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Zach Bitter Talks Running, New Years Resolutions & More

I chat with Zach Bitter, who is an ultra-marathoner and holder of the 12-Hour World Record and 100 Mile American Record with a time of 11:40:55 – 7:01 per mile. Zach fuels his body for these 100-mile races in what most would consider an unorthodox manner, as he follows a low carb, high fat diet throughout training and race day – debunking the myth that one needs to carbo-load before race day.

After having health problems that threatened his running career, he began working with leading low carb researcher, Dr. Jeff Volek of The Ohio State University, to develop a nutrition plan which has proven effective over the past 5 years.

Zach chats with me about getting goals set up for the new year, how he got into running, and how he has recently partnered with Atkins to help with his training.

For more on Zach go to his website at zachbitter.com

Hawaii Looks Good This Time Of Year

Looking for a great vacation this holiday season? How about Hawaii? Airbnb, a people-powered platform that brings together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all into one place, is excited to announce the launch of experiences in Hawaii,  the latest market to join the ranks of other global Airbnb Trips destinations, including New York, London, Rome, Paris, and Tokyo. Starting today, visitors and locals alike can book over 100 experiences across the islands, offering travelers the opportunity to explore the people and places that make Hawaii a truly unique and special place.

As part of a poll on Hawaii travel conducted by Airbnb and SurveyMonkey*,  it was revealed that while taking in Hawaii’s natural beauty is a must do (88%) when visiting,  two-thirds (67%) of Americans want to experience the islands and all it has to offer through the curated lens of local expert. Three in five (57%) surveyed said they want to experience a side of a destination they couldn’t see from typical tourist districts and attractions.

From learning the ancient art of hula and chants with a revered Kumu to setting sail aboard a handbuilt traditional outrigger canoe with a local waterman, Airbnb experiences allow visitors to immerse themselves and celebrate the uniqueness of Hawaii’s history and culture.

Nike Releases Ugly Sweater Dunks

If you are looking for kicks to match or not match your ugly Christmas sweater then you should see what Nike released this month. Nike SB and Concepts are no stranger to collaboration. Among all the work put out together, 2013 saw Concepts bring to life the debut ugly sweater-inspired Dunk in two fitting colorways. Continuing their storytelling expertise, Concepts now lights up the holiday season once again. The new SB Dunk keeps with tradition in a design featuring festive detailing and a printed sockliner for Concepts’ latest iteration of the ugly sweater-inspired theme.

Bulleit Bourbon Has Three Recipes That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

As the winter season approaches we are looking for all the way to keep ourselves warm. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Portland based, Smith Teamaker have three great recipes for you to enjoy a nice warm beverage. The two companies have partnered this season for a creative spin on the classic hot toddy, the unofficial drink of winter festivities.

You can use Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye this winter and you can even be ready for at holiday gatherings with these recipes. You can also use these recipes for National Hot Toddy Day on January 11th. As always please enjoy responsibly this winter as you sip on the recipes below.

Hot for Rye Toddy

Place 1 Smith Teamaker Red Nectar sachet in a cup or mug

Add boiling water, leaving room for the whiskey

Steep 5 min

Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Rye

Remove tea sachet

Recommended twists or additions:

Add orange peel

Add 1-2 cloves

Add 1 cinnamon stick

Add 1 tablespoon raw honey

Garnish with lemon wedge

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker: The wood and fruit top notes and creamy center of the tea complement the vanilla and oak character of Bulleit Rye. The orange peel adds citrus, building on the mulled spices and natural spice elements of Bulleit Rye. Rooibos and Honeybush herbal infusions are both grown and sourced from South Africa. This is a comforting Hot Toddy best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire.

Kentucky Meadow Hot Toddy

Place 1 Smith Teamaker Meadow sachet in a cup or mug

Add boiling water, leaving room for the whiskey

Steep 5 min

Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

Remove sachet

Recommended twists or additions:

Add green apple peel

Add cinnamon stick

Add 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup

Garnish with apple wedge

Shave nutmeg on top of final beverage

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker: This cocktail has flavor profiles of maple and apple, a perfect pair for colder weather. The chamomile in our Meadow tea pairs well with apple and has a floral, woody character. Adding green apple skin adds tannin, acidity and further drives apple top notes and  flavor. Together cinnamon and nutmeg create a mulled spice and apple pie like spice complexity.

Winter on the Frontier Toddy

Place 1 Smith Teamaker Lord Bergamot sachet in a cup or mug

Add boiling water leaving room for the whiskey

Steep 5 min

Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Rye

Remove sachet

Recommended twists or additions:

Add lemon peel

Add French lavender

Add pink peppercorns

Garnish with lemon

Tasting Notes from Tony Tellin, Smith Head Teamaker:  Bergamot is known for its citrus and floral notes. Adding lavender and lemon peel is my favorite way to enjoy this Hot Toddy. I get a lot of vanilla from Bulleit Rye, making a drink that’s a little floral, but not too sweet.

Get A Leg Up On Your Home Furnishings With Captain Morgan

Are looking to have some holiday decorations that are one of a kind? Well now you can. Captain Morgan is getting in on the holiday spirit this season with a limited, exclusive release of the Leg Up Lamp - Captain’s twist on the iconic prop that we have 24 hours to spot on TV every Dec. 25th.

