Month: October 2019

10 Valentines Day Cocktail Recipes That Say I Love You

first_img2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice*1 part simple syrup1 part maraschino cherry juice.5 part fresh lime juiceDash of orange bitters, optionalMethod: Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.*Cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.Apple of My Eye 1.5 oz Partida Añejo.5 oz Creme de Cacao1 oz. Amarula CreamCherry for garnishMethod: Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chill martini glass and garnish with a cherry.Pink Lady With Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s time (if you’re like most guys) to panic because you probably haven’t gotten your significant other a gift yet. If you have, congrats, you’re winning life right now. (If you’re still looking for a gift, check out this piece on how to get last-minute flowers.)Either way, a Valentine’s Day can be made much better with the addition of one thing: cocktails. Not only are you able to get a nice buzz on before or after dinner, but it shows the love of your life you care about them and you want to show it. Cocktails are beautiful blends of flavor that, when done right, show off the artistry of the person making it.Well, a Valentine’s Day cocktail shows off the artistry of the original cocktail crafter, which is then translated to your own hand, thereby (hopefully) earning you some brownie points. You may not be able to come up with a Valentine’s Day cocktail on your own, but you don’t have to. Below, check out some of the best drinks you can mix up on this lovely holiday.Sweet Naïveté Editors’ Recommendations 1.5 oz Monkey 47 Gin .5 oz apple brandy.5 oz fresh lemon juice.5 oz grenadine.25-.5 oz egg whiteMethod: Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, seal your shaker and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Then add ice and shake again for another 5 seconds. Fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.Kiwi KissJulia Keim1.5 oz Playa Real Pineapple Tequila.75 oz lime juice.75 oz simple syrupSliced strawberries and kiwiMethod: Muddle Strawberries and Kiwis in shaker. Add cocktail ingredients to shaker. Shake. Pour ingredients into Collins glass. Finish with ice and your favorite sparkling water.Speyside Cowboy(Created by Allan Roth, Glenfiddich ambassador)2 parts Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve.5 part Drambuie.25 part coffee liqueur.25 part demerara syrup1 barspoon China ChinaEgg whiteCoffee beans, to garnishMethod: Combine all ingredients except for the coffee beans in a shaker and shake to incorporate the egg white.  Add ice and shake again.  Pour into a coupe.  Garnish with coffee beans.Lady Kombucha Cooler 1.5 oz Mulholland Whiskey.75 oz Amaro Angeleno.5 oz Apple syrup.5 oz lemon juice2-3 dashes Hella Bitter Smoked Chili BittersMethod: Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a thin slice of apple. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 1.5 oz Patrón Silver.5 oz fresh lemon juice.5 oz St. Vincent Orgeat1 Medium-sized strawberry, cubedMethod: Add all ingredients to a mixing tin and shake. Pour into a rocks glass with crushed or cubed ice. Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim with a 10:1 ratio, a strawberry or a spiral lemon twist.Pomegranate PunchEmily B. Hall(Created by Jen Fuller, The Mockingbird, Nashville) 9 oz booze of your choice15 oz cucumber water (2 cucumbers sliced steeped in water for 1-3 hours)9 oz lemon juice6 oz pomegranate puree6 oz rosemary simple syrup (2 long rosemary sprigs, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water bring to boil and let simmer for 30 min, then strain)Method: In a large container combine all ingredients, stir and serve over ice. Serves 6.Sunda Daiquiri(Created by Nahm Kim, Sunda New Asian, Nashville)1.5 oz El Dorado 12 Year Rum.75 oz cardamom cider syrup*.75 oz lime juice.5 oz yuzu puree3 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then double strain into coupe. Garnish with lime wheel. *Cardamom cider syrup: take two 16 oz bottles of dry style cider, add 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, and reduce over med heat to two-thirds of the liquid. Add 21 oz white sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, strain cardamom pods, and refrigerate for 7-10 days.Tequila Partida Añejo Kiss 1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint3 oz Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced1 thin apple slice, for garnish1 lemon twist, for garnishMethod: Pour ingredients into a tall glass with ice. Stir and garnish with lemon twist and apple slice.Corazon De Melon Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make last_img read more

Naughty Noshing What Are Aphrodisiac Foods

first_img How to Pair Oysters with Martinis The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Editors’ Recommendations center_img Italian stud Casanova reportedly ate oysters every day to keep up his sexual stamina. Before him, people in Arab countries were consuming gut juice from sperm whales to increase their libido. Today, you might be thinking similarly and try to find foods that will increase your desire and overall sexual pleasure in time for Valentine’s Day.It’s natural human behavior to think this way. Poems from 4,000 years ago show humans looking for substances to make them feel frisky, describing recipes that enhanced the sexual experience.Jason LeungThese stimulating foods are called aphrodisiacs, named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Chocolate companies will tell you ancient Aztecs found cacao to increase sexual desire, while modern restaurants capitalizing on Valentine’s Day create menus based on aphrodisiac ingredients, spicing up dishes by adding extra pepper and garlic.The real question is: Can food really get you in the mood and, if it does, what kind and why?Sex Should Feel Better (Mostly For Men)Researchers say aphrodisiacs increase three of the following things: libido, potency, or sexual pleasure. In the case of regular dudes seeking aphrodisiac foods, you’re probably looking for ingredients to make you more excited and increase the satisfaction of sex for you and your partner.“Most [aphrodisiacs] act through an increase in testosterone concentration and are therefore male-specific.”Aphrodisiacs work by altering neurotransmitters or hormone concentrations in your central nervous system. Researcher Paola Sandroni adds that they tend to work better on men. “Most act through an increase in testosterone concentration and are therefore male-specific,” she explains.But the history of proven aphrodisiacs is sketchy, to say the least. The “Spanish fly” chemical from live beetles and bits from Bufo toads both reportedly increase sexual pleasure but are toxic (even deadly) in the wrong quantities. At that rate, you might as well go full Hunter S. Thompson and eat cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis, which have also been proven to increase “sexually oriented behavior,” says Sandroni.Mmm, but what about, like, normal food?Chocolate Isn’t an AphrodisiacThe bad news is, chocolate has not been scientifically linked to sexual arousal or satisfaction. Chocolate can change your serotonin and endorphin levels, which might feel a lot like excitement but isn’t inherently sexual. (Here’s all the science — it’s pretty crazy.)Taylor KiserOther food aphrodisiacs used throughout history include nutmeg, saffron, cacao, and ginseng, but you’ll find little to no hard scientific proof (tested on humans) that any food is truly an aphrodisiac. Cloves, garlic, and ginger have been linked to increased sexual behavior, but those studies were done on animals.Meanwhile, alcohol, while it may increase your libido, does not make you a stud in the sack. But you already knew that. (You know the phrase for it, so we don’t have to repeat it here.)Aphrodisiac May Be a Fancy Word for ‘Nutrient’Sex-health experts sing the same tune: A great sexual experience is achieved when you have a healthy mind and body.Moreover, sexual arousal is dependent on sensory, cognitive, hormonal, and genetic factors, say researchers in this 2014 study on plants used for the improvement of sexual performance. In this case, the phrase “different strokes for different folks” really is true. One food shouldn’t be able to deliver a blanketed libido increase because our chemistries are different. Ironically, the reason so many foods are often listed as aphrodisiacs (everything from bananas, watermelon, and figs to chili peppers, celery, and pumpkin) could be because these nutrient-rich foods deliver key dietary building blocks previously lacking in the body. Once you consume these nutrients, the body begins to feel good. And when your body feels better, your sex drive improves.WebMD experts also surmise the reason spicy foods are considered an aphrodisiac is that they mimic the physical responses we have during sex, like elevated heart rate and sweating.The reason so many foods are often listed as aphrodisiacs could be because these nutrient-rich foods deliver key dietary building blocks previously lacking in the body.A popular practice in alternative medicine for people seeking to increase sexual desire and performance is called Vajikarna therapy, used in Ayurveda, a healing practice with roots in India. The concept is similar to aphrodisiacs and was recorded in the first written texts of medicine. Vajikarna involves consuming dried roots, dried fruits, seeds, and stems — all ingredients that will nourish the body by boosting immunity.In the case of Casanova and his oysters, it’s possible the dude just had a zinc deficiency.Despite oysters’ reputation for being an aphrodisiac, there’s no proof. George Fisher, a professor of chemistry, was the first to say he and his colleagues discovered that mussels with the D-Aspartic acid (an amino acid) increased the level of sex hormones in lab rats. These findings mentioned bivalve mollusks but didn’t explicitly say, “Yo, oysters gonna make you horny.”Developing Your Aphrodisiac Food ListAsk yourself, which foods make you feel sexiest? Which ingredients put you at the peak of your physical performance? Discern between comfort foods that make you feel cozy and healthy foods that get you ready for, well, not sitting on the couch. Ask your partner the same question and there you have it: your list of aphrodisiac foods for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries.The belief that one food helps increase desire and satisfaction is often enough to convince your entire body (hello, placebo effect). Test out foods that are rich with nutrients and don’t involve ordering sketchy sperm whale pills on the internet.Need a place to start? Check out these delicious aphrodisiac recipes developed by chefs (according to some commonly-held aphrodisiacs, of course). The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

