If there’s one place in the world we’d love to live out the rest of our days in a bourbon haze, it would be the Longman & Eagle restaurant and inn in Chicago. They have over 50 different bottles of bourbon on site, make some of the most incredible dishes (we’re a sucker for the Crab Stuffed Tempura Fried Squash Blossom) and have the hippest rooms you can slouch off to if, god forbid, you imbibe to your limit. They also have a knack for pop-up shops. On Saturdays they have a sausage shop that serves up everything from cheddar bratwurst to lamb sausage and on Sunday they dole out some of the most decadent doughnuts we’ve ever tasted. Word to the wise: get there early on Sunday; their doughnuts sell out fast.
Bourbon not your forte? Find a couple of friends to go in on Bunnahabhain’s 40-year-old single malt, which was actually lost in the distillery! “Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller, stumbled upon the ‘Turney’ casks, which were filled with the precious Bunnahabhain malt over 40 years ago by eminent Glasgow wine merchants J.G. Turney, renowned for upholding the highest standard of quality,” explained Burn Stewart Distillers. “The journey of the discovery of Bunnahabhain 40 YO is one of timeless passion and dedication which has gone into each and every bottle of this truly exceptional whisky.” There was only enough to produce 750 bottles, so it comes with a hefty price tag of $3,340, but those who’ve had a chance to test the single malt will swear that it’s worth it.
While fall fashion is getting into the swing of things, we’re keeping our purchases to a minimum, which means we’ll need a new wallet to keep all of our savings in. We love this vintage-inspired bill flap wallet by Jack Spade. Its embossed anchor leather exterior is subtle and its inner lining screened with vintage tattoo flash artwork is effortlessly unique and not flashy. Get your own on jackspade.com for $85.
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Barbeque season may be coming to an end, but we still have Labor Day weekend to look forward to for our last hurrah. Barbeque expert Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue is a must-read for anyone who wants to go out with a big bang this season. “Serious Barbecue is packed with straightforward, original recipes that include step-by-step seasoning instructions, readily available ingredients, and gorgeous color photographs,” explains Lang’s site. “Adept at slow-cooked, smoke-perfumed Southern barbecue and charred, juicy, direct-grilled meats alike, Perry Lang offers clear instructions for both classic (Beef Brisket, Hot Wings) and new (Charred Thin Asian Pork Chops; Short Ribs with Fleur de Sel) preparations.” Get a copy on amazon.com.
While we’re not ones for bringing our work home with us, sometimes it just needs to be done. We’ve just discovered the greatest app for iPad users on the go: Parallels, which opens your Windows and Mac applications remotely as if they were an iPad app. If you’re working between applications or files, you’ll be able to have multiple apps open on your tablet, copy and paste between apps and make changes in the application too. The app is free, though the subscription will run you $80 a year. Download on the app store now.