How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know You might think the owners of a company selling grass-fed meats would have been the least likely people on the planet to start such an endeavor. That’s because before Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest developed Epic they were both vegans. “We are both competitive athletes,” said Collins, “but our bodies weren’t recovering. We weren’t getting the vitamins and proteins we needed. When we introduced grass fed meats into our diet, it was a game changer. We felt great in a couple of days.”They created a protein bar out of grass fed meats to fit their own nutritional needs, but decided to put it into production when they received a lot of positive feedback. “The first year and a half, we only had four bars,” said Collins. “We’ve now expanded to 36 products including a jerky like product and trail mix, but our bars are still the most popular. The Bison Bacon Cranberry is our number one best seller. It’s ridiculously delicious.”Other bar flavors include Bacon, Chicken Sesame BBQ, Beef Apple Bacon, Turkey Almond Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, Chicken Sriracha, Pulled Pork Pineapple, and Lamb Current Mint. A sample pack of all nine flavors retails for $26. The company has just unveiled its newest products: animal oils. They come in three varieties: Grass Fed Beef Tallow, Berkshire Pork Lard, and Cage-Free Duck Fat. Single jars retail for $8.99.The next big thing for Epic is a major purchase. “We’re starting a ranch right outside Austin, Texas where we’ll raise the animals we use in our product,” said Collins. “Bisons, chickens, sheep, and cows will all be in the same pasture; all complementing each other. Nature loves biodiversity.”Epic products are available on their website, but they are also offered for sale nationally through Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and outdoor retailers like REI. “Pretty much any natural food grocery store you go into will have our products,” he said. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets
A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Founded in Hudson, Massachusetts in 1975, Penfield clothing company has built its foundation on providing high-quality down-insulated outerwear at attractive prices. As anyone who’s ever shopped for a solid down jacket can attest, this isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish. For founder Harvey Gross, he succeeded at this by acquiring a small manufacturing facility in Hudson capable of producing down — instead of outsourcing the labor. Because the mill was located in New England, Gross was able to expertly craft his collection’s to stand up to the somewhat schizophrenic weather native to the area.Related: Travel in style with Hook & AlbertToday, Penfield’s extensive collection of outerwear completely embraces its northeastern heritage, epitomizing New England style and celebrating the region’s aesthetic. The company beautifully continues this with the recent release of its Spring/Summer 2016 men’s collection which introduces a bevy of new (and flashy) prints to its already impressive lineup. With the Botanical and Spring/Summer prints, Penfield customers won’t have to look much further than their wardrobe to find playful, summer inspiration.“New product injections enrich the collection available in a wealth of new prints and colors, resulting in a diverse offering finely balanced with the brand’s origins in classic outdoor apparel,” reads the company’s press release.Aside from the spirited new prints, Penfield’s upcoming collection also embraces historically beloved colors such as petrol can red and boat yellow, which perfectly capture 1970s New England history. Additionally, the brand chose to focus on a selection of clothing that excels when layered and displays extreme durability no matter what climate they are worn in. From its classic rain jacket to a standard bomber jacket, Penfield offers its customers a varied array of product that will keep you comfortable, dry, and (above all) looking good throughout the spring and summer. 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands
When your jeans are as iconic as Levi’s, it might make sense to leave them be. But, not a brand to rest, Levi’s launched your new favorite denim last week–the Levi’s 505™C, a rock-inspired style that pays homage to its heritage while resting firmly in modern style territory.The new silhouette was released last week at hallowed NYC rock venue Bowery Ballroom and featured a performance by Levi’s icon Debbie Harry; fittingly enough, the new denim plays off the Levi’s 505, a classic silhouette beloved by rockers like the Ramones in the 60s and 70s — heck, it’s even the jean you see on the cover of the Rolling Stones’ seminal album Sticky Fingers. Levi’s 505™C nods to that heritage yet offers up a different take, featuring a customized slim fit and a variety of washes. The brand calls it “the 70s rock jean cut for today,” and it’s tough to argue with that statement.The 505 has a heritage all its own — it took off in popularity at a time when the brand’s San Francisco roots coexisted alongside the Summer of Love and West Coast counterculture. Karyn Hilman, the brand’s chief product officer, noted in a release that the 505 in particular “rose to fame during an era of unrivaled creativity in art and music,” yet she said Levi’s 505™C is a “modern and slimmer take on this classic.” That’s music to the ears of today’s denim-loving, rock-obsessed, festival-going crowd.The Levi’s 505™C is slim-straight style featuring a slight hint of stretch — that’s certainly technology that wasn’t around in punk rock’s heyday. It’s available in a range of washes suitable for every taste, from the faded black Dee Dee wash to the stonewashed Tommy to the classic dark blue Elvis, all featuring a nicely tailored fit that works just about any day of the week.Available for both men and women, the jean manages to feel both current and retro at the same time. For budding music fans, seasoned show goers and menswear aficionados alike, it’s great news.The jeans should perform admirably at your next concert alongside a slim-fit T-shirt and a pair of sturdy chukka boots, and a pair like the classic dark blue Elvis could even add a bit of rocker edge to a lightweight blazer this summer.Of course, there might be no better match for the Levi’s 505™C than classic white sneakers, a cold beer and a front-row, standing-room view for some rock music — loud rock music. Throw on your Levi’s, plug in and jam away — it’s how they’re meant to be worn. How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Editors’ Recommendations The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style
