When I am doing an interview with someone, I always study their social media and their blog’s About page. As I “checked out” Emily of Coat + Coffee I really like what I read, and I loved her summation:
So, I dedicate this blog to working millennials with side hustles doing what they love. We cannot travel 24/7 or buy designer bags every week, even though the world might think so. We live a balanced life of a full-time job, a few vacations every year + weekend getaways, and a designer pair of sunnies when stress or big promotions deem it necessary.
I like Emily’s style, a travel blogger with whimsy and wit who is not afraid to admit her love (or weakness) for coffee!
Let’s meet Emily!
 Favorite thing about Phoenix.
The sunsets here are incredible. Some of the best I’ve ever seen despite all the other places I’ve traveled to.
 Least favorite thing about Phoenix.
The summer heat and the fact that we don’t get any real ‘seasons’.
 What differentiates your area of the Valley of the Sun from all the other parts?
I am kind of all over the place with my areas, but I mostly spend my time in the East Valley in places like Scottsdale and Tempe. I love that they have their own unique vibe and more small mom and pop shops to choose from. I grew up in the West Valley where everyone was more chain-based, so I appreciate the community that has formed in the East Valley.
 Favorite coffee spot inPhoenix.
That’s such a hard choice! But right now I am really obsessed with Berdena’s (7051 E 5th Ave) in Scottsdale. The baristas are so welcoming and nice, and the atmosphere cannot be beaten. In a second close tie is Futuro, which is downtown. They just have such a unique space! It’s really fun to visit.
 Favorite spot for drinks in Phoenix.
My kitchen because I cannot find a better gin than the one I make!
 Favorite local hangout in Phoenix.
The pool at the Clarendon (401 W Clarendon Av) is one of my favorite low key summer spots. I love how chill and relaxing it is. I don’t think too many people know about it, because everyone usually goes to Scottsdale for the best pools. I think that’s what I like about it. Plus they have a really good cold brew.
 Favorite breakfast spot in Phoenix.
Liberty Market (230 N Gilbert Rd) is my favorite stop for breakfast. Even though I live in Scottsdale, I will still make the drive to Gilbert about once or twice a month to grab some Sunday brunch. Literally, everything is good!
 Favorite lunch spot in Phoenix.
My coworkers recently introduced me to this hole in the wall Mexican restaurant called Mucha Lucha (9822 N 7th St ). It’s a ‘create your own’ kind of place and they have the most delicious soft tacos! They also have homemade churros filled with custard. I mean…
 Favorite dinner spot in Phoenix.
North Italia (4925 N 40th S), hands down. They are always so consistent with their food, the service is amazing, and the atmosphere is adorable. Nothing is bad at this restaurant.
 One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
Speaking of North… I almost always take an out-of-towner to North. It’s just so good. When it’s a bit cooler out I love guiding people on a hike at South Mountain. There are so many trails and beautiful sites to see. Now that Teaspressa (4628 E Indian School Rd) opened up in Arcadia, I will definitely be taking my friends there when they visit. They have a very ‘LA’ vibe that you can’t get anywhere else here!
 How do you like to beat the heat?
Honestly? I stay inside most of the summer haha. Usually, I will hunker down at a coffee shop if I need to get work done. Keep the iced coffees comin’!
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