Despite its reputation, I find that Arizona is very welcoming to people from all over the country. I have run into so many transplants, and of course, we have all the snowbirds (people coming from other parts of the country to live in the Phoenix area in the winter) it makes the surrounding community very vibrant. I remember when I lived in Washington or the brief 5 months in Oregon, people weren’t happy we were Californians, but no one has said one word to us since we moved here.
When I was reading about Mandi of Nosh & Nurture in her About page, I was pleased to learn that she is a former California girl herself, and one who has already lived many lives! She is a former recording artist who then a journalism degree and worked at a fancy fashion magazine and if that didn’t keep her busy enough she also has a diploma in Social Media Business Management! She is a personal nutritionist, author, travel journalist and proud Arizonian who she makes her home with her Prince Charming, adorable son and fur babies.
Let’s meet Mandi!
 Favorite thing about Phoenix.
I was married here. This is where I met my husband and where we are raising our son. Right now it’s “home” for us. That and the weather 70% of the year. I also love Phoenix’s close proximity to Sedona and Prescott.
 Least favorite thing about Phoenix.
If anyone doesn’t say the heat in August I’d be shocked haha.
 What differentiates your area of the Valley of the Sun from all the other parts?
I think Glendale is very family friendly. It doesn’t have as many healthy food options as Scottsdale or Downtown Phoenix and the art and culture scene seems quite lacking. But it’s quiet and pretty with many places to shop.
 Favorite coffee spot in Phoenix.
The Kakery at Odysea (9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale).
 Favorite spot for drinks in Phoenix.
We don’t drink and we are big juicers, so I’d have to say Nektar Juice Bar.
 Favorite local hangout in Phoenix.
Anthem Community Park for their Farmers Market and train ride for my son. We also love the Scottsdale Quarter for good eats, beautiful scenery and good shopping.
 Favorite breakfast spot in Phoenix.
Scramble (6590 N Scottsdale Rd) in Scottsdale.
 Favorite lunch spot in Phoenix.
True Food Kitchen (15191 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale).
 Favorite dinner spot in Phoenix.
Picazzo’s (7325 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale). As a gluten free/dairy free nosher, they have a full menu of delicious Italian fare to choose from. And the atmosphere is cute and romantic.
 One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
Sedona for scenery, hiking, and lunch.
 How do you like to beat the heat?
Swimming is definitely at the top of the list. I don’t own a pool myself so we are big on local staycations to use the resort pools and sip icy drinks while we swim.
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