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A Very Whiskey Christmas

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The Vaportini Liquor Inhaler is exactly what it sounds like. “About 5 minutes after the vessel containing the spirits is placed on the base, it is ready to consume. The recommended amount of spirits is 1 ounce. One inhales through the straw and holds their breathe for a moment and then exhales.” Apparently, it hits your bloodstream immediately. Higher-proof bourbons, in particular, vape well.  Price: $40

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“The Godfather by Mario Puzo Secret Safe Flask Book” comes with a stainless steel 6 oz. flask. It has a magnetic closure so your booze won’t leak. A great novel for great liquid. Price: $56

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Sparq Whiskey Stones hhis set of 9 soapstone rocks will keep your whiskey cold — if that’s how you or your guests drink it — without watering it down. These also work well if you’ve got a bottle of unchilled white wine you’re looking to crack open. Price: $20

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Whiskey “shaving soap” Scented with whiskey and cederwood, “Portland General Store’s Old Fashioned Wet Shave Soap” is a fine addition to any whiskey-drinker’s toilettree kit. Because, well, why not? Price: $24

 

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Whiskey soap and while you’re at it, get some Dish Whiskey Soap. Sixteen ounces of “barrel-aged, charcoal-filtered, whiskey-inspired sink soap. Now you’ll never not smell like booze. Price: $16

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Roly Poly Rocking Whiskey Glasses These hand-blown old fashioned glasses roll around without spilling. Perfect for children, or whiskey. Set of 6. Price: $35

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Vintage cigar box with hidden bottles of whiskey It’s quite possible that this gift will make your whiskey drinker doubly happy, as cigars and whiskey often go hand in hand. Price: $75

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1 Liter personalized whiskey barrel Maybe your whiskey drinker is more into blue jeans than smoking jackets. In that case, a decanter will not do. Go for this personalized whiskey barrel instead. Price: $60

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Whiskey Cask Cabinet This awesome cabinet is made out of an old whiskey barrel, in case you want your entire bar to be whiskey themed. Price: $325

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Crystal Skull Head decanter another variation on the decanter, this time with a bit of a morbid twist. Comes with two shot glasses. Perfect for the drinker with whiskey on the brain. Price: $30.43

whiskeyrum-making-kitWhiskey/rum making kit The only thing that compares with drinking great whiskey is making it? This kit allows the whiskey lover in your life to do just that right at home. They can deviate to rum too if they want. Price: $25-$70

 

 

 

Ketchup and Mustard Gun

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This pistol comes with two reusable cartridges that holds any of your favorite condiments, like BBQ sauce, ketchup, *mustard or mayo. All you have to do is load a filled cartridge into the gun, pull the trigger and douse your food BA style.
*Lusty Monk Mustard

The Condiment Gun, $14.99 @Think Geek

Whiskey Flasks Made From Classic Nintendo Video Game Cartridges

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Ink Whiskey founder Matt Cornell and his team have created The Entertainment Flask, a concealable series of whiskey flasks made from classic Nintendo video game cartridges. They also made some fantastic alcohol-themed labels based on well-known NES video games. Ink Whiskey is raising funds on Kickstarter to help with production costs.

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The fourth annual Just For Men National Beard and Moustache Championships®

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The fourth annual Just For Men National Beard and Moustache Championships® organized by Beard Team USA® took place on September 7, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the House of Blues in the French Quarter. More than 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K. and Canada competed in 17 categories (winners list here and here).

Greg Anderson, a commercial photographer based in Las Vegas, was the official event photographer and he has uploaded an astounding 165-picture photo gallery on his Facebook page.

Here are my favorites I think I’ll strive for.

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Beer Pants

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From I New Idea comes something that will be vital for tailgate parties for the rest of your life: Beer Pants! With three settings:

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Put the pedal to the medal at Route 66 Raceway

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rt66logoThe Test & Tune event is for racers of all experience levels—whether your’e a first-timer driving in your family vehicle or a seasoned-veteran getting your dragster dialed-in for serious competition, according to a raceway news release.

The schedule is as follows for Saturday, April 13:

9 a.m. gates open (enter through Gate 11 off Route 53/historic Route 66).
9:30 a.m. cars will start going down the track.
Noon: Special guests will be in attendance and there will be enter-to-win contests and an overview of all the events taking place at Route 66 Raceway.
5 p.m. The first of 15 Test & Tunes during the 2013 season concludes.
Gate admission fee is $15 per person. Cost to take your car down the track is $25. You need to purchase a Participant Run Card (good for the day). Kids under 12 are admitted free.

