Join Union Barrelhouse for their Grand Opening Event

September 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Union Barrelhouse sm They’ve already been open for a little while, but every business should celebrate a massive and extravagant grand opening. As Scottsdale’s first and only nano-brewery and even though they’ve been open since July, Union Barrelhouse will finally be celebrating their official grand opening with a special event on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. For those of you attending, you will walk down the red carpet to enjoy food and drink specials, live music, grab bag giveaways, and watch an old fashioned keg tapping by the mayor of Scottsdale. Everyone who attends will be eligible for raffle prizes like a brewery tour, gift cards, beach cruisers, the Old Town party bus and more. For those of you who love craft beer, good food, and/or parties, this grand opening event is the place to be. Oh, and admission is free.

    

New Music Monday: OK Go

September 22, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

OK Go is one of those quirky bands that you can’t help but love. They first made splashed with their ridiuclously cool music video (that also went super viral) for the song “Here it Goes Again.” You know, the video with them dancing on the treadmills. Well, since the popularity of that video, they’ve gone to great lengths to make every video after just as entertaining. Being released on Oct. 14, OK Go’s newest studio album, “Hungry Ghosts,” will surely be a good one, filled with amazing music videos. Take this one, for example.

    

Heat Things Up at the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event

September 19, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

The Venue ScottsdaleThe fact we live in Arizona pretty much guarantees that we like spicy food. That very well could be a generalization, but we have to admit that we love everything spicy. On Saturday, Sept. 27, we are going to celebrate everything hot. The Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event is just about a week away. Taking place at the Venue of Scottsdale, you can sample dishes from local chefs that will showcase their dishes in one or more heat levels: mild, medium and hot. You better believe the hot is hot. Each patron will be able to vote for their favorites in a variety of categories like Booth Décor, Spiciest Dish, Best Dessert, Most Authentically Arizonan and more. More than 20 Scottsdale restaurants will be battling it out on that day and if you’re a culinary fan, you shouldn’t miss this event. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased here. Keep in mind, this is a 21 and over event.

    

The Weekender: Tom Collins

September 19, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

tom-collins1You know, we’re feeling particularly classy today. So, we’re going to go a classic route with this edition of the Weekender. The Tom Collins is a drink that is suited for the country club. Let’s face it, a lot of us aren’t country club members, but we can still make that drink. It’s fairly easy to do so. By the way, this is a recipe for four drinks, so try to share.

Ingredients:

1 cup dry gin

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup

1 cup club soda

4 orange slices

4 maraschino cherries

Method:

Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir. Fill four glasses with ice and pour the gin combination in each glass. Add a splash of club soda in each glass and garnish with the orange and cherries.

    

Dance Your Butt Off to Raise Money for a Cure

September 18, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

ZumbathonEveryone likes dancing. Even if you’re bad at it, it’s still a lot of fun to hit the dance floor and cut a rug. That’s probably why zumba is so popular. It’s pretty much the only exercise that’s sexy and beneficial to your health. On Sunday, Sept. 28, you can zumba your butt off to raise money for a cure for many deadly diseases. The Zumbathon for a Cure will be taking place at the Gainey Village Health Club & Spa from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open the public, the event will take place on the basketball court that will be turned into a dance floor. There, instructors will keep you moving. The dance party/fundraiser will support Phoenix-based TGen, an organization dedicated to research to support patients with neurological disorders, diabetes and many types of cancer. A silent auction will also be held to raise more funds. And you can’t go wrong with an after party featuring free food and a cash bar. Tickets cost $35 in advance which can be purchased here or you can get them at the door for $40.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: Motorola Moto Hint Earbud

September 18, 2014 | 9:47 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

moto-hint-cropped-thumb-768x512-44659Finally, these exist. This is the age of wireless. Why has it taken so long to get a pair of wireless earbuds? They have wireless headphones, but anyone with a great set of hair knows that that’s not an option. Alas, the Motorola Moto Hint Earbud have made their debut and we couldn’t be happier. These are amazing pieces of mini technology. They automatically turn on when you put them in your ear and turn off when you take them out. They are discreet yet fashionable with a fake wood trim. You can get up to 10 hours of talk time on one charge. You’re able to make calls, send messages, and ask questions without using your hands. Now, we just need a double set for listening to music 

    

National Coffee Day Deal Will Save Your Mornings

September 17, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.15.25 AMCoffee. Where would be without it? Everyone morning is the same routine, we don’t want to talk to anyone until we’ve had our first cup. Though, coffee is relatively inexpensive, if you’re buying a cup from Starbucks every day, chances are it’s starting to add up. With National Coffee Day, one heck of a deal is on the horizon. On Monday, Sept. 29, The Refuge, a local coffee shop and wine bar in Central Phoenix, will be offering three bags of Café Esperanza for only $25. Café Esperanza is a Central and South America 100% blend of Arabica coffee beans, shipped directly from south of the equator and roasted locally. That’s how you know it’s good. The Refuge will also be offering $1 cups of drip coffee that day.

