• Don’t Bogart Oskar Blues’ Pinner IPA

    It’s no secret that the folks at Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery enjoy their state’s liberal attitudes toward cannabis. Hell, they’ve even promoted the fact that an empty can of Dale’s Pale Ale can be used as a smoking device. But with their latest brew, Oskar Blues’ love of marijuana is more evident than ever. Named after the slang term for tiny joints, Pinner Throwback IPA is actually Oskar Blues’ lowest ABV offering at 4.9%. So it’s on the weaker side, like a pinner. And once you pop the top, you are greeted with a very familiar aroma that reminds you just how closely related hops and cannabis are. If that’s not enough for you, to really make their point, the cans are stamped with “Can I Be Blunt?” above the logo. The not-so-subtle brew is already available in Colorado and North Carolina where Oskar Blues breweries are located. All 41 states where Oskar Blues is available will begin selling Pinner beginning March 1. Remember, don’t bogart that can. Chug, chug, pass.

  • Helpful “Work From Home” Life-Hacks to Keep You Focused

    If you’re in the better part of the northeast then you’re most likely working from home today. Whether you got hit with the worst of the winter storm Juno or not, it’s always better to take precaution, and by precaution we mean sitting in your sweats and eating the same Ben & Jerry’s you had for dinner last night, for breakfast. Now a true “snow day” should consist of zero work and all play, but if you consider yourself one of those workaholic types (or just someone who has a job) and absolutely need to get work done when your WFH time could be better spent binge watching Sherlock on Netflix, then we have some tips for you. We’ve contacted some friends and colleagues and asked them for their best daily productivity tips when working from home. Though showering and getting dressed might seem like nothing out of the ordinary, the dark side of your pillow has other plans for you. Plans that will stunt your focus and suck you in to the lazy-level-7: the binge. Here are some of the best tips for getting the most out of your work rate while staying home for the day.

  • KFC Outdoes Itself With Double Down Dog

    KFC restaurants the world over continue besting each other in sandwiches made with friend chicken buns as KFC Philippines reveals the Double Down Dog. The original Double Down, released in the US in 2010, was a simple sandwich with bacon and cheese and sauce between two fried chicken filets. Then KFC South Korea unleashed the Zinger Double Down MAXX, adding a hashbrown and salsa. Finally, we thought the apex of Double Down innovation arrived last year with the Zinger Double Down KING, featuring a bacon cheeseburger and two sauces betwixt the bun of fried chicken patties. We were wrong. The Double Down Dog, like all Double Down sandwiches, eschews traditional bread for a bun made of fried chicken. And this time, the chicken surrounds a plump hot dog and what appears to be some sort of cheese sauce with chunks of something in it. If you want one, get to your local KFC Philippines ASAP because for some reason, only 50 will be sold each day. Source: Imgur

  • Reminder: American Gladiator-esque Winter Storm Names Are Made Up By The Weather Channel

    No, you’re not crazy. Blizzards did not have names until last year. Especially not ridiculous ones. If you live in the Northeast, this upcoming winter storm is going to render the rest of your week useless. You might have to shovel up to 30 inches of snow off the back tires of your Kia Sorrento before driving into your mailbox then giving up entirely. Winter storm Juno is going to suck. And it’s going to suck even worse because all of a sudden everyone is calling it “winter storm Juno.” Why are we calling it “winter storm Juno,” by the way? Because The Weather Channel decided to start naming blizzards last year. Really. That is the only reason. The Weather Channel says it is naming winter storms because “hashtags are an intrinsic part of social media.” This is not the reason. The reason is that this is a marketing event to gin up interest and scare the bejesus out of people until they watch The Weather Channel. But let’s take them at their word. Maybe “Juno” is an aberration. Maybe their next storm name won’t be bring to mind a Greek god that will pummel and powerhump the Atlantic coastline more »

  • Expedia Owns Everything. Now Including Travelocity

    Today was a big day for travel giant, Expedia, after it was announced they agreed on terms to acquire Travelocity for a reported $280 Million. Although it wasn’t Expedia’s biggest fiscal acquisition, Travelocity was a major competitor in the travel booking industry, next to Priceline/Booking.com and Orbitz, who is allegedly looking for buyers. Expedia Inc. confirms it will retain the Travelocity brand formerly owned by parent company, Sabre Corp., which will complement brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Venere etc. To put into perspective exactly how many companies Expedia, inc. owns we’ve piled every acquired company into on photo. Looks like they’re building a world wide army of travel sites.

