Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Today’s Object of Desire: Wake Up & Smell The Bacon

March 11, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

wake-up-smell-bacon-thumb-630xauto-38096Yes, this is a real thing. We’re not joking. The Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is as real as the bacon you eat in the morning. Speaking of which, who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon in the morning? There’s really nothing quite like it. The iPhone app/alarm clock, when plugged into your phone, releases the beautiful scent for when you’re supposed to wake up. It’s the kind of thing that every single person out there would love to wake to. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. Too bad it doesn’t actually cook bacon for you. Oscar Mayer, you really need to work on that.

Are You My Ride? Koenigsegg One:1

March 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

koenigsegg-one1-thumb-630xauto-38005This is the supercar to end all supercars. The Koenigsegg One:1 is nothing short of pure perfection. Even if you could afford, you’ll never own one. You probably will never be able to drive one, either. Why? Because only six were made and you better believe they’re all spoken for. The One:1 is the Swedish car company’s pride and joy and puts Italian and German cars to shame. It’s capable of 280 mph and can producer over 1,300 horsepower. You don’t even want to know how much it costs because if you have to ask, you can definitely not afford it.

Tequila Tastings at Taco Guild in Phoenix

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

tacoThere are two types of tequila drinkers. One of them pounds Jose Cuervo on the weekends and doesn’t appreciate. The other is a connoisseur. Tomorrow, March 11, Taco Guild in Phoenix will be hosting an excellent Tequila Tasting. Obviously, this is for those who recognize the full worth of the Mexican spirit. For $35 per perosn, the evening will feature a four course tequila paired meal along with special guest speaker Diana Jimenez of Cabrito Tequila.

Greeting cocktail – 1893 frozen margarita (Tequila Cabrito Reposado)

1st Course – chef inspired ceviche of the day – Tequila Cabrito Blanco

2nd Course – grilled romaine salad – Tequila Cabrito Reposado

3rd Course – selection of three tacos – cocktail featuring anjeo tequila

4th Course – dessert – paired with appropriate tequila

International Hummus Day Will Have You Saying ‘Yum’

March 10, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

image001If you don’t like hummus, we’re sorry, but we think there’s something wrong with you. Though, we do apologize to anyone who may have an allergy to the chickpea dish. Aside from that, we stick to our statement. March 13 is International Hummus Day. Yes, we know there are of those national/international food days, but we just love hummus so much. Salut Kitchen Bar‘s hummus nachos and breakfast nachos are two unique dishes. The hummus nachos (pictured) have feta, red onion, and pomegranate seeds served on crispy pita with a balsamic drizzle. The breakfast nachos are made with fried pita chips with egg whites, house made hummus, shaved Prairie Breeze cheddar, chopped bacon and chives. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

New Music Monday: Manchester Orchestra

March 10, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Manchester Orchestra is one of the bands that causes an emotional stir in you. Their first couple of albums were… Well, pretty melancholy. That might have something to do with their popularity. Next month, the indie band will be releasing their fourth studio album, Cope. This single, Top Notch, off the record already sounds different their older stuff. It’s heavier and angrier. We like it.

The Weekender: Absinth–Tini

March 7, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002Did you know that March 5 was National Absinth Day? Well, we did remind you last week. Did you have a little dance with the Green Fairy? Yeah, neither did we. But that’s what the weekend is for, right? Once again, Salut Kitchen Bar had the courtesy to give us another great absinth recipe. This is the Absinth–Tini. It sounds interesting and we can’t wait to try it.


2½ fl oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin

½ fl oz Martini Extra dry vermouth

⅛ fl oz NV Absinthe


Shake all the ingredients and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Home to Delicious Local Brews

March 6, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

twenty6 Honey Nut Brown AleSometimes, it’s hard to find local beer in the Valley. You either have to go to a bar or liquor store to get a good selection. Good thing the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is now offering beer brewed right in the Grand Canyon State. Two new restaurants at the resort, twenty6 lounge and stonegrill restaurant, guests can choose from six locally-brewed beers plus 17 other drafts. The beers have been hand picked by the resort’s food and beverage director Oliver Reschreiter, who also happens to be a home brewer. They include Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, Mudshark UpRiver Lager, Sleepy Dog Brewing Leg Humper Hefeweizen, Nimbus Pale Ale, Oak Creek Amber Ale and Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale. Sounds delicious, right?

