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Gourd your loins

Tasting Notes: Hangar 24 Gourdgeous Pumpkin Porter

It’s time to give up sipping the double IPAs of summer, but not quite time for a winter warmer. If you have a strange itch for a liquid sort of pie, there’s an explanation: it’s pumpkin beer season. Tragically, this classic fall seasonal is damn easy to mess up — we’re tired of one dimensional,...

A Bone to Pick

MoB | New York’s (and Atlanta’s) Finest Bone Marrow

Editor’s Note: There comes a time during the Month of Beef when you’ve eaten so much, so indulgently, that you’re down on the floor, slamming your palm, shouting “uncle” to visions of uncooked ribeye. That’s before you’ve even talked about bone marrow. We were damn near that point, so we called in the reinforcements. Jodie...

Putting the Town Car days in the rear view

Forward Momentum: Lincoln’s Big Bet on the New MKZ

For city slickers, Lincoln is the company car to a midtown meeting. The recently discontinued Town Car was easily the most recognizable Lincoln: the car of choice for livery cab drivers and Warren Buffett. This wasn’t sustainable. Not too long ago, parent company Ford and primary competitor Cadillac faced a similar problem. How do you...

Bass Pro

Low Innovations: In-Depth with Mercedes-Benz FrontBass

It doesn’t feel like that long ago when adding aftermarket amplifiers, separates, and elephantine subwoofers (remember the Bazooka?) seemed like the right thing to do to your car. We’ve come a long way since then; and when we checked in with the families and friends at the office, not one could even recall the last...

Blue in the face

Timekeeping: Marvin M119 Cushion

A healthy watch collection is a diverse one. Okay, so many of you are still in the fledgling stages of collecting (you’ve at least started, haven’t you?). But those a bit more established in their horological treasure troves probably have one or two big brands and well-known makes (like the Omega Speedmaster or a much-coveted...

A reference guide for the beeferati

MoB | Beef Books

People always ask us, “How do you find time to read when you’re busy eating all that beef?” We kill two steer with one stone — that’s how. The market for beef books is robust, so we’ve winnowed the list of our favorite beef-related cookbooks and resources to only five. That should be easy enough...

Droning On

Defense Journal: A God’s Eye View

Much has been made of the rising use of American drones — both as a weapon in the counter-terrorism fight abroad and in support of law enforcement and border integrity at home. References to science fiction-run-amok quickly come to mind (HAL 9000 of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the namesake Terminator, EDI of Stealth), and the...

Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Menswear

For the third Hunting eBay I’ve turned the survey to menswear. It’s worth noting my submission into the vast world of fashion comes with a note of diffidence — style is highly subjective, and there’s no shortage of highly tuned eyes on the vast array of good things out there for a man. So instead,...

Extra Rare

MoB | Lesser-Known Cuts of Beef

You know the rib-eye, T-bone, porterhouse and NY strip, but how about the tri-tip, bavette or flat-iron? Expanding your repertoire of steak choices graduates you from a one trick pony to a culinary stallion of meat mastery. The tenderloin, that prized cut from which the filet mignon comes, makes up half of one percent of...

Bun Appetite

MoB | The Ultimate Fall Burger

There’s something to be said for the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We believe in it. Meat plus bun plus ketchup is a very good meal, indeed. On the other hand, anyone who’s walked into Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers in Cambridge, MA, and sampled the brain-thwacking assortment of burgers, can surely attest...

Behind the beef counter

MoB | The Story Behind Store-Bought Beef

Buying a steak to grill is as easy as trotting into the Piggly Wiggly, Vons or Safeway down the street and grabbing one of many plastic wrapped Styrofoam packages, right? Not so fast, kemosabe. If you’re the shy type looking to avoid eye contact or a conversation, that might be the way to go. You...

