Follow the light rail tracks west along Camelback Road from Central to 19th Avenue, and a rapid transition occurs. Uptown, the area centered around Central and Camelback is predominantly white and a magnet for upscale businesses, both local and national. 19th Avenue is a multi-ethnic corridor with some of the best bargains to be found in local dining. The area in between is transitional, and one restaurant located there, PT Noodles, seems to fit well in that zone with an approach halfway between Americanized familiarity and Vietnamese authenticity.
There’s a longstanding saying that “dessert goes in a separate chamber,” a convenient rationalization for finding room for something sweet even after a substantial meal. At Milk Run, an ice cream and boba tea shop adjacent to the popular Vietnamese restaurant Pho Thanh, maybe an actual walk to a separate room next door reinforces that notion just enough to make a frozen treat after a bowl of pho appealing. Phoenix can always use another good ice cream shop, especially one with tropical flavors well matched to its neighbors southeast Asian food. Continue reading “Milk Run”
How often does it snow in Phoenix? Natives and long-time residents will usually say there’s noticeable snowfall in the heart of the metropolitan area about once a decade, usually with a fine layer of white powder melting soon after contact with the ground. Outlying areas at higher elevations see a little more, and it’s not uncommon to see white peaks among the Mazatzal and Superstition mountains in the distance. In the Evans Churchill neighborhood at the north end of Downtown Phoenix, snow is now falling on a regular basis in the form of frozen desserts. Continue reading “Snoh Ice Shavery”