The Weekender: Bulleit Alexander

December 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Sierra Bonita Grill - Bulleit AlexanderChristmas is practically here. Your family will soon be at your door step. It’s time to get the party started. Once again, we’re bringing you a holiday edition of the Weekender. This week, courtesy of the good people at Sierra Bonita Grill, this is the Bulleit Alexander.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
.5 oz. Genepi Liqueur
1 oz. Creme de Cacao
1 oz. cream
Scoop of eggnog or vanilla gelato
Method:
Fill shaker with ice. Add all ingredients, except gelato, and shake thoroughly. Place a scoop of gelato into a martini glass. Strain cocktail over gelato. Top the drink with a drizzle of maraschino liquor and grated Oaxacan chocolate.
    

Hotel Valley Ho Adds Loft Suite to their Tower

December 18, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedJust when you thought the Hotel Valley Ho couldn’t get any cooler, they go and do something like this. In their seven-story tower, the hotel has added an amazing Loft Suite. What looks like a loft apartment you can only find in San Francisco or New York comes to the Valley. You’ll actually be able to afford, unlike San Fran and NY. The 1,500 square foot suite also has 350 square feet of outdoor space on four terraces and is complete with a kitchen. Like the rest of the hotel, the suite’s design is reminiscent of mid-century modern. It features a floating stair case leading to the bedroom, bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub, a washer and dryer, and a walk-in shower. Rates start at $699 per night.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Johnnie Walker Brogues

December 18, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

oliver-sweeney-johnnie-walker-cropped-thumb-768x512-47438With Christmas exactly one week away, you may find yourself surrounded by in-laws for an extended period of time. Maybe it’s a dry household. Maybe you need a pick-me-up here or there. Whatever your excuse is, the Johnnie Walker Brogues are probably a wise investment. They would also make a prettying ridiculous gift. The Oxford style shoes come with a special compartment that snuggly fits a mini bottle of Johnnie Walker. Made from genuine calf leather, the shoes are classy as they are practical.

    

Have Man’s Best Friend Take a Picture with ‘Santa...

December 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Santa & PomsDog people can be strange. We’re not judging, but you have to admit that some people are unusually attached to their dogs. Often times, man’s best friend are treated like children. And what do children love about this time of year? Santa Claus, of course. If you’re four-legged child is need of some gifts from Kris Kringle, the Santa Paws event at Malinda’s Pampered Pets is the place to be. This weekend, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, Malinda’s will be hosting their annual event to raise money for the Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can have your pup take a picture with Santa while enjoying food and drinks from local food trucks. All of the proceeds will go to helping out pups in need. For more info, click here.

    

Preparing for the ‘Cold,’ Crudo Launches Seasonal...

December 16, 2014 | 12:19 PM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

utL4n5Dkod5v94zF2rG8_2hADE8-kdjkNvqSZdXHRakIf you were awake early this morning, you probably felt a chill. We did. It was below 50 degrees. That says a lot about us who have lived in the Valley for a while. With the dropping temperature, cold cocktails might be a little too difficult to grip. To combat this monumental problem, Crudo has just announced the launching of their new seasonal cocktail menu. The drinks will be weather appropriate, a.k.a. they will be warm. Already known for their incredible mixology, Crudo introduces drinks like the Hans & Frans ($11), made with Averna, Krogstad Aquavit, amotillado sherry and hot mulled apple cider. We’re feeling toasty just thinking about it.

    

Are You My Ride? Audi Prologue Concept

December 16, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

audi-prologue-concept-cropped-thumb-768x512-46909Audi is known for innovation. They often dream big when designing new cars. For instance, their concepts are usually out of this world. The Audi Prologue Concept is futuristic but also realistic. Under the hood, its 4.0 TFSI V8 engine can produce an 605 horsepower. That’s enough to accelerate it from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Obviously, the interior will feature a state-of-the-art touch screen panel. Our favorite part of the ride is the lack of door handles. This is what cars in the next couple of years are going to look like.

    

Gift Ideas for the Yogis in Your Life

December 15, 2014 | 12:17 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

16RLDDGtt_cjgALWJ9FBkLQpy2OVuQjhj-kE7HPxY24Have you really not finished your holiday shopping yet? Really? You’ve got a little over a week to do so. That probably means that you need some help with gift ideas. If there are any fashionable yogis in your life that needs gifts, there is a new store that may be right up your alley. Started by friends out of an apartment, 5 Two 3 offers BoHo inspired chic with hand-sewn yoga headbands. Garnering shelf space at local yoga studios, they finally made the jump to open their own store. With the help of a local apparel manufacturer, 5 Two 3 came into fruition in Old Town Scottsdale. Peruse their website to see if there is anything the yogis in your life would like. We think you could find something.

