Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Further Adventures in Sedona Area

Monday was a nice day and so we took a drive on the Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon loop. Part of the road is paved but most unpaved but 4 wheel drive not necessary. It is one of many beautiful drives in this area.

We then went into town and had lunch in the Tiaquepaque Village, which is a shopping village modeled after a typical Mexican village that sits on the Oak Creek and is surrounded by large sycamore trees. It started as an artist colony and still has many art galleries, as well as other shops and restaurants.  We had lunch on a pet friendly outdoor patio at Rene at Tiaquepaque. It definitely gets mixed reviews. Service was fine but when they brought out our plates, you would think our meals were from two different restaurants I got scallops with a pesto sauce which was nicely plated with tri-colored orzo in the middle with slices of carrots topped with asparagus stalks topped with the pesto crusted scallops. Beautiful and tasty. Joe's, on the other hand, was sand dabs with a white sauce and plain white rice and a couple of carrots stuck on the side. Plating is not that important if the food is good but we have had sand dabs a number of times and these were the only bad ones we have had. They were very mushy and had no taste. There is only a few time either of us had a dish that we should have sent back and this one was one. Unfortunately we didn't complain until the hostess happen to come by and asked how things were. Oh well, live and learn.

The next day we went back to one of the main areas of Sedona and had a more successful lunch at Ken's Creekside American Bistro. Another pet friendly restaurant where we sat on a lovely shaded patio that with beautiful views of the tree lined creek and the red rocks of Sedona in the distance.We both had Ahi Tuna burgers that were perfectly done and included green onions, ginger, ponzu and wasabi aioli. Mine included a salad and Joe had the french fries to share with Savannah.
We then walked around this part of the town which has your typical tourist shops but also shops that reflect this "New Age" town.

Tours with the Pink Jeep outfit are a popular way to see some of the area

       Another great day.                                                       

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