Yes, Sunday was yesterday but this will help you prepare for all future Sundays in Old Town Scottsdale. Because what’s the best way to spend the last day of the weekend before you head back to work? The RA Sushi located in Old Town Scottsdale is the place to be every Sunday. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the ”Weekend wRAp Up” special menu will feature a variety of discounted food and drink specials. The drink specials range from $1 to $6, like $4 Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sapporo/Sapporo Light. The food specials range from $2 to $7 and feature items like $3 Garlic Edamame; $4 California Rolls and Pork Gyoza; $5 Spicy Salmon Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls and Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and more. Sunday will be the best day of the week. Remember, these specials are only available at the RA Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale.
Not everyone is lucky enough to get Thanksgiving off of work. That’s okay. You can have your own version of Thanksgiving the night before at Crudo. From 9:00 pm to close, they will be featuring ”bird” related spirits and food. It’ll be a great way to celebrate the turkey day by sipping on hand-crafted cocktails, featuring featuring Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and more, by Bar Crudo’s Micah Olson. There will also be special guest bartenders Jason Asher and Clint Spotleson to give Micah a hand. Chef Cullen Campbell will be in the kitchen, doing what he does best, making dishes like Pastrami-style Chicken Wings with Mustard Vin.
Have you been to The Yard yet? It’s pretty awesome. It is currently Fox Concepts’ largest project. It’s often been described as a “backyard and kitchen all rolled into one.” Basically, it’s central Phoenix’s Culinary Dropout location that has a giant, enclosed patio. How big is it? Try 53,000 square feet on for size. Told you. Anyway, on Oct. 19 from noon to 11:00 pm, the Yard will be hosting the YardStock Music Festival. Enjoy the music of great local bands and games like cornhole, ping-pong, foosball and shuffleboard. If you plan on riding your bike there, don’t forget to get a tuneup from the in-house Slippery Pig Bike Shop. Oh, and the event will be sponsored by Belvedere Vodka and Oregon-based craft brewery Deschutes Brewery and they’ll be serving drinks.
The Yard | 5632 N. 7th Street | Phoenix
Nothing makes you feel classier than drinking an old fashioned… Well, Old-Fashioned. It’s one of our favorite drinks and everyone seems to have a different take on it. This is a new recipe we stumbled upon that we wanted to share with you. This is the Vanilla Old-Fashioned, courtesy of Food and Wine.
One 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, split
One 1-inch piece of orange zest
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
2 ounces bourbon
1 orange wheel
Muddle the vanilla bean and orange zest with the Simple Syrup and bitters in a rocks glass. Add the bourbon and ice. Stir and garnish with the orange.
We know it’s early, but we just got the news and couldn’t be more excited. The 2014 Arizona Cocktail Week kicks off on February 14. This is the third year the awesome week of cocktail culture will be taking over the Valley. And yes, it does start on Valentine’s Day. You may be worried about that. If you don’t have a date, ACW starts with the “Love On The Rocks” anti-Valentine’s Day cocktail party. Some other activities include Pop Up Bars created by nationally-noted mixologists, an outdoor Pig & Punch BBQ on that will feature modern twists on classic punchbowl cocktails. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll keep you posted as the date draws closer.
There’s is just something about summer and tequila mixing perfectly together. On July 24, National Tequila Day will be here. In case you didn’t know, there’s an entire restaurant dedicated to the Mexican spirit in Mesa. TQLA will be having a celebration where you can sip, shoot, or savor the drink. Having quite the selection of drinks made with the Blue Weber Agave plant, TQLA is the only place in the Valley with tequila on tap. For the celebration, you can expect to find $2 tequila tap shots, $6 margaritas, half priced fajitas, and $5 off all tequila flights.
It’s Friday and we believe you know what that means. The Weekender is all about bringing you a refreshing and easy to make cocktail. Since it’s summer, we’ve been going the fruity-drink-by-the-beach route. Today’s cocktail comes from Benihana. The Strawberry Cucumber Spritz has everything you could want from a summer-time drink.
Strawberry half – 5 each
Cucumber slice – 3 each
Vodka – 2 oz.
