Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Are You My Ride? Silvermine 11SR

October 7, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

silvermine-11sr-cropped-thumb-768x512-44879Have you ever dreamed of being Speed Racer? If your wallet allows it, that dream has a real possibility now. Any gear head would kill to drive the Silvermine 11SR. This exotic car is meant for two things: speed and looking good while it speeds. Inspired by race cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the number and racing stripes illustrate a classy racer from yesteryear. Its 3.0L boxer six engine good can produce a nice 325 horsepower. The 17-inch alloy wheels and carbon fiber body make it ready for the track. If racing isn’t your thing, they will soon be releasing a commuting version. Go Speed Racer, go Speed Racer.

Welcome Fall with Some Coffee and Beer

October 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

SIP-08Normally, coffee and beer don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. We suppose we’ll make an exception this time. To officially send off summer, Sip Coffee & Beer House will be hosting an end of summer party on Saturday, Oct. 11. So, aside from celebrating the end of the warm months, why is Sip hosting the party? Well, for the last year, there has been construction behind Sip and it is time to finally remove the blinders to see what’s going on. They will reveal their all-new outdoor event space for the party on Oct. 11. From noon to 4:00 p.m., the Fabulous Arizona sponsored party will feature live music, handcrafted cocktails, and happy hour prices. Complete with giveaways and raffles, it’s looking like it’ll be a fun Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale.

Sip Coffee & Beer House | 3617 North Goldwater Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251

New Music Monday: Thom Yorke

October 6, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Thom Yorke is one of those musician’s who’s style you recognize anywhere. As the frontman for Radiohead, Thom has been the voice for decades worth music inspiration. Radiohead is one of those band’s that will go down in history as innovators. Thom Yorke, has been making music on his own, as of late. On Sept. 26, he released his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. What’s interesting, though, is that he released it on bit torrent web sites. Essentially, he gave it out for free. Check it out this track, A Brain in a Bottle.

‘Girls Night Out’ Shopping Event Happening Oct. 15

October 2, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 8.20.04 AMIt’s been a rough year. Work is stressful and sometimes you just want to quit it all and just relax. Society won’t exactly allow that, but this will probably make up for it. Scottsdale Quarter’s annual Girls Night Out shopping event is happening Oct. 15. The red carpet will be rolled out for the VIPs, a.k.a. you. For all the ladies will be attending, stores throughout the Quarter will be offering discounts, raffles, specials, and complimentary goodies. What stores, you ask? How does Kendra Scott, West Elm, Drybar, Free People and more sound? You’ll be sipping on champagne while enjoying the DJ’s tunes. For more information, click here. The shopping event starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00.

Today’s Object of Desire: Grovemade’s iPhone 6 Cases

October 2, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

grovemade-iphone-6-cropped-thumb-768x512-44762You waited in line for countless hours and saved every penny, but purchasing the new iPhone was the best decision you’ve made in 2014, so far. Well, maybe not, but it’s probably close a second. Every time you purchase a new phone, extra special attention is required when handling it. You don’t want to break your new baby on its first day of life. That means you need a case. Look no further than Grovemade’s iPhone 6 Cases. Just look at them. So fancy. The all natural wood exterior adds an element of sophistication to your already sophisticated phone. They’re thing, durable, and made by hand in Portland, Oregon (of course, they are).

RA to Host Halloween-themed Painting Party

October 1, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Uptown Art - Ahwatukee OctoberNow, this had us thinking. Why would a sushi restaurant host a Halloween-themed painting party? It’s probably a good idea not to ask questions but it does sound kind of fun. This Sunday, Oct. 5, RA Sushi in Ahwatukee will be hosting a the painting party outside, filled with food and entertainment. In a partnership with Uptown Art in Chandler, you can enjoy some of the best sushi and cocktail creations while painting your very own masterpiece. The Chandler art studio will only be offering this painting class once. The cost is $25 and you can register here. Don’t worry about bringing your own supplies, the class will provide a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. So, what will you be painting? Look to your right.

One Dollar Oysters at Little Cleo’s All Month Long!

October 1, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SP9wuUI8RmwXV1hM9iOjcHPId81xG75LU1j5-eyyHsAOctober is going to be a good month. The weather is finally starting to cool down. There are too many fun events to count, like Octoberfest and Halloween. It’s also a good month for people who love seafood. Throughout October, Little Cleo’s will be offering $1 chef’s choice oysters. Named “Best Seafood” by Phoenix New Times and PHOENIX Magazine,  you can imagine their oysters are delicious, if you haven’t had them already, of course. The deal is good Monday through Saturday, from open to 6:00 p.m. or until they run out. So, it’s best to get their early to guarantee some grub. We’ll see you there.

