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Fall 2012 Start Your Engines: Our 2012 Pursuit Event Hits the Road
10 Revved Up The Right Rubber: Slick roads demand the right tires for safety
24 The Knife Picks You Steel, dimples, size, grips – they all play a factor
8 City Essentials Since You Won’t Ask for Directions Anyway… You might as well have a GPS that’s going to show you the way
21 Fitness Swing it, Walk it, or Lift it: The kettlebell
22 Men’s Fashion It’s About Time: The right watch can say so much
25 In the Kitchen Recipes to impress from Chef Darryl Crumb
26 Men About Town The latest events and info on Winnipeg Men Magazine and our advertisers
27 Who’s On Your Team? Colin Mathieson, Canadian Paralympic Athlete
28 Index to Advertisers
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Winnipeg Summer 2012
The guide for living local
Fall 2012: Volume 8, Issue 3
t’s that time of year again when we gather a handful of couples and some luxury vehicles and take a weekend to hit the Manitoba roads in style.
This year was no exception to the Pursuit events of the past, and we all had an incredible time hugging the curves of the road, swapping vehicles, and meeting new people. I think everyone enjoyed pushing the cars to really see what they could do. We continue our Pursuit theme throughout this issue of Winnipeg Men with information on which type of tires are the right fit for your lifestyle and our Manitoba weather, and we keep you from getting lost with a breakdown of our three favourite GPS systems. Fall is the perfect time to take a drive, so set your course and get out and enjoy it, Winnipeg!
all is almost here and it’s bringing cool temperatures, football, and Thanksgiving with it. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, do it up right to impress your guests. We’ve got tips on how to pick the right knife for you, and how to carve that bird with style and precision. Our fashion pages feature watches for every type of man. Flip through and find everything from your regular, everyday watch, to a $30,000 stunner. What does your watch say about you?
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Since You Won’t Ask for Directions Anyway… By Susie Erjavec Parker
You might as well have a GPS that’s going to show you the way Gone are the days when preparing for a family trip in the station wagon (now replaced with a minivan or SUV) meant pouring over maps on the living room floor. Interactive, downloadable, and current maps now live in smartphones, desktops, and of course, portable and built-in GPS units. Whether you are looking for a GPS for your next road trip or just to venture into a different neighbourhood, here are our top GPS picks to take you where you want to go.
TOP PICK: The Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT has a large 5” touchscreen display, voice command, and Garmin Guidance 2.0 technology, and offers excellent search options and powerful navigation. In addition to a long list of notable features, the LMT model features free lifetime traffic and map updates, so you always have the most up-to-date maps and up-tothe-minute traffic information (applicable in large urban areas such as Toronto). $229 at FutureShop.ca FEATURES: Garmin Guidance 2.0 allows you to easily look up addresses and services and be guided to your destination with voiceprompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names
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• Free lifetime map updates ensures you always have the most up-to-date maps, POIs and navigation information (map updates available four times a year) • photoReal junction view makes unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate • MicroSD card slot lets you store and use detailed cityXplorer maps or download custom voices and vehicles for free from the Garmin Garage • Bluetooth wireless connectivity lets you make and take hands-free calls with your Bluetooth-compatible phone or device
• Preloaded with maps for North America and more than eight million points of interest (POIs) with the ability to add your own
• “Where Am I?” emergency locator provides your exact coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, the closest hospitals, police stations and more
• Free lifetime traffic updates from 3D Traffic, an extensive traffic avoidance system
• Enhanced Exit Services tells you what services you’re approaching on the highway
The Tomtom Start 4.3” GPS (45) also features a touchscreen display. This sturdy unit is quite simple to use and the interface is easy to understand. The large screen (larger than smartphones) simplifies mapreading. Swipe your finger to move from screen to screen or pinch-to-zoom for easy map viewing. It also comes with free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates as well as user-generated map updates. $119.99 at BestBuy.ca FEATURES: • IQ Routes directs you to your destination using the smartest, fastest route possible • Navigate to one of seven million points of interest, and find hotels, restaurants, gas stations and more with just a couple of screen taps
• Find the lowest gas prices by location and price • Keep your eyes on the road and let spoken turn-by-turn directions including street names, guide you to your destination • TomTom’s latest map guarantee ensures you’ll have the most up to date maps of Canada and the U.S. • Advanced Lane Guidance shows you exactly which road to take, so you’ll never miss your exit • The EasyPort mount folds with the device and fits easily in your pocket • TomTom Map Share On-Demand Updates let you easily make instant changes and download verified updates from other TomTom users to your map
Currently retailing for less than one hundred dollars, the Magellan 5045 is pretty hard to beat in terms of offering basic features, along with some impressive upgrades, all at a reasonable price point. The bright 5.0” (13 cm) colour touchscreen makes it easier to view routes and alternate route options when directions are missed. The night-dimming feature makes navigating in the dark easier on the eyes and one-touch buttons make programming destinations a snap. It should be noted that this particular unit is only compatible with Windows. $99.93 at Canadian Tire
