Posts by: Maxfield Barker

Where to Watch USA vs Germany World Cup Game

June 25, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Have you all been paying attention to the World Cup? If you haven’t, you really are missing out. Currently, the USA is in second place. Can you believe that? We’re a country that normally makes fun of soccer, but we’re number two. Tomorrow morning, at 9:00 am, the U.S. will play number one Germany. It’s an important game and all we really need to advance is a tie (among other things.) There are a million scenarios that could happen, but you should cheer on our boys as they hit the pitch, tomorrow. So, where are some the best spots to catch the game? Here are some of our favorites.

Handlebar Tempe: The popular Mill ave bar will be opening at 8:00 am for early USA games. A breakfast menu and drink specials will be available. This place will get rowdy.

George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub: They open at 7:00 am for every early game. It’s an English pub, so be wary of English fans there.

Four Peaks Brewing Co.: Both locations (north Scottsdale and Tempe) will be open for the 9:00 am game and will feature a special breakfast menu.

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria: Old Town’s happening weekend spot is also a soccer hangout, apparently. The taqueria will be open for all USA games.


Scottsdale’s First Nano-Brewery to Open in July

June 25, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Union Barrelhouse smScottsdale will soon be home to its first nano-brewery. Think of it as a smaller microbrewery. Union Barrelhouse will pair artisanal beer with delicious pub food with an element of class and sophistication. Opening its doors in early July at the former Salty Senorita location in Old Town, Union Barrelhouse, Modern Ale will produce its own beer. Any craft beer aficionado will be excited about what’s to come. The restaurant will feature five specialty craft beers, made in house, including Barrelhouse Golden Ale, Barrelhouse IPA, Barrelhouse Imperial Porter, Barrelhouse Hefeweizen, and Barrelhouse Wheat Bock.  Chef Brian Feirstein’s menu will concentrate on fresh foods from farmer’s market salads to outstanding burgers. Their signature food items will be the Modern Melt selections. These are the chef’s take on the classic grilled cheese. For example, the “PB & J” (Pear, Brie and Jam), is crafted of triple crème brie, bosc pears, bacon jam, and wild arugula on sourdough. Fancy, right? Be on the lookout for Union Barrelhouse early next month.

New Pizzeria Grand Opening to Benefit Phoenix Children’s...

June 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

static.squarespaceLocal businesses and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Momenti Local Pizzeria will be celebrating their Grand Opening this Friday, June 27. From the group that brought us  Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, both of the restaurants will be donating 50% of their sales to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The casual pizzeria is known for their personal size 12-inch homemade, thin crust pizzas. The pizza and salad menus are pretty standard, but what’s cool here is the donation to the Children’s Hospital. It always nice to see businesses doing their part to help the community. If you want to support children, head to Momenti this Friday.

Are You My Ride? 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

June 24, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

2015-bmw-m4-convertible-cropped-thumb-768x512-39053There’s just something so amazing about driving with the top down. The wind is rushing through your hair and the summer air reminds you of being a kid again. Since you’re an adult, you should be driving an adult car. The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give you that summer nostalgia when you drop the top (in under 20 seconds, mind you) and cruise around the Valley. If you can, you should cruise around the beach in this ride. This BMW was built for speed with its three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six engine. This seems to be the perfect ride for this time of year. 

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store to Open this Summer

June 23, 2014 | 11:59 AM | News | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedYou’ve all heard of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic, and Well Suited, right? They are some of the most popular resale stores in the Valley (you’ve likely seen their billboards.) The trio of sisters (pictured right) have just announced their newest creation, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store. Opening next month, the new store will have an incredible selection at the same price of any other thrift store. One thing that stands them out is that fact that there will be no sales tax when making a purchase there. The store will be located Chandler at Fulton Promenade near Alma School and Chandler Heights. The sisters will do like helping people out. In fact, this past year, the three of them donated 32-percent of the net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity. A grand opening event planned for some time in July. We’ll keep you posted.

New Music Monday: Kimbra

June 23, 2014 | 9:50 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

You may remember Kimbra from the Gotye’s super popular song Somebody That I Used to Know. We haven’t heard much from her since then until recently. Kimbra will be releasing her second studio album, The Golden Echo, in August. This is the first released from that album and it really gives you a hint at what its all going to be about. It’s eccentric and quite bizarre, actually. The track is called 90s Music. Give it a listen.

Lagunitas on Tap for Zinburger’s Beers & Brews Dinner

June 20, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

zinburger-slide-1Do you appreciate a good meal and an even better beer? Zinburger is the place to be then. Next month, on July 8 and July 15, the restaurant will be hosting their Beers & Brews Dinner. The brew of the night will be Lagunitas, where every course will be paired with a delicious, hand-crafted beer. The July 8 dinner will be hosted at the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix location. The July 15 dinner will be hosted at the Scottsdale Quarter location. Both dinners start at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $35.

