Real Man Travels Presents: 150 of Our Favourite Canadian Things

Follow along as we list off our favourite 150 Canadian things over 150 days to celebrate Canada Day!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

CONTEST CLOSED: Win Tickets to the King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival!


Us small town boys have long asked the question: why do big cities get all the craft beer festivals? The Township of King has heard our plight and answered with a beer festival of our very own - throwing in a bevy of food trucks to sweeten the deal - with the King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival! And we’re giving one Real Man Travels reader a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event!



The beautiful township of King, located just north of Toronto, will get that much more beautiful on Saturday, June 14 as nine breweries role into Memorial Park (25 Doctors Lane) in King City, ON to show off their desirous drafts. The event also features two stages (main and acoustic) of live music with a variety of performers and food ranging from Tornado Potatoes and wood fire pizza to paninis and Mexican fare, all served from the mobile convenience of gourmet food trucks.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate and include entry, event festivities and three beer sample tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for just $1 (very reasonable compared to other festivals we've attended)!

That said, we’re giving our readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event! You can enter on Facebook or Twitter. Here’s what you need to do:

Twitter:
  1. Follow @RealManTravels on Twitter
  2. Follow @ParksRecCulture on Twitter
  3. Tweet a message containing @RealManTravels @ParksRecCulture and #RMWin, or post on our such as:
Craft beer + food trucks? I’m in! King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Fest @RealManTravels @ParksRecCulture http://goo.gl/I27Knt #RMWin

Facebook:

  1. Post on our Facebook wall that you want to go to the King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival.

Enter by June 1, we’ll announce the winner on June 2.

Event Highlights:
Beer Line-Up
  • King Brewery
  • Red Falcon Premium Ale
  • Steam Whistle
  • Hockley Brewing Company
  • Highlander Brew Co.
  • Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
  • Arch Brewing Co.
  • Double Trouble Brewing Co.
  • Church Key Brewing Company 
Food Truck Line-Up
  • Smokenstein
  • Tornado Potato
  • Tutti Panini
  • Bonfire Catering
  • Wickedly Sinful
  • Blue Donkey Streatery
  • Tiny Tom Donuts
  • Mr. Softee
  • Gourmet Gringos
Performers
  • Saturday Night Jive 
  • The Glorious Sons 
  • Ghost Town Orchestra
  • Katie Francis
  • Elmer’s Lane
  • The Rathburns
  • The Phil and John Show
  • The Clearing
  • Michale Vassos Featuring Vic
  • Joel Krivy
Check out the event website at: http://www.kingcraftbeerandfood.com/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/449805681817330/.

Friday, 23 May 2014

New Guest Post on Real Girl Travels

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by Real Man Travels today, we appreciate your shared interest in all things manly.

Just wanted to give you all a quick heads up that our friend Alison just posted a new article over at our sister site Real Girl Travels. It's all about her trip to Germany and the Czech Republic while on a budget.


A Little About Alison: Alison is a former reality TV personality, craft wizard, foodie, and long time friend of ours here at Real Man Travels, because lets face it, every group needs a sassy red head. Alison also a has her own blog www.scribbled-down.com where she writes about crafting, eating, and living. She has great posts up over there on packing for a 10 day trip in one backpack that is pretty useful for guys and girls alike. Head on over and check them out!

Spend Light, Travel Big: Germany and Czech Republic

Black Forest Panoramic 

a post by Alison Preiss

A European vacation has been on my wish list for a while. So last summer when my brother did an oversea’s study program in Germany, I jumped at the chance to tour around with him at the end of his stay. In 10 days and nine nights we saw over 2,000 kilometres of Germany and the Czech Republic, with stops in Frankfurt, Berlin, Prague, Stuttgart, and Freiburg. And we managed to do it for a reasonable price: Including flight, hotel, some nice meals and some VERY light shopping, the trip cost me less than $3,000. I left with some great memories shared with my brother, and didn’t go into debt doing it. Here’s how we pulled it off:
Ice cream
Das Brother
Getting around

Trains: We wanted to see as many cities as possible during my 10 day visit, while still allowing for some flexibility. We opted for a Eurail regional pass that was good throughout Germany and the Czech Republic. We bought two 2nd class super saver passes for about $350 Canadian each and allowed for 5 days of unlimited travel anywhere in these two countries. This got us easily to big cities, and also allowed us to a take ‘just cause’scenic ride up into the heart of the Black Forest and back (yes we bought cake).