Today’s Object of Desire: Escape Mobile Cabin

March 6, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

escape-mobile-cabin-thumb-630xauto-37988Today’s object of desire isn’t necessarily an object. It’s more of a building. Sometime you need to escape. The daily grind can really wear down on your soul and the best way to combat that is getting the hell out of dodge. That’s where the Escape Mobile Cabin. This isn’t a redneck mobile, no it is not. The Mobile Cabin is by far the classiest mobile home we’ve ever seen. It has a built-in bed with nightstands, a bathroom with walk-in shower, vaulted ceilings, and really tall windows. We know how we’re going to escape the Valley this summer.

Scottsdale Nightclub About the Experience, Not the Booze

March 5, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

cake clubWhat comes to mind when you think of nightclubs? Surely, copious amounts alcohol, right? That’s not always the case but it does seem to be the norm. Just opented on Feb. 22, Scottsdale’s newest joint, Cake Nightclub, wants to change that stigma. Obviously, it’s going to be filled with beautiful girls (pictured, though, those we’re not sure if those particular girls will actually be there) and drinks but that’s not all it’s good for. The new club surprisingly has a lot to offer. The spot features aerialists, acrobatics, stilt walkers, theatrics, and costumes. It’s the type of club you would expect to find in Los Angeles or New York City. There are rumors of surprise celebrity visits and performance to keep you on your toes.

Cake Nightclub | 4426 North Saddlebag Trail | Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Learn “Meditation in Motion” at the Japanese Friendship...

March 5, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

japanese friendship gardenLife can be stressful for all of us. The daily grind can really wear down your soul and spirit. There are plenty of ways to calm that stress down and we’re always looking for new ones. One of the most serene places in the Valley is the Japanese Friendship Garden in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There, on Sunday, March 16, a lecture on  Tai Chi-QiGong by Kim Kubsch of Safe Movements will teach you to be at peace. The easy and gentle “meditation in motion” will help you in balance and flexibility, improve circulation, concentration and focus. Most importantly, though, it will help increase your energy, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. The lecture begins at 1:00 p.m. and we think you should attend.

Upscale Women’s Boutique Now Open in Gainey Village

March 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

designerFashion is your thing, isn’t it? You’re not satisfied until you are on the latest trend from all around the world. Good thing for you, there’s an all-new upscale women’s boutique now open in Scottsdale at the Gainey Village. Designer Studio has luxury formal wear from all over Europe from designers like Jovani, Faviana, Alyce Paris, Terani couture and more. It’s a good place to shop for dresses for prom, weddings, galas, bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and what ever fancy occasion you can think of. Even the store has a classy feel to it with a chandelier hanging above and red velvet interior. The next time you need something with a little extra class, check out the studio.

Designer Studio | 8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 218 | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Are You My Ride? Volvo Estate Concept

March 4, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

volvo-estate-concept-thumb-630xauto-37904Volvo has been on top of their game the last few years. A lot of people associate the Swedish car company with old people but that is certainly not the case. Their future is looking bright. The Volvo Estate Concept  is testament to that. This three-door wagon is all about the technology inside. The dash is centered around a large touch screen display that controls most the interior; music, climate control, and more. The aesthetics inside are like a dream with rich leather and wood accents. We don’t know what it looks like, but it sounds nice. Also, this car will probably never be made but we like to think that something like it will be in production in the next few years.

St. Patrick’s Day at Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon

March 3, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

IMG_3577Sometimes, we don’t pay a lot of attention to the north Valley. Don’t worry, folks. We know you’re there. For those of you who live and around Peoria, St. Patrick’s Day at Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon is bound to be a good time. Filled with drink specials and fun, the bar will be celebrating the holiday with four days debauchery. From Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17, you can hang out there all day from 11:00 am to close. Some specials include $2 Green House Brew, $5 Car Bomb, Jameson or Bailey’s shots, $3 Cans of Guinness, $3 Nitro Milk Stout Beer, and $5 Irish Coffee. You can also get your hands on some made-from-scratch Shepard’s Pie for $10.

