When I travel West, I usually layover briefly in Phoenix.
This time I decided to stop.
I am SO glad that I did.
I had lovely room…
This may seem like the normal coffee shot, and it is, but with a little surprise at the bottom. A little branding at the bottom of the cup. Yes, it is a Renaissance Marriott mug and it is likely that we know what the’R’ stands for, but perhaps it could stand for Rest or Relax or Refresh… Well, now that I am the proud owner of this mug (oh, I found out that if you ask nicely for one, they might just say yes!) the ‘R’ at the bottom can be whatever I want it to be. Actually, when I finish a cup of coffee, I am Ready to face the day!
In addition to special message mugs, the Renaissance had a lovely fruit and yogurt parfait. Its amazing how presentation can transform a very basic breakfast into something special. Fruit, yogurt, granola… simple. Fruit, yogurt, granola layered perfectly in a cute mason mug… special. I like special!
I also had the steel cut oatmeal. Again, wonderfully creative presentation!
One of the things I was most excited about traveling to Arizona for, was the Mexican food! I do love authentic Mexican food! Not TexMex trying to impersonate Mexican food, not super pretty and fancy Mexican fusion cuisine, but real, plate jumbled all up with rice, beans, cheese and a perfectly prepared traditional Mexican creation. Real tortillas and great chips and salsa! This is what I really wanted from my trip to Arizona. We just don’t get that type of food on the east coast, and being a California girl, I need some real Mexican food every once in awhile!
I can tell a good Mexican food restaurant before I even get inside. Upon driving up and seeing Los Dos Molinos, my heart skipped a beat because I knew that this place would be good! Not a huge mega restaurant, but a homey little restaurant where you just know they are using recipes passed down through the generations. Perhaps a couple updates to the recipes here and there, but the traditions are still maintained.
I had to share a little of the decor… which I do enjoy almost as much as the food!
Yes, the sign was a little scary, but it just adds to the charm! Just FYI, I didn’t end up looking like the unfortunate man in the picture… the spiciness was just right. Now,on to the important subject of the food. I had the Rellenos Adovada, which were chili rellonos stuffed with cheese and slow roasted pork and topped with spicy green chili. It was served with rice, beans and a tortilla. I ate this ENTIRE plate of Mexican food with pure abandon… enjoying every last bite! I was definitely a member of the clean plate crew that night.
And I happily rolled myself out of the place, but it was ALL worth it!