When you think of New Year’s Eve, formal attire and a classy atmosphere generally come to mind. There are plenty of parties and events going on for NYE, but don’t you want to have a sophisticated night? That’s where the MercBar comes in. Its loungey feel perfectly coincides with what NYE is all about. From 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, the bar invites all its friends for an intimate night of cocktails to bring in the New Year. The $50 cover included a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast at midnight. Formal attire is required, so break out those dresses and suits you’ve been saving all year. There is limited space, to make a reservation, email Adam at [email protected]. If you get a little too tipsy to drive, the bar has arranged a deal with Ritz Carlton next door. When you make your reservations, call the hotel at 800 241 3333 and ask for the MercBar New Year’s Eve Rate of $105.
With a name like Buenas Noches, you automatically assume that this is a cocktail that will kick you on your butt. That’s not the case. This is a delicious, warm beverage to enjoy on these cool nights. Thanks to the Boulders Resort, this spiked hot chocolate is exactly what you need while hanging out by the fire with good friends and family.
3/4 oz Grand marnier Liqueur
1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
1/2oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1 packet swiss miss hot chocolate
Combine the ingredients in a footed mug, except the hot chocolate. Fill with hot chocolate and top with whipped cream and orange zest at the end.
It really seems that Fox Restaurant Concepts are the royalty of restaurants in the Valley. With huge successes like True Food Kitchen, Olive and Ivy, Sauce, Culinary Dropout — the list goes on, it doesn’t appear that they will be stopping anytime soon. The company has just announced their fifteenth concept, The Henry. Located in Phoenix, The Henry will be an American brasserie and will housed in the company’s office. Set to open on Dec. 17, the new spot will feature lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends. It will also feature a coffee bar that opens at 6:30 am every day. A plethora of menu items will be made from scratch. Knowing Fox restaurants, this place will do well. We can’t wait to try it.
Some people take Ping Pong very, very seriously. If you’re as talented as Forrest Gump was, you would, too. The Eleven Ravens Stealth Ping Pong Table is the most insane ping pong table we have ever seen. Why? Because it costs as much as a Mercedes. That’s right. This table is $70,000. It’s that expensive because its inspired by the Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and made completely out of aircraft aluminum and carbon fiber. It even features hidden drawers to store your paddles and balls. Yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous.
What did we say? We’re going to be bringing you New Year’s Eve events all month long. Today, we’re featuring a ridiculous four-course meal from the always great Crudo. For just $45 per person, you can enjoy an exquisite menu set up by the acclaimed culinary team that makes up their kitchen. Remember, reservations are a must if you want to dine there on the holiday. Would you like to take a look at the menu?
Course 1 (choose one)
Butterfish Crudo with Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Maya’s Farm Arugula, Lardons
Farmers Market Crudo – Local Seasonal Vegetable with House Made Vinaigrette
Course 2 (choose one)
Burrata with Pancetta Vinaigrette and Maya’s Farm Arugula
Ricotta with Pickled Radishes, Ceci and Chive
Fresh Mozzarella with Bacon Relish, Caramelized Onions, Basil
Course 3 (choose one)
Gnocchi with Coppa, Carrots and Pickled Endive
Risotto with Squid Ink, Tuna, Chilies, Tomatoes, Basil
Mushroom with Mozzarella, Parmesan, Bread Crumb, Over Easy Egg
Course 4 (choose one)
Marketfish with Grilled Escarole and Bagna Cauda
Pork Belly with Creamy Polenta, Tomato Agrodolce
Short Rib with Blooms Field Spinach, Stuffed Campari Tomatoes
It’s that time of year where traditions come back in full-swing. You have family and friends coming into town pretty soon. The lights and trees are all put up and before you know it, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be here. With all of those people in town, you’re probably going to be looking for things to do. Why not class it up at the ballet? Every year, Ballet Arizona puts on a stunning performance of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The ballet is running until Dec. 24. Forty-five minutes before each performance, guests are welcomed to the lobby for events that include storytelling and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy beneath Ballet Arizona’s 20 foot Christmas Tree, hung with decorated ballet shoes. Cocoa and cookies are also available for purchase. Tickets for the show start at $26 and can be purchased here, at Ticketmaster, or by calling 602-381-1096.
