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May 23, 2013

5 Cool Food-Related Projects to Support on Kickstarter

created at: 05/23/2013

By now, I'm sure you've seen several products being funded through the popular crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, and perhaps even bought a few. Here are five of my favorite food and drink related projects that are live this month:
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May 21, 2013

The Portland Press Turns a Mason Jar into a French Press for Coffee

To date, I have broken four of the glass beakers from my Bodum French Press. Well, I've broken one and my wife broke three, but same/same. It's beautiful glass, but it's thin, and with daily use and cleaning, these things break. And cost at least $20 to replace.

The makers of the Portland Press know exactly what that's like, and seek to remedy it, by creating a new design of French Press that uses a standard (and very affordable) Mason jar… read more


May 16, 2013

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Perfect for that OCD friend of yours that wants to become the most symmetrically perfect chef!… read more


May 08, 2013

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

created at: 05/08/2013

Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season:  winterspringsummer, and fall.    Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    … read more


Apr 30, 2013

Roundup: 5 Awesome Gym Bags to Match Any Style

created at: 04/30/2013

Summer is fast approaching and, after long hibernation, you are working your butt off to get in shape. Protein smoothies? Check! Workout plan? Check! Cool gym bag?

Um, no? Worry not, friend. In this roundup you'll find fit different bags that will fit your budget and personal style.… read more


Apr 30, 2013

The Art of Fixing Things

Look, I'm no handyman. Sure, I'm pretty comfortable around power tools, but if you ask me to look under your sink or which staircases need a handrail according to code, I'ma just Google it with the best of 'em. 

And that's kinda lame, I'm thinking. … read more


Apr 29, 2013

The Perfect Pour Over Coffee Set

Pour over is one of coffee's simplest methods, and one of the most preferred by tasters and coffee geeks. You simply pour heated water over the ground beans through a filter...kinda like a drip machine, except it tastes way better.    … read more


Apr 19, 2013

3 Books That Will Turn You Into a Cocktail Connoisseur

There comes a time in every man's life when, offering a rum and coke to your guests simply doesn't cut it. You may be able to fake your bar knowledge with a few recipes from Google, but that can only last so long. Like a scout needs a map to wander the world , a true modern connoisseur needs some solid cocktail books to guide his journey.

This roundup will take your bar skills to a whole 'notha level. Let's get to it!

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Apr 09, 2013

Pick Your Poison Coasters

Designer Ross Moody of 55 Hi's, who last year brought us the birthday card that turns into a shot glass, now shares this cool typographic coaster set dubbed "Pick Your Poison." … read more


Mar 28, 2013

The Essential Kitchen: The 15 Tools Every Man Needs to Cook Like a Pro

created at: 04/01/2013

Look - I'm not implying I only have fifteen things in my kitchen. I love to cook, to the point that I ask for new tools and gadgets for Christmas and birthday presents. But, I also cook three meals a day at home, and for 90% of them, it's with the same basic handful of utensils and cookware.   … read more


Mar 25, 2013

The Complete Guide to Suits: 57 Rules of Style

Sure, there are lots of these sorts of "everything you need to know about buying suits," or "X number of rules of men's style," posts all over men's blogosphere. They'll tell you that fit is everything, that gray is the most versatile color, and to never button your bottom button.… read more


Mar 15, 2013

The New Briefcase: 7 Stylish, Affordable Options for Every Type of Career

created at: 03/15/2013

There was a time when the professional man had but one look, and when he was dressed for work, things were clear. Along with the suit and topcoat, there was the standard briefcase - the hard, angular, leather box, with bright, shiny metallic accents.

Now, with the traditional office dissolving and the 9-5 work week being constantly reimagined, it's time for a new briefcase: one that will still look professional, just not like Gordon Gekko. … read more


Mar 04, 2013

On Paying Too Little: Why Saving Money Isn't Always Better

created at: 03/04/2013

I mentioned last week that I'd traveled to my hometown for my grandmother's funeral, and to help begin the process of cleaning and organizing her home where she'd lived for the last fifty-two years. I found all sorts of interesting stuff (more to come soon), most of which was still as functional as when my grandparents bought it decades ago, with only a bit of dust or rust to show.

So, when I stumbled across this old booklet in a filing cabinet, I was particularly drawn to the quote on the back, which begins, "It's unwise to pay too much...but it it's worse to pay too little."   … read more


Feb 20, 2013

The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

In 1981, outdoor clothier L.L. Bean published The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors. … read more


Feb 16, 2013

The Great Lake States Project

For those of us in the middle of the country, we don't always know what to call ourselves. Sure, there's the Midwest - but living in Ohio is pretty different than Kansas, and the landscapes of Nebraska and Michigan look nothing alike.

So, I like the designation "The Great Lakes States," and I love this new Great Lake States Project by artist and designer Meng Yang.   … read more

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