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May 20, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Negroni

 

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You may not know it yet, but the Negroni is your new favorite cocktail. It's strong, balanced, absolutely delicious, and makes a perfect pre-dinner cocktail that'll match nearly anything you're eating during the warm months.

The drink was supposedly invented in Florence in the 1920s, when Count Negroni asked the bartender to pump up his Americano (equal parts sweet vermouth and Campari, served tall with soda water) with gin.

And if you're brave enough to flame an orange peel, it's totally worth it. The toastiness of the orange oils mixed with the bitters and the spices of gin is a very fine thing indeed.

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May 20, 2010

Free Printable: Save Bookmark

 

When your pageturning gets just a bit too analog, download and print yourself this free "Save" bookmark. Perhaps it'll make you feel a bit more like you have an iPad or a Kindle, but still the benefit of physical pages.

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May 20, 2010

The History and Evolution of the Batman Logo

http://www.sparehed.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/batman-logo.jpgThe Batman logo...talk about brand recognition. That symmetrical slash of black, looking neither like a man or a bat, and somehow exactly like both.

The Caped Crusader has been around for nearly seventy-five years, and continues to be reinvented to keep things contemporary. The same goes for his iconic logo - immortalized in Bat Signal, and in the backs of suburban kid heads circa 1990 after the release of the Tim Burton films. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this)

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May 19, 2010

Jamaican Jerk: At Home, and Illustrated

As grill season continues to be more and more feasible (i.e. the May showers give way to sunshine again), many of us are looking for new flavors and sauce to try on our grilled amazingness.

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So, might I suggest Joe's Jerk sauce, from the fabulous illustrated recipe site, RecipeLook.co.uk. It seems like you could puree it up in bulk, then store it in the fridge for a few weeks.

Joe's Jerk Sauce: RecipeLook

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May 19, 2010

Superhero Lifestyle: The Space Age Mansion of Iron Man

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There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.

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'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital house there.' "

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May 19, 2010

How To: Pair Beer with Food

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The pairing of wine with food is a classic tradition. Sommeliers - wine stewards - spend years training their palattes to not only recognize the subtle differences between wine vintages, but also learn how each of wine's qualities interact with different foods to make a explosive tastebud experience.

But, the complexity and diversity of beer can also match the variety of flavors in your meals. Craft brewers exercise great care to create subtlety and nuance in their brews. So, sure, ambers will always go great with pizza and cheeseburgers, but don't stop there.

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May 18, 2010

Crazy Vintage Men's Knits

I can always count on my friend Gina from Doe-C-Doe to come up with the choicest vintage patterns and retro-crafts from the depths of the secondhand shops.

She's come through again with "Sweaters for Men," featuring pleather pants, a banjo, and plenty of patterns named after car models from the 1970s.

Thanks, Gina. Keep up the great work.

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May 18, 2010

Teenage Mutant Venn-ja Diagram

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VhdC-5Gg7Ok/S_DIfpdBpbI/AAAAAAAAADs/llWoPG8L7uU/s1600/VENNWORLDS.pngYesterday's choice find from Nathan Pyle  inspired me to check out more of the artist's clever work, and I just had to share this one. Though they've become a bit retro-cliche, Ninja Turtles still warm the heart of anyone near my generation.

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May 18, 2010

ManMade Video How To: Shake the Perfect Margarita

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Margaritas are simple drinks, though most of us wouldn't know it. We've been weaned on the sweetened, frozen, bright green slushies that replaced the classic margarita in Tex Mex restaurants in the 1970s.

But a real margarita, made not from a mix but 100% pure agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juce, is all about brightness and freshness. As such, use a silver or blanco tequila, so the oak-aged flavors of a reposado or an añejo don't interfere with the high-end crispness of the Cointreau and the kick of fresh-squeezed lime. If you do need a little sweetener, dissolve just a touch of sugar in the lime juice before shaking...but try the original, at least once, and see what you think.

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May 17, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Everything You Need to Make Great Cocktails At Home!

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ManMade wants you to throw your own cocktail parties, and we'd like to help.

So, during the two weeks of May 17 - 30th, we're giving away a Home Bar Essentials gift kit that includes over $100 of great tools to make it happen. All you'll have to do is grab some glassware and bring the spirits.

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The goodies include EVERYTHING on ManMade's Top Ten Essential Bar Tools, plus plenty of extra stuff thrown in for fun. If you win, you'll recieve:

  • Professional-grade Boston shaker set
    •   28 oz metal beaker
    •   16 oz mixing glass
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Long bar spoon
  • Bartender's bottle opener
  • Two refillable squirt bottles
  • Jigger

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