Freezy Dream Treats

Wed, Nov 18, 2015 by

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freezydream_landofnodThere is nothing we like more than a felt bomb pop except, maybe, a real bomb pop. Even though the 1980’s term for the best ice cream man treat of all time is not politically correct anymore, we still love Land of Nod’s whimsical take on the rolling ice cream truck treat selection. Felt or not, these 100% wool delectables might just get a test lick if put in the wrong hands. That would be our hands. A great gift for your kids to start prepping their entrepreneurial spirit. Who knows next summer they might invent the next Chipwich.

Buy: $29 Set of 10

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Visa Lunch Tracker

Wed, Nov 11, 2015 by

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visalunchapp_compositeVisa wants to help curb your appetite and fatten your wallet. On average American’s spend $53 a week on lunch. I can only imagine how us NYers index on that scale. I’d guess we’re scrapping $100. Their new lunch tracker app aims to curb this craving and ultimately help you buy a house or a boat or a vacation or just build that retirement account. For many of us it will help us afford that Eleven Madison Park meal we’ve been jonesing for. The app is part of Visa’s larger financial education program, Practical Money Skills for Life. We could all use a little help understanding “practical” these days even if it results in deferring food spend to another meal.

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Bruvelo Coffee Maker

Tue, Oct 20, 2015 by

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bruvelo coffee maker12 years ago I bought a Vietnamese pour over on the streets of Saigon for 12 cents. Since then a lot has changed in the quality and consumption of coffee in our over caffeinated, craft-focused country. Dustin Sell has spent years perfecting the perfect coffee maker in order to preserve that quality and enhance the consumption experience. He’s so dedicated that he scrapped his first crowdfunding effort because it just wasn’t “right”. Now he’s back with a perfected version that makes the perfect cup of coffee and looks great on your counter top while it pours it’s deep, rich, sweet, bitter, chocolatey, earthy, mellow, nutty, spicy, sweet, bright, sharp, magic.

Pre-order: Bruvelo on Kickstarter

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Oak Bottle

Mon, Oct 12, 2015 by

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oak bottle As cocktail trends get oakier and smokier mixologists are always  looking for new tricks to enhance the taste and the theater of their work. Gone are the oohs and lick lipping ahhs of Tom Cruise flipping bottles. On a recent trip to Milan I had a bartender smoke infuse my Old Fashioned right in front of me. The guys at Oak Bottle are bringing some of that mixology magic to your dinner party or, just your daily post work unwinder sips. The idea was born from the technic of using smaller barrels to “age” wine faster. Taking that a step farther, Oak Bottle aims to age whatever you’d like to put in it. Consider it super small batch.

Pre-order: Oak Bottle on Kickstarter

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72 Hours in Maine

Mon, Oct 5, 2015 by

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Young's Lobster PoundIt’s a bit ridiculous that I’ve been living on the east coast of the United States for almost four decades and I have not explored the coastal towns of Maine. The legendary lobster pounds are only part of why I decided to make this solo drive up to the pine tree state. My other reason was expressly more important. I was hitting the 6 month mark on my departure from Manifold, the agency I started 5 years ago, and I needed to change my latitude. PLUG Corona. Turns out, you can take the ad man out of the agency but you can’t take the headlines outta the ad man.

The 6 hour drive gave me plenty of time to think, catch up on podcasts and stare out the windshield into the never ending coastline. When I did make a stop it was

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Brooklyn Delhi Achaar

Thu, Sep 3, 2015 by

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Achaar is Indian pickles. Besides the puntastic name of the company, Chitra Agrawal and Ben Garthus make a delicious version of this Indian staple. No joke my Indian mother-in-law raved the entire time she cleaned out the jar. We’ve been smearing it on everything from sandwiches to fish. Word is a new flavor is in the works. You can pick up a jar in Brooklyn, obviously, bt there distribution is expanding quickly. Non-Brooklynites rejoice at one of these locations.

Learn more: Brooklyn Delhi Achaar $8.75-$10

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92 Hours in Chicago

Mon, Aug 17, 2015 by

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Chicken Shop ChicagoA few weeks ago I needed to jump over to Chicago for a good friends 30+ dude bachelor party. Unsure of how the impending antics and debouchery would impact my eating hitlist, I decided arriving a couple days early would ensure I checked a few boxes off my growing Chi-Town must eat list.

This video explains it all.

If that vid wasn’t enough, or you are the scrolling type, here’s a few special highlights on the jump.

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A Disnified journey to Machu Picchu

Mon, Aug 10, 2015 by

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MachuPicchu 6That headline might seem like a spoiler but hear me out on this one. It’s not as deductive as it reads. It was 4:45am and I had barely digested the Alpaca carpaccio I gobbled down for lunch the day before in Peru’s Sacred Valley. My eyes cracked open to reveal only a slight view of the tiny, rudimentary hotel room we rented in Aguas Calientes, the base town for trips to the sacred Inca town of Machu Picchu. Our bags were packed and supplies layed out the night before like a military SEAL team waiting for their “go” orders. Ant rustled awake in the bed next to me clicking off the alarm and on the light. Five minutes later we were fully dressed and heading down to the lobby with all our gear. As Ant checked our bags with the front desk I scavenged the complimentary breakfast buffet. Ten minutes later we…

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Salami Sando Battle

Sat, Jul 18, 2015 by

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You probably already guessed a winner based on the picture of the salad above. I know, it totally looks like a giant salad on a sub. That’s Mike’s Deli’s “the works”, which you want to get when you order a sandwich regardless of the seemingly over dressed-ness. This battle is one of taste not looks. And so it begins…

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Gourmet Gamble

Fri, Jul 10, 2015 by

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Cavatelli and fava beansI like nature. I like the woods. I like the effort it takes to get in but I always try and bring some of the creature comforts with me. Specifically when it comes to food. On this years first trip, my buddy Joe and I, travelled to one of our tried and true regions in the Adirondacks but decided to explore a lesser traveled section of forest. That was one of two risks this trips itinerary had marked on our topographic itinerary. The second, I went mad gourmet with our meals in hopes of breaking the bar on the definition of camping food. I don’t think you have to eat freeze dried hiking food, canned beans or GORP just because you’re not near a sink or refrigerator. Sure, I know SPAM makes a great alternative for breakfast but I think we can do better. In fact, for years we’ve been progressively expanding our definition of “camp food” leading us up to this trip which I call FULL GOURMET.

To achieve this level of cuisine while five hours by foot from the nearest kitchen you just have to…

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