Day 257 of Traveling the World, Scottsdale, AZ. October 15, 2018.

Slogan: The West’s Most Western Town.

The New York Times: Scottsdale is a desert version of Miami’s South Beach.

Jan and Mike: We had some good, unusual food!

The first three pictures, the third a menu page, are from Barrio Queen, a really good, unusual Mexican restaurant. We had the first item on the menu, Chiles en Nogada. It was so tasty! A poblano pepper stuffed with chicken, apples, pears, apricots, raisins, walnuts, garlic, and onions…covered in an almond cream sauce and served with calabacitas. The restaurant’s decor was pleasing, too…sugar skulls and Day of the Dead items. The next photo is the inside of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. It is a chain, and we had seen it in several places as we crossed the US. We were stunned when we walked in, as with the low lighting, it looks like an expensive steak house. But the prices are more like Denny’s, as most of the menu items hover on either side of $10. The most expensive item on the menu was a Ribeye Steak at $19.99. Our prediction is that more and more will pop up, as it was jammed, the food is good and made from scratch, and the price is right.

The rest of the photos are from around Old Town Scottsdale. We thought it funny that the city doesn’t have a parking LOT for cars, but a parking CORRAL. There are Old West and Native American sculptures all around, and most of the sidewalks are covered. We loved the Turkestan Proverb, but we are traveling the world, anyway. The last photos are samples of items for sale in Scottsdale, which would be hard to find almost anywhere in the world. We were amused.