The Greene House Embraces the Tastes of SoCal

July 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Sqfijpe0kCXfwAPdTXlVb-FFtXjnDTo05GgStbU0HScThe Greene House is a lovely little restaurant in Kierland. We think it deserves a little more recognition. You can do your part by joining them for the last installment of their summer wine series dinner. On Wednesday, Aug 20, you can enjoy fresh California-inspired cuisine and expertly paired vino. The cost is $50 per person. To make a reservation, call 480-889-9494. Here’s a look at the menu:

Starter
The Greene House antipasti, whipped crescenza, fra’mani soppressata, midnight moon, peach mustard, la quercia prosciutto, summer caponata
Pairing: NV Bisol Jeio Prosecco

First Course
Roasted corn salad, grilled asparagus, green beans, smoked tomatoes, pistachio, feta
Pairing: 2013 Terredora di Paolo Greco

Second Course
Roasted chicken, confit thigh, toybox squash, charred onion, citrus jus
Pairing: 2011 Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico

Dessert
Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla Bean Gelato
Pairing: 2008 Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo

    

Salon to Host ‘Little Black Dress’ Fitness Challenge

July 30, 2014 | 9:59 AM | News | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.17.57 AMSometimes, you need a little motivation to get into shape. In a perfect world, we would all have the body we want with minimal effort. Sadly, that’s not the case. Starting Aug 1, Mane Attraction Salon will be hosting a 30-Day Little Black Dress Fitness Challenge. The winner will receive a complimentary Mane Attraction style makeover, including a personalized haircut, a deep conditioning masque and a professional makeup application, and a $50 gift certificate to Central Bistro. Here’s where the little black dress comes in: the winner will also receive a beautiful (and free) dress from Pretty Please Boutique. So, how to do you win? It’s easy. It’s not about shedding the most weight. All you have to do is be accountable and complete all 30 days. You must enter before Aug 1 by clicking here. Once you enter, return to that website daily throughout August and complete the exercises (e.g. 30 Bridges, 30 Squats, & 30 Lunges.) Then, head over to Mane Attractions Facebook page to let them know. The winner will be drawn at the end of the month. REMEMBER, you have to let Mane Attraction know you completed the exercise every day. Good luck!

    

The Watershed Brings Food & Drink to the Water’s Edge

July 29, 2014 | 11:42 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Watershed Aerial Shot BlueWhen dining in the Valley, seldom are you able to enjoy waterfront views. We’re in the middle of a desert, after all. The Watershed, a new restaurant and bar in Tempe, wants to give you that experience. Located on the edge of a lake, the restaurant is the perfect stomping ground for people wanting to escape the heat while trying to mix up the culinary and bar scene. Every Thursday, they a hold a complimentary tasting event. For example, in the last couple of weeks, they tasted Ace Ciders and. champagnes and sparkling wines. Complete with live music nightly Tuesday through Sunday, The Watershed is looking like a very promising addition to central Tempe.

The Watershed | 5250 South Lakeshore Drive | Tempe 85283

    

Are You My Ride? Quant E-Sportlimousine Concept

July 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

quant-sportlimousineWe run into a predicament when it comes to this ride. You see, the point of buying a limo is having a professional drive cater to your every need. If we owned the Quant E-Sportlimousine Concept, we would probably want to drive it ourselves. This concept is the perfect combination of class, speed, and environmental responsibility. It has an insane 912 horsepower that runs on four salt-water-powered motors which gives it a range of 400 miles. That’s unheard of. Oh yeah, it can top out at 235 mph. See what we mean? This is the type of luxury vehicle we hope to see on the market in the next couple of years. Suffice it to say, the future is here and it won’t be cheap.

    

Bobby-Q Named One of the Best BBQ Joints in the US

July 28, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

bobbyQribsWe love seeing local restaurants on the national stage. Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ has been crowned one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country by voters at Open Table Diners. It is only one out 20 restaurants that can now boast that claim as part of the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards. It really is an amazing feat because Bobby-Q beat out over 19,000 other restaurants for the title. That’s not all. The restaurant also won the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, winning the number 3 spot out of 2,564. So, it appears that Bobby-Q knows what their doing. We think you should definitely taste it for yourself.

Bobby-Q | 8501 North 27th Avenue | Phoenix

    

New Music Monday: Ryan Adams

July 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Ryan Adams might be one of the most prolific song-writers of his generation. To go from alternative country to an amazing solo career is no small feat. Since first going solo in 2000, Ryan has released 14 albums. That’s practically one record a year, aside from his hiatus in 2006. This new album, which is his first self-titled one is due to be released in September. Here’s a sneak peak with the song Gimmie Something Good.