    

The 5th Annual Taco Fest Is Almost Here

September 17, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

WBbABpipwW5Jer0ozUV_pNoqMkvVs3G6hyd5E95ieZIPeople in other states have no idea what real Mexican food is all about. Here in the Valley, we’re lucky to have so many options at our fingertips. For the last five years, the brilliant minds behind of the best tacos have come together for the Arizona Taco Festival. On Oct. 18 and 19, the fifth annual Taco Fest will bring around 50 competitors will go head-to-head in a “Taco-Topia” of competitions for a chance to win $10,000 in cash. That Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be filled with entertainment, competitions, a chihuahua beauty contest, drinks from some of your favorite bars, and of course, tacos. The taco teams come from restaurants like Gadzooks, Modern Margarita, Blanco, Fuzzy’s, Hacienda’s, Milagro Grill, Rubio’s, and more. Taking place on the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, tickets cost $12 and kids under 12 can get in for free. If you’re planning on spending the whole weekend there, you can get general admission weekend passes for just $20. If you have an unhealthy love for tacos, you can go all out with the VIP package. The VIP tickets are $100 and include 10 tacos, six drinks from the VIP bar, hot tortilla station courtesy of My Nana’s, private restroom facilities (that probably the best reason), and a sandy beach facing the main stage. You can purchase tickets here.

    

Get a Free Haircut When The Cardinals Win

September 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image001 (3)We don’t have to tell you that football is back. You’ve seen it on TV, read it in the newspaper, and maybe even are playing Fantasy Football. What you don’t know is that you can get a free haircut if the Cards win this week. On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Cardinals will be playing their division rivals the 49ers. If we win, celebrations will be had. Keep It Cut wants to celebrate by giving away free haircuts. Yes, it’s crazy, but’s true. If they win, just head into the salon the next day (Monday, Sept. 22) and say “Go Cards” to your stylist. That secret code is only way you can claim your free cut.

    

Are You My Ride? Triumph Bonneville Pegaso

September 16, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

triumph-pegaso-cropped-thumb-768x512-44494Life isn’t supposed to be boring. There’s more to it than waking up every day and going to a job you hate. Everyone needs an adventure and that includes you. Maybe you’ve dreamed of exploring the Americas, top to bottom, on a motorcycle. The Triumph Bonneville Pegaso is the one that will get you there. Collaborating with Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles, this Triumph is ready for the open road and off-road when necessary. Tamarit used a significant amount of their own parts on this bike, but one thing is for sure, it’s adventure-ready. Are you?

    

Clever Koi Adds ‘Build Your Own Bowl’ to Lunch Menu

September 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

lunch_chow_meinYou’ve heard of Bring Your Own Beer, but what about bowl? We might be more excited about this than your traditional BOYB. Clever Koi in downtown Phoenix had just announced a new addition to their lunch menu. Building your own bowl is a concept we like very much. The best part is that it’s only $5. Starting Oct. 1, you have the option to choose between noodles, rice, or chow mein and pair that with a particular type of broth. Then come the proteins like pork belly, lemongrass chicken or duck for $3 a piece, or sprinkle in some fresh-chopped veggies. Really, the options are endless. The lunch special is offered daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    

New Music Monday: Alt-J

September 15, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Today marks the release of Alt-J‘s new album, This Is All Yours. It’s been over two years since the popular UK band has released a record and we can already tell it’ll be a good one. This track, Hunger of the Pine, is dark, brooding, and ambient. It instills a certain sadness but we can’t stop listening. Just the watch the music video and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Do yourselves a favor and pick up this new album.

    

Orangetheory Fitness Offering Complimentary Session

September 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

WORKOUT STUDIO OVERALLJust an hour of exercise a day will dramatically increase your overall health. Many of us spend all day sitting behind a keyboard, staring at a computer screen. Then, you go home and sit on the couch and maybe eat something not-so healthy. Once you fall into that habit, it’s hard to get out. You don’t want to do that. Orangetheory Fitness doesn’t want you to do that, either. If you’re looking for a new gym, check out this deal. Orangetheory is offering a free 60 minute session for new members. The hour-long workout is designed to push you into the “orange zone” where there is an excess of post-exercise oxygen consumption. It’s broken up into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or novice, the workout is designed for everyone. Looking for more info? Click here.

    

The Weekender: Sweet Lily

September 12, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image010It’s been a crazy week, hasn’t it? Arizona saw an insane amount of water on Monday. With that flooding comes a lot of stress. Do you know what calms your nerves? It might not be the same for everyone, but usually a drink or two will put us at ease. That’s why the Weekender is here, to provide you with delicious cocktail recipes to get the weekend started right. This is the Sweet Lily from TapHouse Kitchen.

Ingredients:

1.5 Oz. Patron Silver Tequila

.75 Oz. St. Germaine Elderberry

.75 Oz. Grapefruit Juice

.5 Oz. Simple Syrup

Splash Lemon Juice

Splash of Soda Water

Method:

Mix the Patron Silver Tequila, St. Germaine Elderberry, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, splash lemon juice and splash of soda water in a shaker with ice. After shaking, strain the contents into your martini glass. Garnish with a flamingo orange peel.

