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Comfort Snacks For Cuffing Season: Boulder Canyon Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Summertime is gone, Fall is upon us and Winter is is gearing up to rear it's wind-chilled head.  You may have thought that now is the time to forget about the warm weather bodies and fatten up for the moody, cold, comfort food season.  All I can say is that as quickly we forget about the warm weather is as quickly as it will be back upon us.  However, life must have balance.  You want to enjoy the joy of delicious comfort food in those warm months while also thinking about not necessarily looking like you did.  So how happy when I find a brand that supports my need for balance by offering up comfort food that takes some of the guilt away.  

That brand is Boulder Canyon, a brand that makes enjoying the beloved potato chip less guilty.  The brand achieves this by kettle-cooking up the chips in a variety of oils like rice bran, coconut and avocado oils.  The result are chips that have no trans fat, no cholesterol, are gluten-free and kosher.  The crispiness of the kettle-ccoking together with the smoothness of the rice bran oil, milky tart of the coconut oil and buttery lightness of the avocado oil create a nice range of chips that pair well with the interesting flavors.  Offerings like Roasted Jalapeño, Sweet Chipotle and, just in time for Thanksgiving, Turkey Gravy make Boulder Canyon a great snacking option for the season to keep healthier on the brain, flavorful on the lips and less girth around the hips.

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In Clockworks Press Fashion Fashion Accessories Men's Clothing Mens Fall/Winter 2018 Review Menswear Tech Womens Fall/Winter 2018 Review

After All's Said And Done, The Indigo Bleeds On: Clockworks Press

How far does your denim go?  Do you toss it after that first painful sight of a tear on your upper inner thigh?  Perhaps you are the type to ditch those well-beloved boot-cuts since GQ has stated that slim is the thing or tapered is next to godliness.  Well if you are anything like me, someone who knows that fashion cyclical, I hold onto my denim and I tailor but only sometimes cut, for I know that before long my penchant for thigh-huggers will give way to a serious need for full-cut and puddle-bottomed again.

So since fashion is cyclical, I relish in finding ways to keep that indigo footprint going strong?  Enter Clockworks Press, founded in 2016 by Brooklyn-based artist Holly E. Brown whose graphic prints and drawings speak to the idea of the modern creativity.  The modern creative is limitless and passionate about developing and finding interesting and diverse techniques to be inspired by.  Those techniques can be anything from paper to furniture to plaster de Paris to denim, which is exactly what inspires Ms. Brown.  With Clockwork Press, she uses her discerning eye to establish a harmonious union between a canvas of recycled denim and very cools mediums of dyeing and printmaking.  

I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the ingenuity that Ms. Brown creates with Clockworks Press at the recent New York Denim Days along with some of the tools that help her trade.  On display were a unique limited edition line of clutch bags and tees that upon closer inspection took the unique and timeless appeal of NYC's beloved water towers and bridges and gave them a balanced life in dyed and printed denim.  These tees, a collaboration with De Ver Azul, started with technology from Recycrom, a completely sustainable dyestuff made from 100% textile production waste, created by the sustainable Italian manufacturing company Officina 39+.  That dye was then transferred onto recycled denim by being washed in advanced small-batch machines from the textile/garment finishing company Tonello.  The result was an line of soft tees with graphic layered prints that were seamlessly part dye and part print, but all denim.

For the Denim Days Weekend, Clockworks Press offered up 50 of the limited run of 100 bags with the final 50 now available on-line.  Showcased in these bags were the beauty of the dyes and the keen eye of Ms. Brown's printing.  Those downtown chic clutches highlighted the innovation achieved by the Recycrom dye that when combined with Ms. Brown's printing-expertise created a smart end-result of indigo hues, organic printing and a cool usage of positive/negative space.  Most recently Clockworks has collaborated with the brand AndAgain on a four-piece printed sustainable denim collection also exclusively available on-line.

Most recently Clockworks has collaborated with the brand AndAgain on a four-piece printed sustainable denim collection also exclusively available on-line.  It's interesting to note how passionately Clockworks Press aims to immerse itself in the aesthetic of sustainable and adheres itself to those who share in that passion within their respective crafts.  They aim to showcase how the power of creativity, community and responsibility can transform art, your style and the planet.  What Clockworks Press is onto is establishing a completely sustainable artistic expression onto clothing and accessories by priding itself on being eco-friendly and a utilizer of energy efficiency means.  Much like those well-worn jeans of ours, there's so much clothing and production waste that can be repurposed in a wabi-sabi sort of 360 degree fashion.  So nice to know that in the hands of artists and visionaries like Ms. Brown, the sad end can sometimes be the promising beginning.

The Clockworks Press limited edition denim clutches and the capsule collaboration with AndAgain are available now on the brand's website here.

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Where The Stray Kats Played: Birdland: The Jazz Corner Of The World Book Review

We all, and certainly every real New Yorker, should know about Studio 54, but what about Birdland?  Quintessentially the jazz world's less chaotic, just as iconic Studio 54.  What can one say about an establishment, institution and shrine that burned names like Parker, Blakey, Gillespie and Davis Jr. into our minds as the musical paramounts they are today?  