A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Whether it’s in the backyard or five-miles deep off a mountainous trail, a campfire cookout is about more than just eating, but being together as a tribe. This is one of our happiest of places, and it might be yours too, until the food is done and you’re forced to play balancing act on your lap with your plate.The Japanese outdoor gear company Snow Peak— famous for its Giga Power outdoor stoves— has solved this ever-annoying problem with a hibachi-meets-BBQ table, the Jikaro Table ($325).Despite being sold at REI, many outdoorists still don’t know about Snow Peak. (That changes NOW.) The company began in 1958 when Japanese mountaineer Yukio Yamai started making his own climbing gear out of discontent for what was offered on the market.For reference, ski bindings and neoprene wetsuits were considered groundbreaking at that time… so the category of outdoor gear didn’t have the techy or quality engineered super-products we revel in today.Yukio’s son Toru was the one who really brought Snow Peak to the masses from the 80s on, and in every new product the brand releases you see both a harmony in vision and a new boundary broken.In the case of the Jikaro Fireing Table, its stainless steel, made-in-Japan frame is clean and modern, yet the piece fully functions toward the goal of bringing users closer to nature and the outdoors. In fact, Jikaro is so devoid of embellishment that it almost looks like the skeleton of a deconstructed table.But that’s the point.Snow Peaks entire mission is to build products that help us find a harmony with nature.Jikaro can be built to form either a square or octagon table for small or large groups, turning an outdoor grill into an immediate social and sitting area. If you find yourself needing more table space, there’s an extension for an add-on bamboo table, so invite the neighbors.At sitting-height (perfect for camping chairs), the Jikaro creates the perfect outdoor dining table. No debate. Transfer your food directly from the grill and onto your plate. Heck, if you’re eating chicken and vegetables don’t even use a plate (Snow Peak makes some great utensils that I would recommend however).And once the adventure is done, the Jikaro packs down into a portable, space-efficient nylon case (weighing about 23 pounds). This allows us to take the table on epic camping adventures, but also use as the mainstay table in the backyard for Sunday BBQs.Set up is about six steps, so no it’s not the plastic fold-out you got from Walmart… but since when did you ever enjoy eating off of that? Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 17, 2019 –From the incredible diversity to the unspoiled natural beauty, history and rich culture, Colombia is a distinct destination like no other. In 2016, former Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and this prestigious recognition sparked heightened interest from travelers worldwide to visit, currently making Colombia a top emerging destination. This year, Luxury Gold, the global leader in luxury escorted journeys, is pleased to introduce a new itinerary to bring guests to Colombia on a journey beyond the ordinary. From exclusive VIP experiences, exceptional dining and a Traveling concierge who can truly tailor the journey to guests’ individual preferences, travelers will indulge in exquisite luxury and relaxation as they stay at optimally located hotels and enjoy personalized exclusivity. “My homeland, Colombia, is an emerging travel destination ready to be discovered,” said Luxury Gold’s Vice President of Marketing, Willie Montano. “The country offers a contrast of climates, with spectacular sightseeing, rich history and immersive cosmopolitan cities with friendly locals. Our guests will discover the wonders of Colombia in a true luxurious style.” On select departures, travelers can also enjoy exclusive Chairman’s Collection VIP Experiences, which are handpicked by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, and offer the rare opportunity to meet iconic local legends and unique access to amazing places. Discover more about this exceptional new journey below: ‘Art, Culture & Cuisine of Colombia’: On this 10-day journey, guests will enjoy a private, before-hours guided tour of the Gold Museum (“Museo del Oro”) in Bogotá. They’ll also delight in an exclusive after-hours guided visit to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a fascinating Roman Catholic Church built 721 feet (220 meters) underground within the tunnels of a salt mine while in Zipaquirá. In Medellin, they will meet fascinating locals including a Comuna 13 survivor, when the city was at its most dangerous. Notorious for Pablo Escobar turning it into the crime capital of the world, they’ll discover more about the area’s gruesome history and how it has reinvented itself into one of Medellin’s coolest neighborhoods. Along the way, they’ll also meet the niece of literary great Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena, and the owner of a coffee plantation in paisa country. On select departures, they will enjoy a Chairman’s Collection VIP experience by meeting celebrated author, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize – the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. Hailed as one of South America’s most notable literary stars and one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, Vasquez is best known for his award-winning novel The Sound of Things Falling, where he confronts the history of his native country, Colombia. For a taste of local and exceptional dining, guests indulge in delicious regional flavors along the way, including ‘Bandeja Paisa’ and dishes prepared by one of the top 50 chefs in Latin America in Medellin at El Cielo. In Cartagena guests will have lunch at the esteemed La Cevicheria, a once little-known spot, prized by locals. The venue came into the spotlight when the late Anthony Bourdain shot an episode of No Reservations there. You’ll meet with chef Jorge Escandon and learn more about his friendship with Bourdain. Departures are available January to November 2020. Book and pay in full by December 18, 2019 to save 10% on your journey.
