Dance Your Butt Off to Raise Money for a Cure

September 18, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

ZumbathonEveryone likes dancing. Even if you’re bad at it, it’s still a lot of fun to hit the dance floor and cut a rug. That’s probably why zumba is so popular. It’s pretty much the only exercise that’s sexy and beneficial to your health. On Sunday, Sept. 28, you can zumba your butt off to raise money for a cure for many deadly diseases. The Zumbathon for a Cure will be taking place at the Gainey Village Health Club & Spa from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open the public, the event will take place on the basketball court that will be turned into a dance floor. There, instructors will keep you moving. The dance party/fundraiser will support Phoenix-based TGen, an organization dedicated to research to support patients with neurological disorders, diabetes and many types of cancer. A silent auction will also be held to raise more funds. And you can’t go wrong with an after party featuring free food and a cash bar. Tickets cost $35 in advance which can be purchased here or you can get them at the door for $40.


Today’s Object of Desire: Motorola Moto Hint Earbud

September 18, 2014 | 9:47 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

moto-hint-cropped-thumb-768x512-44659Finally, these exist. This is the age of wireless. Why has it taken so long to get a pair of wireless earbuds? They have wireless headphones, but anyone with a great set of hair knows that that’s not an option. Alas, the Motorola Moto Hint Earbud have made their debut and we couldn’t be happier. These are amazing pieces of mini technology. They automatically turn on when you put them in your ear and turn off when you take them out. They are discreet yet fashionable with a fake wood trim. You can get up to 10 hours of talk time on one charge. You’re able to make calls, send messages, and ask questions without using your hands. Now, we just need a double set for listening to music 


National Coffee Day Deal Will Save Your Mornings

September 17, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.15.25 AMCoffee. Where would be without it? Everyone morning is the same routine, we don’t want to talk to anyone until we’ve had our first cup. Though, coffee is relatively inexpensive, if you’re buying a cup from Starbucks every day, chances are it’s starting to add up. With National Coffee Day, one heck of a deal is on the horizon. On Monday, Sept. 29, The Refuge, a local coffee shop and wine bar in Central Phoenix, will be offering three bags of Café Esperanza for only $25. Café Esperanza is a Central and South America 100% blend of Arabica coffee beans, shipped directly from south of the equator and roasted locally. That’s how you know it’s good. The Refuge will also be offering $1 cups of drip coffee that day.


The 5th Annual Taco Fest Is Almost Here

September 17, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

WBbABpipwW5Jer0ozUV_pNoqMkvVs3G6hyd5E95ieZIPeople in other states have no idea what real Mexican food is all about. Here in the Valley, we’re lucky to have so many options at our fingertips. For the last five years, the brilliant minds behind of the best tacos have come together for the Arizona Taco Festival. On Oct. 18 and 19, the fifth annual Taco Fest will bring around 50 competitors will go head-to-head in a “Taco-Topia” of competitions for a chance to win $10,000 in cash. That Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be filled with entertainment, competitions, a chihuahua beauty contest, drinks from some of your favorite bars, and of course, tacos. The taco teams come from restaurants like Gadzooks, Modern Margarita, Blanco, Fuzzy’s, Hacienda’s, Milagro Grill, Rubio’s, and more. Taking place on the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, tickets cost $12 and kids under 12 can get in for free. If you’re planning on spending the whole weekend there, you can get general admission weekend passes for just $20. If you have an unhealthy love for tacos, you can go all out with the VIP package. The VIP tickets are $100 and include 10 tacos, six drinks from the VIP bar, hot tortilla station courtesy of My Nana’s, private restroom facilities (that probably the best reason), and a sandy beach facing the main stage. You can purchase tickets here.


Get a Free Haircut When The Cardinals Win

September 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image001 (3)We don’t have to tell you that football is back. You’ve seen it on TV, read it in the newspaper, and maybe even are playing Fantasy Football. What you don’t know is that you can get a free haircut if the Cards win this week. On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Cardinals will be playing their division rivals the 49ers. If we win, celebrations will be had. Keep It Cut wants to celebrate by giving away free haircuts. Yes, it’s crazy, but’s true. If they win, just head into the salon the next day (Monday, Sept. 22) and say “Go Cards” to your stylist. That secret code is only way you can claim your free cut.


Are You My Ride? Triumph Bonneville Pegaso

September 16, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

triumph-pegaso-cropped-thumb-768x512-44494Life isn’t supposed to be boring. There’s more to it than waking up every day and going to a job you hate. Everyone needs an adventure and that includes you. Maybe you’ve dreamed of exploring the Americas, top to bottom, on a motorcycle. The Triumph Bonneville Pegaso is the one that will get you there. Collaborating with Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles, this Triumph is ready for the open road and off-road when necessary. Tamarit used a significant amount of their own parts on this bike, but one thing is for sure, it’s adventure-ready. Are you?


