There are a lot of good things about Valentine’s Day being on a Friday this year. For instance, you have no problem spending the night out. Why not throw a little stay-cation into the mix? The Hotel Valley Ho has some great, romantic deals going on for V-Day that we feel you should be aware of. You can have a picturesque candlelit dinner at ZuZu and finish the meal with a Dessert Trio for Two with chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate gelato, and mini red velvet cupcakes. If you and your special someone have been feeling stresse recently, a trip to the spa is right up your alley. A 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage before enjoying a glass of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on the spa deck will clear that right up, which is available Feb. 14-15 for $150 per person. The possibilities are endless. You can make your reservations by calling 480.248.2000.
You always have to support the home team. Local sauce maker, Madison’s Hot Sauce, was named not one but two-time winner of the 2013 The Hot Pepper Awards. The sauce company achieved first place in the World’s Best Marinade in the condiments category for its “M” Sauce and third place in the Unique Sauces Overall for their “O” Sauce. Hosted in New York City in December, sauce makers from around the world went head-to-head in the competition. That’s a pretty big deal and we’re happy that the Valley is making waves in the international food scene. During the competition, dozens of sauces duked it out in over 186 categories. If you’re interested in trying the sauces out, we recommend the “M” sauce. Where can you purchase them? Valley Whole Food Markets and AJ’s Fine Food have a steady supply, along with restaurants like Bold Roost, Lux Coffee, and Downside Risk. Congratulations, Madison’s.
It’s finally here. The last day of 2013 is upon us. Throughout the year, there have been ups and downs, heartbreaks and passionate romances. Tonight is the night we celebrate all of our accomplishments during 2013 and what we hope to accomplish in 2014. Seeing how New Year’s Eve is probably the biggest party night of the year, getting home safely can be difficult. This is the night where the police are out in full-force, and that’s okay. It’s their job to make you safe. Obviously, don’t drink and drive. That’s pretty much the dumbest thing you can do. If you don’t want to leave your car somewhere, you should try out AAA’s Tipsy Tow. Basically, they tow your car, you and a passenger who have been drinking home. The best part is that you don’t even have to be a AAA member. So, be safe, and happy New Year.
If you have a roof over your head and a hot meal every night, you’re doing better than more than 90 percent of the world. It’s easy to take things for granted, especially around this time of year. When you’re sitting around, excited for the gifts your going to receive for Christmas, remember there are those in the Valley are not as fortunate as you are. You can still help, though. There is Toys For Tots drop-offs at every Grimaldi’s location where you can donate new and unwrapped toys. Grimaldi’s DC Ranch location will be hosting a special event tomorrow, Dec. 21, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The fundraiser will feature FREE refreshments, live entertainment and pictures with Santa and Marines in uniform.
There are plenty of places you can still donate to help those children. Even though it’s Dec. 20, that gives you just about five whole days to donate toys and clothes, whether it be Toys For Tots, the Salvation Army, or wherever is accepting donations. Here’s a list of where you could do so.
The college bowl games are about to start. With the Sun Devils heading to San Diego to take on Texas Tech for the Holiday Bowl, one of the Valley’s biggest college football moments every year is the Fiesta Bowl. Taking place at University of Phoenix Stadium on New Year’s Day, Baylor and UCF will attract fans from around the country for one heck of a football game. If you’re a fan of either team, the Westgate Entertainment District is offering plenty of parties for you to enjoy. There will be a pre-game party with live music and games at WaterDance Plaza, a Baylor Tailgate Party at Saddle Ranch with hundreds of tickets already purchased. Don’t worry UCF fans, the UCF Alumni Association’s Official Tailgate Party will be at McFaddens. For more information, click here.
We know it doesn’t exactly feel like winter yet, even though we’ve gotten a lot rain today. Pretty soon the weather will actually cool down and we’ll have to bust out our winter jackets. When that happens, you’re going to need some way to stay warm. Have you ever tried hot yoga? Imagine a window-filled room heated to 104-degrees Fahrenheit with 60% humidity overlooking the scenic desert of North Scottsdale. That’s what you’ll find at DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa’s new hot yoga studio. Available in 60 or 75 minute sessions, instructors Megan, Connie, and Kristen know how to make you sweat. There are multiple classes available seven days a week. To learn more, click here.
