By Brett Martin, GQ
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.
To see the full list of cities that lack style, click here.Read More »from The Worst-Dressed Cities in America
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, Lime Benu, 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
Eggs and butter. That's all you need for truly amazing scrambled eggs. Unfortunately, eggs and butter are also the key ingredients in really bad scrambled eggs, the rubbery, flavorless kind you find too often in diners and restaurants. The fact is, your eggs will always live and die by how they're handled on the stovetop. Cook them too long and you extract the moisture and, with it, the flavor. But if you cook them gently and slowly, over low heat, you'll have the best eggs you've ever tasted. Crack them directly into the pan and, instead of scrambling them, slowly push them about with a rubber spatula. The whites stay white, the yolks a rich yellow. After a few minutes, you have scrambled eggs that are deeply flavored and wonderfully soft. It's that simple, and they are that good.Read More »from How to Cook Perfect Scrambled Eggs
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 6 eggs
• Salt and pepper
1. In a nonstick pan over low heat, melt the butter. Then crack the eggs directly into the pan. Let them sit for about
By Oliver Strand, GQRead More »from Get the most from your butcher
The first time I went to a butcher was in college. I wish I could say it was my idea, but the inspiration belonged to my roommate, Robert, a sophomore from Burbank, California, who was trying to transform himself into a sophisticate who knew the best vintages of the past ten Bordeaux and Napa harvests. (He memorized the cheat sheet in Wine Spectator.) Robert decided that we would invite friends over for a steak dinner and that we would, in his words, serve the finest beef known to mankind.
Now, this was fifteen years ago, long before the current fascination with meatmen-butchers weren't photogenic dudes with tattoos, they were middle-aged guys with missing fingers. Our neighborhood butcher shop was busy and reassuringly spotless; the tile floor sprinkled with sawdust. It was only when our number was called that I realized Robert didn't have a plan. The butcher asked what we wanted, and Robert calmly stepped behind me and gave me a little push.
I didn't know
By Will Welch, GQ
It's a trend we've been seeing on the arms of Italian, French, and American editors loitering outside fashion shows for a few seasons now: a stack of mix-and-match bracelets in an unfussy array of colors and materials. Well, the look's not only for insiders anymore-wearing bracelets just went pop. "Kanye bought a bunch of our bracelets at Fred Segal before Coachella," says Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros. "We sold out of them, but don't worry. We had more made." Some call them "friendship bracelets" as a nod to teenage summers spent at sleepaway camp; we prefer to think of them as an easy way to co-opt some of the swagger of rock stars and swashbuckling seafarers. Doesn't matter if you're into $300 designer pieces or you just steal your girl's hairbands-the key is to pile them up until you've lost count and wear them till they fall off.Read More »from How to Pull Off That Wristband Thing
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By Julianne Smolinski, GQRead More »from Don't Be The Worst: The Fight Against Whimsy
In the past year, I've learned to avoid men who want to take women out for baked goods.
To most women, this doesn't say, "Wow, this is the kind of guy I want to let kiss frosting out of my bangs." This says other things. Like, "This guy probably has one of those bracelets that will alert his parole officer if he drinks," or, "I need to change my Google image results to look less like somebody who can be lured out of the house by pastry like some kind of Brothers Grimm orphan."
Or worse yet: "This is one of those whimsy guys."
Fellows, I beseech you: No more whimsy.
Before I go any further, let me say that sometimes whimsy is great. I like a taxidermied armadillo holding a beer can as much as the next girl, and I think that turning a bunch of old Airstreams into a pricey motel is an important step in taking some of the stigma out of trailer living. But I would like to suggest that we take a scented panda eraser to whimsy in the realm of adult, grown-up