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.
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The Phoenix Public Market was always a great place to spend your afternoon. After some revamping, they’ve finally stepped up their game. They now have a full-service supper menu. What’s more is that they also have an all-night happy hour. We thought you would like that. The popular downtown Phoenix café’s dinner menu is available every day, starting at 5:00 pm. With items like prime rib, porchetta, leg of lamb, or even whole cauliflower, the food has a home-cooked-by-grandma aesthetic that you’re sure to love. The all-night (from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm) happy hour is also good. Nothing pairing up a homemade meal with the freshest ingredients with a delicious craft beer.
Have you ever said no to a massage? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Whether you’re looking out for someone else’s well-being or your own, the holidays always shine brighter with the specials at The Spa at Gainey Village. If you can’t think of what to get your significant other, a couple’s spa package does the body good, literally. Throughout the season, the spa has some great deals to get you the most bang for your buck, some of which are offered at member pricing just for the holidays.
Candy Cane Champagne Dream (Manicure & Pedicure)
Starts with a fizzy Candy Cane Champagne soak to soften the hands and feet followed by a Vanilla Spice sweet cream sugar scrub to remove dry winter skin. Whoopie Cream from Farmhouse Fresh moisturizes. Manicure $35, Pedicure $65
Buttered Rum Holiday (60-minute Vichy Shower Treatment)
Butter Brulee whole milk soak is applied to the body. A sugar scrub blended with brown sugar, aged rum, rice bran oil and a hint of butterscotch exfoliates. After a rinse under the pulsating 6 head Vichy shower, an application of moisturizing pepper/caramel body lotion moisturizes.) $92
Mint Chocolate Mistletoe (60-minute Body Wrap)
Butter Brulee Milk soak is layered with a hot chocolate mask over the entire body. The mask is loaded with nourishing vitamins and CoQ10 (a powerful antioxidant). The body is wrapped to allow the mask to penetrate and as a soothing scalp massage takes place. The body is unwrapped the mask removed and a minty shea butter applied leaving the body fresh, invigorated and moisturized. $92
You’ve got the turkey picked out. You know how to make stuffing, gravy, and yams. The sides are all ready to go, so, what’s missing? The wine. You can’t just pick any old bottle of vino for Thanksgiving dinner. You should really have something that will compliment the meal. This Friday, Nov. 21, Scottsdale’s Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery will be hosting a Pre-Black Friday Wine Sale and Tasting. From 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the free event is designed to allow customers to try and buy wines for the upcoming holiday. From chardonays pinot noirs, bubbles and more, nothing is off limits. Some specials include Solomon Hills Winery and Bien Nacido Vineyards that will be available and will be sold for 50% off. To see all the deals, head to Twisted Rose on Friday.
Twisted Rose Winery | 15040 North Northsight Blvd | Scottsdale AZ
At first glance, this might look like your typical Range Rover. In a sense, it is. But that’s not why we’re bringing it to you today. The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase is just that, long. It’s perfect for those long car trips where you just want to spread out and stretch. Complete with seats that can recline to 17 degrees, side door blinds, a panoramic sunroof, and lots of storage, this Range Rover really is the perfect road trip vehicle. It’s a Land Rover, so its off-road capabilities are great.
We all know Thanksgiving is less than two weeks now, so we apologize for all of the turkey-related posts that will be coming your way. Well, we’re not really sorry because chicken-fried turkey sounds delicious. From Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, TEXAZ will be serving their twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The grill is famous for their chicken-fried steak, so we’re pretty sure that the turkey will be just as popular. Basically, its a lightly breaded turkey cutlet that’s been fried and smothered in slow-cooked gravy. On the side comes fried yams and homemade cranberry sauce. The meal will be $9 at lunch and $13 at dinner. The dinner version comes with bread and butter and a side salad.
Eminem has stayed relavent in the rap scene for more than a decade now. With an Oscar, multiple Grammy’s, and other prestigious awards under his belt, the famous rapper shows no signs of stopping just yet. In the year 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP, which is the album that made him a star. Finally, 13 years later, a sequel to that record has been released. Don’t worry, it’s definitely up to par in caliber. Here’s the track Survival.
Let’s face it, not all of us are talented at the culinary arts. Sure, you try and try and try but nothing is exactly edible when you’re done cooking. That’s okay, cooking isn’t for everyone. Those of you who feel this way might be worried that Thanksgiving is coming. Well, Bobby Q’s has everything ready to go for you. Available for pick up until Nov. 27, the restaurant will be serving slow-roasted 12 to 15 pound smoked turkeys, which will serve two to four people. For $45, you can get just the bird or the whole meal with a quart of mashed potatoes, a quart of fire-roasted corn, a pint of gravy and eight cornbreads for $65. The orders need to be placed at least 72 hours in advanced. You can do so by calling 602-995-5982.
