Friday, July 17, 2015

Foodies In Phoenix at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess & La Hacienda

By: The Food Hunter

Earlier this month I participated in an amazing 3 day food and travel event, with 3 fellow writers, right here in Arizona. (you can read more about the group here) Our first two nights were hosted at the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which sits on 65 scenic acres of land in North Scottsdale.

The Princess has five pools, 4 restaurants, an outdoor bar area, a health and wellness spa and so much more. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to experience all they have to offer, which just means I need to make a return visit!

My room was spacious and comfortable and included a private deck which overlooked one of the resort's five pools.

When it comes to dining, the Fairmont takes things seriously, offering guests 4 award winning options: Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Ironwood and La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval.

We dined at La Hacienda, the resort's modern Mexican restaurant. La Hacienda features a tequila bar with 200+ varieties of tequila from 36 different labels. They take tequila seriously at La Hacienda offering tastings on the weekends presented by a tequila god or goddess.

Our dinner started with fresh made margarita's (I had the watermelon and loved it) and a trio of house-made guacamole: spicy crab and mango, jalapeno bacon, and pomegranate peach. If I had to pick just one it would be the Jalapeno bacon. The spice was just right for my taste buds. 

Chef de Cuisine, Forest Hamrick, spent time with the group chatting about his approach to the restaurant's cuisine, and his travels throughout Mexico to learn more about the culture and food.

Our main course included the Carnitas Hacienda, slow roasted pork shoulder served with a sweet corn habanero slaw which was out of this world.

And the Filet La Parilla, grilled tenderloin served with a cheese enchiladas in a mole sauce, also very tasty.

Dessert featured house-made cinnamon churros served with caramel, chocolate sauce and a sauce similar to a crème anglaise.

Even if you don't have room for dessert I would recommend you order a flaming coffee. They are a specialty of the house and are prepared tableside so guests can enjoy the dramatic presentation.

As I mentioned before my stay at the Fairmont was way too short. I would have loved to check out all of the spa amenities, the additional pools and certainly the other dinner options at this wonderful resort. Scottsdale Fairmont Princess....I will be back!

Scottsdale Fairmont Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale Arizona, 85255

This experience was provided complimentary. However, all opinions and comments are my own.


  1. WOW. This resort looks so beautiful and relaxing!! I love the picture of those drinks at the end - everything looks incredible!

  2. 200 types of tequila?? Where was I? This resort sounds beautiful and I can just imagine myself splashing in that pool!

  3. I seriously wouldn't know where to start with that many varieties of tequila, but I'd be willing to try ; )

  4. Five pools and a health and wellness spa! Way to go Fairmont Scottsdale Princess!

  5. Your posts always make me wish I lived near Phoenix! :-)

  6. Oh I miss this place so much!!!! Can I click my heels and be back?

  7. You always get to go to the best destinations. I really want to devour that jalapeno bacon guac and I certainly wouldn't turn down one of those flaming coffees!

  8. Everything sounds delicious and the presentations are gorgeous, but I might have been a bit hesitant to accept the tray with the disjointed snake :-)

  9. This looks like a beautiful place, and all of the food looks amazing too, especially the trio of guacamoles, yum!

  10. Wow! What a delicious combinations of foods. I would love to sample some tequila too. I'm only familiar with a couple of brands.

  11. The fairmount sounds like a heavenly place

  12. That View is beautiful! ! Oh my and that tequila would have scared me to death but whoa at the presentation!

  13. It all looks so good but eeeek! I'd have to pass on the snake! :D