First Course: Onion Rings

Pairing: Lagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner

Second Course: The Farm Salad

Pairing: Lagunitas DayTime Fractional IPA

Third Course: One Zinburger Slider and one Chuck Norris Slider

Pairing: Lagunitas IPA

Dessert Course: Stout Cake

Pairing: Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper Ale

The Weekender: Fiery Pineapple Margarita

June 20, 2014 | 10:05 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

image002It’s Friday and we couldn’t be happier. Just a few more hours of the work day and then the fun begins. You don’t need alcohol to have fun this weekend, but it sure as heck helps. Today’s drink comes to us from the good people at The Melting Pot. This is the Fiery Pineapple Margarita.


0.5 oz Bacardi ® Pineapple Fusion

1.5 oz Sauza® Tequila

0.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice

2 oz Sweet and Sour

1 oz Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup


Fill glass with 2/3 of ice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and then pour into tin, cap and share vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into Poco Grande glass and garnish with one Cayenne-Dusted Pineapple Slice and one Pineapple Leaf.

Donate Your Phone to ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’ & Win...

June 19, 2014 | 12:03 PM | News | By Maxfield Barker

image009 (1)With all the news of the Veteran Affairs fiasco going on, it’s important to remember that our veterans sometimes need a helping hand. Locally owned and operated Keep It Cut has become a designated drop-off location for the National Nonprofit Cell Phone For Soldiers. Apparently, July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month and throughout the month, the men’s hair salon will be collecting your used to phones to give to veterans in need. When you donate, you have the chance to win free haircuts for six months. If you plan on upgrading to latest iPhone, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do something good. The promotion will begin on July 1 and go through the 31st. The winner will be announced on Aug 1.

Today’s Object of Desire: Made in USA

June 19, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

20140528_SCR01388_MADEUSA_largeEvery four years, the world’s top nations face off in the World Cup. It is time when patriotism runs high and fans come together to cheer on their nation. The USA has defeated their rival, Ghana, from the last World Cup and we move on to our next round against Portugal. That game will undoubtedly be difficult, so, it is important that our players know that we are rooting for them. Sport your USA pride with this “Made in USA” t-shirt from Homage. It is made right here in the US and you should sport it at the local bar or viewing party. The US’s next game is this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. We only have one thing to say: USA! USA! USA!

Weekday Spa & Cabana Package at the Hotel Valley Ho

June 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

image001Traveling and going on vacation are a must for this part of the year. Some people just can’t handle the heat. That’s okay. Other people can’t afford to get out of town and that’s okay, too. You can save a little bit of cash and take advantage of the weekday spa and cabana package at the Hotel Valley Ho. For just $179, you can enjoy spa treatment and poolside cabana. You can choose a 60-minute treatment from the resort’s spa’s Mo’ Mojo menu, and then kick back in a private cabana at the OH Pool with access for you and five friends. You can always enjoy 60 additional minutes at the spa for an extra $60 or 90 minutes for $90. To make your reservations, call 480.248.2000. This deal is good through September.

Luci’s to Host Local Food, Wine & Beer Tasting Extravaganza

June 18, 2014 | 10:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

**0lucisIt’s important to celebrate local food and drinks. Not only does it help the local economy, but chances are it’s pretty delicious. This Friday, June 20, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be hosting a local food, wine, and beer tasting extravaganza to officially kick off summer. Taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can sample summer wines and beers while enjoying live music, and participate in raffles all for free. More than 20 local vendors will be there providing samples and complimentary bites of their best products. It is a great way to support local food and drink culture.

Little Cleo’s Introduces Summer Bites Menu

June 17, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

CLs_KhzIxVYnodSBGeV-zMgrOOA1tYSVvQ3cGZm7ZlkHave you been to Little Cleo’s yet? It has to be Fox Restaurant’s most innovative concept as of yet. Never would we have imagined a seafood restaurant of such caliber in the Valley. So, if you can’t make it to the beach this summer, Little Cleo’s might be the next best thing. Its summer bites menu is reminiscent of your favorites found at the coast. For an added bonus, you can choose one item per course for $35 and also a bottle of wine for an additional $15. Take a look at the menu.

Chilled Seafood
Chef’s selection of oysters and poached shrimp

Small Plates & Greens
crispy frog legs, fish sauce, roasted cashews, thai chili sap
grilled octopus, crispy masa, watercress, charred serrano
bacon & eggs” house made sturgeon bacon, creme fraiche & toast
black kale, cherries, nectarines, bacon, amish cheddar, almonds

Large Plates
traditional fish & chips, celery seed coleslaw
“bouillabaisse” scallops, mussels, shrimp, tomato, fennel, saffron
grilled loup de mer, glazed artichokes, shallots & lemon
grilled ahi tuna, mushroom ginger dumplings, snap peas, spicy caramelized soy

buttermilk pie, seasonal fruit
beignets, café du monde style, whiskey caramel
seasonal sorbet
seasonal gelato


Are You My Ride? Audi R8 LMX

June 17, 2014 | 10:33 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

audi-r8-lmx-cropped-thumb-768x512-40330It is once again time to take a look at an automobile that we wish we could own. Maybe some day. For now, let us drool over the Audi R8 LMX. This is a fast Audi. Its V10 engine produces a whopping 570 horsepower. It is true to the definition of supercar. The LMX is the future of auto industry, actually. How so? It will be the first production car to utilize laser high beams. The lights have twice the range of normal, all-LED lights. Honestly, you don’t buy this ride because of the lights. You buy it for the speed.

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.

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