Wednesday, August 13

10E2381: American Field 3


American Field was cooked up by Ball and Buck's Mark Bollman in 2012 as a made-in-USA celebration. It is a pop-up menswear market, a food fest and this time features music, instructional talks and demos. Will be on the waterfront this time - the venues have always been good.


More news and names to come but so far I see Aaron "Field Notes" Draplin, and the guy who made the recent American Hand shorts we featured, plus our pals from Switchel will be there, and a ton more.

I am fired up to speak at this thing too, on Sunday September 14th. Hear about (mis)use of the word "archive", plus celebrating "authentic" and "heritage" firms I have featured on 10engines - while also acknowledging the dangers of invoking those words. Sounds like a lot of me, me, me I guess... Pop a few #menswear balloons. Will save a seat for you.

This just came through the inbox too, Ball&Buck and Harpoon have created a beer - test driving it at the shop on Newbury St, the Thursday before the American Field thing (link for more info). Might as well call it a pre-party...

Tuesday, August 5

10E2380: Ursa Major Sweepstakes


Win a year's supply of Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes.

On Friday, August 15th, they are giving away 365 Essential Face Wipes to one lucky sweepstakes winner ($365 value). Plus, every weekday between now and then, doing a drawing for a 20-pack of wipes ($24 value). There are six different ways to enter, so you can choose a couple or do 'em all.
Knock yourself out.
 


Monday, August 4

10E2379: Whole Larder Love - Practiculture - Camp Wandawega August 23-24






In 2 weeks Rohan Anderson will be at Camp Wandawega - about 2 hours from Chicago - with a skills building practiculture workshop. Cost is $550 for the 2 nights stay and classes and food included. If you have ever paid for a software course (looking at you Adobe Photoshop) - you could buy 2 of these Camp tickets and still have beer money. Full itinerary below. Get yours here.

DAY ONE – MEAT

The Morning Session
9am – 12pm (with tea break)
RABBIT & POULTRY
1. How to dispatch a chicken
2. Pluck skin and gut technics
3. Butchery, break down of different cuts and cooking techniques for game and home poultry
4. Cooking demo – Spanish Rabbit Slow cook – and Rabbit and Chorizo Burgers
Lunch
12:30 – 2pm
Rabbit and Chorizo Burgers

The Afternoon Session
2pm – 4pm (with tea break)
TROUT
1. Trout cleaning and basic filleting
3. Butterfly filleting
4. Preparing trout for cold smoking
5. Cold smoking Vs Hot smoking
6. Curing trout (Gravlax)
7. Lake visit for fly fishing casting
8. Setting yourself up for for fly fishing
Dinner
6:30pm
Spanish Rabbit Slow cook with matched wine

DAY TWO – BREAD, PASTA AND SALUMI

The Morning Session
9am – 12pm (with tea break)
FLOUR
1. Make your own sourdough starter
2. Get to know your starter. Its alive. How to keep it alive.
3. How to make a no-kneed sourdough loaf.
4. How to make Farfalle, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Fettichini to Paperdelle
5. How to make a pizza dough
Lunch
12:30 – 2pm
PIZZA & BEER with locally sourced ingredients
2pm – 4pm (with tea break)
SALUMI
1. How to cure a panchetta, roll it, rope it for dry cure
2. How to make your own Bacon
3. How to make chorizo
4. How to cure a leg of pork (Jamon/prosciutto)
Dinner
6:30pm
THE FINAL FEAST


Thursday, July 31

10E2378: Strollsharko


This was never going to be a blog about 'cool diaper bags'.... and sorta glad to be out of the woods on the stroller front... but saw this last week. #funnyasheck Target and others have them.

Friday, July 25

10E2376: Reblog - Yahweh

This band is not together anymore don't think... but in honor of Glasgow currently holding the Commonwealth Games (kind-of Olympics for former British colonies basically, except Americas) am reposting this from 2010... great wee tune.
Yahweh frontman Lewis Cook creates most recordings himself -but a band of violin, cello and gizmos recreate and reinterpret them live.
<a href="http://buy.gerrylovesrecords.com/track/make-me-stop">Make Me Stop by Gerry Loves Records</a>
The track above is from a split 7" single released w/ another Scottish band, Trapped In Kansas. Yes, Scots love American imagery as much as Americans romanticize the Scots. [N.B. scotch is a drink... the Scots are a people -ed.] If any reader can honestly remember the old Dukes Bar in Glasgow (decorated w/ John Wayne posters and USA license plates) I swear I'll send them a puredeadbrilliant hat. Was probably the only place in the UK to serve Rolling Rock at that time.
The music was described as minimal soundscapes, tarnished electronica, or alt-folk. I get into that sort of thing. Laptop-folk doesn't sound so great but probably not far away. Releases on vinyl, like here, are not uncommon between all these little [almost said wee again didn't you -ed.] collectives. Couldn't embed, but another of theirs here; Laps(e).

Friday, July 18

10E2375: The Bottom Of Your Heart - Carrie Wicks

Next Bond song?  Listen



Smokey vocals through the roof.  My sis-in-law Carrie Wicks. No, not available for openings or whatevers...

Friday, July 11

10E2374: Fridays Are Tie Days - Knottery Raw Silk


New from The Knottery - Navy (or burgundy) dotted, raw silk bowtie.  Silk milled in England, 2" diamond tip/batwing shape. Sewn in Brooklyn. $38. Dry hand-feel, not slick like you might imagine - good. Update: I pounced on this w/ cold hard clams - this color sold out already... 5 other raw silk options though.

Thursday, July 10

10E2373: The Fonz Motorcycles


Of course there is a site dedicated to the various motorcycles used by Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzerelli / The Fonz / Fonzie on Happy Days. Fun fact, he couldn't ride a motorcycle, never could, and didn't.  Actually that page part of a larger site dedicated to the first 3 seasons... the cool ones... of Happy Days.

The second bike was the most used, a silver painted Triumph TR5. The actual one below.


Sidenote: wasn't his apartment over the garage the jam? It even spawned a phrase in real estate; the Fonzie flat.