Lovers of Beer and Bikes, ‘Tour de Fat’ is this Weekend!

September 30, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 8.19.42 AMIt’s amazing how well bicycles and beer go together. Every year, New Belgium beer (you know, the brilliant minds behind Fat Tire) host Tour de Fat. It’s a community bike ride/parade that finished with a nice little carnival. Tour de Fat Tempe is this Saturday, Oct. 4. As always, the event will take place at Tempe Beach Park. Starting at 10:00 a.m., you can register for the ride and at 11, it begins. The parade will take you all around Tempe and back to the beach park. There will be games, contests, prizes, live music, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. With how the nice the weather has been, we’re guessing it’ll be a perfect Saturday. Entry is free, but unfortunately, no free beer. For more information, click here.

Are You My Ride? Vencer Sarthe

September 30, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

vencer-sartheThis ride is what dreams are made of. Everyone who has ever been way into cars wants something like this waiting for them in their garage. The Vencer Sarthe is one of those rides that turns heads everywhere it goes. The Sarthe is 80s inspired Le Mans racecar inspired and just by looking at it, you can see that inspiration in the body. Obviously, it was built for speed. The V8 engine pumps out an incredible 613 horsepower. You’ve got to hand it to the Dutch. They really know how to make a fast car. You can be cruising down the open road with this ride if you’ve got about $350,000 laying around somewhere.

Autumn Is (Practically) Here, Enjoy Some Pumpkin Pancakes

September 29, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image011After the recent storms, the weather seems to be cooling down, even if just a little bit. Since it is looking like the triple digits will soon be gone, let’s go ahead and pretend that fall is upon us. You’ve seen it everywhere. Pumpkin season is in full effect. You’ve had the lattes and the beer, but what about pancakes? Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be offering pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. Available through the month of October, the pancakes are a refreshing change from traditional breakfast food items. Obviously, the café will have other autumn inspired creations but we’re pretty excited for the pancakes. How about you?

New Music Monday: Blonde Redhead

September 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Blonde Redhead has been on the scene since 1993. Composed of twin brothers and one girl, the band has routinely changed their sound. This new record does it again. “Barragán” is the ninth studio album from the trio. It’s equally odd and easy to listen to. For instance, this track, The One I Love, seems to have a renaissance music influences. Brooding vocals and a multitude of instruments, Blond Redhead isn’t afraid to make music a bit different.

Local Brewery to Host Chef’s Table at ZuZu

September 26, 2014 | 11:55 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image003It’s important to support local businesses. From mom and pop shops to local wineries and breweries, supporting the locals is good for the economy. That being said, local favorite Four Peaks will be hosting Monday Night Chef’s Table on Oct. 13 at Café ZuZu. Since it will be October, you better believe their famous pumpkin porter will be on the menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.421.7997. The cost $64 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Now, the fun part. Here’s what will be on menu:

Duck Sausage – sun-dried cherries, pistachio + dijon mustard

8th Street Ale

 Roasted Pumpkin and White Bean Stew – crisp pork belly + aged balsamic


 Slow-Roasted New York Strip – curried cauliflower + creamed organic greens

Hop Knot IPA

 Crème Caramel – vanilla shortbread

Pumpkin Porter


The Weekender: Cactus Heart

September 26, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

photo 2 (1)Who’s ready for the weekend? We certainly are. The plan is to relax and forget about the next work week ahead of us. Do you feel the same way? If that’s the case, let’s do something about it. The Boulders Resort will be releasing a couple new drinks made with prickly pear in October. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peak. Here is the Cactus Heart.


Herradura Double Barrel Tequila 1.5 oz

Fresh Lime 1.5 oz

Prickly Pear puree 1.5 oz

Blue Curacao ½ oz float


Fill shaker with tequila, lime, and prickly pear puree and shake with ice. Fill a margarita glass with ice and pour drink in. Top it off with the Blue Curacao.

Need a Place to Watch Football? Try The Yard

September 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

S7AyScmJHDwyyl9erQkk5ZB-6g8uC8EXsCETMVmet9UWe’re in week four of the 2014 NFL season. Every Sunday is filled football. Whether you’re just a Cardinals fan or in a big money Fantasy Football league, you’re going to need a place to watch all the games. If you’re looking for a new spot, you may want to consider Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix. Complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch every game on Sunday. Opening at 10:00 a.m. just in time for the first games, the gastropub also offers some pretty stellar food and drink specials, as well. If beer is your thing, there are 50 beers on tap or you can go for breakfast-inspired cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary (pictured) or the Last Man Standing. For food, try something healthy (not really) like buffalo chicken meatballs, house cranked brats, and shrimp and pork belly ramen. There’s something for everyone. This seems like a nice way to spend a Sunday.

