When going to or hosting a Halloween party what is your drink of choice? Are you a beer guy? Do you go with a mixed drink? Why not spice things up with trying these great cocktail recipes for you and your friends to imbibe at this year’s Halloween shindig.
The tealogists from Owl’s Brew took their costume tea blends and created Halloween-inspired cocktails with Captain Morgan. The Reaping and Haunted Voyage are two simple recipes that are sure to be a huge hit during this year’s festivities. Owl’s Brew tea is available nationally at stores including Crate & Barrel and Whole Foods and can be ordered online at theowlsbrew.com.
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
6 oz. Pumpkin beer
Directions: Drop shot of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum in a glass of pumpkin beer and enjoy.
1 oz. Captain Morgan® White Rum
2 oz. Owl’s Brew The Classic
Directions: Shake and pour over ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish: Black sugar rim.
*Created by Owl’s Brew
1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
.5 oz. Splash of ginger beer
Directions: Swirl and serve over ice in Collins glass.
Garnish: Fresh ginger
*Created by Owl’s Brew
4 oz. Once Upon a Vine® Fairest Chardonnay
2 oz. Pear nectar
1 oz. Lime juice
.5 oz. Simple syrup
3 Sprigs of thyme
Directions: Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled glass. To spook the brew up, celebrity chef Nadia G recommends freezing a surgical glove.
8 oz. Grapefruit juice
8 oz. Lemon juice
8 oz. Lime juice
8 oz. Simple syrup
1 Bunch of mint
Directions: Pre-cut ingredients and pour into punch bowl. Serves 4.
Are you tired of paying too much for headphones? It seems that each year when a new line of headphones come out the price gets higher and higher. If you want to get a new pair you might need to take out a second mortgage. Luckily for us there the VM Audio Elux Over-Ear Hyperbass Headphones are available.
The feature-heavy Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones utilize best-in-class materials and expert technology to provide a studio-quality audio experience and high-fidelity sound. With BassX technology, these headphones can put your skull is a low frequency headlock and keep you there while you enjoy ultra-crisp and powerful bass.
Even if you’re studying all night or in the middle of a movie marathon, the Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones use AirBass Suspension to give your ears a nice elastic air cushion for extended listening. There’s nothing worse than outside noises pulling you out of your entertainment. Passive Noise Control feature ensures that the only sounds you hear are the ones coming from the Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones.
There’s really nothing like experiencing powerful bass notes in your favorite movies, music, and games. The low frequencies really do make or break your listening experience which is why VM Audio uses BassX technology in the Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones. If you want to hear every single bass line in your music and really feel the explosions in your games, then these Elux headphones are made for you. They produce pure and crisp bass without sacrificing at all on the power.
There are two things that can pull you out of an immersive audio experience: sore ears and outside noises. The Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones from VM Audio have completely solved both of those issues. Using AirBass Suspension, VM Audio’s engineers have created the perfect fit to any ear using an elastic air cushion to deliver ultimate comfort over long periods of listening. To keep those unwanted noises out of your entertainment, the Elux Over-Ear Carbon Fiber Headphones use Passive Noise Control to sit tightly on your ears while still maintaining comfort.
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Black Friday is somewhat played out. The hype for the day after Thanksgiving have lost some of its luster. Well Goose Island looks to bring back some magic for Black Friday, November 28th. How are they going to do it you might ask?
Well they will release their renown Bourbon Country Brand Stout (BCBS) line up of barrel-aged beers through special beer-centric Black Friday events in nine cities including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, New York, and San Francisco. Black Friday has become a beer drinker’s holiday and a true reminder that good things come to those that wait. It’s almost that time, the moment beer fans have been waiting an entire year for, the chance to get their hands on this year’s flock of Goose Island’s award-winning barrel-aged beers.
As the pioneer in the art of aging beer in bourbon barrels, the Goose Island barrel program has set the industry standard, swiftly becoming one of the world’s largest barrel-aged beer producers. First crafted in 1992, the brewery continues to push the limits of their lauded Bourbon County Brand through diverse variants, including Coffee, Barleywine, Vanilla Rye and a special release just for Chicago. The Friday after Thanksgiving, beer fanatics can now share in the tradition by enjoying the 2014 batch of Bourbon County. This year’s variants include the following:
Bourbon County Brand Stout: The Original, a liquid as dark and dense as a black hole. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than an average case of beer. Available nationally in four and 24-packs in 12-ounce bottles.
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout: Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to the brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from the friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. The 2014 incarnation features Rwandan coffee. Available in four and 24-packs 12-ounce bottles nationally.
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine: Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then the renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possess the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging. Available in four and 24-packs of 12-ounce bottles.
Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout: First brewed for the legendary festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoyed this Bourbon County variant so much Goose Island bottled it the next year (2010). People flocked to stores to get their hands on a bottle and have this one of a kind barrel aged stout. Over the years that followed fans express their love for this version so Goose Island is extremely proud to bring it back in 2014. This year’s version features twist of aging the stout in Rye Whiskey barrels instead of bourbon hand-picked from four different distilleries. Each rye barrel features a two pound mix of Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans. This limited Vanilla Rye will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles.
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout: The second annual release of Proprietor’s is aged in Rye Whiskey barrels and features panela sugar, made into syrup with coconut water, Cassia bark and cocoa nibs. This variant is meant to show Goose Island’s immense gratitude to their neighbors in Chicago – the loyal and adventurous fans whose support helped bring Bourbon County Brand Stout to towering new heights. Each year this release will differ from the previous year; a special variant created for Chicago and unique to the year it was released. Available only in Chicago, in 22-ounce bottles.
This is the fifth year Goose Island is releasing Bourbon County Brands on Black Friday. In 2013, at the release event in Chicago, more than 500 people lined up to experience the Bourbon County phenomena firsthand. In 2014, with special Black Friday events in additional cities featuring unique collaborations with local artisans from coffee roasters to donut makers, the company expects an even greater turnout.
To learn more about Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brands and the Black Friday event locations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco; visit www.gooseisland.com, Facebook , Twitter (@GooseIsland) and Instagram (@gooseIslandbeer).
Check out Ty Dolla $ign wearing the Reebok Classic Ventilators while on his “In Too Deep” tour. Dressed in black, Ty Dolla $ign added a bold pop of color to his look with the black/teal/purple Ventilator sneakers from the “Night Vision” pack.
Limited pairs of the Ventilator “Night Vision” pack are available now at Shoe City, Urban Outfitters, Sneaker Politics, and Reebok.com for $85.
The fastest charging portable battery pack. In just 5 minutes, you get enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 5 on-the-go!
Pronto (Promtus – Latin) means quick, like LIGHTNING QUICK, and their battery packs live up to their name. The Pronto battery packs are designed to store power fast so you can ditch the wall outlet and recharge your gadgets on-the-go!
Most universal battery packs give you power on-the-go but take forever to charge. Waiting up to 12 hours to power up these batteries keeps you stuck to the wall and defeats the purpose of portable power.
Power Practical made it their mission to fix this problem by creating a battery pack that charges very fast from a wall outlet. They ended up with a design that allows the Pronto to charge up to 12X faster than other batteries on the market today.
Both Pronto models charge in an hour and are equipped with a rugged hard-anodized aluminum enclosure. But that’s just the beginning of the Pronto’s awesomeness! The Pronto 5’s sleek design is perfect for your everyday adventures. Equipped with a high-power 2.4 A USB port and enough juice to recharge an iPhone5 3 times (4,500 mAh capacity), it is still small enough to carry with you anywhere you go.
Long before Shaquille O’Neal was a member of the NBA championship winning Lakers, or even the Orlando Magic, he was a part of an even greater team – the Newark Boys and Girls Club.
Paying homage to the big man’s roots in “Brick City”, Reebok Classic will release limited pairs of the grey/black/california blue Shaq Attaq IV on Friday, November 7th for $140 at select retailers Eblens, Shoe City and Reebok.com.
Following up two successful capsules, Vans and Star Wars team up once again to release limited edition Vans x Star Wars prints exclusively for the Vans Customs program. Starting October 15, Vans and Star Wars fans alike can customize select Vans silhouettes with Yoda and Darth Vader collage patterns on www.vans.com/customs until November 15. With 27 color options and 24 print swatches to choose from, one can design a shoe that this universe has never seen before.
Embracing the Force, Yoda appears on the first Vans x Star Wars print hued in soft tones. Dedicated to the dark side, Darth Vader surfaces on the second pattern with lightsaber drawn, ready to battle across the galaxy. The limited edition Vans x Star Wars patterns can be arranged across the Authentic, Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi silhouettes in men’s, women’s and boys’ sizes.
The custom Vans x Star Wars prints are available exclusively through Vans Customs from October 15 to November 15. Create your own pair now at www.vans.com/customs. May the Force be with you.
See the entire Vans x Star Wars footwear and apparel collection at: www.vans.com/starwars.
Reebok Classic brings back the 90’s this Halloween with a limited edition color way of The Blast, releasing on Halloween Day, Friday, October 31st.
Featuring a unique mix of dark sage and red, “Freaks of the Night” is the perfect shoe to complete your fall look.
Stand out on Halloween night by heading to Jimmy Jazz, Shoe City or Reebok.com and grab your pair for $120.
