Food & Drink
Review: Snap-E-Tom Tomato & Chile Cocktail

Review: Snap-E-Tom Tomato & Chile Cocktail

“Out West, there’s a legendary character no taller than a horse’s belly. They call him SNAP-E-TOM.” If that doesn’t make you want to try some, nothing else I say is going to matter. It’s the first line on the back label of a can of Snap-E-Tom, and I guess it’s meant to pitch the green-chile-spiced...
Review: Capresso Infinity Die-Cast Burr Grinder

Review: Capresso Infinity Die-Cast Burr Grinder

I’m trying to cut down on the length of my reviews, to give you a more concise┬áreading experience and a faster┬áresult. It’s hard for me not to be verbose, but here goes: WHAT’S A BURR GRINDER?
The Best Ski Town Bars

The Best Ski Town Bars

 Backcountry.com asked me to dive into their recent online poll and pull out the best dive bars in ski towns across America. Being a dive bar aficionado, I of course complied with gusto. Apparently the fact that we left out Montana was a sore subject, albeit only with Montanans. If you find yourself in any...
Review: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

I’m not a whiskey snob, but I know what I like: bourbon, rye, and the occasional glass of Islay scotch. I tend to keep my purchases under $40, which probably precludes having a “serious” whiskey collection, but you might be surprised at the variety and quality you can find at that price point. With that...
How To: Make A Shot Ski

How To: Make A Shot Ski

Despite the common assumption that all you need are skis, glue, shot glasses, and half a brain, constructing a shot ski that will stand up to the abuse of drunken skiers actually takes time, skill, and some extra tools. Backcountry.com consulted me for this project and I was more than happy to oblige. Enjoy and...
Coffee Mugs: America's Renewable Resource

Coffee Mugs: America’s Renewable Resource

The quest for the perfect coffee mug is a lifelong one. Ideally it should meet the following criteria: 1. Free – as in, $0. Coffee mugs are truly abundant; someone who thinks otherwise should drop by any garage sale or donation center to witness the porcelain ziggurats erected in the name of java. There are,...
Pepper Plant Hot Sauce

Pepper Plant Hot Sauce

My father, the self-appointed King of the Hand-Me-Down, gave me a bottle of Pepper Plant as a stocking stuffer last Christmas. A friend of had given him two bottles, and in his unending generosity, old Poppa Bear saw fit to split the booty and pass one on to me, but not without telling me first...
REVIEW: Gator Sauce & Lethal Gator

REVIEW: Gator Sauce & Lethal Gator

Back when I lived in Baltimore, I used to frequent a bar in Federal Hill called MaGerk’s. The main reasons for this were the cheesesteaks and the Eagles games, since the owners were from Philadelphia and knew how to put together a decent ‘steak. I highly recommend them, especially if you live in Baltimore or...