  • Style Watch: The Lyin’ King

    This winter, dress exactly like your favorite stylish liar. With a few simple fashion tips you’ll be able to replicate the hottest trend for this year’s northeast casual wear. Whether you’re having drinks with a few friends in the heart of Boston or giving an impromptu press conference, a knitted crew neck sweater complimented with a light cotton tee, warm winter boots, a retro style knitted cap and some close to the hip jeggings are all you need to sweat through this winter’s hottest lie season. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady followed these style tips perfectly at a local press meet up earlier today. J. Crew Solid Graphite Crewneck Sweatshirt($69.50) Hanes Classics Men’s Traditional Fit ComfortSoft($11.99) New England Patriots New Era Navy Blue Classic Sport Knit Hat ($24.99) Super Stretch Jeggings ($59.00) UGG Men’s Classic Short Boot ($170.00) Nike Ball Pump ($10.00)    

  • Take Off: 15 Reasons Why You Need To Head To Algarve, Portugal

    Algarve is the premier partying place in Portugal in the summer, but almost unheard of for American tourists. An entire coastline of beautiful beaches and cheap drinks. Algarve (Lagos specifically) has, however been discovered by heavy drinking Brits and Aussies, so if your Portuguese is a little shotty, this might be the English speaking getaway for you. English beaches are shite and Australia’s surrounding natural habitat is constantly trying to kill you. If you’re after a more tranquil atmosphere you can coast up and down Algarve for some of the best fresh seafood and wine you’ve ever had in your life. But you will love the wild atmosphere of Lagos. Rich in history and cheap on drinks, it’s more of a beach-bar scene than Euro nigt club. The cliffside beaches of Praia de Dona Ana will make you feel like you’re in a picturesque movie scene, while the cataplana seafood dishes will have you napping beachside before a big night out.

  • From Gluten-Free Beer to Kombucha, Alcohol Options for Health-Conscious Drinkers [Link]

    With so many choices available thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the craft beer movement, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker. In fact, even people who couldn’t drink beer before are finding ways to enjoy a cold brew. Coconut water, kombucha, and gluten-free ingredients are all finding their way into concoctions made to appeal to a broad demographic of health-conscious drinkers, enabling more and more people to get buzzed. And what could be wrong with that?

  • You Can Now Get a Better Fast Food Burger Than In-N-Out in New Jersey

    The long underwhelming history of chain burger joints have left a sour taste in many-a-mouth after years and years of plunging quality around the world, but with a demand for change and healthier product so came the supply. Fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King are struggling to keep their margins thin, while smaller chains who focus on quality over quantity are making great strides. In no way are we saying a Shake Shack burger, fries and shake are healthy, but compare them to a Big Mac meal and you’ll see and taste a stark difference. Plus this year Shake Shack’s IPO put them at a $1Billion valuation. The people have spoken. The statistics are proof of a shifting demand around the country. Consumer Reports surveyed 32,400 subscribers who ranked 65 restaurants during 96,000 dining experiences across the country. While Shake Shack was curiously left off the list of rated restaurants, McDonald’s, the largest chain in the world, came in dead last in the rankings, only slightly worse off than Burger King. So which Better-Burger joint took the crown this time? Has to be In-n-Out Burger, right? Nope. New Comer Smashburger? Nope. The Habit Burger Grill, operated by The more »

  • Crown Royal Regal Apple Is A Flavored Whiskey Everyone Can Enjoy

    The popularity of whiskey has surged in recent years all across the board. Once the drink of cowboys and old men in suits, men and women imbibers of all ages are now enjoying the water of life. One such reason may be the emergence of flavored whiskeys that serve as an inviting introduction to the spirit. Whereas many distillers dove right in, releasing flavor after flavor in an effort to see what would stick, Crown Royal has taken a more thoughtful approach to introducing flavored varieties. And we are most thankful for that. Crown Royal Regal Apple is only the second flavored whiskey from the Canadian distiller after Crown Royal Maple, which came out over two years ago. Crown Royal has taken their time to perfect Regal Apple and after one sip, it’s clear that their effort was not in vain. Regal Apple is first and foremost a Crown Royal whiskey. It has that velvety smoothness that is tough to beat in it’s entry-level price range. Although the “whiskeyness” of the dram is simplified compared to other offerings from Crown, it’s for the best, because more than anything, Regal Apple is about apple. Regal gala apples were selected to impart more »

  • This Australian Floating Getaway Bachelor Pad Can Be Yours for a Night

    Set 130-feet above the sea and Australia’s Fairhaven Beach, The Pole House is a stunning free standing luxury beach house that’s obviously one of a kind. Already known as one of the most iconic homes in Australia, the house is the perfect spot for a unique occasion if you’re down under. The floating house was also recently renovated with a modern setting and ambiance adding to the luxurious experience. The house now features brand new interiors, with floor-to-ceiling retracting glass walls to take full advantage of the sweeping sea vistas from Aireys Inlet to Lorne. Picture yourself waking to the sound of the crashing waves before opening your eyes to find yourself suspended above the most amazing coastline in the country. Stay here for anywhere between $359-980 per night.

  • David Chang’s Ramlet Is Haute Cuisine For Poor College Students [Video]

    David Change, world famous chef and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, is a master when it comes to every ppor college student’s favorite meal, ramen noodles. Admittedly, Chang’s ramen dishes are a bit more complicated than the instant ramen packets available for pocket change at grocery stores, but he believes that the instant version has its place, too. To illustrate that point, Chang used the deliciously awful for you seasoning packets from an instant ramen meal and used them to make a cheap yet classy traditional omelet dubbed the ramlet. Time to search the couches at RSVLTS for change to I can pick up a few ramen packages on the way home.

