Fuego Bistro: A Downtown Treasure

I found this tiny, tucked-away restaurant a few years ago by complete accident, while trying to navigate to a different spot. Because I was on a time-crunch, I stayed and had happy hour drinks and appetizers with a friend. 

The outdoor dining area is gorgeous, with wrought-iron furniture, each with their own decorative umbrellas. There are several fountains, giving it a relaxing vibe, and on certain days, a small stage is set up for local talent. 

This last time I ate at Fuego Bistro was the most impressionable. I was on my way to a concert with a friend and was in dire need of a good dinner and some fancy drinks. I actually had a coupon from restaurant.com, so it seemed like a perfect fit. 

When we arrived, we were just in time for some live music, which was performed by a young girl with an acoustic guitar. While she played some amazing hits from the Jackson 5, Elton John, Britney Spears  (the least desired of the selections), and even did a Blues number, we ordered our appetizer of prawns and each of us had a mojito from their list of over 10 flavors!

Our appetizer was fantastic, and whatever sauce they had the prawns sitting in was so good, we literally asked for a spoon so we could savor what was left over. Our blood orange and prickly pear mojitos were hitting the spot and our dinner was the icing on the cake. We split a NY strip covered in blue cheese, paired with Chipotle mashed potatoes and jalapeño creamed corn. I couldn’t have asked for a better meal in a more perfect atmosphere…and the bill was under $40!

The overall ambiance, food and drink quality/presentation, as well as the staff made for a five-star rating from me!☆☆☆☆☆

◇Fuego Bistro 713 E. Palo Verde Phoenix, AZ ◇


An Evening With Stephen Marley 

“The Fruit of Life” tour in Tempe, AZ the other night is what inspired me to start this blog. During my entire drive home, I kept reliving each moment and wanted to share the magic that was Mr. Marley, with the world. 

Magic would actually be an understatement. The whole show was spiritual, as Stephen opened with “Lively Up Yourself”, followed by other Bob medleys mixed into his setlist. His cover of “Pale Moonlight” brought me, and many people around me, to tears. He played for over two hours, making it a really intimate show by interacting with the crowd at some point during every song. The band members JAMMED out and the two, female vocalists added the infamous “doo-wop” sound to the older songs, as well as killing harmonies on Stephen’s more recent material. We were even given a sneak peak of some songs from his upcoming album.

The highlight of my evening was when the encore began. Three of his children came to the stage to dance and wave the Rastafarian flag as he performed “Could You Be Loved”, followed by some other Marley classics. 

There were times when I closed my eyes and was overcome by emotion, listening to his words and feeling at peace with the world for once. Stephen spoke a few words in light of the recent brutalities, and ended his speech by enticing the crowd to chant “LOVE ” at the top of our lungs. Pure magic. I am definitely waking up bright and early tomorrow to purchase his new album.