Thanks to the most-photogenic NFGers for reminding us why it’s important to #beyourdonor on October 24th!Network for Good’s favorite holiday is this month. Although we do love Halloween, October 24this Be Your Donor Day and the reason why we celebrate big this month! Sometimes fundraisers are so caught up in the day to day that we forget how important our donors are to our organization’s success. Without understanding how our donors interact with our organization, what the donation process looks like from a donors’ point of view, and how donors are thanked for their gift, we can’t do much to improve (or overhaul!) the process.It takes more effort to bring in a new donor than to retain an existing donor. Once a donor starts a relationship with your organization, do your best to ensure that donor has a positive experience. That’s why we want all fundraisers to join in and celebrate this very important holiday. Block out some time on October 24th and do an audit of your donor communication. Make sure your all your fundraising activities are donor-centric. Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas:· Your home page’s Donate Now button should take less than 5 seconds to locate and donors shouldn’t have to make more than one click to get to your donation page. · Thank you letters should talk less about how much your organization does and should instead talk more about what a donor’s gifts does. · Your organization’s contact information should be easy to find on your website, letterhead, emails, and gift receipts. And when a donor does call, promptly answer questions.We recommend you download our complete Be Your Donor Day checklist and check out all your fundraising activities for “donor-centricness”. Be your donor on October 24th and be your organization’s fundraising superhero!
Diego Reyes is set for a Liga MX return with Tigres.The northern Mexico club announced Sunday that Reyes is set to arrive in Monterrey on Monday morning to finalize his contract and undergo his medical exams.Fenerbahce made Reyes a free agent Sunday morning, with the defender not in the Turkish club’s plan for the future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Able to play center back or defensive midfielder, Reyes missed the 2018 World Cup with an injury but has helped the Mexico national team to a pair of Gold Cup titles. He also took part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with manager Miguel Herrera.However, he’s struggled to win playing time at either position in the past several seasons, with his parent clubs in Europe sending him out on loan but those moves resulting in little action.🛬 Mañana lunes llega a Monterrey @Diego_Reyes13🤴🏻, a las 09:45 A. M. para negociar los términos de su contrato con @TigresOficial y realizar los exámenes médicos.¡Bienvenido, Diego! 👊🐯Presentado por @CervezaTecate#SomosFutbol📸Mexsport pic.twitter.com/gBGbVz5Ljy— Club Tigres Oficial (@TigresOficial) August 25, 2019He joins a Tigres defense that has a number of aging members and that has at times been hit by injuries this season. The squad, coached by Tuca Ferretti, began an overhaul of its back line at the start of the year by signing Reyes’ international teammate from Eintracht Frankfurt, Carlos Salcedo. Salcedo has regularly started at center back with Hugo Ayala, but Reyes could slot in and replace the veteran Mexican center back. Or, Ferretti may return to a four-man back line. Guido Pizarro and Rafael Carioca generally form the defensive midfield partnership.America, Reyes’ first club and the team currently coached by Herrera, also was reportedly interested in bringing the 26-year-old back to Mexico but Tigres are set to win out for his signature.Reyes moved from Mexico City to Porto in 2013 but struggled to win a place in Europe during his various stops. In addition to Porto, he played with Real Sociedad and Espanyol. Fenerbahce signed Reyes only to loan him out to Espanyol after a horrendous start to the 2018-19 season.America and Tigres met Saturday at the Estadio Azteca, with the match culminating in a 1-1 draw. Tigres won an earlier meeting last week in a Leagues Cup semifinal to earn a spot in the final of the nascent competition.
Christian Eriksen wishes he could “decide just like in Football Manager” what happens with his future as he hinted at being frustrated at not being able to leave Tottenham.Summer transfer windows have now closed across Europe, so the Denmark international will not be making a move any time soon.He had expressed a desire to take on a new challenge after six years in English football, with Real Madrid reported to be among his many suitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Spurs were expected to listen to offers, if any were tabled, with Eriksen having entered the final 12 months of his contract.No deal has been done, though, and the 27-year-old continues to head towards free agency and the chance to speak with interested parties about pre-contract terms in January.That is the kind of position that Eriksen wishes he was in at present, with there a desire on his part to dictate what happens at an important career crossroads.He told Ekstra Bladet while on Euro 2020 qualification duty with his country: “I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’t.”Eriksen stated publicly in June that he felt ready to make a fresh start away from north London.He has not got his wish, but has no regrets at having made his feelings clear.Quizzed on whether his comments were a mistake, given that he now has to stay and fight for more minutes under Mauricio Pochettino, Eriksen said: “No, it wasn’t. But it is football and you never know what happens in football. Many things always come into play.”To me it is not difficult to clear my head. I don’t read much of what is written.”And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year. But it’s clear that it’s been a little more fierce this year because my contract is about to expire.”I know a lot of people are interested in where I want to play. That’s the way it is. This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumours.”Eriksen played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham’s last Premier League outing as he scored in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Tata Martino is going to get another look at Mexico’s young talent.A few weeks after he convened a national team camp largely comprised of young players ahead of October’s Concacaf Nations League games, the El Tri manager is set to convene another mini-camp filled with Liga MX players, largely born after 1996.Four players from Pachuca lead the way, with midfielders Erick Aguirre and Francisco Figueroa joined by Tuzo teammates Kevin Alvarez and Roberto de la