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Sep 13, 2018

7 Stylish Coffee Mugs That Will Make Everyone Else in Your Office Jealous

Stylish coffee mugs to buy or give for men

When I think back to my first office job, I learned two key takeaways: 1) always share your process and thinking with your supervisor, and don't hold out til the end to show them the completed project and 2) drink a bunch of liquids all day long so you'll have to get up to go the bathroom. 

Seriously. Moving about the office gets you up and out of your seat, your eyes off the computer screen, and the ability to mingle a bit with your coworkers. And while we recommend switching to water after 11:00am, it's nice to enjoy a few small personal mugs of coffee vs. a huge thermos. It always stays hot, and remains fun to sip the whole morning

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Aug 21, 2018

Keeping Up With the Quotes! 10 Movies that People Love To Reference

Keeping up with pop culture can feel like a chore, especially if you find yourself in crowds where making casual reference to what you watch and listen to is part of day-to-day communication. Some aspects of the culture are just too vast to ever totally simplify. (Call me old, but I can never keep track with how quickly pop singers come into huge popularity and then seem to disappear.)

But more manageable than music are movies, which don't tend to get to reference-able level until it has not only saturated the audience, but also soaked deep into our memetic fibers. But in some cases, this takes a long time, and some of the films people

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Jun 28, 2018

Ten Great Food Moments from Ten Great Books (with Recipes!)

The best kind of writing, fiction or otherwise, is the kind that produces a strong mental image of what you're reading about. It's vivid and concrete; it's why metaphors and parables exist. To quote Strunk & White: "The greatest writers—Homer, Dante, Shakespeare—are effective largely because they deal in particulars and report the details that matter. Their words call up pictures."

One of my favorite ways that writers bring their stories closer to reality is when they plop descriptions onto my mental dinner table. Maybe it's because I just love eating, so I don't need a lot of arm-twisting to think about food; maybe it's that I like it when the lines between fiction and reality blur, like Mac Barnett waxes about in his TED talk "Why a good book is like a secret door." Regardless, I'm fascinated with collecting moments of characters interacting with their victuals.

Here are some of my favorite food mentions in books, linked up with recipes.

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Jun 19, 2018

10 YouTube Channels Every Leather Worker Should Watch

Leatherworking may start out as a hobby, but somewhere along the way, you're going to get hooked. So whether you're just getting started or well into the craft, here are a few free content channels to give you a boost down that well-tanned road.

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Jun 07, 2018

7 Solid Father/Son Movies to Watch This Father's Day

Dads: we've all got 'em. They impact our lives enormously, whether present or absent. And boy, that father-son dynamic—it's a particularly potent combination, especially as sons grow into men. The relationship between dads and sons can be really satisfying, or really sour. 

One thing's for sure: whether he wants to admit it or not, every man wants to hear some form of a hearty, sincere "good job, son" from his dad. And when he doesn't get it—either from straight-up disapproval or, more often, distance, the relationship strains under the weight of the son's resentment. 

Whether your dad's your hero or your frenemy, whether you're mourning his loss or you want to live on the opposite end of the world as him, here's a short Father's Day list of father-son film pairings guaranteed to give you a bad case of sweaty eyes.

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Apr 30, 2018

Lazy Food: 7 Weeknight Dinners to Keep in Mind When You Don't Feel Like Cooking

This happens to me way more often than it should––the day has gone longer than expected, I didn't plan carefully enough for what I was going to eat, and now I am home and hungry, without a plan. For much of my life, this has been a recipe to order something, pick up something, or heat up something frozen and in a box. But now I live in a place where few things deliver, the only foods close by are not conducive to living (or sleeping) well, and I have stopped allowing myself to buy things that come in frozen boxes, no matter how lazy I may be feeling.

If I have all the time and money in the world, I love to shop and cook. But my foodie

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Apr 17, 2018

Get a Tax Refund This Year? Here are 9 Things We Think You Should Spend It On

Ideally, the details following your tax return would be rather uneventful. You'd have withheld the exact right amount, and paid the appropriate estimated taxes, and your post-April 15 results would be pretty neutral: the IRS has its money, you have yours, and the two of you can check in again next spring.

Of course, that's never what happens, and Tax Day inevitably goes in the two obvious directions: you still owe more, or you get a refund. If you're a small business owner or freelancer, like me, you nearly always end up on one side of that equation. But, every so often, there are those glorious years that go down in history as that-one-time-you-got-a-tax-refund, and you get an unexpected check with which you may do whatever you like.   

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Mar 29, 2018

These Five Episodes Will Make You Fall In Love With This Youtube Series

We're living in a golden age of food media. Between exceptional print magazines like the gone-too-soon Lucky Peach and Bon Appetite, to Netflix shows like Chef's Table and PBS's Mind of a Chef, to David Chang's recent discussion of a developing food media empire, there is just so much professional-level food edu-tainment that an interested viewer need never go hungry. 

