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These Are The 4 Best Dishes Action Bronson Ate On His VICELAND TV Debut

Thank God for good grub and Action Bronson. The ‘Renaissance Man’ has officially returned,  working his palette in addition to spitting the usual fire, in VICELAND’s F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS.

In the premier episode, we join Bronson and his crew—The Alchemist (DJ/Producer), Big Body Bes (Entertainer), Meyhem Lauren (Rapper)—as they eat and rap their way through a few of the stops part of his Mr. Wonderful tour: Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Miami.

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Action Bronson. Crew. Bomb food. Wackiness ensues. Check out the f*cking delicious things these boys got their hands on:

1. Lychee and Pork Salad: Roses Luxury, Washington D.C.

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General Manager Andrew Limberg and Chef/Owner Aaron Silverman of Roses Luxury presented the table with a signature tasting menu, wanting to ‘highlight the good stuff.’ The good stuff included smoked trout, catfish, brisket, chicken fried oysters with raw oyster tzatziki dill, and scrambled eggs over a soft broiler mixed with uni, topped with an uni hollandaise. Though, it was the lychee pork salad that might’ve won over Bronson’s heart: ground garlic, red onion, marscapone, lychee, and smoky pork. Everyone agreed that Roses did a good job at combining and experimenting with flavors; makes sense, since they happen to be America’s Best New Restaurant according to Bon Appetit and GQ!

2. Barbecued Chicken: Wyatt’s Country Barbecue, East Atlanta

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The gang soon enough found themselves heading south for the tour. Stopping in Atlanta, they met up with Frko Rico, an illustrator who created original artwork for Mr. Wonderful. Rico brought the boys to hidden barbecue gem Wyatt’s, named after the owner, Oscar Wyatt. Wise old Wyatt explained that the key to cooking the best BBQ is a using old-fashioned rock pit, which he definitely has, and takes advantage of. Bronson and Co. take advantage of being in town by loading up on tons of Wyatt’s tasty barbecued chicken.

3. The Original Jamaican Restaurant, East Atlanta

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Within the same city, the squad was able to try out another local-legendary barbecue joint: The Original Jamaican Restaurant. Bronson praised their curry chicken and roti (“It’s all about the surprise inside”). Other squad-approved items included the jerk chicken, coconut water, and caramelized pepper.

4. Bay Scallop Ceviche: The Dutch, South Beach

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“It just made me feel like a man…a man who loves a beautiful thing…”

Beautiful words from Action Bronson, in reaction to sampling some Bay Scallop Ceviche from The Dutch in Miami. Among all the delicacies he sampled—sandwiches, stuffed pasta, shellfish and seafood—Executive Chef Conor Hanlon’s papaya ceviche had Bronson completely intoxicated, so much that he insisted on recreating the dish right then and there. Hanlon said that it was the area’s Latin influence and fascination with ceviche that inspired the summer-flavored dish: a sweet blend of fresh bay scallops, passion fruit, red onion, and jalapeno. Getting to make the dish himself must have been that much sweeter for Bronson—he actually grew up working in kitchens in NY. “I never really went as far as I wanted to culinarily, but now, it’s like I’m living out my dreams.” Just add that to the Wonderful dream he’s already living.

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Foodbeast And GQ Got Wasted Trying To Find The Best Bars In DC

Fact: getting drunk is awesome. I’m not going to stand on ceremony here and become another mundane warning label in this ever-growing, politically correct diaper of a society we’ve become. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, chances are your circumstances could vastly improve (in terms of fun, not productivity) if you knew the right place to get hammered at.

So today, we’re dissecting Washington, D.C. The capital of the United States. The House of Cards and House of Bars. A recent list-topper for the largest consumer of wine per capita. Furthermore, the city of politics is one of the top 5 consumers of spirits, also per capita.

Rudy and Elie, got the chance to live out that American dream: getting shit-housed on their travel booze show, “Where’s The Bar?” . The two teamed up with GQ to find the best bars in Logan Circle in D.C., however they only remembered the first three. Thankfully, they somehow managed to take diligent notes while drunkenly dancing in the streets of D.C.

