So this is Christmas…

Plaid Coat and Romper

Christmas in Arizona is NOT white.  In fact, it’s brilliant blue dotted with fluffy clouds and buckets of sunshine.  But don’t worry–we still get festive.  This outfit makes me feel especially festive with the plaid coat and the gathered romper.  I love that I’m alllll legs in this ensemble.  If you live in a colder area this look could easily be adapted with a heavier coat, some tights, and a pair of booties.  In Arizona this is just the right amount of layering.

Plaid Coat and Romper

Plaid Coat and Romper

coat: thrift store ($1) // romper: forever 21 // shoes: steve madden // rings: vintage

Plaid Coat and Romper

I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas and if you celebrate something else I hope that was wonderful too!  If you follow along on instagram (@sundaymorningsugar) you an stay up to date with all of my Christmas festivities like Bailey’s and hot chocolate, opening presents, and indulging in cinnamon rolls.

Plaid Coat and Romper

Thank you all for another year of reading.  Here’s to many more!

Eating Arizona: The Farm at South Mountain

On Black Friday I skipped the malls in favor of a lunch with one of my favorite people in the world.  I love Thanksgiving weekend because my friends scattered across the states migrate home to spend some time with their families…and me.  And I get to do what I do best–drag my friends to cool restaurants all over the valley.  In this case, my friend Stephen actually chose the restaurant and I was thrilled!  I’ve been wanting to eat at The Farm for a long time and now that I’ve been there, I’m happy to say it lived up to (almost) all of my expectations.
The Farm at South Mountain
The atmosphere is downright adorable.  It feels like an old school family picnic in the south with rows of picnic tables on a sprawling lawn covered by gorgeous trees.
The Farm at South Mountain
Much of the food they serve is grown on-site and they have a few restaurants with different offerings.  We ate at The Farm Kitchen which serves sandwiches, salads, soups, and hosts a collection of locally curated goods (Queen Creek Olive Oil…).  We each ordered a sandwich then went splitzies so we could try more of the menu.  I picked the Farm Garden Sandwich which was topped with sprouts, avocado, tomato, cucumber, havarti cheese, herb mayo, and field greens and it was divine.  My favorite, however, was Stephen’s pick of the Flank Steak Sandwich–a baguette topped with arugula, Gorgonzola, caramelized onions, and perfectly prepared flank steak.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The Farm at South Mountain
Not only was the food amazing, but the conversation was delightful as well.  There’s something so special about spending time with old friends and reminiscing.  The backdrop at The Farm provided the perfect atmosphere to relax in the fall sunshine and chat for a few hours.  I cannot wait to go back again–this restaurant is a true gem in the desert.
The Farm at South Mountain

Succulents

Most people in the U.S. are snuggled under mountains of blankets, walking through a brisk fall breeze, and wearing chunky sweaters.  I, on the other hand, am gardening.  Yup, in Arizona it’s still pretty toasty outside and this weekend I planted a pretty little succulent in a glass leaded vase.  There’s something so delightful about a succulent and as soon as I saw this vase I knew I had to have it.  I can’t wait to find a home for it but for now it looks pretty cute in my backyard.

Succulents

Succulents

If you’re in the cold, I hope you’re staying warm this week!  I’ve got two more days of work then a fabulous food-filled weekend and I cannot wait!!  Thanksgiving is the best day of the year.

Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar

Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar
On a suggestion from some wonderful vendors at my Farmer’s Market, I made time this weekend to check out Crepe Bar.  My sweet friend Colleen and I grabbed breakfast on an overcast Saturday morning and caught up on all of the important things we missed in each others lives over the past three years (it’s been too long since we’ve seen each other).  This was the perfect venue for my breakfast with an old friend.  The food was great, the service was top notch, and my chai tea was adorable.  The inside reminded me of a hip city coffee house and the food lived up to my expectations.  Their menu is full of very unique crepes and I’m pretty excited to go back.
Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar
We ordered two breakfast burritos which were chipotle crepes full of eggs, bacon, queso, and avocado salsa.  For dessert, we split a maple butter crepe topped with bruleed bananas.  My chai tea was a bit on the sweet side for me but had a good overall flavor.  I loved the kick the chipotle crepe added to my breakfast burrito and was wowed by the presentation.
Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar
Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar
I don’t generally like sweets all that much but my maple butter crepe with bruleed bananas was ah-ma-zing.  The maple butter had the most incredible flavor and the bruleed bananas were perfect.  Like…. really perfect.  All bananas in my life should be prepared like that.
Eating Arizona: Crepe Bar
All in all I had a great time at Crepe Bar.  Great service, amazing atmosphere, and quality food.  I’ve really been missing Chicago recently and this was a little reminder that you don’t have to be in a big city to have a unique dining experience.  I’ll leave you with this great video of Crepe Bar’s Papa K crepe being made!

The Arizona Taco Festival

This past weekend was both my birthday weekend and my second-t0-last weekend before starting my new job.  I’m trying to be more social and experience more of what Arizona has to offer so when my friend Morgan invited me to the Arizona Taco Festival I simply couldn’t say no.  I love a well-made taco and the weather is FINALLY nice enough that you can spend time outside so I was thrilled to attend this event.
Arizona Taco Festival
(a good friend and good tacos!)
Arizona Taco Festival

We saw some pretty interesting things.  A stripper wearing roller-skates, a couple getting married, a hot chili pepper eating contest, and midget wrestling.  We also ate some truly incredible tacos.  My favorite came from the Four Seasons Scottsdale food truck.  I also really enjoyed both the food and the entertainment from J.licious.  It was a fun day but a bit overpriced, in my opinion.  General admission was $12 and all food and drink cost extra.  Here are some snaps from the day!
Arizona Taco Festival

Arizona Taco Festival
Arizona Taco Festival
Arizona Taco Festival

Now I’m dreaming of ways to reproduce the tacos I tasted.  There is something truly divine about authentic Mexican food!  Fresh tortillas are especially amazing.  Any tips on making killer Mexican food?  I’d love any advice you can throw my way on this subject :)