In just about two weeks, the third annual Arizona Cocktail Week will grace the Valley and guess what? We could not be more excited. There is just something so beautiful about the Valley’s mixology culture. To prepare, you can now purchase your official wristbands that will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. From Feb. 14 to Feb. 21 and for only $10, purchasers of wristbands are eligible for exclusive discounts at the dozens of bars, lounges and restaurants participating in the week-long event. The wristbands will also get you into a few exclusive ticket-only events. One great example of what you can get during the week is at the The House Brasserie. There, you can enjoy a Pimm’s Mule at a reduced $8 all day. Also, you can receive bottomless mimosas for $10 during brunch. The best part, though, is when you purchase the bands, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the JDRF.
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You’ve heard of twerking, right? It’s that provocative dance where the booty is shaken in a sexy manner. In honor of twerking and the Grammys the other week, the folks at Ruffino Italian Cuisine decided to come up with a few music-inspired cocktails. This is the Twek-tini.
¾ oz Malibu Coconut Rum
¾ oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
¾ oz Absolut Citron
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish the glass with a twist of lemon and a sugar rim.
You don’t really think of sushi being a popular food item at a Super Bowl party. Why not mix it up a little? RA Sushi will be offering some pretty sweet sushi platters for the big game. You can choose between the Basic option with eight Nigiri pieces and 44 sushi pieces for $60 or the Vegetarian Combo with 54 sushi pieces for $50. For medium sized party, the Maki Maki with 81 pieces of sushi for $70 or the Tsukiji Combo with 32 Nigiri pieces and 52 sushi pieces for $100 are right up your alley. But, if you’re having a giant party, we’d recommend the Harajuku Combo for $120, which comes with eight Nigiri pieces and 111 sushi pieces. You can make customizable platters, as well. The options are endless. These platters are available at every Valley RA location.
People thought that Google Glass was going to revolutionize how we use technology. What they didn’t think is how ridiculous people were going to look while wearing them. Seriously, have seen anyone wearing them in public? They look absurd. One company is attempting to make the tech a little more fashionable. Google Glass Titanium Eyewear incorporates eyeglasses into the design to make it a bit more stylish. It gives the wearer more of a normal look. The eyewear, though, is only that. Google Glass comes separately.
Just because it’s the Super Bowl, that doesn’t mean you have to eat junk food. Sure, football is all about hot wings, potato chips, and beer, but don’t want something a little more nutritional? We’re guessing a lot of you are saying no. Hey, that’s okay, but hear us out. This Sunday, Feb. 2, the day of the big game, The Cove Trattoria will be having one heck of a pizza deal. When you buy and two pizzas, you will receive one for free. Known for its authentic Italian cuisine, these pizzas will be a good addition to your Super Bowl party on Sunday. Toppings cost extra, so just have your friends chip in. This deal is only good from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
What’s better than good drinks and good music? Nothing, as far as we can tell. On Feb. 6, the latest installment of Sips & Sounds will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at The SHOPS at Gainey Village. You’re invited to relax in the cool night under the stars and listen to Urban Electra. This string quartet is the perfect contemporary and classical mix of music that will make your Thursday night. The ladies will perform original and modern music like Metallica, Sting, U2, the Cranberries, Eminem, Coldplay, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. The event free to the public and there will be food and drink available for purchase.
In 2012, Arizona celebrated its centennial as a state in the U.S. It has been a triumphant 100 years. One thing that has made the Grand Canyon state one of the best in the Union is our culinary culture. To commemorate it, everyone from James Beard award-winning chefs to mom-and-pop restaurants, have given their input on Arizona food to write 100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes: A Tribute to Arizona’s Culinary Community. The book was an instant hit and sold out very quickly. Why? Because it’s showcases a history of Arizona’s food with 100 recipes from restaurants all across the state, an index of all Arizona vineyards, a list of farms and farmer’s markets, as well as historical photos scattered throughout. You can order a copy here.
