You’ve seen the commercials on TV. You’ve heard the mudslinging and attack ads. That must mean it’s election season. In fact, in case some of you were unaware, the general election is just a few weeks away, on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Now, it isn’t a presidential election this year, but that doesn’t mean your voice shouldn’t be heard. There are many hot-ticket issues on the ballot this year. For instance, how are special interest groups and big money affecting the Arizona judicial system? It’s important to be informed on the issues happening in this state. So, why not grab a free drink and some grub and learn about these issues. Tomorrow, Oct. 22, the Arizona Advocacy Network will be hosting their 4th Annual Arizona Advocates Taking Charge Netmixer. The mixer will feature special guest retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson who will be speaking on Citizen’s United. Taking place at Old Main on ASU’s Tempe campus, the event is free. To RSVP, click here. Being informed about the issues happening in Arizona is every citizens right and duty.
It’s Tuesday and that means it is time to daydream about a car we will most likely never own. You know, we haven’t featured a Ferrari in a while. So, here you go. The Ferrari 458 Speciale A is a thing of beauty. Premiering in Paris last month, the Speciale really is special. It is the most powerful car Ferrari has ever made. It has a 4.5L V8 engine that can produce an incredible 597 horsepower. If you don’t think that’s fast enough, you should probably work on your priorities in life. It’s zero to 62 mph is only three seconds. We can spout out all the technical jargon about this ride, but we think it’d be easier for you just to look at it. It’s so pretty.
Halloween will be here before you know it. Seriously, it’s less than two weeks away. Lucky for all of us, the holiday falls on a Friday. So, you’ve got your costume picked out. You’ve got your party to go to, you’re probably going to want to eat beforehand. That’s where RA Sushi comes in. They’re pretty good about having deals around any holiday. For Halloween, you can enjoy food like:
Zombie Roll: spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.
The Black Widow Roll: crispy soft shell crab, kaiware sprouts, kani kama crab mix rolled in rice and soy paper, then topped with shredded daikon, spicy mayo and eel sauce.
The Wicked Shrimp: crispy shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens, with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce.
You can get your drink on with their Potent Potions:
Witches Brew: a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.
Frozen Black Lagoon: a spine tingling mix of sparkling white wines, Bacardi Rum, yuzu, and peach and strawberry purées.
Geisha’s Spell: a magical concoction of cold lemonade, Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon sour and a splash of soda.
These specials are only good on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 11:00 am to close at all RA locations.
Weezer is one of those bands you grew up with. Though, you may not listen to them too frequently, you can still appreciate their music. They’ve been in the game for 20 years and just released their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The alt-rock band has been working on this new record for a few years now and we couldn’t be happier. Here’s “The British Are Coming.”
Polo and fashion really don’t have much in common. Well, aside from the fact they both attract good looking, well-off people. The 2014 Bentley Polo Championships will feature something other than the sport: fashion. On Saturday, Oct. 25, the world’s largest catwalk will debut. Stretching nearly 230 yards from west to east across the field, the catwalk will feature more than 100 models in the latest polo garb at WestWorld of Scottsdale. If you’re an aspiring model and want to do more than just watch, they will be hosting a casting call for the models on Sunday, October 19th in the lower level lobby at the Saguaro Resort from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All clothing during the fashion show will be provided by Phoenix Fashion Week and Evan’s Furs. For more information and tickets, click here. Oh, there will also be a polo game in case you’re into that sort of thing.
As much as we don’t want to admit, the holidays are practically upon us. You’ve seen the Christmas decorations are already up at Target and Halloween is a stone’s throw away. For the next couple of weeks, we are going to bring you holiday inspired cocktails for the Weekender. Courtesy of the people at Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, this is the Cognac Snap.
