Two and a Half Years

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 21, 2013

…plus two months, if we’re getting technical.

That is just how long my friend Caitlin and I had gone without seeing each other in person until this past weekend! The last time we were together, we were dancing the night away at my wedding. I was so happy when she told me she was planning a summer trip that included Phoenix.


The great thing about our friendship is that despite not seeing each other for so long, it was like no time had passed once we finally reunited. We began our weekend with a road trip to the one and only Sedona. This is my absolute favorite place to take people, not only because it’s like entering another world (one where normal desert rock is suddenly replaced by an abundance of red everywhere you look), but also because it’s a great example of the variety of environments Arizona has to offer. The fact that it was 10 degrees cooler up here was also a nice perk!


We decided to start with lunch at Taos Cantina, which is located on the main drag in the heart of the city. The restaurant boasts an impressive margarita menu, so we knew immediately that we’d be ordering a pair to celebrate.


With the exception of Mama Bender’s delicious concoctions, this may have been the best margarita I’ve ever tasted! For my entrée I chose the chicken tacos, which were served with flour tortillas and generous amounts of sour cream and guacamole.


The black beans and rice on the side were also some of the best I’ve had. This restaurant was great!


We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and browsing the various shops off the main street. One of the coolest was the Sedona Candle Gallery, which literally handcrafts these amazing looking candle designs and fills them with wax right in the store. You’re able to replace the interior candles once they burn down, too. I didn’t end up getting any but after reading these reviews, I might just have to go back sooner rather than later!


The next day of Caitlin’s visit happened to be Eric’s birthday (thank you all for the sweet comments). We spent the morning hanging out at home and lounging in the Arizona sunshine before meeting up with the 20-year-old, Bobby and my parents for a celebratory dinner at Sapporo. After a delicious meal they brought out a few slices of red velvet and chocolate mousse cake for the table to share.

The guest of honor got his own slice complete with a candle for wishing on.


After dinner we headed to the theater to watch Man of Steel. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, but overall the group really enjoyed this new take on Superman. The best part was that Eric loved it!

The next day, Caitlin and I lounged around again in the morning, then headed to In-N-Out Burger to pick up our picnic lunch! Because nothing says picnic like a cheeseburger and fries, right? So yummy.


We walked around Scottsdale for a bit in the afternoon and happened to stumble upon a pair of dresses that were 40% off. It seems like every time Caitlin comes to visit me this happens – I remember a similar story when she came to Minnesota after our freshman year of college.

Oh well. 😉 It was a great bargain-priced way to end a wonderful reunion trip!


Thanks again for coming to stay with us, Caitlin! I had such a wonderful time and know that it won’t be another two and a half years before we see each other again. We’ll make it happen!



1 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

That restaurant looks SO good. I love a good margarita and Mexican food. It’s too bad you guys went so long w/o seeing each other, but I LOVE having friends that when you haven’t seen them for a long time, it’s like no time has passed. Those are the best friends. :)
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2 Shel@PeachyPalate June 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Love the dress finds!!! Especially yours, gorgeous colour! I have a friend who I hardly ever see but we’ve been friends since the day dot…literally since we were born as our parents were friends. Nothing changes….a sign of true friendship :)
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3 Jenn (eating bender) July 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thank you, Shel! I love that you have had a friend since birth – that is so cool!

4 Cara (Twinthusiast) June 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

What a fun visit. Also, can we talk about how absolutely darling you look in that first pic? Love the dress!
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5 Megan (Braise The Roof) June 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Those tacos look so good – that picture is making me hungry! Glad you got to see your friend- sounds like a really fun visit!
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6 Erica June 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Friends like that are the BEST. Glad you two had fun. I need need need to get to Arizona. So beautiful. Glad the birthday boy had a great day. So sad…I had no idea that movie was even coming out until a couple days ago…. Have a great weekend

7 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

It’s wonderful when you have friends where you can just pick up where you left off with no awkwardness. Looks like a lovely reunion. :)
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8 Tyrone June 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Black beans and rice! Love it! You guys seem more like sisters than friends. Nice post.

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