Food & Drink, Swill

Swill: We Drank a Bottle of Coca Leaf Liqueur, For Science

Instead of making you see little green fairies or suddenly decide that going nude sounds like a great idea, Agwa De Bolivia will allegedly give you an energy boost.

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Food & Drink, Swill

Swill: We Drank a Bottle of Coca Leaf Liqueur, For Science

Instead of making you see little green fairies or suddenly decide that going nude sounds like a great idea, Agwa De Bolivia will allegedly give you an energy boost.

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Travel

Micro Guide: Iceland

The Icelandair Stopover lets you take a break in Iceland — and possibly spend the night in a lighthouse — for up to seven days at no extra cost on Transatlantic flights.

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Feel Good Friday, Grooming

Feel Good Friday: Dr. Bronner’s Supports Marine Life Conservation, Fair Trade Practices, and Much More

Dr. Bronner’s is a humble, no-nonsense soap brand that’s dedicated to environmental and social responsibility.

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Food & Drink

Whiskey, Neat! : Tullamore D.E.W The Original vs. Tullamore 12 Year Old Special Reserve

Don't know jack about Irish whiskey? Check out this tasting of two Tullamore whiskies to learn a thing or two and impress your friends.

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Fashion & Style

TGIF Shopping: Wimbledon Inspired All-Whites

Whether they inspire you to live out your tennis player aspirations... well, that's on you.

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Living, Travel, Trekking

Trekking: The Owyhee Rod can go wherever you might wander

Fly fishing is based on a simple concept, sure, but lugging around the...
necessary gear isn't always as easy. The telescoping Owyhee Rod makes it a bit...
easier, though, offering a walnut spool and 13 feet of length when fully...
extended.

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Living, Travel, Trekking

Trekking: The Owyhee Rod can go wherever you might wander

Fly fishing is based on a simple concept, sure, but lugging around the...
necessary gear isn't always as easy. The telescoping Owyhee Rod makes it a bit...
easier, though, offering a walnut spool and 13 feet of length when fully...
extended.

Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it. Fly fishing is a simple sport in many respects, sure, but toting a three-piece rod and behemoth reel with you when hiking or backpacking is easier said than done. The job becomes even more burdensome with the addition of a box of flies, not to mention knives, nets, and any other equipment you simply can't live without. Thankfully, the fine folks of Tenkara Rod Co. build excellent telescoping rods that are perfect for the streams of Driggs, Idaho, or . . .

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Fashion & Style

Columbia’s Most Comfortable Clothes are also its Smartest, Thanks to Textile Tech

They may not have processors or batteries, but smart clothes can react to the...
conditions around you, and make the great outdoors a whole lot more...
comfortable.

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Fashion & Style

Columbia’s Most Comfortable Clothes are also its Smartest, Thanks to Textile Tech

They may not have processors or batteries, but smart clothes can react to the...
conditions around you, and make the great outdoors a whole lot more...
comfortable.

We expect a lot from our clothes. They have to make us look beautiful. They can’t interfere with our lives. But most importantly, they have to counteract the elements. We want to be warm in single digits, cool in the tropics and dry in downpours. In other words, our clothes have to be smart enough to respond to different conditions – just like smart cars, smart homes and smart thermostats. But to create intelligent garments, like one that shirks rain or keeps you cool in the sun, takes more than just a fashion designer. Devising a smart rain jacket, for example, takes a team of scientists, engineers, designers and project managers – like Jeff Mergy. He’s the director of innovations at Columbia Sportswear, and the leader of the Project Innovation Team. Mergy shared what it takes to make clothes as smart as the people wearing them. Raging against rain If you own a rain jac . . .

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Food & Drink

3 Cocktails That’ll Make You See Stars (And Stripes) This July 4th

For your drinking pleasure, we’ve collected three delicious July 4th...
cocktails to try during this weekend's festivities

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Food & Drink

3 Cocktails That’ll Make You See Stars (And Stripes) This July 4th

For your drinking pleasure, we’ve collected three delicious July 4th...
cocktails to try during this weekend's festivities

Come back with us, if you will, to a mild September night in 1787. As the architects of modern democracy were winding up work on the Constitution, they apparently had quite a time at a Philadelphia tavern. According to The Joy of Drinking, in which author Barbara Holland cites a preserved bar tab as a primary source, 55 delegates annihilated “54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of port, 8 of hard cider, and 7 bowls of punch so large that, it was said, ducks could swim around in them.” This Saturday is our nation’s 239th birthday. As an American, it’s your duty to do what the Founding Fathers would have done: get tanked. For your drinking pleasure, we’ve collected three delicious July 4th cocktails to consider during this weekend's festivities. These bad boys are all made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, the beloved all-American spirit. All we ask is . . .

