Summer is right around the corner, and now is the time to get your self together. We’ll be posting a few things over the coming months to serve as a checklist of men’s fashion advice, grooming tips, and healthy steps to take to make sure you’re ready for summer. We will make this your Summer of Hansome.
Don’t trust us? Handsome Headquarters is in Southern California, where there are only two seasons: Summer and Summer Lite. We got to beach in January. We know our shit in this particular area.
Explanation of the picture after the jump. (Read on …)
For our next Handsome party tip and trick, we’d like to introduce to the Handsome faithful: The Handcake Party. As themed party ideas go, Handcake Party is almost elegant in its simplicity. So easy in fact, you can turn any simple get together into party city with handcake (the best party food idea). Handcake Party works as a 1st birthday idea, a sweet sixteen party, a bachelorette party, or a retirement party idea. All hail the handcake party.
The idea originated from a tradition Dirty Handsome’s brothers have each New Year’s Eve wherein they trek the 30 minutes in to town from the old family home to the grocery store. From there, you simply ask the bakery stooges to make a sheet cake that says “Handcake Party” on it. Once you’ve plowed through a few easy drinking games, simply bust out the cake and have everyone eat it sans utensils. Feel like kicking it up a notch? Decorate your own handcake and make it from a novelty batter like red velvet or funfetti.
Easy enough, but what is the real joy of a handcake party? (Read on …)
Having attended several parties, soirees, and get togethers over the holidays, we endeavor in January to provide you with some entertaining tips and tricks.
The ice luge – few party gimmicks compare in versatility, novelty, and brutal effectiveness. Need an easy drinking game? Themed party ideas? The ice luge is party city. The setup is simple: go wholesale and buy one piece of block ice. Cut a slight incline in the block ice using a chisel, chainsaw, or similar. Carve one chute from the top to the bototm of the incline. For an extra Handsome time, carve two similar chutes and hold races with your fellow party goers. Buy booze. That’s it – one of the best drinking games is at your disposal. Booze at the top becomes ice cold by the time it reaches your mouth at the bottom.
At first blush (trust me, someone will be blushing), this doesn’t seem like the classiest way to get a party going. (Read on …)
Last weekend we went to the Santa Ynez valley in Santa Barbara wine country to pick some of the best pinot noir grapes in the region. Was this part of some wine country tour or easy-street wine tasting? Nope – we were at Clos Pepe Vineyards volunteering for the annual harvest of chardonnay and pinot noir wine grapes. Volunteering for manual labor may sound like a ridiculous thing to do, but on the contrary it’s really quite handsome.
We’re hardly oenephiles, but being slightly knowledgeable about wine has many practical applications, including but not limited to:
- impressing dates
- making wine store trips less intimidating
- adding to our formidable arsenal of smug party conversation topics
When it comes to Manhattan bars, we’ve all had our share of nights/mornings rolling around old streets with loud folks until the sun is peeking up. New York is a great place to go out, but we didn’t want to get confined to the bars in Soho and $14 well cocktails. We’d had our fill of this sort of thing, so when we caught up with an old friend for some intelligent conversation we headed to The Half Pint. After the madness of the joint bachelor/bachelorette party of the weekend, it was nice to go to a low key bar and sip a draught beer beer from the list of 24 – especially since they’re reasonably priced.
The Half Pint had a few things going for it. (Read on …)
When the Sunset Junction festival comes to town, it’s Handsome to dig up some drink recipes and put on a show. Summer cocktail recipes come and go – oftentimes you get something too complicated, too sweet, or vodka cocktail recipes. For Sunset Junction 2008 we took a cue from WASPy Handsome and infused our own tequila.
Infused tequila has many advantages that other party drinks (try finding martini recipes that are this easy). (Read on …)
Dirty Handsome and Pretty Handsome are fortunate enough to live near Silverlake Wine (sic), a very good Los Angeles wine store stocking only small production and unusual wines. While provisioning for our recent Trainzaganza ’08 outing (more on that later), we stumbled upon a bottle of Dancing Coyote’s 2006 Verdelho from Clarksburg on the Sacramento Delta. We immediately bought the bottle, as it had been years since we’d seen a verdelho on shelves this side of the Pacific.
Verdelho is a crisp white grape originally hailing from Madeira in Portugal (Portugo!); it’s dry, citrusy taste is a pitch perfect, very welcome polar opposite to buttery California chardonnays. (Read on …)
Drinking is an important part of being Handsome, for better or worse. It puts a smile on our face and keeps our lawyas busy as hell. One of an ongoing series of recipes, lamentations, and observations about drinking.
Recently, Dr. Handsome’s wife noted on Sunday afternoon at 4pm when we were watching a movie on Tivo and had accomplished many feats earlier that day (eaten fast food, napped, complained about feeling like death) that “we needed a hobby.” We thought we already had a pretty great hobby, but apparently she meant something other than drinking ourselves silly and dancing like idiots.
I saw something humorous on the walk from the 302 bus (yes, public transit in Los Angeles) to the office the other day and was inspired to write about it. Unfortunately, there was no category that encompassed these day to day happenings that I thought deserved attention for whatever reason. I hemmed and hawed for a day or so, then remembered that I could just invent a new category:
- Observations: Casual observations from our Handsome eyes
The result of the mistake above after the jump… (Read on …)