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  • Science is About to Replace Mixologists With a Less Smug Machine

    Mustache wax and suspender stocks plummeted recently after news that the Somabar had surpassed it’s Kickstarter goal. The Wi-Fi connected craft cocktail appliance created specifically for the home kitchen has once day left on it’s Kickstarter page, but it has already reached nearly 6x it’s goal of $50,000. Mixologists across the globe, be afraid. This is only the beginning. It can make over 300 drinks. How does it work? Simply, fill the Soma pods with your favorite ingredients – alcohol, juice, syrups – and you’re ready to start experimenting. It’s static mixing technology ensure’s your cocktail is thoroughly mixed before it is dispensed into your glass, then, boom. You have yourself a perfectly mixed cocktail. The only thing missing that look of distain you’ve become accustomed to when asking what it recommends.

  • These Tilt-Shift Aerial Photos Of New York Are Unreal

    Walking around New York City, it doesn’t take long to become desensitized to the initially awe-inspiring street-level vistas. When you walk the streets and avenues every single day, the magic just doesn’t last. But then you see photos from a point-of-view you’d never experience, maybe like 7500 feet in the air, and you find yourself enamored with the city all over again. Such is the case when viewing these incredible tilt-shift aerial shots from filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet. “Gotham 7.5K” is a collection of photos taken at night from a helicopter with the door off. In other words, something we probably won’t experience ourselves. Be sure to check out more from the series at Laforet Visuals.

  • Tiger Wood’s 6 Million Euro Island Next to Sweden is Up For Sale

    Tiger Wood’s nasty divorce from Elin Nordegren was undoubtedly ugly behind closed doors, and now a product of that is undoubtedly this quaint little island off the coast of Stockholm, Sweden. The humble cabin is 2,500-square-feet surrounded by trees, surrounded by water. I’m sure Tiger would even throw in an autograph for the very reasonable price of 6 million euro. Among a long patch of greener than green fairway for Tiger to practice, is: A 900-square-foot hunting lodge. A wine cellar big enough to hold 10 people for parties and drinking. The island comes with its own ferry, large enough to transport 12 people. A 3,200-square-foot stable and machine shop. There’s a one-mile jogging path. 2 million square meters of fishing waters.

  • Ralph Lauren Opens Polo Bar In New York City [9 Photos]

    This past fall, superstar designer Ralph Lauren opened his Fifth Avenue flagship Polo store, attracting fashion shoppers from all over the world. And today, Ralph Lauren is hoping to win over diners (and drinkers) with the opening of his first NYC restaurant, Polo Bar. The Fifth Avenue eatery promises a “casual yet refined setting,” being the sort of place where you’d expect Ralph and his buds to exchange fox hunting stories or something while sipping on brandy and wondering what the poor people are doing. Of course, being a Fifth Avenue bar with Fifth Avenue prices ($24 burger), Polo Bar probably won’t become a regular hangout for schlubs like us, but with its extensive cocktail menu, including an impressive selection of single malt scotch, the Polo Bar will definitely be a place to imbibe on special occasions.

  • Paris is Not Afraid. 17 HQ Photos of Parisians Coming Together in the Wake of Tragedy

    Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Place de la Republique in Paris to pay their respects for the victims of the terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo. Eight journalists, including the magazine’s editor, and two policemen were among the dead. The attack is the deadliest in France since 1961. Eleven other people were wounded in the attack, four of them seriously. Photos via: The Guardian

  • The Amazing History of Sriracha As Revealed By It’s Creator

    CEO and founder of Huy Fong Foods, David Tran, walks us through the whole process of the iconic condiment’s lifespan, from inception of idea to execution of product. David started the company in 1980 by hand packing the infamous sauce by hand with a miniature spoon, sourcing only the freshest ingredients to be sure that the element of spice was just right. Now, 35 years later, the only thing that has changed is the process of manufacture, with the quality and origin of Sriracha chillies remaining the same. Quality control is of utmost importance to David with an idealistic business projection to make the sauce spicier in the future. Every detail is painstakingly monitored, even down to the ingenious packaging whereby the color of the lid serves a significant purpose. David Tran says Sriracha can be used on any food so squeeze some onto your breakfast/lunch/dinner and enjoy the video.