How come you don’t really see anyone driving Cadillacs anymore? The Escalade was the SUV to have a few years ago. Maybe that’s because the public in general have become more environmentally conscious. Smaller cars, means smaller emissions… Usually. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe isn’t an electric car, nor is it particularly “green” but it is probably better than any SUV. It’s the company’s smalles coupe as of yet. You have the option of choosing between a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 272 horsepower or the 3.6-liter V6, which will pump out 321 horsepower. We’re not sure about the price, but with all of the other available options, we’re guessing it’s not in the cheap category.
This Sunday, Feb. 2, the United States will be graced the largest television event of the year. Yes, we are talking about the Super Bowl. When the Seahawks take on the Broncos, where are you going to be watching? Some people have parties, some people go out. If you’re looking for a place, think about Kelly’s at Southbridge in Old Town Scottsdale. They will be having two specials, Mile High Nachos and Seattle Paella. One for each time. There are plenty of TVs and couches to lounge on, not to mention the amazing patio that awaits you, as well.
In honor of last night’s Grammy Awards, we decided to do something a little different with today’s new music post. A couple of months ago, Beyonce took over the charts with the secret release of her self-titled album. Last night, she performed with husband Jay Z during the award ceremony. We have to say, it might have been one of the best performances we have ever seen. It was their song Drunk In Love. You should watch it.
A lot of restaurants are having Super Bowl specials but let’s be real, it’s all about the Super Bowl party. If you want to entertain, try and stay away from the the cliche food items like pretzels, and chips and salsa. Thanks to Chef Monte Healy Del Frisco’s Grille here is a great recipe for Prime Steak Tacos:
6 OZ Prime Hangar Steak, cut in ½-inch pieces
1 TBSP Kosher Salt
¼ TBSP Black Pepper
1 TBSP Oil, Pure Olive
2 Each Lime, cut in half
3 TSP Salsa
3 Each Cilantro Sprigs
3 Each Quality Corn Tortilla
1. Take the steak and place into a mixing bowl and coat with the olive oil, lime juice from one of the lime halves, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Place a skillet down on the stovetop and preheat to high.
3. Add the seasoned steak to the skillet and sear the meat to add color to the surface and to lock in the juices.
4. Toast the corn tortillas on a flat griddle on both sides to soften, and place the tortillas on a platter.
5. Transfer the seared meat distributing the steak evenly between the three tortillas. Spoon the salsa on top of the steak of each taco.
6. Garnish each taco with a sprig of cilantro and serve with a charred lime half.
In honor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open starting up soon, we thought it would be a good idea to add a golf twist to this edition of the Weekender. Everyone knows what —and hopefully who— an Arnold Palmer is. Here is the more fun version from another golfer; the John Daly.
1 1/4 oz Vodka
1/4 oz triple sec
2 Cups lemonade
3 Cups iced tea
Mix the ingredients over ice in a collins glass and serve with a lemon garnish.
We’re always looking for a new bar and taco shop. For the people of Scottsdale, you’ve got a good one coming to you. The Salty Senorita will be opening its newest location in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. On Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m., residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the “official” grand opening. During the festivities, you can enjoy live music until 11:00 p.m., enjoy tableside margaritas, and samples from the Taco-yaki menu. There will also be valet parking, cab service and a full service menu and bar. The restaurant will be open earlier that day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but will close for a few hours to prepare for the grand opening. Admission is free.
Salty Senorita | 3748 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Some people just need a little motivation. Some just need a lot. We’re guessing that there are a significant amount of you who wish to become more active. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or just a goal you’ve had difficulty accomplishing, we have the perfect thing for you. The Reign Activity Tracker gives you that little extra push that you need. The tracker fits comfortably to your wrist and works with both iPhone and Android, along with web apps. It will monitor your sleep patterns and let you know when it is time to be active. It’s that constant reminder that will help you get your butt off of the couch.
