This Week in Gear: May 25, 2014
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The Dish of Summer
The Dish: Hawaiian-Style Roadside Fish Tacos
Chef Ken Priest of Genuine Roadside in New York shared this recipe for tacos made with fresh tuna.
6 Hard-Shell Suitcases That Won’t Let You Down
From the Archives: In the good old days of train travel a gentleman would have a cavalcade of steamer trunks in tow, housing all manner of wardrobe, knick knacks, accoutrement and what-have-yous. These days, a guy's lucky if his rolling carry-on isn't checked at the gate. Thankfully, weary traveler, technology is on your side. We're pleased to introduce to you the best hard shell suitcases we would find, each a convergence of all the necessary requirements for travel, each unique in its own way.
Tel Aviv Issue
Exploring Tel Aviv
In terms of age, Tel Aviv is practically an adolescent amongst its Middle Eastern siblings. The city was founded in just 1909 and that youthful exuberance can be seen in every corner of the thriving, secular scene. Its burgeoning creative community and coastal vibe harken a sense that Tel Aviv has no qualms giving Miami a run for its money. But instead of sprawl and house music, the city treats its visitors with endless Bauhaus architecture, a formidable music scene, fascinating cultural visits and excellent food -- and a rousing nightlife. Following up his trek across Cuba, GP's Jeremy Berger recently traveled to the "The White City" to spend two weeks immersing himself in the city's offerings, speaking with local experts on hotels, design, food and beer -- even making an ambitious trip southeast to Israel's earnest municipal, Jerusalem, to run the marathon.
Take a Break from Work for a visit to Hanapepe, Hawaii
GP Short: And Now… 30 Seconds of Waves
Tucked away behind a small industrial complex in Hanapepe on the Island of Kauai lies a hidden local treasure: Glass Beach. And just a short walk east from the parking area, one can find an even cooler gem -- a naturally formed lava arch and keyhole cave on a jagged dark amber shoreline, where firm breezes make the tumbling waves a sight to behold.
Small State Wields Large Influence
8 Great Things, All Made in Rhode Island
You may be able to drive through Rhode Island in a half hour, but the diminutive state’s influence extends beyond its borders. While the local economy relies less on manufacturing than it once did, the state still produces a raft of excellent goods -- and not just what they're making at Raytheon. Here we’ve picked a few of our favorites from the Ocean State, ranging from the artisan to the heirloom-worthy. Think of them as souvenirs from our Seeking Providence issue.
121 Leagues South of Miami
Photo Essay: Cayman Sister Islands
Unlike Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac don’t have car dealerships, fancy restaurants, banks or clubs. The only company is the companion you flew in with, red-footed boobies, and disarmingly laid back residents who are quick to smile and even faster to offer help. Visit once and you’ll return for life.
Littler, but Just as Grand
72 Hours in the Cayman Sister Islands
A Caribbean island can be perfectly indulgent, but the trappings of modern resort life can also bring a modicum of staleness. That's why you go the extra mile. Or, in the case of the Caymans, 60 miles. Just beyond Grand Cayman are the Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, both refreshingly Caribbean and just a puddle-jump away.
Pen to Paper
Margin Call: 5 Moleskine Alternatives for the Notetaker
Call us old fashioned, but even the proliferation of apps like Evernote hasn’t swayed our confidence in the permanence of hand written notes -- despite the convenience of the cloud. Some of our best missives, essays and lists have come from the flip of a page and the click
Haus Sweet Haus
A Walk Through the VitraHaus
Though opened nearly four years ago, the VitraHaus remains a pilgrimage-worthy menagerie of design. Located in the German town of Weil-am-Rhein and built by famed builders Herzog & de Meuron, the VitraHaus is series of stacked longhouses filled with an assemblage of classic and contemporary design goods for the home. Visitors are encouraged to not just gaze in the standard museum sense, but to touch and interact with everything. A walk-through had us rethinking our own homes.
The Arrivals Issue
The Arrivals: those cars that make us gasp "finally" as we turn the key and hit the road. From the unveiling of three conscientious supercars to a retrospective on five cars that have finally hit their prime, this issue is for all those times you've wondered, "will they ever get
The Arrivals Issue
Head of the C-Class
Quick Spin: The Arrival of a First Class C-Class
In its past several generations, Mercedes-Benz's C-Class has promised drivers excellent entry-level luxury -- a promise on which the car has never quite delivered. GP editor Eric Yang travels to the South of France to find the soul of the new C-Class using his right foot.