Rosa. A trio of Leon players with young forward duo Jose Juan Macias and Jesus Godinez and midfielder Ivan Rodriguez representing the other Grupo Pachuca outfit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream A duo from Queretaro, the surprising league leader after eight rounds of play, returns from last month’s mini-camp, with forward Paolo Yrizar and center back Luis Romo, the oldest player in the squad, both earning recalls after showing positive things in the previous camp.Since his arrival in January, Martino has worked with Liga MX clubs to get them to release players during the week after their weekend matches. This is the third time a camp has taken place, with players set to travel to Mexico City’s training center Sept. 15 and work with the national team until the 18th, when they’ll return to their clubs.El Tri topped the United States 3-0 last week but was blown out by Argentina on Tuesday in a 4-0 defeat, the first loss of Martino’s tenure. Now the attention turns to the Concacaf Nations League, which Mexico begins with a trip to meet Bermuda on Oct. 11. They’ll play a preparation friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on a non-FIFA date, meeting the Soca Warriors on Oct. 2.Full squad:Goalkeepers: Raul Gudino (Chivas), Sebastian Jurado (Veracruz), Jose Hernandez (Atlas)Defenders: Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Jesus Angulo (Atlas), Luis Romo (Queretaro), Vladmir Lorona (Tijuana), Johan Vasquez (Monterrey), Alan Mozo (Pumas), Ismael Govea (Atlas), Gerardo Arteaga (Santos Laguna), Aldo Cruz (Tijuana), Cristian Calderon (Necaxa), Adrian Mora (Toluca)Midfielders: Ivan Rodriguez (Leon), Jesus Angulo (Necaxa), Francisco Figueroa (Pachuca), Jose Esquivel (Juarez), Ulises Cardona (Atlas), Jairo Torres (Atlas), Erick Aguirre (Pachuca), Adrian Lozano (Santos Laguna), Francisco Cordova (America), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey)Forwards: Paolo Yrizar (Querataro), Jose Juan Macias (Leon), Jesus Godinez (Leon), Roberto de la Rosa (Pachuca)
Frank Lampard will be tougher than ever on Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Wolves on Saturday. Abraham moved to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a fine treble at Molineux, following up doubles against Norwich City and Sheffield United to take his tally for the season to seven.The 21-year-old, who spent time on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa in the past three years, said after the match he hopes to make 2019-20 “my season”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Abraham hobbled off in the 77th minute and was replaced by Michy Batshuayi, and Lampard warned the matchball hero will need to continue hitting the high bar he has set himself if he is to keep the Belgian and Olivier Giroud out of the side.”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.”Abraham was left out of the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, but Lampard thinks it will be impossible for Gareth Southgate to overlook the Blues youngster again if he maintains his form.”The way he’s going it’s obviously going to put him in that bracket, without telling Gareth what to do,” added Lampard.”To score seven goals in three games and be top scorer and play with the quality he’s playing in his all-round game – the three different types of goals he scored are exactly what you want from Tammy: a messy one, a good header and then a fantastic feet and finish goal.”He has to sustain it and he has to get even better. He has to be hungry, which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels because there is more work to be done and that England squad is a few weeks away. He needs to keep playing at that level and he’ll have a great chance, I’d suggest.”Asked if he had talked to Abraham amid reports Nigeria are keen to offer him an alternative route into international football, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente struck late to earn Napoli a 2-0 win at home to holders Liverpool in the first game of the Reds’ Champions League defence.Carlo Ancelotti’s men won the corresponding fixture last term with Mertens’ spot-kick and Llorente’s injury-time goal enough to ensure history was repeated in the Group E clash at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.Andy Robertson was deemed to have tripped Jose Callejon in the box and, after VAR ratified the penalty decision, Mertens squeezed his penalty past Adrian in the 82nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Liverpool rode their luck in reaching the knockout rounds in 2018-19 and Jurgen Klopp’s men will again have to bounce back from an away loss to Napoli this year after Llorente’s first goal for the club sealed all three points. 81: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLL! @dries_mertens14 scores from the penalty spot!#NAPLIV 1-0#UCL #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/hIkx6BA9bN — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) September 17, 2019 Napoli had an early strike ruled out for offside when Hirving Lozano headed home the rebound after Adrian’s excellent double save from Fabian Ruiz.Sadio Mane’s shot was saved by Alex Meret in the 20th minute – Liverpool recording their first shot on target in the game having failed to manage any in last season’s visit.And the Reds should have gone into the break 1-0 up, Firmino heading wide a fine James Milner cross on the Brazil forward’s 200th Liverpool appearance.Napoli had the first big chance of the second half, Adrian showing superb reactions to prevent Mertens from turning in Fabian’s deep cross, then Mane overhit a pass to Mohamed Salah as Liverpool broke at speed.Brilliant save from Adrián to block Mertens volley!#UCL pic.twitter.com/ojsRkjMd39— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 17, 2019Liverpool were starting to build pressure and, after successive errors from Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas handed him a sight of goal in the 65th minute, Salah’s drive was turned around the post by Meret.Napoli’s goalkeeper had to deny Mane again as Liverpool looked to finish strongly, but when Callejon jinked into the box he went over Robertson’s outstretched leg to win a penalty.Mertens had to wait for the VAR check, but calmly drilled his strike past Adrian, with Virgil van Dijk’s terrible error in stoppage time ensuring former Tottenham striker Llorente could ease home a second. What does it mean? History repeated in NaplesLorenzo Insigne’s late strike earned Carlo Ancelotti’s side a 1-0 victory against Liverpool last season and lightning struck twice, with Liverpool becoming the first holders to lose the first game of their Champions League defence since AC Milan did so in 