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  • The Best Bars in America, 2013

    By David Wondrich

    It's a tricky time for bars: are they places to escape reality, or are they places to marvel at how a drink gets made? So, as well as adding to our ever-growing list, we assess the state of things: the bars, the bartenders, the drinkers. Drinking itself.


    1. The Woodsman Tavern

    Portland, Oregon

    You're having: a pint of cask ale, a half dozen raw

    The Woodsman Tavern is like a rich man's hunting lodge: rustic but not too rustic and conspicuously well stocked with the good things in life: numerous Belgian beers on tap, cask ales, well-made cocktails, raw oysters and clams, a selection of country hams, carefully chosen wines and spirits. It would almost make you tired-if it weren't all so damn good.

    4537 Southeast Division Street; 971-373-8264



    2. Smuggler's Cove

    San Francisco

    You're having: an Expedition (in the take-home mug)

    On the outside, there's nothing-a bland, unmarked storefront on a quiet

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  • 3 Better Ways to Microwave Your Leftovers

    Getty ImagesBy Elizabeth Gunnison
    Call me paranoid, but I have long harbored an absolute conviction that food heated up in the microwave cools faster than food heated on the stovetop or in the oven. I don't think I'm being delusional here. Whether I'm nuking a half-finished cup of coffee - which I do almost daily - or cooking a frozen pizza, or heating up last night's leftovers, it all comes out of the microwave sizzling hot and then seems to cool to room temperature before I can find a clean fork. Given that I am a person who once weasled my way out of a high-school physics class by inventing an independent study in poetry-writing, I have always simply chalked this observation up to karma: food heated hastily will cool hastily, just to spite your impatient ass. Makes sense!

    Today, in a burst of science-y curiosity, I decided it was time to seek a more logical explanation for the phenomenon. I called up Harold McGee, a man who has made a career of applying chemistry, physics, and biology to

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  • 10 Things Every Man Should Know by 21

    by Julia Carpenter

    Adulthood has no eureka moment. Author and blogger Kelly Williams Brown, whose new book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps came out this month, believes true maturity is instead built on smaller stepping stones: using the correct screwdriver, wearing sunscreen, not going around telling everyone the foolish thing your friend did at 14.

    "Those moments of feeling together and in-control, we kind of need them," Brown says. "Because life is chaotic, and so much is out of our control, and at any moment there's like 18 million things we're worried about, but when a little worry crosses your path and you're like, 'No, I've got it,' that's a great feeling." Indeed. And so, using her book and enlisting her boyfriend David and good friend Markus as a guide, Brown created a special male-centric appendix for

    Plus: The Best Relationship Advice for Men

    1. Learn to tie a tie. Even better: learn how to tie a bow tie. Even better than better:

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  • 7 Great Signs America is Eating Healthier


    By Eric Vilas-Boas

    Don't get us wrong: The evidence that America as a whole is moving into some bold new direction of healthy eating is tenuous at best. The fact that Burger King and McDonald's tiffs are national news is still a sign we have a long way to go. But there is some wisdom, a few shining lights of gastronomic intelligence that our nation as a whole can't hurt to reference. Heck, we just learned that eating salt is kind-of OK, after all. You don't have to deny yourself life's purest pleasures. As nutrition consultant and author Karen Ansel puts it: "It's really what you're doing the majority of the time." So keep these notes in mind when sitting down for your next meal:

    1. We want our products local, "fresh," and "healthy," according to Food Technology magazine. Eighty percent of consumers specifically look for the word "fresh" in stores and 58 percent do so in restaurants. Seventy-eight percent of people are also making a strong effort to get more vitamins out of

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  • The Secret to Cary Grant's Classic Style

    Cary Grant: The world's coolest man

    From North by Northwest to His Girl Friday to Charade, Cary Grant was the ultimate mid-century icon, owning the silver screen in his grey flannel suits as he played both the everyman and the man everyone wanted to be. Born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England, Grant was one of the last fixtures of Hollywood's sartorial golden era. And it wasn't just that his suits always fit flawlessly, or that he was blessed with a look that could make an entire movie house swoon. It was that everything Grant wore, he wore with purpose. In our current age of Hollywood stylists and "leading men" who can't even dress themselves, Grant's attention to detail is not only admirable, it's enough to make you nostalgic for the days of good ol' black and white.