The 36-year-old Phoenix salon has recently unveiled its new look. The purpose of the remodel was to “improve the appearance and overall feel of the salon, as well as to help better serve its clients today and for generations to come.” Mane Attraction Salon has already served for clients for multiple generations, so good on them for the new look. The remodel includes custom high-tech, super-efficient lighting, such as lights added to the inside of the mirrors to create truer, more natural reflection. Lining the walls are a new wallpaper from Piet Boon that compliment an almost seamless dark-tinted porcelain tile. The new look has Zen feel to it that will surely make their clients feel at home. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.
Tennis really isn’t as popular as it was 20 or 30 years ago, is it? That’s okay. There are still enough people who love the sport that they will always support it. For you fans, we have some good news. The DC Ranch Village Health Club has just opened at state-of-the-art tennis center. According to a Physical Activity Participation study, 30 million people still play the game. A lot of whom are younger people. So, it was about time those kids got a new and hip place to play. The brand new center will feature 10 outdoor lighted tennis courts, top-of-the-line 2,000-sq-ft clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker facilities, a lounge area, child care, and an expansive patio to view the matches. Both Village Choice and DC Ranch Village members will have full access with no additional charge. The club will be celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow. Don’t worry, the racquets aren’t as big as the picture to the right. Though, it would be fun to play with one of those.
It’s always nice seeing one of our favorite restaurants give back. Seeing how Veteran’s Day is almost upon us, Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe wanted to lend a helping hand. From Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, Salut will be giving 100% of their proceeds to the Pat Tillman Foundation. For those of you who don’t know, Pat Tillman (but really, any Valley resident knows who he is) was the ASU and Arizona Cardinal football star who gave up a luxurious NFL life to help fight the war on terrorism. After giving his life for the country, the Pat Tillman Foundation was formed. They provide resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts.
The arts are important. A lot of people may think otherwise, but having a creative outlet has proven to be beneficial to society. The last five years, the U.S. has seen a lot of downturns. The recession, housing market crash, and the current partial government shutdown has put a dent in spending and that includes funs to the art community. The Scottsdale League for the Arts, a non-profit that provides grants, has just announced where it will spend the $200,000 it made at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Every year, the League donates 100% of the proceeds from the culinary fest. Organizations that will receive grant money for the 2013-2014 year are the Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, Childsplay Inc., Desert Sounds Performing Arts, Heard Museum, Jazz in Arizona Inc, Musical Instrument Museum, and many more. We just to say thank to the The Scottsdale League for the Arts for keeping art alive in the Valley.
It’s probably time for you to treat yourself with another spa day. We really don’t think we need to tell you twice. Seeing how it’s autumn, The Spa at Gainey Village’s Seasonal Treatments have just arrived. The seasonal treatments are available through Thanksgiving and include pampering facials, massages, pedicures, and body treatments that use the freshest ingredients and aromas of autumn to soothe your entire body and mind.
Harvest Glow Hot Honey Treatment – a skin-softening mixture of whole milk and chicory root, followed by a vitamin E and rice-bran oil sea salt scrub, a hot honey glaze drizzled over the legs, feet, arms, and hands, and a vanilla-citrus fragranced shea butter massage application.
Pore-Fection Pumpkin Facial – a soothing application of steamed milk, whipped shea sugar micro-polish, a tingly organic pumpkin puree, and moisturizing sweet agave nectar and milk. Exclusively available as a facial.
Orange Spice Pumpkin Treatment – a nectar and whole milk softening soak, a brown sugar pecan-whisky scrub, warm, tingly organic pumpkin puree mask brimming with rich muds and yogurt, and a silky-soft honeysuckle orange cream massage.
Spiked Pecan Pie Treatment – a whole milk soak scented with notes of crème brulee, bourbon-infused pecan-scented sugar exfoliating scrub, and a velvety caramel peppercorn body milk massage.
One of the best things about living in Arizona is the proximity to great Mexican food. Seriously, no where else in country can you get that kind of quality. Tomorrow is National Taco Day and America’s Taco Shop is giving some out for free. First of all, if you’ve never been to America’s Taco Shop, you’re missing out. Originating in Phoenix, the Taco Shop has been sprouting locations all over the Valley and will soon be in Texas. Anyway, they will be giving out a free taco with any purchase when you sign up to be a part of their EClub. You will receive the offer in your email on Friday. Tacos are good but free is even better.