And yet, even though the space is saturated with quality content, amateur programs are still finding their niche in online forums.

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Mar 27, 2018

8 Truly Extraordinary Whiskeys Under $75

Look. We love a solid, affordable whisk(e)y roundup. We've certainly written our share on ManMade: see here, here, here, and here. But there are times in life where "good enough" isn't... those times where you're really to spend a little more to experience something seriously amazing.    

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Feb 01, 2018

The Irish Whisky Renaissance is Real.

Years ago, I'd meet mine a friend at a bar in New York's Upper East Side that was between our two apartments––just close enough for each of us that we could walk home safely while being substantially into our cups. When we would stay late, the bartender would get friendlier and friendlier with free drinks and generous pours. It was jovial and warm and a fine place to spend some time with good company. When we were ready to pay our tab, the bartender––who was well past friendly at that point––poured us a trio of shots to send us on our way. Inevitably, as with bars throughout the U.S. (unless you are from the very South and West), he was pouring from a bottle of Jameson's. By and large, that is how whisky works in America. If you mean to order Scotch or Bourbon or Rye, you name those specifically. But if you just order "whisky" there's a good chance it'll be Irish.     

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Aug 08, 2016

Have You Tried These? You Definitely Should Be Making Grilled Oysters For Your Next Cookout

Grilled OysterLooking for something beyond burgers and dogs to toss over the coals and infuse with the flavors of summer? How about grilling up some seriously tasty oysters? It's easier than you think.   

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Jun 29, 2016

5 High-in-Protein Meat Alternatives...That Actually Taste Delicious

created at: 06/28/2016

Healthy protein intake is essential for all of us, and especially important for adult men. Unfortunately, for lots of us, the standard delivery system - namely, the muscles of animals - can be high in fat, cholesterol, and other baddies that need to be taken in moderation. So? Try these meat-free protein-laden alternatives that are worthy of a Game of Thrones warrior. True fact. Or something....

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Feb 26, 2014

Roundup: 10 Favorite iPhone Cases for the Stylish Guy

iPhone Camera Case

In the era when everyone's phone looks basically the same, it's time to reskin your digital sidekick with a new suit.

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Oct 11, 2013

8 Tasty Fall Soups to Make this Weekend

created at: 10/11/2013

Look, there's nothing new to say about how amazing a warm, filling bowl of soup tastes during these crisp fall days. Autumn is awesome, soup is awesome, and there's no time like this weekend to whip some up. 

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Sep 04, 2013

Roundup: 7 Manly Modern Accents for Your Home

METAL-WRAPPED WOOD TRAYS

To step up a room in your home and apartment, sometimes all you need is a single accent piece or focal point to set it off...no major makeovers required. 

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Aug 28, 2013

Roundup: 6 Random Items You Totally Need NOW

DUSTPAN + BRUSH SET - BLACK

This week, I've come across some seriously amazing items featuring awesome design, each stylish and useful in your daily life. 

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Aug 06, 2013

Roundup: 6 Mouthwatering Burger Recipes

Porcini Mushroom burgers by Use Real Butter [http://userealbutter.com/2013/07/14/porcini-mushroom-gruyere-burgers-recipe/]

Try not to drool all over the keyboard while your eyes feast on these amazingly flavourful burger recipes. Fire up the grill and join us in the kitchen!

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Aug 01, 2013

5 Ways to Wear Colorful Shorts without Looking like a Weirdo

Photo via [http://www.gq.com.mx/galerias/los-mejores-shorts-para-vestir-en-el-verano/1078/image/28655]

The ManMade approach to style has always been to seek out the classics. And true, layered and subdued works in the winter, but summer's the time for embracing the season and trying new things. So, go out on a limb and check out these ideas for wearing colorful/patterned shorts so you can step up your style for the summer...while still feeling like yourself. 

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Jul 23, 2013

Roundup: 5 Great Summer Recipes Using Tequila

Paloma cocktail. Photo by K&K Test kitchen [http://www.kandktestkitchen.com/2013/03/the-paloma.html]

When most of us think of tequila, a huge headache and a bad hangover come to mind. But this spirit is one of our faves, and has a lot more going for it than shots and salty wrists. So, here are a few ideas to use tequila in different recipes, all headache and hangover-free...kinda.

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May 30, 2013

Upgrade Your Summer Look: 5 Sharp Sunglasses to Fit Your Style and Budget

Credit: A Poor Man's Millions [http://www.apoormansmillions.com/2013/05/mrthrift-gambler.html?m=1]

With summer fast approaching comes an age-old predicament; should you upgrade your sunglasses? Chances are: yes, you should. And so, as a solid pair of sunglasses are on our ten things every man should own, here are five ideas to match your personal style. 

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