The weekend seems to fly by too quickly, doesn’t it? You’ll be having fun and relaxing and before you know it, you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work to start the grind all over again. Mondays don’t have to be like that, though. When you feel like you need a break and it’s only Monday, Paul Martin’s American Grill should be your destination. Just $49, couples receive an organic green salad and entrée for each guest, along with a choice of one bottle from a selection of 25 wines to share. You could make Mondays your new date night, it could be for night out with a friend, or just because you feel like downing some wine and good food.
It’s already been one year since one of our new favorite restaurants opened their doors. Tempe’s Salut Kitchen Bar has it all. Atmosphere, ambiance, a delicious menu, and great drinks. We’re glad to see this place thriving. To say thanks for keeping them in business, Salut will be having some great deals to celebrate their first birthday. On Wednesday, April 30, you can enjoy $1 Hummus Nachos (normally $8) and when you purchase a bottle of wine you can get another one for $1. There are over 100 different types of wines to choose from. If you haven’t check out Salut yet, we highly recommend that you do.
Can you believe that America’s favorite muscle car is a half century old? Neither can we. In 1964, Ford introduced the world to what would become one of the most popular rides of all time. The 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition is nothing short of beauty. You can only choose between the Kona Blue or Wimbledon White color. For the transmission, either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission are available. Since it’s a muscle car, manual is the way to go. Its five liter, V8 engine can produce 420 horses. Its two-tone leather interior with cashmere details make the inside just as pretty as the out. The one problem with this ride? There will only be 1,964 (get it?) units made. Order yours quickly.
So, apparently May is National Burger Month. That’s cool, we love burgers as much as the next person. To celebrate burger month, Del Frisco’s Grille will be serving a ridiculous burger during all of May. To enjoy the “The Phoenix Burger,” you’ll need to use both of your hands and that’s not even the best party. The burger is basically a taste of the Valley, topped with candied pepper wild boar bacon, fried pickled nopales (an edible cactus) and jalapeno-peach mayo made with AZ’s own, Chato Loco jelly. You can pick yours up at Del Frisco’s starting May 1 for $16.
We love The Black Keys because they brought rock and roll back to the forefront of pop culture. In a time where electronic music reigns supreme, it’s refreshing to hear the sounds of yesteryear. The Grammy award-winning duo will be releasing their eighth studio album next month. Turn Blue was co-produced by Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley and Jay Z/The Beatles Gray Album fame.) This new record takes a more ethereal approach but is still great from what we’ve heard. Here is the title track Turn Blue.
It’s true, dogs are man’s best friend. If you have a dog, you know the love and warmth they can bring. It’s amazing how intuitive they can be. Being a dog owner takes a lot of work, though. Not everyone is suited for it. If you wish to rescue a pup in the near future, here are some tips on how to be a responsible dog owner from the good people at Camp Bow Wow:
- Sign your dog up for a training class - It is important to create a bond with you and your dog, as well as learn how to communicate with your dog. By teaching your dog commands, it will help you learn how to tell your dog what you want and don’t want them to do in your household.
- Exercise your pup - Dogs that don’t receive enough exercise can resort to bad behaviors like chewing, digging and barking. Make sure your dog gets a brisk 30-minute walk a day to get their energy out.
- Purchase a microchip and ID tag - Make sure to get them microchipped and also have an ID tag with your contact information on them at all times. On average, 80-85% of dogs and 98% of cats that go missing will not return home, but proper ID tags and microchips help to increase the likelihood of a reunion with a lost pet.
- Research local veterinarians and schedule an appointment - Find a veterinarian and get your pup a check-up every six months. Preventative care will keep your dog healthier and will help keep medical costs down.
- Educate children on how to interact with your dog properly - If you have children, teach them the proper way to interact with your dog. Most dog bites occur with kids under 12 years old, so educating yourself, as well as your kids, on the proper way to be around their four-legged family member is a must.
- Give your pet lots of love and attention- Dogs love their humans and it is important for them to spend time with you. Leaving a dog alone in the back yard or for extended periods of time is not healthy for them. If you work long hours, hire a dog walker to get your dog out during the day for some exercise and companionship.
With all this warm weather in April, it’s starting to feel like summer, isn’t it? If you’re feeling the heat, both literally and figuratively, we have a pretty good way for you to cool off. That and get a little buzz going. The Kiwi Twister is an interesting and refreshing blend of fruit flavored vodkas. Courtesy of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, here is a look at the cocktail that was meant to be enjoyed during the summer.
