Yes, this is a real thing. We’re not joking. The Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is as real as the bacon you eat in the morning. Speaking of which, who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon in the morning? There’s really nothing quite like it. The iPhone app/alarm clock, when plugged into your phone, releases the beautiful scent for when you’re supposed to wake up. It’s the kind of thing that every single person out there would love to wake to. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. Too bad it doesn’t actually cook bacon for you. Oscar Mayer, you really need to work on that.
This is the supercar to end all supercars. The Koenigsegg One:1 is nothing short of pure perfection. Even if you could afford, you’ll never own one. You probably will never be able to drive one, either. Why? Because only six were made and you better believe they’re all spoken for. The One:1 is the Swedish car company’s pride and joy and puts Italian and German cars to shame. It’s capable of 280 mph and can producer over 1,300 horsepower. You don’t even want to know how much it costs because if you have to ask, you can definitely not afford it.
There are two types of tequila drinkers. One of them pounds Jose Cuervo on the weekends and doesn’t appreciate. The other is a connoisseur. Tomorrow, March 11, Taco Guild in Phoenix will be hosting an excellent Tequila Tasting. Obviously, this is for those who recognize the full worth of the Mexican spirit. For $35 per perosn, the evening will feature a four course tequila paired meal along with special guest speaker Diana Jimenez of Cabrito Tequila.
Greeting cocktail – 1893 frozen margarita (Tequila Cabrito Reposado)
1st Course – chef inspired ceviche of the day – Tequila Cabrito Blanco
2nd Course – grilled romaine salad – Tequila Cabrito Reposado
3rd Course – selection of three tacos – cocktail featuring anjeo tequila
4th Course – dessert – paired with appropriate tequila
If you don’t like hummus, we’re sorry, but we think there’s something wrong with you. Though, we do apologize to anyone who may have an allergy to the chickpea dish. Aside from that, we stick to our statement. March 13 is International Hummus Day. Yes, we know there are of those national/international food days, but we just love hummus so much. Salut Kitchen Bar‘s hummus nachos and breakfast nachos are two unique dishes. The hummus nachos (pictured) have feta, red onion, and pomegranate seeds served on crispy pita with a balsamic drizzle. The breakfast nachos are made with fried pita chips with egg whites, house made hummus, shaved Prairie Breeze cheddar, chopped bacon and chives. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Manchester Orchestra is one of the bands that causes an emotional stir in you. Their first couple of albums were… Well, pretty melancholy. That might have something to do with their popularity. Next month, the indie band will be releasing their fourth studio album, Cope. This single, Top Notch, off the record already sounds different their older stuff. It’s heavier and angrier. We like it.
Did you know that March 5 was National Absinth Day? Well, we did remind you last week. Did you have a little dance with the Green Fairy? Yeah, neither did we. But that’s what the weekend is for, right? Once again, Salut Kitchen Bar had the courtesy to give us another great absinth recipe. This is the Absinth–Tini. It sounds interesting and we can’t wait to try it.
2½ fl oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin
½ fl oz Martini Extra dry vermouth
⅛ fl oz NV Absinthe
Shake all the ingredients and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.
Sometimes, it’s hard to find local beer in the Valley. You either have to go to a bar or liquor store to get a good selection. Good thing the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is now offering beer brewed right in the Grand Canyon State. Two new restaurants at the resort, twenty6 lounge and stonegrill restaurant, guests can choose from six locally-brewed beers plus 17 other drafts. The beers have been hand picked by the resort’s food and beverage director Oliver Reschreiter, who also happens to be a home brewer. They include Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, Mudshark UpRiver Lager, Sleepy Dog Brewing Leg Humper Hefeweizen, Nimbus Pale Ale, Oak Creek Amber Ale and Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale. Sounds delicious, right?
Today’s object of desire isn’t necessarily an object. It’s more of a building. Sometime you need to escape. The daily grind can really wear down on your soul and the best way to combat that is getting the hell out of dodge. That’s where the Escape Mobile Cabin. This isn’t a redneck mobile, no it is not. The Mobile Cabin is by far the classiest mobile home we’ve ever seen. It has a built-in bed with nightstands, a bathroom with walk-in shower, vaulted ceilings, and really tall windows. We know how we’re going to escape the Valley this summer.
What comes to mind when you think of nightclubs? Surely, copious amounts alcohol, right? That’s not always the case but it does seem to be the norm. Just opented on Feb. 22, Scottsdale’s newest joint, Cake Nightclub, wants to change that stigma. Obviously, it’s going to be filled with beautiful girls (pictured, though, those we’re not sure if those particular girls will actually be there) and drinks but that’s not all it’s good for. The new club surprisingly has a lot to offer. The spot features aerialists, acrobatics, stilt walkers, theatrics, and costumes. It’s the type of club you would expect to find in Los Angeles or New York City. There are rumors of surprise celebrity visits and performance to keep you on your toes.
Cake Nightclub | 4426 North Saddlebag Trail | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Life can be stressful for all of us. The daily grind can really wear down your soul and spirit. There are plenty of ways to calm that stress down and we’re always looking for new ones. One of the most serene places in the Valley is the Japanese Friendship Garden in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There, on Sunday, March 16, a lecture on Tai Chi-QiGong by Kim Kubsch of Safe Movements will teach you to be at peace. The easy and gentle “meditation in motion” will help you in balance and flexibility, improve circulation, concentration and focus. Most importantly, though, it will help increase your energy, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. The lecture begins at 1:00 p.m. and we think you should attend.
