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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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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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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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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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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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Longform meat

Side Project Jerky

If you’re cool with eating the same dried meats as Sasquatch, by all means, continue munching away and enjoy the doublewide. But if you thirst (or crave) for a finer meat-snack, look no further than Side Project Jerky ($8). Dehydrated with love and meticulous attention you expect from a Swiss watch or a German car,…

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Sweet on you

Tonewood Maple Products

Now that you’re no longer a pimple-faced adolescent, we think it’s just fine to betray your loyalties to the Butterworth and Jemima matriarchs. While you’re at it, lose the frozen waffles, too, and ramp up to Tonewood Maple products. Their maple-infused lineup ranges from specialty syrups to melt-in-your-mouth maple wafers and, of course, a decadent…

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Salame Bene

Olli Salumeria Salame

Salame (or “salami” to us Yanks) deserves to be called the swiss army knife of comestibles. Whether it’s a picnic, a fancy dinner, or a last minute get-together, you can always count on the cured delicacy to liven up and accompany any food offering. But not every salame is made equal, and Olli Salumeria proves…

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Don't be chicken

Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips

Typically, fake meat has no sex appeal. It also has very little eating appeal, especially to us non-vegans and non-vegetarians. Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips are plant-based strips made from a laundry list of moderately-healthy sounding ingredients, like soy protein isolate, pea protein Isolate, Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, White Vinegar and a…

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The Big Cheese

Tupelo Honey Pimento Cheese Club

Cursed as this particular author is with lactose intolerance, it’s still not reason enough to hold back from subscribing to Tupelo Honey’s Pimento Cheese Club ($228). If you’re lucky enough to have enzymes that don’t screw you out of the most delicious food there is, don’t take it for granted; eat cheese. Tupelo Honey’s club…

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Burrito ex machina

Burritob0t

The closure of El Bulli + the rise of 3D digital printing = Opportunity! Bereft foodies now have common cause with CAD manufacturers — to rejoice in the dementedly creative mind of one NYU grad student who has prototyped the Burritob0t, a 3D printer for making, yep, burritos. Inspired by a frustration over the paucity…

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Get Into a Pickle

Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Pickles polarize. You’re on one side of the fermented fence or the other. We consider the salty, crispy cukes “the white man’s kimchi”, frankly. Gordy’s Pickle Jar just so happens to take their delicatessen delicacies seriously enough for fanatics like us. With four diverse gourmet pickle-based products — Sweet Chips, Hot Chili Spears, Sweet Pepper…

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A new reason to dine in

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Have a date this weekend you want to impress and can’t get a reservation at Alinea? If you have some cooking chops, or a partner that’s attracted to unproven culinary hubris, we suggest making a romantic dinner for two with the help of Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140). The take home version of the James…

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Sweet sin-sation

Twice the Vice Spirited Chocolates

Add the food of the gods, cacao, to the water of life, booze, and you’ve got Twice the Vice spirited chocolates. A box holds nine chocolate-enrobed, liquor-filled morsels that are available in a variety of spirit themes including a fine tequila and a kentucky bourbon series. While we’re sure all of their delightful boxes are…

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Caught by hand, saved by mouth

Patagonia Provisions Salmon Jerky

In 1996, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, changed the clothing industry with the move to organic cotton. The big dogs, such as Wal-Mart, are finally following suit. Now, 16 years later, Chouinard plans on once again changing an industry –- but this time, it’s the fishing industry. Salmon has been a hot topic of controversy,…

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The new bull market

Brisketlab

New York is known for a lot of things, but barbecue ain’t one of them. Luckily for those in the city that never eats good barbecue, there’s hope on the horizon. Brisketlab is a self-described “underground smoked meat guild” that sells shares in authentic, Texas-style brisket to hungry New Yorkers. At a price of $25…

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Tough only to resist

Krave Jerky

Be honest about it. The last time you had a tender, moist, flavourful, and well-spiced piece of jerky was never. Instead, you almost dislocated your jaw with an endless amount of chewing on what felt, tasted and acted like a piece of salted tire. But fear not, for Krave Jerky has heard your silent plea…

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The fifth element, for your tongue