  • A 1912 Plan that Would’ve Connected Manhattan To Other Boroughs Almost Happened

    So if things had gone a little differently in 1912, Manhattan, Jersey City and Staten Island would look drastically different today. An article from the 1912 NY Times exclaimed “Plans to change map of the harbor… Governors Island to be annexed, and Staten Island and New Navy Island to be connected.” Engineer T. Kennard Thomas was the brain behind the plan and according to the Gothamist was “totally legit and respected”. “Speaking at a meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers… he suggested the building of two sea walls from each end of the Battery to Governors Island adn the filling in of what is now the channel at the south of Manhattan Island. The work which has been in progress for years under the Government for the extension of the island to the south should be continued until it extends about ten blocks right down the center of the harbor to about a mile and a quarter of Staten Island. Mr. Thomson reckoned that thereby eight or nine miles of docks would be added to the city and a tract of 1,400 acres worth $1,000,000,000 made available for building purposes.” The plan was obviously foiled, but by 1930 more »

  • Chilling Photos from This Year’s International Ice And Snow Festival [26 Photos]

    Harbin, China may not be known for it’s towering sky scrapers like Shanghai, but every year massive crowds gather in awe at the sculptures created for it’s International Ice and Snow Festival. In what looks like something taken directly out of Frozen, the winter wonderland includes mazes, full size houses and castles, which all come to life at night as colorful LEDs are turned on, giving the theme parks of today a run for their money. H/T: The Atlantic

  • 10 Brand-Spankin-New Attractions You Need to See in 2015

    2015 is the year of rejuvenation and rehabilitation, while there are some new projects on the horizon, so many projects around the globe are made for vastly improving lifestyles in major cities. Urban renewal plans, glass walkways above global landmarks and beautifully designed museums are some of the best attractions you’ll see this year. Oh and a few new theme park additions you can visit with the kiddies. 10. Goods Line, Sydney Urban space garden rehab projects are the go-to growing trend around the world’s more progressive cities. Sydney’s Goods Line is the newest benefactor of a growing greener landscape of the city. The 800 foot-long North section of the project will feature cafés and a new Mary Ann Street amphitheater for outdoor events set for a 2015 reveal alongside the Gehry building. 9. Tower Bridge Glass Floor, London In November 2014 the glass floor in the Tower Bridge was implemented and unveiled, but it’s probably better off you wait till 2015 to check it out. The Tower Bridge’s 36-foot-long, $1.5 million glass walkway overlooks the Thames River and is quite an extraordinary site and definitely worth a checkout if you’re in the city of London. 8. Shanghai Tower The Shanghai Tower stands in more »

  • Taste Your Grandfather’s First Single Malt With Glenfiddich The Original

    In 1963, Scotch drinkers who weren’t fortunate enough to live in Scotland were only familiar with blended scotch, a category dominated by Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, and Dewar’s. Single malts were simply ingredients to be used in blends and, outside of some small operations, never sold on their own. But Sandy Grant Gordon, great grandson of William Grant, knew that Glenfiddich’s single malt was great and deserved to marketed on its own. With that, the single malt category was born. Over 50 years later, Glenfiddich pays homage to that original single malt with the aplty named The Original. Released in November and limited to just 24,000 bottle worldwide, The Original is already becoming tough to find. And with one taste, it’s easy to see why. Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, who was born 9 years after the 1963 single malt was released, recreated the classic scotch using the notes of former Master Distiller Hamish Robertson along with Glenfiddich’s collection of vintage drams. What’s most interesting is how light and noncomplex The Original is. Whereas most scotch today is aged in oak barrels, sherry casks were much more prominent back then. The result is a lighter and surprisingly sweet scotch. At more »

