Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Today’s Object of Desire: Minipresso

October 16, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

minipresso-cropped-thumb-768x512-45264Sometimes you need a little caffeine. But other times, you don’t have the time to get it. A little espresso on the go is something that would come in handy here. With the Minipresso your prayers have been answered. This highly portable espresso machine can brew shots wherever your heart desires. It’s hand-powered, so, with a couple of pumps, your espresso is ready to drink. Complete with its own cup in the lid, you don’t even need to bring your dirty mug around anymore. Sign us up.

Whiskey School Wednesdays at Second Story Liquor Bar

October 15, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedThe ability to appreciate, make, and understand the roots of a whiskey cocktail is seldom seen the days. Most of the time, we just go to the bar and order our drinks. It’s time we start educating ourselves. If that sounds like something you’d be into, Whiskey School Wednesdays at Second Story Liquor Bar are right up your alley. Once a month, the class will take you around the world to learn about a different style of the liquor. Tonight’s stop: the good old U.S. of A. Participants will spend two hours tasting, talking, and getting a look at what makes quality American Whiskey. The class starts at 5:30 p.m. tonight and costs $40 and includes snacks, class, demonstrations on whiskey cocktails, and tasting. You can make a reservation by calling 480.945.5555. Be on the lookout for next month’s class featuring Irish whiskeys. We’ll keep you posted.

Second Story Liquor Bar | 4166 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Celebrate Sushi Roku’s Anniversary with Half-Off Dinner +...

October 15, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

1384177_646202738734264_1970988107_nSushi Roku will be celebrating their sixth anniversary for multiple days starting on Oct. 27. When you’ve been together for more than half a decade, a massive celebration must be hard. Relationships take a lot of work, even if its between us and sushi. From Monday, Oct. 27 to Thursday, Oct. 30, you can celebrate with Roku with 50% dinner and a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Sounds great, right? There will be a variety of dinner-only specials and a gourmet two-course tasting menu, which includes one dish from the sushi bar, one from the kitchen. The $40 dinner specials also include a glass of the always-great Veuve. This seems like it will be a pretty popular deal, so to guarantee a spot, you should probably make reservations.

Culinary Dropout to Host Superhero Themed Halloween Party

October 14, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Nightlife | By Maxfield Barker

culinaryHaven’t you heard? Superheroes are all the rage these days. Don’t believe us? The Avengers movie made a billion dollars. Literally. Actually, they made over a billion dollars worldwide. Superheroes are here to say with more and more movies and TV shows coming into fruition. This Halloween, you can be your favorite superhero at Culinary Dropout’s Halloween party. On Friday, Oct. 31, Phoenix’s The Yard and Scottsdale’s Waterfront will be transformed into their very own Comic Cons. Find a phone booth to change into your favorite superhero attire and enjoy the live music and specialty drinks. The party goes from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

Are You My Ride? Tesla Model S P85D

October 14, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

tesla-model-s-p85d-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-45479You want to save the planet, don’t you? Of course you do. You’re tree-hugging, recycling, open-minded person. You also want a nice a car, right? Sometimes, it’s hard to put those two together. Not anymore. The Tesla Model S P85D is the nicest electric car to date. Seriously, Tesla’s car game has been on point the last couple of years. The P85D has a true AWD, a zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and incorporates some brand new autonomous driving technologies. Because of all it’s tech, the car can drive and park itself. It’s 2014 and you better believe we’re living in the future.

Celebrate Decades of Art with the 40th Anniversary ArtWalk

October 13, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

artalkHas it really been 40 years since the first ArtWalk? Either time flies or we’re getting really old. Don’t answer that. Anyway, “America’s Original Artwalk” will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23. As per usual, Scottsdale’s Artwalk takes place every Thursday with art openings, live music, food samplings and more. The anniversary walk will additionally feature a marching band performance by Coronado High School, SUSD student art exhibits and musical performances. Considering it’s October, the featured charity partner is TRI For the Cure AZ for
Breast Care Awareness Month. The galleries will feature some amazing work to celebrate an amazing 40 years in the Scottsdale art world. If you have the opportunity, you should make an appearance. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a dedication ceremony.