State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has emphasised the importance of public/private partnerships to transform the education sector. Mr. Green hailed the opening of the eye clinic and training centre as a step in the right direction, noting that this signifies the power of partnership in the development of the nation. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has emphasised the importance of public/private partnerships to transform the education sector.According to the State Minister, while the Government continues to institute measures to improve education, collaboration is needed to amplify those efforts.“When it comes to health and education, no one group, no one person, no one entity can get the job done. We all have to pull together. The Government, private sector, NGOs, community and of course the church, have been doing yeoman service in the area of healthcare and education and continue along that path,” he noted.The State Minister was speaking at the dedication of an eye clinic and training centre at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Maggotty, St. Elizabeth, on January 30.Mr. Green hailed the opening of the eye clinic and training centre as a step in the right direction, noting that this signifies the power of partnership in the development of the nation.He also lauded the Catholic Church for its contribution to Jamaica in the areas of education and healthcare.“We know that eye care is one of those areas that is tremendously costly. A lot of our residents are unable to afford it oftentimes. So this project, which brings accessibility and removes the cost factor, is something to be applauded and I acknowledge the work of the Catholic Church in this vineyard as you continue to do what is the work of the Lord,” Mr. Green said.The eye clinic and training centre were constructed with the assistance of the Diocese of Poland and Food for the Poor.The eye clinic complements a health clinic that has been in operation at the Holy Spirit Church for eight years.The training centre, which boasts three classrooms and an auditorium, will serve the Maggotty community in the areas of skills training and literacy development. The training centre, which boasts three classrooms and an auditorium, will serve the Maggotty community in the areas of skills training and literacy development.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) remains viable, despite its participation in the National Debt Exchange (NDX), and is assuring pensioners that their benefits are not in jeopardy. The Minister, who was speaking at a church service on Sunday, April 21, in Montego Bay, to mark the 47th anniversary of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), stated that participation of the Fund in the NDX involved reduction in the interest rate, but allowed “access to longer term maturing securities, which helps to maintain the long term viability and sustainability of the Fund.” “Let me assure all of our pensioners that you can set your minds at ease, as you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The NIF remains strong and vibrant at its current value of approximately $63 billion. Additionally, we continue to maintain sufficient cash flows to satisfy our obligations to our beneficiaries,” the Minister said. Benefits from the NIS are funded by the NIF. The NIS is a compulsory social security scheme for workers, which provide financial protection to its contributors and their families against loss of income arising from injury on the job, incapacity, retirement or death. It also has maternity allowance for domestic workers, a health plan for all contributors, grant for funeral, widow and widower’s pensions, and orphan’s allowance. “For many of the over 100,000 pensioners we serve, the NIS benefit is their main source of income, and the NI Gold Health Plan provides access to affordable, quality health care at no additional premium. On January 10 this year, we implemented increased benefit payments for our NIS beneficiaries, with benefits for our pensioners being increased by 16.67 per cent on the flat rate. These increases will see an additional $1.5 billion being paid out in benefits annually,” the Minister informed. Mr. Kellier said that the NIF Board has, over the years, ensured prudent investment of the Fund’s resources, and that efforts will be redoubled to have great returns on its investments. He also called on employers to remain compliant with the Scheme, especially in paying over the contributions deducted from their employees. “The prevailing global economic crisis and Jamaica’s ageing population are all reasons for us to redouble our efforts to promote the culture of savings in the Jamaican society, and to expand coverage of the NIS. We pledge our continued efforts to streamline our operations and take advantage of improvements in technology and a joined-up Government approach to improve our efficiency and service delivery,” he said. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter
Story Highlights The JIS, Kingston Public Hospital, the Donald Sangster Building at the Sangster International Airport, and the Montego Bay Revenue Service Centre will receive new systems. The systems are expected to result in a 49 per cent reduction in energy consumption for the entities. The contract, which has been awarded to Geddes Refrigeration Limited, is in the amounts of US$1.527 million, and $112.981 million. As the Government intensifies measures to improve energy efficiency in the public sector, Cabinet has approved a contract for air conditioning systems for four state entities.This involves the design, supply and retrofitting of efficient air conditioning solutions for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Kingston Public Hospital, the Donald Sangster Building at the Sangster International Airport, and the Montego Bay Revenue Service Centre.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the announcement at Wednesday’s (November 20) Jamaica House press briefing, said that the systems are expected to result in a 49 per cent reduction in energy consumption for the entities.“Jamaica imports approximately 90 per cent of its energy needs, and energy efficiency and conservation are necessary tools in the drive to significantly increase value obtained from each unit of energy consumed,” Minister Falconer said.The contract, which has been awarded to Geddes Refrigeration Limited, is in the amounts of US$1.527 million, and $112.981 million.Minister Falconer informed that the contract will be funded from a loan agreement for an energy efficiency and conservation programme, which the government entered into with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2011.