Clever Koi Adds ‘Build Your Own Bowl’ to Lunch Menu

September 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

lunch_chow_meinYou’ve heard of Bring Your Own Beer, but what about bowl? We might be more excited about this than your traditional BOYB. Clever Koi in downtown Phoenix had just announced a new addition to their lunch menu. Building your own bowl is a concept we like very much. The best part is that it’s only $5. Starting Oct. 1, you have the option to choose between noodles, rice, or chow mein and pair that with a particular type of broth. Then come the proteins like pork belly, lemongrass chicken or duck for $3 a piece, or sprinkle in some fresh-chopped veggies. Really, the options are endless. The lunch special is offered daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


New Music Monday: Alt-J

September 15, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Today marks the release of Alt-J‘s new album, This Is All Yours. It’s been over two years since the popular UK band has released a record and we can already tell it’ll be a good one. This track, Hunger of the Pine, is dark, brooding, and ambient. It instills a certain sadness but we can’t stop listening. Just the watch the music video and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Do yourselves a favor and pick up this new album.


Orangetheory Fitness Offering Complimentary Session

September 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

WORKOUT STUDIO OVERALLJust an hour of exercise a day will dramatically increase your overall health. Many of us spend all day sitting behind a keyboard, staring at a computer screen. Then, you go home and sit on the couch and maybe eat something not-so healthy. Once you fall into that habit, it’s hard to get out. You don’t want to do that. Orangetheory Fitness doesn’t want you to do that, either. If you’re looking for a new gym, check out this deal. Orangetheory is offering a free 60 minute session for new members. The hour-long workout is designed to push you into the “orange zone” where there is an excess of post-exercise oxygen consumption. It’s broken up into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or novice, the workout is designed for everyone. Looking for more info? Click here.


The Weekender: Sweet Lily

September 12, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image010It’s been a crazy week, hasn’t it? Arizona saw an insane amount of water on Monday. With that flooding comes a lot of stress. Do you know what calms your nerves? It might not be the same for everyone, but usually a drink or two will put us at ease. That’s why the Weekender is here, to provide you with delicious cocktail recipes to get the weekend started right. This is the Sweet Lily from TapHouse Kitchen.


1.5 Oz. Patron Silver Tequila

.75 Oz. St. Germaine Elderberry

.75 Oz. Grapefruit Juice

.5 Oz. Simple Syrup

Splash Lemon Juice

Splash of Soda Water


Mix the Patron Silver Tequila, St. Germaine Elderberry, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, splash lemon juice and splash of soda water in a shaker with ice. After shaking, strain the contents into your martini glass. Garnish with a flamingo orange peel.


The Gladly Celebrates One Year in the Valley

September 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

GladlyHas it really been a whole year since The Gladly first opened its doors? Time flies when you’re dining on great food and even better cocktails. Yes, the restaurant is celebrating their one year anniversary and are doing so with $1 chopped salads. Don’t worry, we think it’s a weird promotion, too. Though, their unofficial “State Salad of Arizona,” crafted by the incredible Chef Bernie Kantak, was recently named one of “11 Must-Try Dishes in Phoenix” by Food Network. So, that’s pretty cool. To say thank you to everyone who supported the restaurant, next week will be their “Week of Thank Yous.” From Sunday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 18, they will be offering $1 Original Chopped Salad per table. With a new look inside the joint, The Gladly looking to spend many more years in the Valley with a facelift, great menu, and like we said, better cocktails.


Today’s Object of Desire: iPhone 6

September 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

iphone-6-cropped-thumb-768x512-44447It’s time of year where the new iPhone has just been revealed. We’re don’t really like to call ourselves Apple fanatics, but we can’t help but get excited every time they release a new model. We just love tech innovation. Anyway, as you’ve noticed, the iPhone 6 is bigger than the 5s. To combat competition from Samsung, they also released the iPhone 6 Plus, which is has a large 5.5 inch screen. They both have slimmer bodies and rounded edges. It comes with an improved eight megapixel camera with a capability for 240 fps slow-motion. Most importantly, the new phones have a significantly improved battery. All in all, it’s a pretty cool phone and we can’t wait to upgrade. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drop on Sept. 19. You should get in line now.


New Exec Chef to Take the Reigns at Bootleggers

September 10, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SJBWBootleggers is one of those concept restaurants that instills our faith in Phoenix food culture. It’s surprising that there are not a lot of BBQ places around here. That’s why we love the fact that Old Town Scottsdale is home to Bootleggers. The modern American smokehouse has just announced that Chef Stephen Jones, of Blue Hound Kitchen fame and more, will be taking the reigns as executive chef. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California, Chef Jones has made waves in some of the Valley’s best restaurants. At Bootleggers, he will be overseeing both kitchens, menu development, the catering division and with his roots in Southern cooking, we believe he is pretty good match for the BBQ concept.