    

The Gladly Celebrates One Year in the Valley

September 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

GladlyHas it really been a whole year since The Gladly first opened its doors? Time flies when you’re dining on great food and even better cocktails. Yes, the restaurant is celebrating their one year anniversary and are doing so with $1 chopped salads. Don’t worry, we think it’s a weird promotion, too. Though, their unofficial “State Salad of Arizona,” crafted by the incredible Chef Bernie Kantak, was recently named one of “11 Must-Try Dishes in Phoenix” by Food Network. So, that’s pretty cool. To say thank you to everyone who supported the restaurant, next week will be their “Week of Thank Yous.” From Sunday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 18, they will be offering $1 Original Chopped Salad per table. With a new look inside the joint, The Gladly looking to spend many more years in the Valley with a facelift, great menu, and like we said, better cocktails.

    

Today’s Object of Desire: iPhone 6

September 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

iphone-6-cropped-thumb-768x512-44447It’s time of year where the new iPhone has just been revealed. We’re don’t really like to call ourselves Apple fanatics, but we can’t help but get excited every time they release a new model. We just love tech innovation. Anyway, as you’ve noticed, the iPhone 6 is bigger than the 5s. To combat competition from Samsung, they also released the iPhone 6 Plus, which is has a large 5.5 inch screen. They both have slimmer bodies and rounded edges. It comes with an improved eight megapixel camera with a capability for 240 fps slow-motion. Most importantly, the new phones have a significantly improved battery. All in all, it’s a pretty cool phone and we can’t wait to upgrade. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drop on Sept. 19. You should get in line now.

    

New Exec Chef to Take the Reigns at Bootleggers

September 10, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SJBWBootleggers is one of those concept restaurants that instills our faith in Phoenix food culture. It’s surprising that there are not a lot of BBQ places around here. That’s why we love the fact that Old Town Scottsdale is home to Bootleggers. The modern American smokehouse has just announced that Chef Stephen Jones, of Blue Hound Kitchen fame and more, will be taking the reigns as executive chef. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California, Chef Jones has made waves in some of the Valley’s best restaurants. At Bootleggers, he will be overseeing both kitchens, menu development, the catering division and with his roots in Southern cooking, we believe he is pretty good match for the BBQ concept.

    

Dancer-Turned-Winemaker to Host Wine Dinner

September 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image004This couple has lived quite the life so far. From acclaimed dancer partners to pioneers of Sonoma County’s wine industry, Rod Strong and Charlotte Ann Winson know exactly what life is all about. Just about 50 years ago, Rod purchased an old boarding house because he knew of its potential to make and house great wine. As you can see, they’ve been pretty successful. Next Monday, Sept. 15, ZuZu will be hosting Rodney Strong Vineyards for their monthly chef’s table dinner. The four course meal will be paired with some of Rod’s best wines. To make reservations, call 480.421.7997. Tickets are $64 per person. You probably want to see the menu. Check it out:

Grilled Spot Prawn
Sweet potato cake + lemon mascarpone
2012 Sauvignon Blanc “Northern Sonoma County”

Duck Confit
Baby spinach, crispy shoestring potatoes, goat cheese + sun-dried cherry vinaigrette
2012 Pinot Noir “Russian River Valley”

Grilled Venison Loin
Tempura mushroom roll, roasted butternut squash puree + red pepper demi-glace
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Sonoma County”
2012 Zinfandel “Northern Sonoma County”

Upside-Down Chocolate Pear Cake
Rum butter sauce

    

The ‘Leap of Dining Faith’ Mystery Dinner Series is...

September 9, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

ChefCullenThere are so many amazing and talented chefs around the Valley, it’s hard to keep track of them. The Leap of Dining Faith dinner series at Crudo is here to introduce to some of those masters of the culinary arts. Hosted the first Monday of every month, this dinner series is doing something a little different, it is a mystery after all. When you make your reservations, the only thing you’ll receive is a time, date and the name of the celebrity guest chef. Basically, you must instill your faith into the chef. The cost is $75 per guest. To make reservations, call 602-358-8666. Here’s a look at the guest chefs.

Jared Porter (Clever Koi) Oct 6, 2014
Bernie Kantak (The Gladly/Citizen Public House) Nov 3, 2014
Chris Curtiss (Bourbon Steak) Dec 1, 2014
Kelly Fletcher (The Revival) Jan 5, 2015
Special out of town guest Feb 2, 2015
Paul McCabe (T Cook’s) Mar 2, 2015
Josh Hebert (POSH Restaurant) April 6, 2014
Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s/Café Bink/Bink’s Midtown) June 1, 2015
*May’s chef TBD
    

Are You My Ride? Toyota Land Cruiser 70

September 9, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

toyota-land-cruiser-70Retro is cool, right? Just one look at this ride and you’re transported back into the 1980s. There’s nothing wrong with a little flashback here and there. The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 will bound to give you some of those flashbacks. Originally released in 1984, the Land Cruiser is everything an SUV should be. Toyota is really taking homage to original design with the 30th anniversary model. A 4.0L V6 engine and the option of four-wheel-drive gives this Land Cruiser everything you need from off-road trips to dropping the kids off at school. This ride starts at around $35,000. 

    
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