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Nov 18, 2014

Fall Grilling: 5 Tasty Recipes to Keep You Cooking Outside this Autumn

Fall Grilling

Even though summer has run it's course, don't put away that grill just yet. We've come up with 5 exceptional fall recipes that are sure to bring out the best of this fall weather. Cold weather eating should include hearty portions, thick sauces, and bold flavors that inspire a long evening nap next to the… read more

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Nov 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Making Saucy Asian Noodles

For some people, fall comfort food is a warm pot of chili. Others love an ooey gooey mac and cheese, and many dig on a Sunday dinner-style roast chicken with all the fixings. And, me too. But my ideal version of what to eat on a chilly fall evening or a rainy Saturday looks a whole lot like the photo above.… read more

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Nov 04, 2014

Fall Inspiration: The Blazing Block is a Portable Campfire

The Blazing Block

With fall in the air, it's best to enjoy the season around a blazing fire. This awesome piece of wood is a portable bonfire that's easy to transport and provides a nice solid fire, perfect for chilly… read more

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Oct 31, 2014

Vintage Favorites: The Classic Rucksack

Ogio Ruck 20

I've always been a fan of vintage designs. Just a few decades ago, almost everything was made by hand and it showed. Designs were simple but durable, and had solid features without the flash. One of my favorite pieces of vintage gear is the simple… read more

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Oct 28, 2014

How to Microadventure, Fall Camping Edition

created at: 10/13/2014The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and yet most men don't feel they have the availability to take the time and experience it in full. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here's an article written by Alastair Humphreys – famed adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and National Geographic's 2013 Explorer of the Year – championing the concept of the 'microadventure.'   

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Oct 13, 2014

5 Awesome Fall Beers You Should Try this Season

created at: 10/06/2014

Fall is officially upon us, with its cool evenings, warm and windy days, and the exceptional flavors of my favorite season. As the weather cools down, we heat the kitchen up with long-cooked roasts, simmered soups, and plenty of spiced deserts. But the changing of seasons also rouses a plethora of fall-flavored beers to compliment the heavy meals the cooler weather… read more

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Oct 07, 2014

How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Liquor for Seriously Tasty Fall Cocktails

created at: 10/07/2014

I'm not much for lattes. In general, they don't do much for me, but I especially can't stand the overtly frothy, foamy ones that demand all that sugar and syrup and whipped cream to cover up the fact that the coffee is burnt in the first place. 

But, I'll admit it: I get jealous that people get so excited about these pumpkin spice coffee drinks this time of year. I like seasons, especially fall, and I wish I could grab a scarf and march right down to the burnt… read more

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Sep 30, 2014

Designated Sippers: 6 Whiskeys You Should Drink This Fall

created at: 09/30/2014

And it came to pass that the season for sandals and gin subsided, leaving in its place jackets and layers, autumnal aromas, and whiskey season. 

So, this is a collection not for the kind of guy who finds a label he likes and sticks with it. Cause, those sort of fellows know what they're enjoying this season. Instead, these are the best-bang-for-your-buck bottles, those that have a great relationship between their price and their flavor.

And by that, we don't mean these are value whiskeys that are simply tolerable or "good for the price." Instead, they're solid, investment whiskeys; some of our favorites that will make you… read more

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Sep 26, 2014

Perfect Fall Project: How to Wax Canvas Pieces for Better Weather Resistance

created at: 09/26/2014

In summer, light breathable cotton works wonders to keep you cool, but as fall and winter weather approaches, it's time to turn to more heavy duty fabrics to keep the wind and water out - wool, leather, synthetics, and… read more

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Sep 17, 2014

How to: Tie a Fly

With summer days going away, the season for serious fall activities has begun. For many, that means cool water fly fishing.

Note, I did not say "for me, that means cool water fly fishing." Because, I have never been fly… read more

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Sep 16, 2014

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Summer to Fall

created at: 09/16/2014

This is the time of year when no one's ever quite sure what's best to wear on any given day. The nights are cool, but the days are still warm, especially in the sun, but then a breeze or the clouds hit and everything changes. Multiple layers are usually overkill, but the sandals are gone, and some flexibility is certainly required to not only look the season, but the feel prepared for the day.

Make it happen with these five summer-to-fall transition… read more

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Sep 12, 2014

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Tailgate

These days, the word "tailgate" conjures up images of cooler and pavement, jerseys and face paint, grills and foldable chairs. But, despite its current association with parking lots and sporting events, it's actually got quite a rich history. Like, older than you think. Like...… read more

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Oct 30, 2013

Food Preserving 101: An Easy Introduction to Process Canning

Easy canning guide

With fall in full swing, the world is full of harvest produce. And the best way to preserve that abundance? Canning time! Learn how to do it at home with easy step-by-step… read more

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Oct 30, 2013

Amazing Pumpkin Arrangements at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

That there triceratops? Made totally of pumpkins. Well, and some welded steel armatures, I'm sure, but the body and details? All actual squash. It's one of several pieces from this year's "The Great Jack O'Lantern… read more

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Oct 24, 2013

7 Ways to Make Your Homemade Cocktails Taste Like Fall

created at: 10/22/2013

Summer is the season of fresh, lively cocktails: Collinses and flips and spritzes and 'garitas. But as the weather chills down, it's time to switch into a more subtle mode. Fall cocktails are all about deep, earthy, and woodsy flavors, those that match the smell outside and the sorts of rustic, homey dishes that taste so perfect on a cool… read more

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Oct 23, 2013

How to: Make DIY Typographic Pumpkins

Fairgoods.com offers this typographic take on the painted pumpkin technique. The… read more

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Oct 22, 2013

13 Stylish Essentials for Cycle Commuters

When you ride your bike in the summer, deciding what to wear is a no-brainer: as little as you can, to keep as cool as possible. But fall and winter cycling are a different beast all together. Of course, the temperatures are cooler, which requires flexible layers, but there's also increased wind and precipitation to worry… read more

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Oct 21, 2013

How to: Fold an Origami Paper Skeleton Hand

A fun, easy project to create while you eat a bunch of candy and watch scary movies this Halloween: fold a papercraft skeleton… read more

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Oct 15, 2013

How to Step Up Your Whiskey Sour: Make a Bourbon Renewal

A sour is one of the original families of cocktails, and, done properly, is pretty straight forward: base spirit, an acid to create complexity and brightness, and a little sweetener to tame the sourness and round things out. Which means: a whiskey sour is a perfect cocktail to make at home, without any need to buy an overly sweet commercial sour… read more

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Oct 15, 2013

Helpful Graphic: Four Essential Scarf Knots Every Man Should Know

created at: 10/15/2013

Over the last few winters, I've tried to become a scarf guy. I've bought a few versatile ones, and store them on the coat rack so I remember to wear them...but honestly, I'm a little lost. I haven't worn a scarf since the snow days of elementary school, and I can't seem to… read more

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