Triple sec – ½ oz.
Lemon juice – 2 oz.
Simple syrup – 1 oz.
Muddle four strawberry halves in a mixing glass. Add 2 cucumber slices and remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled pint glass and fill to the top with soda water. Garnish with 1 strawberry half and one cucumber slice.
Not only does Carlos Santana know his way around a guitar but also a great tequila. The Saguaro Hotel’s Distrito’s June cocktail school will be featuring tequila. Not just any tequila but Santana’s Tequila Casa Noble. This Saturday, June 22, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Distrito’s head mixologist, John Christie, will host an educational event where you will learn how to make a delicious hibiscus mojito with Casa Noble Reposado. While participating, you’ll be able to try the mixologist’s “House Infusion” cocktail using an authentic Casa Noble barrel and aged on-site. On top of appetizers, you’ll also have the pleasure of trying Casa Noble’s Crystal (Silver) Tequila and Casa Noble’s Anejo. At just $40 per person, it would be a shame to miss the perfect summer school.
It’s never fun drinking alone. Some of you may love to be the host of a nice get together. When you have your friends over for a good time, some of you may also be finding yourself as the bartender. The Sasquatch Cocktail Shaker will make your drink-making so much easier. It is a giant 110 oz shaker that can make large drinks for 10 or more people. It’ll be a good workout because when you’re shaking that thing, you can bet it’s heavy.
The Hangover trilogy is about to come to end. To help prevent your own hangovers, here are some brilliantly created hangover remedies, all courtesy of Bar Louie. Sure, they may involve drinking again, but who doesn’t love a good bloody mary after a long night? Throw some food in the mix and you’re golden.
Hangover Remedy 1:
Eat: Mexican Sunrise – layered cheese quesadilla, black beans, salsa verde,
salsa rojo, lettuce, cilantro, topped with fried egg.
Drink: The Ultimate Bloody Louie – Absolut Peppar, Guinness Stout, Tabasco, bloody mary mix & our signature garnish of salami, provolone cheese, pickles and a tall stalk of celery.
Hangover Remedy 2:
Eat: Breakfast Burrito Loco – scrambled eggs, bacon, tatter tots, pepper jack, guacamole, sour cream, salsa verde and salsa rojo.
Drink: Effen Good – Effen Cucumber, mint leaves, lime juice, fresh-cut cucumber, agave nectar.
Hangover Remedy 3:
Eat: Bacon & Fried Egg Sandwich – applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo on multi-grain bread, served with tots.
Drink: Strawberry Peach Bellini – SKYY Wild Strawberry, Prosecco, white peach puree, pure cane syrup, and fresh raspberries.
Our little brewery is growing up right before our eyes. That’s right, Four Peaks Brewery is turning 16 this year and that means we should all celebrate. Don’t worry, this will be far different from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 garbage. On Saturday, April 20, the Four Peaks in Tempe will be having an all-day party with beer, food, and live music all from AZ. Located inside the tasting room on Wilson Street, the festivities will be going from noon to 9:00 p.m. And guess what? Admission is free. We bet we know how you’re celebrating 4/20 now.
Though it’s January, we’re going to go ahead and pretend like it’s summer again. We’ve got warm breezes and beaches on our mind. So, for this edition of the Weekender we’re going to go south of the border. From Epicurious, here is a refreshing cocktail: the Paloma.
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup mezcal or tequila
1/4 cup club soda
Salt the time rim of your glass. Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in the glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in mezcal or tequila, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
We’ve all had a Black and Tan (one part Guinness, one part Bass Pale Ale), and maybe you’ve had a Black and Blue (half Guinness, half Blue Moon.) The possibilites are endless in terms of beer cocktails.
Sandbar Mexican Grill will be providing new and interesting beer cocktails. Featuring local craft breweries to inspired draft mixtures, there is surely something for everyone. Sandbar will be featuring beer from AZ, like Four Peaks, Papago Brewing, Sonoran Brewing, and SanTan Brewing. Here are some of the delicious drinks. But to see them all, you’ve got to head into Sandbar.