  • KFC Goes Full Hipster Down Under, Attempts to Sell Cider & Beer

    Your favorite bucket-o-fried chicken distributor is following suit of a growing trend of fast food chains in Sydney, Australia. KFC has applied for a liquor licencse for a new style concept store. According to Mashable the “new concept store in Parramatta in Western Sydney, which will be known as KFC Urban, Fairfax Media reported” The restaurant will hopefully have a list of beer and cider available for purchase as well. The new concept is targeting a young, hip crowd with design traits like exposed ceiling beams and wood window frames, a higher end, but more “craft” style of decor. The growing trend of health conscious millennials has obviously gotten the fast food industry struck, which is obviously why they’re attempting to throw alcohol at every “of age” youngster, because after a few pints no one and I mean no one could resist a bucket of sultry fried chicken and a biscuit. Our apologies for attempting to make the Colonel more hipster, when he is already, by definition, a hipster. Buddy Holly Glasses, check. Non committal goatee, check. Ironic southern bowtie, check. Gluten Free, eh.  

  • 10 Need-To-Know Tips for Cooking With Wine

    With the holidays behind us, you may find yourself with a few (dozen) bottles of unfinished wine. But before you start pouring it down the sink, resolving never to drink a drop of alcohol again, try using it in your cooking. Red or white, still or bubbly, all wine has a place in cooking. Plus, the alcohol cooks out of it, so you’d still be keeping your temperance resolution. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your leftover wine.

  • Something Amazing Happened When We Drove A Rolls-Royce Wraith To Windsor Castle

    We explored the English countryside in a Rolls-Royce Wraith and something amazing happened when we stopped by Windsor Castle, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Not too long ago my friend Javier and I took an epic road trip around the United Kingdom to search for abandoned castles and visit Stonehenge. We figured there would be no better way to explore the countryside then with a sophisticated vehicle that is crafted less than two hours south of London in Goodwood, England.  Our trip started in the heart of London where we tried to get acclimated to driving on the opposite side of the road. Nothing will make your heart pound faster than learning the in’s and out’s of London’s infamous roundabouts in a pristine $284,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith. We picked up the whole opposite side of the road thing fairly easy as we zoomed past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and other historic landmarks in the 624 horsepower beast and as we quickly learned the rules of the road, the real road trip aspect of the adventure began as we made our way to the first stop of our road trip, Windsor Castle. The original idea for this story was to give you a map of England that more »

  • White Castle Unveils Veggie Sliders; Apocalypse Imminent

    I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a veggie slider from White Castle. Revelation 14:14 Doomsday cults are rejoicing the world over as White Castle, a place where you can purchase burgers by the sackful, announced that Veggie Sliders will be available beginning today, December 30. It’s only a matter of time before our righteous neighbors are raptured while the rest of have our eyes eaten out by our pets while we sleep or something (please excuse our tenuous grasp of the Bible). Actually, it’s not that bad. Burger King has offered a veggie burger for years and the world keeps spinning. And White Castle actually tested the sliders in select New Jersey and New York stores last summer to great acclaim. The patties are made by Dr. Praeger’s, which is a popular brand available in the freezer section of many grocery stores. White Castle says each patty is “chock full of lots of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, broccoli, and more.” The 99 cent burgers also come with a choice of three sauces: honey mustard, more »

  • These Chobani Flavors Are Getting Out Of Hand

    You’ve got to hand it to Chobani. They took a healthy product that’s been around for thousands of years and loaded it with sugar and fruit flavors to make it palatable to Americans. Hell, they even released a Pumpkin Spice flavor this year which was vile and which we bought three cups of for some reason. Where will they go next? Chobani_Flavors on Instagram has come up with a couple hundred ideas for the yogurt maker. Some are hip flavors such as Sriracha; some are brilliant cross-promotions such as Burt’s Bees; and some are just confusing such Right Triangle. Actually, Pine Needle would probably sell with the Greeks. They already eat mastic with everything which is basically Pine-Sol flavored gum.