1994-95Liverpool have kept only one clean sheet in eight competitive games this season, which must worry Klopp, especially as reliable leader Van Dijk was badly at fault for Llorente’s clincher.Mertens the matchwinnerAn 11th Champions League goal from Mertens set up this win, with the Belgium international also helping to force Van Dijk’s error for Napoli’s second goal.Ancelotti named four attackers in his starting XI with the three-time Champions League winning coach’s bold selection justified by an eye-catching win.Another away blank for SalahChances were at a premium for both sides for most of the game, but Salah is a player expected to create opportunities for himself. He failed to do so against a tough defence, although Mane undoubtedly should have set him up.The Egypt star has now failed to score in all three away appearances for Liverpool this season.Key Opta Facts:- Napoli have now won five of their six Champions League home games against English opposition (L1 – a 4-2 defeat to Man City in November 2017).- Liverpool have lost their opening Champions League match of a new campaign for only the second time (P12 W6 D4 L2), and for the first time since a 2-0 defeat to Valencia in September 2002.- The Reds have lost six of their last eight away games in the Champions League (W2), as many as in their previous 25 such matches in the competition.- Napoli striker Dries Mertens has scored more Champions league goals than any other Belgian in the competition (11).- Since a 2-0 win over Udinese as Borussia Dortmund boss, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lost on his last five visits to Italian sides in all competitions (P5 W0 D0 L5).- Napoli striker Fernando Llorente has now scored a Champions League goal for four different clubs (Juventus, Sevilla, Spurs and Napoli) – the joint-most sides of all Spaniards alongside Fernando Morientes.What’s next?Liverpool travel to Chelsea in a blockbuster Premier League clash on Sunday, the same day Napoli go to Lecce in Serie A. When the Champions League returns for matchweek two early next month, Anfield will welcome early group leaders Salzburg with Napoli going away to Genk. read more
Australia will hope to make it two wins from two matches on their path to 2022 World Cup qualification as they face Nepal at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Thursday night (AEDT).The green and gold comfortably beat Kuwait 3-0 away in their first qualifier on the road to Qatar and will be keen to get a positive result against the Nepalese before taking on Chinese Taipei on October 15.Nepal were beaten 7-0 in their first match against the Kuwaitis but bounced back to overcome Chinese Taipei 2-0 a few days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ranked 161 in the FIFA rankings, the Nepalese have never qualified for a World Cup or an Asian Cup before.It will be the first time the two sides have ever met in a senior match, with the second game in Nepal to be played in March next year.Australia and Jordan are favourites to progress from group B with Kuwait, Nepal and Chinese Taipei in the mix also. Game Australia vs Nepal Date Thursday, October 10 Time 8.00pm AEDT/ 5:00pm AWST Stream (AUS) Kayo/My Football App/Foxtel Go TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the game can be watched live on free-to-air on the ABC’s main channels, via pay subscription service Foxtel on Fox Sports channel 505 or on live sports streaming service Kayo Sports.New users can sign up for a free 14-day trial of Kayo Sports , which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Telstra TV and a standard desktop browser.The match can also be viewed with a subscription purchased on the My Football Live app. AUS TV channel Online stream ABC/Fox Sports 505 Kayo (14 day trial available)/My Football App Squads & Team News Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Langerak, Redmayne, Ryan Defenders Souttar, Smith, Wright, Grant, Degenek, Behich Midfielders Amini, Hrustic, Irvine, Jeggo, Petratos, Mooy, Goodwin, Milligan Forwards Borrello, Taggart, Maclaren, Mabil, Leckie, Giannou Predicted Australia XI : Ryan; Grant, Degenek, Milligan, Behich; Irvine, Mooy, Jeggo; Leckie, Taggart, Borrello Position Nepal squad Goalkeepers Chemjong, Kuthu, B.Shrestha Defenders Dahal, Bhandari, Rajbanshi, A.Tamang, D.Tamang, Dhimal, Aryal Midfielders Bal, Paswan, Bista, S.Shrestha, Gurung, Lama, T.Tamang, S.Tamang, Rai, Chand Forwards Magar, Rijal, N.Shrestha Predicted Nepal XI: Chemjong; A.Tamang, Rajbanshi, D.Tamang, Chand, Rai, Dhimal, Paswan, S.Strestha, Magar, BistaBetting & Match Odds Australia is an almost certain favourite to win with Sportsbet at 1.01, while a draw is priced at 23.00 and a Nepal victory at an extraordinary 126.00.Click here for Goal’s betting preview on the matchMatch Preview Australia will hit home soil for the first time in the early stages of World Cup qualifying with a rare game in Canberra against Asian minnows Nepal.The Socceroos coasted to a comfortable 3-0 win against Kuwait last month, but with the latter putting seven goals past Nepal in their first qualifier, the green and gold will be hoping for a similar scoreline.Australia’s Premier League contingent at Brighton, Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy, have been in excellent form of late and will both likely be involved unless coach Graham Arnold pulls a selection surprise.Striker Adam Taggart should be given another chance to establish himself as the team’s No.1 centre forward after a decent outing against the Kuwaits, in which he assisted Mooy’s goal.Captain Mark Milligan returns to the squad but it remains to be seen whether he is in the starting line-up with several rivals to play in his favoured positions in defence or midfield.Scottish-born defender Harry Souttar has been touted to make his debut at centre-back with the absence of Trent Sainsbuty from the squad.The Fleetwood Town player had never set foot in Australia but was excited at the possibility of representing the nation of his mother.”It’s good to be here, obviously my first time in Australia. It was a long flight…I’m really delighted to be here and focused on the game now,” Souttar said.”It would be very special (to debut) and an extremely proud moment for me if it does happen, and for my family, my mum especially.”Everyone is really pleased for me. The players we’ve got in the Socceroos are world-class players and boys that play in the (English) Premier League week in, week out, so that’s only going to benefit me.”We’ve got to wait and see what the boss does but fingers crossed it will come sooner rather than later.”Following the clash against Nepal, Australia will head to Kaohsiung for a qualifier against Chinese Taipei on October 15.