• Built in CAA and AAA tourbook guide with ratings and descriptions for U.S. and Canada
FEATURES: • Spoken street names with quickspell input corrections
• OneTouch favourites menu affords instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favourite places m
• Free lifetime traffic updates provide realtime traffic information to avoid jams, detours and construction zones • Highway lane assist guides you in the right direction when approaching interchanges and exits • Multi-destination routing lets you plan your trip with multiple stops in the order you want or automatically optimizes for the most efficient route
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Slick roads demand the right tires for safety
t’s one of the most indelible advertising images of the last few decades, and that baby nestled inside that tire says it all about how important it is to have the right tires for the conditions; everything is riding on it. You can get away with cheap headlight bulbs or even cheap wiper blades, but you best get that rubber right. As another Winnipeg winter looms, the strong recommendation from experts across the board is get winter tires! That means tires that are specifically designed for winter driving, as signified by a symbol on the sidewall depicting a mountain and a snowflake. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by running on so-called “all-weather” or “all-season” tires. “A lot of people are getting confused with the terminology of an all-weather tire”, says Jose Ferreira, Owner-manager of Fountain Tire at 3020 Portage Avenue. “A lot of companies will claim that they are almost like a winter tire; it’s not,” he emphasizes, “so don’t get confused and buy an all-weather tire versus a true winter tire made specifically
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of a soft rubber compound, silica-based material that will give you proper traction. A true winter tire will stay soft and give you total traction at very cold temperatures like minus 30 or minus 40 degrees.” The other side of that coin is that the rubber is so soft that they will quickly wear down if used in warm weather. That’s not to say all-weather tires are not going to be effective for you if – like many Winnipeggers – you live in a condo and don’t have room to store a set of dedicated winter tires during the other three seasons. “The Nokian WR G2 is an all-weather tire that is winter-rated and good year-round,” says Derek Walker, Store Manager at Kal Tire, 1343 McPhillips Street. “Most of the time, they come with an 80 – 100-thousand kilometre guarantee, so you can leave them on all year round. They’re great in water, slush, snow; anything you can throw at them – they’re our number one tire.” If you’re a fan of Goodyear products, Ferreira says, “The right tire that most people are using today is a superb tire called the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT.
Customers will likely start to see special pricing on that tire from Goodyear around the beginning of October.” If you’d prefer a winter tire that is going to get you where you are going safely without breaking the bank, Ferreira says Fountain Tire sells an entry-level tire called the GT Radial. “That is a fantastic tire; I’ve got it on my wife’s car and my kid’s car,” he enthuses, “and they are running fantastic for us.” Walker, on the other hand, recommends the Arctic Claw, made in the U.S. by the Tire and Battery Corporation. “On average, the price of those is probably 50 – 100 dollars cheaper than your average Michelin X-Ice, and the difference is purely longevity; they just don’t last as long”, he says, pointing out that a good winter tire will give you five seasons, based on average usage of about 10,000 kilometres per year. If you’re going to go with the best of all options – studded tires – you can’t put them on before October 1, the date our experts say that they’ll start getting busy with changeovers. m
Start Your Engines
Our 2012 Pursuit Event Hits the Road
onfession time. I had been reading the annual Pursuit editions of Winnipeg Men since their inception a few years back, drooling over the hot rides and thinking about how cool it would be to have the opportunity to take part. When I was asked to participate in this year’s Pursuit weekend, I immediately started a wish list for myself containing two words: sports car. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed when it didn’t set up that way. More on that later. We met Saturday, the couples introducing themselves and excitedly talking about the array of luxury and sport automobiles lined up behind them, ranging from a royal blue Volkswagen Passat diesel to a red Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, to a copper Porsche Cayenne hybrid SUV. The loose plan was to randomly swap vehicles at landmarks around town. Each couple immediately began to scan the itinerary for highway legs or anything with a winding road – not easy to find on the prairies when you’re looking for one, by www.winnipegmen.com
the way – and concoct their schemes as to how to get into the vehicle they wanted to snag for that section of the drive. It took a leg or so for the couple to get a feel for how this was going to go, and by the time we were leaving the Shelmerdine’s lot on Roblin Boulevard, we were starting to get the hang of things. “My favourite actual moment”, explained Darcy Reidy, “was when we were leaving Shelmerdine’s, and you guys (meaning my wife and I) were in the Mercedes and we were right behind you in the Chrysler 300. You peeled out of there, so we peeled out of there right behind you, and it reminded me of a movie or something!” At the next rendezvous, the chatter was as much about the fender bender some had witnessed as they came through Portage and Main, and which was being cleaned up by the time Glenn Tinley – representing the magazine and the leader of the pack – pulled into the lot to tell how he panicked a bit when he saw the vehicle pieces on the ground at the intersection! The afternoon continued this way, from
