The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef
Every year, more and more gadgets and gizmos -- you know, gear -- come out for the kitchen. And every year, there are plenty of food fans that have distinct opinions on all of it. So regardless of if you’re buying for your favorite foodie, friend, or yourself, we’ve curated some of the best, most unique gastronomic options to ensure your present makes the cut.
12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef
We get it -- everyone is a foodie now. From your buddy excitedly fawning over the new Santoku he just picked up to your dad calling to inform you about the super authentic Ethiopian place he wants to try next time he and mom come to visit, the chances of having a cookie on your holiday shopping list are greater than ever.
But what do you buy them? Your food-focused gift-getter obviously already has the basics -- the knives, pans and culinary detritus that make up his obsession -- and nothing says, “hey, I’m too lazy to make an effort, but I think I remember you’re into food” like a gift card that ends up only covering half the bill at the restaurant-du-now. Thank Bourdain, we’ve got you covered with a dozen of the best gastronomic gifts for the season.
Mix It Up: Great Store-Bought Mixers
A decent drink can be hard to find, especially when you’re at home. For the do-it-yourselfers who would rather the "do" simply be mixing the strong stuff with the not-so-strong stuff, we’ve compiled a list of the top five mixers you can find in your friendly neighborhood high-end liquor store. All you have to do is add booze, ice and maybe a wry wink as you drop in the cocktail straw.
Grill Master: Tips for BBQ Bliss
Grabbing the tongs, stoking the coals and biting into a lightly charred piece of meat is and always will be a shared summer pleasure. That doesn't mean everyone knows how to do it right. To teach you how to truly master the grill -- or even just to bone up the old pros -- we've compiled a list of 10 grilling tips (along with notes from Russ Faulk of Kalamazoo Grills) to make your sizzle entirely satisfactory.
Online Mating: Entering the Pay-to-Play World of Digital Get-Downs
More and more, men and women are looking online -- not just for books and flat-screen TVs -- for companionship. Much like they're shopping online, these guys and gals scroll through page after page of potential partners. But we're not talking about straightforward online dating here. On the sites we're talking about, users are looking specifically for who’s rich, who’s hot and who’s able to keep a secret. In this special report, we decrypt the pay-to-play world of digital get-downs.
In Defense of the Everyman Beer
Editor's Note: Malted Madness is a celebration of America's craft beer. But what about the rest? Brandon Chuang feels... strongly about the everyman beer. We haven't forgotten the good ole' standbys either, so we let him vent.
By now, just a few short days into Malted Madness, you’ve taken in about as much as you can when it comes to beer. You’ve studied the bracket — our curated list of 64 of the best craft beers in the country — and you’re drunk with emotion. Why isn’t my beer in the tournament? How could that beer make it past the first round? Nothing brings out our passions more than competition, and nothing clouds our judgment more than the wants and desires of our own hearts. And in this boozy, passion-soaked attempt to find the best of the best, we’ve forgotten what “the best” truly means.
We’ve begun a coronation while the king still lives.
Coffee Beans: Know Your Regions
Where did that coffee in your hand come from? We profile the major coffee growing regions of the world, helping you make an informed decision when it comes to Brazilian versus Indonesian, Colombian versus Monsoon beans from India. Grab a cup and study up.
5 Great American-Made London Dry Gins
In recent years, London Dry gin hasn’t done so hot. Looming in the shadows of vodka and whiskey, the juniper-tinged spirit has been cast aside as a singular-tasting alcohol of choice for a generation past its prime -- dry gin is your father’s and grandfather’s drink, not yours. But with a new class of excellent brands in an "American" dry style -- boasting a more balanced and widely ranging flavor profile -- blossoming as we speak, you'd be wise to reconsider. We found 5 of the best on the market.
Ion Audio Cordless Phone System
We’ve never been inside the R&D division of Ion Audio, but based on what we’ve been seeing lately we have a sneaking suspicion that the department is comprised of a gaggle of bros sitting around on torn-up leather couches with some fairly potent recreational products at their disposal. How else to explain their Cordless Phone System?
