The Weekender: La Bruja Negra

October 31, 2014 | 10:04 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

SOL_LaBrujaNegraThis is the kind of spooky cocktail that is perfect for today. Why today? Because it’s Halloween. Courtesy of the folks at SOL Mexican Cocina, the La Bruja Negra is exactly what you’re looking for while at that Halloween party or if you’re just passing out candy to kids. Let’s take a look.

Ingredients:

4 muddled blackberries

0.5 oz Agave

1oz Pom Juice

1oz Lemonade

1oz Lime Juice

2 oz Corralejo

Method:

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of Champagne and add a couple cubes of dry ice.

    

Arrogant Butcher to Donate Proceeds to Mollen Foundation

October 30, 2014 | 11:54 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

mSCmIHulrxjKkzE8SmF2_yOlC8_wMCilb2sYngTQLLgThis Sunday, Nov. 2, runner from around the Valley will get together to participate in the 39th Annual Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon. Every year, the run raises money to prevent childhood obesity. On the day before, Nov. 1, runners and everyone who’s hungry should head to the Arrogant Butcher in downtown to load up on carbs. Why? The restaurant will be donating 10 percent of their sales that day to the Mollen Foundation, a local non-profit and the race’s beneficiary. On that Saturday, Arrogant will feature The Record Breaker, a dish made with pappardelle pasta, smoked chicken sausage, roasted squash, asparagus, mushrooms and ricotta. Sounds like a tasty way to donate to a good cause.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Sagaform Cocktail Set

October 30, 2014 | 9:47 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

sagaform-cocktail-setSometimes, it’s nice to be the host. You can’t go out to the bars every single weekend. It get’s really expensive. When hosting, you’re going to be making drinks all night. The Sagaform Cocktail Set will make you feel like a professional. A stainless steel measuring cup, cherrywood muddler, and a cherrywood citrus reamer will be the tools of your trade. Your friends will be so impressed with your tools, they’ll have no idea that you actually don’t know what you’re doing. That’s okay. We won’t tell anyone.

    

Holiday Baking Classes to Take Place at Jewel’s Bakery

October 28, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedHalloween is this Friday and it’ll be over before you know it. What comes next? Well, there’s Thanksgiving and then Christmas. What those two holidays have in common is baking. Pies, cakes, all sorts of desserts are waiting to be made and ultimately consumed. A lot of people, ourselves included, have no idea how to bake. Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe will be hosting a couple of baking classes to teach those of us who are completely lost. First, Tomorrow, Oct. 28, you can learn how to make holiday cookies with Chef Julie at 6:00 p.m. For $25 for the class, she will teach you the basics of baking and frosting, along with some extra tricks and tips. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, macaroons are on the itinerary ($50). Finally, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Chef Brad will teach you how to make gluten-free side dishes ($40). Each of these classes will include samples and a complimentary drink. Time to get your bake on. For more info and to reserve your spot, click here.

    

Are You My Ride? Ferrari F60 America

October 28, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

ferrari-f60-america-cropped-thumb-768x512-45537Even though Ferrari is an Italian carmaker, they still pay homage to the U.S. In the tradition of building limited edition cars, the Ferrari F60 America is something any well-off American should own. If high-end sport cars are your thing, of course. The F60 has a V12 engine that obviously can pick up some speed, but that’s not its point. The F60 is American. Complete with American flag detailing in the center of both seat’s backrest, a cabin design with red trim, and a blue and white paint job to pay reverence to the North American Racing Team livery. There will only be 10 cars made and they already have owners. Bummer.

    

New Music Monday: Brave Shores

October 27, 2014 | 11:56 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Just because it’s October, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sounds of summer. Canadian indie pop band Brave Shores brings catchy melodies and a sense of warmth to Universal Music in Toronto. Made up of siblings Jay and Stefanie McCarrol, the duo spent the summer working on their first EP, which will drop tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“Everyone immediately calls it a summer jam. It’s not really a surprise because it was born from summer,” Jay said. “Everything about it is summer.”

It has that kind of innocent, fun feeling, he added.

According to Jay, he has spent the majority of his life writing somber, indie rock music. Brave Shores is a complete 180 from what he’s used to. Though, that somberness can still be heard and seen. When watching the recently-released music video for the song Never Come Down, it seems to show a combination of comedy and sadness underneath the upbeat tempo.

When asked about the video, “I like it when I hear it still evokes a twisted or some angled feeling you get from it because there’s a slight darkness that naturally comes out of our writing,” Jay said.

The duo wants the melding of their sound to be a sense of lightness and darkness. Sunshine and shade, he said.

Jay and Stef first started writing music together when they collaborated on a song for a Bell communications commerical. Which ultimately goes to show you, if it works, keep at it.

Though, the band lives and plays in Canada, they would love to bring their sound to the States. In their words, they are looking for opportunities to tour around the country and you better believe AZ will one of their stops. Lucky for us, they have another music video planned, but for now you can listen to a couple tracks on their Soundcloud page.

Also, be sure to watch their video for Never Come Down below.