There really is a lot going on around the Valley for New Year’s Eve. That’s a good thing, because not only is it our favorite night of the year, but it also tends to be one of the most fun nights. The Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Resort in Scottsdale has quite the evening planned. You can reserve tables for four to six people with stunning views of the valley, enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Beau MacMillan. Tables for four people is $1,000 and table for 6 is $1,500. Enjoy a bottle of Cristal at midnight and dance the night away from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. To make a reservation, call 480-948-2100 or click here.
We’re sticking with the classics for this edition of Are You My Ride? Can you believe it has been 50 years since the first Ford Mustang was released? The iconic sportscar has racing down street for half a century now. The slightly tweaked 2015 Ford Mustang is a good looking ride. You can choose between a 5.0-liter V8 or a 3.7-liter V6 some a little extra power. The fastback rear window gives it that classic muscle car feel that you’ve been dreaming about since you were a kid. State-of-the-art driving components keep this ride in the modern category. Price is still up in the air, but we would love to get our hands on one.
It’s just a few weeks until Christmas, it might be a good idea to bring your kids to Santa so he knows what to get them this year. On Dec. 22, The Farm at South Mountain will be hosting a complimentary Cookies & Cocoa with Santa from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The little ones can enjoy complimentary freshly made cookies and delicious hot chocolate. You can also stop by the gift shop to pick up some last minute gifts made by local artists. You can make a whole day out of it by grabbing lunch at The Farm Kitchen. Obviously, you’re going to want to bring a camera to capture all of the fun. The excitement will be located on the Botanica Patio.
The Farm | 6106 Sout 32nd Street | Phoenix, AZ 85042
Haim is one of the coolest bands to make it big in the last year. Made up of three sisters, the band has a indie/pop/rock and roll vibe. They released their first full-length studio album, Days Are Gone, in September, where it reached number six on the US Billboard charts. That’s pretty impressive for a first time release. Check out this tune, The Wire.
It’s silly when people say there’s nothing to do in the Valley. There’s always something going on, especially around this time of year. Themed New Year’s Parties add an extra element to the traditional NYE party. If you love all things retro, then the Hotel Valley Ho should be your place to party this year. Their Ho Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On: New Year’s Eve is named after the classic 1957 hit from Jerry Lee Lewis. The night will have everything you need: dinner, dancing, and a rooftop Champagne toast. People who attend are encouraged to wear 1950s attire and dance the night away. A three-course meal will offered that includes items like Beef Short Rib & Blue Crab, Slow Roasted Lamb Loin & Crisp Pork Belly, or Blackened Ahi & Prawns. There’s plenty to choose from. We’ll see you there.
It’s going to be a cold one today, well, for us Valley residents, it’s pretty cold. Seeing how it’s December and it’s Friday, we thought we would bring you a holiday-inspired cocktail for this edition of the Weekender. Thanks to executive chef Admir Alibasic of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, we have the perfect cocktail for you. The Candy Cane Blitz-tini has the perfect mixture of Christmas spirit and alcohol.
1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce crème de menthe
2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
½ candy cane, crushed
Drizzle of red peppermint syrup
1 candy cane for garnish
In a shaker tin, add ice, vanilla vodka, crème de menthe, white chocolate liqueur and shake vigorously. Strain into a candy cane rimmed martini glass and drizzle peppermint syrup on top. Garnish with a candy cane.
The Nutcracker is one of those performances that will live forever. The popular holiday ballet has graced Arizona for many, many years and it will surely be here for many more. Tonight, the Angel Night performance will take place at Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. This means that Ballet Arizona will be taking donations from season ticket holders and guests. Centered around making sure that underprivileged children and families get to experience the classic, at $30 per child, everyone should see the ballet at least once in their lives. Every year, service organizations and children and families from community centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods benefit from these performances and you can do your part, too.
We all know the Internet has a love affair with bacon. Not only is the salty and fatty treat popular on the web, but also seems to hold a high place in popular culture. That being said, we have the perfect bacon-related object of desire for you. Whether it’s for yourself or a holiday gift for someone you love, Bacons of the World is well worth the $300 it costs. Every three months for an entire year, you’ll receive a shipment of five pounds of the delicious meat from somewhere in world. Half of them are from the United and the other half come from places like England, Germany, and Italy. You’re welcome.