New Music Monday: Flying Lotus

October 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

It’s probably time to step up your hip hop/experimental jazz/fusion game. Yeah, that does sound like quite the mix but Flying Lotus has to be one of the most unique artists around. The producer’s new record, You’re Dead!, has been one of the most highly anticipated of the year. This record features some other amazing artists like Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dog, and more. If you have the chance, we highly recommend you pick this record up. Here’s a taste with “Never Catch Me.”

Scottsdale Eatery Provides the Comforts of ‘Home’ with...

October 10, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10367134_822229897799089_976916733912962593_nThe Standard opened way back in July, but it seems they haven’t gotten very much press. Dedicated to healthy eating (while being delicious, of course) the restaurant offers a unique menu selection. Well, the new American kitchen and bar is adding a couple more things to the mix. Like many others, they will be serving brunch every weekend, but with a twist. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., live music will be your entertainment as you drink and dine on the traditional items like Bloody Mary’s, Bottomless Mimosas ($15) and Omelet Bar. What’s not so traditional is their Chicken and Waffles (pictured), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Baked Huevos Rancheros, Braised Brisket and Grits and more. Do we have your attention? Thought so.

The Standard | 10500 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

The Weekender: Prickly Palmer

October 10, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

photo 5Obviously, we don’t have to mention what day it is. Working for the weekend is kind of a depressing way to go about life, but there’s really not much we can do about it. Well, we have a drink or two. Speaking of which, Boulders Resort was kind enough to share a couple cocktail recipes with us. This one, as always, is pretty unique. This is the Prickly Palmer.


Sweat Tea Vodka 1.5 oz

Fresh squeezed Lemonade 3 oz

Prickly Pear puree ½ oz


Combine in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.

Build a Sweat, Get Some Swag at Orangetheory Grand Opening

October 9, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Orange Theory-1097 2Orangetheory Fitness is the hottest new gym to come around in the Valley. They’re so popular, they seem to keep opening locations every week. The gym’s 13th location will be hosting a grand opening party tonight! Located in Peoria, if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door, not only will you be the first to build a sweat there, you’ll be able to grab some swag. Each of those 50 people will receive a complimentary swag bag with all sorts of goodies. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the grand opening will also feature bites and free chair massages from Massage Envy. If you want to go, you should get there early. Their last grand opening has a line out the door by 5:30 p.m.

Orangetheory Fitness | 25314 North Lake Pleasant Pkwy | Peoria, AZ 85383

Today’s Object of Desire: Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

October 9, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

gramovox-cropped-thumb-768x512-45397Bluetooth is every where, from your car to your speakers at home. With all that technology, some people like to keep it simple. Not every house has to be decked out with modern tech. If you’re into old school sound, you should pick up one of these. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone is the perfect combination of antique and modern. Looking like a gramophone, the Gramovox is a Bluetooth speaker system that also functions as a piece of art. Have fun friends over to check it out then blow them away with the sound quality. 

An Elegant Night to Benefit Children Charities

October 8, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

IMG_1089With some many amazing charities throughout the Valley, it’s hard to pick just one to donate to. So, why not help multiple at the same time? Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s will be doing just that with their 25th Annual NiteFlite on Saturday, Oct. 25. It’s a night filled with exquisite dining and elegant dancing. For their 25th gala, the theme will be Rat Pack. The semi-formal event at High Street, formerly City North, will feature a red carpet, Rat Pack impersonators, live entertainment, classic cars, signature dishes from the Valley’s finest restaurants, like Ocean Prime, Cowboy Ciao and Paul Martin’s. There will also be luxurious items up for auction. The best part is that everything will be benefitting local children’s charities like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona. NiteFlite is the club’s largest charity event of the year. Last year they raised over $350,000. Let’s see if we can raise more money this year. Individual tickets start at $150. For more information click here.

Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park this Weekend!