Local Transit: Most of the local transit systems (light rail, tram and trains) we encountered were self serve (you buy your own ticket, there are no ticket collectors but there are occasional spot checks). I’d recommend just buying 24 hour passes, it was easier to manage since not all of the machines were easy to navigate in English.

Fish Donair in Frankfurt
Eating

Breakfast: We either scammed the complimentary breakfast at the hotel, or we picked up pastries the night before.
Lunch: Opt for street food. This is a cheap way to experience great food, and some local flavours. In Frankfurt we had fish donair from a food boat (!), Berlin was all about Currywurst (french frys with curry, sausage, ketchup and mayo - believe me it WORKS), and in Prague my go-to street food fried cheese sandwiches. There were good grab-and-go desserts aswell: We found really good, creamy ice cream in most german cities for about 1 euro. In Prague they wrapped leavened dough around a wooden spit, dipped it in sugar and then baked it over an open flame.

Schnitzel

Dinner: Dinner was where we splurged a little, or really planned out where we were going to eat. Things you should eat in Germany: Spaetzle, handkase, schnitzel, flammkuchen, beer cheese, apfelwein, and every different kind of sausage you come across.

Biergartens: I loved biergartens, and I don’t even really like beer. Imagine a really beautiful park, filled with long picnic tables and shaded by big sprawling trees. There are little play areas for kids, dogs are welcome, and if you want a cold beer and a sausage, you just head up to a cute little hut and order one. It’s seemed like the sort of place where you just run into your old friends of favourite neighbours. Seriously, it makes me really angry to think about our uppity liquor laws here in Canada. Try taking your dog into a patio in Toronto, let alone finding a place where kids can play while adults imbibe.
biergarten food
Biergarten food


In these glorious places, the food was cheap and delicious, and I discovered a beer that is suitable for my sweet-tooth palate - Radler (beer mixed with 7-up). We hit up Prater Garten in Berlin [http://www.pratergarten.de/e/index.php], and Augustiner Keller in Munich [http://www.augustinerkeller.de/en.htm].

Sleeping

Hotels: At first I liked the idea of not booking anything and then just seeing where we wanted to go, but when you only have 10 days, we decided it would be better to have a plan. To allow for some flexibility, we booked hotels for the first 6 days, and then left some flexibility open for the last three. After doing some comparisons on hostels, versus AirBnB, I actually found the best deals were hotels booked through Priceline. If you don’t know Priceline, it basically lets you bid for hotel rooms, you get a geographical area and a star rating, but once your bid is accepted, you’re locked in. We used the express deals functionality and got decent hotels for between $40-$70 a night. The app made it really easy to book places on the spur of the moment, and they kept sending me 10% off coupons with every room I booked. A word of warning, the Priceline star rating doesn’t hold up as well in Europe. After two nights in a Prague three-star, I insisted on a four-star in Germany complete with an indoor pool.

Couchsurfing: Okay, so my brother kind of tricked me into my first Couchsurfing stay. He had visited Freiburg earlier in his trip and fell in love with it. Freiburg is close to the French border and right on the edge of the Black Forest, and basically looks like a village out of a fairytale. He arranged a Couchsurfing stay with a friend of the person he originally surfed with. He told me we were staying with a friend of a friend. This was technically true.

The best part of Couchsurfing is that you truly get to experience local culture (have you seen a complete stranger kick a one-night-stand out of his house in another language? I have). The downside is that you don’t really get your own space and you have to adapt to your host’s schedule. It gave my brother the university style party he was craving, and I am not above sleeping on a mattress on the floor (which I did, going to bed hours before everyone else).

Doing Stuff

Tours: I have mixed feelings on tours: On one hand they can be cheesy and something deep inside me really hates proffering that I’m a tourist. BUT when you are only in a city for a day or two, tours are a really good way to see the basics and orient yourself with a new city. In Berlin we took a bus tour (Sample dialogue: “This is a vacant lot, I think this is a very beautiful site because the building that used to be here was ugly”). In Prague we took a ‘tip tour,’basically you go around with a guide on foot for a few hours, and then you pay what you can. We chose a nice lady named Jana and we wound up being the only people on her tour that afternoon. She showed us the sites and explained some of the major historical events. On any Prague tour you’re probably going to hear a lot about Kafka and bridges.

Fun in the Streets: Some of the best events we attended were the cheapest. In Stuttgart we attended a street festival called Sommerfest. We were wandering through old town in Prague when we came across a street performer’s show. ChickenJoe contorted his body, laid down on broken glass and did all sort of other entertaining things. At the end he asked us to chip in the cost of a beer.

