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I swear officer, it was just toast

Bathtub Gin Spreads

What happened to drinking in America? It used to be that you wouldn’t come back from lunch without at least a martini or two in you, but nowadays, people won’t even order a beer at dinner for fear of judgement. Personally, we constantly whisper our thanks to whomever invented brunch and gave us an excuse…

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Hone your skillets

MoB | Cooking with Cast Iron

Pop quiz: Name a three things that get better with age. Wine? Of course. Beef? Within reason. The GP crew? You’re damn right, partner. And number four, for good measure, is a cast iron skillet. Before there were non-stick pans coated in Teflon or enamel, there was cast iron, the original non-stick surface thanks to…

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Right on Q

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

The Paris Motor Show produced some serious automotive eye candy, including a preview of Audi’s future design language in the Crosslane Coupe Concept. The Crosslane’s accentuated angular look seems to borrow a few external styling cues from its more expensive Lamborghini Urus brother and hints at what the next Q-series crossovers could look like. The…

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A meating of minds and stomachs

MoB | Photo Essay: Meatopia, a Carnival of Carnivorism

It’s heaviest rainstorm of the year in New York City. Driving north from midtown Manhattan we can see menacing clouds lurking over Randall’s Island Park, just across the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from East Harlem. Randall’s Island is home to a major track and field stadium, the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, and the Wards Island Wastewater…

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Dry Bounty

MoB | 10 Beef Jerkies, A Survey

Dried beef. Water. Vinegar. Sugar. Sugar. Spices. That’s it. Beef jerky, once a lightweight survival necessity for Native Americans and settlers heading west, has become so much more: a beloved snack, a traveler’s meal, backpacking fare, a gourmet treat, a protein boost after a workout. Obviously, it’s a perfect addition to our Month of Beef…

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Rise and Grind

Baratza Virtuoso

Regardless of what those holiday commercials suggested as you were growing up, you can’t get excellent coffee by just scooping it out of a refrigerated red container. Grinding fresh beans is the fastest way to improve the quality of your coffee, but the way you grind is a big question mark. The Baratza Virtuoso ($249)…

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Sauce like a boss

MoB | Roundup: 10 Off-the-Shelf Sauces and Marinades

Purists, turn off your computer and go sit quietly near the grill. It’s time for us to talk sauce: often a steak requires nothing more than salt and char; a burger, cheese and bun. Other times, we want to surround ourselves in friends wearing grass skirts and eat flank steak that tastes of bygone Oahu…

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Butcher Shop, Wholesaler, Movement.

MoB | Heritage Meat Shop

It’s day two in the Month of Beef and here we are eating pork. Don’t look at us like that: Nobody said pork was prohibited during the month of beef. Try making a bacon-double-cheeseburger without it. We’re at Heritage Meat Shop inside Essex Street Market, a former pushcart market in New York City’s Lower East…

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Trump Card

Design Spotlight: MOO NFC Business Cards

The humble business card is an antiquated yet necessary tool of business communication. Their simple swapping is a time honored tradition the world over, and not a form of etiquette that is likely to disappear. But in today’s digital world, taking the time to transfer those vitals to a useful place seems downright tedious. MOO…

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Four on the floor

All-Wheel-Drive for the Masses: 2013 Volvo S60 T5 Sedan

With fresh changes to design language inside and outside of recent models like the XC60 and C30, Volvo has impressed buyers in the luxury/European markets, tempting some potential German-made owners to their (safe) side of the road. In hopes of continuing that trend, Volvo’s released an affordable AWD option for their entry-level, 2.5L engine 2013…

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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeef!

Introducing: The Month of Beef

It’s October, and what this month lacks in historical feasts and gift-giving holidays it makes up for many times over as autumn’s marrow. It’s apple picking season. It’s football season. It’s sweater and waxed canvas jacket season. It’s foliage season. And guess what else? It’s beef season.

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Double barreled flavors

Tasting Notes: The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old

The gentle chill of early fall spurs dreams of crackling fires, wool blankets and some good single malt Scotch. To fulfill that last desire, we looked to The Balvenie’s latest release, DoubleWood 17 Year Old. Created by Malt Master (what a title) David Stewart, DoubleWood is aged in vanilla-imparting oak casks for 17 years and…

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The 22-mile high club. Membership: 1

Red Bull Stratos

Update: If you missed it amid a weekend of heavy boozing and/or sleep, Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped from more than 24 miles above the earth Sunday, breaking the world record highest jump set by Joe Kittinger. His leap was more than just a stunt, though — the experiment, sponsored by Red Bull, was also testing…

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A non-partisan pleasure

White House Beer Recipe Kit

Regardless of your politics, a brew with the president would be pretty cool. While you wait for your invitation to the White House, try one of Northern Brewer’s White House beer recipe kits ($37+). When that call does come through, you’ll be able to wax intellectual with the leader of the free world about “sweet…

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Carve the aqua apex

Design Spotlight: Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of the Seas

If sporting the three-pointed star on land just isn’t enough for you, aim your vehicular aspirations to the water. Mercedes-Benz’s plans to broaden their design chops to more than just cars are officially under way, mimicking Porsche-like endeavors. Mercedes and U.K.-based Silver Arrows Marine have partnered to create the high-end, 46-foot Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of…

