After the recent storms, the weather seems to be cooling down, even if just a little bit. Since it is looking like the triple digits will soon be gone, let’s go ahead and pretend that fall is upon us. You’ve seen it everywhere. Pumpkin season is in full effect. You’ve had the lattes and the beer, but what about pancakes? Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be offering pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. Available through the month of October, the pancakes are a refreshing change from traditional breakfast food items. Obviously, the café will have other autumn inspired creations but we’re pretty excited for the pancakes. How about you?
Blonde Redhead has been on the scene since 1993. Composed of twin brothers and one girl, the band has routinely changed their sound. This new record does it again. “Barragán” is the ninth studio album from the trio. It’s equally odd and easy to listen to. For instance, this track, The One I Love, seems to have a renaissance music influences. Brooding vocals and a multitude of instruments, Blond Redhead isn’t afraid to make music a bit different.
It’s important to support local businesses. From mom and pop shops to local wineries and breweries, supporting the locals is good for the economy. That being said, local favorite Four Peaks will be hosting Monday Night Chef’s Table on Oct. 13 at Café ZuZu. Since it will be October, you better believe their famous pumpkin porter will be on the menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.421.7997. The cost $64 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Now, the fun part. Here’s what will be on menu:
Duck Sausage - sun-dried cherries, pistachio + dijon mustard
8th Street Ale
Roasted Pumpkin and White Bean Stew - crisp pork belly + aged balsamic
Slow-Roasted New York Strip - curried cauliflower + creamed organic greens
Hop Knot IPA
Crème Caramel - vanilla shortbread
Who’s ready for the weekend? We certainly are. The plan is to relax and forget about the next work week ahead of us. Do you feel the same way? If that’s the case, let’s do something about it. The Boulders Resort will be releasing a couple new drinks made with prickly pear in October. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peak. Here is the Cactus Heart.
Herradura Double Barrel Tequila 1.5 oz
Fresh Lime 1.5 oz
Prickly Pear puree 1.5 oz
Blue Curacao ½ oz float
Fill shaker with tequila, lime, and prickly pear puree and shake with ice. Fill a margarita glass with ice and pour drink in. Top it off with the Blue Curacao.
We’re in week four of the 2014 NFL season. Every Sunday is filled football. Whether you’re just a Cardinals fan or in a big money Fantasy Football league, you’re going to need a place to watch all the games. If you’re looking for a new spot, you may want to consider Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix. Complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch every game on Sunday. Opening at 10:00 a.m. just in time for the first games, the gastropub also offers some pretty stellar food and drink specials, as well. If beer is your thing, there are 50 beers on tap or you can go for breakfast-inspired cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary (pictured) or the Last Man Standing. For food, try something healthy (not really) like buffalo chicken meatballs, house cranked brats, and shrimp and pork belly ramen. There’s something for everyone. This seems like a nice way to spend a Sunday.
Today’s object of desire isn’t for everyone. With the announcement and release of the iPhone 6, Apple revealed another project. The Apple Watch is the latest in the smart watch repertoire. It is basically like having a mini computer strapped to your wrist. It comes in two different sizes and three different styles. You could go for a classy look or a sporty look. It has wireless charging, a built-in heart rate monitor, and even includes Siri. What exactly will people be doing with them? We don’t really know. All we do know is that Apple addicts love them. Honestly, we think it should’ve been called the iWatch.
There’s nothing better than a great meal with a great glass — or bottle — of wine. Central Bistro is the latest restaurant to host a wine dinner, fit for every foodie or wine lover in the Valley. Partnering up with Darioush Winery, the evening of Oct. 12 looks to be filled everything you could want. At $150 per person, it better be. To make reservations, call 480-646-8560. Here’s a look at the menu:
Lobster terrine, crunchy marinated vegetables, basil vinaigrette – Darioush Viognier 2012
Heirloom squash soup, brown butter pear, hazelnut oil – Darioush Chardonnay 2012
Chicken and wild mushroom tortelli, black truffle-foie gras sauce – Capataz Malbec 2010 by Darioush
Bone marrow crusted filet of beef, potato pave, sunchoke creamed spinach – Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mulled wine plum tart, dark chocolate ganache, pistachio crumble – coffee & tea
With October almost here, chances are you’ve seen pumpkin everything lately. Starbucks has been pumping out those pumpkin spice lattes like no one’s business. Beer companies are releasing their pumpkin wheat and pumpkin porter brews. Heck, you’ve probably got a pumpkin spiced candle or two already out. So, what are you missing? A pumpkin infused facial. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics is offering pumpkin facials for $85. The one hour treatment utilizes the gourd to feed your face from the outside. The session includes a cleansing with handmade honey cleanser, pumpkin enzyme, extractions, microderm, hand mixed masque suited to your specific needs. Apparently, the treatment brightens skin tone, lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps refine texture. If you’re cool with getting pumpkin rubbed all over your face, check out this deal which only good through October.
