Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Postino and Windsor to Extend Weekend Brunch for Labor Day

August 29, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Morgan BellingerThe Scottsdale DowntownerFor those of you lucky enough to have Monday off, you’re probably looking for something to do. Sure, you could sit at home, relax by the pool or do a bunch of chores. That doesn’t sound too exciting. Let us entice you with this news. All three Postino locations and the Windsor will be extending their weekend brunch to include Labor Day (aka this coming Monday.) From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can enjoy things like Postino’s Farm Scramble, roasted Yukon Gold potatoes scrambled with fresh eggs, herbs, onions, gruyere and white cheddar served with mixed greens and tomato salad. Additionally, if you decide to make the trip to the Windsor, Southern Style Sausage & Gravy may be more your thing. All four restaurants (three Postino locations) will have great drink specials like $5 Mimosas, Bellinis and beer Pitchas at the wine bar or $5 build-your-own Bloody Mary’s at the Windsor. Monday will be a good day to let someone else do the labor.

The Weekender: Whiskey Sour

August 29, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

enhanced-buzz-20954-1406743382-6Alright folks, it’s Friday. It’s a three-day weekend. This means it is time to party. We’re going to share a drink with you that is often overlooked. The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail. The problem, though, is that it is often made with sweet and sour mix. No. No. No. That is an insult to a real whiskey sour. This is only true way to make one.


2 ounces rye or blended whiskey

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon superfine sugar or simple syrup

Slice of orange or lemon (or both) and a maraschino cherry


Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar with ice in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content. Strain over ice into a chilled cocktail glass or highball glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice (or both) and a maraschino cherry.

Arizona Restaurant Week Is Coming!

August 28, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ARWspring14-281Are you ready? The local culinary elite will once again be going head-to-head for the annual Arizona Restaurant Week. From Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, more than 150 Valley restaurants will offer prix-fixe dinner menus, for $33 and $44 per person, that show off their skills. This year, the pros like like Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Posh and Roaring Fork will take-on newcomers like Paul Martin’s, Southern Rail and Barrio Queen for bragging rights. The ARW website will offer complete menus for each participant and will also an interactive feature that will allow you to search for a favorite local chef, type of cuisine or restaurant. Arizona is really becoming a foodie state with events like these. It’s important to support local businesses so we can keep growing. That said, go to the website and get ready to chow down on some great food.

Today’s Object of Desire: Beautyrest Black Mattresses

August 28, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

beautyrest-blackThere are two products that you should never cheap: shoes and mattresses. Those are items that you spend a significant amount of time on. We know how important it is that you get your beauty sleep, that’s why you should consider purchases the Beautyrest Black Mattress. This is probably one of the most comfortable mattresses available (and for $2,000, it damn well better be.) It really is a feat of technology with the conductivity of diamond particles infused in the memory foam that takes heat from your body to keep you cool. Bet you wish you had that this summer? The biggest problem with this mattress is that you won’t want to get out of bed in the morning.

Suffering from Pain? Take Free Physical Therapy Classes to Control...

August 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

physical-therapy-exercisesWhether you’ve been in accident recently or just suffer from daily aches, back and body pain are nothing to take lightly. Physical therapy can be expensive and sometimes isn’t covered by insurance. Total Body Physical Therapy understand this and will be offering a series of free classes to help you learn more about your pain and how best to control it. Classes will fill up, to make a reservation contact [email protected] or call 602-443-6480. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming classes:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 PM

1 – The role of physical therapy in management of back pain
2 – The differences and benefits between active and passive treatments
3 – The differences between inflammatory and mechanical pain
4 – The differences between core and movement muscles
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 PM

1 – The 3 questions that need to be answered before exercising
2 – How to isolate and contract the right abdominal muscles for spine protection
3 – The role of breathing when exercising
4 – When pain is acceptable during exercise
5 – The cascade of consequences of inactivity
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014 12:30 – 2:00PM
1 – Consequences long term bad posture types
2 – The ideal standing posture
3 – Correct walking posture
4 – Best seated posture
5 – Best sleeping positions

