The Fox Drinks: Manhattans

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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First popularized in the 1860s, the Manhattan cocktail has become a mainstay of any bartender’s arsenal. It is a local favorite on the German island of Föhr, and among tourists on the island of Manhattan. No matter where you find yourself today, mixing up a classic Manhattan is a good idea.

Classic Manhattan Cocktail

2 Parts American Whiskey
1 Part Sweet Vermouth
1 to 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Orange Peel
Maraschino Cherries

Method: Place ice in a glass. Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Stir gently. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass, add 1 to 2 cherries and enjoy.

 

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The Fox Remembers: The Berlin Wall

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years. From 1961 to 1989 the wall divided Germany and came to be seen as a symbol of the Cold War, fear and political oppression. After months of civil unrest and protests during the summer and fall of 1989, the SED Politburo decreed on November 9th, 1989 that East German refugees, and even private travelers, could freely exit the East. Following this announcement, the wall slowly began to crumble over the ensuing months as mauerspecht (or wall peckers) on both sides of the wall began to chip away at it piece by piece. The first East Germans to push through the overwhelmed SED forces were greeted with champagne and celebration.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Vote

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

 
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The Fox’s Travels: A Walk in New York

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Seven days can really move fast in the city. The Fox has been all over the five boroughs, visiting the home of Bret & Jemaineangry dancing in Seward Park and making new feline friends in shops. He’s been eating Halloween doughnuts in Brooklyn and sampling some of New York’s finest bagels & tofu schmear. Picnic-ing and practicing his chess skills in Central Park was a highlight, as well as sampling vegan goodies all over Manhattan, The Fox has had a blast. He even got to spend an awesome Halloween enjoying margaritas, some of Manabu Ikeda’s greatest pieces at the Japan Society and seeing his favorite film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, in theaters again.

Cheers to another great week ahead.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Everyday Moccasins

October 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

Having walked many miles in his recent travels, The Fox would like to recommend some classic fall and winter gear to keep your feet happy. There are few styles in men’s footwear more enduring then the classic moccasin shoe.

The everyday moccasin was epitomized by Clarks’ Wallabee in the 1960s. This easy wearing, and extremely durable shoe has looked the same since the first pairs were produced over fifty years ago. With the right care these babies will last you decades – all while caring for your tender toes. They are available in six finishes, but The Fox highly recommends the Beeswax Leather.

clark1The Clarks Original Wallabee.

If you are looking for a vegan option, then look no further then the Adam Brown from Novacas. These are a fantastic animal-friendly alternative with a chukka flair that will keep your feet, you wallet and your heart happy.

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The Novacas Vegan Moccasin-Chukka. 

 

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The Fox’s Travels: Fall Foraging in NYC

October 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

The best way to any Fox’s heart is through his stomach. Well call him smitten, because The Fox has been snacking, drinking, cheganing and late night binging all over NYC. Here are a few of his favorites from the past week.

First up is Vinnie’s Brooklyn. This pizzeria creates unbelievably (and almost improbably) delicious grub for carnivores, vegans and gluten-free folks at their two Brooklyn locations.  The Fox checked out their Greenpoint location for some vegan chicken drumsticks and a vegan T.Hanks pie – and he will never look at vegan food the same way again. The drumsticks were out of this world, and the pie was gone before it even had a chance to cool. Two thumbs way, way up – make sure you check out this fantastic local pizzeria.

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Next is the ice cream parlor formerly known as Lula’s Sweet Apothecary. This East Village gem serves up some of the best all vegan soft serve, hand-packed, flurries, sundaes and floats The Fox has ever had the pleasure of tasting. Flavors include spiced apple cider, chocolate chocolate chip, cake batter and peanut butter fudge. Toppings abound (you can even find vegan marshmallows), and you can find a huge assortment of delicious vegan chocolate bars that benefit local animal shelters. Currently un-named (due to personal disputes), please make sure you check out this absolutely fantastic ice creamery at 516 E 6th Street. You will not be sorry you did.

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Finally for those late night cravings, The Fox has found the perfect spot for all you sushi lovers out there. East Kaiten Sushi & Sake Bar is a great spot to grab $16 pitchers of Sapporo, super fresh sushi and a little taste of Tokyo. This sushi bar is actually a sushi-go-round offering up the best sushi The Fox has tasted in ages, with the convenience of the conveyor belt system that takes every plate of sushi past each and every table for easy picking. You can of course order your favorites (to ensure you get some before your neighbors snatch up all of the avocado rolls), and every Friday and Saturday night from 11pm – 3am, all sushi is half off. Let’s review that again – all sushi is half off. Now that you’ve wrapped your scattered-mind around that crazy deal, get over to East Kaiten for a jolly good time.

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The Fox Recommends: The Duffle Coat

October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Layering is a fall favorite for The Fox. There’s nothing like layering a great tee or oxford with the right sweater and overcoat. This week The Fox recommends the duffle coat for your autumnal consideration. There is something transportive in this classic coat that makes one think of days gone by. Days spent enjoying a cup of coffee, each other’s company, a good fountain pen, a great cocktail and an even better book.

The duffle coat (or more correctly the duffell Coat) is named for Duffel, Belgium – where the thick woolen fabric these coats (and the first duffle bags) were first made of was produced. The design was popularized in the early 1900s when the British Royal Navy issued a camel-colored duffle coat as “an item of warm clothing” during World War I. This classic design is traditionally made of double weave Duffel, lined in a tartan, has a large, bucket hood, a button-able neck strap, three to four toggle-fastenings, two outside patch pockets and is knee length. And if you’re thinking, this is all just a bit too Wes Anderson-y, you’re right. It is. And there is nothing wrong with that.

As with anything – this classic has seen many modifications, and now one can find the duffle coat in any variety of material, color, length and weight. Below, The Fox has included some of his favorites this fall.

 

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This Uniqlo Duffle is a bargain at $99.90

 

 

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This Uniqlo navy update is available for only $229.90

 

 

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Finally this Original Montgomery is literally, as legit as the duffle coat gets, at $325.00

 

 

 

 

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