Do we really need to say anything else? Well, maybe. Earlier this month, Paul McCartney released his sixteenth solo album. New was released on Oct. 11 and consists entirely of new music, which makes sense given the album’s title. It went as far as to reach number three on the charts in the U.S. and number one on multiple European charts. This is the title track from the record, which also happens to be the first single. We recommend picking it up.
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It does take a lot of hard work but you will be rewarded with something sweet. Aside from the sweetness of helping charities, you will receive a delicious mug of hot chocolate and treats to dip them in. Hopefully, by December it will be cold enough to enjoy such a thing because the last thing you want it a hot drink after running five or 15k in the heat. Anyway, on Sunday, Dec. 8, runners and walkers alike from around the state will participate in the Phoenix Hot Chocolate 15/5K where a portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Phoenix and the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation. The race will take place at at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale where participants can enjoy beautiful desert views on the run. Want to run? Register here.
Aw yeah, it’s Friday. We probably don’t have to mention this every week, but we’re pretty excited about the weekend. After five days of strenuous work, it’s about time we got to relax. You can do that with Kelly’s at South Bridge‘s signature cocktail, the Strawberry Shamrock. Shall we take a look?
Muddle mint with grenadine. Add ice and spirits with Margarita Sensations and shake. Return to glass, top up with ice and a splash club soda. Add strawberry section and mint sprig for garnish
The 36-year-old Phoenix salon has recently unveiled its new look. The purpose of the remodel was to “improve the appearance and overall feel of the salon, as well as to help better serve its clients today and for generations to come.” Mane Attraction Salon has already served for clients for multiple generations, so good on them for the new look. The remodel includes custom high-tech, super-efficient lighting, such as lights added to the inside of the mirrors to create truer, more natural reflection. Lining the walls are a new wallpaper from Piet Boon that compliment an almost seamless dark-tinted porcelain tile. The new look has Zen feel to it that will surely make their clients feel at home. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.
Did you just buy a new iPad? If so, that kind of sucks because the brand new iPad Air has just been announced. Don’t worry, we fall victim to the revolving door that the technology industry is, as well. The new iPad is 20% thinner than its predecessors and only weighs one pound. The Apple-designed A7 chip provides graphics and performance that can pretty much be comparable desktop computers. Its 10-hour battery life guarantees that you’ll have the media you need on the go. Updates to Facetime, iMessage, and its wireless capabilities are awesome. Expect to pay $500 at least for the new iPad.
Standup Scottsdale is always ready to help out the community. That includes are four-legged friends. Tonight, the comedy club will be hosting an event filled with laughs, costumes, and canines. Starting at 7:00 pm, the club is teaming up with the Lost Our Home pet adoption organization. The Lost Our Home Foundation is a abandoned animal rescue and shelter. There will be cocktails, music, comedy, and of course, a costume contest. Costumes are required. Lost Our Home will also have some of their furry residents in attendance. Who knows, you may fall in love and meet your new best friend.
It only seems natural that October would have a National Pumpkin Day. That day happens to be this Saturday, Oct. 26. Will Halloween parties in full-swing this weekend, how else can you enjoy the festive gourd? Here are some ideas.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria - Starting Nov. 1, the famous pizzeria will have pumpkin cheesecake for $5 a slice at all eight locations for you to enjoy all fall.
Sprinkles Cupcakes - The always delicious cupcakery is getting down with pumpkin cake that is seasoned with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. The cupcakes are topped with a sweet cinnamon frosting.
Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics - This one is a bit different. Instead of eating pumpkin, what about putting it all over your face? Rejuvena is offering organic cleansing pumpkin facials made with natural homemade ingredients.
We always admire local businesses that do philanthropic work. The Venue Scottsdale is one of those places. This Saturday, Oct. 26, the venue will be hosting a Halloween Howl party. From 8:00 pm to 2:00 am, DJ Mike G will be spinning some hits and live music from the Chris Parker Project will also be in full swing. The night will also feature costume contests with cash prizes, drink specials, photo booth, dancing, onsite fortune-tellers and more. What makes this party different than others is that proceeds will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Valley. Tickets are $30 or you can spend $60 and get VIP access, two drink tickets, appetizers, desserts and a swag bag.
Do you have $3 million to spend on a brand new sports car? Yeah, neither do we, but we can still dream. Speaking of dreams, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti Edition is definitely made of them. The body is made entirely out of carbon fiber (aside from dreams). The ride can pump out a whopping 1,200 horsepower. Sure, that’s not practical, but if you had that kind of dough to spend on it, it wouldn’t matter. Honestly, we don’t know much else about the car. It seems to be more of a status symbol than anything else.
