Posts by: Maxfield Barker

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

Kelly’s at SouthBridge to Host Charity Golf Tournament

August 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

kellysGolf isn’t for everybody. Some find it quite boring, as a matter of fact. It doesn’t have to be boring, though. When playing golf directly helps those in need, then it’s not boring. Kelly’s at SouthBridge will be hosting a charity golf tournament that does just that. The second annual Kelly’s Kup Charity Golf Tournament is being held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 8. Registration for the tourney is on that day at 10:30 am. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Scottsdale youth, education and local charities in partnership with the Scottsdale Charros. You can get your ticket for $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. This includes green fees, cart, use of practice facilities, a tee gift, beverage tickets, on-course entertainment and access to the awards reception dinner. If you purchase a Super Ticket, the rewards are endless, for example, you’ll receive two mulligans, five raffle tickets, two football squares, complimentary cigar bar, golf hat, divot tool, pink tee advantage and the chance to win bottle service at Kelly’s. So, if you love golf and helping others, join the Kelly’s Cup tournament.

Bitter & Twisted: Your Perfect Downtown Spot Before the Show

August 12, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

B&T_opens38Slowly but surely, downtown Phoenix is coming into its own. More and more amazing bars and restaurants keep popping up. One of the newest is Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. Located in the heart of downtown on Jefferson and Central, Bitter & Twisted is the perfect spot to meet up before a big concert, ball game, or performance. The bar has just announced a new happy hour and late night menu. Available every Tuesday through Saturday, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can enjoy a Collins, Margarita, Mojito or the always-changing Featured Cocktail for only $6. You can also take advantage of $1 off domestic beer and well drinks, and $5 glasses of bubbles. A unique food menu is also there to satisfy your taste buds. How unique? Have you ever had cuttlefish? Didn’t think so. Food is served until 1:30 am. Want to see the whole menu? Just go to Bitter & Twisted and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Are You My Ride? Hennessey Venom F5

August 12, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

hennessey-venom-f5-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-43377This is an exotic car if we’ve ever seen one. The Hennessey Venom F5 has everything the ultimate car collector needs: stylish looks and a ridiculous amount of speed. Though it won’t be available until 2016, you can have a sneak peak at some of its features. Its futuristic twin turbo V8 engine can pump out an incredible 1,400 horsepower to achieve a top speed of 270 mph. No one needs to go that fast, but admit it, you’d want to. The body is made of light-weight aluminum and carbon fiber to ensure that speed. This ride isn’t for the faint of heart. You don’t even want to know how much it costs because if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. 

Celebrate ‘Shark Week’ at Sandbar

August 11, 2014 | 11:48 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

sandbar-patio-dusk-SmallYou’ve being seeing the commercials. You’ve been seeing your friends’ Facebook statuses. Shark Week is here. You don’t know what Shark Week is? It’s the week-long cultural phenomenon that Discovery Channel airs every year. For a week, they play shows that teach you about the number one thing feared in the oceans. Seeing how Sandbar Mexican Grill is a beach themed restaurant and bar, it only makes sense that they will be showing Shark Week. If you head to either of their locations, their TVs will be showing the programs while you enjoy drinks like $4 Shark Bite Shots, which is a shot made with blue Curacao and sprinkled with a few drops of blood-red grenadine. There will also be $5 Blue Water Margaritas and beer specials all week.

New Music Monday: Porter Robinson

August 11, 2014 | 9:44 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Porter Robinson has been one of the top acts of the EDM world for a couple of years now. The 22-year-old is a leader in the electronic industry, often changing his sound and bringing new audiences to the genre. Tomorrow, he will release his first studio album, Worlds, which amazing given how popular he is with just remixes, singles, and extended plays. The cool thing about this new album is it’s not like rave-driven EDM. There’s a subtle beauty to it that will pump you up and then bring you right back down. This song is called Sad Machine. Be sure to pick up his new album.

To Support National S’mores Day, Have a S’mores Pie

August 8, 2014 | 12:07 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image005Camping season is upon us. Now is the perfect time to head up north with your tent and sit around the campfire with friends and family. A camping tradition has always been making s’mores. It wouldn’t be camping without doing so. If you’re not exactly an outdoor person, you can still enjoy the tasty, all-American treat. Aug 10 is National S’mores Day. Jewel’s Bakery and Café in Arcadia has a special all ready to go for it. S’mores pie is exactly what it sounds like: a pie made up of s’more ingredients. You can grab a slice for $4. If you’re on a diet or watching your calories, you can afford to take a day off. Come on, you deserve it.

The Weekender: Blackberry Ginger Margarita

August 8, 2014 | 9:58 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image008Can this weekend hurry up and be over? Said no one ever. You all know what today means. It’s time to take a load and off and get to really what’s important: hanging out with friends and family and kicking back a good cocktail or two. Today’s drink comes to us from Sol Mexican Cocina. This is the Blackberry Ginger Margarita.


3 Blackberries

2 Slices of Ginger

.75 oz agave nectar

2oz Partida Blanco

1oz lime juice

Splash soda


Muddle blackberries and ginger in a glass and put in shaker. Combine other ingredients and ice in a shaker. Pour over ice and garnish glass with salt and lime wedge.

Love Fashion? The Emerging Designer Fashion Show Is Tomorrow

August 7, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

moty.14grouppicPhoenix Fashion Week is one of the most popular events in the Valley. Fashionistas from all over the state swarm the Valley to get a look at what’s in this season. To see what’s in store for the future, the Shop Garment District event and Emerging Designer Fashion Show is probably the best place for you to be. Tomorrow, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Valley Ho, the event will give you a sneak peak at new looks from the fall 2014 Emerging Designer line-up in a high-energy runway show. There will also be a trunk sale where you can purchase items featured in the runway show. If you attend, you can also receive complimentary makeup touchups and Boots No7 Foundation Match Made Service at the Boots beauty bar. Complete with food, drinks, and live music, it’s bound to be a great party. Phoenix Fashion Week is coming in October, so be ready. Tickets are $25, VIP front row tickets are $40 and all can be purchased here.

Today’s Object of Desire: Oral-B Smart Toothbrush

August 7, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

oral-b-smart-toothbrush-cropped-thumb-768x512-43364Yes, we’re talking about a toothbrush today. Hear us out, though. Proper dental hygiene is sexy. If you have jacked up teeth, you’re probably less likely to find your one true love. The Oral-B Smart Toothbrush will help you get there. Why the smart toothbrush over a regular one? Well, as ridiculous as it sounds, this toothbrush connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It keeps track of your brushing habits and helps you improve them. Hey, some people are lazy or forgetful. It tells you what you’re doing wrong, if you’re applying too much pressure, and you can set up customized timers and routines. This is the fanciest toothbrush we’ve ever seen.

Zuzu to Host Chef’s Table Featuring Fess Parker Winery

August 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ZuZuCafé ZuZu seems to host some of the most unique dinners in the Valley. The restaurant inside Hotel Valley Ho has done it again with their upcoming dinner. On Monday, Aug 18, they will be hosting a chef’s table featuring wine from Fess Parker Winery. A unique menu has been paired with some of Fess’ finest wines.

Marinated Watermelon Salad
Goat cheese, toasted pine nuts + basil vinaigrette
2012 Riesling “Santa Barbara County”

Wild Mushroom Tortellini
Roasted butternut squash, crisp pork belly + sage butter
2012 Viognier “Santa Barbara County”

Ancho Chile Glazed Beef Tenderloin
Sweet potato au gratin + grilled corn succotash
2011 Syrah “Santa Barbara County”
2010 “The Big Easy”

Georgia Peach Cobbler
Dulce de leche ice cream

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