It’s really about time Tempe got a little classier. Don’t get us wrong, we love the city as much as the next ASU fan. That’s our point, though. Since it is a college town, you’re mainly going to find bars and clubs, with a few exceptions, of course. That’s why we were ecstatic to discover that Tempe will be home to the new Postino Winecafé. And guess what? Postino Annex officially opens on Oct. 1. In just about one week, the new location, located in the historic ASU Art Annex building, will open its doors for lunch and dinner, and will feature brunch every weekend. You can’t go wrong with their incredible wine selection and 16 rotating beers on tap. If you’re already familiar with the Postino menu, then you know that bruschettas, from-scratch soups, fresh salads and hearty panini sandwiches all adorn it. Every Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will feature farm-fresh brunch fare with $5 mimosas. As you can tell, we’re pretty excited for this new location. Be sure to check it out when it opens.
Postino Winecafé | 615 South College Avenue | Tempe, 85281
We’ve said it before and we’ll definitely say it again, you can’t go wrong with a Mercedes. A lot of people will go and purchase a Mercedes for the status symbol. Real gear heads will know that the German luxury carmaker is so much more than that. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is a force not to be reckoned with. The standard engine pumps out a ridiculous 456 horsepower. Though, we would probably opt for the 503 horsepower GT-S. It’s 4.0 liter V8 can go from zero to 60 in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 197 mph. There’s no need to be able to go that fast, but it’s fun thinking about, isn’t it?
They’ve already been open for a little while, but every business should celebrate a massive and extravagant grand opening. As Scottsdale’s first and only nano-brewery and even though they’ve been open since July, Union Barrelhouse will finally be celebrating their official grand opening with a special event on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. For those of you attending, you will walk down the red carpet to enjoy food and drink specials, live music, grab bag giveaways, and watch an old fashioned keg tapping by the mayor of Scottsdale. Everyone who attends will be eligible for raffle prizes like a brewery tour, gift cards, beach cruisers, the Old Town party bus and more. For those of you who love craft beer, good food, and/or parties, this grand opening event is the place to be. Oh, and admission is free.
OK Go is one of those quirky bands that you can’t help but love. They first made splashed with their ridiuclously cool music video (that also went super viral) for the song “Here it Goes Again.” You know, the video with them dancing on the treadmills. Well, since the popularity of that video, they’ve gone to great lengths to make every video after just as entertaining. Being released on Oct. 14, OK Go’s newest studio album, “Hungry Ghosts,” will surely be a good one, filled with amazing music videos. Take this one, for example.
The fact we live in Arizona pretty much guarantees that we like spicy food. That very well could be a generalization, but we have to admit that we love everything spicy. On Saturday, Sept. 27, we are going to celebrate everything hot. The Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event is just about a week away. Taking place at the Venue of Scottsdale, you can sample dishes from local chefs that will showcase their dishes in one or more heat levels: mild, medium and hot. You better believe the hot is hot. Each patron will be able to vote for their favorites in a variety of categories like Booth Décor, Spiciest Dish, Best Dessert, Most Authentically Arizonan and more. More than 20 Scottsdale restaurants will be battling it out on that day and if you’re a culinary fan, you shouldn’t miss this event. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased here. Keep in mind, this is a 21 and over event.
You know, we’re feeling particularly classy today. So, we’re going to go a classic route with this edition of the Weekender. The Tom Collins is a drink that is suited for the country club. Let’s face it, a lot of us aren’t country club members, but we can still make that drink. It’s fairly easy to do so. By the way, this is a recipe for four drinks, so try to share.
