Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Gelato Spot Offering Half-Off Gelato this Fourth of July

July 2, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image003It’s hot. We don’t have to remind you. When the temperature are 110 and higher, cooling off becomes a necessity while living in the Valley. With Independence Day coming this Friday, you’re going to need a way to keep your temperature down. Sure, there’s always beer and the pool, but let’s add a sweetness to the mix. All Gelato Spot locations will be offering half-off gelato on the Fourth. From noon to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, you’ll be able to taste the red, white, and blue by trying their Blueberry Mascarpone, white Coconut, and red Blood Orange Creamsicle flavors. So, maybe on your way to the pool party, you can pick up a treat for everyone to enjoy. That’s what we would do.

Forget About Frizzy Hair After the Pool

July 1, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

GoldMineBIG_1024x1024With the Fourth of July happening this Friday, chances are you’ll find yourself at the pool. It wouldn’t be the Fourth without a BBQ and pool party. A common annoyance of being in the pool is the frizzy hair that comes after. After you’re done hanging out in the water, you sometimes want to go out. Drybar’s GoldMine promises to alleviate that problem. It’s made with a Nori Red Algae (Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract) that restores elasticity, softens and adds shine as a leave-in conditioner. It leaves a multi-dimensional shimmering effect with two types of light-reflecting, super-fine Mica. It’s perfect for any type of hair. All you have to do is put it on damp hair, mid shaft to ends, before blow drying or you can put it on dry hair for a shimmering finish.

Are You My Ride? Ford Troller T4

July 1, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

ford-troller-t4-cropped-thumb-768x512-41174Who’s ready for an adventure? It’s about that time of year where you grab your backpack and go somewhere fun. The Ford Troller T4 will take you there. Unfortunately, you’ll have to go to Brazil in order to drive this T4. Only available in the largest South American country, the Troller T4 was made for the jungle. Makes sense, right? The 3.2 liter diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission on stock on the SUV. It was built with a high clearance to traverse off-road. Sure, it’ll never be available in the U.S., but one can dream. 

Fourth of July Festivities at the W Scottsdale!

June 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

WET Night ShotThis coming Friday is Independence Day. Chances are, you’ll have the day off, so, what exactly are you going to do with it? The W Scottsdale will once again be hosting their annual Fourth of July party. There will be fun games like Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole, patriotic cocktails, a spectacular fireworks display and live music performances by Amtrac, Posso and more. You can get your dance on while being proud to be an American. The party will take place at the hotel’s WET pool deck where you can cool off by taking a dip in the water. Local and international DJs will be spinning all day to keep you moving. The doors open at 11:00 am and tickets cost $20.

New Music Monday: Robin Thicke

June 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Last year, Robin Thicke hit the mainstream with his song Blurred Lines. You’ve heard that song a thousand times. His latest track off of his upcoming record is a little more emotional. Actually, a lot more emotional. If you remember, Blurred Lines had a very sexual connotation behind it. This new track, Get Her Back, is an emotional ballad of sorts. Pining over his ex-girlfriend, Robin lets the world know. His new album, Paula, comes out soon.

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar to Host All American Independence Day...

June 27, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Lustre pool 2_lowIn exactly one week, we will be celebrating the 238th Independence Day. Fourth of July is a day all about what makes this country great. How do we celebrate? By hanging out poolside with a cold drink in hand. Our founding fathers would probably be okay with that. So, what are you going to do? Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix will be hosting an “All American Independence Day Party” at their LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and pool. Opening at 11:00 am, the party is open to the public ($10 for non-hotel guests). Live music will be performed by DJ Kim-Fresh and The Jake Dean Band. There will be specialty cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, starting at $8. You can challenge your friends to Champong, a gentlemen’s and ladies’ game that is played like beer pong but with champagne, cornhole and table tennis. The most important part of the day will be the costume contest. Whoever has the most patriotic costume will win prizes from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and UBER. Sounds like a great day, right?

The Weekender: White Peach Cosmo

June 27, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image006Yes, it’s Friday. We feel like we’ve been waiting a whole week for this day. Wait a minute. We have been waiting a whole week. It’s time to ditch the work clothes and actually have some fun. What do you think? Yeah, we thought so. Today’s drink comes to us from the Melting Pot. This is the White Peach Cosmo.