It’s been about four years since downtown Tempe has seen a new hotel. Some of you may be wondering why Tempe needs a new hotel. Well, we’ll tell you. We all know that economy could be doing a lot better (duh), but the business development area near Tempe Town Lake on Rio Salado continues to see growth. With those new businesses comes more people to the area, not to mention the thousands of out-of-state ASU students. The Residence Inn by Marriott will have all the luxury features you can want. Our favorite part is the roof-top pool that’s level with A-Mountain. The hotel is scheduled to open on September 26 and will be hosting a ribbon cutting event in early October.
It has been 12 years since the terrorist attacks that left almost 3,000 innocent people. September 11, 2001 is a date that will always be remembered. Today, people around the country took a moment to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives. In New York, to Washington D.C., rural Pennsylvania, and every where else, everyone’s lives were changed forever. Watch President Obama’s speech on this solemn anniversary.
Thirty-five million people play Fantasy Football. It is like Dungeons and Dragons but for jocks. We’re totally serious. You pick your team based on their abilities and have an adventure throughout the football season. It’s a great way for bros to geek-out. Anyway, if your fantasy team is looking for a great place to draft your teams, Sandbar is the spot for you. From now until September 30, all Sandbar locations have awesome deals for their cabanas with the Fantasy Football players in mind.
The Sandbar Package $150
· Personal Cabana
· Draft Board w/ nameplates of all NFL Players
· Bottomless chips and salsa
· Appetizer platter
· 4 pitchers of beer
The MVP Package $300
· Personal Cabana
· Draft Board w/ nameplates of all NFL Players
· Bottomless chips and salsa
· 3 Appetizer platters
· 5 pitchers of beer
· 1 Server
· 1 Fantasy Football Draft Girl
The Champion Package $500
· Personal Cabana or Reserved Private Indoor Seating
· Draft Board w/ nameplates of all NFL players
· Bottomless chips and salsa
· Banquet style appetizers
· Bottle Service
· 1 Server
· 1 Fantasy Football Draft Girl
You probably have more pairs of shoes than you can count. How many do you actually wear? Instead of letting them collect dust in the closet, you should let someone in need cherish them. The sisters at the Valley’s own My Sister’s Closet are announcing Project Charity. The project lets non-profit groups to create an account at any of the 13 locations of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic, and Well Suited to ask for donations from their supporters. So, donate your heels, furniture, men’s suits, basically any gently-used item. Some examples of non-profit accounts include Phoenix Art Museum, Fresh Start, Arizona Humane Society, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Friends of Animal Care & Control and Project Sarah in San Diego. If you’re interested and have questions, send an email to [email protected]
Sorry Baxter, there’s a new mascot in town. The Arizona Diamondbacks say hello to a brand new mascot this season. Bare-chested, wearing a cape and a mask, the D-Backs Luchador is a one-of-a-kind mascot. Last year, the D-Backs gave away lucha libre masks before the Hispanic Heritage Day game and held lucha libre wrestling matches outside the stadium. Due to that popularity, the D-Backs Luchador was born. On July 27′s game against the Padres, the D-backs will be giving away 20,000 lucha libre masks to celebrate the new bilingual mascot. Honestly, we really want one of those masks.
Isn’t it about time you treated yourself? Face it. You’ve been working hard toward that promotion. You take care of the kids. You probably feel like you don’t get enough sleep, either. If that’s the case, you need to consider pampering yourself for a day. Good thing the Waldorf Spa at the Boulders Resort is running their summer special. Your Lazy Spa Day will include a $20.00 Spa Café credit and your choice of two of the following: 50 minute signature massage, 50 minute signature facial, or 50 minute mani/pedi combo. This deal costs $199, which is amazing considering the normal price is $478. This deal is only good until August 31, so you’ve got to move fast.
It’s probably about time you enjoyed a stay-cation. The Hotel Valley Ho is one of the best spots to do so. Want to know why? If you reserve a room there between now and September 2, you could win an actual vacation, among other prizes. That’s pretty much the best deal ever. The grand prize is a six day, five night stay in a suite at the Casa Dorada resort (pictured) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Included in that prize is round-trip airfare for two on US Airways, airport transfers, dinner for two at 12 Tribes restaurant, two rounds of golf at Cabo Real Golf Course, two 50-minute Swedish Massages at Saltwater Spa, and admission for two to Wild Canyon Adventure Park. We thought that would interest you. Other prizes include things like a Halloween Stay Package for two, a New Year’s Eve Stay Package for two, five Sunday Spa Party Packages for two, and five Monday Night Chef’s Table dinners for two, all at the Hotel Valley Ho.