Perhaps there’s more to the correlation between inebriation and productivity than I previously imagined…

#1 The Jefferson Hotel

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The Jefferson Hotel is a swanky, upscale hotel that houses some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics. While posh and elegant, Quill Bar will still fuck yo shit up, in a good, fancy and dignified way.

Why This Bar?

On their tour of bars in the city, Rulie (Rudy + Elie) thought it best to start at Quill. The upscale and swanky nature of this cocktail bar was essential in making sure they didn’t get too fucked up too fast. Translation: Quill is a great place to visit as a starting point for any night you plan on having, whether it’s a business meeting with a future employer or a jumping off point for your buddy Keith’s bachelor party.

Drink: The Lord Monti

This shaken cocktail served in a Martini glass is the type of drink that combines ingredients that make you take a step back and go, “Wait, the fuck? Seriously?” With a blend of Dewar’s Scotch, chocolate maple spiced syrup, Averna, egg whites and chocolate bitters, this is the type of drink will make you think back fondly on your warmest Christmas.

#2 Lincoln

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While a little more modern and a little less ritzy, the Lincoln Bar will provide a more friendly and open environment. While Quill emphasizes connecting within your inner circle, the Lincoln Bar is much more conducive to drinking and socializing with others. At this point, Rulie is starting to get pretty tipsy, so a quality low-key socializing bar is a good place for round two.

Why This Bar?

Their master mixologist and creator of the “these drinks are so fire that I’m just waiting to hear their mixtape” menu is highly accomplished, and has a particularly special touch when making spicy drinks. If you like Bloody Mary’s, then I highly suggest you stop here, since it’s the home of the world famous and aptly named…

The Drink: Bloody Mary Todd

For those of you who were too busy feeding your Tamagotchis during history class, Mary Todd was the former First Lady and wife of 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The Bloody Mary Todd gets its solid reputation from its main and most important ingredient, the cherry tomato-infused vodka. The drink is also garnished with celery, onions and roasted red peppers. So if you were looking for a salad-y drink, well…there you go.

#3 Compass Rose

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Dude. This place is TOO dope. While considered a restaurant first and foremost, this quaint and cozy home-turned-restaurant was a perfect third stop for Rulie. By this time, the booze was starting to turn them into monsters, so suffocating any internal alcoholic uprisings with Compass Rose’s armory of multicultural snacks and meals was essential to keeping all the other people in D.C. safe from these animals.

Why This Bar?

This warm little house was supplanted by a restaurant and bar yet maintained the feeling of a home, making it feel more welcoming than any other place Rulie visited. Their menu boasts a wide variety of shit you’ve never heard, but after trying once, you’ll damn sure never forget. Try their khachapuri, a Georgian bread dish shaped like a gondola and filled with cheese. It makes Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bread look like breadsticks with gonorrhea.

The Drink: The Compass Rose

The drink, named in unison with the restaurant, is made of Georgian sparkling wine and pomegranate liqueur, all mixed in with rose water to give it that robust chlorophyll taste that people so desire. On top of being fun and delicious, the Compass Rose is one of those drinks that almost looks to pretty to drink. Of course, Rulie DGAFs about things like that and chugged them anyways.

#4 Bar Pilar

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Despite the fact that this bar is named after Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea, this bar manages to be way more exciting. I know that doesn’t say much, since TOMATS is a very boring and nerdy book, but Bar Pilar managed to take the best parts of the story and make a bar out of it. Besides, how many boring bars do you know anyways?

Why This Bar?

If you’re a fan of either nautical themes or Hemingway things, then this is the bar for you. Adorned with a ton of cool ocean-related shit (that Rulie probably knocked off the walls), Bar Pilar has a tendency to get a bit loud, although all for the right reasons. It’s loud and fun, the drinks are strong, and Rudy ripped his jeans. It’s exactly the kind of bar we’d all love and Hemingway would hate.

The Drink: The Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri, more commonly referred to everywhere else as the “Papa Doble”, consists of rum (Hemingway’s fave), lime, grapefruit and maraschino, the liqueur made from the small, semi-bitter cherries. Hemingway would hate this too, but we love it and he’s dead, so we win.

