Are you ready for some football? It seems like the whole country is. Well, it’s time to celebrate the beginning of the season and to support our beloved Cardinals. The first official game is on Sunday, Sept. 14. What better way to get it started than with a free cupcake? If you head over to any of the Sprinkles Cupcakes locations, wearing your Cardinals gear of course, you will receive a free red velvet cupcake. Additionally, if one just isn’t enough for you, be sure to pick up a GO CARDS box to share with your friends. You don’t have to share when meeting up with your friends, but cupcakes really do complement beer. This deal is good from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 14.
Have we mentioned that Little Cleo’s is our new favorite restaurant in the Valley? If you love oysters or anything seafood for that matter, you should probably head there. Anyway, the restaurant just announced the finale to their Legendary Dinner Series. Taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 pm, Executive Chef Eric Ramirez has a very special lineup of seafood delicacies ready for your consumption. The price is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, with an option for a bottle of wine for the table at an additional $20 per person. To make a reservation, call 602.680.4044. Here’s a look at the dinner, seafood puns and all:
Bait: Fluke crudo, red curry coconut emulsion, samphire, Thai basil, lime
Cast: “Hog & rock” deviled eggs, bacon, fried oyster, pimentón
Nibble: Lobster and corn “chowder,” brandy, tarragon, lemon panna cream
Bite: Cajun shrimp and local grits, roasted jalapeno, Amish cheddar, watercress
Hook Line: Miso glazed black cod, shiitake mushrooms, sunchoke chips, dashi
Sink Her: Cream cheese ice cream sandwich, carrot cake cookies, sultanas
If you thought the Tesla Model S was cool before, just wait until you get a look at this. Saleen has the unique ability to make something good much, much better. The Saleen Foursixteen is a shining example of that fact. They got a hold of the Model S and put their own touch to it. They basically turned it into an all-electric race car. Who said electric cars couldn’t be fast or cool? They completely redid the interior by adding black perforated leather, Alcantara suede, a new center console, and four full bucket seats. Now this is a ride we want to get our hands on.
At DLT, we’re ASU fans. We always have been and always will be. Now, we understand that there may or may not be people who love other college teams in the Valley. Bottled Blonde understands that, as well. Heck, they’re even passionate about a particular team. Arizona seems to have a lot of transplants from the midwest. One of the biggest ones: Ohio State. So, if you’re a Buckeyes fan, Bottled Blonde is place to be whenever they play. For every one of their Saturday night games, the popular Old Town Scottsdale bar will be hosting a block party. They will also be hosting a special celebration for the big game against their rival, Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 9. This has all been put together by the Young Buckeyes of Phoenix Alumni Club.
Jenny Lewis is the queen of Indie Rock. You’ve probably heard her before without even knowing it. She was the lead vocalist in Rilo Kiley, sang in Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, and was also featured on many Bright Eyes songs. What you don’t know is that she is an aspiring solo artist, as well. Recently, Jenny has released her third studio album, The Voyager. Acoustic guitars drive this heartfelt and emotional record. According to Lewis, the recording of it got her through some very difficult times. Here’s the title track from the record.
Yoga is all about clearing the body and soul. Isn’t it about time you treated your pup to some soul cleansing? This Sunday, Aug. 24, Puff & Fluff dog grooming will be hosting a free DOGA event. What’s DOGA? Well, it’s yoga with your dog. Sounds a little odd, but it also could be a lot of fun. Taking place on Aunt Chilada’s patio, the day will incorporate your pup into yoga poses and keeps you both fit. There will be a raffle to benefit Ruby Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary. It sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Any lover of animals and zen should probably attend.
Aunt Chilada’s | 5835 North 16th St Suite D | Phoenix, Arizona
All of this rain we’ve getting can be pretty overwhelming? Sure, it’s better than the heat, but sometimes enough is enough. Maybe you should sit down and have a nice drink to calm your nerves. The Gin Fizz is perfect for that. Coming to us from Inspired Taste, here’s a look at your new favorite drink.
4 tablespoons (2 oz) gin
1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) lemon juice
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
3-4 oz club soda
Shake gin, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.
