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Climbing Camelback and Barrio Cafe

Hello from sunny Phoenix once again. Due to the weather in  Baltimore and the entire East Coast getting some cold weather, wind, and snow we opted to stay in Phoenix for a few extra days. Our airline offered to change our flight for free so we said yes! Two extra days of 75 degrees is much more preferable to 20 degrees with ice and 40 mile per hour winds. Today was filled with adventures climbing Camelback Mountain and eating at the amazing Barrio Cafe.


A big calorie burner today was hiking up Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail. It is a steep, short climb that really takes your breath away (in a sweaty, cardiovascular sense).

My niece, nephew, and sister stopped before the final quarter mile scramble to the top while BC and I did the full summit. A photo of us completing the final, steep scramble. Photo credit to my sister.


It was very windy at the top so we didn’t stay long. What a workout!


And with any good mountain climb, the best part is the meal afterwards. A patient of mine has been telling me about Barrio Café in Phoenix for years. Every time I see him, he asks if I have made it to the nuevo-Mexican restaurant yet for their sangria. I’ve been a bit lazy on previous trips but this trip was the one where I knocked out a bunch of my to-do list. Barrio Café definitely served one of the best meals I’ve had in Phoenix to date.

Barrio Cafe Mango Margarita and Jack Daniels Sangria

Mango margarita for me, sangria (made with Jack Daniels- yikes!) for BC.

Bread with olive caponata to start- a nice change from chips and salsa:

Barrio Cafe bread bowl with olive caponata

BC and I split our entrees so we could try a little of everything. He ordered the Cochinita Pibil and I had the Pollo Poblano both served with mashed plantains, vegetables, and tortillas. Barrio Cafe Cochinita Pibil

Both were awesome but the Pollo Poblano won our yummy entrée contest!

Barrio Cafe Pollo Poblano

It was a fantastic day in warm and sunny Phoenix! We are still exploring for a few more days so stay tuned for our Saguaro National Park adventures and more!


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