Southampton boss Hasenhuttl willing to go with the kidsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is willing to go with the kids with their survival push.Hasenhuttl has already put his faith in youth having given opportunities to academy graduates Yan Valery, Tyreke Johnson and Michael Obafemi.“Our philosophy is to give the young players a chance for the future because they are our future,” said Hasenhuttl.“I want them to be part of the squad and it can happen with Ramsay in the next game against Man City gets the chance to play.“We have a few jewels in the academy and my challenge is to work with them and make them better and that is only possible if you give them a chance to play against good teams. Why not?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge: Crucial Firmino grabbed hat-trickby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge was delighted for Roberto Firmino over his hat-trick in victory over Arsenal.He wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “Arsenal were so open and left themselves exposed. It was a stunning response after going behind early on.”Roberto Firmino hasn’t been himself so far this season. He’s not been as influential and he’s been giving far too many balls away.”But that was Firmino back to his best on Saturday night. His second goal was sensational with the way he embarrassed two Arsenal defenders before producing a cool finish.”Something hasn’t been right with Firmino but he should take a huge amount of belief from the first hat-trick of his Liverpool career.”If I could have picked anyone to score a hat-trick in that game it would have been Firmino. We’ve had big contributions from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane recently and now we’ve had a match-winning performance from Firmino. That’s massive for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith denies Chelsea want Abraham recall: I’d be amazedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith says he would be surprised if Chelsea ended Tammy Abraham’s loan prematurely. Reports have claimed 21-year-old could be recalled by Chelsea and then loaned out to a Premier League club, with Wolves particuarly interested in signing the England international.Given Abraham has scored 16 goals for Villa this season, Smith insists the Blues are happy with the striker’s progress.”He’s enjoying himself as a person and developing as a player,” said Smith. “All three parties (Abraham, Chelsea and Villa) seem very happy with what’s going on.”There will always be speculation but I’ll be amazed if he, Chelsea or ourselves would want to upset that.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: AVB fumed when Chelsea sold De Bruyneby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhen Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne, their manager at the time was furious with the club’s board.A new report has revealed that Andre Villas-Boas, who was the club’s boss in 2011, was not happy with the decision to part with De Bruyne.Chelsea felt they had enough quality in attacking midfield, allowing the Belgian to move to Werder Bremen.The Athletic says Villas-Boas did not even know that De Bruyne was being pushed for a transfer until he was sold.The matter left him livid, but it was a short lived issue as AVB lost his job two months later.Chelsea have always regretted selling De Bruyne, as he signed for Manchester City a couple of years later and went from strength to strength.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Man Utd must work with Raiola to land Haalandby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United face having to deal with Mino Raiola if they want Erling Haaland.United spies watched the Champions League sensation hit a hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of Genk on Tuesday, says The Sun.Erling, 19, had a season at Molde under Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.But the Norwegian is being advised by Raiola, who has been at odds with United over the future of unsettled Paul Pogba.Raiola’s input was the talk of the English scouts sent to watch the son of former Leeds and Man City player Alf-Inge Haaland.
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 24: General view of the Breslin Student Event Center as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Santa Clara Broncos on November 24, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan State lost to Illinois Saturday night, but at least one Spartans fan may have been too distracted to notice. The below video, which has now gone viral, shows a MSU supporter somewhat infatuated with the female standing in front of him in the stands. He seemingly can’t believe his eyes when he looks at her backside.Discreet, he is not. The below video seems appropriate.
IG/collegegamedayJoey Galloway is one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Ohio State. From 1991-1994, Galloway put up 2,085 total yards from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns, per sports-reference.com. He also did some damage in the return game, averaging 25 yards on kick returns during his career and scoring a touchdown as a senior. Today, he’s back in Columbus, and he got in some work with quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller.New WR @BraxtonMiller5 gets in some work under Buckeyes legend Joey Galloway’s guidance. https://t.co/sq6pFh0QcT— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 10, 2015Obviously things are much easier against air, but it looks like Miller has soft hands, and is adjusting well to the move.
