Friday, February 15, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Days 30 & 31 – Shrimp & El Charro Cafe

Do you pay attention to drug ads on TV – us old people generally do and as I watch them, I can’t help but wonder “How do they come up with these names?”  Orillissa, Trelegy, Chantix, Epclusa, Taltz, Xeljanz, Jardiance, Vraylar, Stelara, Zicam, Brilnta, Dupixent, Cosentyx, Neulasta, Glucerna, Emgality  - they like to use X and Z.  Then here are a few of the largest sellers - Harvoni, Mabthera, Avastin, Herceptin, Sovaldi.  And the generic names are even worse.  This is what happens when you sit around the RV with nothing else to do.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Day 29, Saguaro NP & Inca's

The temps were a little below freezing when I got up and the predicted cool temps scared us off of our planned trip to Tubac to attend the Arts Festival and the closed road due to snow cancelled my backup plan of driving up to Mt. Lemmon.  So it was on to plan C with a drive thru the Saguaro NP and late lunch at Inca’s Peruvian Restaurant.

The Saguaro NP has a west and east portion and we chose the east because it was closer and had an eight mile loop road that was paved – I love using my Senior Pass to get in.  We stopped at the Visitors Center and snapped a few shots – the Saguero with Bev is 102 years old and they had a labeled version of each of the desert plants around the center.

I like the pictures with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the back and I assume the highest snow covered one is Mt Lemmon at 9157 feet tall.

Two of my biggest surprises have been the mountains in the area and the amount of plant life in the desert (I was expecting it to be more Sahara-like) and the many varieties – many look like they are about to bloom.

This guy was full of bird holes.

This guy didn’t know which way was up.

The classic look.

It’s a good thing the NP was established as homes have arrived at its edges.

In addition to the loop road, the park contains several hiking trails and a picnic area.  I think the Saguero must be like snowflakes with no two alike.

After the drive I could imagine that the entire Tucson area looked just like the park before the Europeans arrived.

From the National Park, we made a 25 minute drive further north and west to Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine which I had seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wanted to try.

We arrived at our usual mid afternoon time to our preferred empty restaurant where we got outstanding service from our Peruvian born server (she was also the Maitre D’ and bartender).  She explained that the menu contained authentic Peruvian dishes but theirs were a little more tasty and that most of the ingredients were imported from Peru.

We began with some Peruvian cocktails for the girls, but Mexican was as close as I could get for beer.  Bev had a Pisco Sour Maracuya and Pat had this Pisco Sunrise.

The meal began with some highly salted roasted Peruvian corn which reminded me a little of corn nuts.  Bev ordered one of the dishes prepared for Guy Fieri when he visited: Seco de Carne Con Frejoles - 8 oz.Tender cuts of beef braised in a cilantro and Peruvian sauce. Served with canary beans and jasmine rice - 16.99

Pat had the Carapulcra - Dehydrated potato (papa seca) casserole cooked with beef chicken and pork seasoned with a blend of Peruvian spices. Served with jasmine rice - 14.99

And I had Ceviche Mixto - Fresh white fish with an assortment of seafood marinated in lime juice and Peruvian rocoto pepper. Served with yam and Peruvian corn. (Request mild or spicy) - 16.99

We all enjoyed our meals but the girls thought theirs needed salt but since there was none on the table, we decided we should eat it as served.  The Ceviche was very different than what I had got at the Sonora Market (which was swimming in a red sauce) and I’ve decided I need to learn to make it as it is very good and very healthy.  I do not recommend the Peruvian corn, other than toasted and we all decided we didn’t need to move to Peru for the food, but glad we gave it a try – it’s hard to compete with good southern USA cookin.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Days 26 - 28 – Tohono O'odham & Tucson

On Monday, we decided we would check out the local Indian Reservation which included a drive by their Desert Diamond Casino then the Mission San Xavier (Catholic Church) and then about 60 miles down to Sells, AZ which is a main town for the Tohono O’odham Nation. 

We were in search of their Heritage Center but after going to Sells then on to Topawa we never did find it, but we got some great views but few shots of the desert and mountains under cloudy skies.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Days 24 & 25 –Tucson

One of the nice things about being in a location for 3+ weeks is that you don’t have to cram something into every day so Saturday was a little more relaxing.  I put a chuck roast into our crock pot to have some meat in the fridge and puttered around the coach while the girls went to the on-site gem show – a major gem show is beginning in Tucson this week.

In early afternoon, we decided to go checkout the meat counter at Sonora Meat Market which was a very unique place as it is a convenience store that sells their on-site butchered meat, liquor, and about everything in between.  With narrow aisle and tall shelves, I don't believe another item could be crammed into the place.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Days 22 & 23 –Tucson and Tombstone

About all we did on Thursday was run a few errands and go to lunch at Aqui Con El Nene which had been recommended to us.  Pat and I had a Sonoran Hot Dog and Bev and I had a Taco Taqui so I got to eat both of the recommendations from our friend Lea Ann.  It's basically fast Mexican food where you order at the counter and they bring the food to you.

The hot dog is a bacon wrapped wiener topped with mustard, mayo and a variety of other items and the Taco is two tortillas wrapped around a green chile stuffed with meat, cheese, bacon, and mushrooms.  

I enjoyed both items but as is often the case in Mexican restaurants the meat was over cooked for my taste.  They also had a salsa bar with about anything you would want for a topping.  I look forward to trying more Mexican and Southwestern meals.

On Friday, we made the hours drive town to Tombstone for a look at one of Arizona’s most famous towns and while all but two of the original buildings have been destroyed by fires, it has been rebuilt to resemble the original – they even have gravel atop the paved main street.

This is the Earp's and Doc Holliday walking down to the OK Corral for their famous gunfight - Doc is on the left with his cane and Virgil, on the right even walked with the necessary limp.

We began our visit by taking a narrated stagecoach ride around town and learned some interesting town history but the main thing I learned was that I would not want to ride very far in a stagecoach. 

After the ride and getting to see most of the town, it was time for our usual  - the girls went shopping and I headed for Big Nose Kate's Saloon, where I had a great time thanks to some semi-locals (from Sierra Vista) sitting beside me at the bar. 

When Steve, the owner stopped by for a chat, he insisted on taking some shots of us.

Turns out, Steve came to the area from the Bronx, NY with virtually nothing and now owns Big Nose Kate’s, the Long Branch Saloon, and The Harley store.  In case you haven’t seen the Wyatt Earp movies, Big Nosed Kate was Doc Holliday’s girlfriend and there was not a saloon with her name in the old days.  They had a lady playing some playing and singing some very good music that I really enjoyed.
When the girls got there, we had a good lunch but forgot to take food photos - here is a menu link.  The servers dress in period costumes.

I had the Outlaw Burger, Bev had the Dutch Annie’s Mixed Meat Calzone, and Pat had Goldie’s Famous Over Stuffed Reuben.  We all enjoyed our meals especially the Reuben which I would expect from a Bronx native.  

They like to take shots of their customers in period costumes.  

We really enjoyed Tombstone, even though everything is set up to capture the tourists dollars (even the OK Corral has walls around it) we will try to get back again.

Since we were in the area, we decided to drive further south and check out Bisbee then over to Sierra Vista.  Bisbee is an old mining and now tourist town to which the girls want to return and Sierra Vista is just a regular town with an army post – Fort Huachuca.

Since it’s just an hours drive, we will want to go back to Tombstone at least one more time.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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