Halloween will be here in just about a week and a half. Are you still looking for something to do? Don’t have any costumes idea yet, either? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Culinary Dropout’s The Yard in central Phoenix will be having a “Greaser Guys and Pinup Girls” Halloween party. You’ve guessed it. Guys come dressed in your favorite leather jacket and pompadour while girls strike a pose as pinup models. Sounds like a lot fun, right? Aside from normal bar drinks, you can enjoy a Pirates of the Black Sea, which is a cocktail made with Kraken Black Rum, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Caramelized Pineapple and Lime. The party is Oct. 31, from 8:00 pm to midnight.
Next week, Arcade Fire will release their fourth studio album, Reflektor. It’s been three years since the release of their chart-topping and Grammy-winning album The Suburbs and the band is looking to recreate that success. In part produced by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, a huge viral-marketing campaign has been underway to promote the new album. Here is the title track.
Tennis really isn’t as popular as it was 20 or 30 years ago, is it? That’s okay. There are still enough people who love the sport that they will always support it. For you fans, we have some good news. The DC Ranch Village Health Club has just opened at state-of-the-art tennis center. According to a Physical Activity Participation study, 30 million people still play the game. A lot of whom are younger people. So, it was about time those kids got a new and hip place to play. The brand new center will feature 10 outdoor lighted tennis courts, top-of-the-line 2,000-sq-ft clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker facilities, a lounge area, child care, and an expansive patio to view the matches. Both Village Choice and DC Ranch Village members will have full access with no additional charge. The club will be celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow. Don’t worry, the racquets aren’t as big as the picture to the right. Though, it would be fun to play with one of those.
With a name like that, you have to imagine that this will be a pretty drink. Oh yeah, in case you’re wondering, it is indeed the weekend and that means it is time for another delicious cocktail to wow your taste buds. Once again, the Salty Sow has our back in bringing you the finest drinks. This is the Sedona Sunset Pomegranate Mojito.
1 & ½ oz. Bacardi Rum
.5 oz. of POM Juice
.5 oz. of Fresh Lime Juice
2 tablespoons of Simple Syrup
10 pieces of Mint Leaves
2 oz. of Club Soda
In a shaker glass, combine ice, and all ingredients except for the club soda. Shake 22 times (which seems oddly specific). Pour into a 10 oz. rocks glass and top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaves
Some of you may be asking what exactly Movember is. During the month of November, men from around the country will be growing a mustache to support and raise awareness for men’s health issues. Well gentlemen, it is almost time to ditch the razors and shaving cream. Culinary Dropout has announced that they will participating in their own Movember movement and they will be inviting guests to raise money for the Movember Foundation. Let your ‘stache grow and head to Culinary, where they’ll take your pic where it will uploaded to the “CDO Movember Movement” album on their Facebook page. You can further support the cause by ordering a Mustache Andy ($9). It’s a delicious beer-cocktail, featuring Bulliet Rye. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey was kind enough to donate $1,500 to the cause.
Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you plan on having or going to a costume party, we highly recommend you have this in tow. The Pumpkin Tap Kit is a great accessory for any autumn-themed party. As you can see, there’s not a lot of maintenance in this product. First, you get yourself a pumpkin (duh). Then, you hollow it out like you would be making a Jack-O-Lantern. Finally, stick the tap through the gourd and there you have it. Fill it with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer and you’re ready to party.
It’s always nice seeing one of our favorite restaurants give back. Seeing how Veteran’s Day is almost upon us, Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe wanted to lend a helping hand. From Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, Salut will be giving 100% of their proceeds to the Pat Tillman Foundation. For those of you who don’t know, Pat Tillman (but really, any Valley resident knows who he is) was the ASU and Arizona Cardinal football star who gave up a luxurious NFL life to help fight the war on terrorism. After giving his life for the country, the Pat Tillman Foundation was formed. They provide resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts.
Isn’t it about time you ladies treated yourselves to a Girls Night Out? Good news for you, today is the day. Yes, the Scottsdale Quarter will be hosting a special VIP Girls Night Out on this hump day. And guess what? You’re the VIP. You can sip champagne and listen to a spinning DJ while checking out the latest fall fashion trends. Many shops will also be featuring freebies for all of you. Tonight, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, shops through the complex will be offering discounts, raffles, specials, and more. Models will be donned in the latest trends and you can enjoy appetizers and drinks. Sounds like fun, right?