If you’re ever looking for something creative to make, the Martha Stewart website has a ton of great idea. We’re not normally big fans of hers, but we have to admit this Apple-Pie Spiced Cider recipe is perfect for the season. Granted, it doesn’t exactly feel like the season right now, but we can pretend it is.
1 1/4 quarts apple cider
3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Freshly grated nutmeg
Whisk the cider, sugar, spices and salt in a saucepan and bring to medium to low heat. Remove from the heat and some brandy if you want to kick it up a notch. Strain into a pitcher and serve in mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
A good sushi restaurant are hard to come by. You need the perfect mix of good food, atmosphere, and tradition. One of Chandler’s best sushi spots will be celebrating their second anniversary this weekend. The Sushi Room has a weekend planned with drink specials, food specials, and live music. Starting tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m. and going through Sunday, you can enjoy half-off rolls all weekend long. On Saturday night, live music will be performed by local jam band Kush County Music from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you’re anywhere near Chandler and are looking for a good sushi place this weekend, the Sushi Room has it all for you.
The Sushi Room | 2475 East Queen Creek Road | Chandler
Today’s object of desire is perfect for all of you shutterbugs out there. A little bit of the past and a little bit of the present are all rolled up into the Nikon Df Camera. Aesthetically, the camera is reminiscent of the 35mm cameras we all grew up with. Functionally, it works as a DSLR. The leather grips complimenting the chrome features will make you feel like Andy Warhol. The 16.2 megapixel comes with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no video on feature on the Df. You can pick yours up for $3,000.
The most insane shopping day of the year will soon be here. Yes, the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, or better known as Black Friday, is just a couple weeks away. We’ve all seen the footage on the news and Internet of shoppers being trampled. It’s almost worth it with all the savings. If you plan on venturing out on that day, all RA Sushi locations will be extending their happy hour because you know you’re going to need a drink. Those drinks range from beer to wine to fancy cocktails, all ranging from $3.75 to $7.75. To give you some more energy, there will also be more than 30 appetizer, tapas and sushi selections ranging from $2.75 to $7.75. The happy hour will be from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Eight whole of hours food and drink specials that will make that shopping nightmare a little more bearable.
We all know how difficult getting everything perfect on Thanksgiving can be. The chances of them being perfect is very slim, actually. That’s okay, it’s no easy task making an entire meal by yourself. Once again, we’re here with another recipe to help you with dessert. Salty Sow is here to help, as well. Since the day in question is Thanksgiving, it’s pretty much a given that pumpkin and cranberry will be involved. This is Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding.
1/2 Qt. heavy cream
1.5 cups sugar
1 cups pumpkin, roasted, peeled, diced ½”
.5 cup dried cranberries
2 oz. southern comfort (optional)
1 oz. Vanilla extract
2 Qt. Bread, Large chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Let mixture sit for at least 4 hours. Place mixture in a large baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam (or any non-stick cooking spray). Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream and spiced vanilla sauce
This sounds like a perfect day in the Italian countryside. Imagine it. It’s you and the love of your life, taking a stroll on bicycles with a local and exquisite chef to the farmer’s market. You pick out the freshest ingredients for that day’s lunch. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Starting Nov. 30, it’ll be a reality. Every last Saturday of the month, Taggia Scottsdale will offer hotel guests and local diners the chance to bike to Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market with their one and only Chef Massimo De Francesca. You’ll learn how to pick out fresh produce and all other necessary gourmet items. Chef Massimo will then use these ingredients to make a delicious meal that will include Arizona wine. In order to enjoy these Saturdays, reservations are a must and can be made by clicking here or calling 480-424-6095. The price is $60 per couple. These Saturdays will go through April.
Today’s featured ride is pretty much only available in our dreams. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is a Lambo, after all. That means you can expect ridiculous specs along with a ridiculous price. The Roadster’s 6.5L V12 engine pumps out 750 horsepower. This will get the ride flying to ride around 220 mph. With a 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, it’s one of the fastest cars on the market. If you’ve been a fan of Lamborghini for a while, you’ll notice the unique look of the Veneno Roadster. It has a very futuristic-Speed Racer appeal to it. For $4.5 million, what do you expect?
Mark your calendars, everyone. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Pretty soon, you’ll have to go out and get your turkey, yams, and all the other necessary food items. We know how stressful it can be. An often overlooked stress is the dessert. What will you make? Pumpkin and pecan pie are usually the go-to’s. But not everyone likes pie. Seeing how it is Thanksgiving, a dessert made with pumpkin is a must. Thanks to Roaring Fork, here’s a recipe for a delicious Pumpkin Seed Brittle.