The fastest watch in the world

Timekeeping: Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th

John Glenn strapped a Heuer stopwatch to his wrist; Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling chronograph; and everyone knows the story of Omega’s Moonwatch. Now it’s Zenith’s turn to join the list of legendary space watches. When Felix Baumgartner stepped off that skateboard-sized platform this week and plummeted to Earth while millions watched, you may have...

Serious Cleavage

MoB | Hack Job: Know Your Cleavers

Ah, the meat cleaver. Bucking the tapered and svelte designs of traditional blades, these husky boys of the knife world were developed for one singular purpose — to serve as the machete of the kitchen. Their fatter, squared-off business ends bring added weight and toughness to the task of dismembering, leveraging sheer momentum to breeze...

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot a Vacation or Adventure

If you’ve been following our Sharp Shooter series, you’ve already learned about the fundamentals of DSLR photography along with tips to better capture the area you live in, even at night. But how about when you’re camera’s accompanying something like a vacation — or better yet, an adventure? In this fourth installation, we’ve lined up...

Lights, Camera, Beef!

MoB | Masterbeef Theater: 10 Best Beef Movie Scenes

We promised to leave no steak unturned during our month of beef, and we’re men of our word. As it happens, beef’s got a thespian side that The Academy repeatedly fails to acknowledge. Our budget for gold statues was blown on jerky and skillets, but that won’t stop us from proposing a new award category...

Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Home Audio & Hi-Fi

For our second Hunting eBay post I’ve focused in on hi-fi. A personal soft-spot, my eBay watch list is often teeming with everything from iconic vintage audio listings to mystic hi-fi relics. There isn’t as much glory or panache in an excellent piece from the ’70s as there is an equally aged watch, but the...

Where's the beef? Right here.

MoB | Contest: The Great Map of Beef

Update 2: Well fellow Beefeaters, it’s been a long and arduously delectable Month of Beef. You’ve learned how to braise, order beef online and match your cut with your preparation. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed yourself, tried new things and maybe even gained a few pounds of beef weight. What you’ve also done, for the benefit of...

An exposition on the FAST Platoon

Defense Journal: FAST and Serious

Editor’s Note: Last year, the Department of Defense spent $707 billion in defense, over $1 trillion when accounting for other departments like FBI counter-terrorism, Energy, and NASA — not to mention interest. It’s a colossal sum, and an equally imposing topic to cover — we’ll leave it to you to pick a front-line news spin....

Re-inventing precision

Timekeeping: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The primary goal in the manufacture of any watch is precision; there is scarcely a watchmaker, from Patek Philippe to Citizen, that would argue that fact. After all, the whole raison d’être of a watch is to tell the time — if it does that poorly, you might as well be wearing a charm bracelet....

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...

Some fine cuts

MoB | Show Us Your Beef, Week One Submissions

Our suspicions were correct: you do love your beef — some of you are even budding beef photogs. Our Month of Beef photo contest is in full swing and a mess of juicy photos have rolled in: plump ribeyes, succulent Beef Wellington, beef stew, beef tartar and even a few fat burgers. We’re so proud...

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...

Its worst emission? Burnt rubber

Behind The Wheel: 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

The second coming of the very popular and virtually unpronounceable Volkswagen Touareg (“Too-a-regg”) now comes in Hybrid form, which actually makes more sense than hybridizing a compact car that already gets better gas mileage than its larger automotive counterparts. And though its 20/24 city/highway mileage numbers don’t truly impress (the Touareg TDI gets better fuel...

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...

Shoot to fill

MoB | Contest: Show Us Your Beef, Win Some Steaks

Update: Well folks, it’s about that time. Grill ‘em if you got ‘em. Put all your beef down on the table. More specifically, send in your beef photos. We pick five winners tomorrow, and you can’t win if you don’t try. So rush to the supermarket. Bomb over to your favorite butcher shop. Get beef,...

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...

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...

