Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Learn Tips and Tricks from Celebrity Makeup Artist Kirsten Kjaer...

June 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

image007A lot of men really underestimate how difficult putting makeup on is. It’s not one of those things you learn over night. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar knows this and that’s why they are constantly there to help you all. Tonight, celebrity makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis will be at the beauty bar to give you tips and tricks on how to look good. Working with A-list celebs like Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, and Christy Turlington, it’s safe to say Kristen knows what she’s doing. The cost is a $50 deposit that can be used toward any Kjaer Weis purchase tonight. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

New Music Monday: La Roux

June 16, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

La Roux was one of the biggest synthpop acts to come out of Britain in the last few years. In 2009, the duo released their hit self-titled record. Featured on it were some huge hits like Bulletproof and In for the Kill. After a few year hiatus, the group is back with their latest album Trouble in Paradise. This track off the record sports the same synthpop sound with what feels like a 1980s-The Eurythmics vibe. This is a good thing. Check out this single Let Me Down Gently. The new album drops early next month.

Get a Lesson in Bourbon at the Second Story Liquor Bar

June 13, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedBourbon and whiskey are the type of drinks that you ease yourself into. You can’t just slam a bunch of Jim Beam. You need to appreciate the subtle flavors and the art of its making process. The Second Story Liquor Bar wants to share the history of these iconic spirits. June 14 is National Bourbon Day and that is the perfect day to get educated. The Second Story Liquor Bar will be hosting a class by their very own whiskey man John Christie. He will go through a brief history lesson and demonstration of multiple bourbon cocktails. The class costs $40 and begins at 2:00 p.m. on June 14. If you’re still looking for a gift for dad for Father’s Day, this is perfect.

The Weekender: Green and Blue

June 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image003Friday is finally here. The work week is just about over and that means it’s time to have fun, but we don’t need to tell you that. When the weekend comes, the drinks come out. Today’s cocktail comes to us from the folks at Paul Martin’s American Grill. This is the Green and Blue.

2 large (Approx. golf ball sized) cucumber trapezoids, peeled

2 medium sized basil leaves, clapped then torn

½ oz Lime Juice

¼ oz Simple Syrup

½ oz St Germain

2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin

Splash Soda


In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber and basil leaves thoroughly. Add lime, Simple Syrup, St Germain and Bombay Sapphire. Fill glass with ice and shake vigorously, then pour in a Collins glass with fresh ice. Strain over the fresh ice. Top to 1 finger from top with club soda.

True Food Kitchen Launches ‘High Five True Kids...

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

truefoodThe prevalence of fast food, junk food, and a plethora of carbohydrates and refined sugars have resulted in an obesity problem in the U.S. You know that and we know that. In fact, childhood obesity has increased from 14.5 percent to 17.3 in the last 14 years. This obviously isn’t good. To combat this problem, True Food Kitchen has just launched the High Five True Kids Challenge. Dozens of children have already pledged to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. You can do your part by spreading the word on this. The 30-day challenge is all about correcting eating habits. Now, your kids may think eating healthy doesn’t taste good. Just make them one of these Awesome Chocolate Smoothies and they’ll never second guess you again.


3.5 oz Spinach Leaves
8 oz frozen Blueberries
1 cup Almond Milk
1 Banana
2 Mejool Dates Pitted
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder


Blend all ingredients together, serve immediately.

Today’s Object of Desire: Batman Tumbler Golf Cart

June 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

batman-tumbler-golf-cart-2-xlToday’s object of desire is dedicated to dad. In case you’ve forgotten, Father’s Day is this Sunday. Here is a gift idea, though, it is way farfetched, but awesome nonetheless. The Batman Tumbler Golf Cart is the perfect gift for a dad who loves comics and golf. While playing 18 holes, dad can also pretend he’s Batman. It’s win-win situation. With its go-kart motor, this cart can reach speeds of 38 mph. Sure, it doesn’t have the cool weapons or jet propulsion and that’s okay. It does have leather seats, though. Be ready to spend close $20,000 on this bad boy. We think dad is worth it. Do you?

Well-Deserving Fathers Merit Well-Aged Steaks

June 11, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedThere’s really nothing quite like eating a steak with dad. It is the pinnacle of manliness and one of our fondest memories growing up. Seeing how Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15, treating dad to a steak just seems like a logical thing to do. Both Dominick’s Steakhouse and Steak 44 will be celebrating dads this weekend. Both owned by the Mastro family, Dominick’s will be opening at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and Steak 44 will be opening at 3:00 p.m., an hour earlier than normal. At Steak 44, the steaks are USA grown, wet aged for 28 days and hand cut in-house. Dad will have plenty of options like a 22oz bone-in ribeye, Steak Farina, and a Prime Steakhouse Meatloaf with ground ribeye and filet mignon. Not to mention an amazing selection wine and other bites, steaks are probably the way to go this Father’s Day.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge to Celebrate 2 Years With Roaring 20s...

