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.


1oz Southern Comfort

.5oz Deep Eddy Peach Tea Vodka

.5oz Baily’s Irish Cream

1 large scoop Vanilla Ice Cream


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. 


‘Snooze, an A.M. Eatery’ Is Coming to Tempe

July 15, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

bJfg6WDIHoq8bbiB-LULSZsIV2y_4L3eOvslQ10X4fkOne 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.


Are You My Ride? Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angel Motorcycle

July 15, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

deus-ex-machina-grievous-angel-motorcycle-cropped-thumb-768x512-41061Sometimes, 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.


Sizzling Summer Deals at Central Bistro

July 14, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Crawfish BoilThese 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.


New Music Monday: Interpol

July 14, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

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. 


Did Someone Say ‘National Tequila Day’?

July 11, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

vOyT7D2jEx1pOzhXnKmf4GDam57eXaU9ynZQOJ59IOUFor 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:

First Course
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

Second Course
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

Third Course
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


The Weekender: Raspberry Martini

July 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001-1Another 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.

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