fifty cents

focaccia, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i bought this focaccia bread at the Alpine Valley Bread bakery outlet in Mesa, AZ today.
[many thanks to my awesome pal for reminding me to check this place out while i was on that side of town!]

would you believe this beautiful bread was only fifty cents?! i paid for my bread with pocket change, how awesome is THAT?  i say pretty awesome.

the smell alone made me take this off the shelf. there was no description of this bread on the label, so i went with pure instinct.

and by instinct i mean my stomach.

as soon as i arrived home and opened the bag, i discovered a soft, chewy herbed bread, topped with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and cheese.

so. so. SO GOOD.

glad i bought two.


if you live nearby, be sure to check this place out. take a big whiff as soon as you walk through the doors – it is heavenly.



macaron, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

would you believe these are my very first macarons??? purchased from this adorable place.

[top to bottom: vanilla bean, pumpkin spice, french chocolate, hazelnut]

[nom, nom, nom, and NOM]

if you have never enjoyed a macaron before, may i suggest you change that? immediately. right now. run, don’t walk.
her first macaron

ok, off you go.


things i love VI

restaurant, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

up next in my “things i love” series:
checking out locally owned restaurants with old friends.
especially when it is one old friend in particular that i had not seen since the seventh grade!!!
and especially when we meet at a delightful little diner in the heart of phoenix:

with a waffle and scrambled egg for him, and “The Five Spot” [sans bacon] for me…

and hours of delightful conversation recounting childhood’s good times, bad times, and everything in between.
i left our time with my heart [and my stomach!] very full.


ah, life is so, so good.

and delicious.