Pass the Plantains

While this fruit originates from several different countries in Africa and Asia, chances are you’ve snacked on plantains a time or two. But have you ever considered them as a main dish? We know what you’re thinking… it does look like the banana’s ugly stepsister. But think again — plantains boast a potato-like consistency that can be the shining starch on your dinner plate. Enter these Garlic Tostones: Puerto Rican Fried Plantains with Rice and Beans from Pinch of Yum. This recipe will quickly open your eyes to the many possibilities of [... more]

The Hunt for Vintage

There’s something about a good vintage fashion find that sends hearts a-flutter, especially if it’s a famous brand – and The Distillery is making the hunt that much easier. The retail online company based in Austin, TX hosts hundreds of fabulous men’s and women’s vintage accessories on their website with detailed descriptions of condition and worth. While many websites, from individuals to ebay, host vintage items for sale, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting an authentic product in good condition, which is what sets The Distillery’s vintage [... more]

Never Buy a Tux

Every time you have to wear a tuxedo again, you say to yourself, “I should just buy one of these. But no, this will be the last time I need a tux for years.” Then the tux fairy inevitably sneaks up on you, and again and you say, “Okay this, this is the last time.” Then you drop a couple hundred bucks and way too many trips back and forth trying to get that tux, fitted to perfection of course, that you swore you didn’t need. We’re not telling you to go buy [... more]

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the craft of brotherhood

Beautiful transformations happen at Lamon Luther. Salvaged wood becomes exquisite pieces of furniture, and once-broken and hopeless men metamorphose into skilled artisans with dignity and purpose. This is the story of those craftsmen and the reclaiming of their futures.    


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Buried in Books

The designer’s equivalent of the “next great American novel” must be the chair. Finding an industrial designer that hasn’t at least attempted some sort of chair is like finding a Rocky Mountain Locust – and those are extinct! Having said that, Nobody and Co. is doing it right, and this chair is amazing. Designed in Milan and made in Italy, the Bibliochaise combines an easy chair and bookshelf – so there’s no need to go far to grab your favorite book, and settle in for a comfy read. If you love books, [... more]

Salmon Lettuce Wrappin’

There are a few steps to making these healthy and delicious Salmon Lettuce Wraps, but it will be well worth it once they’re in your belly. Start with the salmon burger with some fresh, wild-caught salmon, and mix it all up with bread crumbs, fish sauce, mangoes, cashews and a few other awesome ingredients. The sweet potato straws that go on top don’t need much more than coconut oil and a little salt and pepper before going in the oven. And the minted yogurt spread is full of flavor and compliments the [... more]

The South’s Hottest Island

We all know and love that little red bottle on restaurant tables — we slather it onto our pizza slices, dab a few drops on top of our fried eggs, and really, put it on everything in arm’s reach. But TABASCO® Original Red Sauce has a lesser-known story: its incredibly cool origin. The hot pepper sauce was created in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny on Avery Island, a tiny stretch of land in south Louisiana. And get this: for five generations, the McIlhenny family continues to live and work [... more]

Mac & Cheese From Scratch Is Easier Than You Think

Alright, all you’re actually doing is in this recipe is making regular macaroni and cheese – but let’s add a little something to fool your friends and family into thinking you’re a Top Chef. Forget the powdery box mix and just follow this Baked Thyme Mac & Cheese recipe from Chasing Delicious. Preheat the oven while you boil the macaroni, sauté the buttery cheese topping, and assemble everything for the oven. The key to the recipe though, is the fresh thyme leaves: the herb enhances the flavors of the cheese, and the oven [... more]

Lasers and Pharaohs

Lasers bouncing off mirrors and trying to kill Pharoahs? While the concept may sound strange at first, the Khet 2.0 Laser Game is a new two-person board game phenomenon that combines two unexpected concepts: laser tag and chess. Yes, you read that right. Laser tag and chess. The concept is to eliminate your opponent’s pharaoh with your laser by angling it off the mirrors on your game pieces before your opponent does the same to you. Or, as the game’s creators would say: Think of it as chess… with frickin’ [... more]

Just Peachy

Take advantage of summer’s bounty of fruit with this melt-in-your-mouth Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches with Salted Bourbon Caramel dessert. Made from just a few ingredients, this peach and bourbon dessert recipe appears simple, but offers a complex burst of flavor.     The deep, rich flavor of bourbon saturates the fresh sweetness of the peaches, which is then tied together by creamy vanilla bean mascarpone. While grilling the peaches adds texture and a yummy smoky taste, there’s no need to light up the grill or fret [... more]

The Magic of Muscle Shoals

When you think of the music headquarters in the South, Nashville is sure to come to mind – but don’t think that’s the only place good music comes from! A quaint little area of North Alabama is home to FAME Studios, thought by many to serve as the center of jazz, and the focus of the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound.     With testimonials from icons like Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Alicia Keys (to name just a few), Muscle [... more]

Perky Popsicles

While everyone loves a cold popsicle on a hot summer day, they just got a whole lot better with this adults-only Boozy Grapefruit, Basil & Vodka Popsicles recipe. Packed with fresh ingredients and a dash (or two… or three) of vodka, these easy-to-make frozen treats are the perfect alternative to a typical cocktail. The sharp flavors of grapefruit and vodka pair together perfectly for a sour-yet-sweet kick, accented by the distinctively fresh taste of basil. Make a double or triple batch for barbecue get-togethers, or keep them [... more]

It’s All in the Cuffs

Ever felt like you wear the same styles over and over again, yet you yearn for something that sets you apart from the everyday, mundane wardrobe? Finn Apparel has you covered (or is it cuffed?). Their classic vintage guy’s pants are perfect for everyday wear, but for days when you need a little something extra, just roll up the cuff to expose a one of a kind splash of color to be sure to get you noticed. The creators of Finn Apparel began brainstorming to design an awesome pair of [... more]

Coffee & a Show

Everyone has their own favorite place to get great coffee, but let’s face it:  not all java shops are created equal. And thanks to some incredibly unique features (plus three iconic locations), Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond, Virginia is putting their own spin on the traditional coffee house. In 2009, founders Zachary Archibald, Jennifer Rawlings, and Noelle Archibald were in agreement: their focus was to be roasters only, and leave the coffee bar job to the other guys. But when the people of RVA wanted more, they decided to listen [... more]

The Freshest Dish of the Summer

Avocado Mac and Cheese hits the spot as a delicious, healthier take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. While the green hue may be slightly disconcerting at first, be prepared to enjoy what’s probably the freshest dish of the summer. Kicks of lime and cilantro intermix with a creamy avocado sauce that awaken the taste buds with light, yet rich flavor. This pasta is best served immediately after preparation because the avocado will oxidize and begin to turn brown over time in the fridge. For an extra boost of [... more]

Get It &Go

Does this sound familiar? On any given day, you spend eight hours (or more) at work, hit the gym for a workout, and then a friend calls about dinner plans – only you have zero time to go home and change. You look like a hot mess, but constantly compromising your schedule to fit everything in is less than ideal. And if you prepared ahead of time, you’d have to practically pack a suitcase for the car every day. Can you imagine the laundry? No. Just no. Recently, we heard about &Go from Lululemon, [... more]

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