Win a Private Island Getaway for You and 7 of Your Closest

first_imgAccording to this year’s top travel trends, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of spontaneous travel and the digital nomad. However, it’s also looking to be the year of big group travel — nearly half of Americans planning a getaway with four or more people. Vacation home rental provider VRBO is kicking off the trend with their Win the Island Sweepstakes, an over-the-top, all-expenses-paid vacation for you and your entire squad.Just one lucky winner will score the opportunity to bring seven of their closest friends to Kanu Island. The stunning private retreat is located off the coast of Placencia in Belize. The ultra-luxurious accommodations include a weeklong stay in the island’s five exclusive beach homes; an on-call gourmet chef; a massage therapist; a personal concierge; unlimited use of kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear; and 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea from the island’s acres of pristine beaches. The grand prize package also affords the winner a $5,000 travel stipend to get you and your closest friends to and from the island. Should you wish to escape “back to reality,” the mainland is just a few minutes away by private ferry. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Stay Free on This Private Swedish Island to Work on Your Magnum Opus World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts For the unlucky among us who don’t win the Win the Island Sweepstakes, The Enclave on Placencia Caye will be available for rent for $2,925 per night. If that sounds a little too rich for your blood, consider that, with a maximum capacity of 28, that breaks down to just $105 per guest nightly. That’s less than a three-star hotel in most medium-sized U.S. cities.VRBO’s Group Getaway Collection includes other group-friendly properties to cater to every type of dream vacation for you and at least a dozen friends. Nashville’s The Gallery Loft, for example, is a designer artist studio perfectly situated in the Historic Printer’s Alley district amid the city’s famed nightlife scene. Chateau de la Paix is a stunning 19th-century French chateau located near Omaha Beach in Normandy. For a true ultra-luxe Mediterranean getaway, Villa Elena offers up to 17 guests a private pool and lush gardens with panoramic sea views overlooking the Amalfi Coast.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenEven amid the stunning tropical destinations of Central America and the Caribbean, Belize stands out. The tiny coastal country is home to almost every imaginable form of outdoor adventure from diving with whale sharks near the iconic Blue Hole to trekking with jaguars in the jungle to hiking centuries-old Mayan ruins.Entering the contest is simple: visit VRBO’s official Win the Island Sweepstakes page by the end of this month, fill out a few basic contact details, and you’re in. Winners will be announced sometime after March 1, 2019.center_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more

6 Best Aged Rums Over 50 and Under 100

first_img What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine When it comes to sipping, a good aged rum — one that is crafted with care, quality, and time — can rival any other aged spirit any day of the week. Some, too, might even enjoy the sweet characteristics of rum a bit more than whiskey (it’s your palate, you make the decisions after all). And while white rums and spiced rums are perhaps more popular thanks to their utility in cocktails, those are not the only examples of the spirit.If you’re looking for a quality aged rum, look no further. For the price of a bottle of whisk(e)y, you can get a tropical sipper, too. Check out some of the best rums over $50 (but under $100).Note: Privateer True American won the Best Aged Rum category in The Manual’s 2018 Spirit Awards, but it is not on this list because you can get it for a steal at less than $50.Richland RumAmerican craft distilleries often don’t verge much into rum, and if they do it’s hard to hold a candle to some of the legacy produces down in the Caribbean. That’s changing of course, just like in the whiskey world, and perhaps no others do it like Richland Rum in Georgia. It’s the only single estate rum distillery in the U.S. and as an estate rum, even the sugar cane is grown on site. Most of the distillery’s rums reach over $50 but start with the Old Georgia Rum.Zafra Rum 21 Year Old MasterLike some of the other rums on this list, the prices vary and it occasionally falls below $50 but can get up above $60. As it spent plenty of time on oak, there is a noticeable oak in the rum, along with the accompanying caramel, tobacco, and vanilla, but the orange and cherry fruit notes are pleasant treats to the palate. Plus, it’s half the price of its much older sibling the Zafra Master Series 30 Year.Flor de Cana 18At a hair over $50 most places, Flor de Caña 18 is a premium offering from the single-family estate in Nicaragua. The complex rum is aided by the volcanic soils in the Central American country instead of added sugar and smells of rich caramel and nuts, before hitting the tongue with vanilla and a delicate mix of spices.Pussers Navy RumA classic British navy rum from the British Virgin Islands, Pusser’s Navy Rum 15 Year Old reaches $60. It’s an intense rum full of molasses and vanilla from its wooden still production methods. Despite the intensity, it’s a smooth finish. The production process often evaporates far more than other rums, and the company claims one bottle of the 15 Year Old would make 15 bottles of most other rums.Ron Zacapa XO Solera Gran ReservaFrom Guatemala, Ron Zacapa’s XO Solera Gran Reserva clocks in normally nearing $100 a bottle. Made with sugar cane honey, this rum is made using the Solera process in casks once used for bourbon, sherry, and wine. The solera process is a laddered approach to aging, bottling some of the oldest barrels before being replaced with the second oldest barrels, repeating until the youngest barrel is filled with new rum. Ron Zacapa XO Solera rums are up to 25 years old and finished in used cognac French oak barrels, filling the rum with cherry, chocolate, and vanilla notes.Don Q Gran AñejoDepending on where, Don Q Gran Añejo can dip below $50, which for this gem that is aged up to 12 years is a heck of a bargain. Don Q is located on the south side of Puerto Rico and is still in the family that started it in the 1800s, with exclusive rights to a river nearby since the turn of the century. The company has been using the same yeast strain for more than seven decades. The Gran Añejo hits the nostrils with plenty of citrus notes before washing the palate with a touch of tropical fruits before the caramel, vanilla and oak take over. 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One last_img read more

Get Ready for Spring with Madewells Sidewalk Sneaker Collection

first_imgIs it ever too early to shop for your new favorite spring sneakers? In our estimation, well, no, it’s never too early. That works out quite well given that Madewell just launched its first sneaker collection. The Madewell Sidewalk Sneakers are here, and they’re very, very stylish.The unisex collection (developed by Madewell’s in-house design team) is everything we could have asked for when it comes to sneakers for early spring (and beyond). “We’re excited to launch our first line of sneakers,” said Joyce Lee, Madewell’s head of design.  “As a denim brand, creating our own sneaker was a natural next step.” The collection includes models like the Sidewalk Sneakers in Canvas, a sporty white canvas, gum rubber low-top that looks tailor-made to be worn with a pair of Madewell denim (just the way the brand would want it) and a slub T-shirt or Oxford. For what it’s worth, the  Sidewalk Sneakers in Canvas (particularly the white canvas iteration) are our favorite, since they look as suited for spring travel as they do for a rooftop happy hour.   How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations center_img Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites That same versatility carries over to the eight additional offerings in the collection, including an intriguing pair of Peach Sidewalk Sneakers. Try them with light wash jeans and a casual crewneck on a breezy day – plus the old school-tinged Sidewalk Sneakers in White Leather (able to be worn with a khaki cotton suit or a chambray shirt and grey chinos). That the collection takes inspiration from throwback skate gear is fitting, given how prevalent skate culture is in matters of menswear these days. But, the difference is, these aren’t the skate sneakers you had in middle school. The Madewell Sidewalk Sneakers are really all grown up. Put it this way: For a brand’s first attempt at sneakers, the details and construction are on-point and the pricing ($68-$88) isn’t half-bad, either. And the fact that they use new MWL Cloudlift insole technology for all-day support is a huge bonus, too.  That means any offering in the collection is designed to keep you on your feet in style all day long, from a breakfast meeting to the office to happy hour, and then back the next day. From these new sneakers to its well-executed line of denim and soft, perfectly crafted T-shirts and jean jackets, Madewell Men’s is quickly becoming a brand to be reckoned with in its own right. It helps that these sneakers are here in time for spring; the hardest part might be waiting to wear them until it gets warm out. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier last_img read more

