Posts by: Maxfield Barker

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

Today’s Object of Desire: Apple CarPlay

March 27, 2014 | 9:39 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

apple-carplayToday’s object is for the Apple fan, specifically if you either have an iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S. Also needed is an infotainment screen in your ride. Okay, assuming you have those, Apple CarPlay is the next logical thing to purchase. When it syncs with your car, Siri and the touchscreen display will navigate you through what ever you want to do. You can get directions if you’re lost, have text messages read to you and send one back, and obviously you’ll be able to play music. It’s just a nice gadget to have that doesn’t rely solely on Bluetooth.

Sunday Brunches at Taco Haus

March 26, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10007438_1452461761653853_396102945_nWhen you think of brunch, eggs benedict, mimosas, and bagels and lox are generally what come to mind. This is the southwest, isn’t it about time we had a brunch that caters to our needs? Taco Haus has just started serving brunch every Sunday. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Scottsdale restaurant will be serving two types of items, eggs or no eggs. Ones with eggs like Huevos Rancheros, a chorizo skillet, and Chilaquiles (basically, brunch nachos). Some without eggs include breakfast fajitas, an exotic fresh fruit platter, and more. Every Sunday, the restaurant will also feature live mariachi music from the award-winning, all-female group Mariachi Pasion.

Taco Haus | 7318 E Shea Blvd  | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

The 5th Annual ‘Tee It Up’ for Children’s...

March 26, 2014 | 9:41 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

teeitupThis is Arizona, chances are, there are plenty of you who love to golf. We have the perfect climate for it. If you are in fact a golfer, we feel you should participate in the 5th annual Tee It Up for Children’s Laughter Golf Tournament. On May 5, at the Blackstone Country Club in Peoria, golfers take to the greens to play against one another for a good cause. To benefit Camp Soaring Eagle, a camp dedicated to seriously ill children, the tournament costs $195 per golfer. But before the tournament, you can enter to win a trip to Europe. By purchasing a raffle ticket for $100, or $250 for three, you can win a six day, five night vacation round trip for two to Europe, flying in to Stuttgart, Germany. Also included is a Mercedes-Benz to drive and explore Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. There are only 400 tickets available, so get yours today. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the Tee It Up tournament on May 5. Both of these events offer you a great opportunity to help out kids in need. Register for the tournament and raffle by clicking here.

Arcadia Breakfast Joint Named One of Top in the World

March 25, 2014 | 12:04 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe think Carmel’s Breakfast House deserves a round of applause. The Arcadia restaurant was just named one of the top six places in the world for breakfast by Travel + Leisure Magazine. We’re not sure if you’re grasping this. IN. THE. WORLD. Other winners included locations like Amsterdam, Vienna, Istanbul, and Copenhagen. Eating at Carmel’s, a 1940s home rebuilt for a restaurant, is like having breakfast at grandma’s on a Sunday morning, according to owner Patrick Flanigan. With entrees like the Warm Croissant Egg & Bacon Sandwich, Breakfast Panini-eggs, French Toast Croissant, and Sweet Crepes, we can see why it won the prestigious title. It puts our little Arcadia on the world stage and we couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t been to Carmel’s, go. Go right now.

Carmel’s Breakfast House | 4233 East Camelback Road |  Phoenix, AZ

Are You My Ride? 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe

March 25, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

mercedes-s63-amg-4matic-coupeIt’s a mouthful, but doesn’t that usually mean it’s a sweet ride? Seeing how this is a Benz, it absolutely is a sweet ride. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe  has everything you could want out of a luxury coupe. Its 5.5 liter V8 engine can produce a whopping 577 horsepower. This thing can move fast. With all the safety in the ride and under the hood, you’ll be moving quickly but safely. Its all-wheel-drive can handle turns and corners like they were nothing. Really, what else can you expect from Mercedes-Benz?

TapHouse Kitchen Now Open in Scottsdale

March 24, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

taphouseThe beer connoisseur in you is going to love this place. TapHouse Kitchen has just opened in the Valley and we’re pretty excited about it. Located at the at the Hilton Village in Scottsdale, the new restaurant is filled with modern American cuisine, along with an excellent beer list. A rustic feel fills the building and is complimented by the wine bottle chandeliers. The menu comes to us from Chef Patrick Karvis, formerly of Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore and he’s cooking up some pretty interesting things. Our favorite part is the twenty craft beers, 5 select wines and 3 different types of whiskey that are all served on tap. That’s pretty spectacular itself. You should really check it out.

TapHouse Kitchen | 6137 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale

New Music Monday: Foster the People

March 24, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Well, it looks like Foster the People is trying out some new kicks. It’s been a few years since the release of their immensely popular album, Torches. You know that one, it has that song Pumped Up Kicks, that has only played on the radio about a million times. The band finally released their second studio album, Supermoderl, and it’s pretty standard as pop music is concerned. Check out this song, Coming of Age.

The Weekender: Tangerine Margarita

March 21, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001It’s been warming up. Not just in the Valley but all around the country. Since yesterday was technically the first day of spring, we thought we would bring you a cocktail that will get you pumped for that beautiful warm weather. Thanks to Benihana, the Tangerine Margarita is perfect for lounging around the pool.


Avión Silver Tequila – 1 ½ oz.

Combier Orange Liqueur – ½ oz.

Monin Tangerine Syrup – ½ oz.

Tropicana Orange Juice – 1 oz.