Today’s Object of Desire: Apple Watch

September 25, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

apple-watch-cropped-thumb-768x512-44448Today’s object of desire isn’t for everyone. With the announcement and release of the iPhone 6, Apple revealed another project. The Apple Watch is the latest in the smart watch repertoire. It is basically like having a mini computer strapped to your wrist. It comes in two different sizes and three different styles. You could go for a classy look or a sporty look. It has wireless charging, a built-in heart rate monitor, and even includes Siri. What exactly will people be doing with them? We don’t really know. All we do know is that Apple addicts love them. Honestly, we think it should’ve been called the iWatch.

Central Bistro to Host Wine Dinner Oct. 12

September 24, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

CentralBistro_1098There’s nothing better than a great meal with a great glass — or bottle — of wine. Central Bistro is the latest restaurant to host a wine dinner, fit for every foodie or wine lover in the Valley. Partnering up with Darioush Winery, the evening of Oct. 12 looks to be filled everything you could want. At $150 per person, it better be. To make reservations, call 480-646-8560. Here’s a look at the menu:

First Course
Lobster terrine, crunchy marinated vegetables, basil vinaigrette – Darioush Viognier 2012

Second Course
Heirloom squash soup, brown butter pear, hazelnut oil – Darioush Chardonnay 2012

Third Course
Chicken and wild mushroom tortelli, black truffle-foie gras sauce – Capataz Malbec 2010 by Darioush

Fourth Course
Bone marrow crusted filet of beef, potato pave, sunchoke creamed spinach – Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Mulled wine plum tart, dark chocolate ganache, pistachio crumble – coffee & tea

Rejuvenate Your Skin this Fall with a Pumpkin Facial

September 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image001With October almost here, chances are you’ve seen pumpkin everything lately. Starbucks has been pumping out those pumpkin spice lattes like no one’s business. Beer companies are releasing their pumpkin wheat and pumpkin porter brews. Heck, you’ve probably got a pumpkin spiced candle or two already out. So, what are you missing? A pumpkin infused facial. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics is offering pumpkin facials for $85. The one hour treatment utilizes the gourd to feed your face from the outside. The session includes a cleansing with handmade honey cleanser, pumpkin enzyme, extractions, microderm, hand mixed masque suited to your specific needs. Apparently, the treatment brightens skin tone, lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps refine texture. If you’re cool with getting pumpkin rubbed all over your face, check out this deal which only good through October.

Postino Winecafé in Tempe Opens Oct. 1!

September 23, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

dwfPJoygIAWwsUq-KHgn97sdUx-cg9PpHMk0NVej2i4,TXNXQ4IF3YRmbZrz-StBjecs8Kz5Cp77wbOMaAqCymo,FFyb_u1aKv-r3mMglgeK7Nk4V2T7-D4dfDQ-TLLCGVkIt’s really about time Tempe got a little classier. Don’t get us wrong, we love the city as much as the next ASU fan. That’s our point, though. Since it is a college town, you’re mainly going to find bars and clubs, with a few exceptions, of course. That’s why we were ecstatic to discover that Tempe will be home to the new Postino Winecafé. And guess what? Postino Annex officially opens on Oct. 1. In just about one week, the new location, located in the historic ASU Art Annex building, will open its doors for lunch and dinner, and will feature brunch every weekend. You can’t go wrong with their incredible wine selection and 16 rotating beers on tap. If you’re already familiar with the Postino menu, then you know that bruschettas, from-scratch soups, fresh salads and hearty panini sandwiches all adorn it. Every Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will feature farm-fresh brunch fare with $5 mimosas. As you can tell, we’re pretty excited for this new location. Be sure to check it out when it opens.

Postino Winecafé | 615 South College Avenue | Tempe, 85281

Are You My Ride? 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

September 23, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

mercedes-amg-gtWe’ve said it before and we’ll definitely say it again, you can’t go wrong with a Mercedes. A lot of people will go and purchase a Mercedes for the status symbol. Real gear heads will know that the German luxury carmaker is so much more than that. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is a force not to be reckoned with. The standard engine pumps out a ridiculous 456 horsepower. Though, we would probably opt for the 503 horsepower GT-S. It’s 4.0 liter V8 can go from zero to 60 in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 197 mph. There’s no need to be able to go that fast, but it’s fun thinking about, isn’t it?

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.


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


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 

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