#5 Stoney’s

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You know that bar you and all your coworkers go to after one of those really long, shitty days at work? Where all you wanna do is drink some beer, eat some hot wings and talk about how jealous you are of Rulie for getting to get drunk in D.C. during the day on a Wednesday? Then Stoney’s is the place for you. Even the bar’s logo screams, “I just got off of work and hate everything, beer me.”

Why This Bar?

Stoney’s has had a longstanding love affair with the city of D.C. This bar is home to many of our nations legends, most notably a certain journalist (who both fears and loathes things) named Hunter S. Thompson. On top of its short but vivid history, Stoney’s is the bar on the list with the rowdiest crowd most hellbent on having fun. Almost to the point of feeling forced, but not quite there, Stoney’s is the perfect last hurrah on your mission to get wasted. Rulie doesn’t remember shit about this bar, except that they ate a lot of wings.

The Drink: Err’thang

At this point, you don’t really give a shit what you’re drinking, as long as you’re drinking. That kind of vibe is what Stoney’s goes for. There aren’t really any fancy or pretentious drinks here, and that’s the way they like it. This is the kind of place where you say “fuck it” and just order a bunch of Budweisers and a round of Fireball. There are no bars after this, just go home. It’s time.

Honorable Mention: Le Diplomate

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Le Diplomate, while a very popular name for French-American cafes, stands alone in the sea of the Le Diplomates in America. This is the sort of restaurant and bar that makes visitors say “damn, this reminds me of home.” Assuming, of course, that your home is in Paris, France. With the type of setting that pairs well with any occasion or any meal of the day, Le Diplomate brings that French fire to an otherwise all-American corner of D.C.

Why This Bar?

Le Diplomate’s interior alone would be worth the trip. With the walls covered in French antiques and art, customers could spend hours and hours (ok maybe just one hour) perusing the entirety of the restaurant. While primarily known for its food, the cocktail program is “phenomenal” according to one Le Diplomate bartender. Based on how drunk Rulie got, she’s not wrong.

The Drink: Libation Without Representation

This drink was so bomby that Elie looked up and said, “Oh, that’s fantastic,” before swallowing it whole like the whale swallowed Jonah, or if you prefer a more modern comparison, it’s like how (insert porn star) swallowed (insert male porn star). Either way, he was very much into it. Using apple and cherry infused Bombay Sapphire and garnished with a cucumber slice carved to look like a tiny American flag, this might be one of the most patriotic drinks you could order in this country, despite being served up in a French cafe.

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Meet Juan Muñoz-Oca: A Washington Winemaker Taking Pretension Out Of Wine

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A few months ago, I briefly escaped the hellfire known as September in Southern California to wander through vineyards in Eastern Washington. Yup, there are vineyards in Eastern Washington. I didn’t believe it myself, but a couple of trips on tiny airplanes later, I found myself in what was, unmistakably, wine country.

I won’t bury a disclosure at the bottom of this piece: I definitely did not find myself in Paterson, Washington on my own dime. I stepped off the plane, slightly convinced that I was tricked into visiting San Luis Obispo, with my skeptical New Yorker/journalistic eyes and ears.

But I swooned for Columbia Crest Winery anyway. In less than two days, Juan Muñoz-Oca sold me on Washington vineyards, the de-bouge-ification of wine, and crowdsourced winemaking.

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This is a grown man with the style of 25-year-old model (who pulls it off much better than Johnny Depp could ever hope to) and the built-in charisma of an Argentinian. More importantly, this is a man who gets swept up in day-long coffee meetings and will stick his fashionable arm into a crate of fermenting grapes, with little regard for his watch, simply because he’s so giddy to explain the winemaking process to you.

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In less than two days, Juan Muñoz-Oca sold me on Washington vineyards, the de-bouge-ification of wine, and crowdsourced winemaking.

His infectious, childlike wonder surrounding wine stems from a family legacy. At the tender age of eight, Muñoz-Oca began learning about wine from his grandfather in Mendoza, Argentina. He went on to study winemaking and agricultural engineering at Argentina’s National University of Cuyo, securing that a third generation of Muñoz-Oca would get into the family business. Several degrees and the successful wooing of viticulturist-turned-winemaker Jessica Munnell later, he joined the Columbia Crest family.