This is an interesting gimmick by the folks at Tilted Kilt. They’re not exactly known for their… Well, for lack of a better word, classy establishments, but it is indeed pub and sports bar, so, we’ll let it slide. Anyway, the “restaurant” has just debuted their Heaven & Hell menu. Basically, it’s two menus, one for those of who you are keeping your New Year’s resolution and those of you who said screw it. Check it out:
Grilled Salmon Salad – Grilled salmon filet atop our fresh lettuce blend tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado ranch dressing
Blackened Chicken Salad – Blackened chicken breast atop our fresh lettuce blend tossed in your choice of dressing with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and shredded cheddar and jack cheeses
The “Fit Wrap” – Jalapeño cheese tortilla filled with shaved roasted turkey and spinach, julienne peppers and onions, diced tomato and julienne cucumbers tossed in pesto balsamic vinaigrette. Served with sweet potato fries
Black Bean Veggie Wrap – A spinach tortilla filled with a spicy black bean, corn and tomato combination, lettuce, fresh veggies, cheddar and jack cheese and cayenne ranch sauce. Served with sweet potato fries
Blackened Grilled Salmon – A blackened grilled salmon filet served atop a bed of steamed seasonal vegetables topped with white wine lemon sauce
Chili Spaghetti – Fresh cooked spaghetti pasta tossed in our famous TK chili with diced onions topped with a generous portion of shredded cheddar and jack cheeses. Served with garlic bread
Blackened Chicken Green Chili Mac & Cheese – Fresh cooked cavatelli pasta tossed with roasted green chilies and creamy cheese sauce. Topped with blackened chicken and parmesan cheese
Roasted Turkey Melt – Shaved roasted turkey, thousand Island dressing, pepper jack cheese, roasted green chilies and caramelized onions served on toasted sourdough
BBQ Bacon Dublin Burger – Two 1/2lb. choice butcher’s blend beef patties grilled to perfection, topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy shoestring onions and Guinness BBQ Sauce
Garlic Parmesan Baby Bakers – Crispy baby bakers tossed in garlic parmesan sauce and served with a side of cayenne ranch dressing
The biggest game of the year is only about a week and a half away. On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos to determine who is the best team in the league. What are some of the most popular food items on that day? Potato chips. If you’re not sure what you’re doing on that day, there are many great spots around town to enjoy some dipping. Kelly’s at Southbridge in downtown Scottsdale will be serving their homemade chips or a grilled baguette with their Jalapeño Popper Dip. You can grab a batch of table-side guacamole from any Z’Tejas or you can try the Artichoke Spinach Dip at Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe. The possibilities are endless.
You always have to support the home team. Local sauce maker, Madison’s Hot Sauce, was named not one but two-time winner of the 2013 The Hot Pepper Awards. The sauce company achieved first place in the World’s Best Marinade in the condiments category for its “M” Sauce and third place in the Unique Sauces Overall for their “O” Sauce. Hosted in New York City in December, sauce makers from around the world went head-to-head in the competition. That’s a pretty big deal and we’re happy that the Valley is making waves in the international food scene. During the competition, dozens of sauces duked it out in over 186 categories. If you’re interested in trying the sauces out, we recommend the “M” sauce. Where can you purchase them? Valley Whole Food Markets and AJ’s Fine Food have a steady supply, along with restaurants like Bold Roost, Lux Coffee, and Downside Risk. Congratulations, Madison’s.
If this concept ever comes to life, Arizona might be one of the best places to be if you were to own it. The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept is not your average Beetle. The concept has the same engine as the Beetle R-Line with 2.0L and 210 horsepower. What’s different is that it is made for offroad. A little more ground clearance and overall larger, the concept is made for… Well, the dunes and everything outdoors. It even has a ski rack built into the spoilers. It also comes with the standard new tech (LED headlights, touch-screen display, etc.) But that’s not what’s important here. Reminiscent of the VW you’ve seen in all those surf movies from back in the day, this a ride we would love to play with over the weekend. Unfortunately, seeing how it is a concept, we have no idea if it will ever hit the factory floor.
