Posts by: Maxfield Barker

The Second Story Liquor Bar Set to Launch Season 1 Episode 3

July 16, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedNo, the bar is not a TV show. Though, it probably could be. The Second Story Liquor Bar will be launching its new seasonal menu after a two-week hiatus for its culinary endeavors. After traveling around the world, the culinary experts at the bar have been inspired to bring a new cuisine to all of its fans. Today, episode 3 of their adventure begins. Some of their new offerings on their happy hour and late night menu include Lobster Corn Dogs, Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Ahi Poke, Foie Gras of the Day, and a Caprese Burger. The episode 3 menu, though, is the real entertainment. We don’t want to spoil anything for you, so you might as well head to the bar to find out what it is.

Summer Splashdown Block Party this Saturday in Scottsdale

July 16, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

lZ5WikiKdg2YDn4ah03NerkW9S9p8l4VSyVrMFlhA10This sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend. This Saturday, July 19, Old Town Scottsdale will be home to the Summer Splashdown Block Party. All day long, you can enjoy a wakeboarding competition, summer fashion show, bikini contest, and more. Since it’s in Old Town, there are four great bars that will be participating, as well. Co-hosted by the Evening Entertainment Group’s Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Beer GardenHi Fi Kitchen & CocktailsMaya Day + Nightclub and Livewire. Some of you may not have heard of Livewire, that’s because it’s an all-new music venue that will be opening in October. Starting at noon, there’s a ton of fun to be had with $3,000 in cash in prizes up for grabs. 

‘Snooze, an A.M. Eatery’ Is Coming to Tempe

July 15, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

bJfg6WDIHoq8bbiB-LULSZsIV2y_4L3eOvslQ10X4fkOne of our favorite breakfast and brunch spots is opening its third location in the Valley. Sun Devils and Tempe residents are lucky, Snooze is coming to you. Opening later this year inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at Arizona State University on College Ave and 6th street, the eatery will have all of your favorite breakfast and brunch items. It’ll be an interesting place to dine with its signature colorful atmosphere and retro-futuristic décor, which kind of sounds like “The Jetsons meets Happy Days.” Tempe is really the perfect place for the new restaurant. Think about it. Hungover college students love breakfast. Forget Denny’s and breakfast burritos, Snooze is the way to go. We’re not sure when they will open their doors, but we will be sure to let you know when we find out.

Are You My Ride? Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angel Motorcycle

July 15, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

deus-ex-machina-grievous-angel-motorcycle-cropped-thumb-768x512-41061Sometimes, we just want to feel the wind in our hair. Is that too much to ask? There’s something so freeing about being on the open road, exposed to all of the elements, especially when it’s on a motorcycle. The Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angel Motorcycle gives us that classic, Easy Rider, sort of feeling. The minimalist look the Grievous Angel has is perfect for that. Based on a Yamaha SR4000, this bike is just pretty to look at. It’s not especially fast, but it’s easy on the eyes. This is a collector’s bike.

Sizzling Summer Deals at Central Bistro

July 14, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Crawfish BoilThese may be some of the best summer deals we’ve seen yet. They will make you think you’re at the Louisiana bayou or some where on the beach. Central Bistro has just announced some stellar deals that include crawfish boils, family feats, and all-day happy hours. Everything from $1 oysters to kid-approved menus, the bistro is definitely the place to be. Want to know more? Here’s a look at what to expect.

New Summer Social Hour
2 – 6 pm daily for bar patrons only. You can enjoy $1 oysters, ½ price pizzas, New Bar Bites starting at $5, $4 well drinks, $2 off wine by the glass, $7-$8 house cocktails, Hangar 1 “Flavors of Summer” $6 (Small batch, craft distillation Mandarin Blossom, Buddha’s Hand Citron, Kaffir Lime, or Straight).

All-day social hour!

Crawfish Boil - Pots of fresh crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and Andouille sausage which costs $20 per person, with $5 pot refills. Limited supplies, so dig in starting at 3pm.

Family Feast 3 – 9 pm. Any salad of your choice, served family style + your choice of any two pizzas, pastas, or one of each + beignets $40 per table, plus tax and gratuity.

New Music Monday: Interpol

July 14, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Interpol is one of those bands that really don’t get enough credit. They’ve had some huge hits over the years but it seems as though people forget them. The rock band is currently on tour and will be releasing their fifth studio album, El Pintor, in September. Singer and guitar player Paul Banks’ monotone singing is truly unique. Here’s a sneak peak at their forthcoming record. This song is called Anywhere. 

Did Someone Say ‘National Tequila Day’?