The Dark Knight: Oskar Blues G’Knight/Guinness
BlueBerry: Blue Moon/Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss
White Chocolate Mocha: Sonoran’s White Chocolate Ale/Papago’s Coconut Joe
Chocolate Covered Peach: Sonoran’s White Chocolate Ale/Four Peaks’ AZ Peach Ale
White Castle: Sonoran’s White Chocolate Ale/Newcastle Brown Ale
Forbidden Fruit: Angry Orchard Cider/SanTan’s Devil’s Ale
Fruit Basket: Four Peaks’ AZ Peach Ale/Papago’s Orange Blossom Wheat / Pyramid Apricot Ale
Could you imagine what it would be like to live in pre-prohibition America? Imagine no more because you’ll be mixing turn of the century cocktail in no time if you attend the Pre-Prohibition Cocktail School at Old Town Whiskey at Scottsdale’s The Saguaro.
Every month Old Town Whiskey hosts its popular Whiskey School. This month’s theme: Pre-Prohibition. So grab your guys and dolls and sign up today. The Whiskey Professor will be teaching you how to make classics like The Sazerac, The Martinez, The Champagne Cocktail, The Brandy Smash, and our favorite, The Old Fashioned.
The class is Saturday, September 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. Forty dollars per person, includes tasters and snacks. You better sign up before the G-Men start cracking down on your favorite speakeasy.
Let’s face it, if the Olympics were a drinking game and you took a shot every time you heard our national anthem, you would be in trouble. So we’ve come up with another way to honor all of the Olympians who have had the chance to stand at the top of the podium and sing along to the Star Spangled Banner. This week’s featured cocktail, the Chilean Pisco Star-Spangled Punch from The Kitchn, is dedicated to Team USA.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh-squeezed, strained lemon juice
1 750-ml bottle Chilean Pisco
1 quart cold water
1 star fruit, sliced into 1/4- inch thick slices
The peel of 3 lemons, each cut in a 1/2 inch wide spiral with a vegetable peeler
Muddle the lemon peels and the sugar together and let sit for at least 90 minutes, then muddle again and stir in the lemon juice.
Add the pisco and the water and stir. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Before serving, cut star fruit into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
To serve, pour into a 1 gallon punch bowl with a 1-quart sized block of ice in it and float star fruit slices. Serves 12.
It might be the 4th of July today, but all anyone seems to be talking about is Mexican food. Not that we blame them – few things bring smiles to our faces like a fresh taco and a margarita on a hot summer day. So, once you’ve had your fill of hot dogs and decided to turn off your scorching hot grill, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
According to EaterAZ, Big Earl’s BBQ in Scottsdale is in the midst of a Mexican revolution, from a taquitos transition to a dabble in “tacotory” to full blown Mexico City cuisine. While you’re waiting for the online menu to become officially updated, have a read, or better yet, pay Big Earl’s a visit. Whatever you do, don’t order the barbecue.
Meanwhile in Old Town, America’s Taco Shop is opening a new location, as reported by Chow Bella. Known for being “the home of the greatest carne asada in the Valley, ” this location will bring the restaurant’s count up to five (including the location in Arizona Mills Mall). Are they being franchised? Find out here.
If downtown Phoenix is more your thing, you’ll find new Mexican food there too. Chow Bella has covered opening of Tediberto’s Mexican-inspired vegan restaurant on Roosevelt Row. Get the details here … or skip the vegan joint and dig right in to some Mexican barbecue. Phoenix Bites highlights the prix fixe barbacoa tasting dinner at Distrito in Scottsdale’s Saguaro Hotel. The three-course dinner (plus dessert) is available Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Click here for details.
If we still haven’t convinced you, feast your eyes on Mouth By Southwest’s Taco Tuesday roster. Not to mention how Barrio Cafe, Bianco’s Tacos & Tequila and Sir Veza’s Taco Garage will soon change the dining game for locals and tourists alike at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4. Stay tuned for updates.
It hardly matters what time of year it is or how much it will cost you, beer and donut enthusiasts from far and wide are rejoicing with the recent release of pairings that will be featured at Il Vinaio for this one-of-a-kind event.
