It’s silly when people say there’s nothing to do in the Valley. There’s always something going on, especially around this time of year. Themed New Year’s Parties add an extra element to the traditional NYE party. If you love all things retro, then the Hotel Valley Ho should be your place to party this year. Their Ho Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On: New Year’s Eve is named after the classic 1957 hit from Jerry Lee Lewis. The night will have everything you need: dinner, dancing, and a rooftop Champagne toast. People who attend are encouraged to wear 1950s attire and dance the night away. A three-course meal will offered that includes items like Beef Short Rib & Blue Crab, Slow Roasted Lamb Loin & Crisp Pork Belly, or Blackened Ahi & Prawns. There’s plenty to choose from. We’ll see you there.
It’s going to be a cold one today, well, for us Valley residents, it’s pretty cold. Seeing how it’s December and it’s Friday, we thought we would bring you a holiday-inspired cocktail for this edition of the Weekender. Thanks to executive chef Admir Alibasic of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, we have the perfect cocktail for you. The Candy Cane Blitz-tini has the perfect mixture of Christmas spirit and alcohol.
1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce crème de menthe
2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
½ candy cane, crushed
Drizzle of red peppermint syrup
1 candy cane for garnish
In a shaker tin, add ice, vanilla vodka, crème de menthe, white chocolate liqueur and shake vigorously. Strain into a candy cane rimmed martini glass and drizzle peppermint syrup on top. Garnish with a candy cane.
The Nutcracker is one of those performances that will live forever. The popular holiday ballet has graced Arizona for many, many years and it will surely be here for many more. Tonight, the Angel Night performance will take place at Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. This means that Ballet Arizona will be taking donations from season ticket holders and guests. Centered around making sure that underprivileged children and families get to experience the classic, at $30 per child, everyone should see the ballet at least once in their lives. Every year, service organizations and children and families from community centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods benefit from these performances and you can do your part, too.
We all know the Internet has a love affair with bacon. Not only is the salty and fatty treat popular on the web, but also seems to hold a high place in popular culture. That being said, we have the perfect bacon-related object of desire for you. Whether it’s for yourself or a holiday gift for someone you love, Bacons of the World is well worth the $300 it costs. Every three months for an entire year, you’ll receive a shipment of five pounds of the delicious meat from somewhere in world. Half of them are from the United and the other half come from places like England, Germany, and Italy. You’re welcome.
Just a few more weeks and the holidays will be here. We can hardly believe that it’s already December, ourselves. But alas, it’s time to start planning those Christmas and New Year’s events. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. J&G Steakhouse will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve and day, as well as New Year’s Eve. Lucky for us, they’ve unveiled their menu for those nights.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 3-Course Menu $54
Roasted Butternut Squash, Goat cheese Salad, Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette
Crispy Gulf Shrimp “Cocktail”, Fresh Wasabi
Skuna Bay Salmon, Black Truffle Crumbs, Smooth and Crisp Parsnips or
Charred Sirloin with Soy, Garlic and Cilantro
Red Velvet Sundae
Warm chocolate Cake, Caramel Ice Cream
NYE 5-Course Menu $92
Nantucket Bay Scallop on Warm Black Truffle-Garlic Toast
Slowly Baked Black Cod, Aromatic Black Beans, Sake, Ginger and Truffle Juice or
Maine Lobster Baked in Truffle Butter, Lemon Spaetzle, Winter Vegetables
Roasted Elk Striploin, “Poires au Lard”
Grilled Filet Mignon, Truffle Fritters, Pear Horseradish Puree
Trio of Desserts
Everyone knows that extreme chocolate lover. The one who will spend ungodly amounts of money on chocolate. If you know or are that person, we have some good news for you. Chocolade van Brugge is now open in Old Town Scottsdale. The authentic Belgium chocolatier, owned by locals Frederiek and Christine Verbeke, has more than 60 different handcrafted chocolate confections, chocolate bars, marzipan, cookies and chocolate figurines. Perfect for the holidays, you can purchase boxes of 30 custom selected handcrafted chocolates, truffles with more than 24 different fillings, figurines, and gift baskets filled with custom selected chocolates and treats. Chocolade van Brugge also features a café where guests can enjoy coffee or custom-made hot chocolate. Chocolade van Brugge is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
