Beards, Booze, and Bacon: For the Love of Food

first_imgWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, we talk about two of our favorite things: food and love. Well, we love food …Our cast of characters includes Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks; our Managing Editor, Nicole Raney; Content Producer Jake Rossman; and the amazing host, Greg Nibler. Joining us for this round is Lauren Utvich, a Charleston-based food stylist, recipe-maker, and writer. Lauren schools us on edible photo shoots (there’s no such thing), cooking techniques (don’t believe every viral Facebook video you watch), and caviar pairings (hint: tater tots). An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer And, since it is the season after all, we discuss Valentine’s Day — what to eat, what to drink, and what to give. If you don’t have a boo, don’t worry, we have you covered with a fun, self-indulgent gift guide and some tips for flying solo on V-day. For more details, give us a listen and check out more related stories below!Every week before the podcast we will put out a poll about our new subject on Facebook and Twitter. Give us a follow and join the conversation!Further ReadingCooking for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few breakfast-in-bed suggestions and aphrodisiac recipes.The Not-So-Romantic History of Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t always hearts and candies and roses.Need Some V-Day gift ideas? Don’t sweat. Check out our favorite gifts for her and gifts for him.When in Doubt, Say It With Beef. We all agreed: A beef jerky “broquet” makes for the best gift, no matter the holiday. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now center_img Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce The Business of Delivering Booze to Your Door, According to Drizly’s Founders last_img read more

President Sirisena alleges RAW is plotting his assassination

When contacted for verification, a senior officer at the President’s media unit said: “We will verify this and revert.” However, there has been no response till the time of going to print. The CID interrogated Kumara. The police subsequently also arrested an Indian national late in September. Local media reported that the Indian, identified as M. Thomas hailing from Kerala, claimed he knew of the plot.However, the Sri Lankan government issued an elaborate denial to the report and clarifications came from the highest level. Media Minister, Mangala Samaraweera slammed it as a “disinformation campaign”, urging reporters to be responsible.At Tuesday’s meeting, Sirisena reportedly said “the Indian national must be a RAW agent trying to kill me. The Indian PM may not be aware. That is often the case. Trump may not be aware of CIA’s similar moves.” The Hindu, on Tuesday evening, spoke to multiple sources in government — across political parties — who attended the meeting, and they confirmed this. In a move that might seriously impair Indo-Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination, The Hindu reported.Sirisena, who was speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, told Ministers that the Indian intelligence agency was “trying to kill” him, but that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi may not be aware of the plan,” The Hindu has learnt from sources present at the discussion. Tuesday’s meeting also saw a heated argument between President Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe, when a cabinet paper on developing the Colombo Port came up for discussion. Sources said Mr. Sirisena vehemently objected to any Indian involvement in upgrading its east container terminal – a project that New Delhi has been keen to take up.However, Wickremesinghe is said to have countered by saying Colombo had already promised New Delhi on collaborating on the project, and it was important to rope in India at the terminal, given that about 80% of the cargo handled at the transhipment hub was meant for India. He reportedly sought a week’s time to sort out the issue, since he would be meeting Mr. Modi soon.Meanwhile, the President’s media unit on Tuesday called off a scheduled press meet by Mr. Sirisena’s advisers on the reported assassination plot. When contacted, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told The Hindu: “We cancelled it because we are awaiting more information”. Asked if it was connected to Mr. Sirisena’s reported remarks at the Cabinet, he said: “No, it had nothing to do with that.” President Sirisena’s claim comes days before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to New Delhi, where he will meet Mr. Modi to discuss bilateral matters, including key, India-assisted projects on the island.However, this is not the first time a Sri Lankan leader has accused the Indian agency of interference. Following his poll defeat in 2015, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa held RAW among those responsible for the change in regime. Mr. Sirisena’s allegation, sources at the meeting said, came when he raised concerns over the government’s “indifference” to an assassination plot targeting him. Reports of the said plot emerged last month when an individual named Namal Kumara, part of an anti-corruption outfit, claimed he was aware of a plan to assassinate Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “We were just shocked when he said it,” a source said, requesting anonymity. read more