The Return of Dave Mackey From Ultrarunner to Leg Amputee and Back

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The morning of May 23, 2015, is permanently etched into the mind of ultrarunner Dave Mackey. He left from his home in Boulder, Colorado, for a routine three-hour trail run to the summit of South Boulder Peak, following a ridgeline leading to Bear Peak and onward before returning home. It wasn’t a new trail; it was one that he had run many times before. After reaching the summit of Bear Peak, Mackey began his descent. The rock that would prove to be his nemesis that day was one that he had stepped on numerous times over the years without faltering once. However, on that day, the roughly 300-pound boulder dislodged when he stepped on it, sending him tumbling down the rocky slope. After falling approximately 50 feet, Mackey came to an abrupt stop, landing on this back. The rock quickly followed and came to rest on his lower left leg, pinning him to the ground and crushing his leg beneath its weight. In excruciating pain, Mackey called out. A friend and fellow runner who was in the vicinity heard him and quickly responded. He was able to leverage the boulder from Mackey’s leg, exposing the open tibia fracture. After a four-hour rescue operation, Mackey was down the mountain and on his way to the hospital. Courtesy of Dave MackeyOver the next 16 months, Mackey endured 14 surgeries in an attempt to repair his leg. The initial open fracture exposed his bone and tissue to a parade of infections that would impede healing even a year after the accident. “Even though the initial surgery was for a complicated fracture, I had no reason to believe I wouldn’t recover fully,” Mackey says. “My surgeon believed that as well.”“That persistent infection from the open fracture was the kicker,” he adds.His bones never healed fully and he was subjected to numerous surgeries in the following months which involved soft tissue and muscle repair, bone grafting, and additional hardware to aid in walking.In September 2016, after being sidelined for over a year, beset with countless surgeries, unbearable pain, and unfavorable results, Mackey made the decision to have his left leg amputated below the knee. Just 20 months after the surgery, Mackey completed the entire Leadville Race Series, an ultramarathon held in Colorado. Just completing one of the events in the series is a huge accomplishment for most athletes. For perspective, the entire series is comprised of a 10K run, a trail marathon, 50- and 100-mile runs, and 50- and 100-mile bike rides.Altra RunningDave Mackey is no stranger to standing on the podium in the ultrarunning world. He holds the fastest known time on the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim at under seven hours. In 2011, he was voted Ultrarunning Magazine’s North American Ultrarunner of the Year.We caught up with Dave Mackey to discuss his life before, after, and now the future for this ultrarunning icon.The Manual: What was the greatest hurdle you faced after making the decision to move forward with the amputation? Courtesy of Dave MackeyDave Mackey: The greatest hurdle I faced was coming to the terms that this was not a decision that I could revisit. It was a one-way path. Becoming an amputee was not something I had ever seen myself becoming. Once this choice was made, though, I felt liberated in many ways as my path was clear and definite, and I knew many amputees were out there doing incredible things even better than non-amputees.TM: Would your decision have been different if the injury was above the knee?  DM: If my injury was above the knee, I would have made the same choice, I think. But there are subtleties to [above-knee amputation] that are different and maybe I would have opted to try more surgeries. Hard to say though.TM: What was the moment when it became clear that amputation was the path?Once this choice was made, though, I felt liberated in many ways as my path was clear and definite, and I knew many amputees were out there doing incredible things even better than non-amputees.DM: When I found that there were many other surgeries with limited chance of success, after talking with my surgeons, close friends, and my wife. It wasn’t a moment really versus a period of weeks.TM: How did your family react to your decision? DM: My wife was supportive overall and we were in agreement that this was the best choice. She and I were on the same page. She understood my goals of having a nonfunctioning leg the rest of my life, which would be an anchor, versus something useful to propel me.TM: What was the recovery time between amputation and prosthetic?DM: It took a solid year to be “recovered” from surgery, in the aspect I could go for runs, if that is what recovery is. But to adapt to the prosthetic takes time because the residual limb is still reducing over a period of a year, and it is easy to have rubbing or chafing from a prosthetic socket that changes fit from week to week. Once my leg is in a stable place in size after that year, it was full steam ahead.Courtesy of Dave MackeyTM: Other than the obvious, is there anything you’ve had to change about your training?DM: My training is different now in that I go for runs about four days per week instead of six days per week and run about 11-12 miles each run; I actually put more miles on my mountain bike and on skis than running. The skin can be easy to break down on my limb so too many running miles actually means I can be set back more than before, so balancing out with other activities is important. I love biking and skiing, which I actually do just as well as I did before my accident.TM: Have people treated you any differently since your accident and subsequent surgery?  Range of Motion ProjectSuffer BetterChallenged Athletes FoundationAmerican Trail Running Association NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy center_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations DM: People whom I don’t know who see me on the trails on my running blade do sometimes make supportive comments like, “good job” or “way to go,” which is cool. Otherwise, my friends and family treat me the same. My kids make fun of me here and there but they’ve always been jokers even before my accident.TM: Have other amputees reached out to you and have they been inspired by your story?DM: A couple of amputees have reached out to me after the accident and amputation, and I hope I’ve helped them in some way. I hope I’ve helped reinforce patience most of all in this process.TM: Are there any new causes you are involved with as an adaptive athlete?  DM: Range of Motion Project, Suffer Better, Challenged Athletes Foundation. I’ve been in with ATRA (American Trail Running Association) for about 17 years as a board member.I have a deeper sense of accomplishment … However, I was still extremely happy running races even back then.TM: How does it feel now, physically and emotionally, crossing the finish line?DM: I have a deeper sense of accomplishment. That is for sure. And the process of running and completing races is more satisfying than before when I was actually racing. However, I was still extremely happy running races even back then. Running and doing other sports has always given me health and joy throughout life.TM: What are your goals for 2019? Any dream races you have your eyes on for the future? DM: I have the Western States 100 in June, Leadman series again in June through August, and then Eco-Challenge adventure race in September. A full four months of adventure. I might have to quit my day job as a physician assistant.last_img read more

6 Mens Adventure Jackets for Surviving the Worst Weather

first_img $599 from Backcountry.com $279 from REI Editors’ Recommendations Norrøna Lyngen Gore-Tex JacketSoftshell jackets are ideal for moving fast and can withstand a little bit of rain or snow, but they soak through at some point. With a new material from Gore called Gore-Tex Active, you get a very breathable jacket while maintaining waterproof protection.Norrøna from Norway has built this new Gore-Tex Active waterproof membrane into its Lyngen Gore-Tex jackets. The shoulders get stretchy, durable Gore-Tex C-Knit while the torso is covered in Active for high breathability. When even that’s not enough, you can zip the main front zipper to a second zipper revealing a large mesh vent. Hand gaiters with thumb loops keep the jacket tight in bad weather. A helmet compatible hood and multiple adjustments keep you protected from the weather. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season $97 from Moosejaw The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell JacketNot content with just being immensely waterproof, Fjällräven makes the Keb Eco-Shell jacket very environmentally friendly as well. The jacket is 100-percent polyester, a combination of new and recycled, which makes it easier to recycle for its next life. The Durable Water Repellent coating on the outside is free of perfluorocarbons (PFC), nasty little chemical compounds that don’t break down in nature and are building up in ecosystems around the world. In addition to the actual materials in the Keb Eco-Shell, all emissions during production and transport of the jacket are climate-compensated.The outer fabric is soft to the touch and very durable. Adjustments on the hood and hem make it easy to find the right fit. Fjällräven opted for no pit zips in this piece, instead using side zips lower down that dump heat just the same and also give you access to inner pockets on your mid layer. Now you can have a premium jacket but not destroy the environment you’re trying to enjoy. A good jacket is an absolute requirement for any adventure. Winter or spring, mountain or rainforest, jackets are your home away from home.Starting with keeping you warm then moving to keeping you dry, here are six of the best adventure jackets you can get this year to survive in the worst weather. Don’t worry — we’re not going to subject you to photos of those wearable sleeping bags.LoftTek Adventure JacketWhether it’s a mild day in the middle of winter or a cold day in the mountains during summer, a good puffy jacket is worth its weight in gold. They’re perfect for walking the dog, packing for trips, and setting up camp.The LoftTek Adventure Jacket from Outdoor Vitals is perfect for all those situations. The brand solves the problem of heavy non-compressible synthetic insulation with a new fiber called LoftTek; it’s hollow structure puffs up and packs down, allowing you to stuff the jacket into its own pocket.The 500 fill down but is warm when wet and dries faster than the real stuff, just like synthetic. An insulated hood helps keep heat in the jacket. Pit zips, rarely used on a puffy jacket, help you dump heat when you get too toasty.The jacket ($150), which retails for less than some of its competitors, is available for pre-order after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Shipping is expected to begin in April 2019. Double-check the sizing when you order as pre-production sizes ran a bit small.Pre-Order for $115Patagonia Down Sweater HoodyFor the lightest and most packable jackets, down is still the way to go. The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody has over three ounces of 800 fill Traceable down, meaning you can find out exactly where the down was sustainably sourced.The jacket has a 100-percent recycled polyester ripstop shell that’s light but strong. It also boasts a Durable Water Repellency (DWR) coating to help water bead off. It looks great when it’s own and it packs down into its own pocket to easily fit in your pack. $129 from Amazon $749 from Mammut $500 from Amazon Mammut Alvier Hard Shell JacketNow we move from insulation to waterproof hard shells. Thin, light jackets don’t have thick, abrasion-resistant fabrics on the outside or waterproof membranes on the inside. But when it’s snowing or raining hard, that’s exactly what we need to stay dry.The Alvier Hard Shell Jacket from Mammut is most at home in rough conditions. The highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane is sandwiched between a tough face fabric and a wicking inner layer. Though the Pro Shell membrane is highly breathable, sometimes it takes pit zips under the arms to really dump the heat. Four pockets outside and two inside keep all your essentials at the ready.The collar is ready for any kind of weather and tall enough to go over your nose when it’s fully zipped. A second zipper expands the collar in case you need extra room for helmet straps or insulation around your neck. Hand gaiters with thumb loops and a removable snow skirt keep all the snow on the ground instead of in your jacket Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded JacketWhen you’re moving hard, breathability is the prime factor for comfort. Hard shells and puffy jackets will just be too warm. This is soft-shell territory.Softshells are thin, water-resistant jackets that breathe extremely well. They keep light rain and snow off but keep you comfortable when you’re sweating. The ultralight Ferrosi Softshell jacket from Outdoor Research fits that definition exactly.The thin fabric is full of spandex, moving with you as you do. Low-profile thumb loops keep the sleeves down where they should be. When it’s time for something thicker, it packs down into its left pocket. The Ferrosi is also UPF 50+ for those bright days when you need to stay protected from the sun. 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You Dont Have to Drive an 18 Wheeler to Rock these Cool

