First was the trip to the Stanley, North Dakota picnic in Mesa.
Then Monday I went to Phoenix for some t.v. business and a tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Today it was Scottsdale, accompanied by SWMBO.
We made our annual visit to the Celebration of Fine Art, a very strictly juried show of about 100 artists from around the country.
The artists themselves are on hand for the two-month-long show and are happy to talk with attendees, as well as to sell their art if you're so inclined.
It is easily the finest art show I've ever attended.
From there we proceeded to The Vig at McCormick Ranch for lunch.
Judy had chosen it after seeing it featured on a local dining show on television.
We started with martinis from the beautiful bar with a mirror reflecting the stone walls next to our booth.
And then we chose our lunch from the appetizer section of the menu.
Believe it or not this plate of Nachos del Norte was an appetizer!
The plate of pork, refried beans, melted white cheddar cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, green onions, olives and sour cream over housemade tortilla chips easily filled both of us.
(Of course we had to accompany them with a couple of beers - a Guinness for milady and a Four Peaks Kiltlifter Scottish Ale for me.)
There is a wide wine selection at the Vig as well.
For dessert we chose one more item from the appetizer menu.
Oh, no, it wasn't only those scraps of arugula.
It was Medjol dates stuffed with goat cheese and smoked almonds, wrapped with bacon in a balsamic reduction sauce.
We loved the art show.
But lunch was beyond compare.