Let’s face it, some people don’t know a whole lot about football. We’re in the heart of the season and some of you may be scratching your head while everyone else cheers on a play. Don’t worry, past and present NFL players are going to teach you the basics. At the same time, they will be raising money for a good cause. On Oct. 24, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Mint in Old Town Scottsdale will host Football 101. Presented by Future for KIDS, a non-profit dedicated to at-risk youth, the professional players doing the teaching will be Ryan Lindley (Arizona Cardinals backup Quarterback), John Skelton (San Francisco 49ers), and former Arizona Cardinals Michael Bankston, Ben Patrick, and Bernard Wilson. Tickets cost $35 per person. You can also purchase a VIP table for $300. With each ticket, guests will receive a custom Football 101 playbook as well as complementary martinis and passed hors d’oeuvres. The night will be complete with a raffle and auction.
You thought the days of the Escalade were over, didn’t you? That’s okay, so did we. Seeing how we’re (attempting) to live in a more environmentally conscious life, giant SUVs are the last things we want. But alas, the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade might change that, but only if they do a little less harm to the planet. The Escalade’s 6.2L V8 engine can pump out 420 horsepower. A completely redesigned interior is made up of leather and wood. It also has feature that deactivates cylinders in between fill-ups to save on gas. So, that’s okay, we guess.
The United States armed forces have been in combat for more than a decade now. We often find ourselves forgetting that fact. With the troops withdrawn from Iraq last year, that still leaves many in Afghanistan, who hopefully, will all be returning home next year. November 11 is Veteran’s Day and it’s important for citizens to be reminded of the sacrifice those men and women in uniform give. On that weekend, November 9, the Greater Cause Foundation will be putting together the 2013 Salute Our Troops Run. Being held at Estrella Lakeside in Goodyear, the day will consist of a 5K, 10K, and Family Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Military Assistance Mission, a non-profit that provides support to active-duty military, their families, and wounded warriors. There is still time to register for the runs.
We know we brought you new Justin Timberlake music not too long ago. This is the second part of his newest album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Justin had the unfortunate experience of releasing the first part when Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thinke’s monster hit Blurred Lines were dominating the airwaves. Maybe he’ll have better luck with this release. Then again, it came out almost three weeks ago and we haven’t heard much about it. Check it out this track, TKO, it’s not bad.
Oktoberfest is one of our favorite events. Tempe Beach Park will be taken over this weekend by beers, brats, rides and games. Starting tonight at 5:00 pm and lasting until Sunday evening, Tempe’s Oktoberfest is perfect for people of all ages. Kids can enjoy special arts and crafts,carnival rides, and plenty of games. For adults, come on, it’s Oktoberfest. So, yes, beer will definitely be involved. The best part? It’s sponsored by Arizona’s one and only Four Peaks. There will also be plenty of live music and delicious food. The event is free and open to the public all weekend long. A quick tip, we recommend you avoid driving around downtown Tempe this weekend. It’s going to be a madhouse.
We’re not going to remind you. You’ve been looking forward to this day all week. That said, let’s get right into The Weekender. Courtesy of our friends at the Salty Sow, they don’t call Arizona the Copper State for no reason. This is the Copper State Mule.
1 & ½ oz. Vodka
.25 oz. of Fresh Lime Juice
3 oz. Ginger Beer
Lime wedge garnish
In a shaker glass, combine ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake and pour contents with ice into a copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and add lime wedge garnish.
There is probably a good amount of you that try not to eat gluten. Whether you have celiac disease or are just trying to live a healthier life, finding gluten-free food items can be difficult. With Halloween parties coming up, it may be even more difficult finding those items. That’s why Luci’s Marketplace is a hosting a family-friendly Halloween party of their own. On the evening of Oct. 30, the party/cooking class will be making food, for example Edible Cookie Graveyards and Sausage Stuffed Mini Pumpkins. Guests will also receive a gluten-free Halloween goodie bag and the kid with the best costume will take home a $25 Luci’s gift card. The event wil $29.99 per adult and $15.00 per child. Sign up online here.
Reasonably priced electronics are becoming more and more available as of late. The HP Chromebook 11 is a shining example of that. It’s an HP laptop that is powered by Google. With 2GB of RAM and a 16GB Solid State Drive, it has everything you need in you’re not using it for anything too technical. Oh, in case you’re wondering, a solid state drive means there are no moving parts, are quiet, and resistent to shock. If you don’t think 16GB is a enough space for you, the computer also comes with 100GB of cloud space. The laptop comes in a range of color schemes and connects to all of your devices. You can get yours at just $279.