first_img Editors’ Recommendations $90 from Levi’s Topo Designs Trucker JacketWhat makes the Topo Designs Trucker Jacket more than just your average denim jacket? It comes down to the details, such as the above-the-waist cut and the large chest flap pockets, more common in trucker jackets than plain old denim jackets. The fact that you can get this rugged number from the same brand that makes your favorite daypack and field pants is an added bonus. The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season $798 from Nordstrom How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall How to Shave With a Straight Razor Filson Tin Cloth Short Lined Cruiser JacketIt makes sense that the trucker jacket in its various iterations would be done particularly well by the Pacific Northwest style purveyors at Filson. The Tin Cloth Cruiser Jacket is a water-repellent take on the trucker, able to block water, wind, and rain. Wear it with tough chore pants, a thermal henley, and leather work boots the next time you need to get the job done. $208 from Huckberrycenter_img Schott NYC Vintage Buffalo Leather Trucker JacketIf you want to dive headfirst into the whole trucker jacket game, you might as well go all out with this handsome vintage-style trucker jacket from lauded outerwear brand Schott. It features genuine sheep shearling lining (and yes, an expensive price tag). Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us We’re in favor of building out a well-stocked menswear rotation of seasonal must-haves. And one of those seasonal must-haves is the trucker jacket. After all, having a closet filled (within reason) with unique, timeless pieces pays dividends in the long run. We’d say it’ll even give you joy, but that’s just us. So, the best trucker jackets for your consideration offer up something different than a run-of-the-mill windbreaker for the winter-to-spring transition. The trucker jacket was built with hard work and the open road in mind, so today’s crop features reliable construction and unique detailing (like an above-the-waist cut and a slim fit). There’s a price point and a style for everyone, so you best get to work.Best Trucker Jackets to Buy Now Levi’s Trucker JacketHere’s the brand that practically started it all when it comes to America’s love affair with denim — and therefore also the trucker jacket. This iteration of the trucker jacket is different from what you might call a “denim” jacket because of the detailing, including slanted stitching down the chest and a point collar. With those details in mind, the Levi’s Trucker Jacket is one of the best trucker jackets you can buy now. It’s a pioneering style staple to this day. $129 from Topo Designs $350 from Filson Orvis Highpoint Trucker JacketAnother crucial point to remember when shopping the best trucker jackets – they’re not all made of denim. Case in point: The Orvis Highpoint Trucker Jacket, made with a cotton blend designed to resist wind and rain. It’s the perfect jacket to wear as we transition into spring, especially given its neutral, but outdoorsy colorway. $111 from Orvis Flint and Tinder Type 3 Sherpa-Lined Trucker JacketThe trucker jacket gets a rugged return to form here with this sherpa-lined iteration featuring the timeless “Type 3” silhouette (first pioneered by brands like Levi’s). This take on the trucker jacket is American-made, and it’s perfect for chilly late winter and early spring days.last_img read more

White Russian Wheat Ale Is the First of a New Line of

first_img Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Editors’ Recommendations The Big Lebowski – more specifically, The Dude – has inspired a lot of things since its release 21 years ago. From festivals to craft beers, if you can dream it, you can Dude it. This time around, Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails (which is produced by The Saint Louis Brewery, which makes Schlafly Beer) is using The Dude as a jumping off point as they launch their new line of crafted malt beverages.Starting with White Russian Wheat Ale, the company will be releasing brews that are not quite cocktails and not quite beers. While it’s not an oat soda, (or any of the aforementioned craft beers inspired by the movie), we think The Dude would approve.Saint Louis Crafted CocktailsComing in at 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, this malted beverage has flavors of sweet toffee and coffee, just like the cocktail. The addition of lactose adds the milky layer to really bring the cocktail flavors together. If it’s anything like we’re expecting, it’ll fall closer to some of these cocktail-inspired beers that we’ve tried before. We’re hoping it, and the future releases, will do just that.Sold in 330ml apothecary-style bottles (costing around $12 per four-pack), the company hopes that the bottle (as well as the simple text labels) evoke an air of experimentation, to exude that idea that it’s not quite a craft cocktail, not quite a craft beer.In addition to the White Russian Wheat Ale, the brand is looking to launch four more cocktail-inspired malt beverages over the course of 2019, with inspiration coming from everything from the Paloma to the Old Fashioned.Saint Louis Crafted CocktailsThere is a bit of a caveat with this release, however — if you’re the biggest Lebowski fan in the world (read: people know that you’re going to quote it at some point in the night, because that’s what you do), you might want to start looking at trips to Saint Louis. For now, the beers are only being distributed in the Saint Louis area.The good thing is that while you’re there, there is plenty of other delicious drinking you can accomplish. Not only can you visit Schlafly, but you can check out StilL 630, winner of The Spirit Award’s Best American Rye 2018. Heck, Missouri is also home to some pretty great vineyards as well.To find out more about the White Russian Wheat Ale or any of the upcoming releases, follow @stlcraftedcocktails on Instagram. You can abide by that, can’t you? 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Cheesemakers Whey in on Why Cheese is So UnBrieLievable

first_imgChristian Hansen (left) and Charles Laprade (right). Sam Slaughter/The ManualWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — food and drink editor Sam Slaughter and the inimitable host, Greg Nibler — is joined by the owners of Blue Ridge Creamery, Christian Hansen and Charles Laprade. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Sam Slaughter/The ManualCheese is a wondrous thing, we all know that — but how is it made? Sure, it starts with milk, but what then? Hansen and Laprade explain what it means to make cheese (and how they got into making it), in addition to all of the different permutations possible. Did you know that you could wash cheeses in things other than salt water (did you know that you had to wash some cheeses in salt water)? Finally, the group discusses how to taste cheese and what to look for if you’re trying to seriously evaluate cheese. Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells If you’re a regular listener and a fan of Slaughter’s puns, this is a grate episode for you. Don’t worry, all of the puns are pretty gouda. What we’re trying to say is this is nacho normal episode.By the end, if you decide you want cheese by the end of the episode, you’re in luck — if you visit Blue Ridge Creamery online and type in MANUAL you’ll receive 20 percent off your order.Sam Slaughter/The ManualHave a favorite kind of cheese? Know something we don’t? If you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to subscribe and rate on your favorite podcast app, too!Further ReadingSay Cheese: Your Guide to the Most Popular Cheeses in AmericaHow and Why You Should Learn to Smoke CheeseBe a Cheese Whiz By Knowing the Most Popular Cheeses in Every State An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist last_img read more

