Editorial & Opinion

Butter and Brine

Scallops in the Raw

The two fishermen who delivered the scallop shells walked right through the back kitchen door of the restaurant like they were barging into their own home, big and fishy-looking.

A Hike with a Ghost in the Scottish Highlands

Remembering Travelers Lost

Among all the wonderful people I met on our Scotland trip, the most memorable wasn’t someone new, and it wasn’t a re-acquaintance. It was someone I’d already lost.

Sheep Think They're Better Than Me, and They're Right

The Dangerous Futility of Sheep-Chasing

The average Scottish sheep weighs between 100 to 300 pounds, lives ten to twelve years, breeds seasonally and, somewhere inside its stupid, thick skull, thinks it’s an absolutely magnificent creature. This is because, in Scotland, it has no natural predators. Except for us sheep chasers.

Drinking Heavily in the Homeland of Scotch

Lessons in Whisky, the Muse of Scotland

Robert Burns once wrote: "Oh thou, my Muse! guid auld Scotch drink; / Inspire me till I lisp and wink / To sing thy name!" Judging from our drinking experiences in Scotland, he was probably lit as hell when he penned it.

Is That Half-Off Slingbox Worth It?

Decrypted: An Argument to End Black Friday

It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. That time of wasted money, squandered vacation time, dishonored holidays, and tramplings: Black Friday. This year, ask yourself: Why?

Common Sense, the better part of Valor

G-Force and Terror On an Air Racing Ride Along

Already strapped in, with a stranger tightening my parachute, it becomes jarringly clear Red Bull race planes don’t have ejection seats. “In the event of an emergency, the canopy flies open, and I’ll be yelling ‘Bail! Bail! Bail!’” instructs François Le Vot, my French aerobatic pilot.

Pumping new life into a storied brand

Automotive Passion Saves TVR Again — Will it Be Enough?

British automaker TVR is known for some of the most radical cars in the world, but they've faced serious problems since their creation in 1947. Now, the brand's cult supporters have hope again. But will new leadership and a commitment to quality cars be enough?

It's Time for a Mischief Night in Craft Beer

The Pumpkin Beer Problem

Back in 2011 The Atlantic reported on "The Divisive Pumpkin Ale", alleging that the style had become synonymous with increasingly stale and overdone flavors. This is still the (very subjective) argument for people who loathe the stuff. But more and more brewers and beer enthusiasts argue beyond taste: they say that some pumpkin beer practices are bad for consumers and craft beer in general.

To Glashütte, with Love

A Lange-Term Love Affair

I’ll never own a Lange & Söhne timepiece. Yet ask me what my favorite watch brand is and I’ll spit out their name without hesitation. Here's why.

Eating Like His Ancestors

Gone Paleo: 21 Days in the Cave

Matthew Ankeny set out for three weeks of fad-dieting to see if the wave of hype surrounding the latest favorite American diet could hold weight. How did he feel after 21 days of eating just fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts (plus a demonic juice binge)?

Another Way to Get a Bogey

This Is Footgolf

Footgolf rose out of the zeitgeist of man’s two primary proclivities -- to turn everything into a competition and to kick things. With low start-up costs and high revenue yield, the sport may be golf’s golden goal.

Switzerland is not in trouble

Bring it, Apple Watch: The Traditional Watch Is Here to Stay

“Switzerland is in trouble", Jony Ive recently said when introducing Apple's smart watch. But watch collectors have heard those words before, and the traditional wristwatch has survived -- prospered even. Which is partly why non-smart watches still have nothing to fear.

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.

Advice from My Second Time Around

How to Run a Faster Marathon

Sequels tend to suck (Caddyshack II, I’m looking at you), and when they’ve got 26.2 miles of pavement in them, the suck-potential goes exponentially up. After my second marathon, I came up with some advice to my former self, who was still prepping for his first. You can listen in.

Something's askew in the world of crash testing

Heavier Car? For Safety, That’s a Good Thing

It's both conventional wisdom and fact that heavier cars tend to be safer for their drivers and passengers in crashes. But when it comes to crash test ratings that are widely recognized in the automotive industry and consumers, weight is not brought into the equation with the heft it deserves.

High-Class Elbow Grease

The Human Engine of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a six-day automotive smörgåsbord on the bucolic greens of the Monterey Peninsula. We sent our non-car enthusiast editor, Matthew Ankeny, to see the scene, hear the stories, and relay the results.

The slow creep of one wine collector's addiction

More Mature With Age

I come from a family of beer drinkers, firmly rooted in the blue-collar heritage of my grandfather’s construction and carpentry business. My father likes to say that it was his own skill at unskilled labor that paid his way through college. He whole-heartedly embraced the craft beer movement. My brothers share his taste for the malt, but my passion has been for wine.

Looking for gold at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Racing Across the Sky in Colorado

Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.