1 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac
3/4 oz Snap Liqueur
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
Shake ingredients in a shaker two times and pour into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Nothing says Arizona like tacos. If you’ve lived in other states, you know how difficult it can be to find decent Mexican. The Arizona Taco Festival celebrates AZ’s love for tacos. And guess what? It kicks off this Saturday, Oct. 18. Taking place at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Saturday and Sunday, the festival will bring $2 tacos from some the Valley’s best restaurants. Obviously, the main attraction will be the taco competition where Taco Award Presentations will be held at 6:50 p.m. each day. There will also be all sorts of fun like lucha libre wrestling, a VIP beach, live music, a full bar, Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contests, Arm Wrestling for Tacos at the Yelp Booth, and much, much more. General Admission tickets are $12, the Margarita Lover’s Package is $18, you can splurge on the VIP treatment for $100, Kids 12 and under are free and the Tequila Expo is $20 (Saturday Only). The weather will be perfect, but the tacos will be better.
Sometimes you need a little caffeine. But other times, you don’t have the time to get it. A little espresso on the go is something that would come in handy here. With the Minipresso your prayers have been answered. This highly portable espresso machine can brew shots wherever your heart desires. It’s hand-powered, so, with a couple of pumps, your espresso is ready to drink. Complete with its own cup in the lid, you don’t even need to bring your dirty mug around anymore. Sign us up.
The ability to appreciate, make, and understand the roots of a whiskey cocktail is seldom seen the days. Most of the time, we just go to the bar and order our drinks. It’s time we start educating ourselves. If that sounds like something you’d be into, Whiskey School Wednesdays at Second Story Liquor Bar are right up your alley. Once a month, the class will take you around the world to learn about a different style of the liquor. Tonight’s stop: the good old U.S. of A. Participants will spend two hours tasting, talking, and getting a look at what makes quality American Whiskey. The class starts at 5:30 p.m. tonight and costs $40 and includes snacks, class, demonstrations on whiskey cocktails, and tasting. You can make a reservation by calling 480.945.5555. Be on the lookout for next month’s class featuring Irish whiskeys. We’ll keep you posted.
Second Story Liquor Bar | 4166 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Sushi Roku will be celebrating their sixth anniversary for multiple days starting on Oct. 27. When you’ve been together for more than half a decade, a massive celebration must be hard. Relationships take a lot of work, even if its between us and sushi. From Monday, Oct. 27 to Thursday, Oct. 30, you can celebrate with Roku with 50% dinner and a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Sounds great, right? There will be a variety of dinner-only specials and a gourmet two-course tasting menu, which includes one dish from the sushi bar, one from the kitchen. The $40 dinner specials also include a glass of the always-great Veuve. This seems like it will be a pretty popular deal, so to guarantee a spot, you should probably make reservations.
Haven’t you heard? Superheroes are all the rage these days. Don’t believe us? The Avengers movie made a billion dollars. Literally. Actually, they made over a billion dollars worldwide. Superheroes are here to say with more and more movies and TV shows coming into fruition. This Halloween, you can be your favorite superhero at Culinary Dropout’s Halloween party. On Friday, Oct. 31, Phoenix’s The Yard and Scottsdale’s Waterfront will be transformed into their very own Comic Cons. Find a phone booth to change into your favorite superhero attire and enjoy the live music and specialty drinks. The party goes from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
You want to save the planet, don’t you? Of course you do. You’re tree-hugging, recycling, open-minded person. You also want a nice a car, right? Sometimes, it’s hard to put those two together. Not anymore. The Tesla Model S P85D is the nicest electric car to date. Seriously, Tesla’s car game has been on point the last couple of years. The P85D has a true AWD, a zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and incorporates some brand new autonomous driving technologies. Because of all it’s tech, the car can drive and park itself. It’s 2014 and you better believe we’re living in the future.
Has it really been 40 years since the first ArtWalk? Either time flies or we’re getting really old. Don’t answer that. Anyway, “America’s Original Artwalk” will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23. As per usual, Scottsdale’s Artwalk takes place every Thursday with art openings, live music, food samplings and more. The anniversary walk will additionally feature a marching band performance by Coronado High School, SUSD student art exhibits and musical performances. Considering it’s October, the featured charity partner is TRI For the Cure AZ for
Breast Care Awareness Month. The galleries will feature some amazing work to celebrate an amazing 40 years in the Scottsdale art world. If you have the opportunity, you should make an appearance. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a dedication ceremony.