October 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

429283_10151897354230283_1218519642_nCan you believe Oktoberfest is already here? That means it’s time to dust off your lederhosen and grab your steins, the Four Peaks annual Oktoberfest kicks off this Friday. Drawing thousands of people every year, the at Tempe Town Lake features everything you could want out of an Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live music, games, food, and you better believe there will be beer. So much beer, you won’t even know what to do with yourself. Admission is free but unfortunately, you have to pay for your beer. That’s okay because all the proceeds go to benefit the Tempe Sister City Corporation, a Tempe non-profit that “facilitates student and educator and professional foreign exchange programs.” New this year to Oktoberfest is a Brat Eating Contest that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m. The party kicks off this Friday, Oct. 10 at 5:00 p.m. We’ll see you there.

Orange Table Reopens Its Doors in Tempe

October 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10403311_1549468241951389_8837978715292646236_nWith the countless breakfast and lunch spots around the Valley, it gets hard to choose which one to venture to. But when you find that place that cooks your eggs just right, you know it’s your go-to spot. That’s how we felt about Orange Table, formerly in Old Town Scottsdale. Though, they’ve have management difficulties over the years, their food was always on point. In early September, they closed their doors for the second time. Have no fear, they’ve reopened at a new spot in Tempe. Located on 7th street and Forest Ave, the move was probably a wise decision. Tempe is expanding its dining game and it seems Orange Table is stepping up to the plate. If you’re a fan of corned beef hash, gourmet hamburgers, and craft beer, you should probably check this place out.

Orange Table | 203 East 7th Street | Tempe, AZ 85281

Are You My Ride? Silvermine 11SR

October 7, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

silvermine-11sr-cropped-thumb-768x512-44879Have you ever dreamed of being Speed Racer? If your wallet allows it, that dream has a real possibility now. Any gear head would kill to drive the Silvermine 11SR. This exotic car is meant for two things: speed and looking good while it speeds. Inspired by race cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the number and racing stripes illustrate a classy racer from yesteryear. Its 3.0L boxer six engine good can produce a nice 325 horsepower. The 17-inch alloy wheels and carbon fiber body make it ready for the track. If racing isn’t your thing, they will soon be releasing a commuting version. Go Speed Racer, go Speed Racer.

Welcome Fall with Some Coffee and Beer

October 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

SIP-08Normally, coffee and beer don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. We suppose we’ll make an exception this time. To officially send off summer, Sip Coffee & Beer House will be hosting an end of summer party on Saturday, Oct. 11. So, aside from celebrating the end of the warm months, why is Sip hosting the party? Well, for the last year, there has been construction behind Sip and it is time to finally remove the blinders to see what’s going on. They will reveal their all-new outdoor event space for the party on Oct. 11. From noon to 4:00 p.m., the Fabulous Arizona sponsored party will feature live music, handcrafted cocktails, and happy hour prices. Complete with giveaways and raffles, it’s looking like it’ll be a fun Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale.

Sip Coffee & Beer House | 3617 North Goldwater Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251

New Music Monday: Thom Yorke

October 6, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Thom Yorke is one of those musician’s who’s style you recognize anywhere. As the frontman for Radiohead, Thom has been the voice for decades worth music inspiration. Radiohead is one of those band’s that will go down in history as innovators. Thom Yorke, has been making music on his own, as of late. On Sept. 26, he released his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. What’s interesting, though, is that he released it on bit torrent web sites. Essentially, he gave it out for free. Check it out this track, A Brain in a Bottle.

‘Girls Night Out’ Shopping Event Happening Oct. 15

October 2, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 8.20.04 AMIt’s been a rough year. Work is stressful and sometimes you just want to quit it all and just relax. Society won’t exactly allow that, but this will probably make up for it. Scottsdale Quarter’s annual Girls Night Out shopping event is happening Oct. 15. The red carpet will be rolled out for the VIPs, a.k.a. you. For all the ladies will be attending, stores throughout the Quarter will be offering discounts, raffles, specials, and complimentary goodies. What stores, you ask? How does Kendra Scott, West Elm, Drybar, Free People and more sound? You’ll be sipping on champagne while enjoying the DJ’s tunes. For more information, click here. The shopping event starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00.