2 ounces strawberry vodka
½ ounce mango vodka
½ ounce lemon vodka
½ ounce Chambord
1 whole medium kiwi, peeled
2 small grapefruit wedges, juiced
Splash of orange juice
In a shaker, muddle kiwi with ice, lemon, and mango vodka. Add strawberry vodka, Chambord, juiced grapefruit and splash of orange juice. Serve in a martini glass with sugar on the rim.
The Valley isn’t really known for its urban living. In fact, our downtown Phoenix could use a little more liveliness. The only way that’s going to happen is if more people move and hang out down there. If you’re looking for a new place to reside, you should consider a luxury apartment at the CityScape Residences. In a word, it truly is extravagance at its finest. The Residences are a collection of over 200 apartments that sit on top of the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix in the heart of downtown. As a resident, you will have 24-hour access to the four-star hotel services. This includes in-room dining by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, housekeeping, concierge, valet parking, business center and laundry services. More over, a private 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center and a community area and an exclusive swimming pool 175 feet above Jefferson Street will be yours. The size of the apartments range from 560 to 2,373 square feet, with many two-story, and three-story penthouse options available. It really looks like an extravagant place to live. The leasing office is open every day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Schedule your tour now by calling 866-628-0589.
It seems as though every health nut out there is now obsessed with juicing. No, not steroid use but actual juice. Juicers are starting to pop up every around the Valley and they’re a hit. How difficult is it really to make juice? If you had the Krups ZB500 Infinity Slow Juicer, you could easily make your own. Sure, you have to spend an initial couple hundred dollars to purchase the juicer, but we imagine it would be overall worth it. The ZB500 is different, though. You have the option to make either juices or cocktails or you can make thicker things, like sauces and smoothies. The high-tech motor is also super quiet, which is a plus if you plan on juicing in the morning.
This Sunday is the perfect day for brunch. Why? Because it’s Easter. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s a nice day to get family and friends together to enjoy some delicious food and a mimosa or two (or five). This Sunday, April 20, Milagro Grill in Phoenix will be offering their regular brunch but they will also have a Brunch Buffet. Did someone say carving station with prime rib and rack of lamb? Yeah, we did. There will also be chicken chiliquiles, jalapeño bacon, salsa bar with six different kinds of salsa. The brunch is $30 per person or $40 if you want to include bottomless mimosas. Yes, you probably should include those. If you’re partaking in the buffet, $12 bottomless mimosas and $20 pitchers of sangria will be waiting for you.
The Corvette is synonymous with the sports car. It’s been a staple of American speed since 1953. For over 60 years, Chevrolet has had a thing about speed and open tops and that couldn’t be more true with their 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine can produce over 600 horsepower. That’s so fast, you will probably not even notice how ridiculous your hair looks while driving on the freeway. The ride is quick and light and perfect for spring. Can you imagine driving down the coast in this bad boy? Well, we’re going to have to dream but maybe you can afford it.
With late spring comes prom. If you have teenagers in your home, chances are, you’ve known about prom for the last few months. Or longer. For a lot of teenage girls, it’s a night where they can get all dressed up and dance the night away. Aside from the grueling task of picking out a dress, the girls hair is a huge factor in the prom process. This can be equally stressful for mom. To make things easier and to add a little mom and daughter bonding to the whole thing, SHINE is offering a Prom & Mom deal. For $60, mom and the prom girl will get a blowout. Moms can choose a later date for theirs, if they choose. For prom day, blowouts are just $30. They also offering styling and braids. So, yeah, there you go.
More and more people are unplugging. Unplugging from cable providers, that is. What’s the point of paying for cable when streaming devices are starting to become more and more prevalent? You don’t have to sit through commercials (on most of them, anyway) and you can what to watch when you want to watch it. Apple TV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast pretty much dominate the market right now. Amazon has just joined the competition with its Amazon Fire TV. For anyone who owns a Kindle Fire, the Fire TV is the next logical purchase for you. Able to stream Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, Pandora, and the obvious Prime Instant Video, the Fire TV holds up to 2G of memory and is made with a Quad Core processor. Basically, it’s fast and can hold a lot of stuff. The Fire TV will also act as a gaming platform that gives you the option to purchase a controller. We have a feeling Amazon knows exactly what they’re doing.
