Changing Hands book store in Tempe AZ is one of the most amazing independent bookstores I’ve ever seen! The collection is extraordinary and the staff same too. Knowledgeable, kind, opinionated (in a good way)–a community place just vibing good literary vibes all around. Thanks to Rachel for her creative book pick for me which I’m loving, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson– a totally original book of fiction. Also, to all who came down to talk about MH–and buy books to, I’m very grateful.
Any food folk who go near Phoenix must eat at Pizzeria Bianco. Some say its the best pizza in the country. For sure the ingredients, crust, toppings, cured meats, cheeses, olive oil, local greens etc–all top of the line. And, masterminded by the unique force of nature Chris Bianco (profiled in Martha Stewart living may 2009)–it all comes together flawlessly. The pizza crust is crispy yet chewy–not to thick but not too thin either. Dates from a tree outside were wrapped in Prosciutto and wood fired to perfection. It’s simple and straightforward food–just how I like it; carefully handled and simply executed. Next door is a little wine bar housed in an historic old building moved to the property. A great end to our AZ travels. Beautiful 60 degree evening.
And arrived this morning in snowy 20 degrees Denver: love this weather too! Check it out: