Prom & Mom Deal at SHINE a Blow Dry Bar

April 10, 2014 | 12:15 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

image003With late spring comes prom. If you have teenagers in your home, chances are, you’ve known about prom for the last few months. Or longer. For a lot of teenage girls, it’s a night where they can get all dressed up and dance the night away. Aside from the grueling task of picking out a dress, the girls hair is a huge factor in the prom process. This can be equally stressful for mom. To make things easier and to add a little mom and daughter bonding to the whole thing, SHINE is offering a Prom & Mom deal. For $60, mom and the prom girl will get a blowout. Moms can choose a later date for theirs, if they choose. For prom day, blowouts are just $30. They also offering styling and braids. So, yeah, there you go.


Today’s Object of Desire: Amazon Fire TV

April 10, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

amazon-fire-tv-cropped-thumb-768x512-38984More and more people are unplugging. Unplugging from cable providers, that is. What’s the point of paying for cable when streaming devices are starting to become more and more prevalent? You don’t have to sit through commercials (on most of them, anyway) and you can what to watch when you want to watch it. Apple TV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast pretty much dominate the market right now. Amazon has just joined the competition with its Amazon Fire TV. For anyone who owns a Kindle Fire, the Fire TV is the next logical purchase for you. Able to stream Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, Pandora, and the obvious Prime Instant Video, the Fire TV holds up to 2G of memory and is made with a Quad Core processor. Basically, it’s fast and can hold a lot of stuff. The Fire TV will also act as a gaming platform that gives you the option to purchase a controller. We have a feeling Amazon knows exactly what they’re doing.


Donate a Teddy Bear, Help a Kid, Get Some Pizza

April 9, 2014 | 12:05 PM | People | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 8.13.20 AMIt’s a win-win situation. Everyone loves pizza, right? Right. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association kicked off their annual Comfort Bear Toy Drive on April 7 and goes April 30. The drive’s goal is to help console children impacted by tragedy. To do your part, all you have to do is drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Phoenix, Tucson, or Yuma Papa Murphy’s Pizza location. Nicknamed appropriately “Comfort Bears,” the stuffed animals are handed out to law enforcement personnel to keep in the trunk of their patrol cars to give to children after traumatic experiences. Papa Murphy’s will be offering $5 off any family sized pizza for donating a stuffed animal. The toys help comfort children when they need it most, so donate. Also, pizza.


The 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Is Here!

April 9, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

acf1Uj828_K0ZzNxFXNdohzWqI8EiZyJpAl6qYfQLmE,qkjvjRzaRv9M_iRm62OGc11XJrm47AUN1sZ8xoEuVhoWith the grand opening last night, the 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival has hit the Valley once again. Thousands of people from all over the valley head to south Scottsdale for a week of food, drinks, live music, and fun. A plethora of events will be held throughout the week, like the James Beard Dinner, Chocolate and Wine, Wine Country Country Brunch, and our personal favorite, the Burger Battle, which takes place in the most fitting of venues, a baseball stadium. There is a lot more going on and there are plenty of tickets still available. There are a couple of new events, including a stunning Artist Palate diner held in a secret location, and the exotic From BBQ To Braai tasting event. This Saturday, the Great Arizona Picnic is underway, which is the signature two-day food, drink and music filled affair. You have the opportunity to win free tickets to the fest. How? Just Instagram your food pics with the hashtag #SCFLOVE. We’ll see you at the fest.


Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at ZuZu

April 8, 2014 | 11:52 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image004On April 20, millions of people with celebrate Easter. Even if you’re not a Christian, Easter is a great day to get the family together. When you think of that day, there are a couple of things that come to mind. First, eggs benedict. Second, Easter egg hunt. ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho will have both of those. The day will start at 6:00 am, where you can feast on items like Crab Cake Benedict with poached eggs and old bay hollandaise on a homemade english muffin and Donut Holes with homemade berry preserves. You can build your own drink at the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar for just $5. At 9:00 am, get the kids (or adults, we don’t judge) ready for the egg hunt. You can make reservations by going to or calling 480.421.7997


Are You My Ride? Maserati Alfieri Concept

April 8, 2014 | 9:46 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

maserati-alfieri-concept-cropped-thumb-768x512-38028Sometimes, you just need a little Italian in your life. We’re not talking pasta here, we’re talking about Maserati. To be specific, the Maserati Alfieri Concept. It’s a beauty of a ride that is well worth its price. The Alfieri is inspired by the Maserati of yesteryear, 1954 to be exact. Its 4.7L V8 engine will get you moving with 460 horsepower. LED headlamps, Brembo brakes, and all of the necessary luxury and racing features are available on this ride. It is a concept, so we’re not entirely sure if it will ever go into production. We’ll keep an eye out for you.


Tax Day Deals to Soothe Your Wallet

April 7, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

salut4You know, not everyone gets a giant tax return. A lot of people have to pay a lot, for one reason or another. Next Tuesday is the big day. April 15 will soon be here and that’s the due date for those of you who have to pay. Depressing, isn’t it? Fear not, there are plenty of Tax Day deals going on in the Valley, that won’t exactly soothe your wallet but will most certainly soothe your soul. Here are our favorites:

Sprinkles: Buy one cupcake, get one free (limit one per person) on Tax Day. All you have to do is whisper the words “tax-free” when checking out.

Salut Kitchen BarGlasses of wine for $5 will be available all day.

The Melting Pot:  Saying “Cheese me, please!” will get you 15% off of your entire purchase.

Fired Pie: This pizza joint will give you a one-topping pie for just $4.15.


New Music Monday: Iggy Azalea

April 7, 2014 | 9:46 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Iggy Azalea has to be one of the best female rappers out there today. Unique lyrics and ridiculous flow, Iggy is doing it all right. Next week, her latest album, The New Classic, drops. This comes two years after her extremely successful album, Glory. The Australian rapper isn’t afraid to start controversy with her very explicit lyrics, often revealing wardrobe, and out-of-this-world personality. We’re really glad she exists. Here’s a track off her new record, Fancy. Oh, yeah, this song has a lot of strong language, think twice about listening if you’re at work.



Tequila Tasting Dinner at Blanco Tacos + Tequila

April 4, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

vOyT7D2jEx1pOzhXnKmf4GDam57eXaU9ynZQOJ59IOUIt would make sense for a restaurant with the word tequila in its name to host a tequila tasting. We’re just stating the obvious here. Later this month, on April 28, Blanco Tacos + Tequila at the Biltmore Fashion Park will be hosting a four-course dinner and tequila tasting featuring Tequila Cabrito and Casa Centinela. From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, you can learn all you want about the tequila making process and the history of the distilleries. Each course of the authentic Jalisco, Mexico, menu is paired with a particular tequila that will compliment it. The cost is $55 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

First Course
Baby Coconut and Shrimp Ceviche
Jicama, Cucumbers, Avocado
Pairing – Cabrito Silver

Second Course
Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallion
Spiced Mole and Green Light Chimichurri
Pairing – Centinela Reposado

Third Course
Green Chile Braised Short Rib
Braised Cabbage, Creamy Potato Foam, Fried Egg
Pairing – Centinela Anejo

Fourth Course
Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Pairing – Hazelnut Infused Tequila


The Weekender: Red Plum Sake Sangria

April 4, 2014 | 9:49 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001Spring is in the air, can you smell it? You probably can and we’re also sneezing. With the season comes allergies, that’s okay, the weather is gorgeous. To compliment the great weather, how about a great cocktail? Benihana has some amazing spring-inspired drinks to help you relax and have a good time. This is the Benihana Red Plum Sake Sangria. We’ll bring you the white sangria next week, stay tuned.


13 oz 14 Hands Merlot

3 oz sake

5 oz plum wine

2 oz Monin Hibiscus Syrup

3 oz POM Pomegranate Juice

6 oz Tropicana Orange Juice


Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate until needed. Add 5 oz pre-mix and ice into a mixing glass and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into an English highball glass, top off with soda water and garnish with an orange slice, lime wedge and maraschino cherry.


Learn the Perfect Cat Eye at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

April 3, 2014 | 11:55 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

1978633_623727967713658_1677549461_nLadies, you spend countless time with your makeup throughout your life. It must be difficult to get it all done right. There are always new trends and tips and tricks. The Cat Eye is showing up more and more in life and pop culture. Do you know how to achieve the perfect one? On Sunday, April 13, Join Citrine of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, will be teaching a master makeup class where you can learn to get the perfect cat eye. During the class, you will be sipping mimosas and enjoying a light brunch while the hands-on instruction will make you a pro in no time. You’ll receive all sorts of goodies, like Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel, Triple Eye Shadow Kit, Black Gel Liner, Angle Brush and 24kt Gold Dust all by Jane Iredale. The class costs $100, you can reserve your spot by calling 602-955-2354.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar | 2502 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85016


Today’s Object of Desire: Peugeot Onyx Sofa

April 3, 2014 | 9:46 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

peugeot-onyx-sofa-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-38948This has to be the most ridiculous sofa we have ever. Seriously. It doesn’t look comfortable at all but it does look really cool. It’s like one of those sofas you buy for no one to sit on. The Peugeot Onyx Sofa is hard as a rock. That’s because a portion of it is made out of Volvic volcanic lava stone. The actual sitting area is made from molded lacquered black carbon fiber and fused to the rock. Also, it weighs around 800 pounds. It’s not the most practical couch in the world, but if you happen to be a rich geologist, you should probably own this. Since it does weigh so much, reinforced floors might be a good idea.


Phoenix Public Market Cafe to Host First Friday Parties

April 2, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

phoenixpublicmarketJust when you thought First Fridays couldn’t surprise you anymore, Phoenix Public Market Cafe comes out and does everyone a solid. Starting this Friday, April 4, the cafe will host live music, a Cartel beer garden, pop-up art galleries and more and it’s all free. Playing all night long, you’ll hear jams from Sarah Bruce (6 – 8pm), Dylan Pratt (8 – 9pm), and The Senators (9 – 10pm). Seeing how it’s First Friday, art is a must. The pop-up art installation is by Valley artist, Jesse Perry. Enjoy coffee and beer from the local Cartel Coffee Lab. Yes, in case you didn’t know, Cartel brews their own beer now. Complete with games and other fun activities, Phoenix Public Market will be hosting one heck of a party this weekend.


‘The Local’ is a Refreshing Addition to Roosevelt Row

April 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

localThe Local might be one of the most refreshing places to be added to the famous Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix on third street and Roosevelt. In the heart of the arts district, the new restaurant adds an element of class to the neighborhood. With stunning views of the downtown skyline from its patio and giant doors that can be opened wide, you get the sense of a community lunch counter that doubles as a hip restaurant and bar. The Local stays true to its name by using as many locally grown and raised ingredients as possible. Their beer list is strictly local brews. That’s something a lot places don’t do. The restaurant will also be serving food until 2:00 am every night. Now, that’s unheard of. They will be celebrating their grand opening next weekend, Saturday, April 12. But stop in now while it’s still kind of a secret. We’re guessing this place is going to blow up.

The Local | 1011 North 3rd Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Steak 44 Open Its Doors This Saturday

April 1, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image002No, that isn’t a joke. Seriously, we know it’s April Fools and all, but we’re totally serious. This Saturday, April 5, Steak 44 officially open its doors to the public. The new Phoenix restaurant is one of the most anticipated of the year. The owners of Dominick’s Steakhouse, Jeffrey Mastro, Michael Mastro, Dennis Mastro and Scott Troilo, have all teamed up to show central Phoenix some love. The upscale restaurant will offer delicious steaks and succulent seafood. A great feature of the restaurant, aside from the food, is the aesthetics. When entering Steak 44, you will walk through a 3,000-bottle wine vault in the entryway. From there, a beautiful sunken bar or multiple dining rooms will be your options for seating. For food, Petite or Bone-in Filet Mignon, Denver Lamb ribs, veal chop, Shetland Island Salmon, and a raw bar featuring an extensive shellfish selection are just some of the bites you’ll find. Really, Steak 44 is magical. Is your mouth watering, yet?

Steak 44 | 5101 North 44th Street | Phoenix, AZ


Are You My Ride? Jeep Renegade

April 1, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

jeep-renegade-cropped-thumb-768x512-38328Today’s ride wants to bring you to the outdoors. City life is fun and all, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to our roots. We know not everyone enjoys the outdoors and we’re willing to bet some of you think of camping as a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of the forest. There’s nothing quite like getting that fresh air and just escaping from the societal norms. The Jeep Renegade will help you get there. It’s a smaller SUV, so you don’t have to worry about taking over the entire road with it. It has all the nice technology inside, like a touchscreen infotainment system but can also handle the outdoors with its 4×4 capabilities. It’s the perfect ride for this summer.


5 Nights of 5 Courses for J&G Steakhouse’s 5th Anniversary

March 31, 2014 | 11:47 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

jeansHas it really been five years since J&G Steakhouse first opened its doors? Time really does fly when you’re eating great food. To celebrate a half decade of business, the restaurant will be serving a special five year anniversary menu for five days. From April 14 to April 18, French-born, NYC-based celebrity chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu is nothing short of exquisite. For just $55 per person, the menu features two courses of former J&G favorites, one current best seller, and a sneak peek at two new dishes to come. With all that food, wine is a must. There will be five exquisite bottles of red and five bottles of white all priced under $50. Want to see the menu?

J&G Chopped Salad

Avocado, Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade

Slowly Roasted Alaskan Halibut

Vegetable Vinaigrette, Cilantro Seasoning

Caramelized Beef Tenderloin

Carrots with Miso Mustard

Warm Chocolate Cake

Tuna Tartare

Caramel Ice Cream


New Music Monday: MØ

March 31, 2014 | 9:41 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

MØ is one of the best musicians to make it to the mainstream recently. Though, she’s not quite as big as she deserves, the Icelandic singer and songwriter is something truly amazing. In fact, her set at the recent SXSW music event, was spectacular. Lots of energy and haunting vocals took the audience by storm. Her latest album, No Mythologies to Follow, came out on March 11. If you get chance, see her live. It’s like a mix between Madonna, Bjork, and Lady Gaga with indie rock and electronic roots. It’s truly something else.


Kick off Your Spring at the Phoenix Garden Party!

March 28, 2014 | 7:45 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Brought to you by The Home Depot Garden Club

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 7.45.34 AMOn Saturday, March 29th, The Home Depot Garden Club is hosting a Garden Party where all are welcome to come and learn the simple tips and tricks you need to kick-off your spring gardening projects this season – whether you’re thinking about a container garden, or have already grown a thriving garden in your yard, you’re sure to learn something new and walk away with a greener thumb!

When: Saturday, March 29th, 1-4 p.m. MT

Where: Glendale Home Depot (Parking Lot) Store #0475

6160 W Behrend Dr

Glendale, AZ

(623) 376-0278

At the Phoenix/Glendale Garden Party, there will be various activities where you can get your hands dirty, but you can also sit back and relax in our lounge, or spend time chatting with experts and vendors to learn more about the projects and products you can use to start your very own garden.

Here’s a quick look at what you can do at the Garden Party:

Make a succulent container garden to take home with you and jump start your very own garden

Ask a gardening expert any and all questions you may have about gardening in your area and with the space you have

Sip garden-themed mocktails for a tasty hint of spring and sample garden-to-table fare from a local chef, Kyle Manning (and MasterChef Season 2 competitor)

Enjoy the exclusive Southwest Chopped Salad and Grilled Corn Salsa recipes that Kyle created just for this event (YUM!), and take home recipe cards for so you can recreate the dishes and drinks at home

Get decorating and project tips from local DIYer Jenny Komenda

Snap and share photos with your family and friends and get signed up for The Home Depot’s Garden Club to receive discounts for all of your gardening needs

Use #SpringMadeSimple to be a part of the social conversation

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

Sign up for The Home Depot Garden Club for access to gardening projects, products and how-to guides – essentially everything you’ll need to start your own garden at home! Be sure to also share your spring celebrations all season long using #SpringMadeSimple on social media.

The Home Depot Gardening Club would love to see you there so come on down and get your hands dirty with us to kick-off the season right!


Central Bistro to Host Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner

March 27, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

centralIt looks like the ever-popular Central Bistro is getting down on the wine dinner bandwagon. That’s cool, wine dinners are always fun. On April 2, the restaurant will host the Robert Mondavi winery for a delicious four course meal. Straight of Napa Valley, Dana Andrus, Mondavi’s lead educator, will take you on a journey of vino and grub, where you can savor, taste, and swirl to your heart’s content. The cost is $79 per person. To reserve your spot, call Central at  480-646-8560. Oh, yeah, here’s a look at the menu:

Course 1

Cool Roasted Organic Beets with greek yogurt, honeycomb, mâche

Mondavi Fume Blanc

Course 2

Slowly Cooked Salmon with spring vegetables and herbs

Mondavi Napa Chardonnay

Course 3

Braised Beef Short Rib-golden potatoes, bone marrow and wood roasted organic vegetables

Mondavi Oakville Cabernet

Course 4

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with crème fraîche ice cream

Mondavi Moscato d’oro

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