Taking the Alpha Out of Beta
Testing the Tumi Alpha 2, Concourse-Style
Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements -- ranging from overdue to practically invisible -- in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.
With Midcentury Design, Brass is in the Details
You don't need us to tell you that the killer lines and hushed materials like brass of midcentury design are having a moment. All but gone or relegated to steampunk design (RIP, thank you very much) for the past decade, brass is back and it’s never looked better -- especially
Thump the room, and finish that TPS report
Desktop Speakers that Deliver the Front Row Experience
From the Archives: Most of us have accepted the mediocre phonics that ooze through the speakers of our laptops and PCs, or the enclosed experience headphones provide. It's a let down really, seeing as how a small investment can transform a cubicle desk into a burgeoning soundstage. Arcade Fire at the 40-Watt Club versus an iMac on an Ikea Malm.
To pump some potency into your desktop listening experience, we've assembled this collection of excellent stereo monitors sure to have your ears buzzing. They don't have to break the bank (though they certainly can, if you're the splurging type), but this range of portable blasters to music studio monitors provide the chops to enliven any Netflix, Spotify, or Steam session. Now get jammin'.
A trip to (what we thought was) the ragged edge of control
Track Day: At the Fringe with Porsche & Pirelli
Most drivers, including Porsche owners, spend little time at the ragged fringe of control. Daydreams of record-time morning commutes are one thing, but precise, high-speed driving is rarified air for most. Porsche has a solution: driving school. At Porsche Sport Driving School you won't come away with points off your license or a lower insurance rate. Instead, you get a crash-course in precise driving at high speeds.
The Skiing Issue
Killer Pow, Bro
Classic Skis from a Bygone Era
Skis have become impossibly technical -- not with complicated gadgets and moving parts, but other things that engineers geek out over like ski geometry, core materials and physics. In this photo essay we recall a bygone era of skis when color schemes were impossibly neon, patterns were questionable and bindings were more like door hinges.
Hungry Like the Wolf
Style Guide: How to Dress Like The Wolf of Wall Street
Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let's do lunch!), there's no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style.
In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese's nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous "Wolfpack". The 90s may have lacked style, but it's hard to say we don't miss it, just a bit. Fuckin' a.
Incredible Design for a Notable Charity
Photo Essay: Jony Ive & Marc Newson (RED) Auction Preview
Collaborating with Bono and Bobby Shriver for the (RED) charity, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson have personally curated a collection that celebrates the best in design and innovation. If you appreciate design, engineering, space, music or style and are itching to liquidate your family's trust fund, then ready your paddle. On a kind invitation from the folks at Sotheby's, we made our way to a private viewing of the collection before its auction.
Stalwart of the Skies
At Flight: Behind the Scenes with Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8
747. The Jumbo Jet. Whether you're a million miler or just look for the cheapest thing on Kayak, the 747 is a plane that requires no introduction. You know it has an upstairs. You know that's what Air Force One is. You know it's been around forever and it still imparts second glances through the glass even when you're beelining it for baggage claim. It's a stalwart of the skies.
Since its birth in the '60s as a revolutionary way to tackle long distance flights with large passenger loads, the 747 has undergone several evolutions. Today the 4th generation 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is, in our opinion, the finest one yet, though its success has been somewhat marred by its misunderstood approach. In the previous decades while manufacturers focused on making their products bigger, newer and faster, Boeing took a different tact with the 747: efficiency and evolution. We got aboard one on an inaugural Lufthansa flight.
Stay: Bulgari Hotel London
It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since London last christened a new luxury hotel. Standing inside the Bulgari Hotel London, though, you'd be hard pressed not to call the wait well worth it. Nestled in London's Knightsbridge neighborhood, home of the wealthiest of London's wealthy, Bulgari's latest hotel has quite clearly taken a different path than its brethren: better design, less bling.
A Feeling of Displacement
Track Day: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Recently, we made our way out to Bilster Berg, a new $45 million dollar track and driving resort tucked into the eastern foothills of Germany. A former British ammunition depot, the 2.6-mile track has quickly launched to must-drive status due to a challenging mix of speed and extreme elevation changes. It was a worthy canvas for painting tracks with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, a 2.0-liter beast.
What to Read, See and Hear
This Week in Culture: September 6, 2013