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Monday, April 14th
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The Brawler Gets Dressed Up

Is the 2015 Mustang the Right Stablemate?

What has Ford wrought with the 2015 Mustang? It’s rumored to be better than the previous car in virtually every way, but dare we say, it’s also less American and less ‘Stang, at least on its face. In Ford’s quest to make the new Mustang a “world car”, they seem to have lost some of the car’s red, white and blue attitude.

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A father-and-son Mustang project car

Raising a Stallion

From the Archives: My dad and I are alike in a lot of ways — the way we fall asleep in chairs and lose our hair, for instance — but our love of cars has bound us for as long as I can remember. Not long ago I sent my dad a handful of questions about what makes me a car guy and asked him to write quick responses; I got back six pages. (Dad and I also like to tell stories.) And so I realized this story is best told in tandem, with excerpts of his answers interspersed with my own. Together, they are the story of our similarities and our passions, and of the car that is, as my dad put it, “a mild street rod imported from the junction” of the two of us.

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Today in Gear: April 14, 2014

Today in Gear we examine a new book for Cub’s fans, your iMac’s new wood friend, Lexus’ sharp crossover, barrels for homebrew and “The Rhino”.

Friday, April 11th
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Sampling the Core Expressions

Highland Park 12 to 40 Year Old, We Try Them All

Learning about the process of whisky-making is one reason to take a distillery tour, but we all know that the real name of the game is the post-tour tasting. Any day spent sampling a range of whiskies is a special one in our books. Throw in the chance to try 25-, 30- and 40-year-old expressions, and you’ve got a once in a lifetime drinking experience.

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Finding 'the best whisky in the world' on the Scottish Island of Orkney

True Norse: A Visit to Highland Park Distillery

Highland Park has officially been making whisky in Kirkwall since 1798. The distillery requires no introduction for rabid fans of single malt. F. Paul Pacult, known as one of America’s foremost experts on spirits, heralded the 25 year old expression as the “Best Spirit in the World” in 2013; it’s an honor he’s also bestowed on the 18 year old twice before. For more casual imbibers, noting Highland Park’s relationship as the sister distillery to The Macallan generates a good number of nods. Our managing Editor Ben Bowers took the journey to the northern Scottish islands of Orkney to learn first hand how some of the world’s finest single malt is made.

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This Scotish archipelago has no shortage of history

Photo Essay: The Orkney Islands

Orkney, as it’s called by the locals, is an archipelago of 70 islands off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland. At one point or another, Vikings, Norwegians and Scots all listed the Old Red Sandstone outcrops as their home. The Neolithic monuments of these ancient inhabitants are one of Orkney’s biggest draws; another, of…

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A Guide to a Rhode Island's Capital

Seeking Providence

By JEREMY BERGER

Good things come in small packages. You’re thinking about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies. Focus for a second. We’re talking about Providence, RI. Although it’s a city of only 182,000 people spread over 25 square miles, it has the hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters and government-codified milk beverages to punch well above its weight class. Seeking Providence is your guide to a long weekend in Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Small State Wields Large Influence

8 Great Things, All Made in Rhode Island

You may be able to drive through Rhode Island in a half hour, but the diminutive state’s influence extends beyond its borders. While the local economy relies less on manufacturing than it once did, the state still produces a raft of excellent goods — and not just what they’re making at Raytheon. Here we’ve picked a few of our favorites from the Ocean State, ranging from the artisan to the heirloom-worthy. Think of them as souvenirs from our Seeking Providence issue.

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Hang your hat in Providence

Stay: The Dean Hotel

The Dean is a harbinger of change in Providence, a taste of what’s happening with hotels in New York, Los Angeles and London. Mycah Hogan pops in for a visit — and a locally-roasted coffee — for our latest Stay.

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Haute Cuisine in the Divine City

Photo Essay: The Dorrance

Welcome to The Dorrance, granddaddy of Rhode Island’s burgeoning fine dining scene. It’s housed in a former Federal Reserve bank. The confit chicken wings are crispy. Your cocktail is waiting on the bar.

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Why Rare Books Are Really, Really Expensive

The $270,000 Book

We visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair with a single question: in an age of $1.99 Kindle Singles, why would a book cost thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars?

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WHAT TO SEE, READ AND HEAR

This Week in Culture: April 11, 2014

This Week in Culture: the birth of the Slurpee, living in a cult, Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets naked and much more.

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The Official Drink of Rhode Island

Your New Summer Drink: Coffee Milk

Coffee milk is the official beverage of Rhode Island. Think that’s weird? So do we.

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An Original Colony Gets its Swagger Back

72 Hours in Providence

At first glance, Rhode Island is right up there with Delaware in terms of states we forget exist, but Providence is an exceptional place to spend a long weekend.

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Nuthin' Wrong With a Little Bump and Grind

Grind it Out: 10 Best Coffee Grinders

From the Archives: You like the line at your favorite coffee shop? We didn’t think so. Start grinding your own beans with these conical burr grinders and make the journey from coffee hack to ambrosia connoisseur.