|Photo courtesy Taste of Marrakech|
A birthday bash is in order, my husband said. Whee!!! I said, as I sat pondering the pros and cons of getting older with wisdom and grace. Where to go? Someplace fancy, one of the resort restaurants? No huge crowds today please. Maybe that gorgeous new restaurant on the hill with spectacular views to the red rocks? Let's consider the budget. How about that interesting new little place down in Village of Oak Creek somewhere...Taste of Marrakech (www.atom-organic.com). Let's go there, I said. Since moving to Sedona we've tried to embrace living at wisdom's edge, enjoying the simple life and ferreting out people, places and things that reflect a more mindful and measured way of life. Dining out at a restaurant promising tasty bites, tapas style, organic, clean, fresh... voila! It's the perfect place for us to celebrate. Husband signals thumbs up and we're on our way.
|This way to heaven|
We headed out for Bell Rock Plaza, husband thinks that's where it is. Hidden away almost, on the side, Aha! there it was...we spied a blackboard sitting in the parking lot, pointing the way to A Taste of Marrakech, saucy but seriously fresh and fun Moroccan-inspired, organic street food. Totally my idea of what food should be...healthy, beautiful, enticing and satisfying. This is living and if I can't fly to Morocco this year, here's the next best thing.
|Dee Doe, Lucas Sena, Brian Wright|
Walked in the door, found a tiny little place with a good feel...tables and umbrellas on the patio and inside, four tables with a couple more spots against the wall with chairs (apparently biz is so good they've had to expand already). Very New York. We grabbed one of the larger tables, checked out Marrakech partner/chef Brian Wright, said hi to owner Lucas Sena and his charming daughter as they strolled through the premises, and then here came Dee Doe, a silver haired angel of a waitperson. That's her real name. She is a dog sitter on the side. Bet those dogs love her. She's cheerful and motherly and told us to look at the blackboard menu and she'd be right back. So we looked. Mighty tasty looking fare today.
|Just for today.....yum|
After a little back and forth, we settled on fresh green salad with salmon and street tacos with
lamb, bison and chicken. A little
|Street tacos: Bison, Lamb, Chicken|
|Many happy returns....|
|You should get the best....|
The restaurant opened about six months ago with partner/chef Brian Wright on board. I chatted briefly with this charming culinary artist and learned Brian had operated a restaurant in Chicago and like almost everyone who moves here to Sedona, he has a story about starting life anew, finding his way in the wilds and red rock country of northern Arizona. I liked his easy friendliness, those people from Chicago have such great Midwestern charm. We discussed birthdays and he noted several of his family members had birthdays today. And John Lennon. In honor of which, Beatles music poured from loudspeakers overhead. Loved this, certified Boomer and erstwhile hippie that I am. One of these days when I have time I'm going to go back and visit this merry chef again...talk to him more about how a nice boy from Chicago came....well, you know.
After we finished the birthday lunch I asked Lucas if that story he'd written up on the wall
|"Mel sent us....."|