    

Lux Coffee Bar to Open New Downtown Location

October 24, 2014 | 12:13 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

1505045_712300272181045_8383926547290045563_nLux Central is one of those where you can purchase a great cup of a coffee or a nice beer or glass of wine. The popular spot on Central avenue has just announced that they will be opening a new location in downtown Phoenix. Some of you may think that downtown doesn’t need another coffee shop. What the new location, dubbed Lux Commonwealth and County, has to offer may change your mind. Unlike other coffee shops, they will be open from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday. On weekends, they keep their doors open until 2:00 a.m., just like your favorite bars. Handcrafted cocktails, full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, bakery, and delicious coffee/espresso, will keep Lux alive and prospering. The new location will be located on Portland and First street in downtown. Be on the lookout for the opening in 2015. We know, it’s a long time to wait.

    

The Weekender: Pear Pomegranate Cooler

October 24, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002 (1)Pomegranates and pears, what an interesting combination. Throw some alcohol in there and you’ve got quite the drink. One would even say it’s fall inspired. Well, thanks to the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe, we have another great cocktail to share with you this weekend. This is the Pear Pomegranate Cooler.

Ingredients:

1 ounce Absolut Pear Vodka

¾ ounce Pear Puree

¾ ounce simple syrup

1 ounce POM Juice

1 ounce Lunetta Prosecco

1 pear slice

Method:

Build cocktail in a pint glass over ice. Shake 10 to 12 times. Pour into a 12 ounce collins glass over new ice. Float the Prosecco over the drink. Garnish with a pear slice and long black straw.

    

Arizona’s Top Chefs to Show Off at ‘Cooks & Corks’

October 23, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

chef group shot 1Every year, for one night, 12 of the best chefs in Arizona come together for an evening of great food, superb wine, and a whole lot of fun. Who are these 12 chefs? Well, to name a few: Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro, Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s, Christopher Nicosia of Sassi, and Travis Garner of Captial Grille, and many more. Additionally, a collection of winemakers, along with fine spirits and craft beers will be provided by Hensley Beverage Co. On Friday, Nov. 14, the night will once again take place at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. The outdoor event is more than just a night of good food and drinks. All net proceeds raised will go to support the Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the Arts and Arts Education in Arizona. General admission  tickets are $125, but for $175 you can enjoy the VIP Mix & Mingle with the chefs. Get your tickets here.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: iPad Air 2

October 23, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

ipad-air-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-45695Are you one of the people who bought the iPhone 6 right when it came out? Well, if you’re a true Apple fan, you’ll probably want this bad boy. This is the iPad Air 2. It may not look a lot different than the previous Air, but trust us, it is. It measures at just just 6.1mm thick, has a brand new eight megapixel iSight camera capable of 1080p and slow-mo video, anti-glare Retina display, and the touch ID home button. It’s really just a fantastic machine, no matter what you will be using it for.

    

Brunch for a Cause This Sunday at SumoMaya!

October 22, 2014 | 12:07 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

diningWe know how much you like brunch. Heck, it might even be a slight addiction. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you. In fact, we very well may just enable that brunching habit of yours. You’re going to have to get brunch this Sunday when we tell you it’ll actually do some good. Yes, you can brunch for a cause this Sunday, Oct. 26 at SumoMaya. They will be donating 10% of their brunch sales this Sunday, to Be The Match, a bone marrow donor registry, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma every year. The donation of bone marrow saves countless lives suffering from those diseases. If you want to know more about Be The Match or the donation process, representatives will be onsite to answer all your questions this Sunday.

SumoMaya | 6560 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    

Trick and Lots of Treats at the 14th Annual Ghostball Block Party

October 22, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe can’t tell you how excited we are Halloween is on Friday, this year. That makes the ability to go out and have a good time that much easier. One question comes to mind, though. What are we going to do? There are plenty of events happening around the Valley and we’re going to try to bring as many as we can to your attention. For instance, the 14th Annual Ghostball Block Party is on its way. Old Town Scottsdale will light up with scary fun and sexy costumes. Scottsdale’s biggest Halloween block party will take place on Oct. 31 (duh) from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. You could even win up to $10,000 in cash and prizes if you participate in the sexiest costume contest. The combined efforts of Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails, Bottled Blonde and Maya Day and Night Club will ensure a good time. DJ Kryoman will playing the block party, but famed DJ Paul Oakenfeld will be playing inside Maya. Tickets for the block party cost $20 and can be purchased here.

    

Have a Drink, Grab Some Food, Learn About Politics

October 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Politics | By Maxfield Barker

1000519_580983485296010_1732813056_nYou’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.

    

Are You My Ride? Ferrari 458 Speciale A

October 21, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

ferrari-458-speciale-a-cropped-thumb-768x512-45075It’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.

    

RA Sushi to Host Boo Bash Halloween Parties

October 20, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ra-sushiHalloween 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.

    

New Music Monday: Weezer

October 20, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

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.”

    

World’s Longest Catwalk to Debut at Scottsdale Polo...

October 17, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedPolo 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.

    

The Weekender: Cognac Snap

October 17, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Cognac SnapAs 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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

Shake ingredients in a shaker two times and pour into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

    

The AZ Taco Festival Kicks Off this Saturday!

October 16, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

oneNothing 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.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Minipresso

October 16, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

minipresso-cropped-thumb-768x512-45264Sometimes 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.

    
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