For more information, visit http://www.Route66Raceway.com

‘Giganticus Headicus’ helps Route 66 renaissance

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Giganticus HeadicusGregg Arnold stands in front of his biggest artistic accomplishment, Giganticus Headicus, a 14-foot tall sculpture that has become a popular attraction to motorists traveling Route 66. DOUG McMURDO/Miner

KINGMAN – Gregg Arnold doesn’t take offense when people tell him he has a big head.

That’s because he’s got one. A really, really big one. It’s called Giganticus Headicus, and anyone whose seen it while driving down Route 66 about 18 miles north of Interstate 40 in Kingman has undoubtedly done a double-take.

Giganticus Headicus is green, stands 14 feet tall and is essentially a replica of the ancient stone monoliths known as Maoi that surround Easter Island in the South Pacific.

A certified welder by trade, Arnold said “The Andy Warhol Diaries,” which were published after the artist’s death in 1987, inspired him.

“The creativity just flew there,” said Arnold. “I always wanted a place like that and I thought, “What better place than Route 66?’ read more..

Put your Briquets in a basket

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If you cook long and slow and use Charcoal briquets as I do this is the greatest invention since fireplace matches. Here is a great How To Article

Beer, whiskey and pork fat: the new health foods

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  • Kate Krader, Special to CNN

Beer lovers, rejoice. Whiskey drinkers, celebrate. Pork fat fans, this is your moment. All the things you thought were unhealthy can actually help you lose a ton of weight.

Well, not exactly. This isn’t an ad in the back pages of a sketchy magazine. All these things are still not good for you when you eat and drink them in large quantities. And don’t stop eating your blueberries and strawberries if you want to boost your brainpower.

Still, there’s some surprising good health news for anyone who wants to wash down their lard-topped popcorn with a beer and a shot of whiskey.

Beer: The Problem-Solver

Question: Who’s better at solving brainteasers, men who are sober or men who have drunk two pints of beer? According to research from the University of Illinois, the drinkers are the winners. (That sound you hear is every guy I know cracking open a beer right now in self-righteous satisfaction.) Not only did the drinkers solve 40 percent more problems than the nondrinkers, they solved their problems faster: 12 seconds compared to the nondrinking 15.5 seconds.

Pork Fat: The Bad Cholesterol Fighter

“Pork fat is not only useful, but it is also good for us,” says my new hero, Jennifer McLagan. She’s the author of the James Beard Award–winning “Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient”. To back up her claim, McLagan’s book includes a chart showing that 45 percent of pork fat is monounsaturated, which can help raise your HDL, or good cholesterol, and also can help lower your LDL, or bad cholesterol.

She also extols the benefits of frying in lard, because food absorbs less fat than if you fry it in oil. Lagan piles on the good news, arguing that “Diets low in fat, it turns out, leave people hungry, depressed and prone to weight gain and illness.” To ensure readers’ happiness, she includes recipes in “Fat”, including one for euphoria-inducing bacon fat mayonnaise.

Whiskey: The Good Cholesterol Booster

If you’re looking for other celebratory ways to increase your good cholesterol levels and potentially decrease your risk of a stroke, grab a bottle of your favorite booze. And then drink in moderation. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies suggest that if you consume one alcoholic drink per day if you’re a woman, or two drinks a day if you’re a guy, you can increase your HDL cholesterol levels and also potentially decrease your risk of a stroke. But, cautions the Mayo Clinic, “If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t start just to try raising your HDL levels.”

Popcorn: The Antioxidant Hero

You don’t need me to tell you that popcorn is popular with the high fiber crowd. Here’s more good news for anyone who’s trying to justify their next big bucket of (nonbuttered, non-oversalted) popcorn: New research from the University of Scranton suggests that a serving of popcorn is higher in antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables. Those antioxidants, known as polyphenols, are associated with helping to prevent cancer. They’re concentrated in popcorn’s husk, which is something to consider the next time it gets stuck in your teeth and you consider spitting it out.

Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/health/beer-whiskey-and-pork-fat-the-new-health-foods#ixzz1tiPKVhXd

Peanut butter and Jelly Vodka

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Van Gogh Vodka has introduced their newest flavour – PB&J.

For the past decade, Van Gogh Vodka (www.vangoghvodka.com) has been considered a pioneer in the world of flavoured vodkas, creating an interesting array of flavours, including Double Espresso flavoured vodka. The vodkas are crafted in small batches in Holland.

The latest addition to Van Gogh’s offerings is the company’s take on an American classic – PB&J – transforming its timeless flavour into a delightfully smooth peanut butter and raspberry jelly flavored vodka. While the fragrance is predominantly of peanuts, it is complemented by the fresh fruit aroma of the raspberry. On the tongue, the roles are reversed and the raspberry flavour is more of the focal point, giving it a velvety texture with a hint of vanilla on the side.

The 750-mL bottles of Van Gogh PB&J Vodka, priced at $27, are rolling onto shelves now.

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