To celebrate the arrival of the season and truly #HolidayLikeACaptain, Captain Morgan is releasing these outrageous 4 ½ foot-tall lamps in the shape of the Captain’s signature pose. They’ll be available for an absolute steal at $499 on captainmorganstore.com, but you’ll have to act fast to get your hands on one – only five will be available for purchase during the Captain’s flash sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13th.

Bulleit Puts Some Neon In It’s Bottle

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is releasing its latest Frontier Works project – NEON In A Bottle – in partnership with neon artist Lisa Schulte. The limited-edition series is available for purchase for neon art collectors and Bulleit fans exclusively on SaatchiArt.com. The launch of NEON In A Bottle marks the first neon art collection ever sold by Saatchi Art.

Bulleit teamed up with the Neon Queen, Lisa Schulte, for a second time to create this historic neon art collection, previously working together to display a dynamic neon billboard displayed in DTLA. NEON In A Bottle features cultural words and phrases completely crafted from neon inside a Bulleit Bourbon bottle. The 13 neon bottles are featured alongside a number of collectable neon artworks by Schulte and select Saatchi Art creators.

Folks can purchase the entire collection or shop piece-by-piece as the perfect holiday gift now via SaatchiArt.com/Shows/BulleitNeonCollection. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to The Museum of Neon Art in LA to fund the restoration of historic neon signs.

Airbnb Celebrates Ugly Sweater Day As You Get The Gift Of Travel

Are you looking to travel this holiday seasons? Get ready to dust off your holiday sweaters in preparation for a memorable season of holiday parties and lazy days by the fireplace. In celebration of Ugly Sweater Day (12/15), Airbnb is showcasing homes that really bring these festive sweaters to life.

The listings featured below make for a perfect holiday getaway with your closest friends and family this year, whether donning a reindeer sweater at a reindeer farm in Ontario or cozying up in a festive ‘Winter is Coming’ sweater in a castle in Ireland.

Nike Releases A Favorite Colorway For The Air Jordan XIII

Nike always seems to bring the heat around the holidays. This year is no exception. In 2005, the Air Jordan XIII arrived in a new colorway, inspired by number 23’s “Black Cat” alter-ego. The new design brought to life a unique look for the Air Jordan XIII with a full leather construction, premium sting ray-inspired detailing and vibrant “Altitude Green” accents. Now over a decade later, the design returns in its true form for the first time ever. You can get yours on December 21st.

Reebok Films Short Web Series With Cam’ron and Trevor ‘Trouble’ Andrew

There is some fantastic new content and event series from the minds of Reebok and Foot Locker that will officially launch on Tuesday, December 12th. The series stars Cam’ron and Trevor ‘Trouble’ Andrew.

For most creatives, 3:AM represents something entirely different from the average person, allowing creators unfettered focus to dive into their work in the early morning hours to further their own projects, collaborate with like-minded creators and ultimate bring their projects to life.

Enter ‘3:AM,’ a new content and event series launching in partnership with Foot Locker that will feature two of NYC’s groundbreaking creatives and their late night inspirations – Cam’ron and Trevor ‘Trouble’ Andrew.

In these videos we follow both Cam’ron and Trevor and get an inside look into what makes these creatives tick.

Man Crates Is Your One Stop Shop For The Holidays

You know when people say this store or site is your one stop shop for the holidays? Well most of the stores don’t fit that bill. One site that does is mancrates.com. From sports to fishing to beer to food anything that you can think of that you might like or your friends might like is right there.

The good folks over at Man Crates sent me a 49ers Gridiron Crate. Now just because my team is not doing well this year and is in the rebuilding stage doesn’t mean that I still can’t support my team or show off my team pride.

When Man Crates dropped off my order right to my doorstep I opened up the box to see a sturdy wood crate with their logo on the crate. I used the crowbar that was given to me by Man Crates to see what was inside my 9ers crate. As I opened up the crate I saw a bunch of items that will make game day that much better.

Inside the Gridiron Crate were four brilliant looking pint glasses with the 49ers logo on them as well as some etched footballs. These glasses are officially licensed by Boelter Brands. There were four Turf Coaster/Bottle Openers that will make you use a coaster without being asked over and over again!

What do you need when you are watching your team play on TV? Food of course. Man Crate also added some game day grub in the crate too! In my crate were a 5 ounce bag of pistachios, a 4 ounce bag of Corn Nuggets: BBQ flavor, a 3.25 ounce bag of Beer Nuts: Bar Mix and a 12 ounce bag of CB’s In-Shell Ballpark Style Jumbo Peanuts.

Man Crates is a great way to show the ones on your list you know what they are into and that you care to send them the very best this holiday season. You can also remember Man Crates for other special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or a new promotion at work.

If sports is not your thing check out the different types of crates they offer. Check out some of the themes they have below:

Folding Knife Making Kit

Hickory Grilling Kit

The Sriracha Crate

Personalized Oktoberfest Stein

The Bacon Crate

Whiskey Appreciation Crate

Beard Wrangler Mini Crate

The cool thing is that they have a wide selection of themes and there is not just once price point. There is a Man Crate for every budget. For more on the which Man Crate you want on your list or to give the perfect gift go to mancrates.com!