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What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Price: $15,000 per nightDropping down a bit in price and size, the 4,500 square-feet Kingpin Suite boasts two full-size bowling alleys, giving the Hardwood Suite a run for its money when it comes to entertainment value (anyone can bowl; only a few can ball). The rest of the suite is luxuriously decked out, of course, with two additional bedrooms, two and a half baths, a full view of the Strip, and a full bar. That feeling of smug satisfaction that washes over you and your pals after you book this place? That, my friends, is free.Book NowFor more from Las Vegas, this map will take you on the same road trip as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Previous 1 of 4 The Palms Casino in Las Vegas is wrapping up the latest rounds of its recent 690 million dollar renovation. We previously brought you coverage of the Casinos’ newest bar spaces, the drink-focused Camden Cocktail Lounge and the rooftop nightlife hotspot, Apex Social Club, which were great, but they can’t compare to the recent unveiling of the completely redone high-roller suites: The Hardwood and The Kingpin. Designed by Rockwell Group, the Hardwood Suite is a basketball-centric masterpiece, while the Kingpin suite is a bowling bro’s paradise.Whichever one you choose, be prepared to either a shell out a fistful of dollars to secure one of these places as your palace in the city of sin or b) wrangle your friends, divide the cost by how many dudes are willing to bunk together and Venmo away.Here’s what you get for a night of superior badass luxury in Vegas.Hardwood Suite Previous Next 1 of 3 Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Celebrating 110 Years of Seersucker: Happy Birthday to the Perfect Summer Suit Next Editors’ Recommendations Price: $20,000 per nightThe second-most astounding thing about this suite (after its nightly price), is the fact that it features a regulation size half basketball court. Filling up the rest of the 10,000 square-feet suite is a hidden whiskey room, a game room with pool and poker tables, a 16-seat bar, and the requisite multitude of flat screen televisions to watch the game you just so happen to not be playing. The basketball court features a high-contrast floor painted by Joshua Vides and, more impressively, it also hides three Murphy beds along its walls. Yes, your drunk pals can just crash in your suite if they can’t make it back to their own penthouses. How nice of you.Kingpin Suite
We’re confident crowning Steven Raichlen the King of Barbecue since the grill master has 31 barbecue-related cookbooks (the newest comes out in April and is all about brisket), five James Beard Awards, three IACP Awards, and seven TV shows all in homage to his saucy skills. That’s why Raichlen is one of the only men we trust to teach us the unique method of hay smoking — a sped-up cooking technique of grilling meat and cheese that rivals the taste of slow smoking.It’s (quite literally) lit.What You Need for Hay SmokingCharcoal grill or smoker, like a Weber kettle grill or one from Smoky MountainLarge foil drip pan or chestnut roasting skillet with holes in the bottomSpatula (for cheese)Foods to Hay Smoke:Shellfish (like mussels)Cheese (like mozzarella)Steaks (like New York strip)Heck, be adventurous and try grilling one of these 4 scrumptious meats that aren’t beef.What Type of Hay to SmokeMost likely, you’ll smoke with hay or straw — the former is a dried grass, the latter the hollow stalks of grains such as wheat, alfalfa, or barley. Look for hay and straw at garden shops and pet shops. Hay smoking in the great outdoors? You can use dried pine needles from a pristine forest … just don’t use the shed needles at the dog park.A note before beginning: Hay smoking generates a lot of smoke. Do it outdoors, not in your apartment.So … What Actually is Hay Smoking Meat?If you can’t make it down to Colorado Springs for Raichlen’s Barbecue University this May, you should still add hay smoking to your barbecue toolbox. Raichlen tells The Manual he first saw hay smoking in Central Italy. “It was used to smoke mozzarella cheese … what intrigued me was that it was so fast. Usually, when you smoke with wood, you’re talking several hours [cooking],” Raichlen says.The ‘how’ is basic AF. Take a handful of dry hay, put it in the bottom of a smoker, put cheese or meat on top, and light your charcoal or gas grill. If it looks like an explosion, you did it right (unless it actually explodes, then you have bigger problems than not hay smoking correctly).“Hay combusts so much quicker than wood,” Raichlen adds. “In a burst of fire and smoke, it both cooks and smokes the meat/cheese.” In the case of steak, wrap the full flank in hay and light that shit on fire. “In a big flame, you burn the hay off. Then brush off the ashes and serve. This works on a thick cut as well as a thin.”The taste is more herbal and not as heavy of a smoky aroma as you’d get with wood chips or chunks, but it’s 100-percent there.Hay smoking is perfect for people in a hurry who can’t commit to true smoking. Plus, who doesn’t like setting explosive fires and calling it vogue grilling?Be a fire-starter and try Raichlen’s recipe from his book Project Fire. (And try gathering your own mussels with this guide.)Hay-Grilled Mussels with Charcoal Butter RecipeMatthew BensonPrep time: 10 minutesGrilling time: 3 to 6 minutesGrill and gear: Can be grilled over charcoal, wood, or gas. It helps to use charcoal, so you have an ember for the butter. You also need a grill wok or mesh grill basket, about 12 inches across; needle-nose pliers; and safety matches or a butane match.Tip: Buy mussels from a fish store with a high turnover rather than at the supermarket. (Chances are they’ll be fresher.) There’s a simple test for freshness: The shells should be tightly closed (or should close promptly when tapped). Avoid any mussels that smell fishy or ammoniated.Ingredients:1.5 lb mussels3 large handfuls of hay or strawCharcoal butter*Method:Pick through the mussels, discarding any with cracked shells or gapped shells that fail to close when the bivalve is tapped.Right before grilling, pull out and discard the tuft of threads (called the beard) at the hinge of each mussel, using needle-nose pliers. Alternatively, pinch the threads between your thumb and the back of a paring knife.Twist the knife away from the mussel to pull them out.Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to high. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean; there’s no need to oil it.Fill the bottom 2 inches of the grill wok or basket with hay. Arrange the mussels on top in one or two layers.Place the grill wok with the mussels on the hottest part of the grate. After a minute or two, the hay should start smoking, then burst into flames. You may need to touch a match to it to help it along.Continue grilling until the mussel shells open, 3 to 6 minutes, or as needed.Transfer the grill wok with the mussels to a heatproof tray and serve the mussels right out of the wok with the Charcoal Butter on the side.Eat with your fingers (use an empty mussel shell as tweezers to remove the mussels from their shells), dipping each mussel in melted butter before popping it into your mouth.*Charcoal ButterIngredients:6 tbsp unsalted butter1 lit piece of natural charcoal or charcoal briquette (do not use instant-light charcoal)Method:Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.Add the glowing charcoal.The butter will hiss and sputter.Let the flavors infuse for a minute or so, then return the briquette to your grill.Excerpted from Project Fire by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2018. Photographs by Matthew Benson. 