North Fattoria Italiana

“Fattoria means farm in Italian – a place where food is handcrafted and sold.  It conjures up visions of a rustic farmhouse, offering locals hand-made offerings – anything from wine to olive oil – made with love on premise”.


“Created by Chef Chris Curtiss, pizza and pasta dough is made from scratch, all day long, for every guest.  With a great space, great food and a great vibe”…

North1                                                     Gigli Pasta at North

Great neighborhood Italian, house made pasta, great wine, a casual kid friendly environment, and the food was GREAT!!!

We started out with the Castelvatrano olives (my kids & I LOVE olives) and house made focaccia bread; I had a glass of the Dryland’s Sauvignon Blanc straight from Marlborough, NZ. I wanted to try something Italian but I can’t do the dry whites!  Next we shared the Casa Insalate, which were great, simple greens with roasted garlic dressing, grand padano and grilled bread. Similar to a Caesar without the anchovy taste! For my main course I had the Gigli pasta– house made pesto, pine nuts, crispy capers and freshly shaved grana padano …yummmmm!!!!!! I had to have a red wine with my pasta so I chose the Valpolicella-Masi Bonacosta-Veneto it went great with the pasta!

                                North The boys had the kids Spaghetti & Meatballs

You think by this time we would have stopped but we were all having a sweet tooth! Last but not least the ………..

North2 Salted Caramel Budino

Location:  NORTH Arcadia 4925 N 40th St. Phoenix, Arizona 85018 Tel. 602.324.5600

Sprinkles Cupcakes

I love not only the delicious taste of most of these flavor filled cups of goodness but the fact that the company cares about their carbon footprint on the environment makes it even better.



Sprinkles6 Candace Nelson is the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes her great-grandmother was renowned for the distinctive desserts she made at her San Francisco restaurant during the 1930’s. She created pure, delicious, uncomplicated pastries –the result of her French culinary roots and her new American working life.

“These days, as I sift, whisk and frost at the bakery I began with my husband in Beverly Hills, I imagine our scratch-based cupcakes as a natural extension of my great grandmother’s legacy”. Candace Nelson  Sprinkles4

The Sprinkles philosophy is that they care about our environment, a philosophy reflected in the purchasing decisions and company practices.

Sprinkles2 The bakery boxes, napkins, shopping bags and gift boxes are made from recycled materials.  They take sustainability seriously by purchasing high quality dairy and produce from local farms where available.  Other efforts include the use of green cleaning products and programs to maximize waste recycling and minimize water usage. Sprinkles5

They also regularly support non-profits committed to preservation and conservation. Learn more about Sprinkles annual Earth Day campaign, which has raised $31,550 for environmental health organizations since 2008.

Sprinkles:                                                                                   4501 north scottsdale road                                                                                          scottsdale, arizona 85251  


Lux Central – Uptown Phoenix Arizona Coffee Bar

Their slogan… openeverydaycoffeebakerynourishmentbreadmeatwinewaterspiritsalwaysmeetherehomeitswhereiamfromspringfield  .


When you walk in the front door you have great tables for plugging in to work or nerd out.


The Bar is a great place to sit with all the hipsters especially if you’re looking for an awesome hand made cocktail!  My Favorite is the Triple Crown a fabulous Rum concoction made with Fresh Mint and Luxardo Cherries.


To the patio.


Great cappuccinos


I enjoyed a fabulous cappuccino with my boys and good friend Stephanie King in the back room which also leads you out to the patio.


Cozy couches everywhere.


Great art displayed throughout the Cafe.


My Favorite


They roast all of their coffee in house.  They are currently roasting organic Ethiopian Sidamo, Panamanian Palmyra and organic Nicaraguan.  They have delicious baked goods and always a tasty menu of daily creations including wonderful vegetarian selections as well.
PHONE : 602.696.9976