July 11, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

vOyT7D2jEx1pOzhXnKmf4GDam57eXaU9ynZQOJ59IOUFor some reason, tequila is the drink people use when they want to get messed up super quickly. The famous Mexican spirit is so much more than that, though. On July 24, the country will celebrate National Tequila Day and you can celebrate at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The Biltmore Fashion Park location will be serving a festive four-course dinner while offering tequila cocktails and margaritas. Executive Chef Saul Valesquez has created the menu and will feature beverage pairings from Maestro Dobel Tequila. THe dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Here’s what will be served:

First Course
Trio of Ceviche – Mahi Mahi with pink grapefruit and avocado, steelhead with watermelon, jumbo lump crab with gazpacho and celery
Pairing: Watermelon Rhubarb Margarita with Maestro Dobel Tequila, muddled watermelon and rhubarb bitters

Second Course
Grilled lamb chops with mint chimichurri, black bean salad and tequila lime vinaigrette
Pairing: Mexican Julep with Maestro Dobel Tequila, blackberry jam and mint honey

Third Course
Grass-fed flank steak with Nopales Relish, cress and Machaca tamale
Pairing: Aloe Vera Margarita with Maestro Dobel Tequila, Charbeau Aloe Vera Liqueur, Peychaud’s Bitters and Nopale Ribbons

Lime semifreddo and salted macaroon
Pairing: Postres Cacao with Maestro Dobel, Ghiradelli Chocolate and burnt chocolate mescal rim

The Weekender: Raspberry Martini

July 11, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001-1Another work week is almost over. You know us, we live for the weekend and chances are, you do too. That being said, it’s time once again to share with you another delicious cocktail to kick off your weekend right. This is the Raspberry Martini from Paul Martin’s American Grill.


2 1/2 oz. in house infused raspberry vodka

1 oz. fresh raspberries

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth


Muddle six Raspberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the raspberry infused vodka and shake vigorously. Sweet vermouth rinse the martini glass and pour all ingredients into the sweet vermouth rinsed glass. Garnish with 3 skewered raspberries, dunked in the martini and placed to the left side of the martini glass rim.

A New and Totally Free Summer Chef Series

July 10, 2014 | 12:07 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedIf you’ve been a part of the DLT family for a while, you know how often we talk about chef series. You know, classes hosted by chefs who teach you how to cook some of their signature or favorite dishes. Those classes can be pretty pricy. Not this time. Chef Julie Moreno of the award winning Jewel’s Bakery and Café in Arcadia will be taking part in Whole Food’s Summer Chef Series on July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and it’s free. Totally free. For an hour, she will be highlighting some of her favorite summertime dishes. The class will give you culinary tips and tricks and a couple great recipes for your next summertime bash. The class will be held at Whole Foods Market Camelback this Saturday. You can RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]

Today’s Object of Desire: Cloud

July 10, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

cloud-cropped-thumb-768x512-42282This may be one of the most innovative products we have ever seen. When it’s monsoon season here in AZ, how many times do your friends say “OMG, I love the rain. I love storms”? We’re guessing a lot. Now, you can a storm in your home. With Cloud, the room of your choosing can be turned into the perfect, stormy atmosphere. Every time you walk by or when you use the remote, the cloud will react with thunder and lightning by using lights and powerful speakers. Since it is a Bluetooth system, when you’re not feeling a storm, you can stream your music to be played, literally, through the cloud. 

‘Summer Cocktail Camp’ at The Gladly this Sunday

July 9, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

vC2amuV5APYm6p2dL8FVde2-Cwvxy9hPsyprCE7FO6k,lbyGkRSZQP4qLQ_t6VShZNKfekU9cCey7MptrFgxLbcMixology is all the rage these days. Some bartenders are extremely talented at making some pretty ridiculous drinks. If you knew how to do that, you would surely impress all of your friends. Now, you can. The twice-monthly mixology series will feature seven Sundays with seven different mixologists. The series continues this Sunday, July 13, at The Gladly. There, lead mixologists Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Brandon Casey of Citizen Public House, will co-host the cocktail-crafting class. Each class will feature a different local celebrity bartender. The cocktail-making course costs $30 per adult and includes 3-4 cocktails, recipes and a two hour “mixer.” Here’s a look at the future schedule, featuring a talented mixologist. To make your reservations, call 602-759-8132.

