How To Be A Barbecue King This Summer!

There is nothing more liberating than a party in the garden with burgers, beer and plenty of high jinx with your mates.  If you are hosting the party then you will be rightly crowned Barbecue King for the day.  The role of Barbecue King is a wonderful way to show your outside cooking talents, especially if you don’t do much cooking normally.  Being Barbecue king transforms you from baked beans on toast regular to being a Michelin Starred grill king, suddenly you have the innate ability to cook steak, burgers, sausages and chicken without any hesitation.  As soon as you ignite the gas or set fire to the coals in your barbecue you become life and soul of the party, super host and provider of the food.

Even the most confident Barbecue King has to make preparations for the party – there is no point leaving everything to the last minute or you you will end up calling your nearest Chinese Takeaway to make an emergency delivery.  Here are some tips to ensure that your party goes with a swing and you reign supreme for the entire summer.

Buy Fuel For Your Barbecue

Whether you use charcoal or gas you really need to make sure that you have enough of the stuff to keep the fire burning long enough to cook your banquette. If it is the first time you have ever used a barbecue then please read instructions on how to light it or you will look a bit daft otherwise. This, ‘Beginners Guide To Barbecue‘,  from StartCooking.Com is probably a very good start – it also includes some useful tips on grilling different food.

Stock Up On Meat For Your Barbie 

If you intend to be a pucker chef then you may want to tap into the wisdom of Jamie Oliver, who preaches about healthy eating but tends to cook food that would clog up your arteries if you feasted on it it regularly.  Jamie Oliver has a whole section of his website dedicated to barbecue recipes.   If you don’t feel that daring and would rather stick to the slightly charred burnt sausage style of cooking then grab a barbecue pack from your nearest supermarket and some veggie burgers as well as buns too – what ever you do don’t forget the buns! For safe cooking tips and how to avoid food poisoning – refer to this guide from NHS Choices.

Make Sure That There Is Lots Of Booze

Obviously when you invite your mates you will have said something like, ‘Bring a bottle’, or, ‘There will be booze but feel free to bring your own’, otherwise you will be bankrupt by the time you have prepared your party.  Alcohol is essential to dull the taste buds (burnt food doesn’t taste so bad when you are drunk) and it allows people to lighten up and get into the party spirit.  As host you will need to keep an eye on the lightweights around you because they have tendency to be a little bit self destructive and you don’t want a disaster on your hands.

Wear Substantial Clothes

If you are going to be standing next to an inferno that spits out boiling fat for the evening it is a good idea not to wear a vest, shorts and flip flops.  The Emergency Department in any hospital is insanely busy on barbecue and booze nights.  A superhero t-shirt like these from Logo Shirt  would make you not only King of the Barbecue but also show everyone that you have a great sense of humour.  Wear jeans and trainers to avoid being splattered and try not to be too drunk r you may pick up the tongs the wrong way round.

Make Sure Your Facebook Feed Is Up To Date

Don’t just restrict your cooking skills to be observed by your mates at the party, why not let everyone you know see your mighty reign through selfies and funny captions. A video of you tucking into your prized burger wouldn’t go a miss – as long as it is fully cooked of course!

Don’t forget to put the barbecue out at the end of your party or you may get a surprise visit from the fire brigade – though it would look good in your news feed I don’t think the fire service would be very pleased!


How To Get Your Feet Ready For Flip Flops

The increase in heat and humidity in the summer months can play havoc with the welfare of our feet, causing them to; sweat,  blister and crack.  Looking after your feet in the summer is very important because it prevents you from getting painful blisters, broken skin and infections.  Choosing suitable footwear is also a good way to preserve the health of your feet, when the sun comes out we tend to choose light footwear like flip flops and sandals because they feel light and let our feet breathe. The NHS Choices website advises us to have a selection of different types of shoes to wear so that our feet don’t suffer wear and tear in the same places all of the time.

Here are some tips to make your feet flip flop ready:-

  • Trim your toe nails using either, clippers, scissors or a file.  This prevents painful ingrowing toenails and looks tidy too.
  • Wear bare feet – this is the most natural way to stop your feet from getting sweaty and smelly.
  • Only wear flip flops for a short time as they don’t support your feet and cause your ankles to hurt.
  • Change your socks daily and make sure that they are mainly cotton to prevent a build up of sweat.
  • Eliminate dry skin with an; emery board, foot file or pumice stone and moisturise.
  • Lorraine Jones, a podiatrist from The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists, says the key to preventing summer blisters is to keep your feet dry, wear shoes or sandals that fit well and aren’t too loose, and give your feet ample rest so they don’t get hot and sweaty‘. (NHS Choices)
  • Treat foot infections – Wear flip flops in public places and avoid getting Athlete foot.
  • Wash sweat away, make sure you wash your feet everyday and use and anti bacterial soap to freshen your feet.

If you follow all of these guidelines you will have lovely feet that anyone would like to massage and you will look great at the beach.

Eight Of The Best Backpacks For Men!

