Torres del Paine, Chile
Forget Febreeze — the best way to make your house smell awesome is to stick a seasoned pork roast in a low temperature oven and slowly cook that sucker over 8-10 hours. My kids were panting like little puppies at the oven window all day waiting for the roast to come out.
New Release: The Best Made Ditty Bag
The Best Made Ditty Bag: designed by Best Made in our lower Manhattan workshop, manufactured in the USA. Reinforced waxed canvas and solid brass grommets, secured by a rope lanyard that has been hand-spliced and whipped with red technical control line. Our ditty is teeming with maritime tradition but built for our customer’s exacting demands today.
Below is a detailed list of specifications which we hope will help to inform you and empower you to use this bag to its utmost, with confidence and gusto.
- Constructed from 10.10 oz Waxed Canvas. Produced by the Martin Company for the better part of a century, this tightly-woven cotton fabric is impregnated with Martexin® wax which provides resistance to inclement weather and produces a handsome patina over time. The wax consists of food and pharmaceutical waxes, making it completely non-hazardous. The Martin family has been making American textiles since 1838, and their waxed fabrics have outfitted countless outdoorsmen, soldiers, and farmers for generations.
- Solid bronze 3” corrosion-resistant snap hook (particularly good around seawater).
- #4 Brass Grommets, conforms to all US military specifications
-Each ditty bag is eye-spliced and finished by hand with traditional methods by seasoned New England rope workers. This labor-intensive step results in the strongest, most seamless finish available.
-Woven in Europe’s western lowlands by rope makers with four centuries of experience, this 3-strand polyester rope has a soft touch and good grip, while having a breaking load of 1,000 kg. It is pre-stretched to prevent elongation, and with high UV-resistance, was typically used as halyard and sheet ropes on classic fishing boats.
-The classic 3-strand splice has been whipped by hand using a high-strength, low-stretch control line. Braided from Dyneema SK75 ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, this is one of the strongest man-made fibers. Designed to maintain all properties, even when wet, this line also benefits from a high UV-resistance.
-Our Ditty is double stitched along the main seam with heavy nylon size 92 thread and reinforced along the base for reliable durability.
A Wander Down The World’s Longest Pier
Spring has sprung in the UK and the public’s mind has turned to sitting on beaches and having barbecues. Personally, beaches don’t really do it for me and I’ve never really understood what the big deal is with cooking outside, but it’s hard to argue with the more comfortable temperatures and the bright blue cloudless skies.
Luckily, the above average weather conditions have coincided with a week off work, so I’ve been looking for ways to occupy my time. A few weeks ago, I was planning to go abroad (perhaps Berlin or Switzerland), but time ticked by without any decisions being made and consequently, prices went up. Europe doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did. I’ve conquered much of Western Europe and while Eastern Europe beckons, it doesn’t have quite as much gravitation pull on my wallet than Asia does. I’m planning on revisiting Asia later in the year, so I’ve decided to ditch the idea of a short European break this week and save my money to splurge on rice and bubble tea later.
As part of my time occupying activities, yesterday I visited Southend-On-Sea. The town is like any other British seaside resort though it is trying to modernise. The seafront is actually rather nice, though it’s still blotted by amusement arcades, terrible cafes and shops selling sticks of rock, novelities and “fancy goods”.
The big draw for visitors to Southend (or Saaaff-end as residents call it) is the pier. At 1.34 miles (2.16 km), it is officially the world’s longest pleasure pier. It’s so long, a train runs its full length to ferry passengers from one end to the other (though it was closed on our visit). Again, Southend Borough Council are trying hard to smarten the pier up and make it more of a destination. Construction is underway on a multi-purpose cultural centre at the pier’s head which will include accommodation and cafes. Before that opens, there’s very little to encourage people to make to trip to the end other than to enjoy the ambiance and to tell people you did it.
So, here I am telling you I did it and here’s a photo to prove it. There are more photos on my Flickr stream if you’re interested.