    

New Music Monday: Into It. Over It.

December 15, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

The indie/emo scene is coming back. What was once popular in the early 2000s is starting to make a ressurgence. Into It Over It is a clear example of that. Taking cues from Death Cab for Cutie and the Decemberists, his sound is a mix of acoustic guitars, interesting drumming, and a plethora of other instruments all layered upon one another. This track, “The Shaking of Leaves,” comes from the record Intersections. It’s really quite something.

    

Complementary Massage for Shoppers at Scottsdale Quarter

December 12, 2014 | 12:13 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

scottsdaleqq‘Tis the season, right? It’s hard to escape it, especially when we’re so close to Christmas. If you’re a procrastinator like us, then you have plenty of shopping to finish. It can be grueling process. Lugging around those bags, spending time with friends and family while doing it, it’s unbearable. Scottsdale Quarter has a lot of shops and if you spend $500 or more in any two of them, you will receive a voucher for a complimentary, 50 minute massage or facial. Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, will be the destination after your grueling shopping ordeal. Life is hard, isn’t it?

    

The Weekender: Mrs. Clause

December 12, 2014 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Mrs. Clause  (3)We’re in the final stretch towards Christmas. Just like we promised, we will be bringing you holiday-inspired cocktails to impress your friends and family. Today’s drink has Christmas written all over it. Courtesy of the folks at the Boulders Resort, this is Mrs. Clause. We like to think of it as a Yuletide mimosa.

Ingredients:

5 oz Prosecco

1 oz Elderflower liqueur

.5 oz fresh cranberry

Method: 

Pour Prosecco into a champagne glass, add the elderflower and cranberry juice, garnish with a fresh raspberry.

    

6th Annual ‘Festival of Trees’ Returns Tomorrow

December 11, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

7 foot tree.Tomorrow, Dec. 12, the sixth annual Festival of Trees comes back to downtown Phoenix. Every Valley resident is invited to come out and have fun for a good cause. Being held at the Arizona Center, the festival will auction off some of the most beautiful Christmas trees you’ve ever seen. The event will begin with a VIP reception recognizing Executive Chef Gabriele Bertaccini of iL Tocco for his commitment to Arizona non-profits. Then, at 6:00 p.m., the holiday party officially begins with food, drinks, entertainment, a fashion show featuring designs from Dancing with the Stars, and, of course, a live auction of the trees. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit PSA Art Awakenings. Tickets will cost $75 at the door. It’s a small price to pay for a good cause and a good time.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Breeze Breathalyzer

December 11, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

breeze-breathalyzer-cropped-thumb-768x512-47199You like to drink. That’s okay, so do we. Sometimes, though, you can drink a little too much. This may prove to be problematic if you’re the one who drove that night. Other times, you’re not sure what you’re blood-alcohol level is and just want to know. The Breeze Breathalyzer is the best way to figure that out. Utilizing its companion app through Bluetooth, the Breeze gives you police-caliber results right on your keychain. The app will determine how long it will take for your BAC to go back down to zero. It will also help you call cabs/ride-sharing services. All-in-all, it’s a cool little device, perfect for that social drinker you know.

    

Kelly’s to Donate 100% Cocktail Proceeds to Charity

December 10, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image010The holidays are a perfect time to give back. We’ve said it before, but it must be reiterated that some people aren’t as lucky as us. That’s why it’s important to give back. There are countless ways to do that this holiday season. For example, you can order a drink at Kelly’s at SouthBridge. It’s not an ordinary drink. It’s the All That Glitters Eggnog Martini. The fancy and festive martini is made with homemade eggnog, Bacardi Rum, a splash of Tuaca and garnished with edible gold flakes and costs $25 per drink. Sure, that seems pretty steep for a cocktail, but hear us out. Kelly’s will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales on the martini to Andrea’s Closet, a non-profit devoted to giving to toys to children in the hospital. What other reasons do you need to order a drink? The cocktail is available now through Dec. 31. Now, get out there and make a difference.

    

Lobster Food Truck Heading to Phoenix

December 9, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

lobsterFood trucks are one of the newest (and our favorite) fads to gain popularity in the culinary world. Just because it’s food served from a truck doesn’t mean it can be delicious. We’re not talking hot dog delicious, we’re talking lobster. Yes, a lobster food truck is making it’s way to the Valley. Voted the most popular food truck in Los Angeles, Cousins Maine Lobster will debut on Dec. 13 at the Phoenix Festival of Arts located at Margaret T. Hance Park from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac will be bringing some unique dishes features Maine’s best export. Menu items include lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster tater tots, and lobster bisque. Sure, it’s lobster from a truck, but live a little.