Well, musician, composer and now author Leo T. Sullivan has a lot to say, recap, present and showcase in Birdland: The Jazz Corner Of The World An Illustrated Tribute, 1949-1965 (Schiffer Publishing).  Back when jazz was delivering its unapologetic bounce, angst and cry to the American people, Birdland was the nightclub hub of sorts for the jazz world's elite, the up & coming and what would become the honored and revered.  Vocal phenoms like Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughn, explosive ensembles head by Count Basie & Stan Kenton and the smooth strolls of kats like Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins and others that graced the Birdland stage are captured in this book through insightful text and rare photos. John Coltrane, Tito Rodriguez, Dave Brubeck, Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon and others come back to life and make you want to dig up old 45's with the delicious window into jazz and New York history that Sullivan has chronicled in this book shelf worthy and coffee table collectible.

Though the window of time for Birdland's renaissance days weren't long, it was indispensably an important slice of jazz history that serves and a game-changing era for the importance and dynamic synergistic power of art, collaborations, live music and talent.  

Birdland: The Jazz Corner Of The World An Illustrated Tribute, 1949-1965 (Schiffer Publishing) is available now at

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In Alcohol Review Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Gin MALFY Gin Mens lifestyle Wines and Spirits

The Citrus Kiss For Any Season: MALFY Con Arancia and Rosa Gins

What joy a new season can bring!  You may not want to see the lush greens fade away but then you see the cacophony of colors that they can morph to.  You also may not want to cover your legs and pack away your swimsuits but oh how you've forgotten the tactile wonderment of cashmere against your skin.  Then while it may be out of season here for many of your culinary delectables, they are just in season somewhere else for other vibrant produce.  All it takes is sourcing and shipping.  When one good option ends, have hope for another one begins.

So how fitting that blood oranges and pink grapefruits are in season in the Fall in the states.  Then how very fitting that just as my yen for rosés in the Summer was subsiding, in walks my discovery of two new fabulous gins from MALFY Gin, an amazing premium gin distilled in Italy.  To sweeten the pot in a full circle way, they are flavored with blood orange and Sicilian pink grapefruit.  MALFY Con Arancia is a very delicious gin flavored with rich blood oranges for a flavor profile that has a slightly sweet tartness that harmonizes nicely with the juniper and herbal notes of gin.  MALFY Rosa is like a naughty grapefruit juice since the Sicilian pink grapefruit gives a citrusy freshness to the gin flavor profile with a delightful freshness.  Both gins are so explosively vibrant due to intensity of the fruits that also create a pleasant intense fragrance that is comforting as it is familiar in its impact.  

MALFY Con Arancia and MALFY Rosa are both definite game changers in the world of gin.  They have enough depth to enjoy over ice, enough lightness to make an amazing brunch cocktail and enough heft to create a superb after 5 drink.  However, you know me.  I can't just tell you; I have to show you.  So check out the following two remixes on classic gin cocktails using these two stellar gins that I've created below:

Pink G&T

2 ounces          MALFY Rosa
4 ounces          Tonic Water
1 tbsp               Fresh Lime Juice
2 qtr halves     Fresh juice from a Sicilian pink grapefruit (cut the grapefruit in half and use juice     
                         from half of the half)
1/2-1 tbsp        Simple Syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
1                       Large sprig of rosemary
1                       Lime Wheel

Put the simple syrup and rosemary in a highball glass and muddle the two for a bit to release the sometimes stubborn essence of the rosemary.  Next fill the glass with ice then add gin, blood orange juice, lime juice and tonic water.  Stir then garnish with a lime wheel.  

This was such a delicious cocktail.  If you love grapefruit then this is a grown and pleasant drink and the fresh grapefruit together with the gin really allows the flavor to come out.  The MALFY Rosa is  lively and blends lovely with the tonic for a nice level of tart in a great way with the rosemary adding a nice hint of verdant earthiness.

Blood Orange Mule 

2 ounces          MALFY Con Arancia
1/2                    Fresh juice from 1/2 lime
1/2                    Fresh juice from 1/2 of a blood orange
1/2 cup             Ginger Beer
1                       Lime Wheel
1                       Mint Sprig

Add the gin, lime juice and blood orange juice to a classic mule mug then lightly stir.  Next, add the ice and ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

The tart and slight sweetness of the gin balances so perfectly with the peppery sweet ginger beer.  The lime adds another fresh layer of tart to the gin's citrus loveliness.  The MALFY Con Arancia is such a nice gin and truly marries the essence of a fresh blood orange to the mature allure of gin.  

So that's two exciting new gins to start u what will hopefully be an exciting new season.  Even if it doesn't turn out to be exciting, with MALFY Gin now you have a reason to celebrate or drown your sorrows deliciously.  MALFY Rosa and MALFY Con Arancia are reaching your finer wine and spirit retailers now and as always, please remember to enjoy responsibly.

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