Two 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.
We 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.
You’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.
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.
If 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.
With 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.
No, 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.
This 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 Garden, Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails, Maya 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.
One of our favorite breakfast and brunch spots is opening its third location in the Valley. Sun Devils and Tempe residents are lucky, Snooze is coming to you. Opening later this year inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at Arizona State University on College Ave and 6th street, the eatery will have all of your favorite breakfast and brunch items. It’ll be an interesting place to dine with its signature colorful atmosphere and retro-futuristic décor, which kind of sounds like “The Jetsons meets Happy Days.” Tempe is really the perfect place for the new restaurant. Think about it. Hungover college students love breakfast. Forget Denny’s and breakfast burritos, Snooze is the way to go. We’re not sure when they will open their doors, but we will be sure to let you know when we find out.
Sometimes, we just want to feel the wind in our hair. Is that too much to ask? There’s something so freeing about being on the open road, exposed to all of the elements, especially when it’s on a motorcycle. The Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angel Motorcycle gives us that classic, Easy Rider, sort of feeling. The minimalist look the Grievous Angel has is perfect for that. Based on a Yamaha SR4000, this bike is just pretty to look at. It’s not especially fast, but it’s easy on the eyes. This is a collector’s bike.
These may be some of the best summer deals we’ve seen yet. They will make you think you’re at the Louisiana bayou or some where on the beach. Central Bistro has just announced some stellar deals that include crawfish boils, family feats, and all-day happy hours. Everything from $1 oysters to kid-approved menus, the bistro is definitely the place to be. Want to know more? Here’s a look at what to expect.
New Summer Social Hour
2 – 6 pm daily for bar patrons only. You can enjoy $1 oysters, ½ price pizzas, New Bar Bites starting at $5, $4 well drinks, $2 off wine by the glass, $7-$8 house cocktails, Hangar 1 “Flavors of Summer” $6 (Small batch, craft distillation Mandarin Blossom, Buddha’s Hand Citron, Kaffir Lime, or Straight).
All-day social hour!
Crawfish Boil - Pots of fresh crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and Andouille sausage which costs $20 per person, with $5 pot refills. Limited supplies, so dig in starting at 3pm.
Family Feast 3 – 9 pm. Any salad of your choice, served family style + your choice of any two pizzas, pastas, or one of each + beignets $40 per table, plus tax and gratuity.
Interpol is one of those bands that really don’t get enough credit. They’ve had some huge hits over the years but it seems as though people forget them. The rock band is currently on tour and will be releasing their fifth studio album, El Pintor, in September. Singer and guitar player Paul Banks’ monotone singing is truly unique. Here’s a sneak peak at their forthcoming record. This song is called Anywhere.
For some reason, tequila is the drink people use when they want to get messed up super quickly. The famous Mexican spirit is so much more than that, though. On July 24, the country will celebrate National Tequila Day and you can celebrate at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The Biltmore Fashion Park location will be serving a festive four-course dinner while offering tequila cocktails and margaritas. Executive Chef Saul Valesquez has created the menu and will feature beverage pairings from Maestro Dobel Tequila. THe dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Here’s what will be served:
Trio of Ceviche – Mahi Mahi with pink grapefruit and avocado, steelhead with watermelon, jumbo lump crab with gazpacho and celery
Pairing: Watermelon Rhubarb Margarita with Maestro Dobel Tequila, muddled watermelon and rhubarb bitters
Grilled lamb chops with mint chimichurri, black bean salad and tequila lime vinaigrette
Pairing: Mexican Julep with Maestro Dobel Tequila, blackberry jam and mint honey
Grass-fed flank steak with Nopales Relish, cress and Machaca tamale
Pairing: Aloe Vera Margarita with Maestro Dobel Tequila, Charbeau Aloe Vera Liqueur, Peychaud’s Bitters and Nopale Ribbons
Lime semifreddo and salted macaroon
Pairing: Postres Cacao with Maestro Dobel, Ghiradelli Chocolate and burnt chocolate mescal rim
Another work week is almost over. You know us, we live for the weekend and chances are, you do too. That being said, it’s time once again to share with you another delicious cocktail to kick off your weekend right. This is the Raspberry Martini from Paul Martin’s American Grill.
