Posts by: Maxfield Barker

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.

Today’s Object of Desire: Wake Up & Smell The Bacon

March 11, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

wake-up-smell-bacon-thumb-630xauto-38096Yes, this is a real thing. We’re not joking. The Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is as real as the bacon you eat in the morning. Speaking of which, who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon in the morning? There’s really nothing quite like it. The iPhone app/alarm clock, when plugged into your phone, releases the beautiful scent for when you’re supposed to wake up. It’s the kind of thing that every single person out there would love to wake to. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. Too bad it doesn’t actually cook bacon for you. Oscar Mayer, you really need to work on that.

Are You My Ride? Koenigsegg One:1

March 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

koenigsegg-one1-thumb-630xauto-38005This is the supercar to end all supercars. The Koenigsegg One:1 is nothing short of pure perfection. Even if you could afford, you’ll never own one. You probably will never be able to drive one, either. Why? Because only six were made and you better believe they’re all spoken for. The One:1 is the Swedish car company’s pride and joy and puts Italian and German cars to shame. It’s capable of 280 mph and can producer over 1,300 horsepower. You don’t even want to know how much it costs because if you have to ask, you can definitely not afford it.

Tequila Tastings at Taco Guild in Phoenix

March 10, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

tacoThere are two types of tequila drinkers. One of them pounds Jose Cuervo on the weekends and doesn’t appreciate. The other is a connoisseur. Tomorrow, March 11, Taco Guild in Phoenix will be hosting an excellent Tequila Tasting. Obviously, this is for those who recognize the full worth of the Mexican spirit. For $35 per perosn, the evening will feature a four course tequila paired meal along with special guest speaker Diana Jimenez of Cabrito Tequila.

Greeting cocktail – 1893 frozen margarita (Tequila Cabrito Reposado)

1st Course – chef inspired ceviche of the day – Tequila Cabrito Blanco

2nd Course – grilled romaine salad – Tequila Cabrito Reposado

3rd Course – selection of three tacos – cocktail featuring anjeo tequila

4th Course – dessert – paired with appropriate tequila

International Hummus Day Will Have You Saying ‘Yum’

March 10, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image001If you don’t like hummus, we’re sorry, but we think there’s something wrong with you. Though, we do apologize to anyone who may have an allergy to the chickpea dish. Aside from that, we stick to our statement. March 13 is International Hummus Day. Yes, we know there are of those national/international food days, but we just love hummus so much. Salut Kitchen Bar‘s hummus nachos and breakfast nachos are two unique dishes. The hummus nachos (pictured) have feta, red onion, and pomegranate seeds served on crispy pita with a balsamic drizzle. The breakfast nachos are made with fried pita chips with egg whites, house made hummus, shaved Prairie Breeze cheddar, chopped bacon and chives. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

New Music Monday: Manchester Orchestra

March 10, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Manchester Orchestra is one of the bands that causes an emotional stir in you. Their first couple of albums were… Well, pretty melancholy. That might have something to do with their popularity. Next month, the indie band will be releasing their fourth studio album, Cope. This single, Top Notch, off the record already sounds different their older stuff. It’s heavier and angrier. We like it.

The Weekender: Absinth–Tini

March 7, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002Did you know that March 5 was National Absinth Day? Well, we did remind you last week. Did you have a little dance with the Green Fairy? Yeah, neither did we. But that’s what the weekend is for, right? Once again, Salut Kitchen Bar had the courtesy to give us another great absinth recipe. This is the Absinth–Tini. It sounds interesting and we can’t wait to try it.


2½ fl oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin

½ fl oz Martini Extra dry vermouth

⅛ fl oz NV Absinthe


Shake all the ingredients and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Home to Delicious Local Brews

March 6, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

twenty6 Honey Nut Brown AleSometimes, it’s hard to find local beer in the Valley. You either have to go to a bar or liquor store to get a good selection. Good thing the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is now offering beer brewed right in the Grand Canyon State. Two new restaurants at the resort, twenty6 lounge and stonegrill restaurant, guests can choose from six locally-brewed beers plus 17 other drafts. The beers have been hand picked by the resort’s food and beverage director Oliver Reschreiter, who also happens to be a home brewer. They include Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, Mudshark UpRiver Lager, Sleepy Dog Brewing Leg Humper Hefeweizen, Nimbus Pale Ale, Oak Creek Amber Ale and Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale. Sounds delicious, right?

