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Feast, and be Thankful

Your Guide to a Better Thanksgiving

Think hard enough about your last Thanksgiving and there might just be a couple — or maybe a lot — of moments where things were really great. Maybe it was that *cough* perfect turkey (or capon), maybe it was the impromptu talent show put on by the kids table, or arguing about “Who invaded Spain in the 8th century?” during the annual Trivial Pursuit game. However trite it may sound, it’s these moments that make everything else worth it. So to everyone suffering through extended-family prodding or poultry that’s less than savory: hang in there and be glad you avoided the urge to walk past your gate and hop a plane to Kauai. Here’s your guide to the entire holiday.

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A Roaming Journey of America's Spirit

5 Days on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 3

Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours.

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A Roaming Journal of America's Spirit

5 Days On The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 2

Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours. Here’s yet another update to our investigation, following our play-by-play of day one.

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The Year's Best

Introducing the 2014 GP100: The 100 Best Products of the Year

2014 has been a banner year for gear. Questions remain, though. Which products push boundaries? Which embody excellence and innovation? Which pay homage to the past or dismiss the established in pursuit of something bigger? Those answers lie ahead.

The wait is over. The 2014 GP100 has landed and with it our salute to the 100 best products in motoring, tech, style, home, watches, sports, and outdoors. This year we present a vast archive for you to tuck into. So lean forward, cue the music and let the exploring begin.

Now, On to the Inductees

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New Bird on the Block

The Perfect Thanksgiving Bird Is… A Capon?

From The Horn of Plenty to the myriad mouths to feed, Thanksgiving is all about abundance. Your bird should reflect that. Perhaps on the basis of size alone, turkey is the default — but there’s a better way to feed your folks. A more delicious, more moist, more tender way. Its name: the capon. Chef David Waltuck, of Chanterelle fame, invited us to watch him prepare one the right way.

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Stirring Hearts and Glasses Alike

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

A drink at their place rivals any experience you’ve had at a bar. Their reach for the top shelf is as quick as Mr. Eastwood’s draw, at least when you’re around. Seize the rare opportunity to settle your tab this gifting season by arming the mixologist with more tools of the trade. And be sure your generous side prevails — because in this case, re-gifting is always welcome.

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Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one — it’s the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you’ll get is the “I love the knit sweater!” forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

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Out of This World

The 50 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movies

From the Archives: In the fifth installment of the Definitive Men’s Movie Collection, we collected our 50 favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: November 6, 2014

Today in Gear: A throne for your Mac Pro, a smart security device, what directors love about movies, and more.

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Apple Pay vs CurrentC vs the World

The Trials and Tribulations of Paying With Your Phone

A month ago, U.S. consumers couldn’t care less about tap-to-pay systems. In a flash, that all changed. What does the heated competition between Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and CurrentC mean for the future of your wallet?

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if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft’s newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

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Stay Ahead of Planned Obsolescence

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

In a world cluttered with uncertainties, you can be assured of this: you’ll never be stumped for something to buy if there’s a techie in your life. As the pace of innovation hastens each year, the technology fanatics among us can’t ever seem to find contentedness. That’s bad news for one’s wallet, but it’s great for those hoping to send the perfect message this holiday. Have a look at our recommendations below — just be sure to gear up for one or two massive hugs in return.

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Expediting the Late-Night Beer Run

Decrypted: Google Express, Because Instant Search Results Aren’t Enough

Google Express will make shipping easier — and it might just be the service that gives back to all of the mom-and-pop stores that the search giant reportedly took from.

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Knows You So Well It Finishes Your Sentences

Decrypted: Predictive Keyboards Are Taking Over Your Smartphone (and Beyond)

With this month’s introduction of iOS 8, SwiftKey — along with other alternative keyboards — have made their way over to the iPhone demographic. Suddenly, taking the words right out of one’s mouth is all the rage, but what’s it to you?