Ingredients:

0.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

1.5 oz Pearl Peach Vodka

0.5 oz Monin White Peach Syrup

2 oz White Cranberry Juice

1 each lemon wedge

Method:

Squeeze lemon wedge into mixing glass and discard wedge. Add all ingredients into mixing glass, then fill glass 2/3 full with ice. Pour into tin, cap and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

Room Sales Rates Available for Only 48 Hours at the W Scottsdale

June 26, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

WET Night ShotIt’s time to start planning that summer vacation. If you’re like us, you might be able to afford one, but there is something you can afford. The W Scottsdale will be having a sale on the rates for their Wonderful King room. At just $109, you can have a luxury stay-cation for a fraction of the cost of another vacation. The catch is, you only have 48 hours to book the room. Starting on July 1, at 12:00 am through July 11:59 pm, you can book the sales-rated room for anytime between Thursday – Sunday through September 6, 2014. Maybe you have a special someone who has a birthday coming up or you just need some me-time, either way, you should take advantage of this deal.

Today’s Object of Desire: Hey Joe Coffee Mug

June 26, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

hey-joe-coffee-mug-cropped-thumb-768x512-41881Today’s object is dedicated to all of you caffeine addicts. If you’re the type of person who really needs their coffee in the morning, the Hey Joe Coffee Mug is the best way to start your day. Why is that? This is a mug that actually brews the coffee. Yes. It brews coffee in the mug. Powered by a rechargeable battery, it heats the coffee to your liking and is then ready to drink. It’s really not that expensive either. Running at about $69, it’s just a bit more expensive than a normal thermos you would buy at Starbucks. We can imagine this being a huge hit during the winter.

Where to Watch USA vs Germany World Cup Game

June 25, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Have you all been paying attention to the World Cup? If you haven’t, you really are missing out. Currently, the USA is in second place. Can you believe that? We’re a country that normally makes fun of soccer, but we’re number two. Tomorrow morning, at 9:00 am, the U.S. will play number one Germany. It’s an important game and all we really need to advance is a tie (among other things.) There are a million scenarios that could happen, but you should cheer on our boys as they hit the pitch, tomorrow. So, where are some the best spots to catch the game? Here are some of our favorites.

Handlebar Tempe: The popular Mill ave bar will be opening at 8:00 am for early USA games. A breakfast menu and drink specials will be available. This place will get rowdy.

George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub: They open at 7:00 am for every early game. It’s an English pub, so be wary of English fans there.

Four Peaks Brewing Co.: Both locations (north Scottsdale and Tempe) will be open for the 9:00 am game and will feature a special breakfast menu.

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria: Old Town’s happening weekend spot is also a soccer hangout, apparently. The taqueria will be open for all USA games.

 

Scottsdale’s First Nano-Brewery to Open in July

June 25, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Union Barrelhouse smScottsdale will soon be home to its first nano-brewery. Think of it as a smaller microbrewery. Union Barrelhouse will pair artisanal beer with delicious pub food with an element of class and sophistication. Opening its doors in early July at the former Salty Senorita location in Old Town, Union Barrelhouse, Modern Ale will produce its own beer. Any craft beer aficionado will be excited about what’s to come. The restaurant will feature five specialty craft beers, made in house, including Barrelhouse Golden Ale, Barrelhouse IPA, Barrelhouse Imperial Porter, Barrelhouse Hefeweizen, and Barrelhouse Wheat Bock.  Chef Brian Feirstein’s menu will concentrate on fresh foods from farmer’s market salads to outstanding burgers. Their signature food items will be the Modern Melt selections. These are the chef’s take on the classic grilled cheese. For example, the “PB & J” (Pear, Brie and Jam), is crafted of triple crème brie, bosc pears, bacon jam, and wild arugula on sourdough. Fancy, right? Be on the lookout for Union Barrelhouse early next month.

New Pizzeria Grand Opening to Benefit Phoenix Children’s...

June 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

static.squarespaceLocal businesses and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Momenti Local Pizzeria will be celebrating their Grand Opening this Friday, June 27. From the group that brought us  Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, both of the restaurants will be donating 50% of their sales to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The casual pizzeria is known for their personal size 12-inch homemade, thin crust pizzas. The pizza and salad menus are pretty standard, but what’s cool here is the donation to the Children’s Hospital. It always nice to see businesses doing their part to help the community. If you want to support children, head to Momenti this Friday.