  • This Beer Will Help You Reach Your Creative Peak

    Do you notice that you’re better able to think up solutions to problems while imbibing beer? Probably not, because research has shown the “creative peak” to occur at a blood alcohol concentration of .075–a level that can be hard to gauge. Less alcohol and you may be overthinking too much while any more and might just be stupid drunk. To help drinkers reach their full potential, creative agency CP+B Copenhagen teamed with Rocket Brewing to create the Problem Solver. A 7.1% ABV India Pale Ale, the Problem Solver includes a scale on the side of the bottle that tells you how much to drink based on your bodyweight to reach the sweet spot of .075 BAC. Unfortunately, the brew is only available in Copenhagen, so until then we’ll just have to keep drinking ourselves stupid in a neverending quest for our creative peak. Bottoms up!

  • Red Robin Reveals Secret Hangover Cure Burger

    No matter what your New Year’s Eve plans are, one thing you can count on is that alcohol will be involved. Well, unless you’re a Mennonite or something, in which case you probably wouldn’t be using a computer and reading this. But if you’re going to be drinking, you’ll be looking for a hangover cure January 1. And Red Robin has just what you need. The burger chain has conducted a survey that found 46% of drinking-age Americans rely on food to cure their hangover. And the top foods are eggs (51%), breakfast meats (49%), and burgers (45%). With this knowledge, Red Robin concocted the ultimate hangover cure, a burger topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun. The Hangover Burger will only be available for seven days beginning January 1–and only by request. And best of all, Red Robin also serves alcohol, for an extra “hair of the dog” cure.

  • How Powerful is Your Passport?

    This holiday season, travelers across the globe will be flying, driving or floating out of their country into a foreign land. That little blue or red booklet with that disturbing picture of yourself hold more weight than you think. Your passport holds the key to traveling the globe and the country of it’s origin can determine entrance or denial into another country. The U.K., Swedish and Finnish passport for example are the most sought after in the world, holding the most value next to the U.S., Luxemburg, Germany and Denmark.  

  • The Many Varieties Of Whiskey [Infographic]

    If you’re new to the brown stuff or even a seasoned veteran, trying to figure out what you’re looking at when you’re browsing the liquor stuff can be a daunting task. Gone are the days when you were limited to two or three Irish whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and ryes. Don’t get us wrong, the immense variety is a great thing, but finding something to new to try can be a daunting task. Thankfully, this infographic from Pop Chart Lab makes the process much easier. Enjoy it below, learn a little something, and pick up a print for $29 from Pop Chart Lab.

  • The Difference Between Being Hungover In Your 20s Vs. Being Hungover In Your 30s

    Being hungover is NOT FUN. But I’ve always thought the common belief about the older you get, the worse your hangovers are is bullshit. My hangovers are no more worse in my late 20s than they were at 21, but my threshold and expectations for how to handle myself when hungover is much, much different. What do you think, older Bros? Is this video -ish or what?

  • Mashed Potatoes On Burgers?? Wendy’s Japan Just Won The Fast Food War

    In celebration of the holidays, Wendy’s Japan is offering a “Turkey Special” made up of what they think we Americans eat. If only it were true. Two sandwiches are part of the promotion, Pretzel Turkey Mashed Potato Burger and Pretzel Turkey Spicy Chicken Burger. Don’t let the names fool you, both have mashed potatoes along with turkey slices on a pretzel bun. The Mashed Potato Burger has a beef patty and cheese while the Spicy Chicken Burger features a chicken filet. Get yours before they’re gone any Wendy’s in Japan for 680 yen (~$5.69 US). So…anybody want to send us a few?

  • Everything You Need to Know About Beer

    The world of beer today is complex to say the least. With craft beers becoming more prevalent in the bars and liquor stores, the industry is getting competitive and with competition comes progress and experimentation. Some of the most delightful beers on the market are hybrids in some sense and with that comes a very difficult task in categorizing. Business Insider decided to take on that task by creating a taxonomy of most major beer styles. Begin in the center and choose your own destiny.

