It can be stressful when you are making preparations for your Christmas party. You want to make sure your guests enjoy the food and drinks you have prepared. You might think that you should just use your old standby recipes, but this year why not try something new?
Below are some drink and food recipes that will be a huge hit at your party. From cocktails to appetizers to the main dish, your friends and family will have a Christmas dinner to remember.
1 1/3 oz George Dickel Rye
1 maraschino cherry
¼ oz bitters
1 sugar cube
1 splash water
1 orange twist
1 lemon twist
Directions: In an old-fashioned or rocks glass, muddle sugar, bitters and water. Add ice cubes and George Dickel Rye. Garnish with lemon twist, orange slice and cherry.
Bulleit Perfect Manhattan
¾ oz Bulleit Rye
¼ oz Dry Vermouth
½ oz Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
Directions: In a shaker, combine Bulleit Rye, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth. Shake and pour over an ice-filled mixing glass. Add dash of bitters and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
In a shaker, combine Bulleit Rye, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth. Shake and pour over an ice-filled mixing glass. Add dash of bitters and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
Maple Bacon Apple Scallop Stacks
Makes 1 dozen
Total time: 20 minutes
6 strips bacon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
12 dry-packed sea scallops, tough muscles removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup Crown Royal Maple
2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
1 medium tart apple, such as Granny Smith, halved, cored, and cut into 12 thin slices
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
Directions: In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
While the bacon cooks, pat the scallops dry and sprinkle with the salt and cayenne. To the bacon fat in the pan, add the butter and turn the heat to high. When the butter foam subsides, add the scallops in a single layer. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned and just opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Drain any remaining fat from the skillet. Add the Crown Royal Maple and boil, stirring and scraping the browned bits from the pan, until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar until the mixture becomes syrupy and thick, about 1 minute, then turn the heat to low. Break each strip of bacon into half and add to the syrup. Cook, turning, until well coated and caramelized.
On each apple slice, stack a scallop and a piece of bacon. Garnish with red onion slices and serve.
¼ cup Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 lemon, juiced
½ cup apple cider
1 pound pork tenderloins, brined at least 12 hours (recipe to follow)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
3/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, picked, cored and leaved (see note below)
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 apples, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tablespoon Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum apple butter, per serving (recipe to follow)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450°F degrees. Combine the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, the lemon juice and the apple cider and reduce to 3/4 its original volume. Set aside. Heat a cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add 2 teaspoons of peanut oil when the pan is hot. Once the oil is hot, remove the pork from the brine, pat dry and add to the pan, for a total of 3 minutes, rolling the pork to sear all sides every minute or so. Place the pan in the hot oven to cook for four more minutes, or for an internal temperature of 140°F.
Let the pork rest while the vegetables cook. Once the pork hits the oven, toss the sweet potato, apple and Brussels in individual bowls, dressing evenly with olive oil and salt (evenly divided among the three). Place the sweet potatoes on a sheet pan and roast in the preheated oven for ten minutes, and then add the sweet potatoes and apples on top of the sweet potatoes. Roast for five more minutes. When they are done, remove them from the oven and set aside. When the pork tenderloin is done, remove from pan and rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board.
Present by spooning the apple butter on the bottom of a platter and placing the vegetables over the butter, and then slicing the pork and draping it over the vegetables. Warm the glaze base and whisk in the butter to finish. Pour the prepared glaze over the pork tenderloin.
Pork Brine (Makes 2 cups)
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1/2 teaspoon chili flake
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup of ice
Combine all ingredients except the ice in a pot and heat over high heat. Once the liquid reaches a boil, remove from heat and add the ice to chill quickly. Once cold, pour the brine over the pork and place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours.
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Apple Butter (Makes 9 pint jars)
9 pounds local apples
1 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder
2 ½ cups organic granulated white sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup apple cider (NA)
2 cup Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Directions: Peel and core the apples and cut them into eighths. After coring and peeling, you will end up with about 2/3s of your starting weight. Place the apple pieces in a large bowl of cold water with the ascorbic acid. When the apples are all peeled, drain them and discard the water and then place the apples in the slow cooker.