Porto Tónicos Should Be On Your Cocktail Radar

first_imgPorto tónicos have been on the verge being an “it” drink the past few years, but 2019 could be its breakthrough.James Beard Award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang sees big things in porto tónicos, mostly because she loves them herself. The drink, a combination of white port and tonic water, is a common occurrence throughout Portugal. White port’s profile lends itself well to be a replacement for gin as tonic’s partner as we all long for sweltering weather. “I have been obsessed with porto tónicos for a few years now and my obsession entered into turbo after I visited Portugal last year and we drank at least three apiece every afternoon,” Chang says.Tomasz RynkiewiczSince returning home, Chang, who hosts events and parties across the country, has started serving porto tónicos at every soiree she throws because of their ease, beauty, and elegance.Chang suggests spicing them up with a variety of tonics, edible flowers, bowls of berries and sliced citrus, and tall glasses. She also uses pebble ice whenever possible in a one-to-one port to tonic ratio. White ports are the classic for porto tónicos, but like every cocktail now, the drink has been expanded to include pretty much every variety of the fortified wine. Tonic water is certainly one of the best and most versatile mixers when it comes to clear spirits, but its uses go far beyond the simplicity most are familiar with. As tonics continue to diversify with a variety of expressions, the category’s versatility is further opened. Chang shared her favorite porto tónicos pairings with The Manual. But first, the recipe:The Perfect Porto Tónico Recipe2 oz white port4 oz tonic waterDesired garnishMethod: Add ingredients to a Collins glass with pebble ice. Stir and garnish.Recommended White Port and Tonic PairingsTaylor Fladgate Chip Dry + Tomr’s TonicThis is served Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry with mint and Tomr’s Tonic Syrup. Chang called this pair a sort of sophisticated mojito. Fonseca Siroco Extra Dry + Fever Tree Aromatic TonicPair Fonseca Siroco Extra Dry with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic and pack it with raspberries and strawberries, stirred with a cinnamon stick. Chang says the package brings out the brown spices in the port.Warre’s Fine Wine + Fever-Tree Elderflower TonicFor a super floral port, Chang suggests pairing Warre’s Fine Wine with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic (or other floral tonics) garnished with lemon thyme or purple shiso and edible flowers like hibiscus. Ramos Pinto Fine White + Fentiman’s Valencia Orange TonicPlaying on the Ramos Pinto Fine White‘s tropical notes, Fentiman’s Valencia Orange Tonic and a pineapple slice bring out the best in this pairing. Niepoort Dry White + Fentiman’s Oriental Yuzu TonicAged longer than the others on the list, Niepoort Dry White is filled with bright citrus notes and goes best with Fenitman’s Oriental Yuzu or other citrus-spiked tonics. Garnished with a sprig of rosemary adds a nice finishing touch. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again)last_img read more

How to Make Hot Sauce Spicy Perfection in a Homemade Recipe

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Steak in the Oven Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes What makes a taco tantalizing, a plate of pad Thai pure peanut-influence perfection, or an omelet um. .. egg-cellent indeed? Hot sauce! That’s what. Adding just the right amount of liquid spice to your meal helps accentuate all the other flavors therein, bringing out the best in each ingredient in the dish. A fine hot sauce is like the punctuation of a great sentence — use just the right amount, and the intended tone and ideas will be transferred with grace. (Use, too much, and — then — the whole thing …  is … no good!!)If the mere mention of capsaicin sets off your Pavlovian reflex, then you have come to the right place. Those of us who have a passion for hot sauce know that almost no food is complete without it (exceptions include ice cream and a limited number of fruits … but who knows what the future holds for our palates?).But how to choose the perfect hot sauce when there are so many available? Do you stick with hipster ketchup Sriracha? Add a bit of Aztec’s Revenge? Turn to timeless Tabasco? Or do you cast off the bonds of cowardice and boldly march ahead, turning left down the hallway, stopping briefly to check the pile of mail left on the sideboard in the living room, and then entering the kitchen to make your own homemade hot sauce? Yeah, you do!Fortunately, as it turns out, making homemade hot sauce is laughably easy. The best thing about the basic recipe I’ll share today is that you can alter it in countless ways. You can add a chunk of fresh ginger, a splash of soy sauce, some brown sugar, change up the peppers, and so forth — what you have here is a recipe for homemade hot sauce that will taste great just like it is, but is, in fact, a jumping off point for your own journey exploration and discovery. Think of yourself as the Hernán Cortés of hot sauce making, but without being a murderous bastard.How to Make Homemade Hot SauceRandy FathIngredients:About .5 lb of peppers (We recommend a blend of habanero and jalapeño, but you need to explore and experiment. Consider poblanos, Serrano, and more. Feel free to add some bell pepper and/or banana peppers for a milder sauce and an added depth of flavor.)1 medium onion, diced (white or yellow, of course)1 tbsp of minced garlic (fresh)About .75 cup of white vinegar1 tbsp or so of saltA pinch of sugar (optional)Pretty simple, right? Peppers, onion, garlic, vinegar, and some fabulously basic spices. Now that we have our basic recipe ready, let’s talk about how we actually make this stuff.Method:Put everything but the vinegar into a blender or a food processor with a pulse setting. (Or plan to spend a long time chopping stuff super fine with a knife, if that’s how you get your kicks.) Now put all that finely-chopped goodness in a bowl and cover it with tin foil (or plastic wrap, but poke a small hole or two) and leave it out on the counter.On the next day, pour in the vinegar and make sure all the solid ingredients are mixed around and fully submerged. Now re-cover the bowl or pour everything into a jar or other container. Seal it, but plan to briefly open or uncover the concoction once a day for the next week to let off any built-up pressure.After a week, put the mixture back in the blender or food processor and grind that goodness up until it’s a smooth, even goo. Or, actually, let’s go with the word sauce, instead. That’s much more appealing and on-topic.There! You just made homemade hot sauce! And the entire process takes about a half hour of hands-on work and only a week of waiting around. Is it worth it? Taste the spicy goodness and you tell me. Or we can cut the chase and I’ll tell you: it is. Editors’ Recommendations Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attirelast_img read more

What You Need to Know About North Carolina Barbecue According to Tyson

first_img A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Have a favorite kind of barbecue? Disagree with the hosts on what is truly the best barbecue? If you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For some barbecue envy, we suggest you follow Arrogant Swine on Instagram. Make sure to subscribe and rate on your favorite podcast app, too!Further ReadingBBQ Tips and Tricks with Traeger Pitmaster Chad WardBeards, Booze, and Bacon: The Swig and Swine EpisodeHow to Eat Your Way Across Texas Barbecue Countrycenter_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Arrogant Swine/FacebookWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — BBB first-timer and Digital Trends (our brother publication) co-founder Dan Gaul, managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, and the inimitable host, Greg Nibler — is joined by owner of Brookyln’s Arrogant Swine, Tyson Ho, to talk about not just barbecue, but North Carolina-style ‘cue.Having been born in New York, Ho wanted to know: Who makes the best barbecue in the country. This set him on a quest that would take him across the country, but he realized one thing soon. To him, the best barbecue was that from the Tar Heel State. After spending time learning from legendary pitmasters, Ho took his newfound knowledge and skills back to New York and opened Arrogant Swine.But what actually makes North Carolina the best barbecue in the country? (Note: The editors do not agree on this point.) What even constitutes true North Carolina barbecue? Want to know where to get that barbecue and fulfill all of your porcine desires? Well, you’re in the right place. ‘Cue this episode up and prepare to be hungry. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Explore 5 Former Soviet Republics on this Hardcore 23Day Adventure Tour

first_img Next Previous This is an adventurous journey designed for amateur and expert photographers who appreciate the value in earning their shot. Along one of the world’s most historical routes — a route defined by centuries of conquering, trade, war, philosophy, and espionage — the 16-person group will have the opportunity to photograph grand palaces, Far East bazaars, Soviet monuments, and royal mausoleums. Specific highlights include a visit to Turkmenistan’s giant, 45-year-old ‘Gates of Hell’ burning gas pit, the city of Merv (a UNESCO World Heritage Site ravaged by Mongolian Hordes 800 years ago), the beautiful Arslanbob Nature Reserve (home to the world’s oldest and largest walnut forest), the lakes and villages of the Fann and Tien Shan Mountains, and the stunning architecture and ruins of some of the world’s most incredible mosques.Not surprisingly, this isn’t your typical hop-on/hop-off bus tour complete with a bullhorn-toting guide reading placards at every stop. National Geographic Explorer George Kourounis will personally lead the trip. Not only is he a TV presenter, but also a well-traveled adventurer and world-class photographer. For travelers looking to up their camera game, Kourounis will share the shooting tips and tricks he’s learned from a lifetime on the road.The intense Five Stans of the Silk Road Photography Adventure starts at USD $5,505 per person including accommodations, most meals, and ground transportation. But, for a 23-day adventure that tackles five of the world’s most off-the-beaten-path countries, that feels like a bargain. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Exodus Travels The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Exodus Travels This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ 1 of 4center_img The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags For better or worse, Instagram can make the world seem like a pretty small place. It’s easy to feel like you’ve already “seen” so much of the planet without ever leaving the comfort of your own bed. But, there are still far-flung destinations that most typical travelers rarely trek to. This year, Exodus Travels is looking to explore no less than five such destinations on one, all-new hardcore adventure and photography tour.The aptly named Five Stans of the Silk Road Photography Adventure looks to be a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime trip. Over 23 days, travelers will walk in the footsteps of Genghis Khan across five countries along the Silk Road. It’s a vast landscape of inhospitable desert, lush valleys, pristine lakes, and rugged mountains spread across the five former Soviet Republics of Central Asia including Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. Exodus confirms, “It’s a photographer’s dream trip – but make no mistake, it’s also pretty hardcore.” Editors’ Recommendations Exodus Travels $5,505 from Exodus Travels Exodus Travels Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuarylast_img read more

