It’s nearly time for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest row 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Teams and solo rowers battle the elements, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and the occasional marlin beak piercing their boat hulls. Celebrate with Talisker 10-Year and watch last year’s recap.
When the dreaded “check engine” and other dashboard warning lights flare, discover what’s wrong without a costly trip to a mechanic. The Innova 1000 Car Scan Mobile turns smartphones into advanced OBD2 diagnostic tools. It pairs with the RepairSolutions 2 app for systems health checks of most cars made since 1996.
One of the world’s finest gins comes from Germany, not London. Rated a near-perfect 99 by Distiller.com, Monkey 47 Dry Gin is a delicious juniper concoction with prominent herbal, fruity, and peppery notes, and a sweet finish. The 47 in the name comes from the 47 botanicals used and the 47% ABV.
Hello? Is it me you’re looking floor? Let your Lionel Richie doormat from HappyMatz welcome visitors and overworked delivery drivers with Richie’s face and the first word from his classic ballad. Give ‘em a smile and consider it a good deed. Comes in two sizes and in natural coir or all-weather dura coir.
Well before Power Rangers or TNMT, Ultraman was a live-action TV series, establishing a new type of sci-fi adventure, kitschy kaiju characters, salarymen superheroes, and sparkly special effects. Rarely broadcast in America, it’s now streaming on Pluto TV with select titles on-demand on Shout! Factory TV.
The 13” MacBook Air deserves an equally well-designed sleeve to keep it secure. Amsterdam’s Mujjo crafted just the thing, a sophisticated asymmetrical envelope-styled Macbook Air & Pro Sleeve carry case. Made with an upscale combo of heavy-duty felt and full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather flap with a one-snap closure.
Refreshingly light, the classic gin and tonic cocktail is popular worldwide. For an upgraded G&T with an exotic twist, Tanqueray Rangpur is a smooth distilled gin with a distinctive citrus taste. Named after a rare lime from India, aromatic Tanqueray Rangpur is also subtly enhanced with mandarin flavors from the Far East.
Tropicfeel’s Shell Backpack is an ultra-versatile, expandable travel pack with a unique wardrobe system to organize and compress a closet-worth of clothes for comfy, lightweight carry. Features clamshell access, detachable pouch plus options for tech, camera or toiletries. Estimated delivery starts in March 2021.
What’s going on? You, you sharp-dressed man, when you wear the Marvin Gaye Camp Shirt. The limited-edition viscose poplin button-up is a top-drawer collaboration between Motown Records, the Marvin Gaye Estate and Better Gift Shop. Features the iconic album art from Marvin Gaye Live!, shot in 1974 by photographer Jim Brit.
Raise a glass to the great women of whisky. Jane Walker is a limited-edition Scotch whisky from Master Blender Emma Walker in honor of Cardhu, a 200-year-old Speyside distillery that flourished under the leadership of whisky pioneer Elizabeth Cumming. The blended malt is aged ten years, featuring notes of white peaches.
Whether you’re baking it or binge-eating it, bread is 2020’s #1 comfort food. And carbs don’t get better than goodies from NoCal’s Manresa Bread led by James Beard “Outstanding Baker” finalist Avery Ruzicka. Triple Chocolate Orange Panettone, Babka, Sourdough and more ship nationwide, as does their BREAD sweatshirt.
A is for Awesome. B is for Bombas. C is for Colorful Comfy Cotton Calf socks. Bombas and Sesame Street teamed up for a limited-edition, 7-pair sock collection for adults to celebrate everyone’s fave PBS Muppets. With every pair sold, a pair is donated for homeless families. Here’s hoping that Oscar the Grouch gets some.
Infamous prank callers, The Jerky Boys are back with their first new album in 20 years. The Comedy Dynamics album stars co-founder Johnny Brennan phoning unsuspecting victims under the guise of new characters and fan faves like Frank Rizzo, Mike Deruki, Jack Tors and Sol Rosenberg. Drops 11.27.2020 (Black Friday).