Start the NFL Season Right with Free Sprinkles Cupcakes

August 27, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Cardinal CupcakesAre you ready for some football? It seems like the whole country is. Well, it’s time to celebrate the beginning of the season and to support our beloved Cardinals. The first official game is on Sunday, Sept. 14. What better way to get it started than with a free cupcake? If you head over to any of the Sprinkles Cupcakes locations, wearing your Cardinals gear of course, you will receive a free red velvet cupcake. Additionally, if one just isn’t enough for you, be sure to pick up a GO CARDS box to share with your friends. You don’t have to share when meeting up with your friends, but cupcakes really do complement beer. This deal is good from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 14.

The Finale to Little Cleo’s Legendary Dinner Series

August 26, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

oyster-bar-925x522Have we mentioned that Little Cleo’s is our new favorite restaurant in the Valley? If you love oysters or anything seafood for that matter, you should probably head there. Anyway, the restaurant just announced the finale to their Legendary Dinner Series. Taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 pm, Executive Chef Eric Ramirez has a very special lineup of seafood delicacies ready for your consumption. The price is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, with an option for a bottle of wine for the table at an additional $20 per person. To make a reservation, call 602.680.4044. Here’s a look at the dinner, seafood puns and all:

Bait: Fluke crudo, red curry coconut emulsion, samphire, Thai basil, lime

Cast: “Hog & rock” deviled eggs, bacon, fried oyster, pimentón

Nibble: Lobster and corn “chowder,” brandy, tarragon, lemon panna cream

Bite: Cajun shrimp and local grits, roasted jalapeno, Amish cheddar, watercress

Hook Line: Miso glazed black cod, shiitake mushrooms, sunchoke chips, dashi

Sink Her: Cream cheese ice cream sandwich, carrot cake cookies, sultanas


Are You My Ride? Saleen Foursixteen

August 26, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

saleen-foursixteenIf you thought the Tesla Model S was cool before, just wait until you get a look at this. Saleen has the unique ability to make something good much, much better. The Saleen Foursixteen is a shining example of that fact. They got a hold of the Model S and put their own touch to it. They basically turned it into an all-electric race car. Who said electric cars couldn’t be fast or cool? They completely redid the interior by adding black perforated leather, Alcantara suede, a new center console, and four full bucket seats. Now this is a ride we want to get our hands on. 

Ohio State Fan? Watch All the Games at Bottled Blonde

August 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Bottled_Blonde_090_HDR_no_logoAt DLT, we’re ASU fans. We always have been and always will be. Now, we understand that there may or may not be people who love other college teams in the Valley. Bottled Blonde understands that, as well. Heck, they’re even passionate about a particular team. Arizona seems to have a lot of transplants from the midwest. One of the biggest ones: Ohio State. So, if you’re a Buckeyes fan, Bottled Blonde is place to be whenever they play. For every one of their Saturday night games, the popular Old Town Scottsdale bar will be hosting a block party. They will also be hosting a special celebration for the big game against their rival, Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 9. This has all been put together by the Young Buckeyes of Phoenix Alumni Club.

New Music Monday: Jenny Lewis

August 25, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Jenny Lewis is the queen of Indie Rock. You’ve probably heard her before without even knowing it. She was the lead vocalist in Rilo Kiley, sang in Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, and was also featured on many Bright Eyes songs. What you don’t know is that she is an aspiring solo artist, as well. Recently, Jenny has released her third studio album, The Voyager. Acoustic guitars drive this heartfelt and emotional record. According to Lewis, the recording of it got her through some very difficult times. Here’s the title track from the record.