Small But Mighty Delicious A Pleasant Cornish Game Hen Recipe

first_img 1 of 3 Previous How to Cook Steak in the Oven Market House Market House Market House Editors’ Recommendations Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Fresh Figs and RosemaryIngredients:2 Cornish game hens1 onion (halved and sliced into wedges)4 oz thick cut bacon4 oz baby potatoes4 oz fresh Black Mission figs, cut in half.75 oz fresh rosemary (left on the branches)5 tsp Kosher salt2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 tbsp honey2 tbsp Saba (Balsamic vinegar can be substituted)2 tbsp light soy sauce1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil1 tsp freshly ground black pepper1 tsp Kosher salt.5 tsp freshly ground black pepperMethod:Remove the Cornish hens from their packaging and allow to air dry in the refrigerator overnight.Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the hens from the refrigerator to come to room temperature. Rub the hens with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.Slice the potatoes 1/8-inch thick, ideally with a Japanese mandoline. Combine the potatoes and onions. Add the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.Cut the bacon in 1.5-inch pieces. Mix with the onions and potatoes. Put the mixture on top of the rosemary branches in a 12-inch roasting pan. Chef Tim McKee recommends an All-Clad oval au gratin pan. Roast for 15 minutes.Remove the roasting pan from the oven, place the hens on top of the vegetables, and return to the oven.Meanwhile, in a small pan, combine the honey, saba (or Balsamic vinegar), and soy sauce. Bring to a rolling boil and immediately remove from the heat. Add the figs to the glaze and gently mix.Remove the hens from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit (about 25 minutes). Spoon the figs and glaze over the hens, then return to the oven.Cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven, discard the rosemary and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.center_img The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Tips for How to Make Your Own Rotisserie Chicken at Home How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Chicken is great and all, but next time you cook, it’s time for you to think outside the cluck. No, we don’t mean turkey, and we don’t mean duck or goose either. What we mean is Cornish game hen.The diminutive Cornish game hen (they usually don’t get over three pounds in weight) is a mix of Cornish and White Plymouth Rock Chicken breeds and has been around since the 1950s when a pair of Connecticuters wanted to develop a single-serving bird (like Tyler Durden’s single-serving friends, but tastier).This recipe comes to us from Chef Tim McKee of Market House, an online meat market that sells, among other things, Cornish game hens. (You can read more on them, and pick up your own hens, here.) If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful dish that doesn’t use your run-of-the-mill chicken, then you should give Cornish game hens a try.Cornish Game Hen Recipe Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Next last_img read more

Disney World Drinking Where to Grab a Beer in the Magic Kingdom

first_imgWalt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is often called “The Happiest Place on Earth.” But if you’ve ever trekked several miles through this Orlando theme park under the hot Florida sun, the one thing that would make you truly happy is a cold beer (and maybe a very, very quiet room for about fifteen minutes).When Magic Kingdom first opened in 1971, you would’ve needed Aladdin’s magic lamp or a fairy godmother to conjure a cold brew. No alcohol was served inside the park, but times have changed, and the Disney corporation smartly realized it was leaving money on the table. Now, every sit-down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom has alcohol on the menu. True to Disney’s reputation for being on-brand, the available beers are selected to pair specifically with your restaurant of choice.Dan Anderson/Getty ImagesSo, after you’ve snapped a dozen pictures of Cinderella’s castle, and you’ve had your fill of the Mad Hatter’s spinning teacups, the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain, rest your aching feet and enjoy a cold beer at one of these restaurants inside Disney’s Magic Kingdom.At the Beauty and the Beast-themed Be Our Guest restaurant, you can get Belgian ales like Saison Dupont and Chimay Blue. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is inspired by Lady and the Tramp and has Italy’s Peroni and Moretti on tap. The Revolutionary War-era Liberty Tree Tavern celebrates America with Samuel Adams (and Bud Light). Skipper Canteen in Adventure Land serves the exotic Tusker Lager from Kenya and a custom brew from Concrete Beach Brewery called Kungaloosh Spiced Excursion Ale. Or, if you’re a big spender going all-in on the Disney experience, Cinderella’s Royal Table has Trois Pistoles and Kronenbourg 1664 on the menu.Be advised that beers are served at lunch and dinner only, and can be quite expensive. Prices start at $7-plus for a Michelob Ultra at the Plaza Restaurant to almost $10 for a Cigar City Jai Alai IPA at the Diamond Horseshoe. Also, it’s highly recommended that you get a reservation for the sit-down restaurants far in advance, as they are often fully booked each day.Walt Disney World in Orlando boasts three other theme parks in addition to the Magic Kingdom and the beer flows more freely in these. You can grab a beer on the street in the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios from cart vendors. In Epcot, you can try beers from countries around the world. But nothing beats the sheer fun of the original Magic Kingdom park and taking a break in your day for a sit-down meal and a beer is worth the extra effort. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

Why We Have the Objectively Terrible Daylight Saving Time

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Keep Your Face Fresh and Protected Using the Best Face Moisturizers with SPF Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra center_img Much like the appendix, the paper ballot, and the cable box, Daylight Saving Time is a concept grounded in reason but no longer of much practical use to anyone.It is, however, a source of immense annoyance and confusion to many. And to those of you soon relegated to spending every one of the few sunlit hours of the late autumn and winter weekdays stuck inside, it just pretty much sucks. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would trade one hour of sleep for months of living like damn vampires deserve neither liberty nor nice linens.”OK, Franklin probably didn’t say that.In fact, contrary to popular misconception, he never said anything about Daylight Saving Time at all. Ol’ Ben did, however, make some satirical quips to some Parisians about how they could save money spent on candles by merely waking up earlier and going to sleep earlier.“An immense sum! That the city of Paris might save every year, by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.”– Benjamin Franklin did say thisTo clear up another common misconception, Daylight Saving Time was not commenced to help farmers. It was simply intended to give everyone a bit more time to enjoy the daylight hours. In fact, many farmers (particularly those dealing with livestock) were initially quite opposed to the annual time shifts, as it disrupted previously established schedules.Tristan GassertThe logic behind Daylight Saving Time is this: Most people are asleep in the early morning when the sun rises. Most people are still awake in the evening when the sun sets. So, if that sunset comes a bit later relative to the hour of the day that we all recognize and follow (the 9-to-5 life schedule, in short), we will all have a bit more time to do things — ideally to go spend money, at least in the eyes of the government.Daylight Savings Time 2019Sunday, March 10: Lose one hourSunday, November 3: Gain one hour 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now But hey, guess what? That extra hour has to come from somewhere, and it’s called: the rest of the year! While much of the spring, summer, and fall enjoy extra light, the colder months are that much darker thanks to Daylight Saving Time. During the winter, most of us are still asleep at the even earlier sunrise and not even out of work (or school or up off of our mustard- and wined-stained couch) yet when darkness arrives in the middle of the damn afternoon.So, if it wasn’t Benjamin Franklin who brought this darkness upon us, whose idea was Daylight Saving Time, anyway?George Vernon Hudson.Just ask New Zealander George Hudson, “Why does Daylight Saving Time exist?” But don’t wait too long for an answer, for this die-hard entomology enthusiast passed away in the 1940s. When not working at the post office by day, Hudson collected insects in the afternoons. At some point, he realized that if the clock shifted periodically to allow for more day-lit hours in the afternoon, he would have more time to collect bugs after work. So he wrote a proposal covering how to change the hour to make the most of the sunlight and presented it to a philosophical society in Wellington, New Zealand. And yes, that really is the forbearance of modern Daylight Saving Time — a guy who wanted to collect more bugs. (He was also involved in some Antarctic exploration and was probably a fine gentleman, all things considered.)During the 20th century, Daylight Saving Time was adopted and dropped several times by many nations, finally being cemented in place by the energy crisis of the 1970s.During World War I, many of the warring nations adopted Daylight Saving Time to reduce the consumption of the precious commodity that was coal. Russia and America did not adopt the Daylight Saving Time shift until 1917 and 1918, respectively, though no “Hey, where are the Germans and/or Austro-Hungarians?” situations seemed to arise as armies stood there comically checking their watches and looking for enemies to fight.During the 20th century, Daylight Saving Time was adopted and dropped several times by many nations, finally being cemented in place by the energy crisis of the 1970s, the same decade that gave us Neil Patrick Harris and Star Wars — so it wasn’t all bad.As for Daylight Saving Time 2019, be prepared to lose an hour of sleep come 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Thanks a lot, bug guy.Article originally published October 2016.last_img read more