Combine apples with sugar and all other ingredients and toss well. Turn your slow cooker on high and cook for one hour and then turn on low and cook for about 8 hours, or until jammy in consistency. You will need to be stirring a lot throughout the process but be a careful, as nothing smarts quite like hot jam. Transfer to jars of your choice, just make sure they are sanitized and in good shape. Fill to 1 inch from top and seal with the lids and bands.
In 1992 Reebok came out with their Paydirt Pump sneaker. For those who don’t follow football, the term “pay dirt” refers to the end zone. So Reebok designed these kicks for NFL players to help these athletes reach the end zone. Two guys from the NFL that rocked these sneakers did just that.
The NFL’s all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith was one of those players. Smith was the face for Reebok NFL footwear in the 1990s. Emmitt along with his Dallas Cowboys teammates won the Super Bowl three times that decade and he was the NFL MVP in 1993.
The other famous player that rocked the Paydirt Pumps was Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas. The Bills electric running back was a dominant force in the NFL. He helped lead the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls. Just like Smith, Thomas would often find pay dirt on game day.
Both Smith and Thomas played on artificial turf in their home stadiums and the Paydirt Pump sneaker was built for that type of surface. Other players, mostly at the running back and wide receiver positions, wore these sneakers on the field as well.
Reebok struck their own “pay dirt” when the re-released these sneakers. One colorway that got my attention was the one decked out in the red, gold, and white colors of the San Francisco 49ers. A few months back Reebok released these kicks that originated from the 1990s and it created a buzz in the sneakerhead world.
The “49ers” Paydirt edition has a metallic gold leather upper with hints of red on the midfoot section. The classic strap that made this sneaker popular is also red while the Reebok logo was done in white. I really appreciated the love that Reebok put into this sneaker. On the midsole they added gold accents all around the shoe and the use of solid black coloring on the midsole made the shoe really standout.
They even used red, gold, and white colors for the perforated midfoot panels. Keeping with their attention to detail the word “preseason” is embroidered on this sneaker. On the heel the background is painted gold and the word “Reebok” stands out brilliantly in red with a white outline.
Last, but not least I have to mention the part that made the Reebok Pumps series iconic. It is the “Pump” bubble on the tongue of the shoe. The bubble is white and the words “the” and “Pump” are in gold. I found nothing wrong with this sneaker.
For me Reebok did an outstanding job of combining the past with the present in the Paydirt Pump. For those sneakerheads that love the retro look, make sure you pick up a pair of these football inspired kicks.
Miami turned into the art capital of the world with Art Basel well underway in the city notorious for sandy beaches, hot sun and glittering nightlife.
Drawing 50,000 visitors each year, Miami Art Basel is not only known for leading international galleries showcasing artists’ work (paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, etc.), but also the swanky and sexy celebrity-filled parties including an annual birthday dinner and after-party for record producer, Rico Love (most notably known for his work with Beyoncé, Nelly, Kelly Rowland and TI).
In recent years, Love has celebrated his birthday during Miami Art Basel with a select group of his celebrity friends ranging from Diddy, Kelly Rowland and more. This year, his celebration was made extraordinary by legendary whisky company, Crown Royal. Guests attending Love’s party were among the first in the world to try the new Crown Royal XO – an extraordinary whisky finished to perfection in cognac casks.
So if you missed the first MANjr. gift guide from last month, well we have another guide to help you out. These will make great gifts for you to put on your wish list or for those you need to shop for.
Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, introduces Case Creator, a custom case designing web application. Just in time for the holidays, Griffin’s new online Case Creator offers a simple and easy way to create personalized iPhone cases from your computer or mobile device.
