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Get in the Spirit w/ these St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is now hours away, we’ve already highlighted some delicious green-colored St. Paddy’s Day cocktails for you to enjoy, and today we’re sharing even more St. Patty’s Day-inspired drinks for your enjoyment at home or out bar hopping. Whether you indulge in one of these earth-toned cocktails we’re highlighting today, or one of the brightly green-hued libations we previously showcased, these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails will certainly put you in the celebratory spirit.

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Honor the day where drinking is mandatory (whether you’re Irish or not) by toasting with one or more of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails made from Baileys Irish Creamelit by Stolichnaya, Jägermeister, Cruzan Rum, and Laphroaig Scotch Whisky.

Cruzan Strapped Stout

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1 ½ parts Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 bottle of Chocolate or coffee stout beer
Combine ingredients in a pint glass. Stir gently.

Luck of Laphroaig Created by Tyson Buhler

Luck of Laphroaig

1 1/2 parts Laphroaig Select
1/4 part Sarsaparilla Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange twist
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Lucky One

LUCKY ONE

2 oz elit by Stolichnaya
½ oz Green Chartreuse
½ oz Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters
Grapefruit Twist
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until ice cold. Strain and serve up. Garnish with a grapefruit twist, expressed and discarded.

The Smoky Aye Created by Mixologist Kate Bolton

The Smoky Aye

3/4 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
3/4 oz Irish Whiskey
1/4 oz Campari
1 3/4 oz Freshly Brewed Coffee
1 1/2 oz Zested Orange Crème*
Grated Orange Zest for Garnish

*Zested Orange Crème
1 oz Heavy Cream
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 Large Orange Zests
Combine heavy cream, simple syrup and orange zests in a chilled cocktail shaker. Shake well into whipped cream consistency.
Combine Irish whiskey, Campari, and coffee in a footed coffee mug and stir. Pour in Baileys Original Irish Cream. Top with zested orange crème. Garnish with grated orange zest.

The Dude’s Breakfast Created by Mixologist Michael Lay

The Dude's Breakfast

1 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
1 oz Cîroc Vodka
3 oz Cold Brew Coffee
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Fresh Grated Nutmeg for Garnish
Combine Baileys Original Irish Cream, Cîroc, cold brew coffee and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a double rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dash of fresh grated nutmeg.

Jägermeister Rudi Created by Willy Shine

Jager Rudi
1 part Jägermeister
1 part beer
A crowning moment! Simply top off your Jägermeister shot with a beer cap. While the two will mix naturally, the beer head will form a mousse on top, creating a fun crown.

Will you be participating in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Which of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails will you be raising a glass with?

Going Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day

Did you know there’s a special day celebrating just about everything! Of course, we don’t mind because we think celebrations make for a happier life. Take today, for instance, today is National Agriculture Day, also known as National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of agriculture and those who contribute to agriculture, which is why we’re highlighting the wonderful offerings from Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day. This amazing company, which we met at the Editors Showcase during the Fancy food Show, has made us realize that just because you live in the city (and most likely, a shoebox of an apt), doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. Two of their very cool products, which we’re highlighting today include the Garden in a Can, and the Organic Mushroom Mini Farm (they have so many other very cool ready-to-grow products, you have to check them out).

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These ready-to-grow cans make it fun and easy to grow and harvest organic herbs right from your windowsill or fire escape. All you have to do is plant, water, and watch it grow! Back to the Roots makes it easy to buy, offering a set of four herbs in its own can: basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. The set includes organic seeds, nutrient rich soil, biochar technology that helps your herbs grow for months. what you don’t get are no messy drainage holes, no chemicals, and no need for transplanting. Plus for every photo you share using the hashtag #GardenInACan, Back to the Roots will donate one to an elementary school classroom.

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Love mushrooms? Then grow your own gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box it comes in……..in just 10 days! This mini farm is truly the lazy person’s garden, just open the box, mist with water, and watch your mushroom harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making it a great gift for kids, families, foodies & chefs!  The kit includes organic plant-based soil (which can grow multiple crops!), oyster mushroom spawn, spray mister, and as a bonus: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit. How cool is that?

So my fellow city, and small apartment-dwellers, would you be open to trying out your green thumb? What are your thoughts on these Back to the Roots products?

