Welcome!

Welcome to my blog. I am finally officially starting a separate blog, for Desert Dweller Debz! My name is Deb and I live in Arizona with my husband and our three children. I am a Desert Dweller who started my YouTube channel about living in Arizona on a random, bored day. People loved my video,…

Tips on Buying a Home in Arizona!

Don’t be fooled by what you see on shows such as House Hunters. They definitely make it look easy! The entire home buying process is very long and tedious, but I kind of knew that going in so I expected much worse than what we experienced. I was getting questions from people asking if our…

Best Burger Joint in Phoenix, AZ: The ChuckBox

For those who have lived in AZ for quite some time, most would ageee that The Chuckbox is easily the best burger joint in town. The Chuckbox has been around for 30+ years. There isn’t a lot of info about the owner except his first name, Frank. The main cook Juan, aka Big Juan, has…

Lola Coffee

Hands Down the best coffee joint in PHX! As you walk towards the doors of Lola, you will be greeted with their cute patio and a table filled with colorful plants and flowers. As you walk into the doors, the delightful aroma of freshly roasted/ground beans welcomes you. Lola Coffee actually roasts their own coffee…

Adventuring with Kids

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ”— JAWAHARLAL NEHRU   For me, adventure is part of who I am. Part of my personality. I would rather go check…

Enroute Coffee Shop in Goodyear, AZ

Located in the Goodyear, AZ (West Valley) This coffee shop feels like those that you see in small towns, where the locals meet up for coffee and conversation on a weekly basis. You know? “Those coffee shops you see in the movies, where upon entering, the owners know you by name and make your coffee…

The Perfect Neighborhood: VERRADO

I never get tired of this view. I’m there every day like it’s my hood because it’s less than five minutes away from our home. Verrado (a master planned community), seems like some place out of a movie. I always envisioned settling down in a neighborhood similar to this. People walking and jogging at all […]

How Did We End Up in Arizona, Anyway?

 I want to tell you an Arizona love story. A love story of how two people fell in love and settled down in Arizona. Okay. Not really. I’m just going to tell you how my husband and I ended up in Arizona and why we decided to make Arizona our home long-term wise. I will then proceed…

Ebb + Flow Coffee

Located in the heart of the Verrado community in Buckeye, AZ. Not only is the coffee good, but the atmosphere and vibe is great.  They have been crazy busy this first (opening) week, which is a good sign but for us who like to work in coffee shops quietly for hours, I’m sure it will …

Colado’s Coffee and Crepes

I thought all the good cafes were only in downtown. Apparently not! I am so glad I finally checked it out. I came here to meet a friend for coffee and had an extra hot mocha. It was delicious. Inexpensive for a big mug comparing to all the other cafes in downtown. It was quiet and…

Cartel Coffee Lab

So apparently, I’m weird. People love Cartel Coffee Lab, but I’m quite the opposite. Cartel is definitely not your typical cafe. I was at ASU for an interview so I stopped here afterwards to avoid traffic. I guess it is supposed to look like a lab so the entrance seemed odd. I wasn’t sure if…

The French Grocery: French Restaurant and Wine House

I’ve lived in Phoenix for years and just discovered this place not long ago. Most French cafes or restaurants are in Scottsdale.  This is the only one in the central  Phoenix area. Although a bit pricey,  the food was good. I had a croque monsieur, cafe mocha, and chocolate croissant.  Everything tasted good. My kids…

Lux Central Coffee

I so badly wanted to like this place because of all the wonderful reviews and pictures on Instagram. MY EXPERIENCE: It was very easy to find and I got lucky and got a nice parking spot in the front as someone was leaving. When I entered, it was a bit intimidating. There were people on…