  • The Drinking Jacket Just Earned Almost 1000% It’s Goal on Kickstarter

    Zane Lamprey is America’s favorite drinker. He’s made a career of traveling the world drinking for the betterment of man. He’s hosted shows like Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy and most recently a crowd funded show called CHUG all based around finding the coolest watering holes spanning the globe. Somewhere along the way Zane had an epiphany; a jacket. A jacket made for drinking, fully equipped with pockets lined like a beer coozie, made especially for a beer bottle or can, another pocket made for a flask and a zipper that doubles as a bottle opener. If that’s not enough, the jacket comes with foldable slip resistant drinking mitts. The Drinking Jacket began funding on Kickstarter with a goal of $50,000 and is nearly at $485,000 with less than a day left on it’s window for accepting funds, so if you’re hoping to grab one of these donate while you still can. The Drinking Jacket

  • 78 Cocktails Everyone Should Know [Infographic]

    Need to brush up on classic cocktail recipes for your holiday party? Don’t bother with that dusty copy of Mr. Boston. Just take a look at this simple, clear infographic from Information is Beautiful featuring 78 of the most common cocktails. Fun fact: Having never heard of a “Monkey Gland,” I did a little research. It’s a real cocktail from the 1920s and it’s named after a surgical procedure performed by French surgeon Serge Voronoff wherein he would graft monkey testicle tissue on to the testicles of men—for therapeutic reasons, of course. The more you know…

  • Glenlivet Launches Christmas Gift Packs

    Let’s be honest, alcohol makes a great gift any time of year. But it’s even better to purchase around Christmas because of the gift packs that are available, featuring extras like branded glassware or flasks or samples of other products. However, these gift packs seem to be less common with single malt distillers. If you’re spending the extra dough on a delicious singe malt, you should be rewarded with a little something extra this time of year, right? Glenlivet agrees. The Glenlivet 12 is America’s most popular single malt and it’s easy to see why. The smooth Speyside, a favorite of Tony Soprano, is simple enough for scotch novices to enjoy while remaining a solid standby for veterans. And the price is right for an entry-level single malt. And now you can enjoy it in seasonal gift pack varieties. Master typographer Alan Kitching designed the packaging, featuring specially-commissioned letter press artwork. Inside you’ll find a 70cl bottle of the Glenlivet 12. The gift packs feature either two branded glasses or 5cl miniature bottles of the 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve and 18 Year Old expressions. Both packs also contain a booklet with a history of the distillery. Get yours more »

  • How Much Rum Can You Now Bring Back From Cuba?

    With the announcement that the United States’ relationship with Cuba is warming, there has been plenty of excitement about heading down to the island nation and loading up on fine cigars. That’s all well and good, but what we really want is some rum. After the revolution in 1959, the communist government took control of Havana Club distillery. Since then, the brand has been off limits to United states citizens. But the Arechabala family, who started Havana Club, moved to the US after the revolution. They sold the rights to the brand to Bacardi, who began producing their own Havana Club rum in 2012. However, Pernod Ricard still distributes the Cuban Havana Club rum around the world. Bacardi’s Havana Club is a great rum, but we’re curious to try the stuff from the original Cuban distillery. And now, we can go to Cuba and bring back up to $100 worth of goods. But just how much rum is that? With a little help from Trip Advisor, we figured it all out.