1 cup dry gin
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 cup club soda
4 orange slices
4 maraschino cherries
Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir. Fill four glasses with ice and pour the gin combination in each glass. Add a splash of club soda in each glass and garnish with the orange and cherries.
Everyone likes dancing. Even if you’re bad at it, it’s still a lot of fun to hit the dance floor and cut a rug. That’s probably why zumba is so popular. It’s pretty much the only exercise that’s sexy and beneficial to your health. On Sunday, Sept. 28, you can zumba your butt off to raise money for a cure for many deadly diseases. The Zumbathon for a Cure will be taking place at the Gainey Village Health Club & Spa from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open the public, the event will take place on the basketball court that will be turned into a dance floor. There, instructors will keep you moving. The dance party/fundraiser will support Phoenix-based TGen, an organization dedicated to research to support patients with neurological disorders, diabetes and many types of cancer. A silent auction will also be held to raise more funds. And you can’t go wrong with an after party featuring free food and a cash bar. Tickets cost $35 in advance which can be purchased here or you can get them at the door for $40.
Finally, these exist. This is the age of wireless. Why has it taken so long to get a pair of wireless earbuds? They have wireless headphones, but anyone with a great set of hair knows that that’s not an option. Alas, the Motorola Moto Hint Earbud have made their debut and we couldn’t be happier. These are amazing pieces of mini technology. They automatically turn on when you put them in your ear and turn off when you take them out. They are discreet yet fashionable with a fake wood trim. You can get up to 10 hours of talk time on one charge. You’re able to make calls, send messages, and ask questions without using your hands. Now, we just need a double set for listening to music
Coffee. Where would be without it? Everyone morning is the same routine, we don’t want to talk to anyone until we’ve had our first cup. Though, coffee is relatively inexpensive, if you’re buying a cup from Starbucks every day, chances are it’s starting to add up. With National Coffee Day, one heck of a deal is on the horizon. On Monday, Sept. 29, The Refuge, a local coffee shop and wine bar in Central Phoenix, will be offering three bags of Café Esperanza for only $25. Café Esperanza is a Central and South America 100% blend of Arabica coffee beans, shipped directly from south of the equator and roasted locally. That’s how you know it’s good. The Refuge will also be offering $1 cups of drip coffee that day.
People in other states have no idea what real Mexican food is all about. Here in the Valley, we’re lucky to have so many options at our fingertips. For the last five years, the brilliant minds behind of the best tacos have come together for the Arizona Taco Festival. On Oct. 18 and 19, the fifth annual Taco Fest will bring around 50 competitors will go head-to-head in a “Taco-Topia” of competitions for a chance to win $10,000 in cash. That Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be filled with entertainment, competitions, a chihuahua beauty contest, drinks from some of your favorite bars, and of course, tacos. The taco teams come from restaurants like Gadzooks, Modern Margarita, Blanco, Fuzzy’s, Hacienda’s, Milagro Grill, Rubio’s, and more. Taking place on the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, tickets cost $12 and kids under 12 can get in for free. If you’re planning on spending the whole weekend there, you can get general admission weekend passes for just $20. If you have an unhealthy love for tacos, you can go all out with the VIP package. The VIP tickets are $100 and include 10 tacos, six drinks from the VIP bar, hot tortilla station courtesy of My Nana’s, private restroom facilities (that probably the best reason), and a sandy beach facing the main stage. You can purchase tickets here.
We don’t have to tell you that football is back. You’ve seen it on TV, read it in the newspaper, and maybe even are playing Fantasy Football. What you don’t know is that you can get a free haircut if the Cards win this week. On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Cardinals will be playing their division rivals the 49ers. If we win, celebrations will be had. Keep It Cut wants to celebrate by giving away free haircuts. Yes, it’s crazy, but’s true. If they win, just head into the salon the next day (Monday, Sept. 22) and say “Go Cards” to your stylist. That secret code is only way you can claim your free cut.
Life isn’t supposed to be boring. There’s more to it than waking up every day and going to a job you hate. Everyone needs an adventure and that includes you. Maybe you’ve dreamed of exploring the Americas, top to bottom, on a motorcycle. The Triumph Bonneville Pegaso is the one that will get you there. Collaborating with Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles, this Triumph is ready for the open road and off-road when necessary. Tamarit used a significant amount of their own parts on this bike, but one thing is for sure, it’s adventure-ready. Are you?