June 11, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

image001Kelly’s at SouthBridge has only been open for two years, but it has become one of the most popular destinations in Old Town Scottsdale. To celebrate those two years, the restaurant and bar will be hosting their second annual affair tomorrow, Thursday, June 12. The party will be a roaring 20s and 30s theme and their dimly lit, lounge feel will be perfect for it. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a candy station. Vintage cars will be lining the street and decked out models will be strutting around the restaurant. The art deco anniversary party is sure to bring in a lot of people and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy the weekend, even if it’s one day early.




Del Frisco’s Grille Introduces the ‘Triple Treat’

June 10, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Del_Frisco_Grille-Triple treatThis might be the most American meal we have ever written about. Okay, one of the most American. Anyway, Del Frisco’s Grille has just introduced the Triple Treat. At first glance, it appears to be just a burger, fries, and a milkshake. It is so much more than that. The burger is the Grille’s Prime Cheeseburger, a blend of USDA Prime short rib, brisket and chuck topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and sauce between a brioche bun. For the fries, you can choose either Original, Sea Salt and Parmesan or Sweet Potato Frites. Here’s the best part, the milkshake. This is an adult milkshake, aka alcohol, and is made with Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Crème de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur and vanilla ice cream. This meal is as much American as it is decadent. You can get it for $19.95 and will only be available through Aug 31.

Are You My Ride? Claydon Reeves Aeroboat

June 10, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

aeroboatToday’s ride is bringing you to the water. Why? Because it’s hot out there and if we weren’t working, we would be heading straight to the beach. For those of you with the means, this will be best ride this summer. The Claydon Reeves Aeroboat was inspired by the Spitfire, the famous WWII fighter plane. Made with high-end superyacht materials, the boat houses a supercharged V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engine which can basically pump out 1500 and 2500 horsepower. It can reach up to 75 knots or about 86 mph for you land-dwellers. Want this ride? You better get in line, only ten are being made.

Treat Dad to a Free Burger for Father’s Day

June 9, 2014 | 11:52 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 11.51.05 AMDad has always been there for you. If you’re a man, chances you are who you are because of him. If you’re a woman, chances are he helped you shape you into who you are, as well. This upcoming Sunday, dads around the country will celebrate Father’s Day. Let’s face it. Your dad has probably put up with a lot of crap over the years, doesn’t he deserve a special day? If you take pop to Arcadia Tavern on June 15, you can treat him to a free burger. These include their specialty burgers like the Tavern Burger, Hangover Burger, and our favorite, theRing of Fire Burger, and more. This deal will be good all day from 11:00 am to close. Regardless of what you end doing, be sure to tell him that you love him.

New Music Monday: First Aid Kit

June 9, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Over the last couple of years, folk and indie-folk music have hit the mainstream. With huge bands like Mumford and Sons, it’s clear that more and more groups will be popping up. Take this duo, for example. First Aid Kit, are sisters from Sweden. When you hear them sing, you’d imagine them being from the South or mid-West in the U.S., definitely not northern Europe. On tour now, the duo will be releasing their third studio album tomorrow, called Stay Gold. 

The Weekender: Sparkling Pineapple Margarita

June 6, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001It’s Friday, why aren’t we poolside, yet? You know that’s where you’ll be spending the majority of the weekend. When doing so, you’re going to need a drink to keep you company. That’s where the Sparkling Pineapple Margarita comes in. It’s available only in June at SOL Cocina’s Farmers Market, but you can make it at home any time you want.


2.5 oz Don Julio Blanco

.75 oz agave nectar

1.25 oz lime juice

5 pc. Muddled Pineapple


Shake and strain over fresh ice, top with Jarritos Pina (Pineapple). 

Today’s Object of Desire: Beats Solo2 Headphones

June 5, 2014 | 9:44 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

beats-solo2If you’ve been paying attention to the news, then you know that Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre were just about by Apple for an incredible $3 million. Let that number sink in. Beats do seem to have superior sound quality and it is quite the status symbol to own a pair, but that’s not why we’re bringing them to you today. These are Beats Solo2 Headphones. It seems as though Dre knows what he’s doing when it comes to sound. The new Solo2s utilize a more dynamic sound and a comfortable enough to wear all day. You can pick yours up for $200.

