Posts in April 2011
Elote. It means corn in Spanish. A simple word. The Elote Cafe, quite simply, serves delicious food. We started with their signature dish, Elote; fire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese. Amazing.
You know how it is when you are having a great evening? A blood orange margarita in one hand and plate of smoked chicken enchiladas that melt in your mouth in front of you? When you are having fun conversation with a friend, who is eating pork carnitas with red chili sauce? You have take a bite of their food because it looks so scrumptious from your side of the table and you want to share a bite of what you are eating because you don’t want them to miss out? When you are full of good food and drink, but can’t resist ordering the Pastel de Elote, a Veracruz style sweet corn cake served with Dulce de Leche and homemade vanilla bean ice cream for dessert, just to have one more awesome culinary experience? That’s how it was.
You should go, but go early. Elote doesn’tt take reservations, and last night we were there 20 minutes before they opened their doors at 5:00pm, and there was already a line….but if you have to wait, it will be worth it.
This past weekend I was down in Phoenix visiting friends and I realized something…I am so grateful I live in Sedona. Sedona was a lovely 80 degrees, absolutely perfect! I was baking in 100 degree Phoenix temps. I am throwing a little get together this weekend and am excited to dust off the grill and light up the bon fire! Should be a perfect night to sit outside with friends and catch up. The stars have been so bright and clear. The full moon was so beautiful on Sunday.
I saw a flyer today for the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. May 7th some of Sedona’s best chefs will be competing to see who’s chili is the best. It’s going to be at Tlaquepaque; my niece’s birthdays are coming up and they have some cute shops there I should be able to find them some cute presents…all while eating amazing chili. I can’t wait to have a brew from the beer garden the Oak Creek Brewery is going to have set up. Should be good times!
Hiking is one of my favorite activities in Sedona, and as promised I have pictures from my favorite hike, West Fork, also known as Call of the Canyon. I hike this trail at least half a dozen times a year and whenever I have family or friends visiting from out of town, this is the first hike I like to take them on. This is an all season hike. Great this time of year because of the wild flowers and the budding trees. A perfect summer hike because of the shade of the pines and the water, and a beautiful fall hike because of the changing leaf color. Just about everyone can enjoy this trail. It isn’t difficult. There is no real elevation gain. The most difficult part would be navigating the creek. I recommend taking hiking sticks to help with balance, or wearing a good pair of hiking shoes made for getting your feet wet.
It was a lovely mid-70s this past week, great hiking weather. The parking lot was pretty full when we got there, but a great thing about this trail is it never seems crowded. There is a $9 entrance fee per vehicle for parking.
At the start of this hike you will cross a bridge that leads to an orchard, the ground covered with ferns. Ruins from an old homestead will lie in front of you. This is a lot of fun to explore. All that remains of the old brick house are the crumbling bricks of four hearths, and a couple of supporting walls. A cool round window is in the middle of one that is fun to take pictures through. This has been overgrown with vegetation. There is a trail that leads down to the creek here, but it is not the trial head. The remains of a stone chicken coop and a man-made cave, which I assume was once cold storage for this homestead still remain on this site.
The reason this is my favorite hike in the area is the natural beauty that makes up the trail. Erosion has formed huge curves in the side of the rocks that line the trail, and the clear water of the creek reflects the shades of red and orange in the water. The trail cris-crosses the creek so its fun to balance on the rocks and hop your way across. Wild flowers are starting to bloom this time of year and there were yellow and purple flowers scattered amongst the pine trees. A couple of trees had fallen across the trail in the winter months and we had to scramble over them. I love the sound of the leaves blowing in the trees and the creek. It is so peaceful.
This weekend two of my friends ended up getting sunburnt as they played out in the Sedona sun. This perfect hiking weather can be deceiving. Not too hot, 75…80 degrees maybe, so you forget to put on your sunscreen. Next week I will be hiking West Fork, one of the top ten hikes in the country. It is a beautiful trail that cris-crosses the creek in Oak Creek Canyon. I love it because if it does get a little warm you can dip your feet in the cool water of the creek. It is also a shaded hike, unlike a lot of the trails here in Sedona. I will post pictures of my adventure on the trail for you next week and I will definitely remember to wear my sunscreen.