Posts by: Maxfield Barker

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

The Summer of Craft Beer on Central Ave

August 6, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 8.19.44 AMBeer so much more than your Budweiser’s and Coors. It is a delicate art to make the perfect brew. The Windsor and Federal Pizza are celebrating that craftsmanship all through the summer. On Aug 13, you can join Windsor for their Summer of Brew, featuring Sierra Nevada and a a plated 4-course beer-paired dinner for $50. Next up, on Aug 20, head over to Federal Pizza’s LTD (Local Tap Department) for their latest installment in an exploration of local brews. On the 20th, Tucson’s Dragoon Brewing Company and the restaurant will be collaborating on a 4-course, beer-paired family-style feast for $35. Summer 2K14 is all about the beer. Wine and cocktails get a lot rep, but it’s time to start supporting local brews.

Larry Fitzgerald and Dominick’s Team Up for the 6th Annual...

August 5, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedAre you ready for some football? The 2014 NFL is almost upon us, but before that, the Cardinals’ very own Larry Fitzgerald is going to do some good before doing well on the field. The 6th Annual Fitz’s Supper Club is upon us once again. Money will be going to the amazing Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, where Larry helps kids and their families. This year, taking place at Dominick’s Steakhouse at Scottsdale Quarter, the NFL super star, along with his teammates and celebrity friends, will be serving you on Monday, Aug 25. Starting at 7:00 p.m., will be passing plates and serving grub all in the name of charity. There will be a cocktail reception, silent & live auctions, and entertainment. Last year, the event raised more than $250,000. Let’s do more this year.

Are You My Ride? 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale

August 5, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

1966-ferrari-365-p-berlinetta-speciale-cropped-thumb-768x512-43256We’re going the classic route in this edition of Are You My Ride? In fact, we’re going almost 50 years into the past today. The 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is a thing of beauty. Chances are, it’s the most expensive Ferrari ever. You’ll probably never drive it. That’s okay, neither will we. The Berlinetta utilizes its V12 engine to pump out 380 horsepower. What makes this ride unique is not the engine, but the front seat. You see, the driver seat is slightly forward and slightly in the middle of the car. If your checkbook can handle it, be ready to drop around $16 million for this ride. Ouch.

Get Your Student Ready for School with ‘Back 2 Cool’...

August 4, 2014 | 11:56 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 8.06.23 AMHonestly, this is kind of a ridiculous promotion. Do teens really need spa days to get them ready for school? Probably not, but it could possibly help them out with the stress that comes with a new school year. Maybe, we should treat their teachers to it instead? Anyway, every Village Health Clubs & Spa location throughout the month of August will be offering teens, ages 12 to 18, the “Back 2 Cool” spa deal. For the ladies, a Teen Clean Facial (deep pore detoxification, extractions and moisturizing), haircut and style, and Village Manicure and Pedicure is just $170. For the guys, a Teen Clean Facial and professional haircut and style for only $85 is available. Patrons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

New Music Monday: Got a Girl

August 4, 2014 | 9:49 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

It’s always interesting seeing Hollywood mix with the music scene. A lot of times, it’s not so good. This is an exception. You may recognize Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Her most prominent role was Ramona Flowers in the hit Scott Pilgrim vs the World. She also happens to be a very good singer. Dan the Automator, from the band Gorillaz, heard her sing and decided to start a band with her. Thus, Got a Girl was born. Their debut album, “I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now”, was released last month. Here’s the single, “Did We Live too Fast.”

$1 Oysters at Little Cleo’s on Aug. 5

August 1, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

tk8nLtl-oWCcg7H9oLQNjlYcOQBrllGgQNRf0_O3ad8Have you been to Little Cleo’s yet? In our opinion, it is Fox Restaurants’ best concept, as of yet. The atmosphere, the service, the menu, and the quality of food are all spectacular. Located at The Yard on 7th street and Bethany Home, Little Cleo’s should be your go-to spot for anything seafood related. That being said, they have just announced a heck of a deal happening next week. On Aug 5, the restaurant will be offering $1 oysters. On that Tuesday, which happens to be National Oyster Day, you can indulge in your favorite shellfish all day long. We’re guessing it’s going to get crazy there, so, you might want to head over there early. Remember, they open at 5:00 p.m. That gives you five hours of oyster-related heaven.

The Weekender: Mule-jito

August 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe probably don’t have to remind you what day it is. In case you are wondering, it is our favorite day of the week. With the weekend comes time to relax and have fun. Maybe you want a Moscow Mule. Maybe you want a mojito. Why not both? We’re not crazy, it’s just the Mule-jito, courtesy of the good people at Thirsty Lion.


4 Fresh Raspberries

1 oz Rum, Bacardi

1 oz Rum, Malibu

Splash of Simple Syrup

Splash of ginger beer


Muddle raspberries, mint leaves, lemon, lime and ice in a pint. Add the rums and simple syrup. Shake 12-16 times in a shaker. Grab a new pint and add ginger beer. Pour shaken mixture on top of ginger beer. Garnish as you please.

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store Grand Opening Ceremony Tomorrow

July 31, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe’ve mentioned it before, but we thought we would do you the favor of mentioning it again. My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store is holding its Grand Opening ceremony tomorrow morning, Aug 1, at 10:00 a.m., even though they’ve been open for a month, already. If you are one of the first 50 people through the door, you will receive a 50% off certificate to be used on everything in the store (no limit) on a designated day. The 3,200-square-feet store is the perfect place to find discounted clothing, shoes, household items, and furniture. It’s amazing what these Valley sisters have to help out the community. Their philanthropic efforts have been amazing over the years. Now, they are all passing the savings on to you.

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store | 985 South Alma School Road | Chandler 85248

Today’s Object of Desire: Samsung UHD S9 105-Inch Curved TV

July 31, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

samsung-105-curved-tv-cropped-thumb-768x512-43002You don’t need this TV. No one needs this TV. It is completely impractical and honestly, a little ostentatious. We might only be saying that because we’ll never be able to afford one. You might, though. The Samsung UHD S9 105-Inch Curved TV is a testament to man’s technological prowess. The 105-inch TV is curved, giving you a movie theatre vibe. The 5,120 x 2,160 resolution will let you see things you never thought possible. It is 4k ready and comes with a smart remote control. The Clear Motion Rate 1440 allows you to see live action like never before. The $120,000 price tag will make you cry yourself to sleep. 

The Greene House Embraces the Tastes of SoCal

July 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Sqfijpe0kCXfwAPdTXlVb-FFtXjnDTo05GgStbU0HScThe Greene House is a lovely little restaurant in Kierland. We think it deserves a little more recognition. You can do your part by joining them for the last installment of their summer wine series dinner. On Wednesday, Aug 20, you can enjoy fresh California-inspired cuisine and expertly paired vino. The cost is $50 per person. To make a reservation, call 480-889-9494. Here’s a look at the menu:

The Greene House antipasti, whipped crescenza, fra’mani soppressata, midnight moon, peach mustard, la quercia prosciutto, summer caponata
Pairing: NV Bisol Jeio Prosecco

First Course
Roasted corn salad, grilled asparagus, green beans, smoked tomatoes, pistachio, feta
Pairing: 2013 Terredora di Paolo Greco

Second Course
Roasted chicken, confit thigh, toybox squash, charred onion, citrus jus
Pairing: 2011 Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico

Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla Bean Gelato
Pairing: 2008 Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo

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