Today’s Object of Desire: Escape Mobile Cabin

March 6, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

escape-mobile-cabin-thumb-630xauto-37988Today’s object of desire isn’t necessarily an object. It’s more of a building. Sometime you need to escape. The daily grind can really wear down on your soul and the best way to combat that is getting the hell out of dodge. That’s where the Escape Mobile Cabin. This isn’t a redneck mobile, no it is not. The Mobile Cabin is by far the classiest mobile home we’ve ever seen. It has a built-in bed with nightstands, a bathroom with walk-in shower, vaulted ceilings, and really tall windows. We know how we’re going to escape the Valley this summer.

Scottsdale Nightclub About the Experience, Not the Booze

March 5, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

cake clubWhat comes to mind when you think of nightclubs? Surely, copious amounts alcohol, right? That’s not always the case but it does seem to be the norm. Just opented on Feb. 22, Scottsdale’s newest joint, Cake Nightclub, wants to change that stigma. Obviously, it’s going to be filled with beautiful girls (pictured, though, those we’re not sure if those particular girls will actually be there) and drinks but that’s not all it’s good for. The new club surprisingly has a lot to offer. The spot features aerialists, acrobatics, stilt walkers, theatrics, and costumes. It’s the type of club you would expect to find in Los Angeles or New York City. There are rumors of surprise celebrity visits and performance to keep you on your toes.

Cake Nightclub | 4426 North Saddlebag Trail | Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Learn “Meditation in Motion” at the Japanese Friendship...

March 5, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

japanese friendship gardenLife can be stressful for all of us. The daily grind can really wear down your soul and spirit. There are plenty of ways to calm that stress down and we’re always looking for new ones. One of the most serene places in the Valley is the Japanese Friendship Garden in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There, on Sunday, March 16, a lecture on  Tai Chi-QiGong by Kim Kubsch of Safe Movements will teach you to be at peace. The easy and gentle “meditation in motion” will help you in balance and flexibility, improve circulation, concentration and focus. Most importantly, though, it will help increase your energy, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. The lecture begins at 1:00 p.m. and we think you should attend.

Upscale Women’s Boutique Now Open in Gainey Village

March 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

designerFashion is your thing, isn’t it? You’re not satisfied until you are on the latest trend from all around the world. Good thing for you, there’s an all-new upscale women’s boutique now open in Scottsdale at the Gainey Village. Designer Studio has luxury formal wear from all over Europe from designers like Jovani, Faviana, Alyce Paris, Terani couture and more. It’s a good place to shop for dresses for prom, weddings, galas, bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and what ever fancy occasion you can think of. Even the store has a classy feel to it with a chandelier hanging above and red velvet interior. The next time you need something with a little extra class, check out the studio.

Designer Studio | 8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 218 | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Are You My Ride? Volvo Estate Concept

March 4, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

volvo-estate-concept-thumb-630xauto-37904Volvo has been on top of their game the last few years. A lot of people associate the Swedish car company with old people but that is certainly not the case. Their future is looking bright. The Volvo Estate Concept  is testament to that. This three-door wagon is all about the technology inside. The dash is centered around a large touch screen display that controls most the interior; music, climate control, and more. The aesthetics inside are like a dream with rich leather and wood accents. We don’t know what it looks like, but it sounds nice. Also, this car will probably never be made but we like to think that something like it will be in production in the next few years.

St. Patrick’s Day at Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon

March 3, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

IMG_3577Sometimes, we don’t pay a lot of attention to the north Valley. Don’t worry, folks. We know you’re there. For those of you who live and around Peoria, St. Patrick’s Day at Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon is bound to be a good time. Filled with drink specials and fun, the bar will be celebrating the holiday with four days debauchery. From Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17, you can hang out there all day from 11:00 am to close. Some specials include $2 Green House Brew, $5 Car Bomb, Jameson or Bailey’s shots, $3 Cans of Guinness, $3 Nitro Milk Stout Beer, and $5 Irish Coffee. You can also get your hands on some made-from-scratch Shepard’s Pie for $10.

Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon| 15703 North 83rd Avenue | Peoria, AZ

New Music Monday: Beck

March 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Beck has been releasing albums for over 20 years now. The singer-songwriter gained popularity in the early nineties with his unique and experimental style. His music covers multiple genres like funk, rock, soul, and more. This month, Beck released his 12th studio album, Morning Phase. Yes, it is album number 12 and that’s crazy. The record is already receiving stellar reviews. Decide for yourself. Here is the track Wave off the new album.

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