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Grooming

Camera Ready: A Q&A With Celebrity Groomer Kumi Craig

From Kanye to Kimmel - Kumi Craig's grooming skills are seen all around the...
world.

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Grooming

Camera Ready: A Q&A With Celebrity Groomer Kumi Craig

From Kanye to Kimmel - Kumi Craig's grooming skills are seen all around the...
world.

From Kanye to Kimmel - Kumi Craig's grooming skills are seen all around the world. Kumi is known as a 'celebrity groomer' - taking care of famous mugs - making them clean and presentable for cover shoots to award ceremonies. Kumi has given our Manual insiders some tips and tricks to on how to keep their faces fresh and smooth this summer. Summer can make us all look a little extra oily. So what do you recommend to keep our faces looking a little less slick? The Oil Absorbing Lotion [from La Mer] is a staple in my kit. This moisturizer is great for all skin types and climates. It is oil-free and has a matte finish. It is the perfect moisturizer for men, or you can go with their Intensive Revitalizing Mask- I use this as my go-to moisturizer for my kit. It is a leave-on mask that immerses skin and creates an illuminating finish. With this product, skin looks great on camera and i . . .

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Food & Drink

South African Wines to Help Your Grill Game

The South Africans know how to grill and they also know how to make great wine....
We recommend some South African wines that you should have flowing for your...
guests at your next barbecue.

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Food & Drink

South African Wines to Help Your Grill Game

The South Africans know how to grill and they also know how to make great wine....
We recommend some South African wines that you should have flowing for your...
guests at your next barbecue.

We’ve entered peak barbecue season. Every night, you can walk around your neighborhood and smell the delicious aroma of cooking coals and grilling meat. It really is one of the true joys of the summer. Pairing wine with barbecue can be a tricky endeavor. Do you stick to your reds? Do you splurge on something good if you’re just pairing it with something off the grill? And when you walk into the wine store, what the hell country should you choose? A suggestion if we may: South Africa. South Africans are known for their love of barbecue, or braai. Nearly every country has their variation on barbecue and braai is short for braaivleis, which translates to “barbecued meat.” And they have their own rich history wine making to accompany some of their grilled specialties, such as boerewors (thick beef “farmer’s sausage”). RELATED: Essential Guide to Grilling Accessories . . .

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Food & Drink, Living

Man School 101: Understanding a Fancypants Table Setting

It's not hard to properly set a table, but it's easy to screw up anyway.

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Food & Drink, Living

Man School 101: Understanding a Fancypants Table Setting

It's not hard to properly set a table, but it's easy to screw up anyway.

Listen up, men: polite society is calling... are you ready to accept the charges? (That's a reference to a collect call, which is this thing people used to do using landline "tele-phones" and which for a while Carrot Top promoted via TV commercials. Those were strange times.) Sure, you may be most at home enjoying a cold beer in front of a loud TV or sipping flask whiskey by the camp fire, but like it or not, knowledge of basic of table settings is going to be important more than once in your life. Whether you're taking a seat at a wedding, hosting a classy soiree in honor of a local politician, or simply trying to conceal what an uncultured asshat you are from your girlfriend's snooty, blueblood parents, knowing what each fork is for and where the bread belongs is important information. And don't worry, if you're smart enough to remember the following sentence, you're smart enou . . .

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Living

Throttle Jockey: New-think ‘UJM’ Hondas that do it all

Honda is working hard to get new riders on bikes, so they've come up with some...
novel two-wheelers.

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Living

Throttle Jockey: New-think ‘UJM’ Hondas that do it all

Honda is working hard to get new riders on bikes, so they've come up with some...
novel two-wheelers.