Quench Your Hair this Summer at Mane Attraction Salon

June 4, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

ManeAttractionSalonIt’s hot out there. You know it. We know it. Everyone in the Valley knows it. The worst part is that it is barely even June. That’s means, it’s only going to get warmer. The dry heat can wreak havoc on your hair. To combat, Mane Attraction Salon wants to quench your ‘do’. Anyone who purchases a $36 summer blowout special between Memorial Day and Labor Day will receive a complimentary Bumble & Bumble Quenching Masque hair treatment. It’s the perfect way to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. It restores the natural moisture barrier to provide flexible softness, strength and glorious detangling.

Octane Raceway to Host 5th Annual Father’s Day Man Brunch

June 4, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 7.58.15 AMSunday, June 15, dads all around the country will celebrate Father’s Day. Now, we know that Mother’s Day is all about brunch, but can’t men enjoy brunch, too? Sure, they can. If your dad loves cars and breakfast food, you should consider taking him to Octane Raceway. There, they will be hosting the 5th Annual Father’s Day Man Brunch. You’ll enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, hash browns, coffee and juice for bites before the real fun starts. After years of losing to dad, you challenge pop to a high-speed kart race. Then again, it is Father’s Day, so you may want to let him win. Every day will also receive a free gift. Costing $29.95 per person, it’s a small price to pay to show dad a good time.

Treat Yourself to Some Crazy Donuts for National Donut Day

June 3, 2014 | 11:56 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image006We know a lot of you have been working hard. You eat right. You workout every day. You do yoga and hike. Good on you. It takes a lot of dedication to keep that kind of lifestyle and that body you’ve worked so hard to sculpt. All that being said, don’t you deserve a treat? This Friday, June 6, is National Donut Day. Yeah, you pretty much know where we’re going with this. Jewel’s Bakery and Café will be offering buy one, get one free donuts all day. You see, these aren’t traditional donuts. There are some crazy concoctions in the works here. For instance:

The Monte Cristo – Black forest ham, triple cream brie and house-made cherry jam filled covered in powdered sugar.

Fruity Pebbles – Topped with strawberry glaze and fruity pebbles

Banana crème Brule – Filled with banana creme brulee and topped with caramel, toasted coconut and pecans.

Bubble Gum – Pink bubblegum frosting and sprinkles

Intrigued, aren’t you?

 Jewel’s Bakery and Café | 4041 East Thomas Road | Phoenix, AZ 85018

Are You My Ride? 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

June 3, 2014 | 9:44 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

dodge-challenger-hellcatWith a name like Hellcat, you have to imagine that this ride will be a doozy. In fact, it is known as the most powerful Chrysler engine made. Ever. Just how powerful is it? It is a supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi V8 that can pump out a whopping 600 horsepower. You can throw this bad boy onto the track and have it compete. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a one-of-a-kind. It’s like the rebirth of the classic muscle cars from yesteryear. There are multiple drive modes that will let you customize the ride and horsepower. It seems to be the ultimate driving experience.

‘OneRepublic’ Captivates Valley Concert-Goers

June 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker
(Left to right) Drew Brown and Ryan Tedder

(Left to right) Drew Brown and Ryan Tedder via Joey Post

The warm summer air in the west Valley became electric when OneRepublic took the stage at the Ak-Chin Pavilion Sunday night. As part of their Native Summer Tour 2014, sponsored by Malibu Rum, the band played their hits for thousands of screaming fans. We had the chance to speak will the guys before the show about their tour, success, the future, what keeps them humble and what being in a band is all about.

Being a world-touring, Grammy-nominated band in 2014 is a lot more difficult than one would think, according to lead singer Ryan Tedder.

“You never know what you’re getting with this band because I don’t know what the hell we’re doing next. Your average listener in 2014 doesn’t listen to an album. It’s a playlist that has a million songs on it,” he said. “A playlist is the eclecticism of this band.”

OneRepublic can go through as many as five genres in 10 songs to keep them unique. With other bands dialed into specific genres, it’s their lack of classification, that used to be a curse, that is a blessing, he said.

OneRepublic has been on a world-wide tour for the better part of a year, but it feels good to be home said guitarist Drew Brown.

“We’re happy to be back in the States,” he said. “We get to see a lot of our friends all over America we haven’t seen in forever.”

For the group, touring in the summer is the best part about being in a band, he said. It’s an excuse to have a camping trip that last a full month.

While on the road, the band keeps themselves occupied with the RVs, scooters, and every video gaming console known to man. With all of those perks, the group manages to keep themselves grounded.

There’s enough forced humility that goes on when you are touring, Brown said.

For instance, despite all of their commercial success and being qualified, Drew Brown was not approved to rent a space in Los Angeles, Tedder said.

It’s fascinating to know that these rockstars are just a group of friends who love playing music and goofing around.

