From the brilliant minds behind The Mint, Sandbar, Axis/Radius, and RnR, comes their newest experiment: Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails. As the name suggests, the new concept is centered around a music theme. Surrounded by steel beams and garage doors for a contemporary artsy loft feel, Hi-Fi will be located in the vibrant Old Town Scottsdale. Its full menu will be served late into the night for all of the partiers in Old Town. Obviously its cocktail menu will be up to par, as well. The place is unique in that it will be functioning as a indoor/outdoor place. A giant square, island bar accomplishes that. It also features a vintage speaker wall that also displays old school black and white televisions. But the coup de grâce is their “$100,000 digital graffiti wall that will show an ever evolving array of 3D images that will morph the mood throughout the night.” Sounds pretty cool. Expect to see it fully functioning on March 20.
We wish Amare Stoudemire never left town. Well he was back last night (out of uniform due to injury) and after his team took down the Suns with a buzzer beating hoop he rolled in his old watering hole MercBar in the Esplanade. At least he had something to celebrate, we just wish Sarver would figure out what he’s doing with our own team.
Fridays just got a whole lot better. The Mint, one of Scottsdale’s hottest bars and nightclubs, has just announced a new happy hour deal where you can pop bottles without breaking your wallet.
From 4 – 9 p.m. every Friday (starting today!), you can quench your thirst for fun with a glass of VeuveClicquot for $10 or an Ultimat Vodka drink for $5. Tables of guests can sip on an entire bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $50. What’s even cooler is that anyone that purchases a bottle will receive a complimentary tasting plate of hors d’oeuvres. The tasting plate will be chef’s choice, featuring flavors from The Mint’s new menu. Possible samplings include Tuna Tartare, Tempura Cod Sliders, Yakitori, Wonton Chips, Apple Cider Salmon and Korean Pork Sliders.
We know what we’re doing tonight.
The Mint | 7373 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Following last week’s casting call, where more than 200 models turned out with hopes of earning a spot in October’s highly-regarded fashion showcase, The Mint in Scottsdale is hosting the model announcement party tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The best part is that this event is open to the public, so come meet the next 40 fresh faces before they hit the runways this fall and compete for the title of Smartwater Model of the Year. RSVP here.
The Mint | 7373 E . Camelback | Scottsdale | AZ
Michael’s Cafe has become known as a central Phoenix destination for both soul food and live music. But wait, there’s more. Michael’s is hosting two July events that will surely delight the taste buds of all in attendance.
Michael’s presents Mix & Mingle Wine Tasting with jazz by DJ Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wines include Canyon Oaks Moscato, Anakena Chardonnay, Cellarmaster’s Riesling, Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante and Gnarly Head Authentic Red. Cheese, crackers, fruit, salad, chocolate meatballs and more will be available for pairings. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Save your spot and RSVP here.
Michael’s is hosting the first-ever “Best BBQ in the Valley Challenge” July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your grilling gear, your finest marinades, your meat (beef, pork and chicken categories) and find a spot in the parking lot. Judging will be based on taste and presentation with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes as well as one overall People’s Choice Award. Cost is $25 to enter and includes booth, table and tasting utensils for setup. For more information, call Tyrone at Michael’s Cafe at (602) 248-2233.
“Season of change” might be a bit cliché (or cheesy since we’re talking food), but it rings true as the local summer restaurant scene is best summarized under two headings: 1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances and 2) seasonal deals and menu offerings for those brave enough to endure the desert temperatures this season. Sounds exciting, right? Well, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances this season:
You know Johnny Chu from his past and present restaurant endeavors throughout the Valley. The latest of which involves relocating and reinventing his downtown restaurant, Sens Asian Tapas, to the corner of Central Avenue and Thomas Road under the new name SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar. This new location and new concept is set for grand opening July 19. Chow Bella has the story.
Looking for a classy way to celebrate Independence Day in style and in air conditioning? Why not at the top of a Valley resort, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows where you can view firework shows stretching from Phoenix to Scottsdale?
The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse invites you to share this holiday in their restaurant’s open seating while enjoying specialty cocktails, a full a la carte menu or their Fourth of July-themed prix fixe menu Wednesday.
The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu includes three courses. Choose between local watermelon gazpacho, jumbo shrimp cocktail or heirloom Tomatoes with fresh raspberry vinegar and goat cheese for the first course. Next up is a grilled tuna burger, french fries, miso mayonnaise and yuzu pickles; barbecue sirloin tip with creamy local corn; or a grilled pork chop, cherry mustard and sautéed mustard greens. The third course includes your choice of strawberry charlotte sundae, popping cherry pie or warm chocolate nougat tart with praline ice cream.
