Check Out The Latest News On Marvel’s Black Panther

Next month we will able to see another fantastic Marvel hero in his own movie. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther opens in theaters everywhere on February 16th!

Nike Releases The Air Jordan XXXII MVP Edition

In 1988, MJ earned his first league MVP honors. That same year, the Air Jordan III turned in its MVP colorway in the unforgettable combination of Black & Cement Grey. The latest Air Jordan XXXII takes its inspiration from that chart-topping design. It sports black, white and red on the upper and includes the must-have elephant print on the heel piece. An “M.V.P” tag on the inside tongue throws a salute to ‘88 – a glorious year for both the man and the brand.

The show is on sale this Saturday at 10:00 AM EST via the SNKRS app or where Jordan Brand is sold.

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

Tis The Season For New Cocktails

If you have a New Years Resolution you might want to try Naked White Turtle Rum. To make sure a little holiday spirit gets in your glass these next few days we wanted to pass along some Naked Turtle White Rum cocktails. The below Naked Turtle White Rum cocktails will steal the show whether you’re hosting a gathering or want to be the MVP party guest.

With Naked Turtle the season of giving is all year long since every bottle of the gluten-free, preservative-free, five-times distilled rum made, a donation is made to the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) to save a baby sea turtle.

Looking for a New Year’s Eve signature cocktail? Try the Naked Cranberry Fizz a cocktail you can sip guilt-free while you get ready to ring in the New Year!

Naked Cranberry Fizz

Ingredients:

1 oz. The Naked Turtle White Rum

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

2 Lime Wedges/Wheels

Champagne

Directions:

Add The Naked Turtle Rum, cranberry juice, and squeeze of fresh lime wedge to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a lime wheel.

Naked Hot Toddy

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. The Naked Turtle White Rum

3 oz. Apple Cider

0.25 oz. Raw Honey

0.25 oz. Ginger Syrup

2 Lemon Wedges

4 Cloves

1 Cinnamon Stick

Directions:

Add apple cider, honey, ginger syrup, and squeeze of a fresh lemon wedge to a kettle. Heat until warm. Add The Naked Turtle Rum to mug, then combine with apple cider mixture. Garnish with a lemon wedge, cloves, and cinnamon stick.

Naked Cranberry Mule

Ingredients:

2 oz. The Naked Turtle White Rum

3 oz. Cranberry Juice

2 oz. Ginger Beer

1 Lime Wedge

Directions:

Fill a copper mug with ice. Add The Naked Turtle Rum, cranberry juice, and ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cranberries.

Naked Pomegranate Sangria (Serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

1 Cup The Naked Turtle White Rum

1 Bottle Malbec (or Dry Red Wine)

4 oz. Agave Nectar

1 ½ Cups Apple Cider

1 Cup Pomegranate Seeds

2 Apples, Sliced

Directions:

Combine The Naked Turtle Rum, red wine, agave nectar, and apple cider in a large pitcher. Stir in pomegranate seeds and sliced apples. Refrigerate before serving.

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.

Check Out How The Watt Brothers Motivate Each Other As They Train Together

Some cool news coming out of Reebok recently. They announced the launch of the Reebok Hydrorush, the newest men’s functional training shoe from the global fitness leader. Put to the test by one of the most athletic families in sports, the Watt brothers, the Reebok Hydrorush is built from the ground up to withstand the tough workouts of even the highest performing professional athletes.

The Reebok Hydrorush helps enable athletes of any level to attack their workout with the same unyielding drive as the Watt Brothers. With maximum foot security and a full rubber outsole for workouts on all surfaces, the shoe provides everything needed to achieve peak training performance.

Defined by a constant commitment to redefining their own boundaries, J.J., Derek and T.J. Watt rely on the Hydrorush in training to help improve performance on the field. Now, athletes nationwide can join the Watts in their relentless pursuit of greatness with Reebok’s latest release.

Additional technology and comfort benefits of the Hydrorush include:

• Unmatched Responsiveness: Dual density liquid foam technology cushions during high impact movements

• Versatile Traction: Full rubber outsole for workouts on all surfaces

• Dependable Security: Midfoot stability supports quick cuts and changing direction

Reebok ambassador Derek Watt says, “Every time I step on the field, film room, or hit the gym, I try to give it my full effort and leave everything out there. The Hydrorush is the perfect shoe to train in because I can do any workout – from speed drills to lifting and agility – all in one shoe.  The Hydrorush adds tremendous value to my training and allows me to perform at my best both on and off the field.”

“What I’ve learned from my brothers is that what you see on the field is the result of the intense training off of it. As a rookie this year, I’ve had to train harder than I ever had to before, and the Hydrorush is the perfect shoe for me to do this.  It is breathable, lightweight, and a style that I can wear both in and out of the gym,” adds Reebok ambassador TJ Watt.

On the development of the Reebok Hydrorush, Tal Short, Project Manager, said: “We know our customers need to have a shoe that can adapt to their training as and when they need it. We developed the Hydrorush to attack and withstand any level of training, whether it’s professional athletes training to enhance their game or high schoolers striving to make varsity. At an affordable price point of $80, the Hydrorush is an accessible and essential tool for any athlete or individual who’s looking to take their performance to the next level.”

The Hydrorush is now available for purchase at Reebok.com for $80. For more information visit www.reebok.com/watt

DC Collectibles Are Raising The Bar With Latest Justice League Statues

DC Collectibles is the award-winning line of collectibles directly from the source – DC Entertainment.   The collection includes limited edition statues, action figures, prop replicas and busts inspired by DC’s iconic characters and stories. Based on unparalleled access to the source material, DC Collectibles delivers master designs and exceptional workmanship. For nearly 20 years, DC Collectibles’ commitment to quality and authenticity has been recognized by DC fans worldwide.

Recently I spoke with Jim Fletcher who is the Excecutive Creative Director of DC Collectibles. He spoke about the latest that DC Comics has to offer in the of cool comic book collectibles. We talk about the latest statue line from The Justice League movie to how things are made and which projects Jim and his team work on. Jim also tells us who his favorite DC Comics character is. Check out the interview by clicking here.

For the The Justice League statue line there is six total statues. There is Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman. Each statue looks like the actors that played them in the movie. The costumes are a direct representations from the ones you saw in the film. The attention to detail is remarkable. As a collector I have different statues in my collection, but I haven’t seen the quality of craftsmanship for the sticker price of $150.00. Other statues from different companies are more expensive, but really don’t compare to the quality in these statues.

If you have a comic book fan on your holiday list these Justice League statues will make them very happy to find these statues under the tree.

Each statue measures 12-inches tall and comes with an included base. The Edition Size for each statue is 5000. For more on The Justice League statues and other items go to dccollectibles.com.

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.