Explore: Most nights, we would just wander. It’s perfectly legal to drink in public, so we would grab a beer at a bodega and then just walk and talk, following the streets that seemed interesting, We found beautiful little parks, old churches, and had some great conversations along the way.

Travel Tips

Starbucks: I didn’t buy an international phone plan, and my european SIM card was pretty flaky, but Starbucks always offered free wifi, clean bathrooms and familiar coffee. I tried to drag my brother into one once a day to check my email and grab a coffee. Finding free hotel wifi was hit or miss.

Bathrooms: Be prepared to pay to pee, most public washrooms cost about 1 euro, but the upside is that they are convenient and clean. At the Berlin Aquarium you can pay an attendant 50 cents and she will disinfect the toilet seat in front of you. I daydream about this service at most public washrooms I encounter in North America.

Highlights:

Frankfurt Germany
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt:

Movenpick Hotel Frankfurt City:

http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/europe/germany/frankfurt/hotel-frankfurt-city/overview/

Palmengarten - Botanical garden

http://www.palmengarten.de/#/de_DE/index/index

Berlin

KaDeWe Department Store - Go to the grocery floors!

http://www.kadewe.de

Berlin Aquarium - Perfect for a rainy day

http://www.aquarium-berlin.de

Burgermeister - Grab a burger then head down to walk along the Spree and the remainders of the Berlin Wall.

http://www.burger-meister.de

Topography of Terror - documentation centre on the Nazi party

http://www.topographie.de/en/

Prague

Prague


Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock

http://www.praguewelcome.cz/en/visit/monuments/top-monuments/58-old-town-hall-with-the-astronomical-clock.shtml

Rent a paddle boat

Paddleboat in Prague


http://www.prague.net/blog/article/20/rent-a-paddle-boat-on-the-vltava-river

Freiburg

Frieburg


The whole city is just wonderful

http://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Len/225797.html

Packing - with all this travelling I wanted to pack light. Read more about how I fit 10 days into one backpack on scribbled-down.com

Alison Priess
Alison Priess
About Alison:  Alison is a former reality TV personality, craft wizard, foodie, and long time friend of the guys over at Real Man Travels, because lets face it, every group needs a sassy red head. Alison also a has her own blog www.scribbled-down.com where she writes about crafting, eating, and living. You should check it out!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A Guy’s Guide to Rome(ance) in Italy

A post by Scott F


Guys, face it, in this day and age we’re expected to work in a little romance now and then. You can blame Hollywood for pumping out a new Nicolas Sparks book-turned-movie every week, or the music industry for allowing The Postal Service to make every teenage girl of the 2000s tear up with ardor and unrealistic expectations listening to “Such Great Heights” on the Much Music Video Countdown. Either way, the glory days of being strong, emotionless piles of jagged glass and rock (you know, real men) are long over.

There’s a trick to this romance thing, however. One every guy needs to know to survive this Taylor Swift-addled world of ours. Indeed, some say that French is the language of love, but those people are a crazy little thing called, wrong.  The truth is, you don't need a whole language; there’s one simple word that can turn even the glassiest rock pile into a veritable Luther Vandross, and that word is...


Oh, just the mention of travel renders images of cobblestone streets, windblown terraces, beaches at sunset and a host of other romantic visages, irresistible to any person possessing of a pulse. In fact:


And you know it’s true, because it’s impossible to lie via meme.

I’ve not been shy to use this fact to my advantage. In fact, it was just such a tactic I employed when pulling off a legendary event that has forever won the ire of each and every one of my male friends by setting the romance bar at untouchable heights. That event: the time I proposed to my wife-to-be on a romantic holiday in Rome, Italy. Jack Johnson, you've been served.

Rome, aptly named, is crazy romantic. Even I can admit that. Narrow, cobblestone streets; vibrant piazzas with musicians on every corner; eclectic restaurants serving delicious fare and copious amounts of wine – it truly is the eternal city.

We spent seven days in Rome and got to see and experience much of what it offers. From the grandiose and auspicious Pantheon, a 2000 year-old temple featuring a 9 metre-wide oculus that pours in natural light from almost 45 metres above the floor, to the awe-inspiring Colosseum of gladiatorial combat-fame, the city is positively decked in historical significance. Taking time to explore the stunning, in-tact ruins of the Roman Forum is enormously rewarding as you find your way to Palatine Hill: Rome’s first neighbourhood, and marvel at the remains of a culture that shaped history. Continue your walk to the Circo Massimo, an enormous track once used for horse and chariot racing. Here you might relive a golden age of the silver screen, knowing it was on this spot that the classic Ben Hur was filmed, or simply ponder the violence and excitement of the sport that took place there thousands of years before.  