We’re in December, can you believe it? With Christmas on the way, it’s time we started preparing for New Year’s Eve. It is our favorite holiday, after all. There’s just something classy about New Year’s. You get dressed up, drink champagne, see old friends and family. What’s not to like? If you’re looking for a place to spend the holiday, we’ll keep you updated throughout the month. Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe has just announced their New Year’s Eve menu and it looks quite appetizing.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
Malbec Braised Short Ribs
Gluten-free Chocolate Tort Tiramisu
One appetizer, entrée, dessert and a glass of champagne for $60
Two appetizers, entrees, desserts and a bottle of champagne for $100
Four appetizers, entrees, two desserts and two bottles of champagne for $200
Every Tuesday, our post abouts cars usually brings you something obtainable only in your dreams. Last week we brought a Nissan, which is affordable and this week, we’re coming back reality again with the 2014 MINI Cooper. You’ve seen them on the road and in movies, but have you ever been able to drive a MINI? Neither have we. They look like fun, little sport cars. The MINI a little bigger than its predecessors and you have the option to choose a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine. Both of those engines feature a turbo, which will give you a little extra something. The price is TBA, but it’ll definitely not be the most expensive car we’ve ever featured on DLT.
The all-new tennis center at DC Ranch in north Scottsdale is the perfect place for tennis and racquet ball players. The multi-million dollar facility is more than just a fancy place for rich people to go play at. From now until Dec. 31, the tennis center will accepting donations of new and gently used racquets for the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale. Open for anyone to donate, anyone who does drop off a racquet for donation will be eligible for prizes including a personalized tennis backpack (while supplies last). Any club member that makes a donation will also receive a one-week pass and guests will get $100 off the enrollment fee when they join the Village. Doing good during the holidays is the right thing to do, you may just make the Christmas of an under-privileged future tennis star.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones are like a match made in musical heaven. Billie, former punk rock kingpin and Norah, singer-songwriter queen, have teamed up for a classical folk album. Strange, right? Wrong. It’s fantastic. The album, Foreverly, is something out of the 1960s folk and country music made popular by Johnny Cash and others of the sort. It’s interesting hearing these two tell musical stories like these. We approve.
Most of us are lucky enough to have a four-day weekend as soon we’re done with work today (and if you don’t, we’re very, very sorry.) For those of you who do, having fun on Thanksgiving-eve is a right of passage. Think about it. You’ve got old friends and family in town. You know you’re going to spend all day tomorrow cooking, so, why not have fun tonight? You should take part in a little pre-Thanksgiving party at any of the three Sandbar Mexican Grill locations tonight. Enjoy refreshing cocktails, like the $4 Wild Turkey 101’s and the $5 Cranberry Margaritas, a sweet and tangy twist to the classic drink. Have a south of the border Thanksgiving inspired meal with turkey tacos finished off with pumpkin beer. It’ll be fun.
This might be one of the most ostentatious displays of consumerism we have ever brought you. Even if we could afford them, we’re not sure if we could buy them. The Ray-Ban Aviator Solid Gold Sunglasses are pretty cool though. The classic aviator frame by Ray-Ban has was first designed in 1936. They were made to protect pilots’ eyes while they were flying. Soon after that, they were being sold to the public and have remained in style ever since. For $3,200, you can pick up a pair of solid gold ones. Polarized Neophan Green lenses will protect your vision while 18 karat gold wraps your face.
With a name like that, you may be thinking that this is a fire station or something of the sort. You are mistaken, friend. Scottsdale Station is the newest restaurant to call the Valley home. With Scottsdale in the name, it’s pretty obvious where the new restaurant will be located. Owned by longtime restaurateurs, Robert and Linda Gabrick, the restaurant will open its doors for dinner on Friday, Nov. 29 and will offer dinner and Sunday brunch throughout the weekend. Lunch will start being served on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gabricks are known for their other stations, Carefree Station — which unfortunately closed in September, and Prescott Station. They decided to bring their culinary chops to Scottsdale and we’re pretty excited. Some dishes include Sea Bass NO-Ka-Oi, pan seared sea bass, served with coconut forbidden black rice, asparagus chop sticks and a roasted-garlic chile butter. The Steak Bleu Diablo, a Niman Ranch flatiron steak paired with a masa relleno filled with chilies, bacon, tomatoes and scallions, topped with Point Reyes bleu cheese-tequila butter sauce. Be sure to check out the new restaurant this weekend.