Festive 4th of July cocktails are available for $12 and include Red: Sour Cherry Caipirinha (Pirrasunga 21 Cachaca, cherry, lime), White: Vanilla Cream Soda (Svedka Vanilla Vodka, caramelized Sugar and club soda) and Blue: Blueberry Lemonade (Ketel One Citroen Vodka, lemon, blueberries and Sprite).
The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu is $45, is available Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Now that we’ve all dusted off the ol’ grill and eaten our fair share of barbecue (not to mention all of the seasonal sides, deserts and drinks) in a feeble attempt to enjoy the summertime like the rest of the country, here comes July. Not to worry, it’s all about grand openings and summer menus this go-round. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
First, the newly opened and soon to open:
Chow Bella has introduced us to Mad G’s Grill & Tavern in Tempe. Brought to you by Allen and Traci Thompson, owners of The Grind and Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar, this new spot off of Broadway and Mill opened June 15.
This past week marked the opening of The Habit Burger Grill‘s fourth Phoenix location, which nearly rounds out the new assortment of eateries at the corner of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.
Unless you know someone in the Valley with a time machine disguised as a 1981 DeLorean or plan on buying a pair of Nike’s $37,000 Marty McFly shoes, we recommend you celebrate the past as well as the future by attending “Mack’s Back to the Future” party Saturday.
The event, hosted by Iguana Mack’s in Chandler, will commemorate the staff, drink specials and games that made the East Valley roadhouse famous over the past 10 years, while welcoming a new menu and a new look under the new management.
Participate in live lizard races, beer pong, flip cup, beer chugging, cornhole and hoverboard racing (you wish) beginning at 11 a.m. Prizes will be given away all day. Live music by local bands (sorry, not The Pinheads) kicks off at noon, followed by a patio barbecue and drink specials beginning at 1 p.m. Guest DJ’s, drink specials and games will continue until close (which, of course, is when need the time machine).
So, set your Casio digital calculator watches because the past, er, the party is something you won’t want to miss.
The Venue of Scottsdale has announced plans to open a new “back East pizza and beef joint” in the space next door.
Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.), a fast-casual concept eatery boasting simple ingredients and classic big city food, is expected to open by late July.
Under the command of chef Anthony Crocenzi, a native of Chicago, the restaurant will feature Chicago and New York style pizzas (whole or by the slice), Italian beef, Italian sausage and New York Italian grinder sandwiches, Chicago dogs and antipasto salads.
Also projected to open in the two-story space adjacent to the venue is V2 Lounge (pronounced “V squared”). Stay tuned for details or visit the K.I.S.S. Facebook page for more information.
Now that we’ve convinced you to view this urban property, don’t miss Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails where executive chef Stephen Jones and master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout have complimented the already innovative “gastro-lounge” concept with their decadent menu items and lavish cocktail creations.
As you well know, no piece of real estate is compete without landscaping (i.e. the the hotel’s pool deck). This third floor “pool by day, lounge by night” features a 180-degree view of downtown as well as the Lustre Bar which is open daily from noon to midnight. »READ MORE
As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. This is especially true of laughter, or in this case comedy.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will showcase nationally touring comedians for free at the Ovations LIVE! Showroom on select Fridays during July and August.
This promotion applies to the following comedy shows: Russ Rivas with Anthony Padilla on July 6, Ed Regine with Mel Kohl on July 13, Marc Yaffee with Adam Stone on August 10, and Gibran Saad on August 24.
Tickets are complimentary with any level Player’s Club card, otherwise comedy tickets can be purchased for $10.00 here, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the box office.
Eating foreign foods and bumbling over the basics of another language may sound like components of an unforgettable trip abroad, but we’re actually referring to international dining around the Valley. Much like traveling, food is best when shared with loved ones and good friends. Here are four international suggestions guaranteed to please the vegetarians and the carnivores in every group.
Mijana in Scottsdale is a Lebanese restaurant that has it all; flavor and class, more vegetarian options than you could possibly consume and live music and entertainment. Catch the buffet Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. After 2 a.m. the place transforms into Hoookahmania lounge and offers a wide variety of Hookah flavors. »READ MORE
Hot summer evenings mix well with dinner out, shopping and, of course, music (not to mention cocktails). So, when the unforgiving sun begins to set and talk of dinner ensues, remember this season provides a unique opportunity to catch live music in a variety of unique venues. Behold the local concert series list:
Civic Space Park: Enjoy yoga and live music for free every Thursday through August. Yoga for all ages takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and live music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. June dates feature reggae, jazz and R&B.
Desert Ridge Marketplace: Artists perform Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the District Stage or from 7 to 9 p.m. at the AMC Fountain. With genres ranging from Irish celtic to alternative (and instruments including the accordion and keyboard) the variety here will suit even the most eclectic tastes.
