Lifestyles

April 25, 2011 The Virtual Gourmand 14: Makin' Bacon!

Cigar Weekly Editor-At-Large and Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh (BigO) has been making bacon... And he wants you to do so too! Read more...
April 11, 2011 A Rich Pour - Column No. 22: Golden Oldies

Why is it that many aficionados of Scotch whisky seem so drawn to older spirits? Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) as he looks behind the sometimes deceptive veil of aged spirits. Read more...
March 21, 2011 Cigar Paradise in Nicaragua!

Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) for his description of a memorable four-day cigar loverís tour of Esteli, Nicaragua - one of the great tobacco growing regions. Read more...
February 14, 2011 Ybor City Cigar Festival 2010

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) traveled again to Tampa to attend the Ybor City Cigar Festival. He writes to update us on this year's festivities. Read more...
August 16, 2010 Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mikeís Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...
February 10, 2010 A tour of Ybor City's Cigar Heritage

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) recently made a trip to Ybor City, the historic cigar-making district of Tampa. He was treated to an inside tour of the industry, both from a historical and a current perspective. Tom now shares the details of that tour with us. Read more...
January 04, 2010 A Rich Pour - Column No. 21: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey, Part 3

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the third (and final) in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...
December 18, 2009 A 'Taste' of Ybor City

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) recently sampled the sights, sounds, smokes and culinary offerings of Ybor City, Florida at the 11th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival. Come along with him as he describes the weekend events and activities in historic Ybor City. Read more...
November 28, 2009 A Rich Pour - Column No. 20: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey (Part 2)

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the second in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...
November 02, 2009 A Rich Pour - Column No. 19: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey (Part 1)

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the first in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...
December 29, 2008 Cigar Heritage Festival

CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) recently attended the 10th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival in Ybor City, Florida. Join him as he recounts the weekend, and provides highlights of the festival and the other events taking place with fellow BOTLs. Many agree that the Ybor City historic district of Tampa is the heart and foundation of the cigar industry in the United States. Read more...
December 15, 2008 Autumn in London

CW Contributing Editor and Katrina Relief Coordinator Flipflop (Phil Steffen) recently had a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London for a weekend of soccer, cigars and ale. Read more...
December 08, 2008 The Virtual Gourmand No. 13 - Stacks and Facts: A Chef's Bibliography

Editor-at-Large and CW Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh (BigO) opens his personal bookshelf, lists the top 10 cooking books and top 3 cooking magazines in his collection, and explains why these are his favorite reference works. Read more...
July 30, 2008 Smokers' Haven in Spain?

Travel articles hints that there are still places where smokers can be in their element. Girona. Read more...
June 04, 2008 Friends Remember Red

Red Auerbach is remembered fondly by his close friends, the members of his former weekly lunch group. This, from Michael Lee of the Washinton Post. Read more...
March 06, 2008 A Trip to the Mexican Riviera and Playa del Carmen

CW Contributing Editor Michael Connelly (ConMan) documents a well-photographed week spent with his wife on the Mexican Riviera. Read more...
November 01, 2007 Trek to Honduras: Cigars from Seedlings to Smoke

In mid-September, several BOTL's (Brothers of The Leaf) from Houston made a pilgrimage to Honduras with the objective of learning as much as possible about the growth, production and manufacture of our favorite leaf, on a trip hosted by a Houston area B&M (Elite Cigars) and the staff of Rocky Patel Cigars. Neil Noffsinger (Road Hawg) chronicled the trip in words and photos and submits the following article for your leisure perusal. Read more...
September 05, 2007 Travelogue: Playa del Carmen, the Subtle Seduction of Mexico

by Jeff Nichols Jeff Nichols (Jester) writes about 12 days he and his spouse Beatrice spend in Playa del Carmen. A light hearted narrative that humorously touches on all aspects of the experience, food, drink, culture and of course, cigars. Read more...
December 11, 2006 A VERY Private Club: New Jersey's Metropolitan Society

By George Koodray, Metropolitan Society Board Secretary Read more...
December 04, 2006 Travelogue: An Irish Tale

By Robert Burke Tinning (gumby) Read more...
November 23, 2006 The Virtual Gourmand - Column No. 6e: What About the Leftovers?

CW Contributing Editor and Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh offers a series of solutions to the most pressing of after-Thanksgiving questions: what to do with all that leftover turkey? Read more...
November 20, 2006 The Virtual Gourmand - Column No. 6d: The Perfect Finish

CW Contributing Editor and Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh, having answered frequently-asked questions about deep-frying, brining turkeys and preparing side dishes for the holiday table now turns his attention to the best part of the holiday feast... dessert. This is the fourth and final installment of a multi-part Thanksgiving special. Read more...
November 16, 2006 The Virtual Gourmand - Column No. 6c: Something on the Side

CW Contributing Editor and Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh, having answered frequently-asked questions about deep-frying and brining turkeys, turns his attention to the preparation of favorite holiday side dishes in this third of a multi-part Thanksgiving special. Read more...
November 13, 2006 The Virtual Gourmand - Column No. 6b: Ye Olde Brined Bird

EDITOR'S NOTE: This classic from the CW Vault is being re-run as a Holiday Special as a courtesy to CW's readers. Look for a new feature article on holiday entertaining coming soon as well as the rest of this series on holiday dishes. Contributing Editor and CW Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh (BigO) answers frequently-asked questions about turkey preparation and holiday dishes in a multi-part Thanksgiving special. Read more...
November 09, 2006 The Virtual Gourmand - Column No. 6a: Deep-fry That Sucker!

EDITOR'S NOTE: This classic from the CW Vault is being re-run as a Holiday Special as a courtesy to CW's readers. Look for a new feature article on holiday entertaining coming soon as well as the rest of this series on holiday dishes. Contributing Editor and CW Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh (BigO) answers frequently-asked questions about turkey preparation and holiday dishes in a multi-part Thanksgiving special. Read more...
November 06, 2006 A Rich Pour - Column No. 7: The Douro - Swinging From Sweet To Dry

In this installment of A Rich Pour, Cigar Weekly's Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) profiles the emergence of exciting dry red wines from a region better known for its classic Ports - the Douro. Read more...