FnB's Charleen Badman Tells Food & Wine Her Favorite Places to Eat, Shop, & Sleep in the Valley
Badman's Favorite Places to Shop in the Valley according to Food & Wine:
Kitchen Tools: Phoenix Knife House
"Whether you need a knife or tweezers or a peeler or a nutmeg grater, you can find it here. My friend Eytan Zias owns the shop and he has such a passion for knives. I work in an open kitchen, so people ask me all the time where I get mine. I tell them the knife house--I recommend it to everybody."
Imported Ingredients in Scottsdale: Andreoli Italian Grocer
"Andreoli has a lot of Italian products--the owner, Giovanni Scorzo, brings in meat, cheeses and olives from Italy. He'll have stuff in the back that just came off the plane from Italy, like this beautiful, silky burrata, and he makes his own bread."
Spice Shop in Tempe: Haji-Baba International Foods
"You can get preserved lemons and all sorts of spices like cumin or allspice bagged separately. I buy most of my spices there. They move through them so quickly, so you know they haven't been sitting long. They have a little Middle Eastern restaurant in there too, so if you're hungry, try the veggie plate."
Badman's Favorite Sights in Arizona according to Food & Wine:
Amazing Architecture in Scottsdale: Taliesin West
"Frank Lloyd Wright's former home and studio is an awesome place to go check out. He designed it, and it's been there forever. You can see the studio where he worked, and take a tour of his beautiful home."
Day Trip: Arcosanti
"Arcosanti is more of a commune, where people live and work, including artist Paolo Soleri. He also has a studio in Phoenix where he makes and sells his amazing Soleri Bells (decorative windbells in materials like ceramic and bronze). He's in his 90s, but he travels back and forth between studios every week. You can stay at Arcosanti for less than $100 a night."
Badman's Favorite Hotels in the Valley according to Food & Wine:
Downtown Phoenix: The Clarendon
"The Clarendon is a boutique hotel that's very retro, and they have a terrific restaurant called Gallo Blanco. They do very light, clean, Mexico City-style Mexican food, without a lot of cheese."
Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho
"This is a historic hotel that opened in 1956 and it's still very cool, with a midcentury-modern design. It's not far from FnB restaurant."
(Via: Food & Wine)