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Even in this fledgling economy, it seems that Old Town Scottsdale has no trouble expanding in the face of adversity….by this we mean no trouble expanding our waistlines, of course. From the men who brought you Zinc Bistro and The Mission, two of the city’s most successful and raved about restaurants by locals and critics alike, comes The House, a brand new eatery that has taken over somewhat of a historic property on Main Street. When we first heard the news, we squealed like Augustus Gloop in a chocolate factory and practically set up camp outside the decided location next to Grazie Pizzeria. But like all good things, we’ve had to wait for the charming abode to get a makeover and for all the elements to come together. Well, that wait is almost over according to this recent article by EaterAZ that actually takes readers inside the new restaurant whilst under construction. We’re already in love from the looks of it, but will obviously review in time just to make sure. Check out the video on their website and start counting down the days.
It may be 110 degrees everyday but at least we do not have sharks.
Starbucks Coffee Company has found a way to harness the goodness in unroasted coffee beans. It’s perplexing. What will they think of next?
Remember last year when they teased us with those delicious “Refreshers” only to take them away under the guise that we were a “test market” and they might be back. Might be? Well, they are. And good thing too, as it is not polite or smart to take away someone’s morning beverage. The crazy part? Although they look and taste like tea, they are actually caffeinated coffee drinks. Now that’s science.
Not only did these tasty summer beverages launch (again) today, but on Friday you can stop by any Starbucks for a free tall Berry Hibiscus or Cool Lime refresher from 12 to 3 p.m.
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4th of July weekend usually means big blockbusters to rake in the crowds and the dough for all those looking to make the most of a day without work, but since our fine country’s birthday fell on a Wednesday this year and put a wedge in many a beach vacation, the great cinematic unveiling felt more like a trickle of might-sees than the usual release of anticipation-building films. If you’re curious, check out our list of the latest flicks to hit theaters in hopes to help you figure out what to see or not to see (because isn’t that always the question?)
The Amazing Spider-man – We had pretty strong feelings about this remake after first hearing about it, and for legitimate reasons. Toby isn’t dead yet, he isn’t even in an old age home talking about his glory days as a superhero or even telling his kids about the good old days (because he doesn’t have any) and Kirsten Dunst is still a bankable box-office hottie, so why the rush to pump out a new installment of the franchise while our generation still remembers all the details of the old one? We couldn’t tell you, but we can tell you that watching Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield be adorable on every red carpet and talk show the past few weeks has kind of warmed our frigid, frigid hearts to the idea. A new story, a new cast and that new fangled 3D technology puts The Amazing Spider-man in the “see” column for a regular summer weekend. »READ MORE
Turns out, you don’t need to leave the city for a weekend escape, you just need to head over to Talking Stick Resort and take part in their summer pool party series, Release, every Saturday and Sunday from 11-6 all summer long. Enjoy drink specials courtesy of Bud Light Lime, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals and poolside performances from 1-5 pm by the region’s best DJs from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
You can snag poolside seats for all the action by renting a cabana. Or you can really go all out and invite your friends to join you in a VIP cabana to relax with a flat screen tv, seating for six and bottled water to keep yourself hydrated and ready to party all day long. To reserve your cabana call 480.850.4350.
Time to break out the sunscreen and hit the (pool) deck at TSR for a party worthy of your weekend. See you there
When you drive down the streets of Old Town Scottsdale – because, let’s be real here, no one is walking anywhere right now – you can see pretty much two things: restaurants and art galleries. The scene becomes quite familiar if you live in the area and it’s easy to fall into a routine of always hitting up the same spots. That’s why when any inkling of a new restaurant pops up, it’s nearly impossible not to take notice…and snoop around like a nutrient deprived Nancy Drew. We are of course talking about the upcoming opening of chef Payton Curry’s Brat Haus, and as it turns out, Old Town’s newest restaurant is not so much of a mystery. In fact, its opening on July 2nd is highly anticipated and has been covered by the likes of Chow Bella, AZ Central and EaterAZ. »READ MORE
The California foie gras ban may be coming into effect July 1st, but apparently there are many, many easy ways around it, just as was the case in Chicago during their short-lived prohibition.
