Strolling Wild The Hustlers

Strolling Wild The Hustlers Athletic Socks

My athletic sock timeline goes like this – white crew socks to white crew socks but with Nike or Adidas logos to white no-shows to black Nike crew socks. Man, I remember getting those Nike and Adidas crew socks in junior high and thinking they were so cool. I moved on to black a couple years ago while running in the fall because I appreciated the little extra bit of warmth and liked the slightly more intimidating look of the black. After trying out Strolling Wild’s athletic socks, The Hustlers, I think it may be time to take another step forward on the athletic sock journey.  Continue reading

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Woolrich Wool Duffle Bag

Woolrich Wool Duffle Bag

To get us ready for fall, Huckberry put together some great guides to the season. One of the best is the guide to camping, with tons of useful apparel and gear for spending a few fall nights under the stars. As I perused the guide, the Woolrich Wool Duffle Bag immediately caught my eye. It’s shocking beautiful and, yet, incredibly functional. Continue reading

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Brand Bracket 2014: Midwest Food Edition | Potluck Region, Sweet 16

2014 Midwest Food Bracket Sweet 16

A big thank you goes out to Flyover Press for sponsoring the bracket. Flyover Press is a proud advocate of Midwest pride and puts the heart and soul of the heartland into its clothing and posters. During the length of the competition, readers can save 20% on orders at Flyover Press by using the code “FoodBracket” at checkout.

The Potluck Region has been dominated by the city specialty, deep-dish and Chicago, chili and Cincinnati, ribs and St. Louis. Only sweet corn has stuck around for a bit of broader representation.

Vote once per poll, picking your favorite food out of the choices. Winners advance to the Elite Eight. Voting closes at 11:00 PM EST on Friday, October 31.

#1 Deep-Dish Pizza vs #5 Sweet Corn

Deep-dish is our favorite pizza style. Sweet corn, in its simplest form, is our favorite corn product. Do hearty piles of toppings or a summertime treat slathered in butter get your vote this round?

 

#3 Cincinnati Chili vs #7 St. Louis Ribs

For those upset that Skyline lost last round, Cincinnati chili is still here to represent. With its addition of cloves and cinnamon, it’s amazing no one has thought to market it as pumpkin spice chili yet. This sets up a great NL Central divisional rivalry with St. Louis ribs, winners over their cross-state rivals.

 

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Brand Bracket 2014: Midwest Food Edition | Corporate Region, Sweet 16

2014 Midwest Food Bracket Sweet 16

A big thank you goes out to Flyover Press for sponsoring the bracket. Flyover Press is a proud advocate of Midwest pride and puts the heart and soul of the heartland into its clothing and posters. During the length of the competition, readers can save 20% on orders at Flyover Press by using the code “FoodBracket” at checkout.

The Corporate side of the Bracket has seen nearly all of the favorites fall. The highest seed left is a four; there’s still a sixteen seed out there. By Friday we’ll have our answers for favorite Midwestern drink and restaurant brands.

Vote once per poll, picking your favorite food out of the choices. Winners advance to the Elite Eight. Voting closes at 11:00 PM EST on Friday, October 31.

#4 Kool-Aid vs #16 IBC Root Beer

The Kool-Aid man burst through the walls of Biggby Coffee last round, shouting “Oh yeah!” as everyone’s favorite sugary drink moved on. IBC Root Beer continues to impress, taking down another Michigan soft drink.

 

#6 Graeter’s vs #7 Steak ‘n Shake

It would seem the ultimate question here is whether we like ice cream and dessert better than the main meal. Steak ‘n Shake has a not-so-secret weapon though. Its shakes mean it can compete on the dessert side as well.

 

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Filson Reversible Down Vest

Filson Reversible Down Vest

Vests are invaluable this time of year. They make layering a breeze and the cold temperatures in the morning and warmer temperatures in the afternoon tolerable. Since you’ll be wearing them often, why not find one that pulls double duty? Filson has you covered, literally and figuratively, with its Reversible Down Vest. Continue reading

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Brand Bracket 2014: Midwest Food Edition | Junk Food Region, Sweet 16

2014 Midwest Food Bracket Sweet 16

A big thank you goes out to Flyover Press for sponsoring the bracket. Flyover Press is a proud advocate of Midwest pride and puts the heart and soul of the heartland into its clothing and posters. During the length of the competition, readers can save 20% on orders at Flyover Press by using the code “FoodBracket” at checkout.