2 1/2 oz. in house infused raspberry vodka
1 oz. fresh raspberries
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
Muddle six Raspberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the raspberry infused vodka and shake vigorously. Sweet vermouth rinse the martini glass and pour all ingredients into the sweet vermouth rinsed glass. Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries, dunked in the martini and placed to the left side of the martini glass rim.
If you’ve been a part of the DLT family for a while, you know how often we talk about chef series. You know, classes hosted by chefs who teach you how to cook some of their signature or favorite dishes. Those classes can be pretty pricy. Not this time. Chef Julie Moreno of the award winning Jewel’s Bakery and Café in Arcadia will be taking part in Whole Food’s Summer Chef Series on July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and it’s free. Totally free. For an hour, she will be highlighting some of her favorite summertime dishes. The class will give you culinary tips and tricks and a couple great recipes for your next summertime bash. The class will be held at Whole Foods Market Camelback this Saturday. You can RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]
This may be one of the most innovative products we have ever seen. When it’s monsoon season here in AZ, how many times do your friends say “OMG, I love the rain. I love storms”? We’re guessing a lot. Now, you can a storm in your home. With Cloud, the room of your choosing can be turned into the perfect, stormy atmosphere. Every time you walk by or when you use the remote, the cloud will react with thunder and lightning by using lights and powerful speakers. Since it is a Bluetooth system, when you’re not feeling a storm, you can stream your music to be played, literally, through the cloud.
Mixology is all the rage these days. Some bartenders are extremely talented at making some pretty ridiculous drinks. If you knew how to do that, you would surely impress all of your friends. Now, you can. The twice-monthly mixology series will feature seven Sundays with seven different mixologists. The series continues this Sunday, July 13, at The Gladly. There, lead mixologists Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Brandon Casey of Citizen Public House, will co-host the cocktail-crafting class. Each class will feature a different local celebrity bartender. The cocktail-making course costs $30 per adult and includes 3-4 cocktails, recipes and a two hour “mixer.” Here’s a look at the future schedule, featuring a talented mixologist. To make your reservations, call 602-759-8132.
7/13 Brandon Casey – The Gladly
7/27 Travis Nass – Last Drop at Hermosa Inn
8/10 Josh James – Clever Koi
8/24 Adam Hargrett – The Local
9/14 Jason Asher – Young’s Market
9/28 Micah Olsen – Bar Crudo
On July 1, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store officially opened its doors to the public. Bargain hunters, savvy shoppers and designer divas have already been shopping for great deals on some great clothes. It doesn’t stop there. On August 1, the store will be hosting its Grand Opening event. Starting at 10:00 am, the first 50 customers through the door will receive a 50% off certificate to be used on everything in the store (no limit) on a designated day. The beautiful thing about this store and their others is that the sisters love to give back to the community. They’ve donated 32% of their net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity this past year. They even held their first fundraiser back in April at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, to benefit SWCC and Defenders of Wildlife. Shopping at any Sister’s store will be a bargain and you’ll know that money will go somewhere good.
During the summer, we try not to talk about the heat. Us Arizonans should be used to it by now, but when it’s super hot out there, it’s hard not to talk about it. It’s a good thing we have air conditioning every where we go. To combat the weather, the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe once again will be offering their Beat the Heat promotion. Whenever the temperatures are a scorching 110 degree or higher, you can get half-off margaritas and mojitos. How? Just head to Thirsty Lion and show the server the temperature on your phone and boom, half-off. It’s as easy as that. It’s about time we started to get rewarded for the heat. Also, people need to stop defending the weather by saying, “it’s a dry heat.” Yeah, we get that. It still sucks.
Maybe you’ve seen too many Fast and Furious movies, but we’re guessing there are a lot of you out there who like to race. Sure, you can pick up a BMW or a Benz and it’ll be super quick. Nothing compares to the Nissan Z models, though. They’ve been making race models for years. The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO is the newest in the line of the Z. Its 350 horsepower 3.7L V6 engine will make you king/queen of the road. Available in a six speed manual or a seven speed automatic transmission, there’s something for everyone. Nineteen-inch wheels and an exhaust system that adds 18 horsepower to the ride is exactly what the speed demon in you wants.