Fashion is your thing, isn’t it? You’re not satisfied until you are on the latest trend from all around the world. Good thing for you, there’s an all-new upscale women’s boutique now open in Scottsdale at the Gainey Village. Designer Studio has luxury formal wear from all over Europe from designers like Jovani, Faviana, Alyce Paris, Terani couture and more. It’s a good place to shop for dresses for prom, weddings, galas, bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and what ever fancy occasion you can think of. Even the store has a classy feel to it with a chandelier hanging above and red velvet interior. The next time you need something with a little extra class, check out the studio.
Designer Studio | 8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 218 | Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Volvo has been on top of their game the last few years. A lot of people associate the Swedish car company with old people but that is certainly not the case. Their future is looking bright. The Volvo Estate Concept is testament to that. This three-door wagon is all about the technology inside. The dash is centered around a large touch screen display that controls most the interior; music, climate control, and more. The aesthetics inside are like a dream with rich leather and wood accents. We don’t know what it looks like, but it sounds nice. Also, this car will probably never be made but we like to think that something like it will be in production in the next few years.
Sometimes, we don’t pay a lot of attention to the north Valley. Don’t worry, folks. We know you’re there. For those of you who live and around Peoria, St. Patrick’s Day at Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon is bound to be a good time. Filled with drink specials and fun, the bar will be celebrating the holiday with four days debauchery. From Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17, you can hang out there all day from 11:00 am to close. Some specials include $2 Green House Brew, $5 Car Bomb, Jameson or Bailey’s shots, $3 Cans of Guinness, $3 Nitro Milk Stout Beer, and $5 Irish Coffee. You can also get your hands on some made-from-scratch Shepard’s Pie for $10.
Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon| 15703 North 83rd Avenue | Peoria, AZ
Beck has been releasing albums for over 20 years now. The singer-songwriter gained popularity in the early nineties with his unique and experimental style. His music covers multiple genres like funk, rock, soul, and more. This month, Beck released his 12th studio album, Morning Phase. Yes, it is album number 12 and that’s crazy. The record is already receiving stellar reviews. Decide for yourself. Here is the track Wave off the new album.
It has been 10 years since the country lost legendary football player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman. On March 15, Rula Bula on Tempe’s Mill Avenue will host the 6th Annual Pints for Pat. This will be in preparation for April’s tenth Pat’s Run. The Pints for Pat glass fundraiser collects funds and generates awareness in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation. March 15 was not chosen at random. It marks 42 days until the run. Forty-two was Tillman’s football jersey number when he played for ASU. To help, all you have to do is stop by Rula on the 15th and purchase a 2014 Pints for Pat souvenir glass, the sixth glass in the series. The glasses only cost $10 and 100% of the proceeds will support the Tillman Military Scholars program. Remember, you can only get these at Rula Bula and they are first come, first serve.
That’s probably one of the most… Ahem, unique names for a cocktail we’ve ever seen. But, hey, chances are you’re going to remember it. On March 5, National Absinthe Day will be upon us. Not a lot of people drink it anymore, but we’ve seen it comeback here and there. To celebrate the “holiday,” Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe has come up with this drink. This is Viagra Falls.
¾ oz NV Absinthe
1½ oz Sour apple liqueur
1¾ oz Chilled mineral water
2 dash Orange bitters
Shake ingredients in ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass over ice.
If you have ever been to a Mardi Gras party, then you know how crazy they can be. Beads, music, pretty girls, and copious amounts of alcohol make it a truly unique celebration. Starting this Saturday, March 1, Mardi Gras kicks off in downtown Phoenix. CityScape is where it’s all going down with their “Party Gras” event. The day will be filled with dining and drink specials, a remarkable parade, family-friendly activities and plenty of beads. There will specials at nearby joints like Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and Lucky Strike Lanes and Gypsy Bar. Live music, parties for people 21+, and more will take over CityScape. The party will be from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The parade starts at 4:00 pm and is open to everyone. If you want to keep it going, local bars will be doing their thing all night.
Having a mini bar in your home is a lot of fun. You get to invite friends over and make them some drinks, what’s not to love? Not all of us are exactly skilled in the world of mixology. With White Whale Bold Cocktail Mixers, you don’t have to be a talented bartender. The three different styles are each designed to go with a particular type of liquor — vodka, gin, or bourbon. It uses all-natural ingredients and makes your bartending as easy as pie. We’re especially interested in trying the Old Fashioned one. Do you think it’ll stand up to a traditionally made drink?
Spring training is a huge deal in Arizona. With thousands of visitors from out town, spring training is an important economic device in the Valley. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, is offering a ”Batter Up Package.” The hotel is in the ideal location, CityScape Phoenix, for fans visiting any of the Valley’s 11 ballparks. Rates start at $249 and include deluxe accommodations, two local craft beers, a baseball themed welcome amenity, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the Living Room, hosted evening wine reception from 5-6pm daily, and complimentary access to Gold’s Gym Elite.