This week most of the United States celebrated America’s birthday. People from around the country took advantage of an extra day off work to be with family and friends.A few had more to celebrate than just July 4. Cam Newton and girlfriend Kia Proctor welcomed their third child earlier this week.Another football player, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham had his own moment to celebrate. On Friday, Stidham bent the knee and proposed to girlfriend Kennedy Brown.Don’t worry, she said yes!Check out the happy couple.“She said yes and I get to marry the girl of my dreams. Here’s to forever Kenn, I love you,” Stidham said of the engagement.The pair have been together since Stidham’s days at Baylor.Congratulations to the couple!
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes one major college football team really got screwed by the referees last weekend.LSU star safety Devin White had a controversial targeting call during last week’s win, which will force him to miss the first half of next weekend’s game against No. 1 Alabama.The call has been widely criticized. LSU fans are putting up billboards to protest the call, too.Herbstreit addressed the incident during his recent podcast.“The guys upstairs have to save that,” Herbstreit said on the Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons Podcast.“They did not. And now LSU has to deal with trying to play against Tua (Tagovailoa) without Devin White which would be like Georgia taking Roquan Smith out of their defense from last year. Sure, they’ve got a really talented player behind him but not Devin White, not the way he’s playing with Phillips next to him. They are playing at an elite level. He’s their alpha. He’s the guy that gets them right. They look in his eyes and believe in him.”Herbstreit expanded:“I’m not an LSU fan,” Herbstreit said. “I’m not a ‘this isn’t fair jumping up and down.’ But I’m going to say, objectively and fairly, that was a terrible call. I should preface that by saying, on the field, give the official or referee who’s standing within 10 feet of the hit, you have to give him a break. He made the right call on the field. I’m not telling you there should be a change in the rule. Here’s what the rule is. The guy on the field makes the call because he sees the quarterback get knocked back and he thinks the contact was in a grey area. Just to be safe, I’m going to make the call. No problem. Make the call. Now we send it upstairs. That’s your safety net.“… If you go back and watch that tape, the reason I’m upset about this is Devin White probably had to be retrained on how to hit a quarterback when he blitzes. He’s probably worked really hard with Dave Aranda on where to hit him to try to get low. You can’t get too low. If you get too low, that’s a penalty. Don’t get too high. Here’s our launch point. If you really go frame by frame, you can see that the upper chest is where the first, initial contact is. His hands come through and follow through and it gives that look that his head is being sent back and then he goes down. The official upstairs should have said it’s a 15-yard penalty, roughing the passer, waive off the targeting and give them a 15-yard penalty, automatic first down, let’s play the next play. Devin White stays in the game.”Alabama and LSU are both off this weekend before meeting in Baton Rouge, La. next weekend.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to meet next Saturday night at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Mascot “Herky the Hawk” of the Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field before the match-up against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa will be without a few impact players in the trenches this spring, yet the coaching staff may have found a potential playmaker on the defensive line. After spending the past few seasons as an inside linebacker for the Hawkeyes, Amani Jones could eventually switch positions.With Anthony Nelson and Parker Hesse gone from the program, head coach Kirk Ferentz needs to find replacements. At the very least, he’ll have to find ways to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks.Well, it looks like Jones could be the answer to that problem. Despite struggling mightily on the field in 2018, the recent change in position is proving to beneficial for both parties.Jones holds plenty of value on special teams, but it’d be even better if he could become a three-down player.During the past few spring practices, the Hawkeyes have converted Jones into a defensive end. His athleticism and burst off the line of scrimmage isn’t going unnoticed by his teammates or coaches.From Hawk Central:“I’ve seen a monster,” returning defensive end A.J. Epenesa said with a grin. “A little bully out there. So strong. So fast. Powerful, right off the edge. It looks pretty good.”Linebackers coach Seth Wallace said discussions about a position change for Jones began a few months ago. “He’s a high-energy kid, somebody who has a passion for his game,” Wallace said. “You could argue, is he one of the 11 best true football players we could put on the field defensively? Maybe.”Clearly the Hawkeyes are impressed by Jones’ transition in recent weeks. He’d give them a huge boost on the defensive line if he could become a legitimate contributor.We’ll see if this change becomes permanent as the season gets closer.[Hawk Central]