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish w/ Green St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

It’s time once again to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, the day that honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates Irish heritage and culture. Along with a parade, celebratory festivities include the wearing of the color green and drinking green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Today we concentrate on the latter with some delicious green-hued libations.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY COCKTAILS

Whether you’re staying home to create and enjoy these recipes on your own, or you’re participating in a bar crawl and a bartender will be making these for you, prepare to indulge in great drinks from Sauza Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. Ready to indulge? Here goes:

Shamrock Sipper

Shamrock Sipper

2 parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
½ part fresh lime juice
Club soda
Muddled mint leaves
Shamrock-shaped cucumber slice for garnish
Shake all ingredients except club soda with ice and pour into a glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a shamrock-shaped cucumber slice.

Sauza Midori Margarita (Serves 8)

Sauza Midori Margarita

1 ½ cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 cups Midori
2 cups fresh lemon sour
1 cup fresh lime juice
Lime wedges for garnish
Melon balls for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Pour into martini glasses. Garnish with a skewered lime wedge and melon ball.

Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

2 ¼ slices jalapeño chile, seeds removed (use more slices if you like it spicy)
3 parts Skinnygirl Margarita
Chili powder or Mexican chili seasoning mixed with coarse salt
Lime peel for garnish
Muddle the jalapeño slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Pour Skinnygirl® Margarita over the jalapeños. Add ice and shake well. Rim a rocks glass with the chili powder mixture and pour in the margarita. Garnish with a lime peel.

Midori and Ale
Midori® and Ale

1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 bottle Light Beer
Combine Midori and light beer in a tall glass. Stir and enjoy!

Knob Creek Mint Ginger Old Fashioned (Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)

KNOB CREEK® MINT GINGER OLD FASHIONED

1 ½ Parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
Ginger Beer
½ Part Lemon Juice
¼ Part Green Chartreuse
6-8 Mint Leaves
Combine all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a bar tin with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled Collins glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a single mint leaf.

Are you loving these green cocktails? Any favorites among this bunch? We plan on sharing more St. Patrick’s Day cocktails as the day gets closer, so keep an eye out for more.

National Potato Chip Day with Boulder Canyon

Today we honor one of, if not, THE best tasting snack of all time, potato chips. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is National Potato Chip Day and we’re celebrating by highlighting (and devouring) our favorite potato chips, Boulder Canyon Potato Chips. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they make the best tasting, all natural, gluten-free potato chips (and most recently popcorn), using real food ingredients, and cooking them in small batches using only premium oils such as sunflower, safflower, avocado, coconut, and olive oils. Are you ready to celebrate National Potato Chip Day with Boulder Canyon?

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We were recently introduced to Boulder Canyon’s latest flavors, and trust us when we tell you, you won’t stop eating them. First up the Sweet Vinegar Olive Oil and Red Chili Olive Oil kettle cooked chips, which combine the bold rich flavor of olive oil with a splash of sweet vinegar for a tangy tasting chip, and the savory zing of red chili for an intense taste. Both flavors are higher in beneficial monounsaturated fats than traditional potato chips. Next up is the Avocado Oil Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, which features avocado oil, potatoes, a zesty pinch of salt combined with a kick of pepper for a perfect snack. You still enjoy the rich buttery taste of the avocado with a peppery kick. These canyon-cut potato chips are the ultimate potato chips for those who love a purist approach to snacking, and they’re also perfectly made for dips. Another flavor we’re loving is the Coconut Oil Kettle Chips, which combines pure coconut oil and sea salt to the original kettle chip bringing it to another level of delicious snacking. And there’s more deliciousness to come. Take a look below at some of the upcoming new potato chip seasonal flavors from Boulder Canyon, including Backyard BBQ Peach Cobbler, Backyard BBQ sweet Corn, and Backyard BBQ Grilled Brats, we can’t wait for BBQ season!

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Are you salivating? We sure were, and because these are Boulder Canyon potato chips, they’re all made from the best quality, non-GMO ingredients. Most (if not all) of Boulder Canyon’s over 30 available better-for-you snacks are certified gluten-free, have no MSG, no trans fat, no cholesterol, is low in sodium, is kosher, and vegan.

Shore Projects Welcomes New Wool Watch Straps

If you weren’t aware, today is daylights Savings Time and what better day than today to talk about timepieces. You may remember our highlight of the UK-based, Shore Projects Watches and their variety of straps, which they’ve just extended with a new strap collection made from Merino wool.