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Umami is a term borrowed from the Japanese, roughly meaning “pleasant savory taste”. In 1985 umami was officially recognized as the fifth basic taste profile, joining salty, sweet, sour and bitter on your tongue. Red Boat Fish Sauce ($10~$20) is an artisanal, first press “extra virgin” fish sauce from Vietnam; and its quite simply umami…

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Dinner is served

Kitchit

Having a hard time getting a seat in Yountville? Instead of constantly hitting the redial button for reservations, the chefs-for-hire team at Kitchit offers a different solution that will have you feeling right at home. The San Francisco-based web company brings some of the top chefs in the country — including those of The French…

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Finger lickin’, Mama slappin’ good

Germantown Commissary Memphis BBQ

For over 90 years, this humble structure stood as a commissary to the locals of Germantown, TN. Selling everything from bluejeans to bologna, a commissary was a place were you could go to get just about anything. In 1981, Walker Taylor purchased this building with hopes and dreams of making some of the best Memphis…

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Scoville Sublime

Gindo’s Spice of Life Pepper Sauce

Sriracha and Pete’s are great. In fact, they’re staples. But like a newly discovered spirit, unearthing a hot sauce we haven’t tasted gets our fire, and food, roaring. Unlike the Cold War nuclear pursuit of so many hot sauces, Gindo’s Spice of Life is anything but a tongue melter — make no mistake though, this…

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Tastey Travel Tubes

Plant Studio Mobile Organic Spice Kits

Do right by your taste buds and support those less fortunate than you by purchasing a Plant Studio Mobile Spice Kit ($20). Each organic kit is assembled in Poughkeepsie NY, by a team of workers at the Hudson Workshop for the disabled. Four versions are available including a more general set for the mobile foodie,…

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The First American Cookbook

American Cookery by Amelia Simmons

American Cookery ($10) is the first cookbook written by an American. Strangely, the only details that are actually known about its author come from the words “American orphan” found on the cover. Other hints from the book’s text suggest she was a domestic laborer who lacked formal education. The book was published originally in 1796…

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Sweet Surrender

Best Made Co. Big Jug of Organic Maple Syrup

Best Made Co. has slowly evolved from a handmade axe company into a brand known for anything woodsy. In that light, offering an enormous jug of organic maple syrup makes total sense, right? Don’t worry, the company hasn’t translated their hewning skills into making the sweet stuff. Instead, the pancake dressing comes from the organic…

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Munchy Manuscript

Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

Crack pie isn’t a label most bakeries would readily slap on one of their confections, but then again most bakeries aren’t run by Christina Tosi. Inspired by her nostalgia for the teeth-depleting sugared cereals of Saturday morning fame and probably more than a few hits off of the peace pipe, her offbeat sweet tooth captured…

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Quite Elkcellent

Allen Brothers Elk Burgers

Elk is similar to Bison, in that it packs a great beefy flavor while actually being high in protein and low in fat. Bison just happens to be a little more prevalent. If you’re looking to avoid developing a “winter coat” this season, or are just eager to try something different, famed mail-order meat company…

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Even a caveman can eat it

Caveman Cookies

Living a healthy lifestyle can be confusing: Eat six times a day by reducing meal size and snacking. Don’t snack. Don’t eat carbs, focus on proteins. Too much red meat is bad for you. Drink soy milk because it doesn’t contain lactose. Don’t drink soy milk because it increases estrogen levels lest you risk a…

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Hog 'O Plenty

Di Bruno Bros. Bacon Basket

Nothing says love like a slab of sliced pork, but maybe it’s time you class up the gift of swine with a Di Bruno Bros. Bacon Basket ($150). Stuffed with all the wonderful bacon (bits) you’ve seen on the web, the basket is brimming with a drool-inducing list of provisions including: 1 lb of Loveless…

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For the weight weenie who has (almost) everything

Snow Peak Titanium Straw

Consider the humble straw. Jabbed into a juice box or fast food beverage, discarded without a thought, it is a useful but overlooked tool. How else would you get that last bit of chocolate malt out of the bottom of your glass? But plastic is a four-letter word these days and straws suddenly seem wasteful….