    

Christmas in July Will Keep Your Mind off the Heat

July 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Toy Making-IMG_8699 (1)Yesterday, we hit a record of 116 degrees. We try not to talk about the heat but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Seeing how today is July 25, we’re exactly six months away from Christmas. To celebrate Christmas in July, let’s think about some cooler thoughts. For instance, Flagstaff is great place to take the family in a few months. Why? The North Pole Experience resides there. Basically, it’s a 12,000-square-foot workshop that includes Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, Santa’s Toy Building Workshop, a large toy factory, Santa’s Bakery, Elf University, Santa’s Office, “Area 47″ which is Santa’s secret sleigh hanger, and one-on-one family time with Santa. Children from all over head to Flagstaff for this one-of-a-kind experience. The experience opens in November. Feeling cooler now?

    

The Weekender: Southern Cross

July 25, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Southern CrossIt’s been a long week. It’s also been a very hot week. Isn’t it about time we treated ourselves? How about treating yourself with a mix of dessert and alcohol. Sounds weird, right? Wrong. The Southern Cross is the perfectly blend of two of our favorite things. The good people at Union Barrelhouse were nice enough to share this recipe with us.

Ingredients:

1oz Southern Comfort

.5oz Deep Eddy Peach Tea Vodka

.5oz Baily’s Irish Cream

1 large scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

Method:

Blend and pour into a 20 oz Parfait glass.

    

Only a Limited Time Left to Get a ‘Bomb Pop’ Margarita

July 24, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Bomb PopEven though Independence Day was in the beginning of the month, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel patriotic throughout the entirety of July. Through the rest of the month, Blanco Tacos + Tequila will be serving the most patriotic margarita you’ll ever see. The Bomb Pop margarita is a refreshingly cold glass of red, white, and blue. It is layered with mixed berry margarita on bottom, classic margarita in the middle and topped with Blue Curaçao margarita. For $10, you can pick up the alcoholic treat and any Blanco location until the end of the month. With the recent heat wave we’ve had, maybe today is a good day to grab one.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Super Andy Warhol Sunglasses

July 24, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

super-warhol-sunglassesAndy Warhol was a pop-culture icon of the 1960s. Not just because of his art, but also his style. You wouldn’t seem without his signature shades. Now, you can honor him with a pair of Super Andy Warhol Sunglasses. There are four styles to choose from, ranging from the classic Way Farer to a more eccentric smaller frame. The interior of the frame of each pair has a signature Warhol print on it. These are all hand-made in Italy, so be ready to spend a pretty penny on them.

    

Tuesday Tastings Is Back at Grimaldi’s

July 23, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

grimaldi barBack bay popular demand is Grimaldi’s great Tuesday Tastings. Honestly, it’s the best way to get through the work week, even though it’s on the beginning of the week. Sometimes, you just need a little help. That’s okay, we won’t judge you. Every Tuesday through the end of summer, the pizzeria will be offering all of you half-off all glasses, carafes and bottles of wine. This doesn’t include sangria or house wine, but it’s still a stellar deal. An award-winning coal fired pizza paired with a great glass of wine is the perfect way to a spend a Tuesday in our eyes. Just head to Grimaldi’s to take advantage of the deal.

    

Vegetables Can Be Sexy. Really, They Can

July 23, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Blue Hound_Aspargus DishVegetarianism is one of things that is probably not going to away any time soon. You might as well embrace it. Chances are, you or someone you know is one. Don’t get us wrong, we love our veggies and we’re here to show you that they can be sexy. On July 27, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix will host the Great American Veg Out. The seven course vegetable medley menu has been creating by seven of the best chefs around the Valley. You guessed it, they’re all vegetarian dishes. Each dish will be perfectly paired with a cocktail by one of seven amazing mixologists. There are two seatings, one at 11:00 am and one at 1:00 pm. The cost is $35 per person and it’s probably a good idea to make a reservation. You can do that by calling 602-258-0231. 

    

Page Springs Is AZ’s First Winery to Utilize Solar Techniques

July 22, 2014 | 12:10 PM | News | By Maxfield Barker

IMG_4578Two of our favorite things finally came together: wine and global awareness. Page Springs Cellars will be the first winery in the state to implement solar technology in their operations. It’s about time. There’s plenty of sun in Arizona to not. In fact, aside from making great wine, the winery has been extremely dedicated to the preservation of Arizona lands and reducing its environmental impact. Page Springs has tasked Harmon Solar, one of AZ’s leading solar panel companies, with installing more than 375 new solar panels at its operations in northern Arizona. This has the potential to produce an astounding 85% of the winery’s energy. We couldn’t be more excited when we heard this news and you should be, too.