Leave it to those face-melting Brits over at Marshall to create something like the Hanwell ($800). Styled after the famed amps that have stuffed arenas with sound for half a century, the company’s first foray into home audio packs 200 watts of pure rock into one 25-pound body. Made of
Fog Linen Kitchen Cloths
Listen, we’ve all said some stupid things to impress people. The only difference is that we’ve never said anything that can be disproved (go ahead, see if there’s evidence on the internet proving our uncle wasn’t the inspiration for Weekend at Bernie’s). But you. You actually told a young lady
Ion Audio Air Copy
We have a ton of questions about the Ion Audio Air Copy, which was just announced at CES 2013. The primary one is, what’s a company most known for making inexpensive USB turntables doing throwing out a wireless scanner? More importantly, who actually needs -- literally, needs --
Rise Alarm Clock App
Something needs to be done about our gadgets, because they’re getting to be too much. Toasters with wi-fi, espresso machines with built-in Instragram -- every gadget today is trying to do everything for everyone, all while accomplishing absolutely nothing. It needs to stop. Out of the tangled wires and Bluetooth antennas,
Wood & Faulk Camera Wriststrap
We of all people love a good camera, but sometimes they can be so aesthetically... well, boring. Cold, monochromatic bodies coupled with cold, monochromatic buttons, dials and lenses -- it makes even the plainest of men want to go out and do a little accessorizing. And while you may be
It's hard to comprehend, but there are people out there in this great land of ours who don’t have high-speed internet access. Some, by choice (like your grandfather, who asked you to explain what Facebook is) and others by lack of
It’s fitting that the radio has always had geographic limitations. Think of it as Mother Earth’s little joke: as media has made the world a smaller place, she still reminds you that she’s large enough to be an inconvenience -- radio waves can only travel so far, after all. Which
12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie
To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days -- but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who
12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef
Prepara Herb-Savor Mini Pods
The problem with fresh herbs is a matter of practicality. Show us a single man that has ever used up one of those giant bunches of cilantro on himself before it’s started to spoil, and we’ll show you a liar. Here
Cook’s Illustrated: The Science of Good Cooking
Think of the best home cook you know. Now think of their kitchen. It’s probably full of pots, pans, mixers and gadgets galore. Know what it’s not full of? Cookbooks. That’s because they don’t need them. Anyone can follow directions from
Grime Boss Hand Wipes
Whether it’s installing brake pads or inhaling barbecue ribs, things we love involve messes. And until there’s a sink or shower in every single garage, garden or BBQ shack in the country, we’re left to our own devices to get clean.
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,
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,
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
There are marque moments in every man’s life. Somewhere between did-you-wake-up-on-the-floor-again and congratulations-you’re-a-father is moving into your own grownup place. You’ve gotten real seating, a nice bed and finally replaced your Taco Bell cup collection with actual glassware -- so what
Kickstarter: Copenhagen Parts Magnetic Bike Light
Copenhagen, like many congested metropolitan areas, has a strong bike traffic presence. It's also a pretty dark place come winter. Add a few Danish problem solvers from Copenhagen Parts and the result is the Magnetic Bike Light -- a simplistic,
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
Power Pet Electronic Pet Door
Look around at today’s computers and you’ll see exactly where companies are putting their money. Better-than-high-def screens with touch-sensitivity, ThunderBolt this and that, blisteringly fast graphics cards -- it's all about the visuals. And while we’re not ones to complain about
Samsung Galaxy Camera
With each new improvement to smartphone cameras, the collective cries by pundits and consumers alike at the death of point and shoot cameras grow louder and clearer. Hoping to silence, or at the least quiet, dissenters, Samsung has announced the
Symbol LP Storage Cabinets
There's nothing quite like the sound of a record whisking as it spins, but while we need not wax poetic about the nostalgia of needle to vinyl, the other part of what makes records so satisfying is, well, the actual record.
How Music Works
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Nietzsche said that. “Chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue.” Bieber said that. But no matter what you think of the current auditory scene, it's impossible to argue with the power of
Audyssey Wireless Speakers
Looking back on the past twenty years, we’ve made some pretty big strides when it comes to consumer technologies. But with all these advancements, why are we still listening to music through the same speaker wire our dads used? Up until
Black & Decker Max Gyro
For those of you preparing to go away to college, let us give you a little heads up. When arriving on campus you will have but one goal: get your parents out as soon as possible. Unfortunately, they will have already