Oriental Garden Grill & Sushi – Scottsdale, AZ

Talk about a pleasant surprise! From the outside I easily mistook the Oriental Garden Grill & Sushi for your typical Chinese buffet type of joint and from the inside, the interior was pretty standard, but the buffet was amazing to say the least. I’m the kind of person that packs their plate so tight he first time that I never really have the full opportunity to make multiple runs back to the buffet, but I made a bug exception this time. For one, the food didn’t taste as greasy and unhealthy for you compared to a lot of Chinese restaurants I’ve dined at in the past. Secondly, they offered such a large variety of fare from Japanese dishes to Korean, Chinese and American that it any single attempt to sample them all nearly impossible.

To sum it up the food was highly delicious and reasonably priced, so if you’re hungry, in the mood for Asian cuisine and in the Scottsdale area you should certainly check them out.

Oriental Garden Grill & Sushi is located at 8909 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Ph 480.362.1530.

Chaparral Suites & Resort – Scottsdale, AZ

Four days weren’t nearly enough for me at Chaparral Suites & Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. I have to go back. I must. If you’re planning a family vacation or a romantic getaway to the Phoenix / Scottsdale area, the Chaparral Suites will work for either set of plans. Relax in complete peace and quiet in your room or visit one of the two pools for a more livelier atmosphere. In the morning head down to the breakfast room where you discover warm smiling faces serving cooked to order eggs, pancakes, bacon, hash browns, French toast, fresh fruit and more. (This was my favorite part of the entire hotel stay.) Located near major shopping malls, movie theaters and tons of local attractions, Chaparral Suites & Resort is the perfect home away from home and vacation away from it all.

Chaparral Suites & Resort are located at 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Ph. 480.949.1414. www.chaparralsuites.com

One Night Stand: Scottsdale, Arizona

It’s been sometime since I last sought the counsel of the Gadling readers on an unfamiliar U.S. city, but the time has finally arrived once again. As some of you may recall I have been traversing the country in a three month long walk across America and have been stopping at some fabulous and well not so fab places. Remember Olney and Salem, IL? Oh, and let me thank those of you who chip in your recommendations. If I don’t get back to you with a report, it’s probably due to the fact that my fellow walking companions are turning the entire ordeal into something of a reality show. Sigh – 19 more days to go.

Anyhow, it looks like I’ll be dropping into Scottsdale, AZ this Fourth of July weekend and staying at a pretty nice hotel to boot. Anyone know anything about the area around Chaparral Suites Resort? On a normal day I would request any and all ideas and suggestions, but tonight I’m in a placid kind of mood. That being said what’s cool, hip, peaceful, relaxing, and quiet to do in Scottsdale? Any neat art museums worth checking out? How about shopping plaza? After wearing workout clothing for months I actually wouldn’t mind a day spent at an off-the-beaten track strip mall. Anything special happening this weekend for the holiday? There’s no time to be shy, so share any and all your Scottsdale city secrets. Before I know it, I’ll be in Wickenburg.