The key thing to do in Rome, and what will truly cement the ro"man"ce of it all, is simply walk. Even unguided, you’re sure to stumble upon sight after sight that will steal your heart and imagination. Find your way to Piazza Navona, in the center of which you will find the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, a classic work by Bernini. You’ll also find the Obelisk of Domitian, one of many Egyptian-inspired works in the city. Or you might find your way to the Trevi Fountain, a stunning work of art that takes up an entire piazza to itself. Piazza di Spagna is sure to stir up the amore as you stroll up the Spanish Steps and explore the high-end shops the dot the side streets. You might even come upon some of the lesser know sights of Rome such as Torre Argentina, a set of ruins-turned cat sanctuary, or the Fontane delle Tartarughe (the Turtle Fountain) in Piazza Mattei.




For those looking for an out-of-the-ordinary and truly humbling experience, find your way to the Capuchin Crypt, where for a small donation you can enter halls decorated floor to ceiling in human bones. Alters, ceilings, ornaments, all from the remains of the devout who served the order long ago. The ominous message behind the frighteningly beautiful scene, as explained in their literature: “as you are we once were; what we are you will be.”

Other sights not to be missed include the Vatican Museums, home to countless priceless works of art and the famed Bramante spiral staircase. Get there early, the line moves quickly but it usually enormous. While at the Vatican you’ll naturally want to thoroughly explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square. It’s worth noting that these are only the city’s most renowned; there are countless smaller chapels (such as the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria) and other museums (such as the Capitoline Museums) more than worth the time to explore.




Rome is also a culinary paradise, but like many tourist havens, you need to choose wisely. Going to restaurants in and around major sights is likely to see you spend more money for far lower quality food. Our best experience was at Ristorante Maccheroni, a beautiful traditional Italian restaurant a little ways from the Pantheon (asked to be sat in the basement, it's beautiful and cool on warm evenings). Also, treat yourself to the creamiest espresso at Sant'Eustachio in the same neighbourhood.

Choosing the perfect place to propose amongst this smorgasbord of romance was tough, or easy, depending on how you look at it. But knowing my future bride’s love for green spaces I quickly noted the Villa Borghese, a large park in the middle of the city. The park’s central and, as I divined, most romantic feature is a small lake that allows for rowboat rentals. Boom, proposal plan set. However, when we arrived we found a tiny pond with so many boats it called to mind bumper cars at the county fair... and no one wants to be proposed to at the county fair. With no Plan B  I started to panic and insisted we continue walking. To my luck, and true to the city’s form, I was provided a perfect opportunity in the form of the Pincio, a structure that forms a path from Villa Borghese down to Piazza del Popolo, where three of Rome’s main streets converge onto one massive and extremely scenic square. I snuck my soon-to-be fiancĂ©e through a small gate at the side of the Pincio where we found a quiet path overlooking a deserted street, sat her on the railing, pulled the ring, and the rest is history!

So guys, if that special lady in your life’s been binge watching rom-coms or has had Bruno Mars’, “When I Was Your Man” on repeat, it might be time to buy that ticket. Make travel, not war.


P.S. Our head honcho, Chris, will be heading to TBEX in Athens, Greece and will be stopping in to see Rome on his way. Don't worry, he'll tell us all about it! 


Monday, 12 May 2014

Sunny Day's Call For A Getaway: Sip & Sizzle - Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake


With the the Canadian weather in fine form, and a long weekend finally in sight, you're probably making plans for the unofficial start of summer. I'm willing to bet that to the average reader of Real Man Travels, the idea of booze and a barbecue has you drooling on your keyboard, but if you want to take that plan to the next level, plan a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake this May and check out Sip & Sizzle!


With 26 wineries, each showcasing one of their homegrown gifts-from-the-gods, along with a savory selection from the grill every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., you might as well make it a weekend if you have hopes of trying them all.

Guys, I know you're probably grumbling as you read this, thinking "this sounds pretty girly, step it up Real Man Travels." To that I have one simple response - vine smoked lake perch wrapped in wild boar bacon from Pellar Estates Winery. That sounds pretty damn manly to me.


With 21 of the 26 wineries serving up a variety of grilled meats ranging from beef, pork and chicken to mussels, shrimp, salmon and scallops, there's something for everyone. Please remember to enjoy both meat and wine responsibly!