Meet the 2019 Dockers Challengers Whose Creative Ideas Help Clean Up Litter

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Previous WWe all know Dockers as the de facto uniform for casual offices everywhere, but when the San Francisco-based division of Levi Strauss & Co., invited an international group of editors and influencers to Lisbon, Portugal, in February to introduce its new Dockers Challengers, there was a collective “huh? Why?” As it turns out Lisbon and San Francisco have a lot in common. They are both hilly cities with winding streets and cable cars. They both have magnificent “International Orange” bridges, and both have had to reinvent themselves after devastating earthquakes. They are also both tech hubs, with Lisbon’s version of Silicon Valley starting as a response to the Great Recession of 2008.  Next What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Next Marishane posits that most of today’s bathing rituals are perpetrated by large companies in an effort to make profits. He points out products like antibacterial soaps that actually need to be on your skin for three to five minutes in order to be effective and those that strip the skin so that those same manufacturers can then sell moisturizer to solve the very problem they created. (I know, I know … I’m a grooming writer … this should be blasphemous for me!). Most of today’s bathing rituals are perpetrated by large companies in an effort to make profits.Of course, the larger picture here is that water shortages are becoming more and more common. Marishane says “China, which has 20 percent of the world’s population, controls only 7 percent of the world’s water supply. Russia, which has 10 percent of the world’s population, controls 20 percent of the world’s water, yet still has issues. As always, those people and nations with the fewest resources will struggle the most.”In fact, 2.5 billion people globally do not have proper access to water and sanitation, leading to populations that are more susceptible to health risks and diseases. Five million of these people live in Marishane’s own South Africa. 1 of 6 Previous Marishane originally created his product with the concept that a bottle of DryBath could be used, brought back to the store, refilled, and used again. He discovered, however, that most of his customers prefer a single-use sachet. While those sachets are currently selling for about 4 dollars a pop, his goal is to drive the price down through economies of scale. His target is 50 cents each so that even the most challenged individuals will able to afford the product, and avoid the health risks associated with not keeping clean. Unfortunately, 2.5 billion people globally do not have proper access to water and sanitation, leading to populations that are more susceptible to health risks and diseases.Each sachet includes enough gel for one cleaning, as well a small cotton towel or wipe that looks almost like a piece of candy: it unrolls into a suitable cloth with the addition of just a few teaspoons of water. “You don’t really need the towel, but we found that people really wanted it.” It is completely biodegradable, and Marishane intends to add seeds to the product eventually, so it could even grow plants if disposed of in the right place. As Marishane pointed out to the group, “You guys are not my customer. You’ve already learned ‘bad’ bathing habits. My goal is to reach younger people…kids who are at that age where they don’t want to bathe.” He’s reaching his goal: Many young mothers have discovered that it’s easier to get their children to use DryBath at the end of a long day, than to force them into a tub or shower. DryBathWhat About Dockers?And so, after all that, what’s going on at Dockers? If you haven’t checked the collection out lately because you thought it was too nerdy or Normcorps, go look now!The company has embraced what they call an “always on” attitude. Let’s face it: Most of us wear the same clothes to work that we wear in the evening and also wear on the weekend. There isn’t the same sense of wardrobe hierarchy that there was a generation ago. Dockers now offers, yeah, classic khakis and shorts, but also great technical fabrics for comfort and ease. DuraFlexLite is a lightweight cotton blend perfect for warmer climates (and has found its way into multiple fashion and style round-ups on this very site). Smart360Flex features four-way stretch and a security pocket. SupremeFlex offers a new tapered cut, as well as amazing flexibility. Check out the website or a store to see the incredible variety of fits and an awesome color range. As it turned out, from an innovative place to innovative people to innovative product, Dockers was challenging indeed. Check out #DockersChallengers, #DockersAlwaysOn, on social media for more insight. Shop dockersSpeaking of office wear, learn how to put your office outfits on autopilot with this guide to all your work appropriate basics. 1 of 8 “My goal isn’t to be a non-profit,” says Kirschner. “It’s to figure out ways that we can partner effectively with brands and entities for the greater good. A ‘certain large coffee company’ approached us worried about data we may have gathered on them. They’re not the villain here. Why not work together to see where change can be made? Maybe we could partner with, for instance, the MTA in New York City, so that if one of our users gathers and tags a certain amount of trash, they get a travel voucher. Ultimately, I’d like to follow the carbon credit model, where a company calculates their carbon footprint and pays that amount to its city or municipality. The city uses that money to create a program for schools, utilizing Litterati, of course. The company gets good public relations, the city gets data generated by students using the app, the students get a STEM-aligned, age-appropriate common core program, Litterati gets some money to make it all happen…and the planet wins! Now, imagine if we can replicate programs like that internationally! That’s when this movement becomes incredibly powerful.” LitteratiWhat’s this About Getting Clean without Water with DryBath?So if Kirschner wants to clean up the planet, Dockers’ other Challenger, Ludwick Marishane, wants to keep it clean. Or at least its human inhabitants. South African native Marishane has developed DryBath, an innovative body wash that effectively cleans the entire body with little or no water. Marishane presented his product, fittingly,  in the Reservatório Da Patriarcal, a 19th-century reservoir that was once part of Lisbon’s extensive network of cisterns and aqueducts. He began by asking how many in the group had ever gone for a day without bathing? Two? Three? By the time he’d gotten to four days, there was only one hand still up, and that was somebody who’d been on an extended trek without access to facilities. In Marishane’s research, needing to feel water, changing clothes, spending time alone, and using great smelling soaps were listed as typical requirements to feel “clean,” but odor was consistently enemy number one for most people. If a person smells, it is assumed that they are dirty, even if they don’t necessarily have dust or dirt actually on their skin. Next 1 of 7 Editors’ Recommendations Using the app is simple. Open it. Take a picture of the trash you find. Dispose of the trash (the app doesn’t help you with that part). Tag the image with various descriptors like bottle, soda, McDonald’s, etc. The app then compiles the data to show where the litter was found, keeping a running total of the number of pieces collected (more than 2.5 million pieces as of this writing), and a leaderboard of the day’s most prolific pickers. The app was demonstrated to the group of visitors the next morning with a tour of the city’s Gulbenkian Garden and down into its major thoroughfare, the Avenida de Liberdade. As litter was snapped, cataloged, and discarded, bits of Lisbon’s storied history were interspersed with anecdotes about Litterati’s effectiveness. “[My goal is] to figure out ways that we can partner effectively with brands and entities for the greater good.”As an example, officials in Bozeman, Montana, used the app to document 4,000 cigarette butts spread across city parks and a five-block downtown area…in just over 8 hours of searching. The Litterati data is now being used to pursue city policies that ban smoking in public parks. A seemingly simple, solution, Kirschner’s concept was savvy enough to raise $50,000 in initial funding from a Kickstarter campaign. He was also a TED resident in 2017. Kirschner even obtained a $225,000 grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program (funded by a group of federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation). The company is currently up for a Phase II grant from the program, which will bring an additional $750,000 into the organization. Much of that spirit of innovation was on display the night Dockers’ kicked off its Spring Summer 2019 Challengers program at a coworking space situated on the second floor of a 19th-century market.The evening saw the introduction of Challengers Jeff Kirschner, founder and CEO of Litterati, an app that helps humanity clean-up our trash; and Ludwick Marishane, founder of DryBath, a product intended to save water while helping people get clean.How Does the Litterati App Fight Litter?Ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re seeing trash just about everywhere you turn? Jeff Kirschner had one of those. While hiking with his daughter, he came across a milk crate tossed into a stream, and his daughter said, “Daddy, that doesn’t go there,”compelling Kirschner to figure out a way to make a difference. The eureka moment led to the creation of his app, Litterati. With a background in advertising, Kirschner recognized the impact that quantified data can have on consumer — and corporate — behavior.  A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Previous What Is the Dockers Challengers Series?A few years ago Dockers created the#DockersChallengers series to follow real people who are making substantive changes in their communities and the world. And by the world, they mean global: Check out the hashtag on social media platforms and prepare to be amazed. Challengers are “ambitious, modern hustlers who make game-changing impact.” Dockers provides a platform to tell those stories, providing much needed exposure to entrepreneurial minds. There’s no financial compensation, but the program provides amazing visibility, not to mention the propulsion of the Dockers marketing machine. Previous Dockers Challengers have included Ross Borden, the co-founder and CEO of Matador Network, one of the world’s largest independent travel media companies, and Zach King, filmmaker and “digital magician” (trust us on this one). Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. 1. Ludwick Marishane, founder of DryBath 2. Challengers Jeff Kirschner, founder and CEO of Litterati The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Funglast_img read more