It’s hot outside. Like, really hot. We’re pretty sure you realize this. And, if you say “but it’s a dry heat,” we’re going to smack you upside the head. Anyway, this is the time of year where air conditioning and drinking water are your best friends. Unfortunately, in Phoenix, there are many people how do not have those luxuries. From July 15 to July 31, Del Frisco’s Grille will be offering you a complimentary appetizer (one of two, which is pictured) with lunch or dinner entrée purchase, to any guest who brings in a gallon or more of bottled water that will be donated to the 9th Annual Operation Hydration. The goal, as it is every summer, is to distribute 200,000 water bottles to those who need them most.
As you’ve seen on the news, much of Moore, Oklahoma, was leveled by an EF-5 tornado. With winds reaching at least 200 mph, countless homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings were destroyed. Sadly, 24 lives were lost during the storm. To help with the relief, Sprinkles Cupcakes will be donating 100% of their proceeds from the purchase of their red velvet cupcakes adorned with red crosses to the Red Cross’ Oklahoma chapters today. You can help out by purchasing those cupcakes today.
It’s a fun game, isn’t it? Imagining you have won a million dollars cash and trying to figure out what you would do with it. Would you go on a much-needed vacation? Splurge on a shopping spree? Donate it to charity? Invest it? However you decide to spend it, your chance to win with the Health & Wealth Raffle, benefiting Barrow and St. Joseph’s, ends this week at midnight, April 18th.
In addition to the grand prize of $1,000,000 cash, you could also win $250,000 cash, a Mercedes CLS550 and more than 2,000 amazing prizes that include extravagant, build-your-own trips, luxury cars and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
It’s a good time to win. Show your support by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Purchase your ticket for just $100 before the final deadline at midnight, Thursday, April 18, at www.HealthWealthRaffle.org or by calling 866-658-4066 today!
(A bit of warning, this post will be different than the normal DLT writing.) It only took seconds for a beautiful day in New England to turn to disaster. When news of the Boston Marathon attack broke, we couldn’t believe it. In the blink of an eye, countless lives were changed. Two explosion shook the buildings, injured more than 140, and unfortunately kill three people. The United States and world for that matter have seen far too many tragedies like this. The lives of those who were there will never be the same. What comes to mind for us, though, is the resolve that we witnessed in the videos of the attack. Mere seconds after the explosions, people were running towards them, not away. It’s those selfless and unconditional acts of valor that remind us of what this country is all about. It is times like these that everyone puts their petty differences aside and truly unite. Unite not as just Americans but also as humans.
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Spring training is back and that means it is time go outside and play. With the Valley being home to an absurd amount of spring training facilities, heading to the ball park when the weather is gorgeous is a must. After you’ve spent a day in the sun, relaxing and drinking beers, the spa at Gainey Village has an even better double header deal.
From now until March 30, guests can choose from two spa services and get pampered for just $155. This can be any of the royalty treatments like the 60 minute Signature, Hot Stone, Thai, or Deep Tissue Massage. A 60 minute Facial or 30 minute Deep Pore Detox or a 60 minute Vanilla-Spice and Blueberry Organic Sugar Scrub and Wrap with a Cream Moisturizer. Or you can go the traditional route with a Signature Manicure and Pedicure.
It’s spring time, do you need a better reason to treat yourself?
DLT is a big fan of the Spartan Race which is coming to town February 9th and 10th. This year’s race supports two great charities, Green Beret Foundation and Creekside Outreach. Both are military based and help veterans. The wave will be geared towards secondary students (age 13-18) and will establish roots in Arizona for our High School Program. Their Reebok Spartan Race High School Program includes the teen only heat called the Reebok Spartan Race High School Challenge (HSC) and the ultimate goal to make this sport recognized in the United States, Australia, Europe, etc.
Normally the HSC is $30-$40. The charity 10:30am heat in Arizona will be a FREE HSC. A waiver must be signed by each racer.Parents, school faculty, and other adults are also welcome to run during this charity heat. However, they must pay the insurance fee. Both students and adults must register through spartan race, which is ultimately through active.com.The code for students is AZHS. The code for adults is AZHS14. Spartan Race will donate to the above charities for every racer that crosses the finish line.