Discover | Taliesin West 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85259
While in Arizona, I knew I could not miss Taliesin West. Designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, the idea for the complex grew from the seed of an experiment with a camping expedition. Wright intended for it to become a desert utopian environment as well as a teaching facility, and it now serves as both the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
Barrio was recommended to me by a friend in Portland who is very close to Silvana Salcido Esparza, the James Beard-nominated chef and owner. I was stunned from the moment I walked in the door. Chef Silvana's white-tableclothed cafe is full of warmth and charm, and the meal was the best representation of Mexican food I've experienced, with heightened flavors that left me fairly speechless. I dearly wish that she would open a restaurant here in the NW.
A visit to Scottsdale's Tilt Gallery was an imperative, as my friend Casebeer has exhibited her art in this space for many years. I was thrilled to see the collection that they have, and once again inspired by how talented she is.