Before being named head winemaker in 2011, Muñoz-Oca spent 8 years (plus an internship in 2001) helping a close-knit team continue to raise the winery’s bar of excellence.

“I felt something really special my first visit to Washington,” gushed Muñoz-Oca. “I’ve been lucky to make wine with a group like this. It feels like we’re doing something very unique.”

Washington Wine: A Force To Be Reckoned With

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In a crowning moment, Wine Spectator bestowed the title “Wine of the Year” on Columbia Crest’s 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. With a $27 price tag, it tied as the second most affordable wines in the top 25. The winery’s more economic H3 bottles clock in around $10, and also often appear on Wine Spectator’s annual list.

Yes, you can get high quality wine for (often less than) $10 that was made in Eastern Washington, sans grunge and never-ending rain. Largely, we have the late Dr. Walter Clore, the man who literally wrote the book on Washington wine, to thank for this miracle. Officially recognized by the state as the “Father of Washington Wine,” Clore’s research unearthed the Columbia Valley’s prime grape-growing conditions, giving birth to numerous wineries.

You can get high quality, Eastern Washington wine for $10.

And yet, most conversations about wine pit California against France while countries like Chile, Argentina, and Thailand have only started making headlines for their grapes in recent years. In a climate like this, it’s not unusual for you to be hearing about Washington wineries for the first time, but rest assured that they want to make a good first impression.

“Every time someone picks up a bottle of Columbia Crest, they’re betting on us and on having a great experience.” said Muñoz-Oca. “I feel like we have the responsibility to deliver wonderful experiences to everybody who drinks it.”

Putting The Grapes In The Computers Of The People

During a retreat, the Columbia Crest team mulled it over and decided to open up the winemaking process to the public, making them the first winery to do so. In 2014, they set aside five acres of the vineyard (which previously yielded their Wine of the Year) and let users vote on various processes throughout the season, from when they should harvest the grapes to how they should blend the wine. According to Muñoz-Oca, so far, the crowd always gets it right.

When I first checked out the 2015 harvest on the Crowdsourced Cabernet website, I thought it would be very limited in scope. Instead, I found myself feeling as though someone playing Fallout 4 had just handed me the controller (even my button-smashing is horrendous).

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‘It feels like we are in an era where we care more about the process of how things are made,’ said Muñoz-Oca.

Don’t get me wrong; the questions were written in plain English, but the in-depth weather stats coupled with the vineyard and barrel room live feeds gave me an unexpected power rush. The cherry on top? The website is actually gorgeous. No, I’m not talking about the standard sleek aesthetics of an alcohol brand’s website; this site is fast, responsive, and makes you want to use it.

And people are. From the 2014 to the 2015 season, the site experienced a 788 percent bump in traffic and a 255 percent increase in votes. Though Crowdsourced Cabernet has an international reach, the vast majority of users winemakers reside in the US, and are fairly evenly dispersed throughout the states. With millennials making up roughly half of the group, Columbia Crest’s ability to tap into the needs of a youthful base is impressive and organic, but not at all surprising.

“It feels like we are in an era where we care more about the process of how things are made,” said Muñoz-Oca before remarking on his fascination with how his jeans are made. “Bringing people into the handcrafted grape-growing and winemaking… allows us to show where we are and what we do.”

This almost instantaneous sense of a familial community combined with a shared curiosity regarding the outcome accomplishes a very peculiar feat. Columbia Crest draws in people from different walks of life and asks them to create something together, in an age of increasing social disconnect. Not only is this product tangible, but it’s associated with joviality and festivities.

You get the sense that Columbia Crest was on the right path, but probably couldn’t get to this place where modernism mixes with traditional elbow grease without Muñoz-Oca (though he’ll likely deflect praise onto his team).

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Whether it’s he’s talking about his vineyard family or taking his family to California vineyards, Muñoz-Oca doesn’t ooze the slimy pretentiousness you expect from someone with a title like head winemaker. It’s my sincerest belief that he could survive off of coffee, Washington wine, and good conversation. Isn’t this the kind of tunnel-vision passion you want behind your wine:

“It’s beyond what we do for a living,” he said of his and his wife’s careers. “It feels like it’s who we are, and some of that’s gotta transfer to our kids.”

