Taking our brainstorming session outdoors

We took our weekly brainstorming session outdoors today. Mostly because it was raining and (kinda) cold in Phoenix today. We tried Pomegranate Cafe and loved it! Whole 30 and Orange Theory have been good to me, so I gave their muffins the cold shoulder, but my business partner Heidi indulged in the Snickerdoodle muffin while I sadly at my salad next to her. One day I’ll be back for that muffin.

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Have you tried this place? It’s a great Vegan restaurant with a really cool vibe. Check it out here.

The Normal Diner in Tempe

Girlfriends are like fine wine, they really do get better with age. Also, like wine, you can indulge with them morning, noon or night! This morning, Teri and I went to breakfast at The Normal breakfast inTempe. She found this place on Instagram (of all places) and we loved it. The decor was super cool and the vibe was great. We didn’t really eat much, instead we opted for mimosas, so I can’t really tell you how the food was, but The Normal is a super cute diner – check it out here.

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

Downtown Denver Dining

File this restaurant recommendation away for the next time you find yourself in downtown Denver. It’s a restaurant that you’ll want to visit.

A few weeks ago, my colleague and I had a meeting with the Westin Denver Downtown’s executive team. We arrived one day early so we could see what downtown Denver had to offer. We must look like we’re from the 70’s because as we were walking through downtown people kept shouting, “Hey, you in town for the Cher concert?” Um … no?

Besides the ‘friendly people’ we were pleasantly taken back by the charm of downtown. Boutiques, shops and cafes all around. The streets were lined with the same kind of outdoor light bulbs that you’d expect on a cute southern patio. Charming and really set the mood for a good evening.

My friend Meghan recommended a great downtown Denver restaurant to try, and one that was in walking distance of the Westin. So, Nancy and I walked into Osteria Marco. Well, not before I nearly walked into Ocean Prime. Osteria/ Ocean … you could easily mix them up too, no?

Dinner was perfect. Perfect food. Perfect service. Perfect atmosphere. If you find yourself in Denver, check out Osteria Marco. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, and there’s a super cute bakery/ market next door where we stopped in for some desserts while we waited for our table.

Two foodie thumbs up, Denver.

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The Foodie Hat: Hillside Spot

If you like LGO and Postino Winecafe, then you’ll dig Hillside Spot. We love this restaurant for morning pancakes and dinner. Plus, kids eat free (every day after 4pm). Who can argue with that?

Kelsey’s choice is grilled cheese with mac n’ cheese and fruit on the side. Dad loves the cheeseburger and all the local beers on tap. Mom opts for the half chicken with fresh veggies. Delish!

Visit Hillside Spot Cafe on Sunday mornings for a fresh-squeezed Mimosa and amazing banana pancakes. Then, walk over to the Farmers Market for fresh produce, flowers and the best coffee food truck around. A few photos from our Friday night out.