Love Yoga and Dogs? Check Out ‘DOGA’ This Weekend

August 22, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

abcYoga is all about clearing the body and soul. Isn’t it about time you treated your pup to some soul cleansing? This Sunday, Aug. 24, Puff & Fluff dog grooming will be hosting a free DOGA event. What’s DOGA? Well, it’s yoga with your dog. Sounds a little odd, but it also could be a lot of fun. Taking place on Aunt Chilada’s patio, the day will incorporate your pup into yoga poses and keeps you both fit. There will be a raffle to benefit Ruby Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary. It sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Any lover of animals and zen should probably attend.

Aunt Chilada’s | 5835 North 16th St Suite D | Phoenix, Arizona

The Weekender: Gin Fizz

August 22, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Classic-Gin-Fizz-Cocktail-RecipeAll of this rain we’ve getting can be pretty overwhelming? Sure, it’s better than the heat, but sometimes enough is enough. Maybe you should sit down and have a nice drink to calm your nerves. The Gin Fizz is perfect for that. Coming to us from Inspired Taste, here’s a look at your new favorite drink.


4 tablespoons (2 oz) gin

1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) lemon juice

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

3-4 oz club soda

lemon slice


Shake gin, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.


Treat Your Kids to a FREE Healthy Meal… For One Whole Week

August 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

1975077_10152176510889541_6557069850047756845_nEating healthy is an important part of life. It is quite easy for people, especially children, to become dependent on and addicted to fast food. A balanced meal is absolutely fundamental to a growing child’s well being. To celebrate the kids going back to school, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has just announced that they will be providing healthy meals for kids, for free, for an entire week. Starting Monday, Aug. 24, just stop by either Garbanzo location to treat your kids to quick healthy meal. It’s imperative to introduce kids to healthy eating habits early and Garbanzo is doing that right. The deals is good for either lunch or dinner. So, if you don’t have time to cook a good meal next week, let Garbanzo do it for you.

Today’s Object of Desire: Viddy DIY Pinhole Camera

August 21, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

viddyLet’s face it, you’re addicted to Instagram. That’s okay, everyone has a vice. You’ve probably perfected the art of taking pictures with your phone and choosing what filter to put on them. Let’s take a couple steps back in time, shall we? You should be the first of your friends to get the Viddy DIY Pinhole Camera. You’re probably thinking that the Viddy looks like it’s made out of cardboard. That’s because it is. The DIY pinhole camera is exactly that, do-it-yourself. After you’ve constructed the camera, you have the ability to shoot pictures in both 35mm and medium format film. There’s an app to download that shows you how long you have to hold down the shutter for an amazing exposure. Neat.

Celebrate Fired Pie’s Grand Opening with a Free Pizza

August 20, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

fired pieThere’s no such thing as a free lunch, according to economists. This is about as close are you’re going to get. Fired Pie will be celebrating its Grand Opening in downtown Phoenix this Saturday, Aug 23. If you decide to pay them a visit from 11:30 am to 6:0 pm, you can get yourself a free pizza or salad while dining. Free pizza? That’s the best news we’ve heard all week. When you dine in there on Saturday, you have your choice of a pie or salad. We’re thinking of indulging in the pie. Remember, this deal is only good at the Collier Center location in downtown Phoenix. We’re growing hungry just thinking about it.

Fired Pie | 201 East Washington Street #111 | Phoenix

Phoenix Fashion Week Tickets are Now On Sale

August 20, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

10387203_10152260080391711_6397328658631770534_nAll of you fashionistas and lovers the industry should be excited. The 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week is finally here and tickets have just gone on sale. From Oct. 2 – 4, you can see the latest and the greatest from the trend-setters in the industry at the Talking Stick Resort. PHXFW organizers are anticipating huge numbers this year. To combat that, they have released tickets for sale to the public early to ensure priority seating for all guests. To start the week off, the first event will be Fashionably Pink, a celebrity runway show raising breast cancer awareness and funds for local charity ‘Don’t be A Chump, Check for a Lump,’ a breast cancer awareness organization. The 2nd through the 4th will bring its fall runway presentation. Guests can shop designer brands while experiencing over 27 runway shows, featuring nine Established and Emerging Designers each night. You should probably get your tickets fast. You can do that by clicking here.