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20 years later, correspondent Jason Heaton rediscovers the Francisco Morazan

72 Hours on South Manitou Island: A Return to the Wreck

The wreck of the Francisco Morazan lies 300 yards off the southeast coast of Michigan’s South Manitou Island. Most of her torn bulk rises out of Lake Michigan, home to a loud and smelly community of gulls and cormorants. From the beach, the wreck looks tantalizingly close until your bare feet touch the icy water…

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Thanks a latte

Starbucks Verismo Coffee Maker

If you don’t yet have a single cup coffee maker, you probably will soon. And if you’re a ‘Bucks addict, your buy date just got bumped up. The Starbucks Verismo ($199+) maker takes a big step forward in home coffee brewers, providing a multitude of professional-level drinks in the comfort of your own home. Where…

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No salt required

Tasting Notes: Mariposa Agave Liqueur

Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly, and for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ (makers of Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Rittenhouse Rye and yes, Hpnotiq) it’s also a new brand designed to flutter around Mexico’s exclusive international right to the name “Tequila”, which can only be applied to agave spirits made in the areas in and around…

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Tron de France

Design Spotlight: Cannondale CERV by Priority Designs

Want a cycling game-changer? You’ve got it. The Cannondale CERV by Priority Designs is a concept bike that adapts to a constantly changing riding environment. Typically, the rider’s body has to compensate for such changes, but the CERV has a “dynamically adjustable headset” that moves both vertically and horizontally during riding. For example, in a…

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Occasion enough

The Glenfiddich Rare Collection: 1974 Vintage Reserve

We like a wee dram (or two) of quality Scotch during special occasions with good friends or our better halves. While plenty of quality bottles in the $100-$200 range will do the trick for most, getting a chance to sip the Glenfiddich Rare Collection: 1974 Vintage Reserve (~$800) is a reason for celebration all on…

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Mayo state of mind

Empire Mayonnaise

Empire Mayonnaise ($6+) is either simplifying or mucking up the most polarizing condiment in your fridge. Started in 2011 by Sam Mason and Elizabeth Valleau, the Brooklyn-based company is classing up the blue collar sandwich lubricator for foodies by experimenting with ingredients such as emu and ostrich eggs as bases and creating flavors that include…

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The book before you book

The New York Times, 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe

We hope savvy travelers have finished trekking their way through 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada ($25), because more trips are on the way with The New York Times, 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe ($26). As you’d suspect, this follow-up compiles the same excellent “36 Hour Departure” travel articles as its predecessor —…

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Single Down South

Tasting Notes: Corsair Triple Smoke Single Barrel American Malt Whiskey

Smoked whiskey isn’t usually America’s cup o’hooch but that doesn’t mean braver distillers won’t try their hand at it. Corsair Artisan Distillery plies their hand at the smoked flavor palate with their newest whiskey, Triple Smoke Single Barrel American Malt.Crafted from malted barley smoked by three different flavor fuels including cherry wood, peat and beechwood,…

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The deep end

Design Spotlight: NEMO33

Most landlocked divers recall with a shudder the pool sessions that were required to learn skills for open water certification. Often conducted in an over-chlorinated high school pool, they’re more a rite of passage than an inspiration. Well, for divers in Brussels, Belgium, pool sessions have a whole different meaning thanks to John Beernaerts’ NEMO33,…

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Hold on to yer' kilts

All’s Well That Ends Well: 72 Hours in Edinburgh

Preface: When our friends at The Glenlivet invited us to don kilts and drink with them at the Speyside Whisky Festival, we removed our pants straight away. No underwear, no problem. Bring on the haggis, neeps and tatties, whatever that means, we said. We knew too that there were riches to be found in Scotland…

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Seated in history

The Inheritance Collection by Stephen Kenn

Vintage is everywhere, but in the world of furniture, it’s not easy to find great modern design that both echoes the past and makes use of truly classic materials. Designer Stephen Kenn scoured an old Los Angeles warehouse of military surplus gear and commandeered WWII fabrics and materials for his Inheritance Collection Furniture Line. The…

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Moveable Feast, indeed

Critter Moveable Field Kitchen

If you’re a man who likes to cook outside the box (and the home) then the Critter moveable field kitchen just might be your perfect mobile culinary lab. Designed by Elia Mangia, the Critter was designed for serious gourmands who need extensive equipment with a view. Whether you don’t have access to a full kitchen…

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Cider Press Rules

Cider & Wine Press

With fall nearly upon us, sweatered men across the country are getting pumped for that Sunday afternoon excitement that accompanies the changing of the leaves — visiting nearby orchards with their better half. The Williams-Sonoma Cider & Wine Press ($300) redeems missing the big game takes full advantage of the bounty that Mother Nature and…

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Rosetta Phone

Word Lens

Remember those foreign language credits you needed back in the day to graduate? We didn’t think so. Luckily for you globetrotter, Word Lens, is a free iPhone and Android App that allows users to view language translation via augmented reality in (get this) real-time. But what does that mean? After unlocking your phone, click on…

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Cup O'Excellence

Fracino Espresso Machines

A good cup of espresso can turn a bad day into a very good one. A bad cup can do the opposite. You can avoid the latter altogether with Fracino Espresso Machines, built in the UK for high end hotels, restaurants, and the best coffee shops around the world. Using ISO 9001 quality standards, their…