“The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations.Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24).“The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said.The Jamaican team of high-school students – Deneka Pusey, Sophia Morris, Devonte Williams and Noel McDonald – emerged in second place at the 2018 staging of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs at the US-based university. They were awarded for their social venture, ‘Paradise Care’.It was designed to lead efforts in the collection of waste plastic, and its conversion into useable products. The students showcased a functional prototype of their first product, USAVER, a powerbank and lamp built from plastic bottles.The Diamond Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship concept competition for high-school students hosted by the University of Delaware. The young entrepreneurs are trained to conceive, test and pitch ideas for a new social venture.The CAP is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to respond to the number of learners who complete secondary-level education without any formal certification, and have not matriculated to post-secondary-level education or work. Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24). Story Highlights
Two new divisions have been established at the National Land Agency (NLA) to continue the titling of land under the Registration of Titles Act.They are the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) and the Adjudication Services Division (ASD).The departments were created out of the merger of the NLA with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP), the latter of which was officially closed in December 2018.Senior Director of LAMD, Felicia Wiltshire, explained that the new division will “continue the functions of LAMP as you know it”.“The NLA (through LAMD) will be assisting persons in getting registered titles, and where titles exist, we will assist persons in dealing with these titles, such as estates, and whole or part transfer of titles,” she noted, while addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (April 2).Senior Director of the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) of the National Land Agency (NLA), Felicia Wiltshire, outlines the functions of the new division during a JIS Think Tank on April 2. The departments were created out of the merger of the NLA with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP), the latter of which was officially closed in December 2018. They are the Land Administration and Management Division (LAMD) and the Adjudication Services Division (ASD). Two new divisions have been established at the National Land Agency (NLA) to continue the titling of land under the Registration of Titles Act. Story Highlights The project areas for LAMD operations are St. Catherine, excluding Portmore; St. Mary; Portland; St. Thomas; Rock Hall, St. Andrew; Lawrence Tavern and its environs in St. Andrew; and Rose Town, Kingston.Ms. Wiltshire told JIS News that LAMD stages monthly meetings in rural parishes to facilitate beneficiaries.“Although we are located at Ardenne Road, at the end of every month, we have meetings in St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland, so persons don’t have to come into Kingston. We will go into the communities, meet with beneficiaries, open files and get documents to assist in accelerating the programme for land titling,” she said.The Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, recently announced a push to issue 20,000 land titles in three years starting April 1.This will be achieved by continuing the process of voluntary land titling through LAMD, and by way of systematic land titling under the new ASD.The new divisions will work together to achieve the overall goal by targeting 4,000 titles in year one and 8,000 titles for each of the second and third years.Senior Director of the ASD, Shalise Porteous, said that the mandate of the division “is to assist landowners who have been in open, undisturbed and undisputed possession of their land for upwards of 12 years, to claim ownership of the land via systematic registration using the adjudication process”.Systematic land titling will facilitate the orderly registration of parcels of land in designated areas to authoritatively ascertain existing ownership rights. While the legislative framework for systematic registration is not yet in place, the ASD is already clear on how it will go about meeting the target.“The parishes with the lowest rate of registration will be targeted and any area where there is some sort of economic activity, for example farming, where we know that persons will benefit from having a certificate of title for the parcels of land, those are the areas that we are targeting,” explained Ms. Porteous.