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Bluegrass Barrels: Awesome Gift Idea

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So I am not sure how many women out there read this website, but I figured I would give you women a great valentines day gift idea. Granted, there is absolutely no chance of it shipping in time for Saturday – but really cool to give even if it’s a few weeks late.

A while back my fiancé got me a Barrel from Bluegrass Barrels. I actually mentioned/featured the barrel in my article on Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey, back a few months ago.  This is a great way to keep and age spirits, such as whiskey, bourbon, scotch, tequila…etc. The barrels are handmade in Kentucky, with American White Oak with a medium char on the inside. They have three sizes to choose from between 1 – 3 liters, with a choice between the metal used for the hops that hold the barrel together.

To personalize the barrel, you can put up to two lines of text with a maximum of 10 letters per line. Additionally, these barrels can feature your favorite NCAA logos.

Goto  their site, and order one.

Wine Wednesday: Louis Jadot

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Want to impress your girlfriend’s family with a good looking bottle of wine without spending your bonus check? Walk to your liquor store, and pick up pretty much any bottle of Louis Jadot. Not only does it look vintage, fancy, and more-expensive than it really is, the wine is really good. I personally have been drinking this vineries’ wines for years. When I am drinking red, which I usually am, I go for either the Beaujolais  (Around $13/per bottle) or the Pinot Noir (Around $20/per bottle). On the rare occasion I have white wine, Pouilly-Fuisse is a great bottle.

So next time you are forced into going to one of those dinner parties, or family parties, drop one of these bottles in the hands of the host – and look like a boss.

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Momofuku Classes: Best Gift You Can Get Your Significant Other (Trust Me)

So for Christmas I bought my fiancé, and my two little cousins, classes to goto Momofuku Milk Bar. Unless you have been living under a rock, I will assume you know what Momofuku is – if not, I guess I can try to explain. Momofuku was created by David Chang, and their Milk Bar is probably one of the best creations known to man. They take classic desert items, and put their own crazy twist to it, and the end product is fucking amazing. So wouldn’t it be nice to have these snacks whenever you like – thats where my idea formed. BUY THIS CLASS for your girlfriend, wife, mistress, someone else’s wife … JUST DO IT. At the end of the day, you will be the one reaping all the benefits.

The classes will cost you $95/per person and I definitely suggest grabbing the Milk Bar Cookbook, so she can make these items whenever she (you) would like. Just in time for Valentines Day, I just gave you one of the best options ever. Also, even if she wants you to go with here – its not that bad, and they serve Brooklyn Lager during the class. The minute we got done with the class, both my fiancé and cousins were going on about how they can’t wait to make crack pie, cakes, truffles …etc.

Go to their link, Classes @ Momofuku Milk Bar, and look at their schedule and I can guarantee she will be extremely happy, but more importantly you are the true winner. The classes are in their Williamsburg Location, and last about 2 hours.

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JCREW & VANS = COOLEST SHOES EVER

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Last night my fiancé gave me one of the coolest gifts ever, the MEN’S VANS® FOR J.CREW SK8-HI REISSUE SNEAKERS. I have been wanting to pick these up from the JCrew Soho shop for a while – but they never had my size. They come in two colors, grey or navy, and for $70.00 a pair you could be as cool as me…

Check them out on the link, www.jcrew.com

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WSJ Wine Club: Gift that keeps on giving, hangovers

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For Christmas one of my family members shipped over possibly one of the best gifts – to my parents house. I received fifteen bottles of wine, seven of their favorite whites, seven of their favorite reds – and one Bordeaux. The best part, in 3 months – I get an additional 15 bottles – with no shipping charges and for $70.00. Also, there are some options in terms of the redelivery – i.e. send only reds, send only whites, send mix …etc.

Since I just got this – only tried one of the bottles which was the 2012 Collezione di Paolo Chianti. The bottle retails for around $16 in stores, and received an 82 out of 100 on Wine-Searcher. Bottle was nice, we crushed it pretty quickly. Reviews to come over the next few weeks.

Click the link (www.wsjwine.com) to checkout this program and custom tailor a package to your taste.

Below is a breakdown of some of the bottles I will be receiving over the next few months.

Reds:

  • J-P Moueix Bordeaux 2010 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
  • Schroeder Estate Patagonia Pinot Noir 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • Pagos de Tahola Rioja Reserva 2007 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • J Opi Malbec 2014 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
  • Domaine Ginestieres Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~12.00 per bottle)
  • The Inaugural R Collection by Raymond Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
  • Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Retail ~25.00 per bottle)
  • Meridion par Pierre Perrin Cotes du Rhone 2012 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
  • Corsiero Nero 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)

Whites:

  • Stonewall Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Retail ~19.00 per bottle)
  • HJ Fabre Chardonnay-Torrontes 2014 (Retail ~15.00 per bottle)
  • Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay 2012 (Retail ~22.00 per bottle)
  • Principe Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013 (Retail ~10.00 per bottle)
  • Sendero des Santos Albariño 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)

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The Best Shave You Will Ever Get

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Working in an office, it is important to look clean shaven every morning. But I found a hack this, if you get an excellent close shave on Monday – you might not have to shave until Wednesday. Just like that, you saved yourself a few minutes on Tuesday. So to accomplish this, I ditched those Big Company razors and bought my self a single-blade safety razor. There are a few options out there, I mean even Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars is selling one on infommercials.

I decided to walk up Elizabeth Street to New York Shaving Company and pickup one of theirs. They have a few options to choose from – short/long handle, different metals , and finishes. So for $30 I purchased the Long Handle razor, with a gunmetal finish (because I am a badass). I also purchased some blades, and received some tips from the woman ringing me up on how to use the razor properly.

They had a ton of different products available, including Shaving Cream, Pre-Shave Oils, and Aftershaves – all of which come in different scents. They also sell sample packs in which you could test out there creams/oils – which I bought as well.

If you are interested in a better shave, I would suggest checking out one of their Shaving Kits/Setts. For $70 you can get their kit which includes shaving cream, brush and razor – which is a great deal. The place has kept the old school vibe, and makes you feel as if you time warped back into 1900s. They have two barbers onsite, which can give a range of services from skin care to shaving to haircuts.

Oh, best part – a package of razors will cost around $2-5 for a 5 pack of razors – which will last you about 25 shaves. Yea, good bye Gillette and your Fusion bullshit. You can also say good bye to ingrown hairs, yea that happened.

NOLITA/Soho Location
202 B Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

Midtown Location
146 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017

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Watches Larsson & Jennings

Swiss Watchmaking meets British Style, definitely something I am looking forward to picking up this year. The line I really like, the KULOR– which has a 40mm dial, and nylon strap which comes in different color schemes. For USD 300 – You have an awesome watch to cruise around the Hamptons with. Guarantee you wont see many people with these stateside – yet. www.larssonandjennings.com

 

KULOR Models

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Big Sound, for a Small Apartment, and Low Budget.

A year ago, I purchased two Polk Audio bookshelf speakers from PC Richards in Union Square. Now, you can pick these up from the store for $99/each and they are an amazing deal. They are loud, crisp, and have great range. On top of that, for a little bass, I am using my older Polk Audio 10” subwoofer – which for a small living room is definitely overkill, but it sounds amazing. Between this and the projector, we basically never leave the apartment. Look into these speakers, as they will give you exactly what you are looking for

Polk 2 Way Bookshelf Speakers (MODEL: R150) – $99/each @ PC Richards
Polk 10” Powered Subwoofer (MODEL: PSW10) – $120 @ Best Buy