How to Age Your Beer at Home for Even Better Flavor

first_imgHome cellaring is a common practice in the wine world. Keeping a few bottles of a favorite label of varying vintages on hand is a fact of life for sommeliers, both professional and amateur. As the years pass, a series of chemical reactions between acids and sugars transform the drink into a new and, to some palates, improved version of itself. A simple equation is formulated where the time spent cellaring increases the monetary and emotional value of the bottle proportionally to the pleasure taken in consuming.But who says wine snobs should have all the fun? Beer nerds can partake in beer cellaring experiments of their own, as several types of beer can benefit greatly from a few extra years in a cool, dark place.How to Choose What Beer to AgeBefore setting a beer aside to age, first consider the style of the brew. As a general rule, if a brewer presents you with a “best by” date printed on the label, listen to their advice. Low-alcohol, session-worthy beers will have nothing to gain and will only get worse with time. Beers like IPAs that thrive on a fresh hop premise will likewise fall off the mark. Instead, for your aging adventures, look to maltier fare such as porters, stouts and higher alcohol beers classified as sours, barleywines, or potent Belgian varieties.Adermark Media/Getty ImagesThe Beer-Aging ProcessThe aging process is often referred to as “experimental” because there are no promises for what will happen to your cellared beer with time. Typically, the astringent burn of strong ales will mellow into a sweeter, more palatable sipper. The bitter and aromatic attributes of hops will recede. The specific qualities of the beer will begin to blend and merge into a more consistent profile. Many times, the beer created as the result of aging is wildly different but potentially much more enjoyable than the original.Where to Store Your Aging BeerFor your storage location, choose a spot with little to no light access and a steady, cool temperature. Heat, light, and oxygen are the enemies of beer storage. Make sure the bottles are tightly sealed and that they are not subjected to prolonged exposure to bright lights or warm temperatures. If you feel that your bottle caps need extra attention, you may want to consider dipping the bottles in wax. This optional step ensures that no oxygen will seep in and also makes your bottles look extra festive. Beer packaged in cans is ideal for long term storage as cans completely block light and have tight seams.A common cellaring experiment involves saving seasonally released beers for a number of years and then conducting side-by-side tastings to compare the aging process and determine an ideal storage time for the specific beer. Once you’ve done this for your favorite brews, you’ll have a personal preference established and get into a regular routine of buying, aging, and drinking. Homebrewers can also get in on the act, which will open a window on how their own creations change with time.After all, the joy of drinking is what this passion for beer is all about. It’s not a contest to see who has the oldest beer or the largest cellar. Aging beer is simply one more method to get the most from this delicious hobby. Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene last_img read more

The Best Oral Care Products for a Kissably Clean Mouth

first_img Soothe Your Bristles With The Art of Shaving Beard and Stubble Kit $13 from Amazon $13 from Walmart $6 from Target Hello Charcoal Activated FlossHello has a heap of awesome oral care products, but the brand’s charcoal activated floss might be the best in the game. The floss itself is stiff, yet soft enough that it doesn’t cut into or irritate the gums as you maneuver in between each tooth, and the sustainable bamboo-sourced activated charcoal works to detoxify and remove plaque. And much like the Quip, this little black floss container looks pretty swell sitting next to your sink. For other charcoal activated grooming products, check out our rundown on the benefits and advantages of the detoxifying solution. $40 from Quip Quip Electric Toothbrush in MetalTo put it simply, an electric toothbrush has to be on your radar of best oral care products. They’re more effective than a manual brush when removing food and plaque from your teeth and they’re available in a wide-array of uses, sizes, and settings to cater to your individual needs. Quip is the most popular electric toothbrush on the market and one of the first electric toothbrushes accepted by the ADA (American Dental Association). Not only is Quip’s minimalist aesthetic a beautiful sight on your bathroom counter (well, in this case, mirror since Quip comes equipped with a forever-sticky strip that allows your to store the brush directly on any hard, smooth surface), Quip’s sensitive sonic vibrations are gentle against your teeth and gums to minimize irritation while still retaining its plaque removal and gingivitis prevention capabilities. Replacement heads are also super cheap at just $5 a pop and can be placed on a three-month auto-replacement schedule. A clean set of pearly whites will do more than just save you a trip to the dentist. It could mean the difference between you getting that second interview you’ve been working so hard for, or that second date. The true purpose of good oral care, though, is to protect your chompers from unhealthy plaque build up, bad breath, and the worst – oral cancer. Now, we don’t mean to scare you into taking better care of your teeth, but sometimes that’s what people need in order to take action. Failure to take care of your teeth can have its detrimental effects on both appearance and well-being, so it’s essential that you proactively attend to your fangs each and every day with the best oral care products. We all know that we need to brush twice a day, floss at least once every 24 hours, and be diligent about what we eat and drink throughout the day. However, a truly effective routine begins with a functional arsenal of tools and goods. As with all grooming products and devices, not all oral care products are equal. Our list of the best oral care products for men is designed to cover all aspects a man needs for building good and effective oral hygiene habits, including your typical toothbrush options, a great-tasting, sturdy dental floss, a whitening kit, and more, to keep up that stunning smile you were born with.The Best Oral Care Products for a Clean and Healthy Mouth Baboo Organic Natural Bamboo Toothbrush (2-pack)Bamboo toothbrushes have become a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to your everyday plastic toothbrush with synthetic bristles. Baboo’s bamboo brushes feature an antimicrobial handle and offers both charcoal activated bristles and BPA-free nylon bristles that are softer and more effective at removing plaque and stains. The soft bristles also help protect your teeth’s enamel by being gentle on that key layer and also improve your gum health by being soft enough to allow you to brush them without causing irritation. Waterpik Cordless Express Water Flosser WF-02If you really want to start taking care of your teeth the right way, you’ll also want to consider a water pick. Water picks have become a safer, less stressful alternative to floss. It’s like a pressure washer for your mouth that fores food buildup and plaque from between your teeth and around the gumline, sending it down the drain where it belongs. And because it’s cordless, Waterpik’s newest team member provides you with more portability and convenience than ever before while keeping up the brand’s decade-long reputation as the most chosen water pick for fighting gingivitis. Engineered with an ergonomic design, this water flosser also  includes a rechargeable battery and an easy-to-fill reservoir For more info on how to keep your teeth in top shape, check out these toothpastes that will give you champion chompers. $13 from Amazon 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Crest Pro Health Clean-Mint Multi Protection MouthwashCrest Pro Health is a mouthwash that provides important health benefits that ordinary mouthwash solutions can’t. It’s one of the few mouth rinses that boasts an optimal alcohol-free formula that won’t burn your mouth when swishing, yet it is also effective at killing the germs that cause bad breath and gingivitis, resulting in a stronger set of teeth that will resist cavities more efficiently. $36 from Walmart Dr. Tung’s Tongue CleanerA tongue scraper is a handy companion when battling bad breath. Even brushing well twice a day and flossing won’t get the job done since your tongue harbors most of the smelly bacteria that goes on to turn into bad breath. That’s where Dr. Tungs’ appropriately named tongue cleaner comes in to play. It’s the best tongue scraper out there due to its longevity, portability, cost, and overall results. To top it all off, its curved, stainless steel cleaning edge is more gentle on the tongue than its plastic competitors.  How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running Marvis Whitening Mint ToothpasteAnd now on to toothpaste, which is arguably the second-most important oral care product on this list (coming in behind a toothbrush, of course). Marvis offers top of the line oral care products, including a stellar whitening toothpaste that cleans so well it feels like you just left the dentist. It boasts a lasting mint flavor that will prolong your mouth’s fresh feeling and the xylitol- and sorbitan-based formula will whiten your teeth and cleanse your gums without causing inflammation. Editors’ Recommendations $60 from HiSmile 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard $6 from Target HiSmile Teeth Whitening KitA teeth whitening solution should be used sparingly because it can strip your teeth of their enamel and result in a more sensitive mouth. However, teeth-whiteners are a great tool when preparing for a date night, family pictures, or an event where you want to put on your best smile. HiSmile’s teeth whitening kit has key ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, pomegranate seed extract, and chamomile flower extract to protect against increased sensitivity, while using light to deliver a smile that is up to eight shades whiter. How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more