As Bloomberg reports, authorities are being pretty open about the fact that they won’t go after chefs who serve the stuff for free. The LAPD and SFPD don’t plan on investigating any cases at all, and representatives from state animal welfare organizations don’t really, either: “We may get complaints and conduct an investigation as to where the foie gras came from,” says Karen Brown of San Francisco’s Department of Animal Care and Control. “If we found out it came from outside California, then we wouldn’t cite.”
Los Angeles chef Ludo Lefebvre has already said that he plans to include it in his tasting menus, and Mark Pastore, owner of San Francisco’s Incanto, is thinking about introducing a foie gras corkage fee; it’s only illegal to produce it or sell it in California, not possess it. To adapt to the new situation and take full advantage of the loophole, some purveyors are already leaving the state and setting up shop in border areas, so that couriers can deliver the stuff or California residents can come get it themselves and bring it back home.
The only real deterrent: the unrelenting wrath of activists. (via Eater National)
While we know we might be a bit slow with the uptake on this one (the movie hit Camelview some two weeks ago), we believe when you see a truly great film, you have tell your friends about it. Well, consider us besties because The Intouchables is a summer must-see different from the blockbusters hitting the big screen. First of all, it’s in French (and there is nothing like seeing a foreign film to really make you feel 10x more intelligent in a matter of hours) and second of all, it’s the kind of movie that you never really want to end. You will leave the theatre thinking,’Why aren’t all movies that good?’…. and then fall into a minor depression similar to when you finish a really great book. The characters are real, the story is moving and the dialogue is fresh, funny and highly entertaining. Already the second most successful French movie of all time in ticket sales, The Intouchables is a feel good film in any language.
The story follows a wealthy tetraplegic who hires a young, recently incarcerated man from the projects as his caretaker. The two form an unlikely friendship that will have you tearing up and doubling over in your seat. And while it may come across as the kind of cliché film where two men form an unlikely friendship to discover that life really is beautiful, there are many aspects that make it worthwhile for even the pickiest of cinema goers. For example, the movie opens with a high-speed car chase and includes lots of R rated innuendoes that cross over all genre lines. Not to mention the serious eye candy that is actor Omar Sye for the ladies. After the first five minutes, you’ll forget that you’re watching a film in a different language and fall in love with humanity of it. Oh, and it’s based on a true story.
Check out The Intouchables at Camelview ASAP.
The trilogy of erotic books that has taken the idea of a romance novel to a whole
naughty new level, Fifty Shades of Grey, has sold around 10 million copies worldwide and continues to hold its spot on the New York Times best-seller list. People everywhere are picking up the novel not only for the story that will “obsess and possess you”, but also for tips on how to make things in the bedroom more interesting. Fascinations wants to help by sponsoring a Fifty Shades Book Club event this Saturday, June 9, from 2-4 pm at Narcisse Tea and Champagne Lounge in Scottsdale Quarter. The discussion will be held by Fascinations Love Expert, Meghan Krein, who has been featured on Fox 10 and ABC 15 for her insight on love, relationships and of course, sex. »READ MORE
Looking for an excuse to relax? Now is the time to dive into summer savings by booking a staycation in your own backyard, or by traveling merely one state north or west to enjoy the experience of the some of the finest resorts. When you book your next vacation by June 15, 2012 – you’ll receive hotel and resort savings up to 40% off. Indulge poolside at world class hotels and resorts from The Phoenician Resort & Spa, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, W Scottsdale and more across Arizona, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. The offer ends soon, so mark your calendars for a welcome retreat.
