Artichoke has always been one of those fun foods to eat. You have your dipping sauce or melted butter scrape the leaves with your teeth. You’re pretty much encouraged to eat with your hands and who doesn’t enjoy that? That’s funny to think about when you consider how expensive they can get. The Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe Marketplace just released their Summer Menu featuring the Fresh Grilled Artichoke appetizer. The app is grilled to perfection and is served with roasted garlic herb butter, crispy onion strings and lemon thyme aioli. You best not delay because the artichoke and entire summer menu will only be available through August.
With summer vacation practically here, it’s hard to find things to do now that the kids are home all day. Uptown Alley in Surprise is announcing their Summer Fun Pass. It’s great way to get your kids off the couch and up and moving. With activities like bowling, laser tag, a large restaurant, and over 100 games. For just $3 you can bowl a game, play laser tag, or get a $5 game play card. These deals are available Monday through Friday, from May 28 to August 30.
Is it Friday already? With the weekend comes the Weekender. Today’s cocktail of choice comes from Z’Tejas. With Spring in the air, adding a little lemon and lime to your drinks is almost a necessity. The Skinny Blonde has everything you could want and at only 184 calories, why not drink one?
1.5 oz SKYY Vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz Agave Nectar
8 ea mint leaves
Topped with splash club soda
Finished with Lime Fomz
Combine 1.5 SKYY vodka, .75 oz lemon juice, .75 oz lime juice, .75 oz Agave Nectar and 8 mint leaves in a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and top with a splash of club soda and finish with Lime Fomz. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the edge of the glass and a mint sprig.
Seasons 52 has a summer deal that will have you thankful for the absurd temperatures this season guarantees.
For the month of August they have designed a new, personalized wine tasting experience to help guests explore their adventurous wine list and signature flatbreads for $15 per person.
For the wine tasting you will first select a flight of three pours from a hand-selected list chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. After you’ve tasted your selections, you may then choose a full glass of your favorite selection to pair with your choice of flatbread.
This limited-time experience is available daily until 6 p.m., and will run through August 31st.
Here is a piece on the Olympics that does not involve talk of spoilers, medals or Michael Phelps (not that these topics aren’t worth talking about). This is a specially-tailored collection of unique Olympic coverage that highlights the unconventional, strange, humorous and downright unbelievable headlines related to London’s 2012 summer games (thus far). Here the are, in no particular order:
8 Olympic badminton players kicked out of games (for trying to lose on purpose)
Still need some more world-class cynicism and snark? Here’s the Hater’s Guide to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. If eye candy is more your thing, here’s the Sexiest Olympic Athletes.
What would the Olympics be without the torch relay or the opening ceremony? With all the hype behind tonight’s royal schedule of events we’re not willing to find out.
With “Isle of Wonder” as the event’s theme and reports that Queen Elizabeth and James Bond (Daniel Craig) will be in attendance, we’re sure you will not want to miss the official kick start to the 2012 Summer Olympics in just a matter of hours. Here in Arizona that means tuning into NBC (12News) beginning at 7:30 p.m., which is really 3:30 p.m. in London.
Rumors (that we hope are true) include a good possibility that we’ll see a live performance by Sir Paul McCartney and that we should expects guest appearances by numerous barnyard animals. Additionally, we’re reading that the ceremony is being directed by Award winning filmmaker Danny Boyle and, according to AOL Sporting News, that the sound of the world’s largest harmonically tuned bell will mark the beginning of the show.
As if you didn’t already know from the endless advertisements and constant media coverage, the 2012 Summer Olympics are less than two weeks away. As NBC and their affiliate stations prepare to deploy journalists, photographers and the like across the pond for our patriotic viewing pleasure, they have managed to spark interest and nostalgia among fans along the way.
Their latest awesome idea is an interactive video ranking system of the top 30 Greatest NBC Olympic moments. So, take a look at NBC’s top 30 here, vote for your favorites (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) and share them with your friends and see which clips they chose via Facebook.
Tune in to NBC on July 21 for the results of your favorite NBC Olympic moments and for the opening ceremonies July 27.
Whether you find yourself in the sweltering summer heat or in the middle of a July thunderstorm, there is always retail therapy to cure what ails you. Since back to school shopping is inevitable, why not make the most of it and cash in on some deals and giveaways before it becomes a last minute chore.
Spend $200 or more in the same day at Tempe Marketplace (including Vestar Gift Cards) before July 31 and receive two free general admission passes to Big Surf Waterpark (a $54.00 value). Qualifying receipts must be submitted to the management office, more details here. Additionally, Arizona State University students receive a variety of discounts at Tempe Market retailers. For a complete list, click here.