It's a history lesson, bitches

A Front-Row Seat to Dave Chappelle’s Return

Before he took the stage at Radio City Music Hall last June, nine times to nine sold out audiences. Before his decade in seclusion. Before he walked away from a $50 million contract and onto a plane bound for South Africa. Before his two season show on Comedy Central elevated him to a demigod in social satire and racial comedy. Before Half Baked, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and performances in the Washington Square Park fountain, Dave Chappelle left high school after the bell rang and got onstage at a Tuesday night open mic. He was 14. He killed it.

A case study in the downsides of the CUV

The Bizarre Success of the BMW X6

The BMW X6 been around since 2007 and has found shockingly good sales success for BMW, even earning a refresh this year: all this, despite its inferior specs, a small interior, and the fact that it looks like it's been whacked with the same ugly stick as the Pontiac Aztek. So how does the X6 manage to draw buyers?

A vigorous argument for one of sporting's best events

For Power and Pride: The Soul of the Tour de France

In 21 days, cyclists cover the distance from Manhattan to the Las Vegas strip in the Tour de France, one of the greatest sporting events on Earth. GP contributing editor Matthew Ankeny makes a strong case for the greatness of the Tour -- and explains how the race works in the process.

How to Use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to your career's benefit

Decrypted: Making Social Media Work…for Work

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new career, thinking about striking out on your own, or simply polishing up your online resume, it’s vital to understand which social networks matter in the world of employment. It’s to your benefit to understand how networking happens in an interconnected world, where your next job is apt to come from, and how you should position yourself across a litany of different networks. Here are tips from an expert on how to use them to your benefit.

Everything you need to know about using your phone on an airplane

Decrypted: Using Devices In-Flight

Phones on flights are confusing at the present moment -- especially after Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to “implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States" last week. In a nutshell, the new edict means that travelers taking off from abroad en route to the United States may be asked to power their carry-on phones on for inspection.

Can a week of standing save you from a lifetime of sitting?

Learning to Work Standing Up

Should we all be working at stand-up desks? A GP correspondent reports on his week spent afoot.

Is there anything left to discover?

The Long Way in to Havasu Falls

Adventure travelers have an advantage that others don’t: Anyone can get on a plane and land in a remote location, but no matter how much someone talks about that place deep in the wilderness, few have what it takes to make the journey.

Facebook as Big Brother -- no surprise there

Decrypted: The Obvious Lessons of Facebook’s Mood Experiments

Congratulations to the fifteen of you who are still without a presence on Facebook -- you’ve nothing to fear. For the other billion or so folks who have chosen to generate a profile on the planet’s most notable social network, it’s probably time you paid attention to what’s really going on behind the scenes. Recently, it was revealed that Facebook conducted an experiment in 2012, whereby it intentionally (though temporarily) altered the news feeds of around 700,000 users.

The British Brand Beats the Swatch Group's Embargo in the Best Possible Way

With a New In-House Movement, Christopher Ward Sets the Bar High

Last week, while we Americans were celebrating our independence from England, English brand Christopher Ward was celebrating independence of a different sort. The ten-year-old Internet watch company announced that it had created its first in-house mechanical movement, the calibre SH21, for its new C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic timepiece. While the watch itself is a handsome piece, fitting well into Ward’s lineup of classic sports and dress watches, it’s this movement under the hood that has the watch world buzzing.

The Prius and Future King

Where Green is Going: The Future of the Hybrid Vehicle

Today, hybrids have become a very real alternative to conventional gas-powered combustion engine cars. But it's not all flowers, Pikachu, and future decades of booming hybrid sales. The auto industry seems to have a different, more nuanced version of what the future of environmentally minded cars actually looks like. We examine.

A Sandbox for Adults

Hiking the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado

Colorado's Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley are the tallest dunes in America, reaching peaks of 750 feet. GP contributor Will McGough took off his shoes and played in the sand.

Fighting Free of Modern-day Tech Duncedom

Seneca vs Social Media: Dumping the Smartphone for Idle Thought

I recently started reading Seneca's Letters to a Stoic and was surprised by the content of his first letter: "Nothing, to my way of thinking, is better proof of a well ordered mind than a man's ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company." This has some real clout. And it also started me worrying. Because I'm certainly not the owner of a well-ordered mind; and lately, I haven't been stopping and passing any time whatsoever in my own company. Why? At least partly because I can't stop scrolling through junk on my cell phone.

The second time's the charm

Bentley’s New SUV Could Be a Best Seller

It's a fact: Bentley plans to release an SUV in the near future. Here's everything we currently know about the car, its effect on the brand and what it needs to be successful.

Outbound from California

5,000 Miles: Beginning a Great American Ride

Wondering what it's like to set out on a 5,000 mile bike tour of America? GP contributor Will Eginton shares his thoughts from the first leg of the trip.

An Easy to Understand, Scary Premise

Decrypted: Why the End of Net Neutrality Screws Us All

I’m not even going to use the phrase; as John Oliver so eloquently described, the mere mention of that phrase puts most people to sleep. Instead, allow me to introduce you to a tale of corruption, monopolistic business practices, and a cascading series of events that will result in ever-growing prices for Internet services such as HBO and Netflix. Oh, and that rapid pace of innovation you’re seeing in mobile app stores? Imagine a world where that doesn’t exist.