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100 Best Places to Eat

Think you’ve got it all figured out as a “foodie?” Yelp, just released their list of 100 Best Places to Eat and yes, I’m hungry and yep, I’m up for the challenge. It’s easy to select a food spot based off of the reviews found on Yelp, but for this list, their engineers and went through all of their data to come up with the best list. We don’t like to argue against numbers. Additionally, the list “takes into account both ratings and amount of reviews to showcase places that are both popular and delicious.” Here are the top 10 to kick things off:

1. Da Poke Shack (Kailua-Kona, HI)

2. Paseo (Seattle, WA)

3. Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ (Kansas City, KS)

4. The Cinnamon Snail (New York, NY)

5. Porto’s Bakery (Burbank, CA)

6. Dametra Cafe (Carmel by the Sea, CA)

7. Alinea (Chicago, IL)

8. Franklin Barbecue (Austin, TX)

9. Gary Danko (San Francisco, CA)

10. Joe’s Falafel (Los Angeles, CA)

HOORAY – Paseo’s at number 2! I’ve never actually eaten there, but everyone that has ever eaten there has told me that is the absolute best.


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Poquito Wood Wallet

I can imagine that one of the best things about being a guy is having a pretty minimalistic lifestyle. A wallet like this for women would never suffice (as much as we would want to believe we could make it work.) but it’s perfect for just about every guy I know and for that I am infinitely envious. There are plenty of wallets out right now made out of wood and are as slim as this one, but this specific one looks really really good. To learn more and to make a purchase, click here.

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Let’s Talk About Tie Bars

If there’s a men’s accessory that I swoon over the most, it would have to be the tie bar. It’s funny though, isn’t it? Because it is the smallest thing in the world, but yet can have such a huge impact on one’s outfit. There is something about the tie bar  that keeps a whole look put together and as discovered on Cool Material yesterday, I have become a fan of this one by Ellsworth & Clyde. It is not only reversible, but its reverse side allows it to be another size. Most of their tie bars are constructed out of premium leather and and hand-selected woods.

What are you waiting for guys? Get to buying!


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Just In Time For Movember

I’m really happy with the blogs I try to read daily for inspiration on Yow Yow! As girly as Yow Yow! can get sometimes, I really enjoy having our dose of guy posts as well especially from Cool Material. They recently wrote a post for this product this week called Soft Goat which consists of three pads to soften and tone down the harshness of your facial hair. The hypoallergenic pad will round out the edges of your stubble without doing any harm to the skin underneath. Is this not perfect for Movember? Guys, consider your girls here. Get the Soft Goat.


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The Pumpkin Tap Kit

It’s around this time of year that everyone basically becomes obsessed with pumpkin everything. I stumbled across this Pumpkin Tap Kit last night on Cool Material and thought that one of you might find a use for it. Guys, are you looking for a seasonal DIY project for yourself? Take yourself to the patch, pick up a pumpkin, gut it out and insert this tap. Fill the pumpkin with your favorite beer and earn yourself the title as an awesome entertainer because who else is going to have a pumpkin tap kit like this one?! No one.

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How To Wear Your Backpack

When I was still in college, I used to look forward to writing “Back to School” posts every fall! However, after I graduated I think I told y’all that I was ending those because I was no longer going to be a student. It was a good Yow Yow! move I think, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce every once in a while. I came across this infographic on Cool Material and thought it was relevant for the back-to-school season.



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I don’t have too many guy friends who will admit that they love dessert as much as women do. Really, when’s the last time you heard your guy order a Crème Brûlée without asking if you wanted dessert first? Exactly. Guys love dessert, but don’t feel like they can open up about it unless maybe it’s a masculine dessert. Cool Material is one of my favorite blogs for guys because it always provides me with a little bit of extra insight into what guys may be looking for in terms of food and products. I once favorited their post on a list of desserts just for men and now I wanted to share this one with you about a dessert product called PubCakes.