I got one of these cases for someone on my list and I was VERY impressed with the quality of the case. I am not just talking about the quality of the case, but the image that was on the phone case. The image was as clear and crisp as it was on my computer. I know that my friend will love their case for Christmas.
If you can imagine it, you can turn your idea into a durable custom case for iPhone. Upload your favorite picture from your computer, Facebook or Instagram, or create your own design using several artistic options.
There are six layout options to arrange colors, patterns and photos. You can choose from millions of color options for an individualized look. Edit your uploaded photo with filters including black and white, sepia and color inversion. Add a personalized message with over a dozen fonts in an array of custom colors.
Users can select from two types of cases offering different levels of protection: a slim, impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, or a premium two-piece case with a polycarbonate shell surrounding a shock-absorbing silicone lining. Each case uses dye sublimation printing and heat-cured inks to create a long-lasting, scratch-resistant case.
Case Creator, regularly $29.99 and up, launches today with special holiday pricing starting at $19.99 through the end of 2013. Case Creator is now available for iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 4/4s, and will be available soon for Samsung Galaxy SIII and Galaxy S4.
Kinivo: BTX350 Wireless Compact Bluetooth Speaker
Conveniently portable and stylishly compact, this lightweight speaker system streams powerful audio from any Bluetooth enabled device. Enjoy rich, full-bodied sound and dynamic bass from virtually any device with the option to wirelessly stream via Bluetooth, or connect your favorite gadget with a standard 3.5mm plug. Measuring just eight by three inches, this speaker system features a rechargeable battery that lasts for 5-6 continuous hours, allowing you to enjoy your favorite tunes anywhere, anytime. Easily charge your device while listening to music through a built-in USB port while the speaker is connected to an AC power source. For more info on the BTX350 check out the Kinvio website.
SOUL® Electronics Combat+ Over-Ear Headphones
SOUL® Electronics is turning up the volume on athletic training with their new Combat series athletic performance headphones including the new Combat+ Over-Ear Headphones – the first-ever over-ear headphones built for athletic performance. The Combat+, inspired and rigorously tested by SOUL ambassadors Usain Bolt and Tim Tebow, was designed to deliver premium-performance comfort and superior audio to help athletes and fitness buffs get and stay in the zone during even the toughest workout.
These headphones feature Comply™ body heat activated, breathable memory foam ear pads provide perfect fit and comfort. There is an additional pair of breathable, washable mesh ear pads and breathable wide grip headband provides secure fit during exercise.
The interchangeable ear pads make for easy cleaning. The noise canceling feature is for improved concentration and it is also sweat-resistant with a compression fit. The Combat headphones sell for $199.99. SOUL is also introducing the fashion forward Loop series, a perfect gift for a girlfriend who is as passionate about great music as she is about style.
Waterpik’s new Complete Care combines superior Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies in one product and is up to 70% more effective than Sonicare® FlexCare. Now all of your brushing and flossing needs can be accomplished with one convenient device that saves counter space and power outlets. So don’t just brush, go complete. This model offers an easy and more effective alternative.
The Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to be significantly more effective than traditional dental floss and Sonicare® Air Floss for reducing plaque, gingivitis, and gum disease and was proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. Waterpik® Complete Care is ideal for anyone with braces, implants, crowns, bridges, or periodontal pockets.
Fulton & Roark’s Cologne
Cologne stinks, well, sort of. For as long as anyone can remember, cologne has been part of a man’s daily grooming routine. Most colognes serve their purpose of smelling good. Even so, for many men, the risk of a leaky or broken bottle, confiscation at the hands of the TSA, and even the embarrassment of over-applying can make cologne not worth the hassle.
Fulton & Roark’s new solid wax-based cologne solves all the downsides of cologne through a total rethinking of what a men’s fragrance should be. The solid metal case means there is nothing to break, and the ultra-concentrated formula means that even though it lasts as long as many bottles of conventional cologne, it is carry-on approved. Additionally, the wax formula allows for a more controlled application, which makes it easier for men to apply just the right amount of cologne precisely where they want it.
