Fuego Bistro


I don’t write restaurant critiques very often, but hubby took me out tonight for an early birthday date and Fuego Bistro was AMAZING!

We live in Mesa, AZ which is basically where fine restaurants come to die. After having lived in San Francisco (food mecca) for fifteen years, it’s been challenging to dine out in a city where McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King monopolize the chow real estate. We have to drive to Scottsdale or Phoenix (or Gilbert or Chandler) for decent dining. (With the exception of Dolce Vita!)

Fuego Bistro

We ate at a table near a small waterfall on the outside patio.  Lit by strands of patio lights, it was romantic. They are a self-styled “urban Latin” establishment. I ordered their seafood kabob with the Fuego house salad and green chile cornbread sides. I also had a cabernet. ALL of it was amazing. Normally, I like cornbread, but I LOVE theirs!

Willey had the chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. This is his favorite meal and Fuego’s twist on this common comfort food was adding a slightly spicy sauce over the chicken. He had a Malbec and gave it his rare sign of approval.

The service was incredible:  the host, our waitress, the water girl (seriously, I think she was 16?), all the other wait staff and bussers were super positive, energetic and attentive.

It’s obvious the owners fully appreciate the employees. Take a look at their message.

It goes to show you that if you acknowledge and applaud your human capital, you can achieve anything. They’ll love their work and do their best.

If you’re in the Phoenix area, you must check them out!

713 E. Palo Verde Drive

Phoenix, AZ  85014









Sunday Funnies #1

When I was a kid, I used to love reading the Sunday comics. They were in color and I studied each one. This was back in the day when we had news in paper form…right after fire was invented.

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Josie’s creation


I’ve decided to make my own “Sunday Funnies”. Here is Sunday Funny #1:


Setting: Yesterday morning at the breakfast table

Characters: Josie (14) and Ava (13) and me

Ava: Mom, what is your favorite color?

Josie (answers for me): Green.

(I nod in agreement.)

Ava: What’s your favorite song?

Josie: “Sweet Caroline.”

Me: Duh.

Ava: What is your favorite ethnic cuisine?

Me: That’s hard. I love so many foods…Italian…

Josie: Mmmmm!

Me: Greek…Vietnamese, Korean, Thai….I guess I could say that I love them all. They are all delicious!

Ava: What is your favorite kind of dog? You know, which breed?

Me: (Thinking)…Labrador, pit bull…

Josie: All of them! They are ALL delicious!

Both girls giggle and high five.

Ava: We are so Asian.