A to Z – Jen Bosen

A to Z interview series with Arizona bloggers

On Jen Bosen’s Twitter profile her bio says: “Food is my love language.” Um hello! The perfect Arizona blogger to give me all the secret (and now not so secret) spots to eat in the Phoenix area. And I dare you to read her About page and not immediately fall in love with Jen!

Let’s meet Jen!

A to Z - Arizona Blogger Jen Bosen

[1] Favorite thing about Phoenix.
I love that Phoenix–and Arizona in general–has a little bit of something for everyone. Fantastic food. All the sports, all year long. Like hiking in mountains and forests? Head north an hour or two. Like swimming? Hit up any number of resorts, public pools, or a water park. There’s history and culture and art and some of the best people in the entire world.

[2] Least favorite thing about Phoenix.
My least favorite thing about Phoenix is, no question, the excessive never-ending heat. Every year by the time August rolls around I’m dying to move ANYWHERE ELSE.

[3] What differentiates your area of the Valley of the Sun from all the other parts?
I live in a perfect little sweet spot between both downtown Chandler & downtown Gilbert, so I get the quietness of a suburban neighborhood, easy access to excellent restaurants, with freeways nearby to connect me to the rest of the Valley. It’s a little more established than the cities on the edge, but not falling apart or stagnant like some older areas. The schools here are some of the best in the state. Plus the City of Chandler has a pretty great parks & rec program and an awesome library system. We couldn’t have chosen a better spot to raise our little family.

[4] Favorite coffee spot in Phoenix.
I’ve got a sweet spot in my heart for Peixoto (11 W Boston St) in downtown Chandler.

[5] Favorite spot for drinks in Phoenix.
I don’t drink but I highly recommend the Virgin Sisters Mojito at Soda Rush (1522 S Gilbert Rd)!

[6] Favorite local hangout in Phoenix.
Tough question. Since most of my hanging out tends to be with other moms of young kids, I’ll say the Phoenix Zoo. It’s centrally located and big enough that we can visit often and not always see the same four things. We always get an annual pass with a few extra tickets so we can invite friends along. The Desert Botanical Garden would be a close second. They do great after-hours events which make for great date nights with live music and food and all kinds of cool entertainment.

[7] Favorite breakfast spot in Phoenix.
Snooze! (310 N Gilbert Rd) I know it’s a chain, but the heart wants what it wants, and what my heart wants is their breakfast tacos. That green chile hollandaise is to die for.

[8] Favorite lunch spot in Phoenix.
It’s a 3-way tie: Yupha’s Thai Kitchen (get the chicken yellow curry or pad thai) (1805 E Elliot R), Delhi Palace (get the madrasi chicken, garlic naan, and a mango lassi) (933 E University Dr), or Pho Nhat (get #34 with a fresh lemonade) (933 E University Dr). All in Tempe. These quickly became my favorite comfort food spots from when I first moved to the Valley.

[9] Favorite dinner spot in Phoenix.
My favorite place to go for dinner is anywhere we haven’t already been. There are so many options, I almost feel bad repeating something twice! That said, my husband would be upset if I didn’t mention two of his favorites: White Chocolate Grill (7000 E Mayo Blvd) in Scottsdale for a steak and their infamous white chocolate bread pudding or blondie, and High Tide (2540 S Val Vista) in Gilbert, which has the best seafood around, no contest.

[10] One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
When I have friends or family in town, we almost always go out for tacos. I’ve made it a personal mission to try as many taco places as I can and determine which is the absolute best. (In case you haven’t noticed, food is definitely my love language.)

[11] How do you like to beat the heat?
Three things: eating as much ice cream as possible, swimming as often as possible, and GETTING OUT OF TOWN. Even a day trip to Flagstaff helps break up those 120-degree weeks. Also, I have no shame about taking full advantage of the AC. It’s worth it to me to pay a high electricity bill so I’m not sweaty + cranky at home, amen.

Thanks Jen!

You can keep up with Jen on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Pinterest, and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her Arizona adventures!

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A to Z – Jen Bosen

9 Comments

  1. Melissa
    July 5, 2018

    I love this idea of interviewing other bloggers! I have been blogging for 10 years and this is the first time I have seen this idea. Jen looks like a lovely blogger and I am glad that I had a chance to “meet” her through your blog!

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  2. Sage
    July 5, 2018

    This is such a great idea for a blog series! I’ve been interviewed as a blogger, but never for another blog. I like this idea better than guest blogging. I wonder how many bloggers I have around me in Denmark…

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  3. Stacie Hamilton
    July 5, 2018

    Good to meet you Jen! That was a fun stroll through the Phoenix area. I cannot even fathom 120 degree days. We have 100 in Dallas and that’s bad enough. I’m going to pass your restaurant recommendations on to my friend who will be visiting the area in a few months.

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  4. Ann Snook
    July 5, 2018

    Ice cream is one of my favorite ways to stay cool in the summer, too! I’ve never been to Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, but I’m always looking for new places to visit. I’ll keep these suggestions in mind so I know where to eat!

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  5. Rachel
    July 5, 2018

    It is funny that you hate the heat in August. We live outside Chicago and I would say we also hate the heat around August and we get the pleasure of hating the cold around January and dream of going to Arizona.

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  6. Melanie
    July 6, 2018

    I like learning about other bloggers. I liked hearing her pros and cons about Arizona. I can imagine how sweltering hot it can get! This is an excellent blog series.

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  7. Kathy
    July 6, 2018

    I love reading interviews like these. They’re always fun to read about. I love getting to know others through interviews.

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  8. Paula Schuck
    July 6, 2018

    Well I love this tag line Food is my love language. That is awesome. Nice to meet you here. Great series. Love it. Also frankly this is a place I would move to in a heartbeat….but for the health care and politics here at home in Canada (which I prefer for the most part) I have been to Arizona and it is truly amazing, such a gorgeous landscape there. I would visit any day. I like the idea of food as love because it really can be an expression of love.

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  9. mya kroeplin
    July 6, 2018

    love phx. lived in Kingman for 2.5 years before going back to WI, but always loved making the trip down to phx

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