Eating healthy is an important part of life. It is quite easy for people, especially children, to become dependent on and addicted to fast food. A balanced meal is absolutely fundamental to a growing child’s well being. To celebrate the kids going back to school, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has just announced that they will be providing healthy meals for kids, for free, for an entire week. Starting Monday, Aug. 24, just stop by either Garbanzo location to treat your kids to quick healthy meal. It’s imperative to introduce kids to healthy eating habits early and Garbanzo is doing that right. The deals is good for either lunch or dinner. So, if you don’t have time to cook a good meal next week, let Garbanzo do it for you.
Let’s face it, you’re addicted to Instagram. That’s okay, everyone has a vice. You’ve probably perfected the art of taking pictures with your phone and choosing what filter to put on them. Let’s take a couple steps back in time, shall we? You should be the first of your friends to get the Viddy DIY Pinhole Camera. You’re probably thinking that the Viddy looks like it’s made out of cardboard. That’s because it is. The DIY pinhole camera is exactly that, do-it-yourself. After you’ve constructed the camera, you have the ability to shoot pictures in both 35mm and medium format film. There’s an app to download that shows you how long you have to hold down the shutter for an amazing exposure. Neat.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, according to economists. This is about as close are you’re going to get. Fired Pie will be celebrating its Grand Opening in downtown Phoenix this Saturday, Aug 23. If you decide to pay them a visit from 11:30 am to 6:0 pm, you can get yourself a free pizza or salad while dining. Free pizza? That’s the best news we’ve heard all week. When you dine in there on Saturday, you have your choice of a pie or salad. We’re thinking of indulging in the pie. Remember, this deal is only good at the Collier Center location in downtown Phoenix. We’re growing hungry just thinking about it.
Fired Pie | 201 East Washington Street #111 | Phoenix
All of you fashionistas and lovers the industry should be excited. The 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week is finally here and tickets have just gone on sale. From Oct. 2 – 4, you can see the latest and the greatest from the trend-setters in the industry at the Talking Stick Resort. PHXFW organizers are anticipating huge numbers this year. To combat that, they have released tickets for sale to the public early to ensure priority seating for all guests. To start the week off, the first event will be Fashionably Pink, a celebrity runway show raising breast cancer awareness and funds for local charity ‘Don’t be A Chump, Check for a Lump,’ a breast cancer awareness organization. The 2nd through the 4th will bring its fall runway presentation. Guests can shop designer brands while experiencing over 27 runway shows, featuring nine Established and Emerging Designers each night. You should probably get your tickets fast. You can do that by clicking here.
Last week, the world lost a great actor, comedian, and most importantly, a great human being. The death of Robin Williams has brought the real issue of suicide into focus. Even those who seem happiest on the outside are hurting the most inside. This Thursday, Aug 21, Derby Public House in Old Town Scottsdale will be hosting a screening of one of Robin Williams’ best movies, “Hook,” to benefit the Arizona’s Teen Lifeline. The organization dedicates itself to teen suicide prevention by providing young adults with the tools and resources they need to make healthy decisions. The night begins at 8:00 pm on Thursday with the movie starting at 8:30 p.m. Derby will be asking for a $10 donation at the door to benefit the organization. They will also be donating a percentage of the profits from that night to Teen Lifeline, as well. Reserve your seating by calling (480) 621-2159.
Countless boys dreamed of owning a muscle car. The muscle car era may be over, but there are still examples of it in today’s automobile engineering. In fact, Dodge is usually on the forefront of that engineering. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is everything those boys dreamed. Now, that they are grown, they can finally own that muscle car they’ve always wanted. The SRT has supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine can pump out an incredible 707 horsepower. Basically, it can go from zero to 100 mph and come to a complete stop all in under 13 seconds. That’s super impressive. We would love to get our hands on one of these.
Have you ever seen those people who skip the line at the club and get the royal treatment? It’s annoying, isn’t it? Us peasants have to wait with everyone else. We don’t have to feel that way anymore because Sushi Roku will make you feel like a VIP. Their new entertainment package, “Prequel to the Sequel” will guarantee you an amazing dinner, followed by VIP access to some of Old Town Scottsdale’s hottest clubs. For $60 per person, you can enjoy a multi-course Omakase dinner at the restaurant and then hit the clubs with the VIP wristband that comes with the meal. Good at some of the most popular places like W Scottsdale, Maya Day + Night Club, Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, Cake Nightclub, Bottled Blonde, The Mint, the wrist band lets you skip the line and the coverage charge. This deal is good every Friday and Saturday night. It’s probably a good idea to call ahead, 480-970-2121.