From 2 to 5 p.m. on July 28 the following featured craft beers and their accompanying house-made gourmet donuts will be available:
SanTan Mr. Pineapple hefe and Lemon Poppyseed Donut
Goose Island Matilda strong pale ale and Conch Fritter
Goose Island Pepe Nero black pepper saison and Bacon Bleu Cheese Donut
Firestone Walker Double DBA and Pecan Pie Donut
Cost is $16 and donuts are limited to the first 72 people, so quit drooling and ensure you get to partake by calling (480) 649-6476 to RSVP.
Il Vinaio | 270 West Main St. | Mesa, Ariz. | 85201
It’s time to stop procrastinating and get busy prepping for that 4th of July gathering you’re hosting or attending. Since patriotic appetizers, drinks and party favors are so, well, patriotic and because it’s rude to show up empty-handed, we’ve taken the liberty (pun intended) of creating this holiday shopping list for you.
What to serve:
Half Hour Meals has compiled an exceptional list of recipes that pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue. Between the dessert ideas, the cocktail recipes, and the kid-friendly sweet treats you’re sure to find a uniquely edible way to salute to the USA this holiday. Don’t forget to keep these ideas tucked away for the Olympics later this Summer too.
What to buy:
It’s just not Independence Day without fireworks. Buying fireworks at tent stands and grocery stores is legal in Arizona; however, lighting them can be illegal depending on your city (as well as the date). Click here for more details.
The Grill Comb is not a grooming gadget, it’s a conversation piece. Save yourself the hassle of skewers this grilling season and get this multi-pronged grilling tool. Made from food-grade stainless steel, it’s reusable, dishwasher safe, and at a foot long, can handle plenty of food. Available at Uncrate.com for $11/2-pack.
What to wear:
No, not another commemorative Old Navy tee. We’re talking practical fashion for the triple digits. Here are some timelessly patriotic ideas, because, let’s face it, people love to rock the stars and stripes. For her and for him. Whatever your plans entail, don’t forget the lawn chairs, blankets, cooler and sun screen. Happy Independence Day.
In the spirit of patriotism (and fireworks and paid holidays) we present a festive three-part 4th of July weekender courtesy of SheKnows.com.
Here are our colorful ambassadors of independence, perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, pool parties and any other occasion where temperatures soar above 100 degrees.
1 ounce raspberry vodka
1 ounce elderflower liquor
Splash of sparkling rosé wine
Because June is about dads and grads, we’ve pulled out all the stops and brought back a sophisticated classic this week. The Boulevardier, courtesy of Mastro’s Restaurants, is not only a super manly cocktail with an interesting history, but also is defined as a wealthy and fashionable socialite (no joke, check Google). But hey, if the shoe fits.
3 count Bulliet Straight Rye Whiskey
2½ count Vya Sweet Vermouth
1 count Campari
1. Build in bucket glass over ice.
2. Garnish with a large orange garnish or orange twist.
Located atop the luxurious Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, The Terrace Room at Different Pointe of View has introduced its new $5 at 5 happy hour along with extending business hours to seven days a week, when the full dining room is not available.
The happy hour will feature $5 well, wine and beer selections starting at 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. It will also offer appetizers including citrus-poached prawns, spicy braised Cedar River beef, and steamed Penn Cove mussels. The Terrace Room provides guests with breathtaking views of the valley that more than compliment its contemporary architecture and atmosphere.
It’s tax time, which has many of us seeing red (and those overzealous Liberty Mutual sign spinners on every street corner). When it’s all said and done, some of us will be richer and some will be poorer. Either way, a celebratory cocktail is in order. Drink your money troubles away with the Red Lotus at Ra Sushi‘s Manic Monday (which translates to happy hour all night. Excellent). Because what could be a better way to spend your hard earned rebate bucks then on alcohol? Recipe and prep below.
1.25 oz Absolut Ruby Red Vodka
.75 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz pink grapefruit juice
.25 oz cranberry juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Squeeze of lime
In an ice filled mixing tin, add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon wheel on the rim.