Vermouth is an unsung hero, vital to the bartender arsenal when they need the good stuff like 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso for top-shelf Negronis and Americanos. Nearly 300 years of experience go into 1757, the plum-red aperitif that salutes Casa Cinzano’s founding year. Rated 94 by Wine Spectator for its mature aromatics.
Fine art with a Chicano heart. Roberto Munguia expresses his love for L.A. in “A Todo Corazon,” a vivid serigraph measuring 11″ x 10″. The limited edition of 150 is handmade, signed, and numbered. The modest price belies Munguia’s gallery credentials and studies with prominent artist Roberto Gil De Montes.
In case the COVID-19 nightmare isn’t scary enough, Songbird is a dystopian thriller that envisions the pandemic four years into quarantine when the virus has changed. So has humanity. The world is in lockdown with “sanitation” squads forcing infected people into camps, resulting in a terrifying end-times Romeo & Juliet story.
Motorola’s innovative Tech3 earbuds combine three styles in one headphone: true wireless, sport loop, and wired via a 3.5mm stereo plug. They offer easy operation with one-step pairing and tangle-free cord storage. Coupled with the Hubble Connect for VerveLife app, assistance features can even help find lost earbuds.
Pinhook is a new portfolio of American whiskeys, each as distinctive as the winning racehorse on the label. The Kentucky distillery’s 2020 Straight Rye – cheekily called Rye’d On – took Double-Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Available through BevMo, and online at Caskers, Drizly, and Seelbach’s.
This gothic serving set pours on the charm with tea for four. Portland’s Angioletti Designs kiln-fires porcelain fine china with Victorian, baroque, and rococo images, including this moody black-and-gold set that invites a bat, cat, eye, and crow to the tea party. Foodsafe, durable, and wear-resistant with hand-washing care.
The grinning ghosts in installations by artist Roberto Cambi have won awards for playfully haunting European landmarks. Cambi also makes mini versions as tea light holders to decorate not-so-haunted houses everywhere. Artemest and Pasadena’s Gold Bug sell them in small, medium, and large. No two are alike.
Boldly innovative, the powerful 2021 Escalade is Cadillac’s most impressive luxury SUV yet, thanks to ground-breaking tech and a wealth of surprises. Prestigious perks include the industry’s first curved 38” OLED display, 36-speaker AKG Studio audio, and Enhanced Super Cruise with Lane-change for hands-free highway driving.
Artist Chet Phillips expresses his askew world view with a wink and detailed renderings of creepy creatures from pop culture and literature. His limited-edition playing cards feature 58 illustrations of characters from Cthulhu to “The Muppets”’ Animal. Half the fun is how Phillips IDs the critters with pseudo-Latin names.
Fans of America’s greatest pastime can pitch their cash inside Pro Style Sports’ Baseball Glove Wallet, a top-grain leather billfold made from the same stuff used for pro mitts and balls. Hand-sewn with 108 red stitches, it has a leather interior with eight card pockets and a money slot. Comes in white, brown and black.
Designed to combat blazes while keeping humans at a safe distance, Textron Systems and Howe & Howe’s remote-operated robots can blast 1,250-2,500 gallons of water per minute. The robots can climb stairs, shove and winch vehicles, and endure extreme heat. Would also be fun as a response to Elon Musk’s flamethrowers.
Cariuma’s Catiba Pro skate shoes are ready to perform. They’re hand-built for comfort, durability, and unsurpassed grip, thanks to a slip-resistant, natural rubber sole and sustainable cork insole. The stylish upper mixes triple-stitched suede with organic cotton. Cariuma plants two trees in the Brazilian Rainforest for every purchase.
The eFTR Jr. is Indian Motorcycles’ first electric mini-bike for young motorcycle lovers. Paying homage to the FTR750 Flat Track race bike, the eFTR Jr. is powered by a 36v electric motor using a twist-handle throttle. The mini-bike plus protective apparel and accessories are built for riders 8+ and up to 175 pounds.
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