PubCakes is a set of dry cake mixes designed with specially made craft beer including Chocolate Stout, Belgian Spice, Cocoa Porter, and Vanilla Ale. YUM! Girls can have a bite of these cupcakes too, right?


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Notebook Beard

I’m not sure how I would function in my day-to-day life without notebooks. I use them for everything and I am always slightly amused when I come across really creative ones like this bearded one! As soon as I saw it, I imagined myself holding it up to my mouth just like this in some public place like the airport just to mess with people. Beards to me are quite silly; it’s a strange fascination to have.


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Best Business Card Designs

Concrete Business Cards

Are people still handing out business cards these days? In my industry, I’ve pretty much built up a collection of them in my desk, in my jacket pocket, and in some of the most random places you could ever discover one. It is what it is. I’m not phased by them anymore, but that might be because I’ve never received a card that has stuck out in my mind. Granted, I don’t work with creatives, but sometimes I wish I did so that I could come across one of these! These are some of the best business card designs as posted by Cool Material.

Yoga Mat Business Card

Check out the full list here.

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America’s Secret Bars

Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency (SAN FRANCISCO)

No one loves discovering hidden spots more than I do in the city. Even though I’ve lived in and around Seattle for quite some time, there are still so many things I haven’t done and so many places for me to explore.  Cool Material recently wrote a post  highlighting some of the best secrets bars in America and if you’re traveling to some great cities this summer, you should definitely check them out! Unfortunately, Seattle is not on the list, but that’s okay – because we’re winning at a lot of other things…just not this…and definitely not basketball either.

Womp Womp.


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10 New Apps To Try Out

As most of my friends know, I came onto the iPhone game very late. As in…last September late and the only apps I needed were my key social media ones I needed to be a better blogger. It wasn’t until recently that I started to venture out more and see what apps I could try out and which would benefit me. I recently discussed Food Tripping, but I came across this post on Cool Material that talks about 10 new apps you should also keep on your dash. If you’re in need of something new, check it out here!

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A Fried Egg On Top

When you are a poor college student, there a a few staples that you truly live off of. For me, that was fruit, bread, boxed pasta, rice, and eggs. Obviously I ate more than that, but that’s really all you need, right? There has been a couple of posts on Yow Yow! where I have discussed in the past how Veronica and I have spent evenings making dinner together that were just “eggs-in-a-baskets.” Essentially, a cracked egg in the middle of a piece of bread. Dinner’s ready! It was a poor college girl’s go-to, but a fried egg can be so much more. Cool Material has compiled a list of the web’s best recipes involving a fried egg and I can’t wait to try at least a couple of these.

Guys, I really think you’re going to love this.

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photo cred | Cool Material

It is with great sadness and shame that I announce to you all today that earlier this week I had fallen ill with the flu. When your Mom tells you to get the flu shot (every year) you should listen. And every year I don’t. The difference between getting the flu while you’re in college and getting the flu when you’re in the working world is vast. When I was sick in school, I missed a couple of classes and even though it seems like you don’t miss too much material, you really do and it can be difficult to catch up. In fact, sometimes I just wouldn’t catch up and would pray to the gods that it wouldn’t show up on a final. With work, you don’t miss too much, but getting back into the swing of things can be challenging.

When I was in college, a cold would stick with me for weeks sometimes even a month. When I get sick now, I hope that it falls on a weekend so that I don’t have to use my vacation days. Those things are GOLD! And unfortunately, I used two.

Lesson learned. I should have gotten that flu shot and I should have been eating Jeni’s Influenza Sorbet. I came across this miracle on Cool Material today and it is made with cayenne pepper, ginger, honey, orange and lemon juice, and the classic cure-all, Maker’s Mark. I’m pretty sure alcohol can’t help your health, but whatever, if it’s there – it’s there.


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Pop Culture Cocktails of 2012

photo cred | Cool Material

Are you tired of ringing in the New Year with just flutes of champagne? WE ARE. Why not celebrate 2012 with a lineup of drinks that will remind you how great this year was. Election Day Mojito pictured above? Definitely on my list of drinks to try.

See the rest here.

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