Are You My Ride? 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

June 24, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

2015-bmw-m4-convertible-cropped-thumb-768x512-39053There’s just something so amazing about driving with the top down. The wind is rushing through your hair and the summer air reminds you of being a kid again. Since you’re an adult, you should be driving an adult car. The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give you that summer nostalgia when you drop the top (in under 20 seconds, mind you) and cruise around the Valley. If you can, you should cruise around the beach in this ride. This BMW was built for speed with its three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six engine. This seems to be the perfect ride for this time of year. 

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store to Open this Summer

June 23, 2014 | 11:59 AM | News | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedYou’ve all heard of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic, and Well Suited, right? They are some of the most popular resale stores in the Valley (you’ve likely seen their billboards.) The trio of sisters (pictured right) have just announced their newest creation, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store. Opening next month, the new store will have an incredible selection at the same price of any other thrift store. One thing that stands them out is that fact that there will be no sales tax when making a purchase there. The store will be located Chandler at Fulton Promenade near Alma School and Chandler Heights. The sisters will do like helping people out. In fact, this past year, the three of them donated 32-percent of the net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity. A grand opening event planned for some time in July. We’ll keep you posted.

New Music Monday: Kimbra

June 23, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

You may remember Kimbra from the Gotye’s super popular song Somebody That I Used to Know. We haven’t heard much from her since then until recently. Kimbra will be releasing her second studio album, The Golden Echo, in August. This is the first released from that album and it really gives you a hint at what its all going to be about. It’s eccentric and quite bizarre, actually. The track is called 90s Music. Give it a listen.

Lagunitas on Tap for Zinburger’s Beers & Brews Dinner

June 20, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

zinburger-slide-1Do you appreciate a good meal and an even better beer? Zinburger is the place to be then. Next month, on July 8 and July 15, the restaurant will be hosting their Beers & Brews Dinner. The brew of the night will be Lagunitas, where every course will be paired with a delicious, hand-crafted beer. The July 8 dinner will be hosted at the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix location. The July 15 dinner will be hosted at the Scottsdale Quarter location. Both dinners start at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $35.

First Course: Onion Rings

Pairing: Lagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner

Second Course: The Farm Salad

Pairing: Lagunitas DayTime Fractional IPA

Third Course: One Zinburger Slider and one Chuck Norris Slider

Pairing: Lagunitas IPA

Dessert Course: Stout Cake

Pairing: Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper Ale

The Weekender: Fiery Pineapple Margarita

June 20, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002It’s Friday and we couldn’t be happier. Just a few more hours of the work day and then the fun begins. You don’t need alcohol to have fun this weekend, but it sure as heck helps. Today’s drink comes to us from the good people at The Melting Pot. This is the Fiery Pineapple Margarita.

Ingredients:

0.5 oz Bacardi ® Pineapple Fusion

1.5 oz Sauza® Tequila

0.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice

2 oz Sweet and Sour

1 oz Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup

Method:

Fill glass with 2/3 of ice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and then pour into tin, cap and share vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into Poco Grande glass and garnish with one Cayenne-Dusted Pineapple Slice and one Pineapple Leaf.

Donate Your Phone to ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’ & Win...

June 19, 2014 | 12:03 PM | News | By Maxfield Barker

image009 (1)With all the news of the Veteran Affairs fiasco going on, it’s important to remember that our veterans sometimes need a helping hand. Locally owned and operated Keep It Cut has become a designated drop-off location for the National Nonprofit Cell Phone For Soldiers. Apparently, July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month and throughout the month, the men’s hair salon will be collecting your used to phones to give to veterans in need. When you donate, you have the chance to win free haircuts for six months. If you plan on upgrading to latest iPhone, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do something good. The promotion will begin on July 1 and go through the 31st. The winner will be announced on Aug 1.

Today’s Object of Desire: Made in USA

June 19, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

20140528_SCR01388_MADEUSA_largeEvery four years, the world’s top nations face off in the World Cup. It is time when patriotism runs high and fans come together to cheer on their nation. The USA has defeated their rival, Ghana, from the last World Cup and we move on to our next round against Portugal. That game will undoubtedly be difficult, so, it is important that our players know that we are rooting for them. Sport your USA pride with this “Made in USA” t-shirt from Homage. It is made right here in the US and you should sport it at the local bar or viewing party. The US’s next game is this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. We only have one thing to say: USA! USA! USA!

