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It’s the end of the world and I feel great.

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La Fin Du Monde is another great beer made in the trappist style. Its a Belgian-style triple fermentation golden ale. It is produced in Quebec, Canada by the Unibroue brewery. It’s a multiple winner of several different medals of excellence, which barely gives credit to the immense satisfaction one can derive from consuming such divine nectar.

It’s name is French for “The end of the world” and is a play on the belief ancient explorers had that upon reaching North America they had, in fact, reached the end of the world. Reflecting on this, and more importanly, on the fact that this is ale has 9% ABV, I find the name fitting as hell. Twelve of these bad boys would end your world with a quickness and intensity worthy of the apocalypse.

One great point is that unlike more standard triple ales, La Fin Du Monde is less bitter and more spicy, with notes of coriander and orange peel, giving this beer a great taste with a strong personality. It goes great with food one would normally consume alongside red or white wines. I also like to pair it with some fine cheeses or a fruit-based dessert. Most specialty beer purveyors and beer gardens carry it and it isn’t relatively hard to find. I would totally make the effort and poke around for it.

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Miami Spice: A Food Lover’s Disney World

It’s that time of the year again gentlemen. Where your office “brown bagger” becomes a connoisseur of fine dining, and your foodie becomes a food snob- we are talking of course about Miami Spice. A phenomenal idea where Miami’s top restaurants create an exclusive 3-course menu prepared for this coveted event.

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Every meal includes a choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert. All for the unabashedly low price of $22 for lunch, and $35 for dinner. I’ve spent more money at Flannigan’s on the “Joe’s Meals Deal” than I would have at these world-class restaurants. 

These are restaurants that would normally charge $40 just for an entree, mind you. 

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You could easily scratch off 4 restaurants from your restaurant list for little more than a Benjamin. A feat that would easily cost you double that, if not more, if attempted outside of the months of August or September. 

One look at the list of participating restaurants and it’s easy to see why this is such a great event.

Notables:

The Capital Grille

Devito’s

Hakkasan 

Loftin’s at the Versace Mansion

Meat Market

Azul

Morton’s Steakhouse

The Restaurant at the Setai

 

Are you convinced yet?

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Take a look for yourself, we guarantee some of the names will shock you. Browse the menu’s, book a table, and enjoy your three-course meal for the price of a drink at Barton G. 

 

What recession?

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Seven Reasons for Wine

I am a sucker for novelty. I love giant Martini glasses and vintage cigar boxes. I love collecting interesting and singular items, things that will immediately spark a conversation upon being seen. So when I heard that artist Kacper Hamilton had designed a series of wine glasses modeled after the seven deadly sins of judeo-christian biblical lore, I shat myself. The seven glasses are all supposed to visually suggest their namesake sin and this is accomplished to varying degrees of success. Either way, this is a bad ass set of glass. Some of the glasses look like they need two people to properly drink from, so this is a great way to lower inhibitions and establish intimacy simultaneously.

Wrath

Wrath


Envy

Envy


Gluttony

Gluttony


Greed

Greed


Lust

Lust


Pride

Pride


Sloth

Sloth


The price is available upon request from the dealer.
If you are feeling this glasses order them here.

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Manchego time

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I love cheese, all types and all forms. There’s so much variety in cheese, so many different flavors and textures. One cheese I really enjoy is Manchego, whether I am setting up a plate to complement some wine or if I’m just melting something over bread, this cheese delivers. Manchego is made out of sheep’s milk and it does leave a sheep’s milk aftertaste. That may sound unappetizing to the cheese newbie, but if you are in the know then you know that it just means this cheese is kick-ass. Manchego is aged for three months or longer, and is semi-firm with a rich golden color and small holes. It ranges from mild to sharp, depending on how long it is aged. This wonderful cheese is aged in natural caves for a period ranging from 3 to 6 months, which imparts a zesty and exuberant flavor to the cheese. Manchego’s flavor is very distinctive, slightly salty but not too strong. It is creamy with a slight piquancy, and leaves the characteristic aftertaste of sheep’s milk; I want to say that is tastes like feta cheese but it is nowhere near as salty and the texture is chewier. It has a savory flavor in any incarnation, but I find that the older it is the sharper it is. Manchego is available in three different states of maturity: fresh (fresco), 3–6 months old (curado), or matured for one year (viejo).

This cheese is great and is pretty versatile in what you can do. You can eat on crackers as is, maybe with some red wine to chase it, preferably a Rioja wine. A traditional way to enjoy it in Spain is served on toasted bread that has been rubbed with garlic and tomato, then drizzled with olive oil. I’m partial to toasting it, but I really enjoy it fresh on a sandwich with some fresh ham as well. It’s a product that is protected in it’s origin, which is great because while it amps up the price, it really does ensure quality. You can pick up some Manchego almost anywhere now, most gourmet grocers carry it and you can find it in most supermarket delis.

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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This is possibly one of the most sought-after wines by wine connoisseurs and is probably the best red wine from France. Chateau Mouton Rothschild has great floral hints and demonstrates over tannins that is quite impressive. This is a great wine to stock in your in own personal collection, letting your friends and intimates know that you have great taste and are willing to blow a wad of cash to gratify it. It also makes a great gift since you can almost be guaranteed that the recipient has never received a wine of such a good caliber as a gift.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is heralded over the globe as one of the world’s finest clarets. The grape vines on the wine estate in France consist of several different varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon(77%), Cabernet Franc(10%), Merlot(11%), and Petit Verdot(2%). Mouton is fermented in oak vats and then matured in new oak casks. Another little fascinating fact about Chateau Mouton Rothschild is that a different artist designs a new label for the wine bottle every year, making them great collectibles. The prices are variable according to the vintage year.

Snag a case here.

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Bask in this flask

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This is the Classic Flask by Dalvey, one out of their line of outdoor flasks. I’m no drunkard, but I can be something of a lush. Flasks are great for taking small quantities of booze from one locale to another in a very inconspicuous manner. With the Classic Flask, you are doing it with the utmost style and class. I don’t condone drunk driving but this is great item to have for street fairs, picnics, concerts, or a day at the beach. It’s also to share a nip with the fellas whenever you find yourself at a babyshower or birthday party and the hardest stuff they have is arbor mist. And despite what those old school Arbor Mist commercials would have you believe, no real man anywhere will lift a finger for Arbor Mist.

I love the look of this thing. It is precision engineered in the stainless steel and then it’s hand-polished to a mirror finish which is easily maintained. I love the choice of stainless steel, because stainless steel is not only a material that is extremely durable, it also won’t add any flavor of a metallic taint. The contours of the flask are elegant and simple, making it easy to visualize this as a true gentleman’s accessory. I would fill this only with a high-quality liquor, something like a good quality scotch whiskey or brandy. They retail for around $49(35 euros to be exact).

Go get one here.

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bag by Bill Amberg Studios

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Iconic whiskey makers Johnnie Walker have teamed up with the leather craftsmen at Bill Amber Studio to create a limited edition bag collection. The centerpiece of the line is the “Weekender” (pictured above), a duffel handcrafted in dark navy calf and saddle leather with perforated detailing. The bag also comes with a removable carrier designed to carry a bottle of Johnnie Walker which is also included with the bag. Link: $280-$1,980

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