Plus although they showed their skills on court with a 97-89 win against the Nuggets, both Isaiah and Gerald showed their true colors and support while laced up in the Kamikaze II “Breast Cancer Awareness” sneakers, where a portion of proceeds for every pair sold will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
Limited pairs of the pink/grey Kamikaze II is available now at Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz, Champs, Eastbay, DTLR, Shoe City, Reebok.com for $110 for Men’s Adult sizing. Grade school sizes will retail at $85 and Pre-school sizing will retail for $50.
I hate to say it but your beer and food go out on more dates than you do. Every time that you go out to eat with your friends your food is being paired up with a beer to complement it. It might sound odd, but the good folks at Negra Modelo feel the same way as I do. Well maybe not the fact that food and beer go out on dates, but at least the pair part. Negra Modelo hooked me up with a kit to make a meal that would pair up nicely with their beer.
Here is what Negra Modelo gave me in their spice kit to use as I saw fit. Not only did I receive these great smelling herbs and spices, but I got cutting board and Negra Modelo glasses for that meal and future meals down the road.
BACK OF THE YARDS GARLIC PEPPER. This blend is a very easy, but very versatile blend made of a nice mixture of colorful, flavorful, coarse cut spices. It is named in honor of the hard working immigrants who made their living by working very hard for very little pay in the meat packing industry. This area was called back of the yards in Chicago. Garlic pepper goes well on any type of meat. Try on steak, hamburgers, pork chop or ribs, pike or perch any type of poultry. Great for robust vegetables, eggs or to pepper up a bland salad dressing. Hand mixed from: Tellicherry pepper, garlic, Kosher flake salt, sugar, red bell peppers, shallots, parsley.
QUEBEC BEEF SPICE This is our best blend for steaks. Marinade steaks in red wine, season heavily with Quebec for at least 20 minutes. When you throw the steaks on the grill, take remaining liquid heat with a little butter, shallots and a teaspoon of Beeftea (or 1 bullion cube) and you will have the best au jus to compliment your steak. Also goes well on pork or hamburgers. Hand mixed from: coarse salt, cracked Tellicherry pepper, sugar, minced garlic, white pepper, cracked coriander.
BICENTENNIAL SEASONING Our best blend for poultry. Great also on Cornish hen, duck, baked chicken, pork of any sort, eggs. The turmeric in this blend gives the poultry skin the most beautiful golden color, your dinner guests will think you are a professional chef. Hand mixed from: flake salt, cracked Tellicherry pepper, sugar, minced orange peel, coriander, turmeric.
BAVARIAN STYLE SEASONING This blend is just oaded with flavors favored in Bavarian style cooking, mainly mustard, sage and rosemary. This salt free blend is wonderful on roast turkey or pork, Cornish hen. It makes a traditional English rack or leg of lamb. Great for slow roasting ribs. Hand mixed from: Bavarian style crushed brown mustard, French rosemary, garlic, Dalmation sage, French thyme and bay leaves.
As I looked over the spices I immediately knew what I was going to do. First, I was going to invite some friends over to watch some football on Sunday. Next I went to the store to get some meat to make burgers. I used the back of the yards garlic pepper and put that blend into the beef patties I formed from the ground beef.
Next I picked up some Negra Modelo for me and by friends. Then I just had to wait for game day. I went to the kitchen before the 1 o’clock game and got to work. I cooked the burgers and had my friends select their toppings. The only thing left we had to do was enjoy the food while we all yelled at the TV for our fantasy players to do something so we could win our respective games that week. At least no one was yelling at me since they all enjoyed lunch!
So what would you make with those spices? Let us know here at MANjr and on social media by using the hashtag #theperfectcomplement. Salud!
Please Note: The good folks at Negra Modelo gave me this kit, yet my thoughts are my own!
On Monday, October 6, Godinez High School music class in Santa Ana got the surprise of a lifetime when Irvine-based band, Young the Giant (toured with Kings of Leon) came by to make an appearance and join in on a special jam session with the students. And it’s all for a good cause – Taco Bell Foundation for Teens (partner of Young the Giant) will be making a $20,000 donation to the school in the band’s name!
Once class commenced, the students started practicing the song, as usual. About five minutes into class, the band made their secret entrance and joined right in, harmonizing with the students without skipping a beat. The students got the experience of a lifetime, but the band felt even more rewarded by seeing their reactions. The day was packed with music, inspiration and happy faces!
Young the Giant was so touched and inspired by the students (many who have overcome serious struggles and remain upbeat and on track every single day), they chocked up on several occasions.
Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and celebrity ambassadors Young the Giant are bringing inspiration to high school students to empower them to achieve más. The Foundation is committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate and accomplish great things through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. As part of its commitment, we have partnered with celebrity ambassadors like Young the Giant to help reach students and inspire them in new ways.