The solid cologne is designed to go anywhere, from a gym bag to the pocket in a favorite pair of pants, and comes in three distinct fragrances.
Tybee: a clean light musk accented with notes of cedar and rosewood
Hatteras: a fresh take on a men’s classic, with notes of vetiver and light spice
Shackleford: a sophisticated blend of sandalwood and warm amber
Today marks the 80th anniversary of National Repeal Day, the day that put an end to Prohibition. This act allowed Americans to drink again and ultimately led to modern cultural phenomenons like speakeasies and TV hit show, “Boardwalk Empire.”
Recently I was able to speak with renowned cocktail expert and President of the Museum of the American Cocktail Dale DeGroff. He clued me in on some great drink recipes that you can see below.
Since today is the 80th anniversary of National Repeal Day I thought I should pass Dale’s knowledge to you. He gave me some excellent ideas to make a few Prohibition-style cocktails to celebrate National Repeal Day! Known throughout the bartending community as “King Cocktail,” Dale has authored many of the most famous cocktail books in American history and has a place in New York City lore as the head bartender of the famous Rainbow Room where he brought classic cocktails back to the Big Apple in the 1980’s.
Dale said that it is great to see people come back to using ingredients in cocktails like they do when they are cooking or baking. He is happy to see the people come back to the world of craft beer and cocktails. Don’t just drink your old standby cocktail of choice, but he feels people should be adventurous when they are out drinking responsibly.
When going to a bar Dale says to look for the bartender who is there to craft the perfect drink and not just there to collect tips. Also look for bars that use real juice. When you have at least these two factors in your corner you are sure to have a great experience. So try out one of the cocktail recipes below and celebrate National Repeal Day!
Dale’s Holiday Old Fashioned
1.25 oz George Dickel No. 1
1 dash DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
0.25 oz Dale’s Cherry Liqueur
0.5 oz Simple syrup
2 orange slices
Preparation: Muddle a cherry and orange slice with the syrup and liqueur and the dash of bitters in a bar mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass add the whiskey and ice and stir Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
1.25 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Dolan Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Campari
Preparation: Pour ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass and stir with ice to chill. Garnish with orange zest.
Gin & It (Amended from Frank Meier’s Recipe)
1.3 oz Tanqueray Gin
Preparation: Prepare in a pitcher 2 hours in advance and refrigerate covered. Serve in a small coup glass without ice or in a small bar glass with ice. Garnish with orange zest.
General Harrison’s Eggnog
1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye
1 dash DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
2 oz. apple cider
Preparation: Build in a glass or mug and dust the top with nutmeg.
Bulleit Rye Sazerac
1.3 oz. Bulleit Rye
1 tsp. demerara syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Preparation: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass.
1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye
1 maraschino cherry
0.25 oz. bitters
1 sugar cube
1 splash water
1 slice orange
1 lemon twist
Preparation: In an old-fashioned or rocks glass, muddle sugar, bitters and water. Add ice cubes and George Dickel Rye. Garnish with lemon twist, orange slice and cherry.
Crown Royal Black Manhattan
0.25 oz. Cragganmore Distiller Edition
0.25 oz. sweet vermouth
1.25 oz. simple syrup
0.25 dashes of bitters
1 piece maraschino cherry
Preparation: Stir all together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
“The One Man Gang” and “The Baron” are two films that Dewar’s has put together to pay respect to those men who go above and beyond. These two personality types each embody the powerful yet refined taste of Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey.
First, the One Man Gang. Ever know someone who had the bulk and the brawn to be the ultimate enforcer, but behaved like a gentle giant because he knew that senseless violence wasn’t the answer? The man’s class and finesse commanded respect, so no one tried anything funny? Then you’ve been in the presence of a One Man Gang. Check out the video here!