Just a few more weeks and the holidays will be here. We can hardly believe that it’s already December, ourselves. But alas, it’s time to start planning those Christmas and New Year’s events. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. J&G Steakhouse will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve and day, as well as New Year’s Eve. Lucky for us, they’ve unveiled their menu for those nights.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 3-Course Menu $54
Roasted Butternut Squash, Goat cheese Salad, Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette
Crispy Gulf Shrimp “Cocktail”, Fresh Wasabi
Skuna Bay Salmon, Black Truffle Crumbs, Smooth and Crisp Parsnips or
Charred Sirloin with Soy, Garlic and Cilantro
Red Velvet Sundae
Warm chocolate Cake, Caramel Ice Cream
NYE 5-Course Menu $92
Nantucket Bay Scallop on Warm Black Truffle-Garlic Toast
Slowly Baked Black Cod, Aromatic Black Beans, Sake, Ginger and Truffle Juice or
Maine Lobster Baked in Truffle Butter, Lemon Spaetzle, Winter Vegetables
Roasted Elk Striploin, “Poires au Lard”
Grilled Filet Mignon, Truffle Fritters, Pear Horseradish Puree
Trio of Desserts
Everyone knows that extreme chocolate lover. The one who will spend ungodly amounts of money on chocolate. If you know or are that person, we have some good news for you. Chocolade van Brugge is now open in Old Town Scottsdale. The authentic Belgium chocolatier, owned by locals Frederiek and Christine Verbeke, has more than 60 different handcrafted chocolate confections, chocolate bars, marzipan, cookies and chocolate figurines. Perfect for the holidays, you can purchase boxes of 30 custom selected handcrafted chocolates, truffles with more than 24 different fillings, figurines, and gift baskets filled with custom selected chocolates and treats. Chocolade van Brugge also features a café where guests can enjoy coffee or custom-made hot chocolate. Chocolade van Brugge is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
We’re in December, can you believe it? With Christmas on the way, it’s time we started preparing for New Year’s Eve. It is our favorite holiday, after all. There’s just something classy about New Year’s. You get dressed up, drink champagne, see old friends and family. What’s not to like? If you’re looking for a place to spend the holiday, we’ll keep you updated throughout the month. Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe has just announced their New Year’s Eve menu and it looks quite appetizing.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
Malbec Braised Short Ribs
Gluten-free Chocolate Tort Tiramisu
One appetizer, entrée, dessert and a glass of champagne for $60
Two appetizers, entrees, desserts and a bottle of champagne for $100
Four appetizers, entrees, two desserts and two bottles of champagne for $200
Every Tuesday, our post abouts cars usually brings you something obtainable only in your dreams. Last week we brought a Nissan, which is affordable and this week, we’re coming back reality again with the 2014 MINI Cooper. You’ve seen them on the road and in movies, but have you ever been able to drive a MINI? Neither have we. They look like fun, little sport cars. The MINI a little bigger than its predecessors and you have the option to choose a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine. Both of those engines feature a turbo, which will give you a little extra something. The price is TBA, but it’ll definitely not be the most expensive car we’ve ever featured on DLT.
The all-new tennis center at DC Ranch in north Scottsdale is the perfect place for tennis and racquet ball players. The multi-million dollar facility is more than just a fancy place for rich people to go play at. From now until Dec. 31, the tennis center will accepting donations of new and gently used racquets for the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale. Open for anyone to donate, anyone who does drop off a racquet for donation will be eligible for prizes including a personalized tennis backpack (while supplies last). Any club member that makes a donation will also receive a one-week pass and guests will get $100 off the enrollment fee when they join the Village. Doing good during the holidays is the right thing to do, you may just make the Christmas of an under-privileged future tennis star.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones are like a match made in musical heaven. Billie, former punk rock kingpin and Norah, singer-songwriter queen, have teamed up for a classical folk album. Strange, right? Wrong. It’s fantastic. The album, Foreverly, is something out of the 1960s folk and country music made popular by Johnny Cash and others of the sort. It’s interesting hearing these two tell musical stories like these. We approve.