Digging for Gold

Hunting eBay: Motoring & More

To this humble writer, eBay remains one of the last bastions of great finds. Sure, there’s a trove of new listings that hit eBay every minute, but for me, the hunt remains nearly as fun as the buy. Recently the good folks at eBay asked if I could throw in with their eBayFinders initiative to...

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...

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.

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...

Canned Goods

Roundup: Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $250

The headphone market is packed tighter than Chris Farley in a navy blazer, thanks in part to the explosion of digital music — salud, iTunes, Spotify and The Pirate Bay — not to mention the business savvy of a few enterprising rhyme spitters (what up Dre?). Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the headphone market in...

Drop Top Gorgeous

Behind The Wheel: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Legend has it that when you drive a supercar, your biceps and pectorals enlarge by up to 30% and your testosterone levels climb rapidly, giving your confidence a much needed kick in the basement. On the down side, you become increasingly discourteous and you can’t seem to supress the desire to purchase (and wear) a...

Know your movements

Timekeeping: The Importance of In-House

When most people start getting interested in timepieces, the first thing that usually attracts them is the appearance. A distinctive dial, a unique case shape, even a nice strap can draw in the uninitiated. Then they notice watches whose hands sweep smoothly, driven by springs and gears versus the tick-tick that gives away battery driven...

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...

A horological candy store comes to New York City

Timekeeping Photo Essay: TimeCrafters

If you live in New York City and have even a passing interest in watches, then you were probably at TimeCrafters, held at the Park Avenue Armory this past weekend. If you weren’t, don’t worry. Gear Patrol dispatched photographer Jae Yoon to capture every interesting tick and tock. You can see his photos after the...

The conclusion to our 7 part Summer Series

Road to Ironman: Last Exit, Louisville

Editor’s Note: This series was predicated on the idea that Ironman has become a thing guys aspire to do — so we decided to dispatch our correspondent Jeremy Berger to do just that. Along the way we learned about avoiding injuries, eating right, training effectively, bonking, and the importance of appropriate gear. Hopefully you have...

Discovering local frontiers

Drafting It | Abe Burmeister of Outlier

How far are you willing to go to get something you want? Abe Burmeister’s search for the perfect pair of pants led him to start a new breed of clothing company, despite having no experience in the fashion world. In our final Drafting It interview, we sat down with the Outlier co-founder to talk about...

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...

Give the gift of time

Timekeeping: Human Time Project

Without the use of a wristwatch, simple medical procedures that we take for granted like taking a pulse or temperature or administering medication become far more difficult and less accurate. So when Gustavo Sainz, a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and self-proclaimed, “Time Captain,” learned that many healthcare workers in developing countries lacked even this basic piece...

Roughing it just got easier

In-Depth: BioLite CampStove

Earlier this year, we told you about the innovative new BioLite CampStove, which promised to not only cook your wieners but also charge your smartphone using only firewood. This summer, I had a chance to take one camping to see how it worked in the wild. I took it on a road trip to northern...

What to pack, what to use

Road to Ironman: Essential Triathlon Gear

Editor’s Note: Let’s start with honesty. Triathlons aren’t an everyman sport. 95% of participants in Ironman Louisville had a post-secondary education. Triathlons are a big commitment in terms of training time and resources committed to everything from gear to nutrition. The longer the race, the greater the commitment. In Road to Ironman, Jeremy has taken...

THE Amazing Race

Bentley Grand Tour | Part 2: The 24 Hours of Le Mans

Automotive racing comes in nearly infinite forms today, but no challenge is more immersed in history than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Described as the most grueling test of man and machine in the entire world of racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been held every year since 1923 (with a 10...

Gracing Venice

Talk Shop: Gant Rugger, Abbot Kinney

Gant is back with a vengeance, thanks in large part to the talents of creative director Christopher Bastin. The yachting-in-the-Hamptons lifestyle has resonated with blue blood East Coasters for years, but that hasn’t stopped the company from opening its first beachhead on the West Coast in the heart of Venice — that California capital of...