Recently, a friend asked me what kind of motorcycle he should get, a request for advice I get on a pretty regular basis. But parts of his wish list for his ideal bike shows how little he knows about motorcycles. What did he want? An automatic transmission. And cruise control, among numerous other things. Veteran riders may chuckle at such apparent ignorance of how motorcycles work, but newcomers to the sport can be forgiven for asking for things like an automatic and cruise. Why? Because these days, most every car comes with both of those features as standard, no matter the price. And suddenly, so do some motorcycles! What did I recommend? Honda has two model bases with most all of the things my friend wants. The first bike is called the CTX700, and the second is its cousin, the NC700X. Here's why they work so well for him and other new riders. To be honest, my initial rea . . .

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Food & Drink

WTF to Do with an Eggplant?

Eggplant may be a relatively common vegetable, but many people simply don't...
know how to approach it. The thing is, eggplant can be thoroughly delicious if...
you learn how to cook it properly, and it's not nearly as hard as you might...
think.

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Food & Drink

WTF to Do with an Eggplant?

Eggplant may be a relatively common vegetable, but many people simply don't...
know how to approach it. The thing is, eggplant can be thoroughly delicious if...
you learn how to cook it properly, and it's not nearly as hard as you might...
think.

If you ever walk by the pile of eggplants at the grocery store and stare at them in a state of utter confusion, you're not alone. Eggplant may be a relatively common vegetable, but many people simply don't know how to approach it. The thing is, eggplant can be thoroughly delicious if you learn how to cook it properly, and it's not nearly as hard as you might think. Looking to up your eggplant game? Here are a few tips to get you started. Stir-fry It   When you have to be out the door and don't have a lot of time to devote to cooking, there are only a few different cooking techniques that you can really afford to use, and stir-frying is one of them. Cubed, skinned eggplant holds up extremely well in a stir-fry, and it has a meatier texture than most other vegetables, lending a sense of "umami" to the dish. Hit it with a sweet, tangy sauce and serve over rice. We love t . . .

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Fashion & Style

BLM Auctions makes it easy to find a vintage watch that won’t break the bank

Looking for a vintage watch at a vintage price? Ryan Miller and BLM Auctions...
makes bidding on, and winning, the perfect watch an absolute walk in the park.

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Fashion & Style

BLM Auctions makes it easy to find a vintage watch that won’t break the bank

Looking for a vintage watch at a vintage price? Ryan Miller and BLM Auctions...
makes bidding on, and winning, the perfect watch an absolute walk in the park.

Anybody who knows a thing or two about luxury watches knows the industry for first-rate timepieces is incredibly lucrative, and only seems to get bigger every year. What once used to cost roughly $900 in the 1980's now runs consumers in the $1,000s — looking at you Rolex — despite minimal alteration to the finished product. Though inflation has some part in this perceived phenomenon, the luxury watch industry has slowly become an elite-only party, excluding many suitors based simply on a product's exorbitant price tag. Related: Gabriel Ibarra redefines the entry-level timepiece with Skywatch Seeing this for the unpleasant trend it is, Ryan Miller of the Lancaster, PA-based Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths, developed a plan to offer swaths of luxury timepieces at prices near, or slightly above their wholesale price. Born from this plan — and an offshoot of the BLM reta . . .

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Food & Drink, Travel

Hoppy Travels: The 3 Best American Small Cities for Craft Brewing

Some cities rise above the rest for their solid reputation of craft beer...
brewing. Here are three of our favorite American small cities for craft beer...
nerds.

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Food & Drink, Travel

Hoppy Travels: The 3 Best American Small Cities for Craft Brewing

Some cities rise above the rest for their solid reputation of craft beer...
brewing. Here are three of our favorite American small cities for craft beer...
nerds.

Modern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology. It seems everyone and their nana is brewing craft beer in America these days. So it’s become damn near impossible to find the truly great brew, to separate the hops from the chaff. But some cities still rise above the rest for their solid reputation of craft beer brewing. Here, in no particular order, are three of our favorite American small cities for craft beer nerds. #1: Portland, Maine Often overshadowed by Oregon’s more well-known city, Portland, Maine doesn’t garner a lot of national media attention. But the city’s been at the bleeding edge of the food and beverage scene since at least the 90s. Allagash, Shipyard, and (just down the road in Freeport) Maine Brewing Company are institutions among Portlanders. But a new . . .

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