It’s probably time to step up your hip hop/experimental jazz/fusion game. Yeah, that does sound like quite the mix but Flying Lotus has to be one of the most unique artists around. The producer’s new record, You’re Dead!, has been one of the most highly anticipated of the year. This record features some other amazing artists like Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dog, and more. If you have the chance, we highly recommend you pick this record up. Here’s a taste with “Never Catch Me.”
The Standard opened way back in July, but it seems they haven’t gotten very much press. Dedicated to healthy eating (while being delicious, of course) the restaurant offers a unique menu selection. Well, the new American kitchen and bar is adding a couple more things to the mix. Like many others, they will be serving brunch every weekend, but with a twist. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., live music will be your entertainment as you drink and dine on the traditional items like Bloody Mary’s, Bottomless Mimosas ($15) and Omelet Bar. What’s not so traditional is their Chicken and Waffles (pictured), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Baked Huevos Rancheros, Braised Brisket and Grits and more. Do we have your attention? Thought so.
The Standard | 10500 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Obviously, we don’t have to mention what day it is. Working for the weekend is kind of a depressing way to go about life, but there’s really not much we can do about it. Well, we have a drink or two. Speaking of which, Boulders Resort was kind enough to share a couple cocktail recipes with us. This one, as always, is pretty unique. This is the Prickly Palmer.
Sweat Tea Vodka 1.5 oz
Fresh squeezed Lemonade 3 oz
Prickly Pear puree ½ oz
Combine in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
Orangetheory Fitness is the hottest new gym to come around in the Valley. They’re so popular, they seem to keep opening locations every week. The gym’s 13th location will be hosting a grand opening party tonight! Located in Peoria, if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door, not only will you be the first to build a sweat there, you’ll be able to grab some swag. Each of those 50 people will receive a complimentary swag bag with all sorts of goodies. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the grand opening will also feature bites and free chair massages from Massage Envy. If you want to go, you should get there early. Their last grand opening has a line out the door by 5:30 p.m.
Orangetheory Fitness | 25314 North Lake Pleasant Pkwy | Peoria, AZ 85383
Bluetooth is every where, from your car to your speakers at home. With all that technology, some people like to keep it simple. Not every house has to be decked out with modern tech. If you’re into old school sound, you should pick up one of these. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone is the perfect combination of antique and modern. Looking like a gramophone, the Gramovox is a Bluetooth speaker system that also functions as a piece of art. Have fun friends over to check it out then blow them away with the sound quality.
With some many amazing charities throughout the Valley, it’s hard to pick just one to donate to. So, why not help multiple at the same time? Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s will be doing just that with their 25th Annual NiteFlite on Saturday, Oct. 25. It’s a night filled with exquisite dining and elegant dancing. For their 25th gala, the theme will be Rat Pack. The semi-formal event at High Street, formerly City North, will feature a red carpet, Rat Pack impersonators, live entertainment, classic cars, signature dishes from the Valley’s finest restaurants, like Ocean Prime, Cowboy Ciao and Paul Martin’s. There will also be luxurious items up for auction. The best part is that everything will be benefitting local children’s charities like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona. NiteFlite is the club’s largest charity event of the year. Last year they raised over $350,000. Let’s see if we can raise more money this year. Individual tickets start at $150. For more information click here.
Can you believe Oktoberfest is already here? That means it’s time to dust off your lederhosen and grab your steins, the Four Peaks annual Oktoberfest kicks off this Friday. Drawing thousands of people every year, the at Tempe Town Lake features everything you could want out of an Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live music, games, food, and you better believe there will be beer. So much beer, you won’t even know what to do with yourself. Admission is free but unfortunately, you have to pay for your beer. That’s okay because all the proceeds go to benefit the Tempe Sister City Corporation, a Tempe non-profit that “facilitates student and educator and professional foreign exchange programs.” New this year to Oktoberfest is a Brat Eating Contest that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m. The party kicks off this Friday, Oct. 10 at 5:00 p.m. We’ll see you there.