New Years in the Desert

From Christmas in Miami, I went to spend New Years in the Greater Phoenix Area of Arizona with my girlfriend Stacy.  This place is starting to become one of my favorite places in the US.  The weather is nice (no rain), it's not too big for its own good (Miami's main problem), a lot of amazing food (seriously, all sorts of blow-your-mind food) and all the beautiful Western landscapes you can handle.

We (being me, Stacy and plenty of her friends) started off the New Years celebrations with some fireworks.  Their legality was pretty questionable.  And by questionable I mean that they were definitely from Mexico and illegal.

All good and sparkled up for the main event, we headed out to the party.

The party was being held at a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-some-guy's house known as "The Compound." There was tons of art all over the place, it was a bit of a makeshift backyard art gallery, with live music and fire pits, pretty spectacular.

Stacy about to get 2011'ed

A lot of the rest of my time in Arizona was spent eating as much of its amazing food as I good.  Some recommendations I have if you are ever in the area: Matt's Big Breakfast, Green, Pita Jungle and Filiberto's.

To cap things off, we went and saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live cast, which was great fun, and we also went to a drive-in to see True Grit.  Eating Mexican food while watching a western at a drive-in in Arizona is probably something Billy Joel would write an amazing song about.

It went by all too fast.