It’s a win-win situation. Everyone loves pizza, right? Right. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association kicked off their annual Comfort Bear Toy Drive on April 7 and goes April 30. The drive’s goal is to help console children impacted by tragedy. To do your part, all you have to do is drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Phoenix, Tucson, or Yuma Papa Murphy’s Pizza location. Nicknamed appropriately “Comfort Bears,” the stuffed animals are handed out to law enforcement personnel to keep in the trunk of their patrol cars to give to children after traumatic experiences. Papa Murphy’s will be offering $5 off any family sized pizza for donating a stuffed animal. The toys help comfort children when they need it most, so donate. Also, pizza.
With the grand opening last night, the 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival has hit the Valley once again. Thousands of people from all over the valley head to south Scottsdale for a week of food, drinks, live music, and fun. A plethora of events will be held throughout the week, like the James Beard Dinner, Chocolate and Wine, Wine Country Country Brunch, and our personal favorite, the Burger Battle, which takes place in the most fitting of venues, a baseball stadium. There is a lot more going on and there are plenty of tickets still available. There are a couple of new events, including a stunning Artist Palate diner held in a secret location, and the exotic From BBQ To Braai tasting event. This Saturday, the Great Arizona Picnic is underway, which is the signature two-day food, drink and music filled affair. You have the opportunity to win free tickets to the fest. How? Just Instagram your food pics with the hashtag #SCFLOVE. We’ll see you at the fest.
On April 20, millions of people with celebrate Easter. Even if you’re not a Christian, Easter is a great day to get the family together. When you think of that day, there are a couple of things that come to mind. First, eggs benedict. Second, Easter egg hunt. ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho will have both of those. The day will start at 6:00 am, where you can feast on items like Crab Cake Benedict with poached eggs and old bay hollandaise on a homemade english muffin and Donut Holes with homemade berry preserves. You can build your own drink at the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar for just $5. At 9:00 am, get the kids (or adults, we don’t judge) ready for the egg hunt. You can make reservations by going to EatAtZuZu.com or calling 480.421.7997
Sometimes, you just need a little Italian in your life. We’re not talking pasta here, we’re talking about Maserati. To be specific, the Maserati Alfieri Concept. It’s a beauty of a ride that is well worth its price. The Alfieri is inspired by the Maserati of yesteryear, 1954 to be exact. Its 4.7L V8 engine will get you moving with 460 horsepower. LED headlamps, Brembo brakes, and all of the necessary luxury and racing features are available on this ride. It is a concept, so we’re not entirely sure if it will ever go into production. We’ll keep an eye out for you.
You know, not everyone gets a giant tax return. A lot of people have to pay a lot, for one reason or another. Next Tuesday is the big day. April 15 will soon be here and that’s the due date for those of you who have to pay. Depressing, isn’t it? Fear not, there are plenty of Tax Day deals going on in the Valley, that won’t exactly soothe your wallet but will most certainly soothe your soul. Here are our favorites:
Sprinkles: Buy one cupcake, get one free (limit one per person) on Tax Day. All you have to do is whisper the words “tax-free” when checking out.
Salut Kitchen Bar: Glasses of wine for $5 will be available all day.
The Melting Pot: Saying “Cheese me, please!” will get you 15% off of your entire purchase.
Fired Pie: This pizza joint will give you a one-topping pie for just $4.15.
Iggy Azalea has to be one of the best
female rappers out there today. Unique lyrics and ridiculous flow, Iggy is doing it all right. Next week, her latest album, The New Classic, drops. This comes two years after her extremely successful album, Glory. The Australian rapper isn’t afraid to start controversy with her very explicit lyrics, often revealing wardrobe, and out-of-this-world personality. We’re really glad she exists. Here’s a track off her new record, Fancy. Oh, yeah, this song has a lot of strong language, think twice about listening if you’re at work.
It would make sense for a restaurant with the word tequila in its name to host a tequila tasting. We’re just stating the obvious here. Later this month, on April 28, Blanco Tacos + Tequila at the Biltmore Fashion Park will be hosting a four-course dinner and tequila tasting featuring Tequila Cabrito and Casa Centinela. From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, you can learn all you want about the tequila making process and the history of the distilleries. Each course of the authentic Jalisco, Mexico, menu is paired with a particular tequila that will compliment it. The cost is $55 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Baby Coconut and Shrimp Ceviche
Jicama, Cucumbers, Avocado
Pairing – Cabrito Silver
Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallion
Spiced Mole and Green Light Chimichurri
Pairing – Centinela Reposado
Green Chile Braised Short Rib
Braised Cabbage, Creamy Potato Foam, Fried Egg
Pairing – Centinela Anejo
Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Pairing – Hazelnut Infused Tequila