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p #AGTG COMMITTED🙏🏾 #GatorGangXX 💯🐊 pic.twitter.com/ovvT5XxdMe— Jahari Rogers🐺🤫 (@jay4_era) July 15, 2019Florida has already secured 18 commitments in the 2020 class. Of those 18 pledges, 10 are rated four-stars.The Gators have the No. 4 class in the SEC and the No. 8 class nationally.You can see the updated team composite rankings here. GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of first half action as the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Arlington (Tex.) four-star cornerback Jahari Rogers is off the board as of Monday night. Rogers is SEC-bound.Rogers announced his commitment to Florida on Twitter tonight. He chose the Gators over Texas, Arkansas and others.“As I began to narrow in on one school, this decision was incredibly difficult,” Rogers said. “However, with patience and determination, I knew I’d find the right home for both me and my talents.”Rogers is the No. 10 cornerback in the class of 2020 and the No. 27 senior in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
Artist Bharat Thakur’s works delve into the soulOn the eve of his painting exhibition, Yoga guru Bharat Thakur talks about his muses and musings.advertisement Manjari Saxena New DelhiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 04:06 IST Bharat Thakur believes the artist and the meditator live same life, of observation, which is food for the artist and method for the meditator. So, having lived with the sadhus, his portrayal of them is authentic.HIGHLIGHTSThakur believes in using his knowledge of yoga to live life to the fullestHe has a doctorate in sports medicine and yogaThe Himalayan guru is a brilliant cook and eco-gardener tooHe has been the yoga guru of some of the best known Bollywood celebrities, including Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan. Bharat Thakur is also married to the famous actress Bhumika Chawla.Having come under the tutelage of his master, Yogi Sukhdev Brahmachari, at the age of four, Thakur believes in using his knowledge of yoga and other spiritual traditions, not just to discover one’s true self but to live life to the fullest.Moreover, Thakur has a doctorate in sports medicine and yoga, and set up Artistic Yoga, an evolved form of yoga almost two decades ago. But his interests move beyond yoga and health sciences, as the Himalayan guru is a brilliant cook and eco-gardener too. Now he has been bringing another of his interests – his paintings – to various cities around the world, including Dubai and London. And on Monday he will be showing some of his best works at the India Habitat Centre. However, he says it’s not an art form he’s taken up recently.”I lived in the mountains till I was seventeen studying Yoga and Tantra. In the hills we were exposed to the extreme elements – the wilderness, bitter cold, snow. It was later, when I was doing my masters, and subsequently PhD, at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior, that I got seriously interested in painting,” Thakur told Mail Today. “I used to work with water colours and charcoal then.”But for him the spread of yoga took precedence, even though he kept sketching and painting a little when he could take time out from his travels. He also loves to visit museums and lived and learnt with the street painters in Europe. So it was “only a matter of time when I would get back to it”. He says the reason why he paints is “clichéd but true” for him.advertisement “Do we ever ask why a flower blooms or a bird sings?” he countered. “A real artist would never be able to answer that question. I couldn’t keep art away even from my style of yoga – Artistic Yoga. So I guess an artist is just born to paint.” Even though his paintings consist mainly of abstract art and portraits, Thakur cites only legends as his influencers.”I am a lover of life. I like to explore and learn. I need to keep innovating myself. I believe an artist can delve into his own rich experience to create content that is rich too. I take influences from every aspect of my life, from the babas in the mountains to Bollywood celebrities – they are all part of my life. My insights into these souls, therefore, have to come into my work,” said Thakur. “At the same time I research a lot. So I just had to study the entire art movement. As influencers, I would put Paul Cezanne first, then Michealangelo. I admire the flair of Picasso and the colours of Monet. Then, there is Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, S. H. Raza, Raja Ravi Verma. But Paul Cezanne is my inspiration.”Abstract is his passion, he said, which keeps him evolving and offering more, because “it’s a language that I believe contains the codes of form, perception, illusion and reality”.Thakur said art and meditation have always been the air and water of life, as they have the same goal – to witness. As a result, some of his best-selling art pieces are portraits of sadhus, which will part of the Prayag – The Inner Journey exhibition next week.”The human being is one and the ancients have said ‘as is the universe, so is each unit’. The artist and the meditator live the same life, of observation. If you ask me how they are different, I may find it difficult to answer. Observation is the food for the artist while for the meditator it is his