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Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out You may have heard of a sushi burrito or seen a coworker eating one at their desk. Or maybe you even enjoy a sushi burrito on a regular basis. But if you’re unfamiliar with this delicious portable meal, now is the time to get acquainted.A sushi burrito is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — delicious sushi ingredients, including raw fish, rice, and veggies, wrapped up nice and neat into a burrito-shaped roll. Typically, they are assembled just like sushi rolls with the protein and other fillings in the middle, followed by a layer of rice, then wrapped tightly with sheets of nori, aka seaweed. The sushi burrito has blown up in recent years and can be found at all types of fast-casual restaurants and food halls that serve hungry lunchtime crowds and folks looking to grab a quick, filling, fairly healthy meal.SushirritoBy now, we’ve already seen a lot of places slinging the delicacy come and go. But the home of the original sushi burrito, Sushirrito, is still going strong. So we caught up with Sushirrito founder Peter Yen to learn about how the sushi burrito first came to life and how they come up with different flavor combinations to keep things delicious and interesting.The Manual: What sparked the idea for the sushi burrito?Peter Yen: In 2004 … I was working in downtown San Francisco and got bored with the usual lunch options. I started wondering why there weren’t more choices other than the typical sandwich, soup, and salad options.“What would happen if you made a really large sushi roll, operationalized it for speed, and also modernized it by infusing Latin flavors?”I particularly liked sushi, but there were only two possibilities at the time. One was pre-made grocery sushi which was fast and convenient, but of lower quality and not a great value. The other was full-service sit-down sushi restaurants which were slow and pricey. I realized quickly that sushi’s form had a lot of limitations for fast throughput, so I asked, “What would happen if you made a really large sushi roll, operationalized it for speed, and also modernized it by infusing Latin flavors?” That seemed intriguing, but I didn’t really take the business idea seriously until I was in business school in 2008.TM: Was there an original “formula” or ingredient list for the first sushi burrito? How have you decided on new types of fish or fillings to add to your menu? Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More View this post on Instagram How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time PY: When I first met my executive chef and co-founder Ty Mahler in 2010, I asked him to create different rolls using tuna, hamachi, salmon, chicken, and one that was vegetarian. His first question was, “You want to put chicken into a sushi roll?” He was skeptical of what I was trying to create. But he quickly adapted and started creating so many different recipes. I remember our first tasting was of about 30 sauces and nothing else. He was very disciplined in getting that right, then moved onto the proper type of sushi rice and seasoning, different proteins, vegetable combinations, and then the operations. He always focused not only on balanced flavors but also on great textures in every roll. From there, it was just lots and lots of “R&D” (aka eating!).TM: If someone was ordering a sushi burrito for the first time, what would you recommend they fill it with?PY: Unlike a lot of recent fast-casual concepts, we actually don’t allow for full customizability with our menu. Each sushi burrito was designed with a different palate in mind, so each provides varying amounts of texture and flavor (saltiness, sweetness, tanginess, nuttiness, spiciness). So, it really depends on your personal preference. The best thing is to see what appeals to you first from a protein standpoint and then go from there.TM: As the founder and CER (chief executive roller), what is your go-to Sushirrito order?PY: I get that question a lot actually, and it’s a tough one to answer. It really depends what I’m in the mood for. But typically, if I want raw fish, I’ll go for the Satori (hamachi, cucumber, pickled onion, ginger guac). If I want something cooked, I usually go for the Salmon Samba or the Fiery Chicken. I’m not vegetarian, but I also really enjoy the Buddha Belly (Japanese eggplant, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, ginger guac, kale, fried shallots). But as you can imagine, I’ve eaten the entire menu many, many times over, and I do enjoy them all — otherwise, we would adjust or remove the roll. We are also constantly testing out new items as well, so I’m usually eating. Not too shabby of a job to have I’d say! The Geisha’s Kiss was inspired by food from all over the world. From secret ingredients used in Hawaii, to local dishes served in Barcelona, we ended up in our test kitchen creating one of our customers’ favorite rolls. A touch of tamago compliments the fresh tuna with some sweetness, and lotus chips give the roll that nice crunch!A post shared by Sushirrito® (@sushirrito) on Mar 11, 2019 at 11:33am PDT California Burritos Just Might Be the Perfect Culinary Hybrid
The Box Hop In our recent search of new and exciting vacation rentals, one place stood out above the rest. The Box Hop in the woods of Rockbridge, Ohio, offers everything you could want in a getaway cabin – seclusion, an expansive state park to explore close by, and a super stylish space to unwind after a day of outdoor activities. Ohio couple Seth and Emily built the cabin themselves (with help from family and friends). Created from three shipping containers, on the outside The Box Hop offers the rustic, masculine look you expect from a cabin in the woods. Inside, it’s a thoughtfully designed space with touches of mid-century modern flair that makes it ideal for relaxing, cooking up a tasty meal, and enjoying the natural beauty all around you. Editors’ Recommendations For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Stepping inside, the cabin is a bright and airy contrast to the dark exterior. The cabin includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen (check out the seriously sleek bright orange SMEG fridge), and an open-plan living area. The dining table is a raw-edge wood slab with matching benches and is capped off by two Eames-inspired black molded armchairs. Continuing the mid-century modern touches, there is a classic leather sofa facing a gas fireplace. Going up the spiral staircase to the second floor, the two ends of the shipping container were removed and replaced with walls of glass, framing stunning views out into the woods. The bathrooms have spa-inspired finishes like marble-tiled walls in the shower (one even has a massive soaking tub).While the interior of The Box Hop adheres to a clean, contemporary look, Emily and Seth made sure to leave a few gritty touches to remind you this is a home built from shipping containers. There is an oxidized steel ceiling beam in the family area and the corrugated metal of the shipping container was left exposed, but painted, for the ceilings throughout the home. If you love to see how a project comes together, Emily and Seth documented all of the fun of building the cabin in a gallery on their website. Check out how The Box Hop came together to become the best Airbnb in Ohio.For more shipping container homes, check out the Flophouze Hotel. Outside, the shipping containers were laid out to create a unique shape. Two side-by-side containers form the first floor while the third container sits perpendicularly on top to become the second floor. This clever layout allowed for the creation of a private deck, accessed via a garage door that turns the second-floor indoor sitting area into an open-air space. When Seth and Emily were building The Box Hop, they had their own passions for the outdoors in mind and, as a result, the cabin is outfitted with a huge deck. The sprawling space features a living room positioned around a fire table and an area for grilling. The second story shipping container cantilevers out over the sitting area, creating partial shading for the space. In one corner, the deck juts out into the trees and plays home to a hot tub. Take a soak in the evening to enjoy the quiet sounds of nature and the soft glow from the string lights hanging in the surrounding trees. This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite This A-Frame-Inspired Cabin Offers Shelter from the Harsh Patagonian Elements