A Back Pack makes travelling around in the Summer so easy, when the weather is good you no longer have huge coat pockets in which to put all of your bits and bobs in so a handy bag is a must.  A backpack enables you to roam around hands free and well prepared.

If you are looking for your 2015 backpack for all of your outings this Summer, this fine selection will give you plenty of food for thought.  The backpacks featured are available from the following online stores; Queens Leather, Stand-Out.Net, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Crag HoppersASOS, Hot Topic and Sports Direct.

Holdall or a Suitcase?

With summer approaching pretty quickly it is time to start thinking about where we should be going on holiday and whether we need to pack a holdall or a suitcase or indeed both.  If you are a holiday kind of guy you will probably find yourself packing for a week with the lads and for a romantic break with your sweetheart. Luggage comes in all shapes and sizes and the weight of them can seriously affect how much you can put in them in order to comply with weight restrictions.

If you are driving to your destination then it doesn’t really matter if you choose a holdall or a suitcase, simply because as long as it fits in the boot there are no other issues relating to weight and size.  However if you are travelling by plane you need to decide if you can pack everything you need in hand luggage or if you will need the robust qualities of a suitcase.  We are going to compare different types of holdalls and suitcases.

Leather Verses Fabric Holdalls

Tan Tote Cabin/Gym Bag Holdall By Rowallan of Scotlandfabric case

These two holdalls are from Rowallan of Scotland and Eastpak are both extremely stylish and well made.  They are both soft bodied so that you can squash items of clothing in them.  The Tan Tote Cabin Gym bag holdall by Rowallan is made of fine leather and is a perfect size for carrying on a plane as hand luggage.  The Tranverz Case by Eastpak is made of a combination of fabric and leather and can be pulled along with a handle.  The Eastpak bag has a 30 year warranty so you could be confident that it will last many journeys.  The Rowallan bag may not be quite as robust and have as much space as the Eastpak bag but the multi-tone soft leather makes it beautiful to look at.

Soft Verses Hard Suitcases

antler samsonite

The main difference between soft and hard suitcases is weight because the more robust they are the more they are likely to weigh.  The two suitcases we are looking at are large and extra large and will have to be put in the hold. The Soft suitcase we are featuring is the Antler Marcus 4 Wheel Large Suitcase in red. It includes a lock and has plenty of storage space.  The major downside in terms of security is that the case could be cut open to steal the contents.  We have chosen the Samsonite Firelite 4 Wheel Extra Large Suitcase in Charcoal as our hard sided case. When it comes size and security this monster suitcase ticks all of the boxes no one is going to get near your valuables in this hulk of a case.  Again it can be locked and has four wheels to make it very manoeuvrable.

Holdall Verses Suitcase

Last Minute Gifts For Your Man!

Are you cutting it a bit fine with your gift buying this Christmas because you still don’t know what to get the man/men in your life? DON’T PANIC! Breaking away slightly from purely just fashion, here are a few ideas that will make great presents no matter what your budget or what he might be into!

Diesel Trunks


Breaking bad box set


Jack & Jones Hoodie


Game Vouchers


Set of British Beers


Messenger Bag


Ultra Phone Charger


Winter Travel Clothes

Are you taking a trip this Christmas? Maybe you are off somewhere exotic to escape this cold, wet weather. Maybe you are off to somewhere extra wintery for a proper white Christmas. Or maybe you are just heading up the M6 to spend time with family. Whatever your plans are, we are going to make sure you travel in style with some of our Winter travel outfit advice.

The Clothing

The main thing when travelling is to think about your comfort, especially if you are travelling far. Think broken in jeans or chinos, t-shirts, knitwear and a nice jacket or coat.

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The knit jumper, the chinos, the t-shirt, the coat

The Accessories

The man bag is the ultimate accessory and can really complete an outfit. If you are just going away for a few days or to need something for hand luggage, a leather holdall is perfect – smart and sophisticated. You’ll want shoes that won’t hurt after wearing them all day and also something that slips on and off easily is especially handy, particularly when flying! Plus depending in how cold it is, you might need some winter warmers too.

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The holdall, the scarf, the trainers

What Men Really Want…

…For Christmas!?

The chances are you are buying a Christmas gift for a man this year, whether that be your dad, brother, friend or boyfriend. Chances are you aren’t sure what to get them. The further chances are that they aren’t giving you any ideas either.

Men can be notoriously difficult to shop for. There’s always the good old cliché of socks but are the men you know fed up with getting socks? They may have a specific interest or hobby, in which case you can go with that…unless of course they already have everything relating to it! They might be into tech, so a new gadget might do the trick. They might be the handyman around the place so a new tool to add to their collection could get the job done. Maybe they’re a big kid at heart so something novelty and fun will make them smile. Or they might be a bit of a foodie, so a cookbook or some rare, special ingredients could go down a treat!


Occasionally yes you will find a man who gives you a list or at least an idea of what they may like but we think the truth of the matter is that overall men just aren’t that bothered.

(…if all else fails, alcohol or vouchers might be your best option)