So what did you did you do this weekend? While this isn’t my actual birthday, life circumstances sometimes dictate the postponement of celebrations or, as in this case, the fast-forwarding to a special occasion.
It was with the greatest of ease that I slid from being a sexagenarian to that of a septuagenarian although the former did have a certain ring to it! It was almost painless and was less troublesome than I had thought a number years earlier.
My very best special friends of more than fifty years feted us in grand style. As a surprise, we were escorted to quite a dinner at the award winning Different Pointe of View restaurant nestled high into the hills overlooking downtown and north Phoenix.
This is the blurb from Hilton’s website:
“The award-winning Different Pointe of View offers modern American Cuisine and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.”
Sad to say I only had my iPhone, but I was able to gather a few representative pictures anyway and I hope they impart the beauty and elegance of the surroundings. The food was excellent as well and I will talk a bit about that too.
Here is the first photo I took looking north from the parking lot near the main entrance to the restaurant.
This is another picture in the same basic direction; perhaps a bit more westerly. It had rained the day before and the clouds still maintained some of their drama.
Facing south, we can see the hills that surround the valley including South Mountain.
As a frame of reference, I placed an oval around the downtown area of Phoenix.
From the balcony of the restaurant, looking southeasterly, there were more mountains and houses off to the side of the hill. The sky was a beautiful color blue.
Needless to say the food was superb as well. This is the entrée that I had:
Picture courtesy of Hilton’s website.
The tenderloin was “spicy,” but not overly so. Those more gringo however, might want to focus on other offerings. Several of our friends had the short ribs which were reported to be outstanding. The bread service was unique in offering several toppings for the bread varieties. Everything was as it should have been; very good!
The view was equally stunning at night with the city lights, the lights of the cars and streetlamps adding to the romantic aura.
The patio was superbly landscape inviting diners to walk into the various outdoor “rooms” and nooks and crannies that abound.
This picture shows the interior of the restaurant (left) with the door to the outside open (right) which melded the indoor and outdoor experience for total enjoyment.
The hibiscus (below) and greenery were presented with dramatic flare!
Naturally one would not expect the ordinary outdoor lamps at a Different Pointe of View.
The base of the lamp, with the associated shadows, also served in their role as a catchy design element.
While we had a lovely, well-paced birthday celebration, it was one those events that we would hope to prolong as much as possible, but alas the evening had to draw to a close. We made our way to the elevator where a spiraling staircase allowed some guests to descend at their own pace.
As we awaited the arrival of the car, we enjoyed the serenity of the fountains and started to fashion the memories of the evening just passed.
Thank you to my best friend and college roommate and his lovely wife (L & M), as well as our other very good friends Terry & Lora for making this a most memorable evening. Every time I drive by, I will certainly have a different “pointe of view.”
See previous Life in the Desert entries HERE