    

Are You My Ride? GT350 Mustang

December 9, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

shelby-mustang-gt350-cropped-thumb-768x512-46686Sometimes, we like to pretend we’re Steve McQueen from the movie Bullitt. With the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang, you can pretend to be the modern day version. Ford’s Mustang has been a staple of American car culture since its inception in 1965. The new 2015 model is testament to that culture. Its 5.2 liter V8 engine is enough to power the 500 horses that will get you speeding along the highway. It is one of the most powerful engines Ford has made yet. This is all because they are celebrating 50 years of muscle car history. Maybe you should become part of it.

    

The Upton Makes a Splash in Old Town Scottsdale

December 8, 2014 | 12:17 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

z8rSIQ-yOAJUoJDNiwEZkuiR7dojCjt8TcCaEs9iRy0,Osqa4-8JKd9Z9mwyOotUraoXqP0kOhgQ3Yw9KEau-LQOld Town Scottsdale has a new restaurant that is definitely worth your while. Taking over the space that previously housed Petite Maison, The Upton is a unique blend of new and old. Chef Chris Schlattman has put together a menu with a combination of flavors. With influences that span the globe, like Thai, Southern American, Mediterranean, Korean, and Cuban, it’s truly a distinctive menu. The restaurant itself saw a very quick $100,000 facelift. With the new look and the new food, patrons are sure to get their money’s worth. What kind of fare can you expect from The Upton? Dishes like Korean Pork Belly Steamed Buns and the Little Havana Pressed Sandwich adorn menu. Give it a shot.

The Upton | 7216 East Shoeman Lane | Scottsdale, 85251 

    

New Music Monday: David Guetta

December 8, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Face it, people. EDM is here to stay. The genre is expanding and getting more experimental. David Guetta is one of the biggest acts in the scene. He’s played virtually every major festival and has garnered millions of views on YouTube. The French DJ released his sixth studio album, Listen, on Nov. 21. It hasn’t been making as many waves as it should, but we still think you should give it a listen. This track is called The Whisperer and it features singer Sia. Listen and then tell us you don’t like EDM.

    

Sprinkles to Launch Cupcake ATM. Yes, You Read that Correctly

December 5, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

sprinkles cupcakes, cupcake atm, 082913What a time to be alive. We see new feats of technology every single day. NASA just successfully test launched a rocket that will someday take humans to Mars. Mobile devices gain power and speed the thinner they became. And Sprinkles debuts a cupcake ATM. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. It is a machine that dispenses cupcakes. Launching on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Scottsdale location, Sprinkles made cupcake purchasing so much easier – not that it was super difficult in the first place. The ATM will hold a little more than 500 and will be stocked multiple times a day. The machine’s will have something for everyone and will even include their vegan, gluten free and sugar free cupcakes. If this tech is blowing your mind, you should watch this video that shows you how it works. Again, what a time to be alive.

    

The Weekender: Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

December 5, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedYou know what day it is. That means you also know it’s time for another drink recipe. Seeing how it’s December, we’ll be bringing you holiday-themed drinks all month long. Today, courtesy of The Cove Trattoria, comes a drink with a punch. That’s because it is punch. Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch is the drink you never knew you needed. This is one for your holiday party. Let’s take a look.

Ingredients:

1 bottle of champagne or sparkling

1 cup of pomegranate juice

1 cup of seltzer/ club soda

16oz of citrus vodka

Lemon twists for garnish

Method:

Combine all ingredients (minus lemon twist) in a punch bowl and stir thoroughly. Add twist of lemon to glass as a garnish.

    

Local Restaurant to Host ‘Toys for Tacos’ Donation Event

December 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

THREE-TACOS-AND-SIDES_webAll you can think about is the holidays, isn’t it? Thoughts of what your friends and family will get you for Christmas keeps the whole mont full of anticipation. Not to burst your bubble, but there are a lot of people, kids especially, in the state who aren’t as fortunate as others. Taco Guild will be hosting a Toys for Tacos event from Dec. 13 through Dec. 20. When you bring in a brand new, unwrapped toy to the restaurant, you will be rewarded with a free taco. The toys will then be donated to CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services.) It’ll be your choice of taco, too. Now, how easy is it to do something good while getting a taco?

    
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