The E-61 Bar at Liberty Market

One of our favorite places in the world is Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert. Most of our friends frequent the place and rarely do we go there and not see someone we know. The restaurant/coffee bar is owned by some great people who are very active in the social media world. It definitely makes it a lot of fun to be able to interact with them on Twitter, keep up to date with specials and fun stuff going on, and just feel like you are part of something.

We ate there for dinner last night because I was dying to try a hamburger from Burger Daze, which is a August-long, different burger-a-day, party. If you eat 10 of them, you get a $25 gift card…if you eat all 31…well, good luck with that but it’s worth $100!

The Wasabi Burger was divine!

All the food aside, one of the big reasons we love the place is the ambiance. It’s just ultra cool inside, awesome architecture, decorations, the lights and modern looks. I am not a big coffee drinker, but they also have this E-61 Coffee Bar that people absolutely love and I just dig the whole look of it.

I snapped a few of these photos from where we sat last night. Took them all with my beloved 50mm 1.4…I don’t know what I’d do without that thing.

Something a little different for you all today.

The water tower in downtown Gilbert

One of my favorite landmarks around this part of Phoenix is the water town in downtown Gilbert. Right below it is a splash pad water play area for kids, which is where we always watch our little girl play after having breakfast at Liberty Market (a faaaantastic place to eat).

This past weekend we were there once again, this time with some of our family and their kids, so we sat for awhile and had a great time. The weather was magnificent, it was dropping to below 90 on that day and the clouds especially were the fluffy kind we hadn’t seen in awhile. As they floated overhead, I just knew I had to get a shot of this water tower with one of those cloudy things floating above it.

No tripod handy, this is just a three-bracket HDR with the usual suspects of Photomatix/CS5/Imagenomic/Topaz Adjust. It was actually a fairly troublesome, noisy beast to deal with, took me awhile to get this where I wanted it to be.