Muddle one lime wedge and one orange slice. Add remaining ingredients and ice in to shaker and shake until fully mixed. Pour into an English highball glass. Pour ¼ oz. float of Grand Marnier on the surface. Rim the glass with salt and garnish with one orange slice.

Latest Fleming’s Concept Opens in Scottsdale

March 20, 2014 | 12:04 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image008Everyone knows Fleming’s. What everyone may not know is that Paul Fleming is a restaurateur and if you think his signature joint is good, wait until you check out his latest concept. Paul Martin’s American Grill is your stop for the finest American cuisine prepared in a kitchen where mostly everything is made from scratch. Just how American is the cuisine? The “Brick” Chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh herb jus and Marinated Skirt Steak with grilled maple-bourbon sweet potatoes and arugula are just a couple examples of the menu. Signature desserts, hand-crafted cocktails, craft brews, and great wine list compliment the new restaurant. Located at the Borgata in Scottsdale, Paul Martin’s opened this month.

Paul Martin’s American Grill | 6186 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale

Today’s Object of Desire: Shelfie Bike Mount

March 20, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

shelfie-bike-rackToday’s object of desire is perfect for all who love bikes. Specifically, bicycles. Arizona is one of the best places to bike. The urban areas are flat and ideal for your road bike. We have numerous mountain bike paths for those of you who are bit more adventurous. One difficulty with biking is storage. They’re big and can be hard to find a place to park in your home, especially if you live in an apartment. The Shelfie Bike Mount solves that while be practical and stylish. It hangs your bike from the wall but in manner that will keep it out of the way.

Twin Peaks Bikini Car Wash to Benefit Family of Fallen Officer

March 19, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

twinEarlier this month, Phoenix police officer Detective John Hobbs lost life in the line of duty. It’s easy to forget how often the men and women in blue put their lives on the line to protect and serve. To help the Hobbs family, the Twin Peaks bar and grill on Camelback will be hosting a bikini car wash this Saturday, March 22. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, you should bring your car, truck, or motorcycle to the restaurant where 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hobbs family. The Twin Peaks girls wanted to show their support for the family and police officers everywhere and they will be using their “assets” to raise funds. We’re guessing they are going to raise a lot.

Twin Peaks Camelback | 2135 East Camelback Road | Phoenix AZ 85016

Free Pizza and Wings With Vasectomies

March 19, 2014 | 10:17 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Group_4_3428Okay, this may be the strangest deal we’ve ever seen. And we’ve seen a lot. Local medical practice Affiliated Urologists is offering free pizza and wings for patients who get a vasectomy procedure during the March Madness college basketball tournament. Because when we think of basketball we naturally think of bar food and vasectomies. Regardless of how ridiculous it sounds, we’re guessing there are some of you are or know of people looking to get the procedure done. Well, starting this week, you can get some free food out of it. Win, win? We think so. The urologists (pictured) are calling it March VASNESS.

First Annual “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk this Thursday

March 18, 2014 | 11:47 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Carstens_Forever_Oil_18x24_300dpi_5.25x7The very first annual “Spring into the Arts” artwalk will commence this Thursday in Old Town Scottsdale. Showcasing some of Arizona’s most talented artists, the day is hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association. This Thursday, March 20, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, feel free to walk along the Scottsdale arts district. Just look for the signs that say “ArtWalk the Line” on the sidewalk, specifically on Main Street, west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall, north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There are many artists featured, including Cyndy Cartsens (artwork pictured), who will be doing a live painting concert entitled “A Mother’s Love Has No Bounds.” The three hour live oil painting session at Cartsen’s Fine Art Studio & Gallery will be raising money for Cydny’s son’s fight against myeloma bone cancer. You can purchase raffle tickets for $10 each to win the painting. All proceeds will benefit a fund for his life-saving bone marrow transplant. You can donate directly by clicking here. So, this week, do some good, enjoy some art have a good time.

Are You My Ride? 2015 Audi TT

March 18, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

2015-audi-ttAh, yes, the Audi TT is one of our favorites. This compact coupe and get your heart racing. The new 2015 Audi TT is no exception, either. What’s new about the 2015? A lot. More lines along body gives it that concept look that we’ve hoped future cars would have. With a few options for engines, we would have to choose the 310 horse power twin-turbo. Available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, chances are you can handle corners like a dream. Also, that blue color is something out of a dream.

Kick Off the Scottsdale Culinary Fest with the “Opening Night...

March 17, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Opening NightIt is that time of year again. For a week in April, the east Valley will be home to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. It is seven days of food, drinks, fun, and the latest and greatest in Arizona culinary culture. To kick off the week, you can strut down the red carpet in a classic Hollywood themed opening party at the Casablanca Lounge in downtown Scottsdale. On Tuesday, April 8, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, you can enjoy vintage Campari cocktails and delicious bites from the Lounge’s new menu. Black and white movies, a roaming magician, and live music will be your entertainment. The cost is only $40 per person. For tickets, click here.

New Music Monday: THUMPERS

March 17, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Last week, the music portion of South By Southwest took over the city of Austin. With literally thousands of bands playing, the week was filled with a million different kinds of music. This is one group we think you should start noticing. THUMPERS came all the way from London to perform at SXSW. The indie/pop group is starting to make waves. They just released their first full-length album, Galore, last month on Sub-Pop records. This song is called UNKINDER. We think you’ll dig it. If you do like it, they will be playing tonight at The Western in Scottsdale. We’ll see you there.

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