Barrel Grill & Modern Saloon| 15703 North 83rd Avenue | Peoria, AZ

New Music Monday: Beck

March 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

Beck has been releasing albums for over 20 years now. The singer-songwriter gained popularity in the early nineties with his unique and experimental style. His music covers multiple genres like funk, rock, soul, and more. This month, Beck released his 12th studio album, Morning Phase. Yes, it is album number 12 and that’s crazy. The record is already receiving stellar reviews. Decide for yourself. Here is the track Wave off the new album.

The 6th Annual Pints for Pat at Rula Bula

February 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

54b1baec-3d57-48ca-d566-9e77ad5f30a9It has been 10 years since the country lost legendary football player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman. On March 15, Rula Bula on Tempe’s Mill Avenue will host the 6th Annual Pints for Pat. This will be in preparation for April’s tenth Pat’s Run. The Pints for Pat glass fundraiser collects funds and generates awareness in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation. March 15 was not chosen at random. It marks 42 days until the run. Forty-two was Tillman’s football jersey number when he played for ASU. To help, all you have to do is stop by Rula on the 15th and purchase a 2014 Pints for Pat souvenir glass, the sixth glass in the series. The glasses only cost $10 and 100% of the proceeds will support the Tillman Military Scholars program. Remember, you can only get these at Rula Bula and they are first come, first serve.

The Weekender: Viagra Falls

February 28, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image001That’s probably one of the most… Ahem, unique names for a cocktail we’ve ever seen. But, hey, chances are you’re going to remember it. On March 5, National Absinthe Day will be upon us. Not a lot of people drink it anymore, but we’ve seen it comeback here and there. To celebrate the “holiday,” Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe has come up with this drink. This is Viagra Falls.


¾ oz NV Absinthe

1½ oz Sour apple liqueur

1¾ oz Chilled mineral water

2 dash Orange bitters


Shake ingredients in ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass over ice.

Mardi Gras Kicks Off in Phoenix this Weekend

February 27, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Mardi Gras 4If you have ever been to a Mardi Gras party, then you know how crazy they can be. Beads, music, pretty girls, and copious amounts of alcohol make it a truly unique celebration. Starting this Saturday, March 1, Mardi Gras kicks off in downtown Phoenix. CityScape is where it’s all going down with their “Party Gras” event. The day will be filled with dining and drink specials, a remarkable parade, family-friendly activities and plenty of beads. There will specials at nearby joints like Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and Lucky Strike Lanes and Gypsy Bar. Live music, parties for people 21+, and more will take over CityScape. The party will be from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The parade starts at 4:00 pm and is open to everyone. If you want to keep it going, local bars will be doing their thing all night.

Today’s Object of Desire: White Whale Bold Cocktail Mixers

February 27, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

white-whale-cocktail-mixers-thumb-630xauto-37667Having a mini bar in your home is a lot of fun. You get to invite friends over and make them some drinks, what’s not to love? Not all of us are exactly skilled in the world of mixology. With White Whale Bold Cocktail Mixers, you don’t have to be a talented bartender. The three different styles are each designed to go with a particular type of liquor — vodka, gin, or bourbon. It uses all-natural ingredients and makes your bartending as easy as pie. We’re especially interested in trying the Old Fashioned one. Do you think it’ll stand up to a traditionally made drink?

Downtown Phoenix’s Newest Hotel’s Spring Training...

February 26, 2014 | 11:44 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScapeSpring training is a huge deal in Arizona. With thousands of visitors from out town, spring training is an important economic device in the Valley. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, is offering a ”Batter Up Package.” The hotel is in the ideal location, CityScape Phoenix, for fans visiting any of the Valley’s 11 ballparks. Rates start at $249 and include deluxe accommodations, two local craft beers, a baseball themed welcome amenity, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the Living Room, hosted evening wine reception from 5-6pm daily, and complimentary access to Gold’s Gym Elite.