Derby Public House to Host ‘Hook’ Screening Benefiting...

August 19, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 8.18.29 AMLast week, the world lost a great actor, comedian, and most importantly, a great human being. The death of Robin Williams has brought the real issue of suicide into focus. Even those who seem happiest on the outside are hurting the most inside. This Thursday, Aug 21, Derby Public House  in Old Town Scottsdale will be hosting a screening of one of Robin Williams’ best movies, “Hook,” to benefit the Arizona’s Teen Lifeline. The organization dedicates itself to teen suicide prevention by providing young adults with the tools and resources they need to make healthy decisions. The night begins at 8:00 pm on Thursday with the movie starting at 8:30 p.m. Derby will be asking for a $10 donation at the door to benefit the organization. They will also be donating a percentage of the profits from that night to Teen Lifeline, as well. Reserve your seating by calling (480) 621-2159.

Are You My Ride? 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

August 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

2015-dodge-charger-srt-hellcat-2Countless boys dreamed of owning a muscle car. The muscle car era may be over, but there are still examples of it in today’s automobile engineering. In fact, Dodge is usually on the forefront of that engineering. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is everything those boys dreamed. Now, that they are grown, they can finally own that muscle car they’ve always wanted. The SRT has supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine can pump out an incredible 707 horsepower. Basically, it can go from zero to 100 mph and come to a complete stop all in under 13 seconds. That’s super impressive. We would love to get our hands on one of these.

Sushi Roku’s Entertainment Package Will Make You a VIP

August 18, 2014 | 11:58 AM | Nightlife | By Maxfield Barker

Prequel to the SequelHave you ever seen those people who skip the line at the club and get the royal treatment? It’s annoying, isn’t it? Us peasants have to wait with everyone else. We don’t have to feel that way anymore because Sushi Roku will make you feel like a VIP. Their new entertainment package, “Prequel to the Sequel” will guarantee you an amazing dinner, followed by VIP access to some of Old Town Scottsdale’s hottest clubs. For $60 per person, you can enjoy a multi-course Omakase dinner at the restaurant and then hit the clubs with the VIP wristband that comes with the meal. Good at some of the most popular places like W ScottsdaleMaya Day + Night ClubHi Fi Kitchen and CocktailsCake NightclubBottled BlondeThe Mint, the wrist band lets you skip the line and the coverage charge. This deal is good every Friday and Saturday night. It’s probably a good idea to call ahead, 480-970-2121.

New Music Monday: Karen O

August 18, 2014 | 9:40 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

You may recognize Karen O from the band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This past year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her song in the film Her. Since then, she has been working on her first solo album. She has a certain sadness to her singer that really resonated with the listener. You can’t  help but feel empathetic while listening to her music. Her first solo album, Crush Songs, is due to be released on Sept. 9. Here’s a sneak peak with the track “Rapt.”

Help Hungry Kids by Dining at Grimaldi’s

August 15, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

grimaldi barThat doesn’t sound quite right, does it? What you should know is that it is totally legit. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has teamed up with the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For the entire month of September, you’ll be able to donate to the No Kid Hungry charity when you dine at Grimaldi’s. For every $5 you donate, they will give you $5 toward the restaurant. So, you donate $10, you get $10 to spend there. It’s a win-win situation. What’s amazing is that Grimaldi’s is donating 100% of the proceeds to the charity. There are an estimated 16 million children in America who are faced with the hunger. Do your part, it’s easy.

