Welcome to your October 2023 lifestyle edit! I’ve carefully curated food, drink, and event suggestions for you. My picks? Zinque for a charming dinner, fall at Fairmont Princess for a seasonal activity, and a pumpkin-flavored cocktail recipe. So if you're local to Arizona or planning to visit, here's your guide through this month's must-do's & see's!
Zinque Restaurant: A Taste of Parisian Charm
4712 N Goldwater Blvd Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
446 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Want to step out of the city and feel the charm of a Parisian cafe? Head to Zinque Restaurant. I have visited the location in Newport Beach, California and Scottsdale, Arizona; both of which are nestled in the heart of the bustling city, where the energy of urban life meets the charm of a Parisian café. Zinque is a place where the art of French cuisine seamlessly blends with the vibrant culture of the city.
Of course I never step into a restaurant without analyzing the ambiance. The restaurant's interior is an elegant fusion of contemporary design and classic French aesthetics. Think cozy leather banquettes, marble tables, soothing neutral textured fabrics, and a moody mixed palette of cream and dark colors. The large windows allow natural light to flood in during the day, creating a warm and inviting space. In the evening, the soft glow of strategically placed pendant lights and the hum of conversation create a romantic ambiance that's perfect for a date night.
Zinque's outdoor seating area deserves special mention. It's a chic, European-style patio adorned with lush greenery, rustic wooden furniture, and string lights overhead. Whether you're sipping on a latte in the morning sun or enjoying a glass of wine under the stars, Zinque's patio is a charming spot to unwind and watch the world go by.
The Culinary Delights
Zinque's menu is a delightful exploration of French-inspired cuisine with a Californian twist. Whether you're there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, you'll find an array of delectable options to suit your taste.
Coffee and Breakfast: Start your day with a freshly brewed cappuccino and a croissant, or opt for their famous avocado toast topped with a perfectly poached egg. Zinque takes pride in its artisanal coffee offerings, making it a popular spot for breakfast meetings and solo work sessions. I enjoyed the mushroom mocha latte and it didn’t disappoint.
Brunch: The weekend brunch menu is a crowd-pleaser, featuring items like the Croque Monsieur, Steak and Eggs, and the ever-popular Provençal Benedict. Pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails or a refreshing mimosa.
Lunch: Zinque offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and tartines. The Tuna Tartine and Mediterranean Salad are fan favorites, showcasing the restaurant's commitment to fresh, quality ingredients.
Dinner: As the sun sets, Zinque transforms into a romantic dining destination. The dinner menu offers a range of options, from the juicy Zinque Burger to the sumptuous Ratatouille. Don't forget to explore their extensive wine list, featuring both local and French wines.
Zinque Restaurant is more than just a dining establishment; it's an experience that transports you to the enchanting streets of Paris while keeping you rooted in the vibrant culture of the city. With its captivating ambiance, culinary delights, and commitment to creating a unique experience for its patrons, Zinque stands as a testament to the fusion of French elegance and Californian creativity. Whether you're seeking a leisurely brunch, a romantic dinner, or simply a place to connect with friends, Zinque Restaurant is the perfect destination for food enthusiasts and culture seekers alike. So, when you're in Scottsdale, AZ or Newport Beach, CA, (or any of their other locations) don't miss the chance to savor the charm of Zinque – it's a culinary adventure you won't soon forget.
A Fall inspired drink recipe!
Carajillo - Plain & Simple or Pumpkin Flavored
1.5 oz Liquor 43
2 oz of Espresso
1.5 oz of Liquor 43
2 oz of Pumpkin Cold Brew
Vodka infused pumpkin whip cream
Fill the shaker with ice.
Pour ingredients into shaker and shake vigorously
Pour the beverage into a martini glass!!!
For the pumpkin flavor, add the vodka infused pumpkin whip cream on top.
Featured Arizona Event
Fall at the Princess: A Seasonal Celebration at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
4712 N Goldwater Blvd Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has always been a beacon of luxury and a hub for memorable experiences. While every season at this beautiful resort is a delight, there's something refreshing about fall in Scottsdale. With cooler temperatures finally in the air and a plethora of exciting activities, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess invites you to embrace the spirit of autumn at their fall event September 5th to November 15th.
Families with children will find the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to be a haven of fall fun. The resort offers a host of activities for kids, including fun rides, pumpkin decorating, and a "spooky" trail. Little ones can also take part in the annual "Trick or Treat Trail" on Halloween, where they can collect candies and treats from friendly characters along the way.
Adult only evening
Don't miss out on the Nightmare On Princess Drive at The Plaza Bar this October 28th. It's going to be a Halloween event that combines the Wild West with the supernatural for a boot-scootin' good time. The Plaza Bar is conjuring up some spellbinding specialty cocktails for the night. Whether you prefer a bewitching brew or a potion with a kick, the bartenders are here to quench your supernatural thirst. Grab your friends, put on your best costumes, and get ready for a night of ghostly chills and cowboy thrills that you'll be talking about for years to come. Get your tickets now and saddle up for a Halloween party like no other!
As we bid farewell to summer and embrace the enchanting season of fall, there's no better place to celebrate than the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. With its array of family-friendly activities, this local resort truly knows how to capture the essence of autumn. Fall at the Princess is an event that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the season, creating lasting memories that will warm your heart all year round. So, if you're local, don't forget to head over and if you’re not local, pack your bags and head to Scottsdale for a fall getaway you won't soon forget.
Whether you’re a Phoenix or Scottsdale local or planning to visit Arizona, my restaurant pick and recommended activities are sure to give you an unforgettable experience! Stay tuned for my November picks coming soon!