Best-Summer-Beers-Gear-Patrol-Lead
6 Best Beers of Summer
The season's almost ending, crack these open now.
BEST-DAYPACKS-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD
10 Best Daypacks of 2014
Baggage to carry a laptop or hiking equipment.
Meg-TV-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Best Mega TVs of 2014
With TVs, bigger is better.
Clipped-In-Gear-Patrol-Lead
5 Best Road Bike Pedals
Upgrade clipping in.
skip to main navigation
The-Dorrance-Gear-Patrol-Slide-LEAD
Read More

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.

The-Fruit-Index-Gear-Patrol-Lead-v3
Read More

Alone in the Produce Aisle

The Fruit Index: A Handy Guide to Nature’s Candy

Trying to get in shape? Most fitness gurus agree that unless you change your diet, you’re wasting your workouts. But fear not — we’ve got your back. In addition to finding you this inspirational video, we’ve put together a handy index of fruit nutrition, largely based on our experience at the Woodstock Fruit Festival. Why fruit? Unlike most supposedly “healthy” snacks, fresh fruits are digested easily and provide a wide array of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, they deliver their sugars (i.e., energy) with a healthy dose of fiber, allowing you to digest glucose without the usual insulin spike and subsequent crash. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re delicious.

bathtub-gin-jam
Read More

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…

Fenugreen-Fresh-Paper
Read More

To the Paper Go the Spoils

Fenugreen FreshPaper

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw out approximately 25% of the food they purchase each year due to spoilage. Though we’ve never conducted our own study, the moldy strawberries and wilted spinach in the bottom of our waste bins suggest that number is fairly accurate. To combat this problem,…

salumi-the-craft-of-dry-curing
Read More

No fluency required

Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

While there are endless options for flexing your culinary muscles, making your own dry cured meats is one of the best ways of calling out those hacks on Iron Chef that we can think of. Using the secret ingredient? Try making it b$^&*$#s. Authors Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn know a thing or two about…

urban-cultivator
Read More

Good taste, year-round

Urban Cultivator

Looking to elevate your home cooking from Boyardee to Batali? Fresh herbs are an excellent place to start. The Urban Cultivator ($2,200) lets home chefs not living in the state of California do the impossible — grow fresh hydroponic herbs or greens year-round. The home appliance, which is roughly the size of a dishwasher, maintains…

Burritob0t-Gear-Patrol
Read More

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…

cuisine-r-evolution-molecular-gastronomy-kit-gear-patrol
Read More

Adventures in molecular merrymaking

Cuisine-R Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set

Are you having trouble getting a rez at WD50? Did your connections at elBulli or The Fat Duck across the pond fail to pan out? Well, you could own kitchen into an experimental food lab this weekend with the Cuisine R – Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set ($60). Yes, with some time and a little experimentation,…

Brisketlab-Gear-Patrol
Read More

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…

Krave-Jerky-Gear-Patrol
Read More

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…

Read More

A Taste of Vietnam

We’ve already shared our experiences in the exotic land of Vietnam, but film maker Daniel Klein does a particularly good job of highlighting the country’s culinary delights. Unless you happen to have access to good Vietnamese food, or enjoy personally torturing yourself, — we’d recommend watching this visual buffet on a full stomach. $20 bucks…

david-chang-lucky-peach-quarterly-gear-patrol
Read More

A Foodie's Quarterly

Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach is the latest business venture of New York restauranteur David Chang. Based on the cover and Chang’s notorious personality, it’d be easy to dismiss this project as a simple exercise in brand extension (a la Skymag to Delta). A quick read of the first issue, however, proves that Lucky Peach is much deeper…

the-partaker-gift-guide-gear-patrol
Read More

Libations and Victuals

Gift Guide 2010: The Partaker

Good food and drink can alter a man’s mood better than even the strongest prescription drug, particularly when we play a part in preparing said food and drink. While taste, skill and devotion will always determine how your ventures into gastronomy and mixology turn out, we’ve compiled items in this guide that can lend a…

Perfect-Portions-Digital-Food-Scale-Gear-Patrol
Read More

For a More Measured Existence

Perfect Portions Food Scale

We love a good a steak, but eating healthy on a regular basis is still unquestionably a top priority. The Perfect Portions Digital Scale ($52) gives you the ability to monitor your nutrition easily thanks to its familiar Nutrition Facts label which can display key food stats like calories, fats, carbs, and sugars for close…

komforte_chockolates
Read More

Chocolate on the Fringe

Komforte Chockolates

Unlike women, men don’t like to advertise that they have an addiction to chocolate. Therefore we felt compelled to share these interesting American made treats for all of our readers a sweet tooth who prefer to remain unnamed. Komforte Chockolates ($2.99) are available in a mish mash of options that are designed to combine the…

bee-raw-4-fruit-varietal-honey-flight-gear-patrol
Read More

Pooh Approved

Bee Raw 4 Fruit Varietal Honey Flight

Anyone who drinks wine should know that much of a bottle’s particular taste comes from the soil the grape vines were grown in. Similarly, when it comes to honey, everything from it’s consistency to taste and coloration is largely dependent on the flora around the bee hive. Subsequently, the honey experts over at Bee Raw…