The Weekender: Exotic Mojito

August 15, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001Every time Friday morning rolls around, you know it. We know it. Everyone does. So, there’s no need for us to remind what day it is. That being said, we will remind you that it is finally time to relax. Once again, we have another delicious cocktail ready to go for your drinking pleasure. Courtesy of Benihana and their 50th year of serving food and drinks, this is the Exotic Mojito. How exotic is it? Let’s find out.


4 lime wedges

8 mint leaves

2 oz. Malibu Mango rum

1 oz. Island Oasis Passion Fruit puree

2 oz. Dole pineapple juice


Muddle limes and mint in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Pour into Poco Grande glass. Top off with soda water. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

New Cocktail Menu at Blue Hound in Downtown

August 14, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Spaghetti Western and The RevivalWe would really love to see an influx of people hanging out in downtown Phoenix. That’s why we always try to promote new things happening around the Phoenix capital. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails has just announced their new cocktail menu and it looks pretty fancy. In fact, Stephanie Teslar, Blue Hound’s head bartender, is an expert in her craft, winning “Master Mixologist” at this year’s Foodist Awards. Stephanie has put together some unique drinks for all of us to enjoy. For example:

Copper Pot Cobbler ($11) – lustau fino, lemon, copper city bourbon, kronan Swedish puncsh, plum PX sherry jam. This is light and refreshing and the sherry keeps it dry. Stephanie tops this cocktail with her homemade plum sherry jam to make it rich and sweet.

Baker’s Dozen ($11) – lustau olorroso sherry, cana brava rum, orgeat, giffard banana, sarsaparilla float. It’s light and bubbly. It’s inspired by the old-school soda jerk and getting a cream fizz. The rum and sherry go really well together in an unexpected, confectionary way.

Spaghetti Western ($10) – lustau manzanilla, Prosecco, cappelletti aperativo, herbes de provence syrup. This one is bright and refreshing. It has floral and herbal notes (pictured.)

The Revival ($12) – lustau amontillado, yamizaki 12 year, apple juice, bolivar bitters. This is Stephanie’s take on Pecan Pie. It has warm notes of baking spices.

There is more to choose from. So, if you consider yourself a cocktail enthusiast, Blue Hound is worth checking out.

Today’s Object of Desire: Om/One Levitating Speaker

August 14, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

om-one-levitating-speaker-cropped-thumb-768x512-43622We really are living in the future. Seriously, this is something out of an old sci-fi movie. The Om/One Levitating Speaker works. It really does. It is an levitating speaker. There are no strings, wires, or fishing line. It is straight up levitating. It uses a magnetic base and metals to lift the orb speaker. Honestly, there’s not much there in terms of speaker technology, but it floats. What else could you want? It utilizes Bluetooth to play music from your favorite app. Also, it’s still in production, as in the company just surpassed its goal on crowd-funding. So, you’ll probably have to wait a bit to purchase it.  

Crudo to Combine European and Asian Cooking for 5-Course Dinner

August 13, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

crudo pics loomis 001Crudo is one of the most impressive restaurants in the Valley. A truly unique menu and expertly crafted cocktails go hand-in-hand with the delightful experience one gathers from there. Chef Cullen Campbell is combing European and Asian techniques in their latest five-course dinner. It’s sushi with a twist. The dinner is tomorrow, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. For $75 per person, we recommend you try to make it. Give them a call at 602-358-8666 to reserve your seat. Here’s what they’re serving.

Course 1
Albacore Crudo with Buttermilk, White Soy, Chive
Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu Honjozo

Course 2
Head Cheese Dumpling in Fata with Tamari Stock, Ginger, Kyoto Onion
Joto Junmai

Course 3
Teriyaki Bone Marrow, Scallion Crespelle, and Pork Temples
Dewatsuru Kimoto

Course 4
Pork Belly, Crispy Ramen, Tomato Dashi, Carrot Slaw
Seikyo Takehae Junmai

Course 5
Rice Pudding, Yuzu Sugar Cookies, Miso Ganache
Hakutsuru “Sayuri” Nigori

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