Shore Projects Wool Straps

The new Shore Projects Wool Straps are soft in texture and sharp in style. The Merino wool is mounted on Italian leather and comes in an array of colors, including Grey, Navy, Maroon, and Brown, four colors that reflect and celebrate its true British design. The first of their kind, the wool straps are designed to fit with any of the fourteen available Shore Projects watch styles, so you cam mix and match to your heart’s content; and just like their classic nylon, leather, mesh, polka dot, and mesh straps, the new wool straps are of course fitted with the brand’s unique interchangeable strap mechanism.

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The Wool Straps retail for $45.00, and can be accented with a Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, or Black clasp to match or contrast with your choice of watch face. As you can see, we’ve highlighted a few wool strap/face options for you to see, but with this UK watch brand, the possibilities are endless. See all of the available watch straps at shoreprojects.com/collections/straps.

What are your thoughts on the new wool straps? What watch face/wool strap would you get for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Must-Have Hair: Dark and Lovely Fade Resist Haircolor

When it comes to haircolor, one thing we hate is when our brilliant new hair color starts to fade. We tried all we could to prevent, or at least, slow down the process of seeing our vibrant new color fade down to a dull version of itself, losing its vibrancy, shine, and luster. Thankfully those days are over! Imagine your hair having color so rich it lasts up to 8 weeks. With the Dark and Lovely Fade Resist Haircolor range of colors, that’s exactly what you get.

Dark & Lovely Fade Resist Hair Color

This 19 shade haircolor collection boasts a no drip crème hair color in a low ammonia formula is designed to both color and condition your hair. Each new package features a new Extra-Nourishing Conditioner infused with triple fruit oils for extra nourishment for your hair. These fruit oils include Shea, Avocado, and Olive oils, all of which moisturize and help protect colored-treated hair, providing intense nourishment from root to tip.  this Extra-Nourishing Conditioner also locks in brilliant shine to illuminate your haircolor; the result is a color is so rich and ultra-conditioning, it lasts for up to 8 weeks!

Along with the new conditioner, Dark and Lovely adds a new addition to its range of hair colors. Berry Burgundy, #326, is a rich, deep berry red that is very on trend and thanks to Dark and Lovely Fade Resist Haircolor, your color is sure to last without getting dull, no matter your hair texture or hair color needs. The hair colors are specially designed for both relaxed and natural hair, with nutrients your hair needs to protect it from color damage while giving you brilliant color and shine.

To go along with the exciting new Fade Resist conditioner launch, Dark and Lovely is announcing a powerful media campaign entitled #LOVEMYCOLOR whose provocative tagline goes beyond being a witty double entendre for Women of Color. #LOVEMYCOLOR connects with women on every level – their color, their hair color, and their colorful lives. The look, tone, and feel are authentic and anthemic. We hear her voice. We see her moments. We believe in the hair color she believes in.

Dark and Lovely Fade Resist Haircolor is available for purchase at Walmart, DarkAndLovely.com and other mass retailers nationwide starting at $5.00. For more information about Fade Resist and the #LOVEMYCOLOR campaign, visit DarkAndLovely.com.

 

Timeless Elegance: Henry London Watches

One of my favorite memories of my grandfather was his when he built chess boards and pieces, everything had to be precisely timed (my grandfather was a precise man), which meant constantly paying attention to his watch, a vintage timepiece that was double-domed (this terminology I would learn long after he passed away). To this day, vintage watches, especially those that have double-domed lenses remind me of him, so you can imagine our excitement when we were introduced to the beautifully crafted line of luxury Henry London Watches, a stunning range of timepieces that brings together vintage and modern design.

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It’s no surprise that the Henry London Watches remind me of my grandfather, the classic British timepieces have a bit of a magical beginning. While exploring London’s many vintage districts searching for inspiration, the brand’s founders, two already successful fashion designers came upon an old, beautifully styled, classic Swiss wristwatch with the words “Henry, August 1965” engraved on the case back. Although time had its toll on the vintage timepiece, the designers were inspired by the attention to the details that could only be found in high-end, luxury watches, and started to think about the possibilities of reinventing Henry’s watch for today’s generation……….and thus, Henry London was born.

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Henry London has thirteen stylish collections (Chiswick, Edgware, Finchley, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harrow, Highgate, Holborn, Knightsbridge, Pimlico, Richmond, Stratford, and Westminster), nine of which we’ve featured today, all named after iconic locations in London. These watches, which are available in 25mm, 30mm, 39mm, 41mm case sizes, are a tribute to Henry’s original watch from 1965 with an emphasis on the watchmaking heritage. The classic proportions of the case flow seamlessly into a high double-domed lens, accentuating the subtle curves of the domed dials, which are available in a variety of colors. The Henry London Watches feature an elongated seconds hand that’s curved with an arched tip, and raised hour markers, in addition to its conventional hour, minute and seconds hands. Some watch styles also boast three sub-dials, and a calendar window at either 3 o’clock, or at the 6 o’clock positions which change at midnight. Wristbands for the watches are available in a soft, stitched leather, or a self-adjustable, Milanese mesh bracelet.