Tempe Marketplace: Artists perform Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the District Stage or from 7 to 9 p.m. at the B&N Fountain. Whether it’s jazz, funk or acoustic guitar you’re after, you will find it here (and possibly discover a new favorite). »READ MORE
Mill Avenue, Tempe’s number one spot for drinks, dining, dancing, and all around good times, will be adding one more spot to quench your thirst this summer. Opening in early July, World of Beer will make Mill its first AZ location.
Actually this popular east coast bar will make Tempe its first west coast location and with over 50 craft and major beers on tap, we can barely hide our excitement. If any of you have been to Mill recently, then you surely remember the old bank/former American Apparel retailer on 6th street. That old bank will become the newest franchise of WOB. And they’re doing some pretty cool things to it. For instance, the bar is utilizing the bank’s vault and turning it into a safe room, complete with TVs and seating for up to 15 people. World of Beer is also working to restore the building’s old, red brick to its former glory.
Perfect for all of you ASU students on summer vacation, WOB will be looking for more than 30 new employees to work at the new Tempe location. Information on a job fair in June will soon be available and interested candidates can sign-up online to be notified in advance.
We’ll see you at the Grand Opening in July!
World of Beer | 526 Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85281
Ladies, Wednesdays are about to become less boring. At 9 p.m every Wednesday starting March 7, The Mint in Scottsdale will present “Soiree de la Femme,” a monthly affair of elegance and indulgence for all of the girls in your life. Get the VIP girl’s night out treatment with mini-manicures and free hair styling by Primp N’ Blow – not to mention sweet treats, a champagne bar and half-price cosmopolitans till 11 p.m. Along with half-off beer, champagne, cocktails and wine starting at 10 p.m., female DJ’s will rock the evenings away till 2 a.m., starting with San Diego’s Tara Brooks, who has played the Winter Music Conference in Miami and at various Las Vegas and Hollywood hotspots. Girls who attend will also receive gift bags filled that items that we love, such as gift cards, coupons and beauty supplies.
For more information, click here.
Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just a lover of libations, Arizona Cocktail Week has been a blast, but it is far from over. Keep the celebrations in tow with a Cocktail Dinner at Distrito or a Clase Azul Tequila Dinner at La Hacienda February 23, and top off the week’s festivities with St. Germains at Culinary Dropout.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 23, Distrito Chef Pete Balodimas, Ambassador for Milagro tequila Gaston Martinez and master mixologist Jason Asher will host a special “imbibe and dine” evening, where each guest will be given their own mixology kit and will learn to make Milagro cocktails, the Mercadito, Veracruzana and Carpe Dia. Guests will also pair their creations with three courses featuring luscious dishes like Tuna Ceviche with cucumber salsa, lime sorbet, pickled jalapeno and compressed cucumber and Roasted Suckling Pig with blackberry mojo and garbanzo-sage cassoulet. Followed by tequila flights and churros for dessert, cost is $40 per guest. To make reservations, call 480.970.4444.
That same evening, La Hacienda will provide a four-course dinner menu featuring Clase Azul Anejo tequila, accompanied by specialty cocktails, tequila flights and a sampling of the Clase Azul Extra Anejo, ‘Ultra.’ Clase Azul owner, John Hanson, will ride along for the evening, along with Chef Forest Hamrick and “Tequila Goddess” Danielle Griffin. Limited seating available. Cost is $85 per person. To reserve a spot, call 480.585.4848 ex. 7320.
Cap off Cocktail Week at St. Germains Bottoms Up Event at 11 a.m. February 25 at Culinary Dropout. Co-hosted by Young’s Market Co., the event is complimentary for conference attendees and will feature live music, food and of course, specialty cocktails until midnight. Guests will be able to discuss what they learned this week, speak with industry experts and perhaps mix up some new concoctions.
Culinary Dropout | 7135 East Camelback Road # 125, Scottsdale, AZ | 85251
Who said you have to go all the way to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras? No one! Instead, start the festivities on Saturday, February 18 with the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade, Festival & Pub Crawl. Beginning with the parade on Madison between 1st Street and Central, mardi-goers will then head on over to the Festival at CityScape, which will feature bands like Bad Cactus Marching Band, food vendors, artists and fortune tellers. If they haven’t partied enough to last till next year, participants can then cap off the evening with the Mardi Crawl, a pub crawl that will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will stop at Seamus McCaffrey’s, Rose & Crown, Bar Smith, Coach & Willie’s, Ghost Lounge, Tilted Kilt, Copper Blues, and Lucky Strike. Followed by after-hours pizza at Downtown Pizza Lounge, tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the event; trolleys will take teams to each bar. For tickets, click here.