Just because you don’t love golf, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to enjoy it. In February, the always-fun and much-anticipated Phoenix Open comes to Scottsdale. On Jan. 27, professional golfers and lovers of the sport will descend upon north Scottsdale for a week of golfing good times. If you’re attending the Open, we recommend checking the 16th and 17th holes. Trust us, it’s nothing like a normal golf tournament. If golf isn’t your thing, you can still have fun. On Jan. 31, the W Scottsdale will be hosting their 5th Annual Golf Ball. Located on the Shade Lounge and the WET pool deck, the area will be transformed into a fun filled golf themed experience. You can compete for Under Armour prizes at the golf simulator. There will be live music and your favorite drinks being served. The best part? It’s free admission. Oh yeah, it’s a 21 and over party.
Silversun Pickups saw huge success with their 2006 album Carnavas, especially with the hit Lazy Eye. They’ve released two albums since then and we’re guessing you didn’t hear much about it, either. This is their new song, Cannibal and will be released on “The Singles Collection” vinyl box set, on February 25. It doesn’t quite create the magic that Lazy Eye was, but this new song does hit a catchy hook at about 1:37 in the song. That’s probably too long to get your attention, but it’s still pretty good.
This drink will give you an early taste of Spring. We’re not exactly known for our freezing winters, but Spring is just amazing in the Valley. Since it practically feels like it already, we decided to bring you a little taste of it. The Queen Elizabeth, named for the inventor’s wife and not the English ruler, this cocktail is perfect for cool days.
1.5 oz Dry vermouth (Noilly Prat)
.75 oz Benedictine Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.
Paradise Valley’s Hermosa Inn has always been an appreciator of the arts and continues to do so with its award-winning Artist in Residence series. Now, in partnership with Carrie Curran Art Studios, the inn is converting one of its classic casitas into a working art studio and gallery. The Hermosa Inn Art Studio & Gallery will be the home to private and group classes, as well as gallery space featuring the works of critically acclaimed artist Carrie Curran, who will be teaching the classes. The doors will be opening its doors at the end of February. Be ready to enjoy beginner or expert classes. To sign up, call Hermosa at 602.955.8614 or call the Carrie Curran Art Studio at 480.478.8121.
What have you Instagrammed today? Instagram is one of our favorite social media apps. It lets you take a look into people’s lives. Some of the photography on there is really good, too. In fact, we’ve found that some of our own photos are pretty good. That’s why the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera is a great purchase. This Android connected camera allows to print your photos after you take them. You can send them out to your followers on every photo-sharing app and keep a hard copy with you forever. The price is still to be determined, but we think it’s worth every penny, regardless of how many pennies that actually is.
We’ve seen four course and five course meals, but six courses? That’s pretty ridiculous, not that that’s a bad thing, though. When paired up with great wine, we see ourselves downing six courses in a night. On Jan. 21, Napa Valley’s own Grgich Hills Estate wine tasting dinner will be a thing of beauty. You can enjoy delicious food that has been expertly paired by their creative team of chefs. Reservations must be made by Jan. 17 and can be done by calling 480-398-7700. The Twisted Rose Winery will be hosting the event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the price is $65 per person.
1st course: Flume Blanc, Roasted corn veloute with crabmeat
2nd course: Chardonnay, Endive and frisee salad with scallops and bacon
3rd course: Zinfandel, Duck confit with mange tout, mung beans, daikons and cellophane noodles
4th course: Merlot, Breaded pork medallions, with tomato jam and grilled radicchio and mustard gastrique
5th course: Cabernet Sauvignon, Braised Short ribs with anasazi beans and pancetta cassoulet
6th course: Violetta, Doughnuts with Sabayon
Have you ever dreamt of flying? If asked what superpower would you have, many people choose to fly. What you don’t know is that you have the ability to fly without superpowers but with grace and rhythm. The Scorpius Dance Theatre will be opening a new aerial arts studio and will be hosting a grand opening this Saturday, Jan. 18. From noon to 4:00 p.m., you can catch of a sneak preview of what the studio has to offer. During the event, you can snack on light refreshments, meet the trainer, and watch a demonstration by the team. You can also win tickets to an upcoming Scorpius show and if you’re interested in joining, can save on classes when booking that day. If you register for six classes, you can receive the seventh for free. The classes range from $20 to $30 per person and per class. You can register here.
Metropolitan Arts Institute | 1700 North 7th Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85007