  • Dogfish Head Made Scrapple Beer And People Are Actually Drinking It

    Are you from Delaware or Pennsylvania or South Jersey? If not, you may not be familiar with scrapple. It’s a sort of mystery loaf made from boiling down whatever pig parts are around until a mush develops. The mush is cooked up as a loaf then sliced and fried with breakfast. It’s not terrible, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. And it’s not something anyone would use to brew beer. Until now. As proof that craft brewing has gone too far and brewers are running out of ideas, Delaware’s Dogfish Head has developed Beer for Breakfast, a draft beer exclusive to their brewpub. The breakfast brew is made with 25 pounds of scrapple, maple syrup, barley smoked over applewood, lactose (milk sugar), and coffee. Beer for Breakfast was released December 5 to great acclaim. Due to the amount of work it takes to brew the beer, Dogfish Head has no intentions of ever bottling it, so if you want to try some, you better head to Delaware. But hurry, those Delware creeps can’t get enough of the stuff and its going fast. Source: Dogfish Head

  • London From Above (12 HQ Photos)

    London is the most visited city in the world, a central hub for travelers on their way to or from the west, home to six professional Premier League teams and three of top ten museums and galleries in the world. London is only growing, massive skyscrapers and cranes overlook buildings with 2 times the historic prevalence of anything in the established U.S. Slava Stepanov (Gelio), a Russian based photographer has created a brilliant series of photos that captured London form a birds eye view perspective, a view not many people are accustomed to when the metropolis comes to mind. A beautiful city combining a thousand years of history and progressive modern architecture, London is a sight that should be seen from the ground floor and up in the heavens.

  • Can This Simple Device Solve Airplane Armrest Wars?

    I think we can all agree that when airplane seats are in groups of three, the middle seat gets both of the middle armrests. In fact Emily Post touched on it in her first etiquette guide almost a century ago. Don’t bother looking it up, I promise you I’m right. But what happens when there are only two seats? Is there a passive aggressive solution? Yes! Soarigami is a plastic device that folds into a paper airplane-like shape and clips onto the middle armrest. In addition to creating a barrier, it also extends both sides of the armrest so nobody gets cheated out of space. The device will be available to pre-order from Soarigami early next year for about $30. Now we can move on to a passive aggressive solution to those travelers who take their shoes off mid-flight…

  • The Anatomy of a Master Traveler

    Traveling is an addictive hobby. An addictive hobby that can get quite expensive, which makes the most seasoned world travelers pros at saving money in clever fashion, but that’s not all, a good traveler must know their terrain, how much their baggage weighs and what kind of clothes to wear to blend in with the surrounding culture. This inforgraphic created by Hotels4U will be a great guide and checklist when you drop everything to travel the world for your quarter life crisis.

  • Now You Can Sample Wine Without Opening The Bottle

    You’ve finally outgrown your love of hobo wines like Thunderbird and Wild Irish Rose and picked up a nice Beaujolais, maybe a Gewürztraminer, and perhaps even a Blaufränkisch. You invite a few equally grown-up friends over for a tasting, complete with pungent cured meats on tiny pieces of toast, then get ready to dive in. But wait! You are an adult now, and you can’t drink all that wine in one evening. But if you open the bottles and don’t drink, they’ll spoil. Why must you be tested in such an inhumane manner? Don’t fret, friend. The Coravin 1000 Wine Access System is here to help. The device allows you to gather a sample from a bottle without ever popping the cork. No, slow-witted reader, it’s not magic. The Coravin features a medical grade needle that makes its way through the cork in order to obtain a wine sample. After the sample has been collected, the remaining wine is saved from oxidation by argon gas. The inert gas protects without adding any unwanted flavor to the wine. The entire process takes just 20 seconds. You can pick up a Corvin 1000 Wine Access System for $299 directly from Coravin. The more »

  • This Severe Weather Time-Lapse Video Will Teach You To Fear Mother Nature

    Nicolaus Wegner is a Wyoming-based photagrpher who is available for all your portrait needs—from yearbook photos to wedding photos to saccharine pics of your kids that make your friends sick. But when he’s not working on portraits, he spends time capturing nature’s wrath in the form of storms that will make you crap your pants. “Stormscapes 2″ is a time-lapse of violent weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado photographed between May and September of this year. Watch the video below, then check out more from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo. Damn, nature, you scary… Stormscapes 2 from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.