Saturday, June 29, 2013
I was aware of this when I agreed to move to this fair city in the desert. This is the Sonoran desert after all, the same latitude and altitude as the Northern Sahara for those needing a point of reference. Despite all of the super irrigated and lush lawns full of citrus trees this is still an area that averages extreme temperatures and and average annual rain fall under 9 inches.
This heat is different. Strangely enough there is a difference between 103 and 109 and there is also a difference between 109 and 117. At 105 or 109 you can still get away with working outside, shade still offers refuge. At 117 the heat is thick, even in the shade. You look outside and plants look fatigued, brown, and weak. The bright sun only illuminates a weary and browning landscape. The family of quail in our neighborhood seeks refuge deep within the jasmine that I keep moist.
So I will deal with this heat wave. I will huddle indoors in a sluggish state of survival. I will repeatedly remind myself of how nice it is in February. And I will wonder why the heck we didn't arrange to be in San Diego.
We should have known better. Ah.....Phoenix.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
It's no secret that I'm a glutton for ....well, gluttony. I take up any chance to get out and sample some new cuisine in the burgeoning and ever impressive Phoenix dining scene. As much as I enjoy Yelp I wanted to put my own stamp on my fair city.
Enter Bite Sized Phoenix. The idea is to provide a precise, twitter-like experience for those wanting to explore the culinary options of the greater Phoenix area. I don't have any grand aspirations for the site other then an outlet to document my experiences in a medium that gives me a little more creative possibility. It is still a work in progress but it is starting to take shape.
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