Secondly, meet the Baron, a friend who’s always willing to take one for the team. He’s the world’s greatest wingman, who’s always looking out for your best interest, especially when you don’t even realize it. If you have a friend that’s willing to ruin his night just to bail you out of a sticky situation, you know The Baron. See the Baron in action here!
Recently in New York City “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson worked with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum to launch the rum’s charity program called Captain’s Table at City Grit. Chef Hugh prepared some phenomenal rum-infused food and cocktail recipes. He also was kind enough to share a few cooking tips that are perfect for this holiday season.
Hugh is not stopping there. He is looking to have others, who are 21 years and older to share recipes and entertaining tips. This all benefits the worthy cause called WhyHunger. This is a charity that seeks to end hunger by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food.
In the spirit of giving Captain Morgan will donate $1 to the charity WhyHunger to support their hunger relief efforts every time the hashtag #CaptainsTable is used on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Donations will be made now through the beginning of February. The cool part is that we all like share our latest dinner creations and holiday treats so why not help out those in need when you do so.
To get you started here are a few recipes that you can use for upcoming holiday parties.
12 fresh whole cranberries
1 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
½ oz. simple syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 ¼ oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
1 oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. lime juice
Lime peel to garnish
In mixing glass muddle the cranberries, ginger, and simple syrup. Add the bitters and Captain Morgan® Black Spiced Rum, cranberry and limes juices and shake with ice. Pour into a double old-fashioned glass, ice and all, smash style. Garnish with an expressed lime peel.
1 ½ oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 oz. apple cider syrup (recipe follows)
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 pieces of star anise
Ice, enough to fill cocktail shaker with the above ingredients
Combine the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, apple cider syrup, lime juice, bitters, and 1 piece of star anise in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain the liquid into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the other piece of star anise.
Apple Cider Syrup (Makes 1 ¼ cups)
2 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup brown sugar
In a small saucepot over medium-high heat, cook the apple cider and cinnamon sticks until the cider is reduced to one cup, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar and remove the pot from heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool before use.
½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus extra for greasing pan
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting pan
1 ½ cup Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 ½ cups dried figs, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum-Maple Sauce (recipe follows)
8 tablespoons yogurt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour a medium cast iron pan and set it aside. In a small saucepot set over medium-high heat, combine the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and dried figs and bring the liquid to a boil. Remove from heat, mix in the baking soda, and set the mixture aside to cool for later use. In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, baking powder, salt and sugar. Pulse the processor until all is incorporated.
Place the flour mixture into a mixing bowl and add the eggs, vanilla and the reserved fig mixture. Combine until all ingredients are well incorporated. This will be a fairly wet batter. Add the batter to the cast iron pan and bake for 35 minutes. While it’s cooking is a good time to make the sauce. Check the pudding with a cake tester to see that it comes out clean, and remove it from the oven. Flip the pudding in the cast iron pan and add ¾ of the sauce and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Let the pudding cool and absorb all of the sauce. Slice it into wedges and serve with the remaining sauce and 1 tablespoon of yogurt per serving.
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum-Maple Sauce (Makes 1 ½ cups)
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
¼ cup unsalted butter
3 bay leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt
In a small saucepot over medium heat, combine the maple syrup, heavy cream, rum, bay leaves, and butter. Whisk often to prevent the sauce from bubbling over. Reduce the liquid to 1 ½ cups, about 15 minutes, and remove from heat. Remove the bay leaves before using.
It is that time of year where your friends and family ask you what you want for the holidays. For me this is always a tough question. It is not like back in the day when you were a kid and had a wish list a mile long. What seems like an easy and fun question to answer isn’t always the case. To help you out we are going to supply you with a list of some cool and unique items that you would love to unwrap this year.
This version of V-MODA headphones was designed by a crowdsourced collective brain trust of audiophiles, editors, producers, and DJs brings to life the most versatile headphones ever. This latest M-Class is a masterpiece for the modern music aficionado features pure analog soundscape, exquisite style, exotic materials, military-grade durability and unrivaled utility.