While it seems like this should be considered an extreme sport to most of us desert residents, there is community where the disclaimer “rain or shine” literally means getting soaked or fried by the elements.
Feeling inspired? Perfect timing. The Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #4 is set for July 14 in Tempe. If you need a little more time to prep, both the 2nd Annual Splash Mob 5K Fun Run & Walk in Tempe and the Scottsdale 5K Evening Running Series Racin’ at the Basin are scheduled or July 21.
Check out GetSetAZ.com for a list of various outdoor summer races, walks and more.
The good news is that new participants are always welcome. So grab that sunscreen, get hydrated, register and start warming up (no pun intended). Oh, and don’t forget to stretch.
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.
Here in Arizona it feels like sandals are appropriate footwear 90-percent of the year. Of course that could mean monotony. Not anymore. Behold, the completely customizable do-it-yourself idea for any pair of sandals courtesy of Daily Candy and I Spy DIY Style.
Here’s all you will need: a pair of sandals (old or new), various colors of string, the tiniest bit of super glue and scissors.
To get started, wrap the the first color of string around a desired strap or piece of your sandal and tie in a knot. Continue wrapping the string to desired width. Knot it to the next color and repeat. Reinforce knots with dabs of superglue. For more detailed instructions, watch the video here.
Since the string isn’t glued directly to the sandal itself you risk nothing. Feel free to try this same trick over and over with different sandals, different types of string and different color combinations and patterns … that will keep you on your toes.
We love our pets as much as you do, and because we refer to them as family members, we’ve complied a list of our top seven tips (and sprinkled in some common sense) for keeping them safe and happy this 4th of July holiday and throughout the rest of the Summer.
1. Make your pet identifiable – keep their identification tags, microchip and your contact information all up to date. This is the single most important preventative measure you can take in advance. The tools are there, use them.
2. Leave them behind – as much as tomorrow is a family holiday, pets are better left where they are most secure and comfortable. This will save you and your pet unneeded stress, even if you plan to attend a dog-friendly function. They wont take it personally, trust us.
3. Get plenty of exercise – spend the early part of the day at the park or on an extra long walk with your pet. The more tired out your dog is, the easier it will be for them to relax once the sun sets.
Very few aromas compare to that of a holiday cook out or a barbecue at the beach. More than a mere meal, the smell of sauces and juices searing on the grill means friends and family … and tons of meat.
We all have a relative or a significant other of so-and-so who’s coming to join in the festivities but doesn’t eat meat. Don’t panic, there are many simple options when it comes to grilling for vegetarians. Here are some lighter, healthier suggestions that everyone will enjoy this summer.
Let’s start with vegetables. Although often an afterthought (or punishment) for most meat eaters, vegetables are even more delicious when cooked on the grill. While baked potatoes and corn on the cob are most common, try asparagus, zucchini and squash. If you’re feeling adventurous, add onions and tomatoes and make them into vegetable Kabobs. Seasoning or sauce to taste.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing, so before you hit the road for a chilly three-day weekend up north or you pack the cooler and head west for the ocean, check out BringFido.com and see what kind of dog-friendly itinerary these destinations can accommodate.
BringFido.com is worldwide database of dog-friendly hotels, beaches, trails, restaurants and more in almost any city. Not to mention veterinary services and discussion forums.
After your trip be sure to share your dog-friendly experience upon your return so other travelers and their canine companions can enjoy the same attractions and adventures in the future.
Local dog parks provide our four-legged friends with much-needed exercise, so if you are staying in town this summer be sure to visit a dog park in Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix or Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert in the mornings or evenings to avoid peak temperatures. Happy
So, you’ve blended more than your fair share of margaritas and you simply aren’t up for the challenge of shaking an entire round of martinis, which is why we found the Cucumber-Lemonade Chiller courtesy of Delish.com for you this week. This light and refreshing cocktail not only has nutritional value, but it can also be made by the pitcher. You’re welcome.
3 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1 cup water
6 ounce (3/4 cup) gin
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoon(s) agave syrup (see Tips & Techniques)
1. Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.
2. Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree.
3. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer (press on the solids to extract all juice).
4. Add water, gin, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the agave is dissolved.
5. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses and garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.
Call it romantic, call it family fun, but whatever you do save yourself the sunburn by taking advantage of these local attractions once the sun has set thanks to their evening events and summer hours.