While the top half of this side of the Bracket thrived on the favorites winning out, chaos reigned supreme down here. Three double digit seeds advanced, two others nearly pulled off huge upsets and my beloved paczkis went down. Why would you do this? This is a tragedy on par with the fact that paczkis aren’t available year-round. What further anarchy will you cause this round?

Vote once per poll, picking your favorite food out of the choices. Winners advance to the Elite Eight. Voting closes at 11:00 PM EST on Thursday, October 30.

#1 Frozen Custard vs. #12 Sugar Cream Pie

Frozen custard won the battle of frozen desserts. Sugar cream pie comes out representing the pastries. It all comes down to a preference on how you like your desserts.

 

#2 Fried Cheese Curds vs. #14 Puppy Chow

Savory versus sweet. Tough choice of snacks here, like comparing apples to oranges, or, rather, fried balls of cheese to crunchy bits of cereal, peanut butter and chocolate.

 

 

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Brand Bracket 2014: Midwest Food Edition | Sandwich Region, Sweet 16

2014 Midwest Food Bracket Sweet 16

A big thank you goes out to Flyover Press for sponsoring the bracket. Flyover Press is a proud advocate of Midwest pride and puts the heart and soul of the heartland into its clothing and posters. During the length of the competition, readers can save 20% on orders at Flyover Press by using the code “FoodBracket” at checkout.

Whereas the First Round in the Sandwich Region was straight forward with only one upset, the Second Round injected some much needed chaos with half the matches going to the underdogs. I wouldn’t mind eating all four of the sandwiches that have made it through so far. Too bad only two will be moving on.

Vote once per poll, picking your favorite food out of the choices. Winners advance to the Elite Eight. Voting closes at 11:00 PM EST on Thursday, October 30.

#1 Italian Beef vs. #4 Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin, my new favorite to win it all, won a battle of fried sandwiches last round, defeating the fried walleye sandwich. The tenderloin states, Indiana and Iowa, sandwich the Illinois home of the Italian beef. It’s fitting the two have come together for battle.

 

#7 Beer Brats vs. #14 Pierogi

The two plucky underdogs (actually one is a sausage). Pierogis had absolutely no trouble dispatching frybread tacos last round and have impressed as the 14 seed. Beer brats will be the toughest opponents pierogis have faced yet.

 

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Oak Street Bootmakers Calfskin Bit Loafer

Oak Street Bootmakers Calfskin Bit Loafer Brown

In the pantheon of loafers, the bit loafer is a notch above the penny and the driving loafer. The namesake horsebit adds a touch of formality and a nod to the sporting life. The metal accent is sure to catch the eye of random passerby. Speaking of eye-catching, Oak Street Bootmakers released its own Calfskin Bit Loafers just last week. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

Steven's Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

The Steven’s Point Brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, opened in 1857, making it the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the United States. For most of the last century and a half it operated like most other breweries in the country, specializing in a pale lager that appealed to the masses. By all accounts, Point’s version of yellow, fizzy liquid is better than most, but that long history of being known for the kind of beer that most beer nerds turn their noses up at painted Steven’s Point as the regional cheap beer of choice, akin to Natty Boh in Maryland or Lone Star in Texas. Continue reading

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The Cordial Churchman Jolson Harris Tweed Bow Tie

The Cordial Churchman Jolson Bow Tie

Tweed definitely helps dull the disappointment of colder weather and the knowledge that snow will soon be here. To look on the bright side, if we had summer year-round we’d never be able to wear tweed. It’s probably still a touch too early for the tweed jacket but a tweed bow tie is just right for this time of year. Luckily The Cordial Churchman just released several, including the handsome Jolson Harris Tweed Bow Tie. Continue reading

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