By Elisa Jordan Invited to a Halloween party and want to incorporate your favorite hobby? We have you covered. Here are some costumes that will reveal your hidden persona and require cigars as a finishing touch. Wolverine Wearing a Wolverine costume will bring out the bad-ass in you. The beloved Marvel Comics X-Men comic book character was brought to life by Hugh Jackman in movie adaptions. As many fans have noted, the comic book and movie versions of Wolverine look distinctively different. When following the lead of Jackman’s Wolverine, retractable claws, muttonchops, brown leather jacket, white tank top, boots and cigar are the main style signatures. This costume is so popular that items relating to Wolverine costumes can be easily purchased online. James Bond Although any version of James Bond looks debonair, it’s the Roger Moore movies that are most closely associated with cigars Of all the actors to portray legendary British spy James Bond, it’s the Roger Moore movies that are most closely associated with cigar smoking. Cigars were a hobby of Moore’s offscreen and he incorporated that love into [...]
By Kim Campbell Thorton Made it big in tech? Just won the lottery? Come from old money? If you’re looking for a way to blow some bucks on a grand scale, casinos around the world are anxious to help. And they have a special welcome for high rollers—“whales” in gambling parlance—the people who lay down five- and six-figure bets at a time without batting an eye and collect handsome rewards from casinos in the process. While Las Vegas might be the first place that comes to mind when you think “high roller,” plenty of places around the world are equally if not more attractive to high-end gamblers with a penchant for luxury and a lust for international destinations. Exotic settings, islands in the sun, aristocratic haunts: All have one thing in common—the lure of the tables. Here are six luxe locales that draw stars—think Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Lady Gaga, Bruce Willis—spies (fictional and otherwise), socialites and highflyers. Macau This island gaming capital on the west side of China’s Pearl River Delta has gambling revenues seven times greater than Las Vegas and is nicknamed the gambling capital of the world. By [...]
By Miyuri Norris Cigar & Spirits Magazine is on a journey to compile a list of signature cocktails native to the Orange County area. First on our list is the signature Cadillac Margarita from the esteemed Mexican Food chain: Javier's. Javier's presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine with Javier's in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of our intimate private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas. Watch as Gaspar demonstrates how to make the brand's signature Cadillac Margarita! How to Make Javier's Signature Cadillac Margarita Watch as Javier's Newport Beach's lead bartender, Gaspar, makes the chain's signature Cadillac Margarita. Check out the rest of our lifestyle pieces!
By Julie Harrington Giffin Japanese culture is fragrant and exotic and their whisky is no exception. Make no mistake about it, sake’ may be the national beverage of Japan, but it is their whisky that intrigues the most sophisticated palates well versed in Scotch, Irish and American whiskies. With its delicate familiarity, Japanese whisky continues to make a radical, unanticipated climb in popularity both in Japan and abroad. Whisky production in Japan can be traced back almost 150 years where it remained predominantly domestic and undeservingly dormant. This little-known expression got its first glimpse of international stardom when a Nikka 10 year Yoichi Single Malt was awarded “Best of the Best” by Whiskey Magazine in 2001. For the next decade, Japanese whisky production continued its quest to produce a “Scotch” whiskey in Japan while gradually acquiring a quiet cult following. This quest sent shockwaves worldwide when Jim Murray, a critically acclaimed whiskey connoisseur, bestowed Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 as the “Worlds Best Whisky” in his 2015 Whiskey Bible. This was a groundbreaking and ground-shaking moment in the world of whisky as it simultaneously legitimized the Japanese whiskey industry while shattering that of Scotch. For [...]
By Audrey Pavia Dining in an old school steakhouse is a unique experience. The dark wood, linen tablecloths and subdued lighting typical of nostalgic steakhouses seem to make the food taste even better. No self-respecting metropolitan area would be without an old-time steakhouse. Here are some steakhouses of distinction around the U.S. you’ll be sure to visit when you’re in their neck of the woods. Smith & Wollensky 797 Third Avenue New York, New York Known for its in-house dry-aged and hand-butchered USDA Prime steaks, the Smith & Wollensky in Manhattan is the original restaurant that spawned franchises by the same name in the U.S., London and Taipei. Located in midtown Manhattan on the corner of Third Avenue and 49th Street, Smith & Wollensky has been operating in this location since 1977. The name doesn’t represent a family or business legacy; it was chosen randomly from two pages in a New York City telephone book. Smith & Wollensky takes particular pride in its service, which gets rave reviews from customers. Each waiter wears stars on his or her jacket pocket representing the number of years worked at the steakhouse. The menu [...]
By Joe Bosso COMFORT. RELAXATION. RESPITE. That feeling like our challenges and stressors are on hold. Just the right vibe for friends on the same wavelength to effortlessly engage. That’s what attracts us to our favorite cigar lounge. Each establishment has its own personality. It becomes a niche community unto itself. Your go-to lounge is an escape where local flavor and robust tastes are right at your fingertips. Each of these cigar spots profiled in this issue have put their unique stamp on the lounge life experience. It’s highly recommended you pop in if you find yourself in their neck of the woods. Privat Cigar Lounge at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa General Manager: Kato Moy Rancho Mirage, CA The Cahuilla Indian term “pivat” means “smoking tobacco,” but that doesn’t adequately describe what visitors to the Pivat Cigar Lounge, located within the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, can expect. “We go out of our way to give our guests a high-quality cigar experience from top to bottom,” says Kato Moy, the resort’s senior vice president and general manager. “There’s cigar bars, there’s smoking rooms, and there’s [...]
By Yuri Vanetik A gentleman that appreciates rare cigars and liquor is undoubtedly a person of refined taste. Having good taste is a quality that’s both a function of experience and thoughtful constitution. The cigar connoisseur lifestyle includes appreciation of artisanship. It would follow that a savvy cigar collector is someone who also enjoys and values complicated horological instruments. This is a fancy term for mechanical watches that offer functions (aka “complications” in watch parlance) that go beyond telling time and date. Below is a list of top ten watches that qualify for the wrist of the serious cigar collector. These ten brands and models fall roughly into two categories. The first is the epitome of subtlety and tradition— the other embraces innovation, dispenses with rules and challenges tradition like modern art. All are examples of artisanship—perhaps even art. All are rare and generally sought out by watch collectors. Patek Philippe Repeater patek.com This brand is the conservative man’s homage to microengineering. It’s still considered one of the safest investment-oriented brands. The entry level Patek (Calatrava) typically retails under $20,000. The Repeater can be acquired in the mid to high [...]
By Elisa Jordan With increased awareness about health, wellness and fitness that has permeated our culture in recent decades comes an overall need for high-quality men’s grooming care. Services and products once thought of as exclusively geared toward women are now finding a market with men. So much so, that a number of product manufacturers and grooming facilities have started catering primarily to men. Although many, if not most, spas and salons accept both women and men, a new breed of barbershops, salons, spas and lounges are focusing on needs unique to guys. Treatments tailored specifically to men’s skin, hair removal, facial hair care, hand and foot maintenance, massages, haircuts and coloring—all have become popular enough to warrant a new business model. Not only that, but a lot of men have come to expect the highest quality in luxury during their appointments. A number of businesses are happy to oblige and have taken extra steps to create settings appealing to men, such as leather chairs, large televisions, complimentary drinks and pool tables. Some of these establishments call themselves lounges or clubs to reflect the unique atmosphere. Many even have memberships to ensure men have frequent access to [...]