-Sam

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Real Man Road Trip: Winnipeg Jets

A post by Justin Kierstead.



Work trips aren't always exciting, but sometimes you get lucky. As luck would have it, one of my recent work related trips to the 'Peg included a stop to the MTS Centre to see the Winnipeg Jets host the Dallas Stars.

Now, growing up in southern Ontario, I am not a Winnipeg Jets super fan. I bleed the blue & white of the Toronto Maple Leafs (go ahead, insert joke here). However, given the opportunity to go and see my first live NHL game in nearly 20 years, I jumped at the opportunity.

Our flight departed the sleepy Thunder Bay Airport. I love this airport. It’s small and you can literally arrive at the airport 30 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave without a care in the world. I packed light (see Ed’s post on packing, it’s top shelf) with just my carry-on. I show up, pick up my boarding pass and was off. We landed in Winnipeg at the same time we took off, due to the one hour flight and one hour time difference, and were greeted by a white stretch limo to parade us around town. We made a not-so-quick stop at Earl’s for lunch, and then we were off to deal with the business aspect of the trip.
Radisson Hotel and MTS Centre
After "taking care of business" (Bachman–Turner Overdrive) we made our way to our hotel. We stayed at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown, a very nice spot. Rooms were clean, staff was pleasant, but the best thing about it was the location. It was literally attached to the MTS Centre, the home of the Jets. So we freshened up, grabbed a couple of beers in the hotel bar and we were off to the game.
Room and Winnipeg Jets jersey
I've never before had the privilege of attending anything in a private box, so I was pretty much in awe when I walked in. So I spent a couple of minutes just taking it all in, because I’ll probably never get to do it again, it was pretty awesome.

the view from suite 27
The crowd in Winnipeg was outstanding. The MTS Centre is the smallest arena in the NHL but the fans can really get the place rocking. They wasted little time letting Tim Thomas of the Dallas Stars know exactly what they thought of him. I had the privilege of witnessing the home team bludgeon the visitors to the tune of 7-2. The best part of games like this, while not the most exciting from a competition point of view, is the feeling you get each and every time the home team scores. Even though I’m not a true Jets fan, the feeling of camaraderie when you put that jersey on and step into that arena with all those other fans is unlike anything in the world.

After watching the arena empty out we headed to the Shark Club, conveniently located within the complex, for a couple more beers to finish up the night.

The next morning saw more business-related activities and then we were back on the plane to Thunder Bay.

All in all, the trip was incredible. I’d highly recommend staying at the Radisson, the prices are reasonable for a downtown hotel and with its proximity to the entertainment district, a good time is sure to be had. I really can’t put the atmosphere of the MTS Centre into words. You need to visit and take it all in for yourself; it’s unreal. And if you’re looking to do it up, give Hollywood Limousine a call and tell ‘em Justin sent you.

- Justin

(Editors Note: Justin is a long time friend of the Real Man Travels crew. He's been mentioned a few times on our site, including the heart warming, feel good story, Silence Says Everything, in which he and I renewed our Bromance. A little more info on Justin: He's a happily married father of two children, exceptional do-it-yourself'er, electrical engineer, and the resident nerd/gamer for Real Man Travels. If you have a computer issue you would like assistance with, or need tips on how to install crown molding, please leave your questions in the comment section below).

Monday, 5 May 2014

Beards: The Cheap Way to Stay Socially Acceptable

A post by Ed Arsenault


There are a great number of people in my life who have never seen me without a beard. I haven't had consistently naked cheeks since I was able to have a full, thick, luscious mane. But with that added fur comes a bit of maintenance. Having recently read some articles from men's health and lifestyle blogs and magazines I've come to the conclusion that:

A)      they over-do it - beard maintenance is simple
B)      they over price it - maintaining a face fro is cheap.

To all my bearded brothers and those looking to make the leap into a new lifestyle I present to you the regular manly man's guide to beard maintenance.


Style:
There are probably more styles of beards than species of ants (don't quote me on that) and picking the right one shouldn't be stressful enough to change your locks grey. Go with what you or the beard loving lady in your life like as long as it isn't a pencil thin chin strap (that will never look good).

Length:
If you are going to grow a beard (and why wouldn't you be?) then you will soon realize that food and miscellaneous animals can get trapped in it. While awesome for midnight snacking, this isn't practical for work, relationships etc. So let's talk trimming.

You have 2 options here, garden shears or hair clippers. Don't be suckered into buying a "beard grooming kit" for $50+, regular run of the mill hair clippers work the same. In fact it's all I've ever used. You can find these in your health and beauty section of Wal Mart for $30 – cheaper options do exist. (Wal Mart Canada) (Wal Mart USA)

Hair clipper sets come with attachments that allow you to trim to a desired length. Don't be shy to use multiple attachments for different areas and blend it all in. For example I keep the hair around my lips much shorter than everywhere else. My typical routine is to use a 12mm or 6mm (gotta love us metric guys) attachment and buzz around my entire face and neck. Then I will attach a 6mm or 3mm piece and trim from a fingers width below my lip up the chin and over my mustache. Lastly I will use no guard and clean up directly around my lips. All in all this takes me 5 minutes. Super easy right? TIP: Open and line your sink with a grocery bag to collect the hairs that will fly all over the place. Saves you from having to unclog your drains frequently.

Typical hair clipper set

Shaving:

Shaving is essentially cutting off your manliness one follicle at a time. No man should have to put himself through that daily. Not to crush dreams and hopes of never having to buy razors again, but you will still need them even if you beard out. If you're like me then your beard wants to reach up to the heavens, going well beyond the acceptable top of cheek line and infringe on your eyes. This extra special area needs to be tended to with our mortal enemy, the razor. As well you should clean up the last inch that separates your neck from torso.

Do you need all those fancy man creams and lotions to shave? Not at all. All you really need is a razor with a sharp blade and some generic shaving cream (grab what's on sale unless you have sensitive skin, in that case get what works for you).

Shave these 2 small areas after a warm or hot shower when your pores are open and ready to be emasculated. Apply minimal shaving cream and go with the grain. If you go against it you'll end up pulling hair which increases your chance to fill your sink with blood or spend the day with a neck full of razor burn.

When cleaning up your neck don't shave right up to your jaw line. This will make it look like you have a double chin whenever your chin is not pointed up. Instead measure up a finger or two from your Adams apple and use that as the cut off. I use one finger personally. 

Maintenance:
I don't want to spend hours taking care of my beard and the skin underneath it. I have more important manly things to do like chopping wood, building a cabin, restoring a hot rod and drinking beer. So my solution is quick and effective.

Beard hair is hair. Shampoo it up in the shower while you're taking care of your head. This will keep it fresh and clean. No special shampoo is really necessary, just use whatever you've got.

To keep your beard from snowing flakes of dry skin onto your clothes, simply apply some moisturizer after you dry off. Don't buy one of those tiny bottles dedicated to men for $25-30 a piece that you read about in GQ. Instead head to the moisture aisle of your local shop and grab the big bottle of Men's face and body moisturizer that Vasoline makes. It costs about $8 and lasts a solid 2-3 months.



Once you get to a desired length it is it time to invest in a comb. A whopping 0.99 cents will do the trick at any local dollar store.

Recap:

  • $30 hair clipper set from Wal-Mart or other local big box store
  • $2.99 shaving cream
  • $7.99 Vasoline face and body moisturizer
  • $0.99 comb
Total Cost: $42 initially + tax (which should last 2-3 months) from there top up as needed for $10 +tax every 2-3 months.


I do believe that my total cost is cheaper than most creams those other “manly men” sites and magazines try to pawn off. So now that you know how easy and cheap it is to be manly and socially acceptable get out there and be the man you were meant to be with your new beard!

Have any other tips? Want to just show off your beard? Feel free to do so over Twitter, Facebook or below in the comments.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Wvrst in Toronto - It's Wunderbar!

Tucked away in the metropolis of Toronto is a restaurant serving up one of the manliest menus I have ever seen. Its key - a menu focused on two things men love: Sausage and Beer.

Granville Island IPA
Sausages and Duck Fat Fries                                                 A tasty stein of Nickel Brook
A wide selection of sausages may be the main attraction on the menu at Wvrst, but trust me when I tell you.....DO NOT MISS OUT ON THE DUCK FAT FRIES. That's right. All caps. It's that important.

Wurst beer
Wurst Flight! 
If you can't quite decide which beer to try, why not try them all! A tasting flight might be my favourite way to try beer. Directly comparing the various draft beers offered in a sample size, so as not to impair your beer judgement, is a great way to broaden your beer horizons. Highly recommended if you aren't part of your friend's Beer Brain Trust.

So next time you're in Toronto and want to sample some new beers head on over to Wvrst at 609 King St West, Toronto.You wont be disappointed.

Sam-