Alcohol doesn’t fit into Bill Shufelt’s life, but the ultramarathoner and former finance professional didn’t want to be left out. With less than stellar non-alcoholic beers on the market, though, he couldn’t find anything appealing to drink.So rather than remain on the sidelines, he found a longtime brewer, John Walker, and together they started Connecticut-based Athletic Brewing Co., a beer company focused on making flavorful non-alcoholic beers.“If you think about it, alcoholic craft brewing really only meets about 20 percent of life occasions,” Shufelt said. “Life is so busy and you have to be on point in so many occasions and there are so few beverages that met those demands. Whether it was careers, exercise, or family life, or anytime you need a clear head, the existing alcoholic landscape wasn’t meeting us.”The craft beer industry did have something healthy beverages and non-alcoholic beers did not: complex flavors to keep palates interested. With this in mind, the duo set out to make a beverage that has minimal alcohol — all Athletic Brewing Co. beers have less than .5% — but has the full flavor palate one might expect from other craft beers.“We brew without compromise; we don’t want to end up making a sacrifice in flavor or quality.”Since there weren’t already similar beers on the market, they assumed the baseline existing technologies to make N/A beer weren’t up to making what they wanted. With that in mind, they hit the textbooks and tinkered with the brewing process from the start. “Our idea wasn’t to brew alcoholic beer and burn off the alcohol, even gently doing that alters the flavor profiles,” Shufeld said. “We made hundreds of batches to come up with a proprietary method. We definitely wouldn’t have gone to market unless we had something that was true craft beer in its fullest form.“We brew without compromise; we don’t want to end up making a sacrifice in flavor or quality,” he added. The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA The resulting beers have won medals at competitions against full-alcohol craft offerings.Athletic Brewing is now in full production mode, growing significantly, largely on the backs of its Run Wild IPA and Upside Dawn Golden Ale. The beer is available and shipping nationwide, as well as in Total Wine & More. Statewide distribution is available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.Run Wild clocks in at 70 calories but, made with five Pacific Northwest hops (including Citra and Mosaic), it drinks like one might expect an IPA to taste. Upside Dawn is 50 calories and “light, crispy, clean, and refreshing.” The beers the brewery produces fit nicely into the new brewing trend of low-calorie offerings.With two flagships set under the Athletic Brewing Co. brand, as well as a rotating season — a stout and, now, a Mexican lager — and plenty more in the works for distribution and up to 10 beers at the company taproom, the only N/A taproom in the nation, there’s been a quick adoption by drinkers.“We have found the educational hurdle is way lower than we ever expected,” Shufelt said. “We theorized that it was something the world wanted and it’s a conversation that’s been happening for a long time with no products in the space.“It’s something that resonates.”Initially, Shufelt said few in the craft beer space would talk to them, looking at the company as though they were crazy. But they quickly shed the reputation of non-alcoholic brews. Athletic Brewing has now been approached by “top-flight athletes” who haven’t been able to drink alcohol for years because of their training regimens, and Shufeld is excited about those “authentic athlete partnerships” in the works.Shufelt doesn’t drink full-alcoholic beverages like the rest of his Athletic Brewing Co. team, but he now can crack a flavorful beverage on par with whatever they’re drinking — even if that’s not also an Athletic brew. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) A post shared by Athletic Brewing Co (@athleticbrewing) on Feb 28, 2019 at 4:35am PST View this post on Instagram Editors’ Recommendations
Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum to bring Broadway programming and players aboard Crystal luxury vessels LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2017 – Today, Crystal introduced “Crystal on Broadway,” an exclusive new partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum which will bring cast members and creative experts from some of theater’s premier shows to Crystal’s elegant stages and intimate venues. McCollum – who boasts a 25-year career in the theater industry and counts In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent, Motown: The Musical, and Something Rotten! among some of his great successes – will help present performances, lectures and Q&A with some of theater’s top artists on select Crystal sailings. Debuting this summer, 2017, the new line-up will feature guest singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and other artists on designated voyages on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Kevin McCollum and his vast network of talented performers,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president. “The artists and experts set for this exclusive new program hail straight from Broadway, offering our guests the superlative caliber of entertainment, enrichment and insider viewpoints they expect aboard a Crystal ship.” For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit Crystal’s website, www.crystalcruises.com. As it expands its reach to all luxury travelers across the globe, Crystal evolves to The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line ™ – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class™ with Crystal Residences at Sea.
MIAMI, Fla. (September 23, 2019) – Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in luxury five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – hosted the sixth annual Global PRO Awards at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos for the first time this past week. A global gathering of loyal travel agents, industry partners, and leaders in the travel industry were immersed in a four-day retreat, fully embracing the “#LeBlancEscape” lifestyle. The exclusive event kicked off with a lavish welcome party featuring delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Travel agents had the opportunity to interact with the Palace Resorts sales team and executives, as well as with resort staff and learned about the upcoming projects the brands have in store for the future. Agents had two full days of leisure with a variety of activities and excursions from luxury golf, to sailing around the Sea of Cortez, or simply relax in the luxury VIP cabanas overlooking the infinity pool. Agents also had an exclusive opportunity to preview and experience the resorts’ newest offering, the recently unveiled Royal Residence. The ultimate in luxury accommodations and sophistication, The Residence caters to those guests that want a private residence feel, without sacrificing luxury, amenities, and opulence the Le Blanc Spa Resort brand is known for. A hidden gem within the resort – the lavish beachfront two-level residence – comes with a private butler, measures an impressive 18,428.42 square feet, and can accommodate up to 12 adults comfortably, including four extravagant oceanfront bedrooms. For those who were looking to indulge in ultimate wellness, attendees had the chance to take advantage of the resort’s 29,000 Sq. Ft. BLANCSPA which features a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromotherapy, ice room, relaxation lounge, and 25 treatment rooms. Agents also enjoyed a variety of dining options that Le Blanc Spa Resort has to offer, including a plethora of culinary experiences, such as the resorts signature restaurant: Lumiere, as