    Plus: How to Look Better at the Office, Right Now

    Take this shot from 1947, for example. From the cufflinks to the peak lapels to the tilt of the hat, the details alone could fill an intro level textbook on classic men's-wear. But what seals the

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  • How to Make Any Vegetable Taste Delicious

    Published in the May 2013 issue

    Chef Michael Kaphan, Purdy's Farmer & the Fish, North Salem, New York

    I'm a chef who grew up in the era just before the green-market revolution. Like so many others, my mother was a Birds Eye queen, and the Jolly Green Giant was her best friend, always hiding in the cupboard. So as I grew older and my passion for food grew, I wanted to come up with a simple, tasty, and healthy way to prepare garden or green-market vegetables. After many years of cooking, I find myself always returning to this one tried-and-true technique. It never fails me, and my guests always want to know how I did it. Simplicity, I tell them. The secret lies in the technique, and after a couple tries, you'll pick it right up. To use a restaurant phrase, it's done à la minute - "in a minute," or done to order. The goal is a reduced sauce clinging to vegetables that still have their picked-from-the-garden taste.

    There's another phrase in professional kitchens: mise en

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  • 8 Tips to Grill the Perfect Ribeye Steak

    by Josh Ozersky

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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you, or someone like you, is planning on doing some grilling this weekend. If you haven't broken out the tongs yet, this would obviously be the time to do so, particularly those of you who, like me, live in the gray and frigid northeast. I am figuring on cooking on Sunday for the first time since the weather broke. And on an occasion like that, nothing will do but a bone-on rib steak.

    Of course, you don't need me to tell you to eat a rib steak. You were born with the urge to do that. But I am here to give you a few pointers. A great bone-on rib steak doesn't just grill itself. So, while I trust that Eat Like a Man's readers know the basics of how to cook outdoors - and if you don't, read this - I will skip over the fundamentals and jump right into the your executive summary-style bullet points.

    Plus: The Truth About Grass-Fed Beef

    • Not all rib steaks are created equal; pay less attention to whether the
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  • Science Says Women Love Men with Beards

    Face-off. Kind of literally. No apologies for the pun.

    Score one for the bearded
    . Again. For now. Because a new study published by the journal Evolution and Human Behavior reports that women find men with "heavy stubble" most attractive, trailed by an apparent mob of disgusting fully bearded, lightly stubbled, and clean-shaven men, all of whom the fairer sex found to be about equally attractive to one another. (In fairness, full beards were rated highest for perceived parenting ability and healthiness.)

    Plus: 75 Things Men Don't Know About Women

    For the bald-faced among us, this comes as a bit of a surprise (by which we mean: punch to the groin). It was only three years ago that Schick's Skin-dex Survey declared that shaven men have sex about twice as much as those who don't. And that 64% of women would rather sleep with a cleanly shaven man - senses of humor and bloodlines held constant, we assume. (For the reasonable skeptics of companies who release polls: Schick does make a trimmer, too - though we of course see your point.

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  • How to Start a Business, from the Ace of Cakes and His Dad

    Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes, and his father Morrie.By Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes

    Published in the May 2013 issue

    My business and everything that's come out of it - the bakery, the television show, the cakes for celebrities, and this year's presidential inauguration - is actually a big accident. I was working as a private chef when I really wanted to be on tour in a rock band (1). I was twenty-five at the time. I had made a couple of birthday cakes for the kids of the people I worked for, and they liked them so much, they asked me to make cakes for their friends. The more cakes I made, the more requests I got. It didn't take long to figure out that I could make it work as a business.

    But there was no dream of owning a bakery and being on TV. I just needed the kind of business that would allow me to take a month off now and then to go on tour. I saw it as my path to rock stardom. Here's the thing, though. My dad is an entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. He's crazy smart - the kind of guy who can grasp the essence of a

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  • Why Women Are Tossing Their Boyfriend's Clothing Out

    She secretly threw out all his clothes — that's why he's shirtless.

    They say all is fair in love
    and war keeping your half of the closet sacred and well-protected against those treacherous people you love. But that second bit is proving to be not all that easy. According to a recent poll released by Oxfam in conjunction with British clothier Marks & Spencer as part of their Shwopping initiative, more than half of women in relationships regularly pillage their male counterparts' wardrobes. Which may not sound all that surprising. But the tactics can quickly become Machiavellian.

    Plus: Paul Rudd's Facial Hair Evolution

    Nearly half of the women polled admitted to throwing away their partner's clothes without telling them first. (Whether they come clean about what they've done after a polite, "Honey, have you seen my favorite T-shirt that I've had since I won my high school's breaking crew competition - which, yeah, I burned a hole into during one ill-fated Fourth of July celebration but nonetheless love so dearly, almost as much as I love

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