Though he wouldn’t force his children into the family business, after watching a video of his six-year-old son discerningly taste grapes off the vine, I hope that this legacy will prevail. The world needs more Muñoz-Ocas sticking their hands into crates of grapes.

Photos: J. Fergus; Screenshot courtesy of Lurzer’s Archiv

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Someone Deep Fried A Banh Mi Burger Into A Chimichanga

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What do you get when you take a burger and combine it with a Vietnamese sandwich and combine THAT with a chimichanga? A good time.

Mad Fox Brewing has Frankenstein’d three different cuisines into a monster burger they’re calling The BanhMiBurgerChanga. If pronouncing it is a mouthful, you should see the burger.

The behemoth is made with 8 ounces of house-ground meat with added cilantro and jalapeño and formed into a patty. Featuring smoked gouda, beer-braised carnitas, picked ramps & onions, carrot mayo and lime juice, the burger is wrapped around a chipotle tortilla and deep fried.

The BanhMiBurgerChanga will be available at Mad Fox Brewing Company until May 16.

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Shirtless Male Baristas Will Serve You at this Coffee Shop

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If you’re looking for a cup of hot coffee served to you by shredded shirtless male baristas, then you might want to check out Hot Cup of Joe. The coffee shop in Spokane, Washington, features an all-male staff of baristas who make coffee to order without shirts on.

The idea was a response to the recent openings of bikini coffeehouses that have been making the news. Hot Cup of Joe felt that the female population needed their own place to enjoy their coffee just as much. They even offer their male patrons a $1 discount whenever they place an order.

“This is something the women have been crying out for for a while,” Chris Mullins, 28, Hot Cup Of Joe’s owner, told The Spokesman-Review. However, Mullins continued to say, “We’re not going to be wearing thongs.”

Sorry, ladies.

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Subway Offers Falafel Sandwich as Veggie Option on East Coast

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For those die-hard falafel fans, Subway is serving their on-again, off-again Falafel Sandwich in areas neighboring Washington, D.C.

The falafel sandwich is definitely a choice menu item for veggie lovers or simply those who wish to try something new. The veggie-packed option consists of fried chickpea patties topped with cucumber sauce. Sadly for vegans, the sauce contains dairy but luckily you can customize your Falafel Sandwich to your heart’s (and dietary) content.

Hopefully it’ll be available in the West Coast as well, but until then it’s an East Coast exclusive. Subway’s Falafel Sandwich is available for $4.75 at six-inches and $7.50 for a footlong.

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Pepsi Vending Machine Rigged to Sell $3 Malt Liquor in DC Neighborhood

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In the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington, D.C, a Pepsi vending machine was discovered by police to be selling malt liquor behind its non-alcoholic facade. Of course, the rogue vending machine was a hit with neighborhood kids, who were able buy booze illegally.

Taking notes from a meeting with the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, D.C. blogger, Geoffrey Hatchard, tweeted that an officer from the Metropolitan Police Department found the machine, which was quickly disabled upon discovery.

“The Pepsi machine was in front of a 4-unit apartment and of course no one claimed responsibility for it. It charged $3 for the malt liquor so kids were buying it (cheaper for adults to get at the store). MPD disabled it and were waiting for the property owner to have it removed,” stated Danielle Bays, the association’s president.

Man, if only they had one of these babies a few years back.

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Food Trucks

This 50s-Themed Trailer Serves Up Chicken & Waffles . . . on A Stick

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My Sweet Little Cakes, a Seattle-based food truck, has revolutionized the world of pancakes and waffles by offering these timeless items . . . on a stick. Yes, now you can eat your morning chicken and waffles drizzled in syrup in one hand and Instagram the moment with the other AT THE SAME TIME.

Did we mention these hotcakes come in a variety of cozy flavors like savory beer & hickory smoked bacon, sweet red velvet buttermilk with dark cherries and blueberry lemon ricotta with honey lemon syrup? Oh we didn’t? Well, there you go.

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Unfortunately, at the moment My Sweet Little Cakes can only be found cooking up a storm on Pine Street in Seattle, Washington — making this a must to visit if you’re ever in the area.

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