Take a sensory adventure and see, hear and feel the desert night. The Desert Botanical Gardens host summer flashlight tours from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through September 1. This self-paced stroll along the main trail and 10 discovery stations is perfect for dates, families and children of all ages. Please bring your own flashlight. Member and nonmember garden admission rates apply. For more information call (480) 941-1225
The Phoenix Zoo offers several evening events for enjoying the zoo animals in a less conventional (and much cooler) manner during summer months. Prowl & Play at the zoo after dark July 14 or August 11 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy animal encounters, cool off at Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon water play areas or get soaked at the Squirt Gun Water Wars. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information on summer camp outs and night tours at the zoo, click here.
Hey there, hot stuff. We all know that looking as good as you do is mostly just your natural beauty, but some things money can buy and the upkeep can get a little pricey. This is why we are pleased to share that Fuchsia Spa in Mesa is offering great summer deals to keep you looking your best on a budget. A one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs, Fuchsia is a full-service day spa that offers a refreshing twist from the norm. In other words, just the place to go to maintain such a flawless look
Custom Airbrush Tanning $17.50
We all know by now that tanning in AZ (or in general) is pretty stupid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have that bronzed bod you’ve been coveting. Custom airbrush tanning allows you to choose the color you want with no orange streaks and, more importantly, no risk to your health.
Blow Outs $17.50
Fuchsia, being the only blow out bar in the Mesa and Gilbert area, is just the spot to make your hair ‘just been done’ fabulous without injuring your good arm by way of endless round brushing. Lasting up to a week (with the help of a little dry shampoo) blowouts provide extra volume in these dreadful summer days. It’s a great way to get ready for a girl’s night out on the town and not look like a train wreck the morning after.
Fuchsia Facelift Package $90
During July, Fuchsia will be offering its Fuchsia Facelift, that includes a Microdermabrasion, a facial, a 2 layer eye-lift, and a micro-current in addition to a blow out for just $90.
These are just some of the deals going on, check out the full Fuchsia Service Menu and witness affordability for yourself. Call (480) 813-7465 to book your appointment. Oh, by the way, Fuchsia is the only full-service day spa that offers a membership program for only $59. Yeah, we thought you’d like that.
Fuchsia Spa | 1854 South Val Vista | Mesa, Arizona 85204
There’s something about summer that has Arizonans craving change. It could be the temperatures, it could be allure of an ocean (however far away) or it could just be the exceptional measures Valley restaurants take to accommodate that summer state of mind.
Like many Valley restaurants, Seasons 52 has introduced a new summer menu that features seasonal offerings in celebration of those of us who stick around for the not-so-tourist season.
Known for its fresh grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 changes its menu four times a year to capture the flavors of the season.
“… the summer menu features a variety of grilled vegetables, seafood and poultry that depict the essence of the season,” said Cliff Pleau, Senior Director of Culinary at Seasons 52.
Nothing compares to an ice-cold treat on a hot day, be it a frosty beverage, an old-fashioned ice cream cone or maybe even dip in the pool. The same can be said for your furry friends. Admit it, you love your pup(s) and you’re already thinking of creative ways to cool them off, especially once the temperatures hit the triple digits. So here is another idea for your arsenal.
There is a wide range of recipes for dog ice cream/popsicles/treats, so here is a relatively generic and totally customizable version that will have your BFFs going bananas (don’t just take our word for it).
2 ripe bananas
24 – 32 oz. plain yogurt
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
1. Blend or mix all ingredients together until you have a consistent texture throughout.
2. Pour into ice cube trays, cupcake tins or any small container that will yield a treat appropriately sized for your dog.
3. Garnish (optional). Dog bones, grated cheese, fruits or veggies work great and look cute too.
4. Freeze over night and serve.
Since variety is the spice of life, here are some alternate suggestions: Add more or less water depending on the consistency you dog likes (soft vs. crunchy), substitute the water with chicken broth, substitute the yogurt with baby food (sweet potatoes and pumpkin are big hits) or use all organic ingredients if that’s your thing. Remember, the combination of ingredients doesn’t have to sound appealing for our four-legged children to love and appreciate the gesture. Enjoy.
Pool? Check. Swimsuit? Check. Endless supply of incredibly strong violet and gin cocktails? Triple check. As these dog days melt away into sub-80 degree fall temps, our beloved summer is sadly coming to a close, and we’re ready to celebrate the end of another blistering, record breaking season with an all-out bash. We’ve got this summer’s hottest gadgets that’ll make your party one to be remembered, even after all those drinks. Slideshow after the jump.
In honor of today’s Summer Sunburn Solstice, aka the longest day of the year, we’ve got some tips on how to recover from your fun-in-sun weekend. As for that family-fueled Father’s Day hangover, you’re on your own.