If you enjoy tasting and learning about different wines, sip with us at The Mint tonight Thursday, February 16, to sample their wine list. The night will offer five tastes of exceptional wines for $5. Along with that a $5 sampler of signature Asian delicacies, courtesy of Chef Johnny Chu, will be available. Have some Sugar Cane Pork, Edamame with White Truffle Butter, and Goat Cheese Wontons paired with a nice Chardonnay or Merlot.
If you want to learn more about wines and vineyards, The Mint will also feature an on-site sommelier. The night is completed with live entertainment by Lea Cappelli.
So drink up winos, we’ll see you tonight.
The Mint | 7373 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
If you’re like us, the back-to-work grind has you reaching for a stiff drink. Don’t worry; there’s no need to let go of vacation fever just yet. Ditch the vodka-on-the-rocks this weekend and head to Scottsdale’s Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar for our fruity and refreshing drink of the weekend pick, the Hibiscus Key Lime Cocktail. Infused with sweet pineapple and tangy key lime juice, this pretty-in-pink elixir may transport you straight to Hawaii…or at least get you in the mood for the next holiday.
1.5 parts vodka
.5 pars Cointreau
1 part hibiscus syrup
1 part pineapple juice
1 part hand pressed key lime juice
5 cubes muddled fresh pineapple
Mix all ingredients together and strain into a tall Collins glass, garnish with 3 floating key lime wheels.
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Don’t put away those sexy Mrs. Claus costumes from last weekend just yet. Santarchy 2011 is back this weekend on Saturday, December 17 for another bar-hopping parade Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year, lucky winner will receive prizes for Best in Show Santa, That’s Just Wrong Santa, Most Musical Santa, Female Sexy Santa, Male Sexy Santa and Santa of the Bridge. Meet at Dos Gringos in Old Town at 5:00 p.m. to join in the holiday fun.
Dos Gringos | 4209 N Craftsman C0urt | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | (480) 423-3800
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You’ll feel like you got the first buck of the season with this Weekender winner from Casablanca Lounge in Scottsdale. The “Seasonal Buck” is seasonally spiced just right. Not in the mood to make at home, join The Casablanca Lounge Sunday for the 78th Anniversary of Repeal Day. The Repeal Day Party starts Sunday, December 4th, at 8:00 p.m. and will feature pre-prohibition cocktails and punch in the main bar area, using their selection of 360 spirits. The private “Speakeasy” style bar will be transformed into a Tiki Wonderland, featuring handcrafted tiki cocktail classics.
2oz Stoli Gala apple
1oz Apple shrub*
1/2oz Lime juice
2oz Ginger beer
Shake first three ingredients then top with Ginger Beer. Strain over hand crushed ice in a copper mug and garnish with a Mint sprig and a mist of All-Spice Dram.
Making apple shrub: Bring 1 cup apples (assorted), 1 cup sugar, 1 cup cider vinegar, 2 star anise, 4 clove, 1 cinnamon stick to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes then let cool. Remove spices and blend then strain.
Watch the video of how to make the cocktail:
Old Town Scottsdale has yet another high-end hotspot opening tonight. DOLLHOUSE is the newest addition to the Scottsdale ultra lounge scene and they are putting an emphasis on customer service and making every guest feel special (We thought everyone in Scottsdale already was special?) with a “catered-to” experience.
The lounge plans to feature European-style house music and already has a number of nationally-known DJs booked over the next couple months.
DOLLHOUSE’s signature cocktail offerings will include beverages made from local, organic and sustainable fruit and will put you back $10, though Happy Hour daily will bring half-off all cocktails until 10 p.m. daily.
High rollers and $30K millionaires can opt for the DOLLHOUSE VIP Table experience which will include complimentary transportation and hotel, cell-phone charging banks, custom lock boxes for personal belongings in the booths and direct communication with waitress via SMS. Yes, jet-setting text-aholics, you can text message your waitress.
DOLLHOUSE | 7419 East Indian Plaza Drive, Suite B | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Whether you’re half of a cuddly couple, single and swingin’ or just looking for a night out with the girls, there’s a night of the week for you at The Casablanca Lounge.
For the happy twosomes, Thursday evenings from 4:00 pm to close are Date Night at the lounge, where couples can enjoy one dinner dish for sharing, one bottle of wine, a specialty dessert martini and live entertainment for $49.99.
Wednesday nights belong to the ladies at Casablanca. On Ladies Night, female guests can enjoy a selection of half-priced wine by the glass, $2 off bottled beer and half-priced specialty cocktails whipped up by their resident mixologists starting at 4:00 p.m.
The Casablanca Lounge | 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Third Floor | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480.970.7888