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5 Best Fall Fragrances
Cologne and fallen leaves.
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Time at a reasonable cost.
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Friday, October 31st
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What to See, Read and Hear

This Week in Culture: October 31, 2014

This Week in Culture: too many Marvel movies, too many podcasts, too many scary clowns, too many social issues, too much sugar and more.

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The last of a dying breed of SUV

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner Wants Mud and Doesn’t Give a Damn

In a world of SUVs that’ve been softened by demand and suburban wusses, the 2015 Toyota 4Runner stands out.

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How do you Say...Sugary?

13 Tasty Treats From Around the World

If there’s anything wrong with our addiction to Halloween candy (and really, there’s not), it’s that we refuse to open our eyes to the wonderful sugary treasures a global economy provides, instead deciding to focus on issues that are sticky for other reasons — international political snarls, embargoes, and the like. So alongside your favorite American treats this Halloween, consider unwrapping a few of these, our favorite foreign beauties.

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Not Poppin' Bottles

Wine Preservation’s Silver Bullet

Through crafty engineering, some physics, and one medically precise needle, the Coravin 1000 uncorks a world of wine possibilities (without pulling the cork).

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Seeing Through the Art

Viewfinder: The Art of Glass Blowing

For Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, the art of glass blowing is less than transparent.

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Your table is ready, sir.

The Restaurant Issue

By JEREMY BERGER

Food has become a lot of things in recent years: a hobby, a fetish, a touchstone of cultural sophistication, molecularly presented, fresher and more delicious. Most of all, we’ve been riding a wave of interest driven by better restaurants with chefs and staffs who care about using real ingredients to make food that’s better than ever. And not just in big cities: the reign of Applebee’s and TGI Fridays in suburban strip malls is coming to an end. In this year’s Restaurant Issue, we take our annual survey of the 25 Best Restaurants in America, cook with star chefs, visit one of New York’s great pizza makers, read the best new cookbooks and more. No need for reservations. Your table is ready.

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All wound up

Timekeeping Selects: Hamilton Chrono-matic “B”

For the twelfth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting a first-generation self-winding chronograph: the historic Hamilton Chrono-matic “B” ($3,400).

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Less Ralph Lauren, More Murderball

Photo Essay: Bike Polo in Seattle

Bike messengers are a rough lot. So it’s not surprising that they were the early adopters of hardcourt bike polo, a tougher take on cycle polo. We paid a visit to the Seattle Bike Polo club at Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill for some body-checking camaraderie.

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A twisted, artful rabbit hole in Idaho

Postcard: Stumbling Into Freak Alley

Boise, Idaho, 9:28 a.m. A huge deformed potato leers from the side of a building, plastered on the brick like a perverted ad for Ore-Ida. But this spud only shills for Boise’s not-so-hidden oddity: Freak Alley Gallery, a collection of local artists’ whims, painted with vigor and a poppy-field vibrancy of colors throughout a series of side alleys in the city’s otherwise quiet downtown.

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Your checklist for a beefy LA lunch

Hunting LA’s Best Burgers

From the Archives: The city of Los Angeles is known for Hollywood stars, sprawling traffic…and gourmet burgers. Yes, that sandwich concoction that first appeared in the late 1800s has become a staple in the City of Angels. There are the obvious picks like Umami, Father’s Office, Apple Pan and of course In-N-Out; but a quick Yelp search for “burger” reveals almost 6,000 places to sit and enjoy ground meat on a bun. We spent a week seeking some of the lesser known but equally (arguably more) loved options.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 31, 2014

Today in Gear: BMW reveals the new X5 M and X6 M, Talja woodcarving kits, turkey-skin footballs, affordable duffles and more.

Thursday, October 30th
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Check, Check

USB Digital Microphones Are the Perfect Entry-Level Recording Tool

Aspiring podcasters and DIY rockstars in training, take note: you don’t need to go whole hog on a home studio to get your feet wet with home recording. All you need to get started is the right digital microphone.

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Logic Need Not Apply

God Bless the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

225 kilometers an hour? It’s 0.62, right? Why the hell can’t I figure it into miles? So 124 plus like 14 or 16 or…shit-shit-shit time to brake. Turns out mental math is a lot more difficult when solved howling down the main straight at Summit Point Motorsports Park in the most powerful sedan ever made.

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Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.

Photo Essay: Classic Bikes and Tuscan Vistas at L’Eroica

By JEREMY BERGER
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The scenery is just one of the things that’s made L’Eroica one of the greatest organized rides in the world since Giancarlo Brocci founded it 30 years ago to help preserve the strada bianche, or white sand and gravel roads of Tuscany.

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Vintage gear for old Italian roads

The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race

In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L’Eroica’s done old school.