  • What’s the Difference Between Outbreak and Epidemic?

    More than 8,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa since February 2014 and it has spread beyond the three countries initially affected. So, it’s an epidemic, right? Or is it an outbreak? What about H1N1? The 2009 pandemic infected people around the world. But, so did the SARS epidemic in 2003. What’s the difference between an epidemic and pandemic? What about diseases like malaria and Dengue? Dengue fever infects between 50 and 100 million people each year in countries all over the world. So that’s the same thing as a pandemic? Not quite. Maybe you’ve seen headlines about West Nile Virus, Chikungunya fever or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. And what are emerging and reemerging diseases? It’s time to brush up on the vocabulary that can help you understand just what infectious disease experts are trying to tell us.

  • 5 Things to Know for Your Future Cuban Vacation

    Cuba is officially back on the map for U.S. travelers. A month after the Obama administrationreestablished relations with the island nation, the long-standing travel ban for Americans has been greatly eased. Under new rules from the Commerce and Treasury departments, which go into effect today, Americans won’t have to apply for a government license to engage in purposefultravel to Cuba. (The government does not consider your desire to vacation like Beyoncé and Jay Z a legitimate reason to visit Cuba.)

  • NASA Captures Stunning Eye of Cyclone From Space

    NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead Tropical Cyclone Bansi yesterday and managed to catch a glimpse of it’s eye, revealing a stunning image of the storm in motion. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured the photo when it was east-northeast of the island of Mauritius, clearly showing the wide eye all the storm all the way down to the surface of the ocean. The storm was at a Category Four strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale during the satellite’s overpass.

  • 78 Cocktails Every Party Monster Should Know

    Forget old-school measures like ml and oz. Information is Beautiful calculated their own universal metric. One of any ingredient represents one part of any measuring vessel you choose: cup, spoon, lid, shoe, whatever – it’s your party! These universal recipes scale up for any level of mayhem. Enjoy please, but drink responsibly.

  • Incredible Restoration Of Historic Brooklyn Movie Theater

    Originally constructed in 1929, Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn was one of the five flagship “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” in the New York metropolitan area. The 3,676-seat theater, complete with elaborate pipe organ, was built to exhibit both films and vaudeville stage shows, but with the decline of vaudeville, the venue soon focused solely on film. In 1977, Loews donated the pipe organ to New York City venue Town Hall and two years later, Loew’s King Theatre shut its doors. New York City took control of the property in 1979 and over the next several decades, the pristine interior fell into disrepair. In 2010, the city announced a plan to convert the theater into a performing arts hall by 2014. Now, after 38 years, the Kings Theatre is set to open February 3 with a performance by Diana Ross. Three of the other “Wonder Theaters” have been converted into churches while Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City is open for special events and screenings. If you aren’t able to stop by these incredible theaters in person, check out the photos below and marvel at the filmgoing experience before shopping mall multiplexes.

  • Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies [Link]

    It’s just about that time of year when Girl Scouts accost us in front of grocery stores and force us to break our New Year’s resolutions and buy way too many cookies. We all know we’re going to buy them, so we might as well make the best of it and enhance the already delicious cookies great beers. But with so many beers and cookies to choose from, where do you begin? Craft Beer and Brewing asked the experts to ensure we get the most out of our cookie indulging.

  • Jim Beam’s New Rye Uses An Old Recipe

    Jim Beam already produces America’s best-selling rye whiskey, but as interest in rye increases, thanks especially to the craft cocktail explosion, the distiller decided it was time to reformulate the iconic brand. But instead of creating some new flavored or infused whiskey, as so often is the case these days, Jim Beam looked to the past. Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is made using one of the Beam family’s oldest recipes to produce a rye whiskey that is bolder, higher proof (90 versus 80), and spicier. The reformulation will impart more of a rye kick when used in cocktails. The new recipe will replace the old Jim Beam Rye along with changing the familiar yellow label to a green label with a more modern look. Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye rolls out in the US this month with a suggested retail price of $22.99 for a 750ml bottle.

  • Churro Quesadillas, Smore-Stuffed Banana Boats and More Grilled Desserts to Warm You Up

    The culinary visionaries over at Food Beast have managed to create three of the most over the top, mouth watering dessert recipes with a toasty twist. They’re all made on your barbecue. While you might think it’s too frigid to sit outside grilling tastey treats, think again. A delectably sweet treat might be exactly what you need to rid yourself of the winter blues. Picture this; it’s snowing, you’re sitting in the sanctity of your home eating another delivered pizza, longing for a post supper goodie, but that tub of Ben & Jerry’s is all but empty. Throw on your winter coat and mittens, heat up the grill and get to work. The Churro Quesadillas, Smore-Stuffed Banana Boat and Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs are easy to make and great for putting on some winter hibernation LB’s.   Read about the whole experience and get ingredients here.

  • 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