Scottsdale Station | 8220 North Hayden Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85258
There’s a racecar driver in all of us. You don’t even have to be a teenager to feel that way. The Nissan GT-R Nismo is the best track-ready car that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Its 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine can get you 600 horsepower. The futuristic body allows air to flow more easily off of it. This will help keep up with people who are dropping millions of dollars on their rides. Though, we don’t have a price yet, it won’t be that expensive.
Yes, Sunday was yesterday but this will help you prepare for all future Sundays in Old Town Scottsdale. Because what’s the best way to spend the last day of the weekend before you head back to work? The RA Sushi located in Old Town Scottsdale is the place to be every Sunday. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the ”Weekend wRAp Up” special menu will feature a variety of discounted food and drink specials. The drink specials range from $1 to $6, like $4 Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sapporo/Sapporo Light. The food specials range from $2 to $7 and feature items like $3 Garlic Edamame; $4 California Rolls and Pork Gyoza; $5 Spicy Salmon Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls and Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and more. Sunday will be the best day of the week. Remember, these specials are only available at the RA Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale.
When siblings can work together, great things can be made. This is absolutely true for The Avett Brothers. In October, they released their eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion. It debuted at number five on the charts. The duo is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone this month which will only help their album and ticket sales. Twangy banjos and folk guitars highlight the groups southern sound. This song is called Another is Waiting.
We know it doesn’t exactly feel like winter yet, even though we’ve gotten a lot rain today. Pretty soon the weather will actually cool down and we’ll have to bust out our winter jackets. When that happens, you’re going to need some way to stay warm. Have you ever tried hot yoga? Imagine a window-filled room heated to 104-degrees Fahrenheit with 60% humidity overlooking the scenic desert of North Scottsdale. That’s what you’ll find at DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa’s new hot yoga studio. Available in 60 or 75 minute sessions, instructors Megan, Connie, and Kristen know how to make you sweat. There are multiple classes available seven days a week. To learn more, click here.
We’d say it’s okay to start drinking eggnog. Thanksgiving is next week, so why the heck not? That being said, today’s cocktail recipe will be utilizing that festive holiday drink, but with a twist. Coming to us from Tommy Bahama (of course), the Coconut Eggnog Martini sounds a bit odd, but we think you’ll like it.
1 part Jim Beam®
1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum
2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below)
Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish by sprinkling with nutmeg.
For the coconut eggnog, if you to make your own, here’s a quick recipe:
5 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups coconut milk
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp nutmeg
Whisk egg yolks with sugar until creamy and the sugar begins to dissolve. Add cream and coconut milk. Stir in vanilla, salt and nutmeg. Chill well.
Not everyone is lucky enough to get Thanksgiving off of work. That’s okay. You can have your own version of Thanksgiving the night before at Crudo. From 9:00 pm to close, they will be featuring ”bird” related spirits and food. It’ll be a great way to celebrate the turkey day by sipping on hand-crafted cocktails, featuring featuring Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and more, by Bar Crudo’s Micah Olson. There will also be special guest bartenders Jason Asher and Clint Spotleson to give Micah a hand. Chef Cullen Campbell will be in the kitchen, doing what he does best, making dishes like Pastrami-style Chicken Wings with Mustard Vin.
Are you tired of the traditional oven-baked turkey you have every year on Thanksgiving? Maybe it’s time you tried something a little different. The Waring Pro Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer is right up your alley and for only $250. This fryer/steamer is able to cook up to an 18-pound bird. It only takes an hour because of the rotisserie function that spins the bird while it cooks in that delicious oil. There are always turkey-frying accidents and fires every year, so, if you decide to go this route, please try not to set your house on fire.