Foodie Travel: Spring Training Eats in Phoenix, Arizona and Sedona, Arizona

Top clockwise, Salt River Stadium, Scottsdale, Sloan Park, Tempe, AZ, Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, AZ and Camelback Ranch, Glendale, AZ

March is the best time to head out to Arizona for Spring Training baseball. The weather is spectacular and you can catch lots of big league action. All the Spring Training facilitates are an easy drive to one another. Plan your trip visiting one of the 15 teams and the 10 beautiful stadiums. Need some suggestions on where to eat while you are out there? Here are some of my favorites.

Breakfast, Snooze, An A.M. Eatery

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery, The Next Great Bite

Snooze is one of my favorite places to get breakfast. The big, fluffy pancakes are not your typical pancakes. I got the pancake of the day: cinnamon roll with lots of syrup, toasted pecans and gooey, cinnamon sugar topping. Start out your day at this funky place for a great breakfast to tie you over before heading to the stadium. Pancakes, Snooze, The Next Great Bite

Gertruide’s, Desert Botanical Gardens

Desert Botanical Gardens, The Next Great Bite

If  you don’t have a baseball game on one of your days or you have a night game, head to the Desert Botanical Gardens. The gardens’ display a cross-section of typical desert landscapes. Exploring one of the gardens five thematic trails will work up an appetite. Gertrude’s located inside the gardens and is a great place to eat. Inspired by fresh local ingredients, the dishes are simple and clean. I ordered this salmon with coarse mustard sauce and crunchy, arugula. The patio is the place to sit and have a leisurely lunch. Especially on a nice day.

Gertrude, The Next Great Bite

Gertrude's, The Next Great Bite

Cochinita Pitil, Barrio Urbano

While in Phoenix, take advantage of eating some of the best authentic Mexican food. Barrio Urbano is one of Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza’s restaurants, well-known for her Mexican cuisine. This dish is a must try! Marinated pork, slow roasted overnight, just falls apart. Served with black beans, pickled onions and corn tortillas. Heaven!

Cochinita Pitil, Barrio Urbano, The Next Great Bite

Located in The Yard, an old motorcycle dealership, is now home to several restaurants. Great place to hang before or after dinner. Lounge on the comfy couches, have drinks and play games such as ping-pong, corn hole and jumbo jenga.The Yard Phoenix, The Next Great Bite

Sedona

Tres Leches Cake, Mariposa

Sedona Landscape, The Next Great Bite
Sedona is a magnificent place. On one of our days we didn’t have any baseball games, we made the trip to Sedona. We stumbled upon Mariposa restaurant which was a wonderful find. Mariposa sits up high on a bluff and has one of the most spectacular views of the beautiful mountains. The dining room has a floor to ceiling windows that lets you get lost in the landscape while you dine. We ended our meal with this Tres Leches torte. Elegant and decorated with delicate, eatable flowers and fresh berries. Topped off with sweet, creamy milks.Tres Leches Cake, Mariposa, The Next Great Bite

Acai Bowls, South Block, Various Locations, Washington, DC

Acai Berry Bowls, South Block

I love food. That is one reason I started my food blog. But, eating all these great dishes, I have to work hard to keep my weight down. I work out, but not as often as I should. And I try to eat good most of the time.

So when I found out about the Acai Bowls at South Block, I was thrilled! I was so glad to find a place that I could eat something healthy and tasted good.

Acai is a superfood which comes from Brazil. It has many health benefits. South Block blends the berries with ice until it is the consistency of a slushy. Then they add different toppings. I had the Warrior Bowl (bottom) which starts off  with the acai berries blended with bananas, strawberries and pineapple juice. It is topped off with crunchy granola, fresh sliced fruit of strawberries, banana and plump blueberries. The other bowl we tried was the PBJ Bowl (top). The acai berries are blended with peanut butter, bananas, blueberries and almond milk. It is topped with granola, blueberries and bananas. Both were delicious! After eating them, I felt full for hours and had a lot of energy.

South Block also does smoothies of acai, greens and protein. They also sell their signature cold press juices.

Now I can get through my workouts and know that my reward is something from South Block. Head to one of their locations and try one. You will become a fan too!