Dancer-Turned-Winemaker to Host Wine Dinner

September 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image004This couple has lived quite the life so far. From acclaimed dancer partners to pioneers of Sonoma County’s wine industry, Rod Strong and Charlotte Ann Winson know exactly what life is all about. Just about 50 years ago, Rod purchased an old boarding house because he knew of its potential to make and house great wine. As you can see, they’ve been pretty successful. Next Monday, Sept. 15, ZuZu will be hosting Rodney Strong Vineyards for their monthly chef’s table dinner. The four course meal will be paired with some of Rod’s best wines. To make reservations, call 480.421.7997. Tickets are $64 per person. You probably want to see the menu. Check it out:

Grilled Spot Prawn
Sweet potato cake + lemon mascarpone
2012 Sauvignon Blanc “Northern Sonoma County”

Duck Confit
Baby spinach, crispy shoestring potatoes, goat cheese + sun-dried cherry vinaigrette
2012 Pinot Noir “Russian River Valley”

Grilled Venison Loin
Tempura mushroom roll, roasted butternut squash puree + red pepper demi-glace
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Sonoma County”
2012 Zinfandel “Northern Sonoma County”

Upside-Down Chocolate Pear Cake
Rum butter sauce


The ‘Leap of Dining Faith’ Mystery Dinner Series is...

September 9, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

ChefCullenThere are so many amazing and talented chefs around the Valley, it’s hard to keep track of them. The Leap of Dining Faith dinner series at Crudo is here to introduce to some of those masters of the culinary arts. Hosted the first Monday of every month, this dinner series is doing something a little different, it is a mystery after all. When you make your reservations, the only thing you’ll receive is a time, date and the name of the celebrity guest chef. Basically, you must instill your faith into the chef. The cost is $75 per guest. To make reservations, call 602-358-8666. Here’s a look at the guest chefs.

Jared Porter (Clever Koi) Oct 6, 2014
Bernie Kantak (The Gladly/Citizen Public House) Nov 3, 2014
Chris Curtiss (Bourbon Steak) Dec 1, 2014
Kelly Fletcher (The Revival) Jan 5, 2015
Special out of town guest Feb 2, 2015
Paul McCabe (T Cook’s) Mar 2, 2015
Josh Hebert (POSH Restaurant) April 6, 2014
Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s/Café Bink/Bink’s Midtown) June 1, 2015
*May’s chef TBD

Are You My Ride? Toyota Land Cruiser 70

September 9, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

toyota-land-cruiser-70Retro is cool, right? Just one look at this ride and you’re transported back into the 1980s. There’s nothing wrong with a little flashback here and there. The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 will bound to give you some of those flashbacks. Originally released in 1984, the Land Cruiser is everything an SUV should be. Toyota is really taking homage to original design with the 30th anniversary model. A 4.0L V6 engine and the option of four-wheel-drive gives this Land Cruiser everything you need from off-road trips to dropping the kids off at school. This ride starts at around $35,000. 


Help The Henry Fight Cancer with their Salted Caramel Roll...

September 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

GkQ2k5BIj62CrZ-B2mfzrvgTHbwcblImK58jj-LONYgWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, cancer sucks. We love that local businesses are doing their part to help fight the deadly disease. The Henry has joined that battle. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so The Henry will be utilizing their salted caramel roll as a battle instrument in this good fight. When you purchase the caramel roll, the restaurant will donate one dollar to the Ronan Thompson Foundation. The treat will be available for purchase at XV, The Henry’s coffee bar, that opens daily at 6:30 a.m.. It will also be available in the dining room on weekends during brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


New Music Monday: Aphex Twin

September 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Aphex Twin is quite possibly the musician who catapulted electronic music into the mainstream. The UK artist has been utilizing synthesizers and drum machine since before they were cool. If you’re a fan of his work, then you know how long it has been since a new album has been released. The wait is over. In just a couple of weeks, on Sept. 19 to be exact, Aphex Twin will release his sixth studio album, 14 years in the making. This is 180db from his new record Syro.


Join the Teal It Up Golf Tournament to Fight Ovarian Cancer

September 5, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

10524239_670972762976902_8074440283301053133_oWhen local businesses and the community get together, beautiful things happen. The Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation is teaming up with the Teal It Up Foundation to fight ovarian cancer. Around 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Teal It Up Golf Tournament and Tee for Teal Luncheon will be there to create awareness and raise funds to fight this deadly disease. The day will begin with a morning of golf at Rio Verde Country Club and then followed by a silent auction, lunch and event programming. The event will include the presentation of two 2014 ARM Foundation Scholarships and the 5th Annual Anne Rita Monahan Crusader Award. For the golfers out there who want to join, individual golfers cost $150 and a foursome is $500. The luncheon will set you back $50, but it’s all for a good cause. For more information and to register, click here.


The Weekender: Berry Acai Margarita

September 5, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

SOL.RaspGingerEven though we had a short week because of Labor Day, we’re still ready for the weekend. It’ll be a good one, too. We’ve got college football, the first NFL Sunday of the season, and beautiful weather. That said, let’s get the weekender started. This is the Berry Acai Margarita, courtesy of the good people at SOL Mexican Cocina.


3 Blackberries

1 Strawberry

1oz Agave

1oz Veev Acai Liquer

2oz Don Julio Blanco

2 oz Lime Juice


Muddle the blackberries and strawberry and combine with other ingredients in a shaker and shake like your life depended on it. Pour over rocks in a glass and enjoy.

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