You may recognize Karen O from the band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This past year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her song in the film Her. Since then, she has been working on her first solo album. She has a certain sadness to her singer that really resonated with the listener. You can’t help but feel empathetic while listening to her music. Her first solo album, Crush Songs, is due to be released on Sept. 9. Here’s a sneak peak with the track “Rapt.”
That doesn’t sound quite right, does it? What you should know is that it is totally legit. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has teamed up with the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For the entire month of September, you’ll be able to donate to the No Kid Hungry charity when you dine at Grimaldi’s. For every $5 you donate, they will give you $5 toward the restaurant. So, you donate $10, you get $10 to spend there. It’s a win-win situation. What’s amazing is that Grimaldi’s is donating 100% of the proceeds to the charity. There are an estimated 16 million children in America who are faced with the hunger. Do your part, it’s easy.
Every time Friday morning rolls around, you know it. We know it. Everyone does. So, there’s no need for us to remind what day it is. That being said, we will remind you that it is finally time to relax. Once again, we have another delicious cocktail ready to go for your drinking pleasure. Courtesy of Benihana and their 50th year of serving food and drinks, this is the Exotic Mojito. How exotic is it? Let’s find out.
4 lime wedges
8 mint leaves
2 oz. Malibu Mango rum
1 oz. Island Oasis Passion Fruit puree
2 oz. Dole pineapple juice
Muddle limes and mint in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Pour into Poco Grande glass. Top off with soda water. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.
We would really love to see an influx of people hanging out in downtown Phoenix. That’s why we always try to promote new things happening around the Phoenix capital. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails has just announced their new cocktail menu and it looks pretty fancy. In fact, Stephanie Teslar, Blue Hound’s head bartender, is an expert in her craft, winning “Master Mixologist” at this year’s Foodist Awards. Stephanie has put together some unique drinks for all of us to enjoy. For example:
Copper Pot Cobbler ($11) – lustau fino, lemon, copper city bourbon, kronan Swedish puncsh, plum PX sherry jam. This is light and refreshing and the sherry keeps it dry. Stephanie tops this cocktail with her homemade plum sherry jam to make it rich and sweet.
Baker’s Dozen ($11) – lustau olorroso sherry, cana brava rum, orgeat, giffard banana, sarsaparilla float. It’s light and bubbly. It’s inspired by the old-school soda jerk and getting a cream fizz. The rum and sherry go really well together in an unexpected, confectionary way.
Spaghetti Western ($10) – lustau manzanilla, Prosecco, cappelletti aperativo, herbes de provence syrup. This one is bright and refreshing. It has floral and herbal notes (pictured.)
The Revival ($12) – lustau amontillado, yamizaki 12 year, apple juice, bolivar bitters. This is Stephanie’s take on Pecan Pie. It has warm notes of baking spices.
There is more to choose from. So, if you consider yourself a cocktail enthusiast, Blue Hound is worth checking out.
We really are living in the future. Seriously, this is something out of an old sci-fi movie. The Om/One Levitating Speaker works. It really does. It is an levitating speaker. There are no strings, wires, or fishing line. It is straight up levitating. It uses a magnetic base and metals to lift the orb speaker. Honestly, there’s not much there in terms of speaker technology, but it floats. What else could you want? It utilizes Bluetooth to play music from your favorite app. Also, it’s still in production, as in the company just surpassed its goal on crowd-funding. So, you’ll probably have to wait a bit to purchase it.
Crudo is one of the most impressive restaurants in the Valley. A truly unique menu and expertly crafted cocktails go hand-in-hand with the delightful experience one gathers from there. Chef Cullen Campbell is combing European and Asian techniques in their latest five-course dinner. It’s sushi with a twist. The dinner is tomorrow, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. For $75 per person, we recommend you try to make it. Give them a call at 602-358-8666 to reserve your seat. Here’s what they’re serving.
Albacore Crudo with Buttermilk, White Soy, Chive
Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu Honjozo
Head Cheese Dumpling in Fata with Tamari Stock, Ginger, Kyoto Onion
Teriyaki Bone Marrow, Scallion Crespelle, and Pork Temples
Pork Belly, Crispy Ramen, Tomato Dashi, Carrot Slaw
Seikyo Takehae Junmai
Rice Pudding, Yuzu Sugar Cookies, Miso Ganache
Hakutsuru “Sayuri” Nigori