Arizona Stronghold Wine Review

Alright, maybe you are a fan of the rock band Tool and the oddities of frontman Maynard James Keenan. If you are, you may be aware that he owns a winery in Arizona. Is his juice any good? We got our hands on a bottle of his 2011 Cabernet and our review is below!

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Vodka Side By Side Blind Tasting

There are several styles of vodka for many different uses. Potato vodka, grain vodka, even molasses vodka have been sipped for centuries with Russia making perhaps the world’s best. Flavored vodka for use in your favorite sweeter drink, ultra-dry vodka for those yummy martini’s, even vodka used for cooking. Looking to make your very own herb extract? Vodka, due to it’s natural somewhat flavorless clean taste makes a great base to do a homemade tincture.

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In the video below, we sample a few Texas vodkas along with one from Iceland called Reyka. How do they compete side-by-side? See for yourself!

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Drink More For A Healthy Heart

Science (and drunks) have long debated the positive effects of drinking a glass of wine, shot of a good spirit or even a pint of brew, but could it really help you prevent stroke & cardiovascular disease? Well it can, according to a study published in RT.

The study, conducted at Penn State U examined more than 80,000 healthy folks over a period of 6 years. Those who had a few drinks a day actually had lower in HDL (that’s the “good cholesterol” than those who abstained entirely, a good sign for those of us to enjoy a drink to take the edge off the day!

Of course, as we say- ‘everything in moderation’. Binge drinking or getting too ‘dark’ probably isn’t the best thing for your liver (or head)…but a little bit looks to help a lot!

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The KFC Scented Candle A Real Thing?

The holidays are always a good time for scented candles, especially when you’ve got a fake Christmas tree or guests coming over for holiday parties and get-togethers. Most often, candle scents are quite pleasant, like vanilla, cinnamon, pine, sandalwood, et al.

Now I love a good fried food on occasion, but the thought of a candle smelling like old grease and chicken doesn’t really sound appealing, does it?

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Today insists that this is a real thing, however you can only get it ‘down under’ in New Zealand. The merchandising geniuses at KFC recently had a contest whereby they asked fans to submit ideas for merchandising trinkets and trash, and it looks like this one (the candle) took the top honors. Other ideas included popcorn chicken lip balm and KFC toilet freshner (hopefully pre KFC, not post KFC indulging). What are your thoughts? Leave comments in the section below.

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Rib-eye…The Secret To A Great Steak!

We are meat eaters, plain and simple. Ribs, tri-top, fillet, brisket, beef, pork, chicken, fish- we love it all, but especially our red meat. Through trial and error we’ve found that the first secret to a great tasting steak is to start with a dry brine. What is a dry brine, you may ask? Very simply, it’s the process of dry salting your steak several hours before cooking.

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Now, some might think that this will dry your steak out, leaving you with something that more closely resembles beef jerky than a moist, tender hunk of love. But trust me, this critical step does wonders to keeping the flavor going all the way through the cut and each bite when eating. The biggest trick is using spices that have little or no salt in them when you are ready to season.

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The second trick to use, especially when cooking rib-eye is the ‘one-minute-flip’, a technique that while cumbersome, yields the perfectly cooked steak. Yes- it’s a pain in the ass to flip your steak once a minute for 8 to 12 minutes (depending on steak thickness and desire of doneness), but it leaves you with a steak that has that great char/crust line on either side and a nice middle without overcooking one side, leading to dry disaster. Check this result on a windy, cold night:

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Check out the video below for the full demonstration and also look into our ‘Cooking!’ page for more tips and tricks!

Oh, and here’s a link to that Chicken video too!

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La Aroma De Cuba- Monarch Review

I’ve had the pleasure of smoking more than my fair share of cigars over the years, thanks in part to the fact that my girlfriend (now wife) managed The Cigar Bar near the Quarry golf course in San Antonio when we were first dating some 20 years ago, and also due to my affiliation with The Cigar Station, the world’s first internet radio station programmed and designed for the cigar smoker in mind. Life has indeed, been good!

Not to take anything away from other brands (who shall remain nameless here), but I’ve often found that with many brands, some of their stuff I really love and some of their cigars don’t quite fit my smoking preference. This is NOT the case with La Aroma De Cuba. Virtually every one of their cigars has been dynamite! From construction to flavor to consistency through box, this is a brand that I don’t think I’ve ever not enjoyed.

No, I’m not sucking up here-we do this for love, not for money or free product (neither of which we’ve gotten). If you are looking for an affordable, amazing cigar to help you set the bar for the rest, La Aroma De Cuba may be just up your alley!

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David Akiyoshi 2013 Reserve Cab

Known as the ‘King of Lodi’, David’s wines are found almost exclusively on the user-funded Naked Wines website and wine club.

While the 2013 and 2014 appear to be sold out, there are some other David Akiyoshi wine’s available for you to try, and all at very reasonable costs, especially for a California red! Check out our review!

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