The M-100 are exquisitely balanced and unique sound signature characterized by its addictive deep yet clean bass, vibrant mids, and ultra-extended clear and transparent highs. The combination of steel and metal materials lives up to the military-level standards of the MIL-STD-810G testing guidelines. The Boom Pro microphone instantly transforms the M-100 into the ideal headset for gamers, podcasters and broadcast professionals. You can even get laser engraving customization service with logos, artwork, text, numbers and multiple plate colors.
“Assisted: An Autobiography” by NBA Great John Stockton
John Stockton left the NBA after playing nineteen outstanding seasons with the Utah Jazz. He held and still holds a few NBA records, including the all-time assist career mark of 15,806. He also twice led the league in steals, with a career total of 3,265 and retired as the NBA’s all-time leader. During Stockton’s career with the Jazz the team never missed the playoffs.
The soft spoken NBA Hall of Famer tells us why he wrote his autobiography with one question “How did this wonderful life come to find me?” Stockton who has been blessed throughout his life felt the need to share his story with his family, friends and fans through his book.
Even if you are not a fan of the Utah Jazz this book is a must read for sports fans. Stockton is a humble guy. His partner in crime in Utah, Karl Malone said the following about his longtime teammate and dear friend.
“From the very first, I realized that what you see is what you get with John. He lined up without excuses. Stocks never wavered one iota from his beliefs. He never shared them publicly so people thought he didn’t have them. He did, and he stayed true to them.” – Karl Malone
The book is available anywhere books and ebooks are sold and is published through Shadow Mountain Publishing.
The PowerPot is a lightweight thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Simply add water to the pot and place it on a heat source appropriate for boiling water. The PowerPot will immediately start powering up your mobile electronics. The PowerPot comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with devices you already have. The cable has three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire. The solid-state voltage regulator provides up to 5W of power to charge your high-tech devices.
The PowerPot® gives you the power to charge your electronics anytime, in any situation. Use it in the backcountry or at home during a power outage. The PowerPot will charge cell phones, GPS units, iPods, and lithium ion batteries or will also run speakers, lights, fans, or other low-power USB appliances.
The Mamba daypack has an old school-style backpack constructed with water-resistant natural fiber, houses up to 15” Mac/PC, iPad, iPhone and all the accessories you need to power through your day. It is made from lightweight yet rugged water-resistant natural fiber, designed exclusively for booq’s Fibre Collection.
It has a padded notebook compartment lined with a lightweight nylon fabric is outfitted with pockets for iPad, iPhone and pens. The exterior zippered pocket provides protection and easy access for smaller items. It also is equipped with an integrated ergonomically contoured padded shoulder strap.
The Wren V5 is elegantly designed wireless speaker connects to smart devices and tablets, filling any room with rich and superior sound. The speaker has sophisticated styling, rich finishes, subtle curves, and real rosewood or bamboo wood cabinet enhances any interior. There are two versions that easily connect to Apple or Android devices over Wi-Fi – Airplay (Apple iOS devices) / Play-Fi (Android devices). The silicone pad base stabilizes frame and absorbs cabinet vibration, so that speaker can play at high volume without vibrations.
The Wren V5 is powered by Intersil’s D2 50 watt DPS-controlled class D amplifier and has four-layer voice coils provide deeper bass and superior power handling. This wireless speaker streams music up to 150 feet from Wi-Fi router or access point and has a USB and AUX dock charge and connect additional devices.
Aio Wireless: No Contract Service Provider
Tired of your phone’s service contacts? Why not ask for the Aio wireless plan. Aio has reliable nationwide coverage with no annual contracts, simple plans, and straightforward pricing provides no hassle communication. It comes with unlimited talk with every plan and phone, including voicemail, call waiting and forwarding, as well as three-way calling. You also get unlimited messaging, no matter if it is text, picture, or video messages.