method. And having lived among them, I thought I could bring authenticity in the portrayal of the sadhus,” he explained.Thakur also takes inspiration from his beautiful wife and he tries to bring out “the inner life of an actor, her preparations to excel in her craft, yet keeping the essence”.But he refuses to talk about his attraction to his other muse, the legendary Frieda Kahlo.”They say the muse is shy as the work is still in progress. The fact that she was untrained but evolved a unique and powerful language to translate all the drama of her life into paint, into art, and the pain she went through is unimaginable to most human beings.”advertisementAlso read | Bartolome Esteban Murillo on Google doodle today. Who is he?Also read | 10 quotes by William Blake, the poet, painter and print-makerGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Is Akshay Kumar playing a 16th century king in Housefull 4?Akshay Kumar may play a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. The fourth film in the popular Housefull franchise will reportedly revolve around the theme of reincarnation.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 12:09 IST A photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Akshay Kumar is reportedly playing a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. Earlier, it was reported that the film will revolve around the theme of reincarnation and fresh reports now claim that Akshay will be seen as a bald king from the 16th century, in his past life, in the film. Interestingly, a photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Housefull 4 is directed by Farhan Shamji and also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Rana Daggubati, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani, Sharad Kelkar, Johnny Lever and Jamie Lever.A source close to the development told a leading daily, “The fourth instalment offers a hilarious spin on reincarnation. In the first half that is set in the 16th century, Akshay sports a different look as the king. In fact, the picture of one of his looks, where he is flaunting a bald pate, went viral last year. Bobby, on the other hand, will be seen sporting long hair in this portion. Since Chunkey Pandey’s character Aakhri Pasta has been established as half-Italian in the previous editions, the makers were struggling to incorporate him in the 16th century.”It is also reported that Chunkey will play Vasco Da Gama’s nephew in his past life in the film.Portions of the film relating to the past life of the characters are reportedly shot in Rajasthan, while the current-day portions have been shot in London.Sajid Khan, who has directed all three films in the franchise, was initially named the director of this instalment too, but was replaced by Farhad Samji after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced last year. Nana Patekar was replaced by Rana Daggubati following similar allegations.advertisementMeanwhile, Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his recently released film Kesari. The actor has also shot for a special song for brother-in-law Karan Kapadia’s film Blank. Akshay is currently shooting for Good News with Kareena Kapoor. The film, which also features Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles, explores the subject of surrogacy. Rumour has it that Taimur Ali Khan will make his Bollywood debut with the film, which is slated to hit the theatres on September 6.Akshay also has Mission Mangal with Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Tamil actor Nithya Menen in the pipeline.ALSO READ: Taimur Ali Khan to make his Bollywood debut in mom Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Good News? Details hereALSO SEE: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh tell fans to be ready for Good NewsALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of BollywoodGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Akshay KumarFollow Housefull 4
Celtic’s ‘golden era’ captain Billy McNeill dies aged 79Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill, who helped the Scottish giants win the European Cup in 1967, has died at the age of 79,advertisement Reuters BengaluruApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 15:03 IST Billy McNeill was the first British man to lift the European Cup in 1967 (Photo: Twitter/@CelticFC)HIGHLIGHTSMcNeill started 790 competitive games for Celtic and helped the club win nine league titles in a rowMcNeill also helped the Celtics win seven Scottish Cups and six League CupsHe became the first British man to lift the European Cup in 1967Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill, who helped the Scottish giants win the European Cup in 1967, has died at the age of 79, the club said on Tuesday.Fondly known as ‘Cesar’, McNeill started 790 competitive games for Celtic and helped the club win nine league titles in a row, as well as seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups.He became the first British man to lift the European Cup in 1967, after he captained Celtic’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ to a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the final.Family’s immense sadness as #CelticFC legend Billy McNeill passes away. Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 23, 2019″It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill,” his family said in a statement released on Celtic’s website http://www.celticfc.net/news/16059.”He passed away late last night (Monday 22 April) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life.”McNeill captained Celtic in the late 1960s and early 70s under the stewardship of Jock Stein. He reached another European Cup final in 1970, as well as two semi-finals in 1972 and 1974.He also managed Celtic in two spells, from 1978 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991.”The Celtic family is mourning the death of Billy McNeill, the club’s greatest ever captain and one of the finest men to have played and managed the Hoops,” Celtic said in a statement.”Celtic Football Club’s deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go to Billy’s wife, Liz, their children, Susan, Paula, Libby, Carol and Martyn, grandchildren and all his many family and friends at this extremely sad time.”advertisementAlso Read | Manchester United suffer 5th straight away defeat with 4-0 hammering from EvertonAlso Read | Liverpool back on top after 2-0 win over Cardiff CityAlso Read | Ashley Young confident misfiring Manchester United will be ready for Manchester CityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow FootballFollow Celtic FC Next
Next Varun Singh New DelhiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 11:30 IST The third-generation Hyundai i20 is expected to be launched in India in 2020.HIGHLIGHTSThird-gen Hyundai i20 might get certain tweaks to the headlight and fog lamp design.We can expect the upcoming i20 to feature the new 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDI petrol engine.Expectations are that the 2020 Hyundai i20 will get a bigger boot.Hyundai Motor India is working on the third-generation i20 and the premium hatchback has been spied testing. Hyundai i20 has been one of the most successful vehicles of the company and rivals against the like of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz and the newly-launched Toyota Glanza.The next-generation i20 might be launched in India in 2020. We can expect the premium hatchback to come with a refurbished front fascia and sport Hyundai’s cascading grille. The current edition has projector headlamps with LED DRL. The new version might get certain tweaks to the headlight and fog lamp design and have LED tail lights as well.The spy pics of the heavily camouflaged 2020 Hyundai i20, posted by Indian Autos Blog, show the rear-end of the vehicle. The premium hatchback looks wider from the back as compared to the current version, which is 1,734 mm in width. We can expect the new premium hatchback to offer more space at the back with a bigger boot. 2020 Hyundai i20 will have more space inside the cabin. (Image Courtesy – Indian Autos Blog)So far as interiors are concerned, the third-gen i20 might borrow certain elements from Hyundai’s all-new Venue compact SUV. Expectations are that it will come with the new 20.32-cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It might get Hyundai BlueLink technology as well.At present, Hyundai i20 is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine that produces 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and has an option for a CVT as well. Then there is a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel mill that churns out 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque. This motor comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.advertisementHyundai has provided an all-new 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDI petrol engine in Venue. This turbocharged mill delivers 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Expectations are that this powertrain will be provided with the 2020 Hyundai i20 as well.Hyundai Elite i20 price varies between Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 9.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the new engine and features, the third-gen premium hatchback might see the prices moving northwards.ALSO READ | Toyota Glanza: Price, variants, mileage, rivals, key features, specs you should knowALSO READ | Toyota Glanza: Technical specifications, colour options explainedALSO READ | Toyota Glanza: Here are all the accessories available with the premium hatchbackGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow HyundaiFollow Hyundai i20Follow Hyundai i20 spy pics 2020 Hyundai i20 spied, to be more spacious than the current generationNext-generation Hyundai i20 might be launched in India in 2020 and we can expect the premium hatchback to come with a refurbished front fascia and sport Hyundai’s cascading grille.advertisement