Last year the world experienced historical events, from severe flooding and mudslides in Thailand and Pakistan, flash floods in Brazil, tropical storm in Philippines to a drought in East Africa, Chile’s Puyehue volcano eruption and the typhoon, earthquake and tsunami that hit east of Japan. In the United States alone, extreme weather ranged from 200+ tornado outbreaks in the southeastern states, Joplin EF-5 tornado, triple threat drought, heat and wildfires across the southern plains to the category one Hurricane Irene, and early season winter storms. The frequent question raised: Was this caused by global warming?
New Yorker writer, Elizabeth Kolbert’s article “Hurricane Irene and Global Warming: A Glimpse of the Future?” makes a good point. The answers to this specific question are usually weak to the point most of us forget about this environmental issue until the next disaster hits. She suggests we start asking a different question.
Instead of the standard question, “Was [Irene] caused by global warming?,” in which the answer ultimately concludes not one event can definitively contribute to climate change. How about, “Are more events like [Irene] be what one could expect in a warming world?” The answer here is a straightforward “yes.”
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I’ve kept this chili recipe on the back burner for a while. I was waiting to post it on that unbearably cold day that usually comes around this time of year. You know, to remind us that winter isn’t finished with us yet, usually freezing one into a depression because you begin to believe the cold will engulf you forever. Whelp, it’s now looking like we’re being spared this misery, so I am posting this as an au revoir to Winter: “Thanks! It’s been great. I appreciate the brief visit…I never really got wear my new snow boots but maybe see you in November? If you decide to even show up at all next year.”
Cold weather or warm weather, this recipe is the best chili you will ever cook in your life. My mom made it often for our family growing up. I. Could. Not. Get. Enough. It is incredibly flavorful and delicious, yet also surprisingly light for a hearty chili with not one unhealthy ingredient in the recipe. The chicken and beans give it its sustenance and ingredients like onions, jalapeno peppers, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce add a lot of kick and zing to the dish.
I was originally motivated to make this chili on my own (typically I ask…or beg for it on visits home to CT) when I couldn’t help but buy one of those “raised on an organic farm, happily fed and taken care of, lays golden eggs every morning” chickens from the Union Square Farmer’s Market and the vendor instructed me to boil this chicken “as long as I could possibly bear to.” Ummm ok….
Nevertheless, I’m a sucker for slow cooking and I knew that I wanted my chili to have that pulled chicken consistency. Boiling the full chicken for 4 hours also allowed me to use homemade chicken stock where it called for it in the recipe, which really amped up the flavor. You could of course just boil your chicken normally and use store bought stock, but if you have the time, I would definitely recommend trying out the slow cooked route….as long as you can possibly bear to.
Read on for the recipe:
By Amy Eustace
Eight months ago, the top six was nailed on. You could bet your house on the fact that the usual suspects – the Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs – would all be up there, fighting it out in their customary gloves-off style. But you wouldn’t have wagered a penny on the prospect of Newcastle, of all clubs, throwing their hat into that ring. It would’ve been like betting on a 12-year-old to knock out Ali, or a three-legged horse to win at Cheltenham. They had lost a raft of regular players; including the brash but effective Barton, the reliable Nolan, the indispensible Enrique and…well, Andy Carroll. Their fabled return to the Premier League hadn’t exactly coincided with a return to the glory days.
Geordies were faced with a lean transfer window. A few presumed nobodies from France here, some lad that played for West Ham there; it didn’t make for pleasant viewing. Expectations had been lowered since their year in the throes of the Championship, sure, but in a desolate summer thoughts strayed to the likelihood of being back there again sooner rather than later. No one expected to see them chasing European qualification at this point in the season. If you HAD bet on it, you would probably be looking forward to a handy payoff in two months’ time.
The question is…how did they do it?
How, at a time when all and sundry are abandoning the purse strings, did Newcastle manage to do the opposite, and compete at a higher level? To put it rather plainly, their methodology closely resembles another black-and-white-striped team: Udinese. From the North East of England, to the North East of Italy, a radical – yet perfectly sensible – strategy has been translated.
Choosing the Right Drink
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The Dive Bar
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Red or white should be the only decision you have to make. The act of sharing a bottle of wine is undeniably intimate.
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It’s really starting to feel like fall around here. Cold nights, rainy days, & the time change. I woke up feeling very out of sorts. That’s been the norm around here lately. Lots has been in flux &, as I welcome new opportunities, it often takes a minute for me to adjust to the changes, & let…