Oh Paul, your mention of Phoenix's restaurants bring back so many fond memories... I remember one Thanksgiving we went to the Pointe at Tapatio Cliffs...OMG it was a wonderful experience, so much fun. They took us up the Mountain to the restaurant in a limo. We had a ball. I remember taking my Dad when he'd come out to visit me from Illinois up to the Top of the Market at The Fish Market and Steamer's on Camelback Rd. Meeting my Boss for dinner one night at The Brown Derby in Scottsdale. Now this was back in the 80's, there were so many nice resorts and great places to eat.
Hey just a thought... if you and Kuki are both still in that area in 2011, we plan on passing through Phoenix, SCottsdale, Fountain Hills for a while when we return from the Hawaii cruise, let's all go out and have some gourmet cuisine there. I think I can find an old friend willing to babysit for me