10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Coffee is the lifeblood of our society and so it, rightly, has its own day. To celebrate National Coffee Day, we’ve pulled together a number of tequila and beer-based cocktails that will help you celebrate the beverage the right way—with booze.Don’t forget to check out our roundup of Cold Brew Coffee Cocktails as well.The Double Shot Martini5 parts Avión Espresso Tequila1 part milk or half & halfMethod: Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1-3 espresso beans.Mole y Avión Espresso 2 oz. Avión Espresso1 oz. Premium Hot ChocolateFresh Whipped Cream and Mint Leaf for garnishMethod: Combine ingredients in glass and heat. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and a mint leaf.The Afterhours 1 part Avión Espresso Tequila2 parts Avión AnejoMethod: Pour ingredients into a rocks glass over ice. Stir.Paradise Stout3 oz Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout1 oz Jamaican Rum1 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry1 whole egg2 dashes Chocolate bittersMethod: Dry Shake, hard shake, strain into snifter and top with nitro stout. Garnish with grated nutmegNitro Coffee Float4-6 oz Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout1oz cold brew coffee.75 oz Frangelico.75 oz Braulio (or favorite amaro)Ice cream and condimentsMethod: Shake and strain into Pilsner glass. Top 3/4 of the way with Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout (4-6 oz). Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with crushed hazelnuts, and/or whipped cream, sprinkles, cherry and chocolate. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make
Editors’ Recommendations Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride) A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Rockstar Santa Fe ConceptThe Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) knows how to draw out the looniest in people. Frankenstein vehicles from major automakers and tiny tuning houses alike assemble each year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some are inspired works of art, others are real head-scratchers. Either way, it’s entertaining.Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and other Japanese automakers have a big presence at SEMA, but recently Hyundai has become more involved. This year, the Korean brand teamed up with Rockstar Energy to build this insane Santa Fe off-road concept. Its official name is the Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept and it’s as wild as the people who guzzle energy drinks day in and day out.Hyundai morphed the Santa Fe into a rock-crawling, dirt-running monster mobile by installing a completely new suspension system that increases the ride height for extra ground clearance, adding aftermarket King shocks to soak up bumps, and fitting massive 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires on 17-inch, bead-lock wheels. Designed for off-road and military vehicles, bead-lock wheels allow the tire to be bolted to the rim, so it doesn’t come off if deflated. Yea, this thing is legit.As if the wheel-and-tire package didn’t give the Rockstar Santa Fe enough attitude, Hyundai added LED light bars, rock sliders and bumpers, and a custom roof rack. A winch is also built into the front bumper in case the Rockstar Santa Fe goes exploring alone and is caught without traction. Inside, it’s custom all the way, with leather upholstery and unique hardware.The 3.3-liter V6 shared with stock Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers was treated to a custom exhaust system and nitrous oxide (or Nos, as the racer community refers to it). The juice should put the Santa Fe concept well past its stock 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque specs, but Hyundai wouldn’t quote a specific power output. The Korean car-maker will also bring a 1,000-hp Santa Fe built by tuner Bisimoto to SEMA, so clearly there’s some potential in that engine.It’s weird to say that the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is tame, but considering the wild stuff that floats through the Las Vegas Convention Center this time a year, a juiced-up crossover is pretty modest. The List of Must-Have Gear, Gadgets, and Services for Your Next Road Trip
The Best American Liqueur For spice blends, Sercarz chooses three from La Boîte’s selection: Pierre Poivre, Cancale, and Izak.“Pierre Poivre blend is an eight-pepper blend with tangy, sweet, sour, and floral notes, which can be used to season anything from wild game and grilled steaks to thick-cut vegetables. It is named for the French missionary, Pierre Poivre, who helped disrupt the spice monopoly so that spices could be made more accessible to everyone. A true spice rebel!” Sercarz says. “If I had to explain what I am trying to achieve with La Boîte, it has a lot to do with this guy.”The next blend, Cancale, “can be added to just about anything, combining fleur de sel with a hint of orange peel and fennel seed.”Izak, he adds, is “a harissa-inspired dry blend that uses sweet red chilies in place of hot peppers. It covers a lot of bases because it goes great with beef, crustaceans, fish, eggs, and pasta!”(At this point, we’re rethinking our own will to make our own blends when these sound so good. But, onward we go.)As it turns out, Sercarz says that building a spice blend is all about telling a story.La Boite“A spice blend has to have a good concept or idea behind the creation. I like to think that it has the power to tell the story of a place, person, memory or a dish,” he says.For Sercarz, a blend can’t be completed in a specific time. Some can be made in as little as 10 minutes while some can take up to three months to perfect. “It varies on the complexity of a blend. I begin with a basic idea and then identify the inspiration, textures, and flavors,” he adds.The biggest rules, he writes in The Spice Companion, are to keep it simple, have a good idea about what you want to do before you start (no one wants to waste spices when you don’t have to), and deliver a flavor