Scottsdale Arts Fest to Add Artsy Bounce House

February 26, 2014 | 9:47 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

image006From March 14 to March, the 44th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival will be under way. It’s hard to believe that this is the 44th time Scottsdale has been graced by the festival. The three days of art is a great place to spend time with the family. Some of you with younger kids might find it difficult for them to enjoy the fest. This year will be different. With the help of Scottsdale Public Art, the fest will be home to the U.S. debut of Happy Gift, a 30-foot-wide interactive bounce house. MAde by the pioneering Los Angeles-based art collective FriendsWithYou, the bounce house is a smiling inflatable sculpture that everyone can play on. Honestly, we kind of want to play on it, too. For more information on the festival, click here.

The 14th Annual Beauty to the RESCUE Fundraiser

February 25, 2014 | 11:49 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedLocal businesses have joined together to for the 14th Annual Beauty to the RESCUE fundraiser to help save the lives of animals around the Valley. Hosted at the Mane Attraction Salon on Sunday, March 2, if you make a minimum donation, $35-$75 for haircuts, $20 for Blow Dry Style and $10 for Deep Conditioning Masque, you can bring your dog into the salon for a day of indulgence from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The will be complete with complimentary drinks and food from Bobby-Q. Throughout the day, 16 vendor booths will be on site and will offer pet portraits, artisan jewelry, fresh baked goods, along with onsite grooming, a washable chalk dye job for the pets, and more.

Are You My Ride? Ferrari California T

February 25, 2014 | 9:44 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

ferrari-california-t-thumb-630xauto-37606With the name alone, you can imagine the best place to cruise around in this ride. The Ferrari California T is the epitome of wealthy L.A. living. It was meant to be driven with the top down along the coast. If we could, we would in a heartbeat. The California T utilizes Ferrari’s new new turbo-charged engine, getting 560 horsepower out of its 3.9 liter V8. This baby can go from zero to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The T has everything you need for enjoying the open road.

Sprinkles Cupcakes to Benefit Local Schools

February 24, 2014 | 11:58 AM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

sprinkles cupcakesThere’s more to Sprinkles than just cupcakes. They have a philanthropic heart and that makes us love them even more. Recently, Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, created Candace’s Cupcake Challenge. She asked local students around the Valley to submit their own, unique cake and frosting recipes. Candace chose her favorites and now it’s your turn to lend a helping hand. From today until Feb. 28, you can help choose the best of the three semi-finalists. The top selling cupcake will receive $1,000 cash donation and a cupcake party for the entire school. Don’t worry, the second and third place cupcakes will each receive a cupcake party for the submitting classroom and cash donations to the school for $500 and $250. And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Here are the semi-finalists:

1.  Pioneer Elementary – Mrs. William’s Third Grade Classroom – Oreo Sundae Cupcake

2.  Horseshoe Trails Elementary – Ms. Skelton’s Second Grade Classroom – Stallion Specialty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake

3.  Montessori Academy – Mrs. Corbin – Scottsdale Rocks Cupcake with Cayenne Pepper

New Music Monday: St. Vincent

February 24, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

It’s about time Annie Clark, or better known as St. Vincent, reclaimed her throne as pop’s queen. Tomorrow, her fifth studio album will be released. It’s been two years since her last album and we’re excited to see what this new, self-titled record has in store for us. We can already tell it’s going to be unique based on this single alone. Digital Witness has a funky yet contemporary feel to it. Take a listen for yourself.

Old Town Scottsdale to Host First Ever ‘Italian...

February 21, 2014 | 11:51 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedThere are plenty of food fests around the Valley throughout the year. We’re surprised we’ve never seen an Italian-specific one. Well, that’s all about to change in the beginning of April. Downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge district will be turning into the Italian countryside from April 4 to April 5. On that Friday, the night will be filled with Italian bites from over 10 local Italian bistros and restaurants like Marcellino’s (pictured.) Obviously, wine and music will be in the mix, as well. You can stroll around the area and browse authentic hand-crafted items and products. The two-day event is about to us by the Italian Association. The cost is $10 for entrance which includes a souvenir of the first Italian festival of Arizona. Children under 10 have free entry.

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