Today’s Object of Desire: Grovemade’s iPhone 6 Cases

October 2, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

grovemade-iphone-6-cropped-thumb-768x512-44762You waited in line for countless hours and saved every penny, but purchasing the new iPhone was the best decision you’ve made in 2014, so far. Well, maybe not, but it’s probably close a second. Every time you purchase a new phone, extra special attention is required when handling it. You don’t want to break your new baby on its first day of life. That means you need a case. Look no further than Grovemade’s iPhone 6 Cases. Just look at them. So fancy. The all natural wood exterior adds an element of sophistication to your already sophisticated phone. They’re thing, durable, and made by hand in Portland, Oregon (of course, they are).

RA to Host Halloween-themed Painting Party

October 1, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Uptown Art - Ahwatukee OctoberNow, this had us thinking. Why would a sushi restaurant host a Halloween-themed painting party? It’s probably a good idea not to ask questions but it does sound kind of fun. This Sunday, Oct. 5, RA Sushi in Ahwatukee will be hosting a the painting party outside, filled with food and entertainment. In a partnership with Uptown Art in Chandler, you can enjoy some of the best sushi and cocktail creations while painting your very own masterpiece. The Chandler art studio will only be offering this painting class once. The cost is $25 and you can register here. Don’t worry about bringing your own supplies, the class will provide a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. So, what will you be painting? Look to your right.

One Dollar Oysters at Little Cleo’s All Month Long!

October 1, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SP9wuUI8RmwXV1hM9iOjcHPId81xG75LU1j5-eyyHsAOctober is going to be a good month. The weather is finally starting to cool down. There are too many fun events to count, like Octoberfest and Halloween. It’s also a good month for people who love seafood. Throughout October, Little Cleo’s will be offering $1 chef’s choice oysters. Named “Best Seafood” by Phoenix New Times and PHOENIX Magazine,  you can imagine their oysters are delicious, if you haven’t had them already, of course. The deal is good Monday through Saturday, from open to 6:00 p.m. or until they run out. So, it’s best to get their early to guarantee some grub. We’ll see you there.

Lovers of Beer and Bikes, ‘Tour de Fat’ is this Weekend!

September 30, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 8.19.42 AMIt’s amazing how well bicycles and beer go together. Every year, New Belgium beer (you know, the brilliant minds behind Fat Tire) host Tour de Fat. It’s a community bike ride/parade that finished with a nice little carnival. Tour de Fat Tempe is this Saturday, Oct. 4. As always, the event will take place at Tempe Beach Park. Starting at 10:00 a.m., you can register for the ride and at 11, it begins. The parade will take you all around Tempe and back to the beach park. There will be games, contests, prizes, live music, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. With how the nice the weather has been, we’re guessing it’ll be a perfect Saturday. Entry is free, but unfortunately, no free beer. For more information, click here.

Are You My Ride? Vencer Sarthe

September 30, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

vencer-sartheThis ride is what dreams are made of. Everyone who has ever been way into cars wants something like this waiting for them in their garage. The Vencer Sarthe is one of those rides that turns heads everywhere it goes. The Sarthe is 80s inspired Le Mans racecar inspired and just by looking at it, you can see that inspiration in the body. Obviously, it was built for speed. The V8 engine pumps out an incredible 613 horsepower. You’ve got to hand it to the Dutch. They really know how to make a fast car. You can be cruising down the open road with this ride if you’ve got about $350,000 laying around somewhere.

Autumn Is (Practically) Here, Enjoy Some Pumpkin Pancakes

September 29, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image011After the recent storms, the weather seems to be cooling down, even if just a little bit. Since it is looking like the triple digits will soon be gone, let’s go ahead and pretend that fall is upon us. You’ve seen it everywhere. Pumpkin season is in full effect. You’ve had the lattes and the beer, but what about pancakes? Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be offering pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. Available through the month of October, the pancakes are a refreshing change from traditional breakfast food items. Obviously, the café will have other autumn inspired creations but we’re pretty excited for the pancakes. How about you?

New Music Monday: Blonde Redhead

September 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Blonde Redhead has been on the scene since 1993. Composed of twin brothers and one girl, the band has routinely changed their sound. This new record does it again. “Barragán” is the ninth studio album from the trio. It’s equally odd and easy to listen to. For instance, this track, The One I Love, seems to have a renaissance music influences. Brooding vocals and a multitude of instruments, Blond Redhead isn’t afraid to make music a bit different.

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