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New Years in the Desert

January 7, 2011

From Christmas in Miami, I went to spend New Years in the Greater Phoenix Area of Arizona with my girlfriend Stacy.  This place is starting to become one of my favorite places in the US.  The weather is nice (no rain), it’s not too big for its own good (Miami’s main problem), a lot of amazing food (seriously, all sorts of blow-your-mind food) and all the beautiful Western landscapes you can handle.

Papago Park rock formations

We (being me, Stacy and plenty of her friends) started off the New Years celebrations with some fireworks.  Their legality was pretty questionable.  And by questionable I mean that they were definitely from Mexico and illegal.

All good and sparkled up for the main event, we headed out to the party.

Stacy and I on the bus to the party

The party was being held at a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-some-guy’s house known as “The Compound.” There was tons of art all over the place, it was a bit of a makeshift backyard art gallery, with live music and fire pits, pretty spectacular.

Stacy about to get 2011'ed

Everyone about to ring in the New Year

Happy 2011!

The DJ looked awfully familiar.

A lot of the rest of my time in Arizona was spent eating as much of its amazing food as I good.  Some recommendations I have if you are ever in the area: Matt’s Big Breakfast, Green, Pita Jungle and Filiberto’s.

Grilled Cheeses, Animal Style fries and a vanilla shake at the West Coast exclusive In-N-Out.

To cap things off, we went and saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live cast, which was great fun, and we also went to a drive-in to see True Grit.  Eating Mexican food while watching a western at a drive-in in Arizona is probably something Billy Joel would write an amazing song about.

It went by all too fast.

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One Comment
  1. Stacy permalink
    January 8, 2011 6:54 am

    The sale of fireworks in Arizona just passed, but the use of them is up the discretion of each city, so right now they’re only legal in Mesa. So while we could have them, our setting them off in Tempe was technically illegal. Great post though, that was a really fantastic 3 days!

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