Aio has basic phones, latest smartphones, and tablets (ZTE Prelude & Overture, Nokia Lumia 620, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Express & Galaxy Amp, iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c). You can transfer your existing number from previous wireless carrier at no charge.
The MeCam is an inconspicuous and lightweight body-worn camera lets you capture the world as you see it from your point of view. The camera shoots 720p HD quality video and doubles as a 5 megapixel point and shoot camera. It has a built-in LED infrared technology works in picture or video mode, for nighttime or lowlight conditions.
There is a removable SD card and micro-USB port lets you charge, upload, and share footage/pictures as well as control buttons on upper-side let you power on and alternate between video and camera mode. It has 80 minutes of continuous battery life to capture all of your adventures.
If you live on the Westside of Los Angeles, you’ve probably hung out in Venice at some point. There’s just something about that slice of coastline where the bars the meet beach and tourists, hipsters, homeless folks and beautiful people all share the same gorgeous views and breathe in the same kush-flavored, spray paint-filled air.
The best way to experience Venice is to combine day drinking with beach cruising on a warm, sunny day. The Venice Beach bike path is one of my favorite spots in the city. That little stretch of beachside boardwalk fun that runs from Venice to Santa Monica is a great spot to eat, drink, cycle and be merry. It’s actually part of a larger path called The Strand (aka the Marvin Braude Bike Trail) that starts at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and ends 22 miles down the way in Torrance.
The current path was first proposed in the late 60s, but it didn’t receive final approval until 1988. Beachfront homeowners weren’t super keen on the development of the bike trail and all the riff raff it would bring to the area. Sullied views and all. These homeowners managed to block the path from reaching Santa Monica for more than two decades. The full path was finally completed in 1989.
My favorite spot on the path is On the Waterfront Cafe. It’s on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and it’s a great place to eat pretzels, drink Swiss and German beer (Bitburger, hmmmmm) and enjoy fantastic sunsets. Before you hit the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s is a great spot to grab a Newcastle, catch some sport and enjoy a really good burger.
You can carve a whole day out on the bike path. Beach cruisers can be rented at the end of Washington in Venice right by The Whaler. The path cuts through the sand and the Boardwalk and Muscle Beach and more herb doctors per square mile than any other place in LA. This place has its own particular character, and it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
So we’ve told you about some of our favorite Taste Escapes, but Pepsi NEXT wants to hear about your local gems. Follow the hashtags #PepsiNEXT and #TasteEscapes to learn about more cool spots. And if you want to win one of four fun getaways, make sure to visit the Unbelievable Taste Escape site today. It’s the last day to enter!
While I was enjoying my time at the Big Apple Film Festival I wanted to make sure I was taking in all the sights, sounds, and tastes. Yes, that is right I said tastes. You might ask yourself what kind of tastes would there be at a film fest. Believe it or not there were some great foods and cocktails to experience at the festival.
After movie screenings there would be the occasional after party. These parties were a blast to attend. I had the good fortune to talk with some of the actors or directors of those films. These actors and directors took the time to give me some in depth analysis of the films that they were in.
Another cool aspect about these parties was the fact that everyone was so down to Earth. The actors were happy to engage in some conversation about their roles and what their mindset was as shooting began. I learned a great deal from these discussions.
The chats with the actors and directors were fun all by itself, but having the opportunity to try out some of the inspired cocktails for the film fest was icing on the cake. So for those who were not able to check out the Big Apple Film Festival, here are some of the cocktail recipes from the fest that I think you will enjoy.
1 ½ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
2 lemon wedges
3 oz. tonic
Preparation: Build in a highball glass, serve over ice.
1 oz. Bulleit Rye
.25 oz Sweet Vermouth
3 dash Angostura Bitters
Preparation: Stir. Strain. Serve over ice in a rocks glass with a cherry.
.75 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
.25 oz. East India Solera sherry
.25 oz. Ramazotti
Preparation: Stir and strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with an orange twist.