Mens Journal

Eat Dessert Like an Italian

By March 11, 2014 no comments Permalink

Anyone familiar with Italian cuisine is aware that the term “Italian Cuisine” means one thing in Italy and something else entirely on the other side of the Atlantic. Endless breadsticks are not a Roman invention and the “Tuscan Bread” you’ll find on upscale menus has absolutely nothing to do with that region’s carbs, which aren’t particularly…

Bob Vila on Restoring Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban Home

By March 8, 2014 one comment Permalink

Credit: Getty Images Bob Vila is a television icon. For nearly 30 years he hosted the programs – This Old House, Home Again, Restore America, the eponymous Bob Vila – that turned home restoration into an American pastime and made the cottage industry big business. What many people don’t know about the Home Improvement inspiration (and guest star) is how he’s…

Guanciale Comes to America

By January 30, 2014 2 comments Permalink

Credit: Katherine Frey / The Washington Post / Getty Images Hog’s have faces that only a gourmand could love. Though still rare in America, cured porcine jowls have long imbued great Italian dishes with an intense earthy saltiness. The cut, known as guanciale adds more flavor to dishes like bucatini all’Amatriciana and spaghetti carbonara than…

‘True Detective’ Writer Nic Pizzolatto Tells Tall Tales

By January 13, 2014 no comments Permalink

Matthew McConaughey, left, and Woody Harrelson star in ‘True Detective,’ a new series on HBO. Credit: Michele K. Short / HBO Born in Louisiana, Nic Pizzolatto is a southern writer of southern fictions. His debut short story collection ‘Between Here and the Yellow Sea‘ won acclaim and his first novel, ‘Galveston : a Novel,’ won awards. That’s…

WhistlePig Creates Classic American Rye

By December 15, 2013 3 comments Permalink

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Rye, the backbone of the original recipes for the Manhattan, Sazerac, and Old-Fashioned, spent much of the last few decades losing ground to bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. Now, the most American of liquors – George Washington distilled the stuff at Mount Vernon – is having a resurgence, thanks to a modern mix of…