well as, Blanc Italia and Blanc Asia. And for those that were looking for live entertainment, agents enjoyed a variety of music at each of the six different bars including – BLANC Stage, BLANC Lobby, BLANC Sol, BLANC Eclipse, and BLANC Fire. The event closed with a black-tie gala, where the top producing PRO travel agents were recognized for the following awards: Social Media Influencer Award, Top Producing, Destination Weddings Agency Award , Top Producing Independent Weddings Travel Agency Award, Most Consistent Producing Travel Agent Award , Top Producing Strategic Partner And Top Producing Agent About Palace Resorts:With ten oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean, Mexico’s most extravagant spas, and a premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations. For more information, visit www.palaceresorts.comAbout Le Blanc Spa Resort:Le Blanc Spa Resort is an award-winning, adults-only, ultra-luxury hotel brand that has completely redefined the standard for luxury all-inclusive resorts. With locations in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a plethora of luxurious amenities including sophisticated and stylish accommodations. Part of the Palace Resorts family of brands, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers butler service, unique gourmet culinary offerings, a state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, world-class entertainment, and unique experiences sure to impress even the most discerning luxury traveler. For more information, visit www.leblancsparesort.com
BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 11, 2019– Today’s safari travelers desire personalized and immersive experiences that discover the true magic of Africa. With the largest travel infrastructure on the African continent, African Travel, Inc.’s high level of expertise provides guests with a vacation that goes above and beyond a typical safari. African Travel, Inc. continues to distinguish itself with its extensive knowledge of the continent’s most exciting destinations and hidden gems to deliver the ultimate safari experience. The luxury safari outfitter was named an honoree in Departures’ 2019 Legend Awards for adventure experiences in the most spectacular corners of the world and for curating ethical wildlife experiences and leaving a positive impact on the African communities they visit. “We have deep roots in the continent and that makes Africa personal to us. Our entire team is honored and excited to have been chosen in Departures’ first ever editor picked awards. Ensuring our guests have extraordinary safari experiences and immersive cultural encounters is first and foremost” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “For every booking made with us, we support the education of a child in East Africa and contribute to the local economy.” Making travel matter has always been a primary focus for African Travel, Inc. As the longest established travel company in the United States that focuses solely on Africa, they are dedicated to ensuring that the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities their guests visit will thrive. Partnering with leading wildlife organizations on the continent is also a priority, and African Travel, Inc. works with them to protect and rehabilitate elephant, rhino, big cat populations and other endangered species. Several of their itineraries offer guests a unique opportunity to take part in ethical and educational wildlife experiences, such as African Travel’s new Captivating Kenya, where guests visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary–Kenya’s second largest elephant population–and meet with an elephant keeper for a behind the scenes tour. African Travel, Inc.’s sole purpose is for travelers to explore first-hand the diversity of Africa’s unmatched wildlife and captivating cultures. Their knowledgeable and dedicated team of experts will provide travelers with invaluable guidance in making their journey unforgettable. Join us in capturing the spirit and authenticity of Africa. About African Travel, Inc. – “We Know Africa” For more than 40 years, African Travel, Inc. has helped travelers discover the magic of the wild. “We Know Africa” because we create extraordinary and unforgettable five-star experiences for each guest’s individual needs. From relaxing in spectacular luxury to touching an ancient culture, your African dream awaits you. Our knowledgeable and dedicated experts, who have lived and traveled extensively throughout the continent, will open your eyes to a new and exciting world. Placing local offices in Africa and our headquarters in the U.S. has earned us an enviable position of influence that will leave you knowing Africa like we do. We’re committed to making travel matter by supporting the environment and the local communities we visit through our partnership with The TreadRight Foundation. As a proud member of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a family-owned company with more than 100 years of expertise in luxury travel, we ensure exceptional service every step of the journey. For more information and inspiration, visit www.AfricanTravelInc.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide.
Chances are if your partner is looking adoringly at your face under really good light, their not really thinking romantic thoughts. What they’re really thinking is what they’d like to do to fix your skin. While we try to maintain a regular, healthy, at-home skincare regime, there are some things — automotive repairs, taxes, and medicine — that are just best left to the professionals. Sometimes even a guy needs to break down and go get a good facial.Cindy Kim is the co-founder of Silver Mirror, a New York City facial “bar” that focuses on customized facial treatments. After business school, Kim founded Korean beauty e-commerce site Peach and Lily. Despite having access to the world’s best skincare products, Kim had finicky skin of her own and began to seek out a more effective solution for her problems. Before long she realized that frequent treatments in the form of fast (affordable) facials (like she could get when she lived in Korea) were important, and Silver Mirror was born. We asked Kim about some of her thoughts to make a guy’s first time a little more gentle and a lot less awkward.Yuri Arcurs/Getty ImagesWhile men are still a relatively small percentage of Kim’s business, she is seeing an increase. “When I speak on industry panels,” says Kim, “it’s always the men who have questions about skin care. They want to do the right thing … they just don’t know how to or where to turn.”Clearly they aren’t reading The Manual.Silver Mirror offers a more gender-neutral space and experience, so you won’t feel like you’re walking in on your sister’s Sweet 16 or your Mom’s bridge club. Like a good barbershop visit, at a facial bar you sit down and the facialist or esthetician gets right down to work.Before you show up for your first facial, don’t worry. There’s not a lot you have to do.Some businesses offer more of a pampered, European spa experience, where you’ll be placed in a chair and covered by a blanket, almost like a massage. You’ll be invited to remove your clothes and make yourself comfortable because the facialist may also massage your neck, shoulders — even your feet — as part of a wholistic, relaxing experience. It all depends on what you’re into and how much time you have.Before you show up for your first facial, don’t worry. There’s not a lot you have to do. In fact, Kim suggests that you don’t even shave. “When you shave in the morning, you’re already exfoliating, so it makes the skin too sensitive for our treatments. We use light chemical peels and stimulate the skin a lot. Shave the day before … stubble is okay,” says Kim. “Unfortunately, there’s not a lot we can do if you have a beard, but if you’ve got to keep it, you’ve got to keep it. In that case, we can work on the skin around the beard — the T-zone (your forehead and nose) and eye area, which are just as important. Other than that, just show up! I get guys that come in and say ‘I don’t know why I’m here, my girlfriend sent me.’ Then they get their first facial and they’re sold!”Martinedoucet/Getty ImagesKim also points out that if you’re on any topical medications from a dermatologist, or using any acids as part of your skin care regime, you should stop using those for about two days before the procedure. (Check your products to see if they contain hyaluronic acid for moisturizing or glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids for exfoliation.)Because Kim’s company is very results-driven, they pack a facial with anything and everything your skin needs. The first focus is a deep cleanse, in a way that you won’t be able to do at home. “We use a steamer to soften the skin and open the pores,” explains Kim. “We use professional-grade products to cleanse and exfoliate. We may use enzymes or a light chemical peel … even microdermabrasion (think of it as like using an orbital sander on your skin, but a lot smaller and gentler) … to get the dead skin cells off your face. Exfoliation is probably one of the most important parts of a facial. It cleans and preps your skin for what’s to come.”“We do two rounds of exfoliation, especially for men because they have thicker, tougher skin than women,” says Kim. “The rest of the time is spent in extraction, infusing the skin with hydration, oxygen therapy, LED therapy … whatever your skin needs.”Further ReadingAttractive at Any Age: Skincare for Men in Their 20s, 30s, 40s, and BeyondThe Best Face Masks to Uncover Better Skin8 Ways to Calm Stress-Related Skin Irritation, According to an Expert How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Of course, “no pain, no gain,” so the worst part of your experience will probably be the extractions — but don’t worry, it’s nothing like the kind you get at the dentist.“Extractions (removing dirt and gunk from the pores) are never that comfortable. It’s probably more so for men because they’ve never had them. There is a lot of stuff in there that the aesthetician needs to get out,” says Kim. “They’ll need to work harder and apply more pressure to clean properly, but you shouldn’t really be in pain … just uncomfortable. In this case, the discomfort will pay off.” Kim also points out that sometimes a men’s facial will focus on folliculitis, removing ingrown hairs, etc.One note of caution: Don’t do your first facial, a new kind of facial, or a facial at a new facility before any kind of a big occasion (your wedding, a media appearance, your TED talk). “Depending on the person and the type of facial you get, you may break out,” says Kim. “It’s a purging … but it’s a good thing. Your skin is pushing all the bad stuff out. If it’s a concern, let us know and we can go a little lighter.”One note of caution: Don’t do your first facial, a new kind of facial, or a facial at a new facility before any kind of a big occasion.Post-facial, for a couple of days afterward, Kim recommends not use anything with acids in it (just like your prep period). Try not to stress your face in any way. “You should also definitely wear sunscreen,” emphasizes Kim. “You should anyway, but especially following a facial because we’ve removed a few layers of skin. Hopefully, you also have a good skin care routine at home to pick up from there. Then, depending on your skin care goals, we recommend you come back in!”How often? Kim says that of course, it depends, but if you have decent, normal skin, probably once a quarter is good for a follow-up. Those who are more interested in skin care should stop by once a month. “If you have problem skin, though, probably every two to three weeks is good,” says Kim, “until we can get it under control.” The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow and Maintain Stubble How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About
$499 from Patagonia Editors’ Recommendations As the fashion world makes its slow but steady shift toward sustainability, industry leader Patagonia is marking a milestone of its own: The end of a 26-year journey toward making one of its most popular products 100% sustainable.Back in 1993, Patagonia debuted its flagship recycled product: a fleece jacket made from recycled soda bottles. It was revolutionary at the time — the Los Angeles Times referred to the fleece as a “miracle fabric.”True to form, though, Patagonia wasn’t content to rest on its accomplishment with a token sustainable product. The company’s nature-loving ethos drove it to pursue the same earth-friendly goal with other items in its product line. That’s what makes this month such a watershed moment for the company. As of today, 100% of Patagonia’s waterproof shells (all 61 of them) are constructed from recycled materials and sewn in Fair Trade Certified factories. From Alpine and Snow to Lifestyle and Kids, every style in the Patagonia catalog represents a groundbreaking level of sustainability — not just on the outdoor apparel scene, but for the entire fashion industry. No wonder the company is calling the new line Shell, Yeah! The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Patagonia Men’s Untracked JacketAn update of a Patagonia classic, the Untracked Jacket has a soft, supple, three-layer, 92% recycled nylon Gore-Tex stretch fabric for unsurpassed windproof and waterproof/breathable performance, a fully dialed yet refined silhouette, and a flannel backer for extra warmth and comfort. Want to learn more about the Shell Yeah! collection and Patagonia’s commitment to cutting down on plastic? Watch the mail for the latest issue of The Cleanest Line, Patagonia’s newsy gear catalog, which is dedicated in its entirety to recycling. $649 from Patagonia 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 Patagonia Men’s Ascensionist JacketFor swift mountain pursuits when every gram counts, Patagonia’s lightest weight shell offers comfortable, reliable protection in a breathable, highly packable shell. Ideal for light-and-fast alpinism or high-output ski touring, the Ascensionist provides the refuge you need at just 13.1 oz. Each Patagonia recycled shell jacket starts with a chip made of recycled plastic, drained of petroleum and other harmful or unnecessary chemicals until it’s broken down to a fiber. That fiber is spun into a “yarn,” which is then woven into material, cut into a garment, and sewn. It’s a slow and admittedly expensive process, which is why so many other environmentally friendly brands haven’t yet taken the leap that would, frankly, legitimize all their branding efforts.But Patagonia has put their money where its mouth is, and created a reliable, streamlined supply chain that facilitated this major transformation of its collection. And this big move comes at a crucial moment for the planet’s health. With 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste at large in the world, and only 9% of it currently being recycled, our global society absolutely requires big moves like this one from Patagonia if it’s going to survive. Not only does the Shell Yeah! line make use of existing plastic, but it also slashes the carbon emissions of Patagonia’s supply chain. Creating virgin synthetic fibers accounts for 86% of those emissions, which means that the more recycled fabrics get made and used, the closer we’ll come to carbon neutrality. Patagonia is committed to crossing the carbon-neutral line across its entire business by 2025. We can’t wait to bring you news about that.Some of our favorites from the recycled Shell Yeah! collection:Patagonia Men’s Frozen Range 3-in-1 ParkaPatagonia’s most pinnacle parka to date is also the brand’s warmest. Designed for tough, frigid winters, this 3-in-1 parka was built with interior baffled construction to deliver core warmth. The shell is a soft and supple 2-layer GORE-TEX exterior to keep you dry and protected. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know $799 from Patagonia The Best Wetsuits to Keep You in the Water All Year Long The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather