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Travel

Bluesmart: The World’s First Connected Carry-On

Packing for a trip can be daunting, especially if you’re going away for an extended period time or need to bring a lot of things, and with airline baggage check-in rates going through the roof, there’s always that risk of paying extra dollars that you don’t want to. Why oh why can’t we go...
back to the days of free luggage check-in? Unfortunately, that’s no longer a possibility. Also, after hearing all those stories about airport employees who steal luxury goods from passengers’ suitcases, it’s not easy to assume that your baggage will be in safe hands once you hand...

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Food & Drink

The Manual’s Quick Reference Guide to Smoking Meat

Entire books have been written on the subject of smoking meat, but don't let that fool you -- you can learn how to do it like a...
pro in just a single afternoon. We've put together this guide to teach you the basics in a flash, and also share some insight into...
the science behind it, so you'll be an expert in no time.

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Fashion & Style

Boardroom to Backcountry: Lululemon Men

Lululemon's new men's line combines the besst of their technical fabrics with sleek, modern styling. New technologies like the...
Silverescent fibers maintain comfort whether you're looking for workout gear to get you through a grueling gym day, hours on the...
trail, or simply set yourself apart at the office, the carefully selected styles will get you through any day.

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Living

The Weekly DT – RocketSkates

Rocket skates have been the stuff of childhood fantasy ever since Wile E....
Coyote first strapped a pair of miniature Acme rockets on an old pair of roller...
skates as part of a harebrained scheme devised to capture The Road Runner. Now,...
some 62 years later, RocketSkates are finally a real thing.

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Living

Dance at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

In two weeks, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns for its seventh...
year. Taking place across 10 venues, the two-day fest celebrates both emerging...
and established artists from NYC and beyond including Machinedrum, Little Boots...
and Damian Lazarus.

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Fashion & Style

How To Choose the Perfect Blazer

Looking to buy a blazer, but aren't sure what to look for? We consulted our...
good friend Alex Wilcox of Lord Willy's haberdashery for some tips on choosing...
a good one, and put his advice in this simple, quick-reference guide.

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Food & Drink

Choosing a bottle of wine with E&R wine shop

We set out to get some tips and tricks for sounding like an wine expert, but...
what we got was a wealth of expertise that will hopefully keep you from being...
intimidated when you pop open that wine list. No tricks or secret methods here,...
just two enthusiasts sharing their hard-earned experience.

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Fashion & Style, The Manual Wind

The Manual Wind: Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer Blacktop

Ulysse Nardin proves that all black watches are more than just about...
appearance. Their new Blacktop coating technology brings the Maxi Marine...
Chronometer to the dark side.

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Fashion & Style, Worn Out Wednesday

Worn Out Wednesday – Roman Roth

Today we speak to German winemaker Roman Roth. I was born in Rottweil, Germany....
My father was a cooper, winemaker and distiller; he and my mother started a...
wine merchant business. I grew up in a wonderful family and was fortunate to...
learn at an early age about fine wine and good food.   I started my career in...
winemaking as an apprentice, got a master’s degree and gained further...
experience working in California and Australia. In 1992, I followed the call...
from Christian Wölffer to become the winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. My...
stylish wife, Dushy, and I relocated...

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Grooming

Hand-Forged Grooming Gear from Studebaker Metals

Studebaker Metals is a small metalworking operation based in Pittsburg, PA that...
makes a unique line of shaving tools and other everyday accessories. Every...
piece in their collection is made the oldschool way -- pounded out with a...
hammer, anvil, and a few other basic hand tools

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Food & Drink

Espolòn Añejo: Tequila Aged in Wild Turkey Casks

This month, Espolòn Tequila brought their Añejo tequila to the United States...
for the first time ever. The Añejo is aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels,...
which adds an extra level of flavor for the tequila connoisseur.

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Living, Travel, Trekking

Trekking: Soak it up with Nomad’s Collapsible Hot Tub

While stumbling upon a geothermal spring is convenient, it's not something you...
can rely on. The original Nomad Collapsible Hot Tub is, though, providing you...
with a simple means for soaking your bones when you're away from home.

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Fashion & Style

The Manual’s Top 5 Chambray Shirts for Fall

In terms of getting dressed, fall is a tricky season. The urge to wrap-up in a...
substantial knit is still a little premature yet; a t-shirt can leave you...
feeling a little too fresh. Which brings us to the chambray shirt - the ideal...
staple for those lukewarm fall days. Read on for a shortlist of our five...
current favorites.

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