The Native Summer Tour has been in the works for the last seven years, back when they and their opening band, The Script, were just starting out.

“This is a culmination of ‘this could happen, that could happen’ somehow it all came together and that’s what this tour is all about,” Tedder said.

Photos courtesy of Joey Post.




New Music Monday: Lana Del Rey

June 2, 2014 | 9:38 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Lana Del Rey, also known as Lizzy Grant, is all sorts of cool. What we like about her is her ability to change her image and style. In just a couple weeks, Lana will be releasing her third studio album. She’s done a pretty good job at releasing new music every two years. Ultraviolence is one of our top records to look out for this summer. This track, Shades of Cool, sounds like it comes right out of the 1950s. That’s a good thing.

Phoenix Public Market Café’s Summer Happy Hour Specials

May 30, 2014 | 11:37 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

ppm-cafe-may8_0134Whether you have just left a D-Backs game at Chase Field or were scoping the art at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Public Market Café is one of the best spots to finish out the day. With the slow summer, they have announced some pretty stellar happy hour specials. Every day, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, you can get $5 bites and from 3:00 pm to close, you can enjoy $5 pitchers of beer, wine and cocktails. Do you want to know more? Check it out:

Eats 3-6 pm
mesquite-roasted, BBQ sauce, coleslaw

handmade pretzels with a jalapeño white cheddar sauce

pequin chili, garlic, parsley, parmesan served with 3 dipping sauces

cucumber, jicama, peppers, red onion, sweet potato, lime, house-made chips with a Cholula crème

rotisserie chicken, aged cheddar, pickled Fresno, roasted green chiles, with home smashed guacamole

Drinks 3 pm – close
$5 pitchers of
Phoenix Public Market Ale – Amber Ale
Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Pilsner

$5 Glasses of House wine

$5 (select) Cocktails
Lee Trevino

The Weekender: The Mojito

May 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image007Is it really in the triple digits already? That’s pretty depressing. Good thing it is Friday and you know what that means. It is once again time for The Weekender. Today’s cocktail comes to us from the Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill in Tempe. When things are warming up, a nice drink will make your day so much better. This is a recipe for their house mojito. It’s simple to make and easy to drink.


1 1/2 oz. Citrus Rum

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1 oz. Sprite

1 oz. Soda

3 Limes

Mint Leaves

1 oz. Simple Syrup


Muddle the mint and limes in the bottom of a sturdy glass. Add ice and combine the rest of the ingredients and enjoy.

Get Your Surf on at CityScape this Summer

May 29, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

FlowRider 1_lowOne of the best parts of summer is heading to the beach to catch a few waves. Wait a second. We don’t have a beach in the Valley, BUT, starting this weekend we will have some killer waves. CityScape Phoenix in downtown will be hosting Surfing on Central. For 13 weeks, you and your friends and family family can shred on a wave simulator, as well as enjoy other fun activities. The flow jam will kick off this Saturday, May 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Professional flowboarders Sean Silveira, Adam Muller and Daniel Tarapchak showing off their  skills and sign autographs as Red Bull DJs spin some tunes. There will be games, prizes, beach blanket movie nights, and ladies night is every Thursday. It best the way to get feeling of the beach without having to drive seven hours. Each flow ride session costs $25. Surfing on Central will go through Labor Day, so, there’s plenty of time to learn how to catch some waves.

Today’s Object of Desire: Mspa Inflatable Hot Tub

May 29, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

mspa-inflatable-hot-tub-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-40902There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting into a hot tub after a long day. The problem with hot tubs, though, is that it seems like no one has one. That’s where the Mspa Inflatable Hot Tub comes in. The only things you need for the Mspa to work is a water source and power outlet. Seems easy enough, right? You may think it being inflatable would compromise the structural integrity, but the triple-layered laminated PVC skin suggests otherwise. This bad boy has a total of 110 air bubble jets that will keep you relaxed throughout the duration of your soak. It’s also significantly cheaper than your standard hot tub, coming in at under $700.

Have You Ever Had a Wine Smoothie?

May 28, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image007Yeah, neither have we. In fact, we’ve never heard of it before. That makes us even more intrigued to try it. Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be introducing their brand new Luci’s Wine Smoothie. It’s exactly what it sounds like. It is made with creme wine is blended with ice. You get the best of both worlds: a refreshing, cold treat to cool you down and alcohol. What’s not to like? So far, the marketplace has introduced two flavors, Orange Crème and Chocolate Strawberry Crème. We’re anxious to try both. With temperature well above 100 degrees today, it’s the perfect Wednesday to try it out. Thankfully, we imagine it’ll be here all summer long.

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