef Terrence Crandall, whose gorgeous rooftop garden is inspired by the time he spent at French Laundry. Loved this little taste of Cali in Shanghai!
Xaio long bao might be the dumpling du jour, but these are the old school Shanghaise shen jian bao are the jam. Love that crackly pan fried bottom!
Totally feelin that #Shanghai swagger. This room is DOPE. Check out the view of The Bund, and the chockies!!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
My tongue is still tingling from the Sichuan peppercorns in this mapo tofu I learned to make at the Sichuan Cooking School in Chengdu. Fun fact: the word "ma" actually means numbing. This one sure lived up to it. Yeehaw!
A throwback to what was by far my best bite in Beijing--jiang bing. Coincidence my favorite stall's colors were the same as In-N-Out? I think not! Same crunchy iceberg lettuce too, and a "special sauce!" No animal style tho, which was welcome because veggie snacks are hard to come by here.
Tropical fruit + a quick swim is my favorite way to start the day. What's your fave power brekkie peeps?
Shu Qing is my panda hero. She is known for being extremely clever, and her particular talent is finding food. The only difference between us is she gets to take a 10 hour nap after every meal, and has a cuddly little cub. I would very much like both of these things, but right now I'd settle for a catnap and a teddy bear. #jetlag #sickiebear #ineednyquil
Time for a career change? Today I learned to make dim sum dumplings from a Cantonese transplant, who told me I was the best student he'd seen and that he'd hire me on. Reminded me of culinary school, where I discovered my knack for ravioli. God I โค๏ธstuffed dough!

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