Female-friendly Food Stops
When it comes to finding good
restaurants, Journeywoman relies on her networking pals around the
world to share their best bets. On a recent trip to Arizona we asked
our hosts to "tell all" about where they like to eat. Their suggestions
were great (and very reasonable, too)!
Best Meals in Tucson
We asked Jean McKnight,
P.R. Director of the Tucson Visitors Bureau for her "gal-friendly
restaurant suggestions" and we hit pay dirt. Each of her top spots
is fun, moderately priced, a good food experience and has a strong
El Minuto is a petite,
mother-daughter owned, Mexican eatery. Expect a southwestern kitsch
ambiance and large portions of hearty fare. P.S. We're told this
is also singer Linda Ronstadt's choice when she comes home to Tucson.
(354 S. Main Ave)
El Charro is located in
the heart of the El Presidio arts district. It's owned by vivacious
Carlotta Flores, an internationally-renowned Sonoran Mexican chef.
Gourmet Magazine voted it one of the best ethnic restaurants in
the USA. Bonus: Look for their Heart Smart Menu selections --low
fat but delicious.(311 N. Court)
Finally, for a solid coffee
shop meal served in historical surroundings, stop in at the (circa
1919) Congress Hotel. Their Cup Cafe is open 7 days a week and,
rumor has it that Kevin Costner shot a few scenes from Tin Cup here.
The female connection? The hotel is managed by Mary Ann Brazil.
(311 East Congress)
Best meals in Sedona
Longtime friend, psychiatrist
Shelly Uram, lives and works in Sedona. She happily escorted Journeywoman
to the restaurants the locals frequent most.
Way back in the Fifties,
movie star Jane Russell ran a bar in this very same location. Today,
for the best breakfast in Sedona you'll want to stop in at the Coffee
Pot Restaurant, home of 101 omelets. Food is fine, prices popular
and atmosphere A-1. (2050 West Hwy. 89A ).
Pearl Padre calls herself
a health, happiness and diet counselor. She's also the owner of
Thai Spices serving up macrobiotic specialties in her smallish no-nonsense
cafe. We sampled her Veggie Pad Thai and hot thai tea for lunch.
A gold star experience! (2986 West Hwy 89A).
Heartline Cafe features
a menu that blends Euro, Mediterranean and Asian cooking styles.
Dine inside or outdoors in a delightful English garden setting.
From the salad with fresh pear dressing and gorgonzola cheese, to
the grilled coriander rubbed tuna, these are taste delights you
won't quickly forget. Dinner entrees from $9.25 (1610 West Hwy 89A).
Best meals in Scottsdale
Marine biologist, Janet
Scheffman and her husband Chris invited Journeywoman to join them
at Scottsdale's Old Town Tortilla Factory. The menu is eclectic--a
bold mix of Mexican and Southwestern with a funky cross cultural
influence. At center stage a tortilla machine churns out a selection
of individually spiced flavoured tortillas. Service is friendly,
atmosphere lively and desserts are delish! (6910 East Main Street)
We asked Julia, manager
of the Museum Shop, where the ladies of Scottsdale lunch. She directed
us to Acadia Farms which we never would have found without her.
Just a little off the main drag, this casual country dining room
was buzzing when we arrived. JW strongly recommends the oriental
chicken salad($7.75), and chocolate praline tart for dessert. Wow!
(7014 1st Ave) Enjoy!
Arizona - The Female Facts
Womens' Directory provides a listing of the female entrepreneurs
in the area. Great for networking! Fax: (602) 941-5196.
"Women to the
Fore" is a women-only intro to golf offered at the Lodge
at Ventana Canyon, Tucson. Tel: (800) 828-5701
Tours offers enriching hiking adventures for middle-aged
women wanting to experience the Southwest. Call: 800.664.8922
or visit their website: www.canyoncalling.com
in and around Tucson for those over 50? Tel: ( 520)
Want a woman-led
desert walk? Call Outdoor Adventures in Tucson @ (520)
about southwestern outdoor adventures for women by contacting
Dr. Libby Howell of Wilderness Journeys. She promises
to take you to places that the average tourist to Arizona
doesn't even know about. Tel: (602) 921-1002 or write:
150 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ, 85281.
- Look for Native American flute music by Carlos Nakai.
JW recommends the CD "Canyon Trilogy - solo melodies
to dream by".
For more info about planning your own female-friendly
holiday in Arizona call 800-842-8257
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