We recently spent several days in Bangkok, Thailand. There are so many aspects of the city we just love. It’s a kaleidoscope of energy, culture, and culinary wonder. We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok, and just like Bangkok itself, the hotel is impressively grand, yet still unquestionably warm and welcoming.
French fries are a curious food.; as unique as they are ubiquitous. This is especially true in New York City where, this past week, Sir Kensington’s put on a display called, “Fries of New York”. This New York-based condiments company, celebrated the fry in its many forms and iconic iterations with a food culture exhibition celebrating ketchup’s potato-based companion.
You might be starting to catch on that we’re big fans of Topo Designs here at TFL. What you may not know is that we’re also huge fans of the Pennsylvania-based wool company, Woolrich. Combining Woolrich’s classic American heritage with Topo’s relevant design, the Topo Designs x Woolrich Collection is already a hit in our book.
Following up on last Falls collection, both brands came together to update and expand their extremely successful collection of backpacks, duffels and accessories. All bags feature snap closures, bright contrasting zippers and color popping straps and cord loops. And the best part? It’s 100% made in the USA.
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Napa Valley, CA, is one of those places that you visit and then leave scratching your head, wondering why you don’t live there. The Mediterranean climate, sunshine 300 days a year, and some of the most premier vineyards in the world make this place a quasi paradise.
We recently drove the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado around town, on some dirt trails and even a three hour road trip. This midsize truck is a step in the right direction for General Motors. All new for 2015, the Colorado is a truly capable midsize pickup and a serious competitor for the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. So the real question is, would we buy one? Read on to find out.
When you think of a campfire, cold weather and warm blankets, chemical coatings, preservatives, artificial flavoring and even a susceptor probably don’t factor into that. Even so, these things have adulterated popcorn thoughout the years. But the ingredients in today’s bag of microwave popcorn shouldn’t leave you scratching your head, right? It’s popped-corn, afterall. That’s why we are so in love with the Quinn Popcorn, a simplified, healthier approach to microwave popcorn.
Quinn Popcorn’s mission is simple — to bring you the best bag of microwave popcorn. All of their popcorn is organic, the cheeses are rBGH-free, they’re maple comes from Vermont (yeah, they have maple popcorn) and their bag is even grease-proof and compostable. Their humble project was successfully launched on Kickstarter in 2011 and has grown awareness about the industry, challenged our perceptions and delighted our tastebuds along the way.
Their farm-to-bag popcorn comes in unique flavors like Vermont Maple & Sea Salt, Parmesan & Rosemary (our favorite), Olive Oil & Herbs, Hickory Smoked Cheddar and even Kale & Sea Salt. Each bag is identified with a batch number that allows you to find out more about where the ingredients come from. You can even take a virtual stroll through their website and meet their suppliers. Simply put, there is no better, healthier and tastier popcorn on the market.
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It makes sense that a company based in Texas would know a thing or two about keeping drinks cold. The Studio Neat Ice Kit is the perfect solution for making fancy ice bricks at home. The kit comes with an ice mold, chisel, muddler, and Lewis bag to create a variety of different ice types, each tailored to a specific drink or cocktail. Dress up any drink to serve to friends. It gives a whole new meaning to “on the rocks”.
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What do you get when you mix two of nature’s finest ingredients? That’s what the fine maker of Bees Knees Spicy Honey set out to discover. The result is nothing short of culinary genius. Each batch is hand-made with raw honey from the Hudson Valley and a special combination of chili peppers carefully infused for maximum flavor. Weighing in at eight ounces, Bees Knees Spicy Honey pairs perfectly with just about anything. We grilled some Asian shrimp kabobs and drizzles this stuff on top. Kabobs have never tasted so good.
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In the world of gardening, footwear is paramount. Planting the seeds, turning the soil and harvesting at just the right time are crucial to the farmer of today. From urban to suburban, every farmer is only as productive as their footwear.
Recently, our friends at Modern Farmer teamed up with The Original Muck Boot Company to produce a gardening boot that is as easy on the eyes as it is on the feet. The brilliant orange colorway and Muck Boot’s legendary comfort combine to make a boot that will outlast you in the field. The Neoprene interior is lined with soft, supportive fabrics that wick moisture and provide warmth in any wet or cold conditions. The EVA outsole makes this boot extremely lightweight and provides maximum traction and support, all in a signature color that will make you the envy of your community garden (we can attest to this).
Most of all, we love that the Modern Farmer logo is proudly on display at the top. For years, Modern Farmer has been educating people on the important connections between what we eat, how it’s grown and how it reaches our plates. They’re doing their part to make the world a better place. I guess you could say they’re starting to grow on us.
Buy Now: $160
This week, Patagonia launched a new collection called Truth to Materials – a capsule collection containing seven styles which explore radical new methods of manufacturing, born from a desire to reimagine the first stage of a product’s life: the source of raw materials. Each piece is made from reclaimed or alternatively sourced fabrics — Men’s Undyed Cashmere Snap-T Pullover, Women’s Undyed Cashmere Cardigan, Men’s Reclaimed Cotton Hoody, Women’s Reclaimed Cotton Crew, Men’s Reclaimed Wool Jacket, Women’s Reclaimed Wool Parka, and the Reclaimed Down Scarf.
Truth to Materials honors the purest form of a material possible, be it minimally processed cashmere and wool, or going beyond organic by reusing cutting room scrap that was otherwise destined for the landfill. It’s about discovering the origin of a material and staying as true to that as possible during every step of design and manufacturing. The clothes in this collection represent a deeper dive into the progress Patagonia has already made — with materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester — but with less dyeing and processing, fewer virgin resources and an even greater focus on craftsmanship.
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See the full collection: Here