7/13 Brandon Casey – The Gladly

7/27 Travis Nass – Last Drop at Hermosa Inn

8/10 Josh James – Clever Koi

8/24 Adam Hargrett – The Local

9/14 Jason Asher – Young’s Market

9/28 Micah Olsen – Bar Crudo

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store Is Officially Open

July 9, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedOn July 1, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store officially opened its doors to the public. Bargain hunters, savvy shoppers and designer divas have already been shopping for great deals on some great clothes. It doesn’t stop there. On August 1, the store will be hosting its Grand Opening event. Starting at 10:00 am, the first 50 customers through the door will receive a 50% off certificate to be used on everything in the store (no limit) on a designated day. The beautiful thing about this store and their others is that the sisters love to give back to the community. They’ve donated 32% of their net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity this past year. They even held their first fundraiser back in April at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, to benefit SWCC and Defenders of Wildlife. Shopping at any Sister’s store will be a bargain and you’ll know that money will go somewhere good.

Half-Off Margaritas and Mojitos When Temps are 110 or Higher

July 8, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image004During the summer, we try not to talk about the heat. Us Arizonans should be used to it by now, but when it’s super hot out there, it’s hard not to talk about it. It’s a good thing we have air conditioning every where we go. To combat the weather, the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe once again will be offering their Beat the Heat promotion. Whenever the temperatures are a scorching 110 degree or higher, you can get half-off margaritas and mojitos. How? Just head to Thirsty Lion and show the server the temperature on your phone and boom, half-off. It’s as easy as that. It’s about time we started to get rewarded for the heat. Also, people need to stop defending the weather by saying, “it’s a dry heat.” Yeah, we get that. It still sucks.

Are You My Ride? 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO

July 8, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

2015-nissan-nismo-370z-cropped-thumb-768x512-40599Maybe you’ve seen too many Fast and Furious movies, but we’re guessing there are a lot of you out there who like to race. Sure, you can pick up a BMW or a Benz and it’ll be super quick. Nothing compares to the Nissan Z models, though. They’ve been making race models for years. The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO is the newest in the line of the Z. Its 350 horsepower 3.7L V6 engine will make you king/queen of the road. Available in a six speed manual or a seven speed automatic transmission, there’s something for everyone. Nineteen-inch wheels and an exhaust system that adds 18 horsepower to the ride is exactly what the speed demon in you wants.

Bottomless Paella and Wine Pairing at Lola at The Yard

July 7, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

lbCYpnFe6ZFVK8cuc5X0B__lNgjUUcQExbu-GV1WUmQIn terms of food, bottomless is usually reserved for things like mimosas and bloody marries. Don’t get us wrong, we love that stuff, but a change of pace would be nice. That’s where Lola at The Yard comes in. The tapas restaurant/café is now offering bottomless paella for two the second Monday of every month. If you’re unfamiliar, paella is a Spanish rice dish filled with meat and vegetables. Lola’s is a blend of marinated chicken and chorizo, saffron peppers and peas, or a vegetable paella, made with grilled squash, eggplant, peppers, saffron, tomatoes and peas. You can enjoy the house red or white wine while enjoying the dish. For just $30 and after 4:00 p.m. on  July 14, Aug. 12 and Sept. 8, guests can enjoy the pairing at The Yard.

New Music Monday: Steve Aoki

July 7, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

EDM, aka electronic dance music, has taken the world by storm the last couple of years. There are countless festivals that go on that attract thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. One of the biggest performers is Steve Aoki, who has been in the scene since 1999. Steve plays sold out shows around the world and is known for throwing cakes into the audience. Yes, a whole edible cake. Steve will be releasing his third studio album next month. Neon Futures is bound to make a splash in the EDM community.

Today’s Object of Desire: Synek Draft System

July 3, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

synek-draft-beer-system-cropped-thumb-768x512-42285It’s here. It’s finally here. An easy way to have craft, freshly poured beer in your home. How many of you have a Kuerig? The invention of Kuerig has saved us all countless time in the morning. Think of the Synek Draft System as the Keurig for beer. The rise of home brewing in recent years has lead to this masterpiece. The Synek allows you to have draft beer on tap in your home without having to lug around a giant keg or be restricted with your beer options. Using a filling bag instead of a growler, it is chilled and pressurized and tastes exactly like it does at the bar. If you can, grab one of these for your Fourth of July party, tomorrow.

The Weekender: Bombpop

July 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

BombpopSeeing how most of us have tomorrow off of work, it’s technically the weekend. This edition is going to be patriotic. Thanks to the good people at RA Sushi, this is the Bombpop and it’s as patriotic as apple pie and baseball. The red, white, and blue cocktail will be a sweet edition to your Fourth of July party.


Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine
Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka. Pour eight ounces of the Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass. Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass. Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass. Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

Popsicles for Grown Ups Might be the Best Thing Ever

July 2, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image009We know, we know. You’re probably tired of hearing how hot it is. It is a subject that comes up everyday. It’s unavoidable, but it’s manageable. As kids, there was nothing quite like having a popsicle while hanging out by the pool. You can recreate that fun as an adult. It actually may be even more fun. Kelly’s at SouthBridge has just unveiled their newest creation: boozy popsicles. Think of them as mix between between a cocktail, fruit snack, and a (sort of) healthy dessert. There three refreshing flavors are perfect for the summer, Cucumber Melon, Blueberry Basil and Watermelon & Mint. So, the next time you’re cruising around Old Town in the heat, stop by Kelly’s for a boozy treat to keep you cool.

Gelato Spot Offering Half-Off Gelato this Fourth of July

July 2, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image003It’s hot. We don’t have to remind you. When the temperature are 110 and higher, cooling off becomes a necessity while living in the Valley. With Independence Day coming this Friday, you’re going to need a way to keep your temperature down. Sure, there’s always beer and the pool, but let’s add a sweetness to the mix. All Gelato Spot locations will be offering half-off gelato on the Fourth. From noon to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, you’ll be able to taste the red, white, and blue by trying their Blueberry Mascarpone, white Coconut, and red Blood Orange Creamsicle flavors. So, maybe on your way to the pool party, you can pick up a treat for everyone to enjoy. That’s what we would do.

Forget About Frizzy Hair After the Pool

July 1, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

GoldMineBIG_1024x1024With the Fourth of July happening this Friday, chances are you’ll find yourself at the pool. It wouldn’t be the Fourth without a BBQ and pool party. A common annoyance of being in the pool is the frizzy hair that comes after. After you’re done hanging out in the water, you sometimes want to go out. Drybar’s GoldMine promises to alleviate that problem. It’s made with a Nori Red Algae (Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract) that restores elasticity, softens and adds shine as a leave-in conditioner. It leaves a multi-dimensional shimmering effect with two types of light-reflecting, super-fine Mica. It’s perfect for any type of hair. All you have to do is put it on damp hair, mid shaft to ends, before blow drying or you can put it on dry hair for a shimmering finish.

Are You My Ride? Ford Troller T4

July 1, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

ford-troller-t4-cropped-thumb-768x512-41174Who’s ready for an adventure? It’s about that time of year where you grab your backpack and go somewhere fun. The Ford Troller T4 will take you there. Unfortunately, you’ll have to go to Brazil in order to drive this T4. Only available in the largest South American country, the Troller T4 was made for the jungle. Makes sense, right? The 3.2 liter diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission on stock on the SUV. It was built with a high clearance to traverse off-road. Sure, it’ll never be available in the U.S., but one can dream. 

Fourth of July Festivities at the W Scottsdale!

June 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

WET Night ShotThis coming Friday is Independence Day. Chances are, you’ll have the day off, so, what exactly are you going to do with it? The W Scottsdale will once again be hosting their annual Fourth of July party. There will be fun games like Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole, patriotic cocktails, a spectacular fireworks display and live music performances by Amtrac, Posso and more. You can get your dance on while being proud to be an American. The party will take place at the hotel’s WET pool deck where you can cool off by taking a dip in the water. Local and international DJs will be spinning all day to keep you moving. The doors open at 11:00 am and tickets cost $20.

New Music Monday: Robin Thicke

June 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Last year, Robin Thicke hit the mainstream with his song Blurred Lines. You’ve heard that song a thousand times. His latest track off of his upcoming record is a little more emotional. Actually, a lot more emotional. If you remember, Blurred Lines had a very sexual connotation behind it. This new track, Get Her Back, is an emotional ballad of sorts. Pining over his ex-girlfriend, Robin lets the world know. His new album, Paula, comes out soon.

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar to Host All American Independence Day...

June 27, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Lustre pool 2_lowIn exactly one week, we will be celebrating the 238th Independence Day. Fourth of July is a day all about what makes this country great. How do we celebrate? By hanging out poolside with a cold drink in hand. Our founding fathers would probably be okay with that. So, what are you going to do? Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix will be hosting an “All American Independence Day Party” at their LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and pool. Opening at 11:00 am, the party is open to the public ($10 for non-hotel guests). Live music will be performed by DJ Kim-Fresh and The Jake Dean Band. There will be specialty cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, starting at $8. You can challenge your friends to Champong, a gentlemen’s and ladies’ game that is played like beer pong but with champagne, cornhole and table tennis. The most important part of the day will be the costume contest. Whoever has the most patriotic costume will win prizes from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and UBER. Sounds like a great day, right?

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