Weekday Spa & Cabana Package at the Hotel Valley Ho

June 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image001Traveling and going on vacation are a must for this part of the year. Some people just can’t handle the heat. That’s okay. Other people can’t afford to get out of town and that’s okay, too. You can save a little bit of cash and take advantage of the weekday spa and cabana package at the Hotel Valley Ho. For just $179, you can enjoy spa treatment and poolside cabana. You can choose a 60-minute treatment from the resort’s spa’s Mo’ Mojo menu, and then kick back in a private cabana at the OH Pool with access for you and five friends. You can always enjoy 60 additional minutes at the spa for an extra $60 or 90 minutes for $90. To make your reservations, call 480.248.2000. This deal is good through September.

Luci’s to Host Local Food, Wine & Beer Tasting Extravaganza

June 18, 2014 | 10:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

**0lucisIt’s important to celebrate local food and drinks. Not only does it help the local economy, but chances are it’s pretty delicious. This Friday, June 20, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be hosting a local food, wine, and beer tasting extravaganza to officially kick off summer. Taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can sample summer wines and beers while enjoying live music, and participate in raffles all for free. More than 20 local vendors will be there providing samples and complimentary bites of their best products. It is a great way to support local food and drink culture.

Little Cleo’s Introduces Summer Bites Menu

June 17, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

CLs_KhzIxVYnodSBGeV-zMgrOOA1tYSVvQ3cGZm7ZlkHave you been to Little Cleo’s yet? It has to be Fox Restaurant’s most innovative concept as of yet. Never would we have imagined a seafood restaurant of such caliber in the Valley. So, if you can’t make it to the beach this summer, Little Cleo’s might be the next best thing. Its summer bites menu is reminiscent of your favorites found at the coast. For an added bonus, you can choose one item per course for $35 and also a bottle of wine for an additional $15. Take a look at the menu.

Chilled Seafood
Chef’s selection of oysters and poached shrimp

Small Plates & Greens
crispy frog legs, fish sauce, roasted cashews, thai chili sap
grilled octopus, crispy masa, watercress, charred serrano
bacon & eggs” house made sturgeon bacon, creme fraiche & toast
black kale, cherries, nectarines, bacon, amish cheddar, almonds

Large Plates
traditional fish & chips, celery seed coleslaw
“bouillabaisse” scallops, mussels, shrimp, tomato, fennel, saffron
grilled loup de mer, glazed artichokes, shallots & lemon
grilled ahi tuna, mushroom ginger dumplings, snap peas, spicy caramelized soy

Desserts
buttermilk pie, seasonal fruit
beignets, café du monde style, whiskey caramel
seasonal sorbet
seasonal gelato

 

Are You My Ride? Audi R8 LMX

June 17, 2014 | 10:33 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

audi-r8-lmx-cropped-thumb-768x512-40330It is once again time to take a look at an automobile that we wish we could own. Maybe some day. For now, let us drool over the Audi R8 LMX. This is a fast Audi. Its V10 engine produces a whopping 570 horsepower. It is true to the definition of supercar. The LMX is the future of auto industry, actually. How so? It will be the first production car to utilize laser high beams. The lights have twice the range of normal, all-LED lights. Honestly, you don’t buy this ride because of the lights. You buy it for the speed.

Learn Tips and Tricks from Celebrity Makeup Artist Kirsten Kjaer...

June 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

image007A lot of men really underestimate how difficult putting makeup on is. It’s not one of those things you learn over night. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar knows this and that’s why they are constantly there to help you all. Tonight, celebrity makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis will be at the beauty bar to give you tips and tricks on how to look good. Working with A-list celebs like Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, and Christy Turlington, it’s safe to say Kristen knows what she’s doing. The cost is a $50 deposit that can be used toward any Kjaer Weis purchase tonight. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

New Music Monday: La Roux

June 16, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

La Roux was one of the biggest synthpop acts to come out of Britain in the last few years. In 2009, the duo released their hit self-titled record. Featured on it were some huge hits like Bulletproof and In for the Kill. After a few year hiatus, the group is back with their latest album Trouble in Paradise. This track off the record sports the same synthpop sound with what feels like a 1980s-The Eurythmics vibe. This is a good thing. Check out this single Let Me Down Gently. The new album drops early next month.

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