The main reason this site exists is that I wanted to have a place to point folks after my Ignite Phoenix 5 (11/3/09) presentation if they were looking for additional info.
After trying to find a domain name that would work & coming up with this one phxnom.com, I liked it too much to not do anything with it. No idea what that will be though.
I don’t think the world needs another food blog so I definitely won’t be doing that. Ideas???
I’m a local boy, an Arizona native. I was born here at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital (Osborn), grew up, left & came back. I’ve always been super into food but it’s snowballed badly in the past several years. I grew up in a family where food was really important.
My dad was in the restaurant business for 50+ years. He worked at Trader Vic’s on 5th Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale way, way back. Then he & 6 of his partners left Trader Vic’s and opened up the Glass Door just south of Indian School on Main Street. It was there for about 21 years and was flat out awesome. The food was Continental French. It makes me happy to see references to it even now every once in a while.
Well I grew up working there – busboy, service bartender & pantry chef. My sisters grew up working there as well. Having a dad in the restaurant business (and it being an independent spot with exceptional food), our standards got elevated pretty early. Now we all (and our families) are still addicted to good food.
By good food, I definitely don’t mean fancy food though. It can be anything. I have a compulsion to find the best of whatever type of food/drink is out there. I love super nice places that do amazing things in gorgeous settings. I also love local dives that give you unbelievable food with no trappings (service/decor).
- I regularly get yelled at (in a nice way) by my mom for taking my wife & kids to sketchy neighborhoods at all hours.
- I am guilty of subjecting my family to icy winds late at night when I wanted them to try the Sonoran hot dog stand on Indian School and 20th street. They liked it though.
- I also am guilty of going to the farmer’s market to pick up a couple of things and coming back with $70 worth of heirloom tomatoes and artisan bread (it was really good though).
- Luckily I have a partner in crime and our kids have grown up eating anything and everything. While they like veggies a good bit more than me, they will jump right in and dig into ikura, uni, foie gras, mussles, you name it. Fun!
If you come across a truly exceptional spot of any type, I would be very grateful if you’d share the recommendation! I will definitely try to do the same.
Thanks for stopping by!