By Julieanne Smolinski, GQ
It's often been said that variety is the spice of life, which means some pretty depressing things for monogamy. Namely, that being with the same person forever, sexually and romantically, is sort of the equivalent of eating your favorite food every day. Most people love rice, but not as their only option.
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I firmly believe that you can have rice every day, if you mix it up. (I mean this literally if you live in certain Asian countries or are severely impoverished and have a hotpot). You can keep the flame alive, in the bedchamber and the heart chamber with minimal effort. The key is remembering to do little things for your wife or longtime girlfriend or life partner that keep her surprised and sexually interested- almost to the point of wariness. I know that remembering to be unexpected seems counterintuitive, which is why it's important to plan your spontaneity with laser precision.
I've assembled some tips to keep
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You don't want to spend your mornings tucking and folding, so here's the secret to simplifying an otherwise tedious task: Ditch your flat sheet and sleep with only a soft duvet-which is how the Europeans do it. Come morning, just follow these four simple steps to give your bed a relaxed yet refined look.
1. Make space. Clear off all pillows, throws, and anything else that's on your bed. You need space to work.
2. Toss your duvet. Do this while standing at the side of the bed-preferably the side that's closest to the door. (It's a colossal pain to make your bed look perfect from every angle, so just focus on the one you'll be looking at most often.) You want the duvet to be off-center at this point, so aim high and long: Short it at the foot of the bed and give the side opposite you some extra length. This will make the duvet easier to adjust in the next step.
3. Fine-tune. Staying where you are, tug the duvet toward you until the side edge is parallel to the floor and the duvet
By Alan Richman, GQRead More »from How to Order Wine: Handling Your Sommelier
1. Make sure your sommelier really is one. Now that the dangling silver cups are out of fashion, it's hard to know if the guy bringing the wine list to your table is a sommelier or a guy from the catering department. Taking wine advice from an amateur is like buying a Rolex from a guy selling them out of a briefcase.
2. If you're the host and don't want to get into a monetary discussion at the table, call ahead and give the sommelier your budget. He should find it a welcome challenge.
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3. If the restaurant has no sommelier, try working with the waiter. If you say, "I'd like a juicy red for $40," and his response is a dull stare, ask him to send somebody around who's familiar with the list.
4. Regarding points two and three: Sommeliers are sick of waiting on wine simps. One of them said to me, Customers have got to grow more hair on their backs.
5. Beware the sommelier who recommends pairing the eight-course tasting
- GQ Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 3:52 PM EDT
By Mark Byrne, Sean Fennessey, Jessica Glavin, Mark Anthony Green, Stelios Phili, Andrew Richdale, Eric Sullivan, and Dennis Tang, GQ
Thirty years ago, a fledgling startup network called MTV launched, completely altering how we experience music. What was once about sitting around listening to records, transformed into a platform for visual iconography. In honor of the anniversary of that dramatic shift, GQ partners with VEVO to celebrate the most stylish music videos ever.
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By Grayson Schaffer and Josh Dean, GQ
There are 170 dog breeds, but these four are the only ones you need to know. Whether you want a booze-brunch companion, a half-buddy/half-babysitter mix, or the canine version of Paul Bunyan, we've got the right breed for you.
By Brett Martin, GQRead More »from The FedEx Meal Plan
One should never underestimate the value of having friends whose first reaction, when you tell them you need two In-N-Out burgers FedExed from Los Angeles to New York by the next morning, is to ask, "Regular or Double-Double?" I happen to have such friends (their names are Oliver and Sarah), and I happened to have had this scheme: To get as many foods as possible, from all over the world, sent overnight via FedEx to my home in Brooklyn.
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But hold on, I hear you say, doesn't this fly in the face of every single thing going on in the food world? Aren't all right-minded eaters supposed to be eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably, with exquisite sensitivity to each ingredient's provenance, genetic heritage, and carbon footprint?
Well, yes. And the truth is that this made the prospect all the sweeter. It's not that I don't believe in local and seasonal eating. The thing is, the revolutionaries have won. Ask any
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Look around you. Better yet, look in the mirror. Are you the victim? After a deeply scientific, irrefutable poll, we gathered, analyzed, and ranked the most sartorially-challenged metropolises in the greater United States. It may be time to plan that move you've been thinking about. Here is a sample of the 40 worst-dressed cities in America.
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You needn't waste time trying to keep pace with the latest research on fatty fish acids or obsessing over whether you should be giving up carbs, fats, or refined sugars this month. It's as simple as teaching yourself to eat less.
That's right: Eat less. But how?
Follow these ten simple steps and you'll learn to control your appetite (without denying yourself the pleasure of eating), to eat healthier (and ultimately tastier!) foods, and to make lower-calorie eating part of your everyday life.Read More »from 10 Secrets of a Lower-Calorie Lifestyle
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Don't get us wrong: We love a perfectly crafted tweet or a hilarious Tumblr or an ingenious app. But have any of those things ever rocked you to the core and irrevocably altered the way you see the world? Yeah, us neither. For that you need a book (even if you read it on a Nook). We asked some of the finest storytellers around to tell us about the works that truly slayed them.
By Alan Richman, GQRead More »from Alan Richman's 10 Best Dishes in San Francisco
Our correspondent ate his way through the most exciting movement in American dining right now and chose his favorites from the Bay Area's brightest new restaurants
1. Smoked Beef Brisket Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco
So soft, I was sure it was braised. Not so. Just an old-fashioned way of cooking, twelve hours of low heat. Beats most Texas brisket.
2. Eel, Feuille de Brick, Crème Fraîche, LimeBenu, San Francisco
Thin eel cigar-wrapped in warm, crunchy dough, with a creamy dipping sauce. Childlike moment enlivens a seriously good meal.
3. Foie Gras Bonbon Commonwealth, San Francisco
Sweets for the swells. Chocolate-covered. Outrageous. Served as a first course, but maybe it should be dessert.
4. Warm Egg Custard Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco
It jiggles. It jolts. Custard, ham broth, sea urchin, duck confit, and more.
5. Roast Poussin in Fresh Chamomile Butter Commis, Oakland
The white-meat chicken we've all been waiting for. Impossibly moist