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Sky Food: Five Chefs That Craft Innovative Inflight Cuisine

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Airline food is often inedible. But these five star chefs are crafting innovative cuisine in the sky.

Food & Drink

Epic Snacks Unleash Your Inner Hunter Gatherer

The folks over at Epic —the makers of protein bars with odd flavor combinations like bison with bacon and cranberry, turkey with almond and cranberry, beef with habanero and cherry, and lamb with currant...
and mint — have come up with another innovative snack idea for athletes, those on a paleo diet, and anyone who wants a satisfying bite to eat. Epic looked all the way to our roots — to the time when...
people were still hunting and gathering to come up with its new line of snacks. The snacks contain two packets, one with beef jerky, and the...

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Food & Drink

Thug Kitchen: Vegan Food With Attitude

Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway, the creators of the bad a*s vegan food blog Thug Kitchen, grew up like many of us did, making quick dinners at home slathered in cheese. Processed food wasn’t looked...
down upon on that era, and drinking green Hi-C and dipping your fries in purple ketchup was okay. Fast-forward a few years to when Davis and Holloway realized that the food of their youth wasn’t the way...
to go. It’s all about fresh, organic vegetables! That’s when the two decided to create Thug Kitchen. For those of you who don’t know, the blog has a...

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Food & Drink

Get Caffeinated: The Manual’s guide to the perfect cup of coffee

Drip, French press, espresso, Americano, latte, cold brew, or cappuccino? From the lightest breakfast blend to the darkest Italian roast, we want you to break the chains of corporate coffee and start...
brewing your own, much more delicious cups of brew.

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Food & Drink

The Neat Ice Kit will Take Your Cocktail Game to the Next Level

If you’re looking to elevate your cocktail mixing game and move beyond amateur status, you need to learn how to make good ice. Nine times out of ten those cubes that come out of your freezer taste...
funky, and muddle the flavor of your hooch. Not to mention they melt like they’re in a hurry and turn your drink into diluted, watery abomination. So to help remedy this problem and help you make...
big, professional, perfectly-clear cubes, Studio Neat has developed a special kit. The Neat Ice Kit consists of four parts — all the tools you need to make fantastic...

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Food & Drink

Athlete Eats – Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals' Pro Bowl cornerback, talks about his favorite places to eat while at home or on the road and dishes about his dietary habits during and after the NFL season.

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Food & Drink

Upgrade Your Eggnog with these Intoxicating Elixirs

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to get your ‘nog on. Though fatty, sugary eggnog already has a lot going for it, you might decide to add alcohol and make it the perfect unhealthy storm....
You’ll hear no objections from us! Still, deciding what to mix with eggnog can be a challenge for the uninitiated. Here’s a quick rundown Selecting your Eggnog We understand if you’re too...
lazy—or too hungover—to make your own ‘nog from scratch. Any store-bought eggnog will work with the ingredients below. If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest trying Organic Valley’s...
Eggnog. Spirits Stick with...

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So Good: Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

We’ve heard of brands collaborating, but beers? We think New Belgium Brewing — the Fort Collins, Colorado-based makers of the beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale — and St. Louis, Missouri-based Perennial...
Artisan Ales are on to something. The two breweries joined forces and thought, why not combine two of our favorite things — chocolate and beer? They came up with Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, a beer...
that is both sweet and salty, perfect for the cold weather and the holiday season. “We wanted to brew a stout with a twist and the result is a decadent treat,” said Lauren Salazar,...

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Food & Drink, Travel

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans

Everybody knows that New Orleans is a food city, but with the plethora of choices in the Big Easy, knowing where to go can be a difficult task. The Manual ate its way through the city just so we can tell...
you where to go. We may have gained five pounds, but we certainly enjoyed every moment of it of eating savory po-boys, mouthwatering oysters and melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches. Commander’s Palace...
Gentlemen, make sure you put your jackets on, this restaurant is steeped in New Orleans tradition. It’s also where Emeril Lagasse got his start. Also, did we mention there are 25-cent...

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Feel Good Friday, Food & Drink

Feel Good Friday – Harmless Harvest

Today we speak to the founders of Harmless Harvest about their awesome coconut water.

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Food & Drink, Living

The Manual’s No-Nonsense Guide to Curing a Hangover

Drank a bit much last night, and now you feel half dead? Check out this quick reference guide to learn how to cure a hangover. We don't beat around the bush here -- we just give you the facts, and a few...
good ideas for getting over this most unfortunate affliction

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Food & Drink

Coconut Organics: A New Healthy Addiction

A healthy snack that tastes like bacon? Keep reading.

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Food & Drink

British Food 101 with Chef Jason Hicks

Chef Jason Hicks, of New York establishments Jones Wood Foundry, The Shakespeare and The Peacock, chats about the finer points of British cooking.

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