In keeping in line with the tradition of the original henry watch engraving, Henry London offers a bespoke case back that allows its customers to personalize their watch thanks to their engraving service. We were quite lucky to have a Henry London Watch engraved and in honor of our dear grandad, we got out name…..his last name. Check out the engraving below:

We’ve seen an increase in our generation wearing watches and we find ourselves wanting to wear one more often. The luxury watch brand recently launched nationwide at Nordstrom and Anthropologie, and at www.henrylondon.com. Do you find yourself wearing watches more? What do you think of the Henry London Watches? Do you have a favorite style?

Nattily Equipped w/ My Ninja: Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System Review

Since all men’s goals in the gym are different, I am writing this from a nutrition standpoint. What I’ve discovered (in my old age) is that exercise, brain function, and energy levels mean nothing without a honed diet. Thusly, your diet, exercising, stamina, etc, depends on proper rest and recovery to give your body (and waistline) an impartial fresh start. It’s all a full circle cycle that in these times of dietary, organic and GMO mayhem depends on what you decide to put in your mouth. Essentially, if you want to stay progressive and keep your clothing options as open as possible then maybe try a smoothie made with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System, instead of a sweet roll.

Nutri Ninja with Auto-IQ

Some days I only want the bulk to be on the weight rack and not on my plate. With that said, juicing, souping, blending and smoothing are ways in which I confidently keep my belt on the same notch for all of my sun-up to sun-down, eat while commuting and too tired to cook days. I rely on my Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to create protein smoothies for the ride to work, to make comfort soups for the evenings (I don’t want a sink full of dirty pots & pans), and for those naughty days when frozen margaritas make a long day exhale. What throwing a bevy of key ingredients into my Nutri Ninja does is allow me to get the sustenance that I need without the bulk. There’s no bulk for my stomach to churn through and no tremendous bulk to let soak in the sink afterward. Liquefying the bulk without discarding the often overlooked nutrients lost in just juicing is key here. I turn my sides into delicious soups for dinner and make all those essential fruits and greens into smoothies for breakfast. Also, with Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System feature, I can better control the consistency of my end product depending on if it needs to be chunkier, smoother, coarser or watery. Control may be the keyword here; control what you eat for better control over what you can wear.

Here are two easy recipes created with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to be inspired by. Try out and reap the benefits of a better fitting suit from:

Lean Green Ninja

Lean Green Ninja

1/2 small banana
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
1/2 cup kale leaves
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Press Auto-IQ™ Blend.

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Select START/STOP and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour soup into a medium saucepan and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Without this amazing device and recipes, I can’t help but have the following thoughts. “Oh men, what has become of us?” Could it be that we’ve become just as vain as women? Yes. Is it also possible that we men have become quite bored with our dark suit for this and summer suit for that, brown shoe polish and spit-shine black all-purpose loafers? Most assuredly. Take comfort, however! It’s not such a bad thing at all. The years of trying to get men to loosen up and change, purchase more clothing, and try new things have well been upon us for quite some time now, and it’s pretty liberating. But as history will tell us, what’s liberating can also become quite conflicting.

Why the conflict? The men’s renaissance of the last ten years has made men take a long hard look at themselves. Enough for them to decide that change is essential, especially when staying the same for so long. This whole practice now seems as antiquated as padded doublets and ornamented codpieces. Time and society don’t stay the same and they appear to be moving quicker than ever before. While keeping updated has its angsts; if you’re going to choose to be in areas of forward social relevance; then staying updated could be the disparity factor between success and failure. So the conflict ushers in when in trying to update the padded doublets with weighted reps and protein shakes, a lot of men’s clothing seems to be shrinking too fast to adequately cover our codpieces. What’s a man to do when he wants to feel great about exercise and stamina but also look comfortable in a suit?

You may have thought that here’s is where I would lunge into a diatribe about where to buy fuller cut men’s clothing but, as I said, the modern man knows that tailoring is key to anything quality and off the rack nowadays. And maybe now he also knows how the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System can help keep his belt on the same notch, and the bulk safely far away.