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Missing Links: Obama on Pinterest, Mega Millions Madness, Edible Cookbooks

We've scoured the Web to find the best intel you might have missed this week. In this edition: The Obama campaign joins Pinterest, the world finally gets its first edible cookbook, MC Hammer celebrates his 50th birthday, and your Mega Millions Jackpot is now . . . $640 million. see more
Fashion

A Man-Jewelry Must (Yes, Seriously)

I don't usually go for man jewelry. It's a tricky look to pull off because it tends to look affected, but in this case I'm making an exception. I'm a huge fan of the Black Diamond Wrap Bracelet from Ruby Kobo's spring/summer 2012 collection. see more
Food + Drinks

New York Restaurateur Keith McNally on What Makes a Hot Spot

In 1980, when he opened the Odeon in Tribeca, Keith McNally redefined the modern scene restaurant in New York City, bringing to dining everything that hot nightclubs promised—exclusivity, glamour, celebrity patrons, and the frisson of sitting in the right place at the right time. Here, the preeminent maker of fashionable restaurants (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, and now Balthazar London—to name a few) dishes on what makes a fashionable restaurant tick. see more
Food + Drinks

The Art of Choke: A Spring Cocktail That Sounds Wrong, Tastes Right

Ask a bartender to make you his favorite contemporary classic cocktail and there's a good chance you'll get a Red Hook (Enzo Errico's superb Punt e Mes Manhattan variation), a Penicillin (Sam Ross' ingenious scotch sour), or a Oaxaca Old Fashioned (Phil Ward's brilliant mezcal-based spin on the grandfather of cocktails). He might also set down in front of you a sweating rocks glass containing an Art of Choke cocktail. see more
Design

Two for One: Add Art and Extra Seating to Your Living Room

Remember those Magic Spin paint-splatter machines from summer camp? (Growing up in Texas, I always opted for arts-and-crafts hour versus flag football or any other group sport. I knew where the only A/C was located.) The same idea has been applied to these wood-and-metal corkscrew stools by Sebastian Errazuriz. But the psychedelic seats aren't just nostalgic kids' play. The work of the Chilean-born, New York-based artist-slash-furniture designer was recently auctioned at Sotheby's "Important 20th-Century Designs" event—when he was the tender age of 28. see more
Fashion

Summer-Friendly Jeans for the Committed Chino Man

As a general rule, I'm a cotton-pants kind of guy in the summer—maybe even to a fault: I wore khakis so often at my first fashion-industry job that I earned the nickname Chino. Don't get me wrong; I love to wear jeans in the winter months, but if you're a raw-denim fan, you know that July is not the right time to break in your New Standards. So I eventually adopted a "no denim after Memorial Day" rule and I lived happily ever after in my chinos. Or so I thought. see more
Health

Are Egg Whites Healthier Than Whole Eggs?

The yolk has been the enemy of breakfast for years—but no more, my egg-white-omelet-ordering friends. Like most of you, I ditched the yolk thinking I was lowering my cholesterol, helping my ticker, and staying lean. But it turns out those yellow-less free-ranges were doing more harm than good. Here are three reasons to go for yolk (boo!) when you eat eggs. see more
Celebrity

How to Dress Like Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver

On Travis Bickle—one of the darkest movie icons in history—a military jacket, a plaid Western shirt, and washed jeans look awkwardly intense. But on the average guy, the vintage-inspired look is effortlessly stylish, plus comfortable and functional. see more
Books

5 Cookbooks Worth Reading Cover to Cover

The newly released River Cottage Fish Book (by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Nick Fisher; Ten Speed Press; $45) is more than 600 pages long, but only about a third of it is devoted to actual recipes. The rest is an amazingly detailed guide to everything anyone could possibly want to know about seafood, from the best way to humanely kill a fish (with one sharp bash of a heavy stick) to the migration pattern of European eels (they swim nearly all the way to Bermuda to spawn—and die—and then their larval children float back to Europe on the trans-Atlantic current). It's see more
Fashion

Belt It Out: Reversible Hand-Woven Belts by Caputo & Co.

Patterns and prints are trending big this year—but not just the plaids that have been dominating the past few seasons. Traditional patterns and printing techniques from cultures around the world (from Africa to the South Pacific to Native American) seem to be popping up all over everything. While prints are an easy way to elevate your look, I have always approached them with caution. see more
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