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Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like “smart home” and “the internet of things” are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 9, 2014

Today in Gear: Porsche’s GTS is back, tools for your beard, Baxter’s best shower bar ever, a handheld espresso device, the G-Tech G-Speed Studio R Thunderbolt 2 and more.

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On the Dance floor at Kuli Alma

A Crazy, Hazy Night in Tel Aviv’s Vibrant Club Scene

Blazing Beats, art house-inspired visual projections and a cocaine-like liquor: a night inside Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv’s newest nightlife hotspot.

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So Good, It Skipped Windows 9

Decrypted: Windows 10 Looks Backward to Go Forward

We may never know the truth behind the chosen “10” nomenclature, but we do know a thing or two about the software that’s set to replace Windows Phone and eventually show up on the Xbox.

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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: September 29 – October 3

This Week in Gear: the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, iPhone 6 cases, the newest GoPro, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and more.

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A Road Warrior’s Best Friend

For Seasoned Travelers, the iPhone 6 Plus is a Worthy Upgrade

Starting at $749, the 6 Plus is also the most expensive iPhone ever produced, but it offers jetsetters, journeymen, and tried-and-true road warriors a few things that no Apple smartphone has before. After traveling around for a week with the 6 Plus, I’m confident in at least one thing: it’s a must-have for those who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.

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... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too

Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers’ top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?

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Vintage Finds, the Power of Odd Numbers and More

Style Advice from Frank Muytjens, Head of Men’s Design at J.Crew

From the Archives: Sometimes an outsider’s perspective is just what’s needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men’s design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who’s been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.

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The Week's Best Writing

In Case You Missed It: September 15 – 19

Our best articles from the last few weeks. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: the best boots for fall, following a pro cyclist through wine country, burning your tongue off with hot sauce, playing golf in a democracy, the best fruit beer and more.

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One Hike to Rule Them All

Show Us Your Hikes: We Have a Winner

We asked for photos and stories from your favorite trail, and many of you delivered. Actually, a lot of you delivered. Too many, in fact. You made these past few days difficult and emotionally taxing. But, at long last, we’ve picked a winner.

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Deals this good don't last long.

Don’t Miss Out on Marriott Rewards FlashPerks

It’s time to get more from your travels. The Marriott Rewards FlashPerks program is an exclusive service for Marriott Rewards members that offers great deals on memorable hotels, merchandise and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Learn more or sign up today.

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Opening Sesame on U.S. Markets

Decrypted: What Alibaba Means for Consumers

Even if you couldn’t care less about stocks, IPOs, and imaginary dollars exchanging hands, you’ve probably caught wind of Alibaba. But what does this Chinese giant mean for you?

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The Drive is the Destination

American Roads Less Traveled, a Driver’s Guide

From the Archives: Long weekends aren’t just for sleeping in and backyard barbecues. Hop in the car, embrace the fresh air and hug the asphalt like you don’t have a care in the world. There are a ton of great roads out there, twisty, straight and some off the beaten path. We’ve listed some of the best (and some less-traveled) for your vacation enjoyment and paired them with the ideal vehicle to maximize the experience.

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Snip Snip

Decrypted: Should You Cut the Cord on Cable?

More Americans now subscribe to in-home broadband than cable television from any of the nation’s nine largest providers. We’re arguably staring at a future where all content — channel based or otherwise — is delivered over the Internet.

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One More Thing Than Apple's Thing

Meet the iBuckle, This Autumn’s Must-Have Wearable

With the release of the Apple Watch, wrist wearables may finally be finding their stride. But who cares? Watches had perfected timekeeping by the time the personal computer was invented. What wearable technology really needs to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers worldwide is a revolution. So from GP’s own department of disruptive innovation comes a proposal: the iBuckle. Here’s a breakdown of its groundbreaking features.

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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: September 8 – 12

This Week in Gear: Destiny, slim EDC Leathermans, minimalist leather wallets, Four Roses Bourbon and the best barrel-aged ciders.