2 Cups of Corn Syrup
4 Cups of Sugar
1 tablespoon of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of Salt
3 Cups of Green Pumpkin Seeds
Cook sugar and corn syrup until its light blonde in color. Add the baking soda and salt and stir well. Fold in pumpkin seeds. Spread out onto an oiled sheet pan and allow to cool, then cut or break into pieces
Whoever said that white chicks can’t rap clearly has never heard Iggy Azalea. The 23-year-old Aussie rap queen is tearing it up. It wasn’t until T.I. made her his prodigy that she was able to blow up. Her new record, The New Classic, doesn’t come out until next year, but there are sneak peaks all over YouTube. This is a behind the scenes of one of her newest videos. Warning, folks, there is a little bit of nudity.
You can’t go wrong with a delicious burger. Forget all of those fast food places, aside from In-N-Out Burger that is. A brand-new, award-winning burger bar is now calling Scottsdale home. Hopdoddy has been names one of “Top 10 Best Burgers in the U.S.” and we’re thankful to have them in the Valley. They support local agriculture and believe in serving the freshest of ingredients. They’re serving Black Angus beef (hormone and antibiotic free), bison, lamb, turkey, Ahi tuna or the black bean corn patty. Along with the amazing burgers, they are serving amazing craft brews, because when you have a great burger, you need a great beer to wash it down. Decadent desserts and fancy cocktails, Hopdoddy will probably be here to stay.
Hopdoddy | 11055 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85254
Ah, yes, Friday is here and so is the weekend. Time to relax and have a couple drinks. For this edition of the Weekender, the most difficult part may be the garnish. Our friends at Salty Sow have come up with quite the unique drink. This is the Smokey Sow.
3 oz. of Tito’s Vodka
Two Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Olives
In a shaker glass, mix vodka with ice. Pour contents into a martini glass, straight up. Garnish with two bacon and cream cheese stuffed olives
Okay, that headline may be a little bit of an exaggeration but we do have to admit that we love Sriracha. If you haven’t had it or don’t know what we’re talking about, you may think we sound crazy. Oh friend, if that’s the case, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Sriracha is a delicious chili-based hot sauce that has taken the world by storm. It literally tastes great on everything. The amazing thing is that they have done zero marketing. They’ve gained their popularity through word of mouth. Recently in the news, the hot sauce company’s plant in California was threatened to be closed. Don’t worry, it didn’t happen. But, to celebrate the sauce, Tempe’s Salut Kitchen Bar has a couple Sriracha inspired dishes that you should check out: a Sriracha Burger and their very own Sriracha BLT Bruschetta. Aww yeah.
Sometimes, you need a little pick-me-up while out adventuring. Ski season is almost here and having a warmth in a bottle makes the slopes that much more fun. Though, please remember to be responsible. We don’t want another Sonny Bono incident on our hands. Too soon? Anyway, the Stanley Adventure eCycle Flask is the perfect item to bring along on those ski and camping trips. It’s completely leak proof and is easy to clean. It holds 12 ounces which is perfect for whatever adventure awaits you.
Every one knows that one person who is super green. They drive a Prius, make their own compost, and spend more time recycling than you or I sleep. Said person can be a difficult one to shop for, especially when the holidays come around. Whole Foods has just the gifts for them, though. Refresh Glass founder Ray DelMuro wanted to something with the plethora of wine bottles we waste every day. He has taken donated bottles and turned them into beautiful and unique glass products. Available are drinking glasses, carafes, planters, LED candle lanterns, and scented candles. All of these products will be available at Whole Foods, waiting for your purchase.
Aside from being a great hotel and place to hang out, the W Scottsdale is known to charitable work here and there. This Saturday, Nov. 9, will host a special Waterwalk to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for charity:water. Water is the world’s most precisou commodity, that’s why the non-profit organisation is dedicated to bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. The event is unique as it shows you just how much we take for granted. It’s an interactive experience where you take off your shoes and carry two 40-pound yellow jerry cans to collect water. This is meant to demonstrate the distance in which millions of women and children in developing countries must walk in order to get that water, though you will only be walking a fraction of it. Starting at 8:00 pm, the event is free and open to adults over 21. Don’t worry, there will be fun, too, with live music and more.
The 2014 Mercedes GLA Edition 1 is a limited edition. That means you may not be lucky enough to get your hands on one. That’s okay, you’ll never have most of the rides we feature here. The GLA is Mercedes’ answer to the crossover question. Its turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine can get up to 211 horsepower. It 19-inch, black wheels add a touch of coolness and race appeal. Brown leather dons the interior. The price is still to be determined and that means it’ll be expensive. Oh, and this car won’t be available in the States. Bummer.
Seeing how it’s November already, holiday decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. They do it every year, so, we we’re used to it by now. One thing we’re kind of sick of, though, is the standard Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, it’s all just a little old now. How about we add some uniqueness to the holiday? Of all places, Sandbar Mexican Grille has done just that. Their turkey tacos are made with smoky chipotle peppers and paired with cranberry chutney and Mexican stuffing with fire-roasted corn. Available throughout the holiday season for $13, the dinner tacos are definitely unique. Also available are holiday inspired cocktails, because it’s not the holidays without a little alcohol to help you deal with the in-laws.