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In need of a getaway? Now you can beat the heat and soak up the California sun in San Diego where the average temperature is a cool and beautiful 70 degrees. Enjoy a stay at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, nestled on the edge of the San Diego Bay with three pools, a new spa & fitness center, tennis courts, water sports discounts, bike rentals, jogging trails, poolside activities, dive-in movies on the weekends, children’s meal programs and more. Arizona residents get an exclusive deal that will have you basking in the San Diego sunshine with rates from $119 per night if you stay now through September 3, 2012. Click here to book your escape.
Play like Tiger — or hell, maybe even better — in these new Nike TW 13 Golf Shoes ($220). Based on Nike’s natural motion engineered outsole — which itself is inspired by the Uncrate-favorite Nike Free system — the TW 13 lets your foot move naturally as you swing and walk the course and thanks to the Nike Dynamic Fit support system — Flywire-infused straps that extend from the footbed to the lacing system — your feet will stay in place during your most ferocious swings. Available June 8. [Uncrate]
This Sunday Funday just got a whole lot more fun with Sushi Roku’s Summer Kick Off Party. From 5-8 pm on Sunday, June 3, you can enjoy Sake Snow Cones, a swimsuit fashion show and sushi, of course, all while listening to some great tunes spun by DJ Soulman. The restaurant, located in The W Hotel in Scottsdale, will have happy hour prices all night long in an effort to kick off some amazing summer specials like Locals Only Pricing (20% for all locals), Sunday Funday (DJ Soulman and all day Happy Hour) and the introduction of summer refreshments like Skinny Cocktail Pitchers and Sake Snow Cones (pictured). If you attend, you will be entered to win a prize package worth $1250 including a night at The W, dinner for two at Sushi Roku and a Vitamin A swimsuit from Diane’s Swimwear, among other things. Seems like things are looking up for summer Sunday’s in the Valley.
While the calendar may not say so, summer has officially arrived in Phoenix. So what’s the best way to keep your cool? Aside from lounging in the pool and taking shelter in the frigid malls and movie theaters around town, going out to dinner after the sun goes down is a great way to enjoy what this city has to offer without melting in the process. That’s why Biltmore Fashion Park’s eclectic restaurants are teaming up to bring you the hottest deals for the coolest prices with Dining After Dark. Throughout June and July, participating Biltmore restaurants will be offering 1 appetizer, two entrees, two alcoholic beverages and one dessert for $35 or $50, depending on the place. Your favorite dining establishments like Black Chile Mexican Grill, Zinburger, Cheescake Factory, Christopher’s Crush Lounge, California Pizza Kitchen and The Captial Grille are all in on the action and because the deals run all summer long, you’ll have time to try them all.
Click here to take a peek at the menus offered and start planning your summer dining adventures at Biltmore Fashion Park today.
When life hands you lemons, you head down to the nearest bar and drink away your sorrows. Oh, that’s not how the saying goes? Well someone should tell the people down at Tilted Kilt because their new cocktails seem to suggest they think otherwise. Like that lemons serve a much better purpose when they’re shaken to a pulp on the rocks with alcohol and we have to admit, we agree wholeheartedly. Starting June 11 – August 5th, Tilted Kilt will be serving seven new “Shaker” cocktails which are handcrafted at the bar in mason jars (um…awesome?) and then shaken at your table by a scantily
clad plaid Tilted Kilt girl. Pictured is the Watermelon Shaker which includes Bacardi Superior Rum, Monin Watermelon Syrup, Finest Call Premium Lime Sour, Cranberry Juice and garnished with a cherry and, you guessed it, lemon slices. If you feel the need to mix up your summer routine, then shimmy on down to one of the six Valley locations and just shake it off.
It’s pretty much 100 degrees plus daily no and no sign of letting up so that pretty much means the best place to be is in a pool. Here we have what Gizmodo calls the ten most amazing pools in the world. If you think your pool can compare shoot us a photo and we’ll feature yet on DLT. [Gizmodo]
Thoughts? One thing’s for sure, we’ll be bumping this soundtrack.