    

Are You My Ride? Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe

July 22, 2014 | 9:58 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

mercedes-amg-s65-coupe-cropped-thumb-768x512-42642We can always appreciate a new Benz. The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe is the perfect combination of class and sport. Its 6.0L, biturbo V12 engine that pump out a crazy 621 horsepower is the sport. The S-class interior and sharp lines add the element of class. It’s a winning combo. The S65 can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds. It has all of the high-tech and state-of-the-art components you would imagine a brand new Benz would have. The only thing it doesn’t have is you behind the wheel.

    

‘Jersey Boys’ Opens Tomorrow at Gammage Auditorium

July 21, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

jerseyboysYou’ve probably been sleeping under a rock if you’ve never heard of Jersey Boys. From the stage to the silver screen, Jersey Boys has been all over the place. Tomorrow night, the extremely popular and award-winning show opens at ASU’s Gammage Theatre. For a limited-time run from July 22 to Aug 3, the show is bound to be hit in the Valley. Highly regarded around the stage and theatre community, the show is about a group of blue collared youths from, you guessed it, New Jersey, and their rise to fame. There are still plenty of tickets available. You can get yours here. Just an FYI, if you’re thinking about bringing your kids to the show, it does contain profane lyrics, sexual situations, drug references, and more.

    

New Music Monday: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

July 21, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Whether you like him or not, you have to respect Weird Al’s commitment to making parodies. He is one of the most clever and talented musicians out there. Last week, Weird Al released his impressive fourteenth album, Mandatory Fun. He’s doing something different for this release, though. For eight days, he will put a new music video from the new record. Here is the latest installment, Lame Claim to Fame. 

    

Free Cheesecake on National Cheesecake Day

July 17, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image014If you don’t like cheesecake, then there is something very wrong with you. Okay, that’s a little harsh, we know. It’s just that it is one of our favorite desserts and we take it very seriously. That’s why when we heard July 30 is National Cheesecake Day, a wave of excitement flowed over us. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will be offering a free slice of cheesecake on that glorious. There’s a catch, of course. You must spend at least $25 to get your slice, but that’s a small price to pay. You can choose between New York Cheesecake or between the summer seasonal flavors of Strawberry Cheesecake, served with fresh ripe strawberries or the Blueberry Cobbler Cheesecake, served with crunchy granola topping and whipped cream. If you want to take advantage of this deal, all you have to do is head to Grimaldi’s on July 30.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Mega Hammock

July 17, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

mega-hammock-cropped-thumb-768x512-42723With all the monsoons as of late, fire restrictions up north have been lifted. Do you know what that means? It’s time to go camping. For those of you who love the outdoors, we have a product that you should seriously consider purchasing. This is the Mega Hammock. Yes, it is an oversized hammock. Just look at how big that sucker is. It can comfortably hold up to three people. Each hammock is handmade to order, so, there is a plethora of colors and sizes to choose from. As with any hammock, you might want to be careful about rolling onto whoever you share it with.

    

The Second Story Liquor Bar Set to Launch Season 1 Episode 3

July 16, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedNo, the bar is not a TV show. Though, it probably could be. The Second Story Liquor Bar will be launching its new seasonal menu after a two-week hiatus for its culinary endeavors. After traveling around the world, the culinary experts at the bar have been inspired to bring a new cuisine to all of its fans. Today, episode 3 of their adventure begins. Some of their new offerings on their happy hour and late night menu include Lobster Corn Dogs, Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Ahi Poke, Foie Gras of the Day, and a Caprese Burger. The episode 3 menu, though, is the real entertainment. We don’t want to spoil anything for you, so you might as well head to the bar to find out what it is.

    

Summer Splashdown Block Party this Saturday in Scottsdale

July 16, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

lZ5WikiKdg2YDn4ah03NerkW9S9p8l4VSyVrMFlhA10This sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend. This Saturday, July 19, Old Town Scottsdale will be home to the Summer Splashdown Block Party. All day long, you can enjoy a wakeboarding competition, summer fashion show, bikini contest, and more. Since it’s in Old Town, there are four great bars that will be participating, as well. Co-hosted by the Evening Entertainment Group’s Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Beer GardenHi Fi Kitchen & CocktailsMaya Day + Nightclub and Livewire. Some of you may not have heard of Livewire, that’s because it’s an all-new music venue that will be opening in October. Starting at noon, there’s a ton of fun to be had with $3,000 in cash in prizes up for grabs. 

    
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