profile that is not only exciting to you, but one that is complex, layered, and balanced.As an example, think of how you like your current go-to steak rub. Is it salty? Spicy? Is it coarse or fine? Do you wish it were a little sweeter, perhaps to caramelize into a bark on the outside while cooking? Start from those points when making your blend. Then, Sercarz suggests in his book, try and think of three other items that same blend can be used on. If the blend is versatile, chances are it’s going to be good.Sercarz also suggests investing in a spice grinder and buying certain spices whole. The caveat to that being if you know a reputable spice purveyor, then ground spices are a-okay in his book — you just don’t want to, for example, buy ground black pepper which has had olive pits ground up and blended in for filler.If you are grinding your own spices, you’re able to add a texture layer to your spice blends that you probably wouldn’t get if you bought pre-ground spices at the store.Finally, Sercarz writes, be careful in how much you add at any given time. Some spices are able to stand in the spotlight while others are not. It’s easier to add a little more at a time than it is to take spices out of a blend.You can pick up The Spice Companion here. If you still don’t want to make your own spice blend (though we suggest trying it at least once, just to check it out), you can pick up Sercarz’s blends on the La Boîte online store. La BoiteA spice blend can make or break a meal. Yes, a properly cooked piece of chicken or steak can taste delicious on its own, but there’s just something about the multiple levels of flavor introduced by a mix of spices that can elevate any meal to new heights.Sure, you can buy one in a store — go to any grocery store and you’ll see half an aisle dedicated to everything from lemon pepper to pumpkin pie spice and beyond — but what fun is that? There’s not much artistry in buying a bottle of Montreal Steak seasoning (tasty as it may be) and calling it a day. We here at The Manual prefer to do it our own way.To figure out exactly how to do that, we had to go to the best, which is why we sat down with Lior Lev Sercarz, founder of the New York City spice and biscuit store La Boîte and author of the book The Spice Companion (Clarkson Potter 2016), to find out not only how to make a good spice blend, but why.Lior Lev Sercarz.Before that, though, we had to ask: As a spice person, what was he into lately and, more importantly, what would his desert island spices be? (Ours? Salt for rimming margaritas and sugar for making daiquiris, naturally.)On the subject of new interests, Sercarz says that he’s been really into California bay leaves. “The leaves have a great floral and resin nose,” he adds.As for spices and spice blends, Sercarz says he’d bring salt, Urfa, and cumin with him. “Salt is probably one spice found in nearly every kitchen, but it’s important to remember that not every salt tastes as salty as the next. It’s extremely diverse with varieties ranging from fine sea salt to fleur de sel and Gray salt — along with heat and acidity, it is one of the basic flavors in a great dish.”As for Urfa (aka Urfa biber), it is “a smoky-sweet, mildly hot chile. I include it on the short list of ‘everything spices,’ meaning it can be added to literally everything, whether raw or cooked, sweet or savory. Fair warning — you might become addicted!”And finally, cumin. “Cumin is an intensely aromatic seed — its leathery, savory notes create the sensation of grilling, while its salty notes pleasantly balance sweet or sour dishes. It could last you a while on a desert island because of its intensity. I recommend using sparingly.” How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Steak in the Oven 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know
The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is seeking to address the concerns surrounding the Noise Abatement Act, and entertainment zoning, by establishing designated areas, beginning with three parishes.Making the disclosure at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, July 3, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, explained that four zones (A-D) are being identified.Zones B and C will be initially established in the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, and St. Catherine.He told the press that research has found that 67 per cent of events are not advertised or have booked venues, and were mainly “street” dances, which would not benefit from being moved far away from the communities staging them.“So, looking at a Ray Town Sunday (in Kingston), for example, and moving a zone all the way over to Caymanas (St. Catherine) would not benefit that event, or that community…We therefore engaged sound experts and Geographic Information System (GIS) operators, to identify how we would zone the entire country,” he explained.Emerging from that process are: Zone A, which is close to hospitals; B zones, which are highly residential; C zones, which are commercial areas; and D zones, which are 24-hour areas.“This is a matter of impatient resolution…initiatives to strike a reasonable balance between these crucial needs are being examined,” Mr. Crawford told the House of Representatives in his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation on July 2.Contact: Alphea Saunders