By Kelly Parker
The Forks, we made our way to the Half Moon in Lockport to gorge ourselves on burgers and fries, before heading down River Road to Hwy. 9 and to the Perimeter before heading over to swap vehicles at the weigh scales on Hwy. 59, then to Bird’s Hill and through the park to exit at the East gate for the final leg to St. Vital Park. After an early start and a fun day of driving the latest automotive technology, everyone dispersed from St. Vital Park to check in to the very luxurious digs at Inn at the Forks, where the beds practically screamed, “Nap!” After grabbing a few winks, we met in the hotel lobby to pile into cabs that took us to Lobby on York, where our host, Carl, was in charge of serving up a feast that included gnudi and prawns, fresh-caught salmon and filet mignon, followed by chocolate cake and raspberry cheesecake, all washed down with the appropriate wines and beers Carl had selected to compliment the dishes. Sufficiently stuffed, the group headed back to the hotel for the night, before reconvening again for brunch, enjoying the top-notch food and service in the FALL 2012 |
2012 hotel restaurant before saying our goodbyes with special thanks to reps from this year’s title sponsor, All-Star Collision & Glass, for helping to make it possible. As for my confession, the day before the event, I was told that something had come up with the car that I was slated to drive, and I would instead be picking up a Chrysler 300 from Gauthier Chrysler. I was still stoked to be a part of the event, of course, but I admit that I did feel a slight twinge of regret, mainly because I have never really been a “Chrysler guy”. I walked into the service bay where the jet-black Chrysler 300 SRT8 was waiting for me. My first impression: Dang, that’s a cool-looking beast! I climbed behind the wheel and soon realized that I had actually snagged a sports car (that, in the words of Gord Leclerc, “…says, I’m a badass!”) masquerading as a sedan. Throughout the drive to the rallying point, and for the first leg of the drive, I discovered that this is a monster that you strap on, and as I opened it up – shifting with the steering wheel paddles – on an empty stretch of pavement west of the city, the 6.4L HEMI® V8’s 470 horses growled (Yes, horses growl. Go with me on this.), as it took my wife and me to, well, let’s just say we would have been right at home on the Autobahn… in just seconds – and with room to spare under the gas pedal, staying rock solid in its stance, and smooth as riding on new asphalt without giving up road feel – before I backed off the accelerator to resume more, um, regional speeds. I was hooked, and for the rest of the day, rotating through the other cars, all I could think about was how this nonChrysler guy had lucked out. That was the prevailing sentiment from all of the couples driving in this year’s Winnipeg Men Pursuit. Apart from meeting, hanging out and enjoying incredible food at dinner and brunch with all of these other couples, Heather Smith boiled it all down to this: “What a privilege to drive all of these luxury automobiles that you see, but you don’t normally get to drive. You can’t just walk into a dealership and say, Hi, I’d like to drive a Porsche, please!” Finally, the line of the weekend honours goes to Reidy: “The 300 needs to come with a radar detector, but the AMG needs to come with a good lawyer!”
DARCY REIDY – Insurance Broker – Nation West Insurance Current Vehicle: Lincoln MKX Dream Vehicle: Lamborghini Reventon Most important feature in a vehicle: Low end Torque NICOLE LEVESQUE - Financial Services Officer Current Vehicle: Lincoln MKX Dream vehicle: Ferrari Italia Most important feature in a vehicle: Safety Darryl Mackie – Body Shop Manager – All Star Collision and Glass Current Vehicle: 2002 Grand AM GT Dream Vehicle: Cadillac XLR Most Important feature in a vehicle: Sunroof Bonnie Mackie – Insurance Broker Current Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac CTS Dream vehicle: Toyota Camry Hybrid Most important feature in a vehicle: Fuel Economy David Mack – Business Owner – All Star Collision and Glass Current Vehicle: 2011 Ford F150 Dream vehicle: Bentley Continental Most important feature in a vehicle: Comfort Tara Spelmer-Mack – Business Owner – All Star Collision and Glass Current Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Dream vehicle: BMW M3 Most important feature in a vehicle: Convertible Gord Leclerc – News Anchor – CTV Winnipeg Current Vehicle: 2007 Honda Accord Dream vehicle: 65 Fastback Mustang Most important feature in a vehicle - Sexy Heather Smith – Academic Advisor Red River College Current Vehicle: 2008 Honda Fit Dream vehicle: Porsche Boxster Most important feature in a vehicle: Safe and fuel-efficient Scott Bray – Stay-at-home Dad Current Vehicle: 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Dream vehicle: Ferrari Most important feature in a vehicle: Well-designed and quiet interior Leanne Bray – Professional Engineer Current Vehicle: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Dream vehicle: Chauffeured vehicle Most important feature in a vehicle: Safety Kelly Parker – Morning host – FAB 94.3 Current Vehicle: 2001 Toyota 4Runner Dream vehicle: 1962 Lincoln Continental (black of course) Most important feature in a vehicle: Utility Fenessa Parker – Sales Coordinator – National Leasing Current Vehicle: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Dream vehicle: Jeep! Any Jeep! Most important feature in a vehicle: Convertible!
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2012 Acura ZDX SUV Classed as an SUV, the look of this vehicle is somewhat otherworldly, due in part to a design process that had engineers and designers working together under one roof – the socalled Acura Design Studio. What has resulted is a vehicle with clean lines inside and out, and some pretty cutting edge technology for its class. Powered by a 3.7L, 24-valve V6 that produces 300 hp controlled by a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and SH AWD (SuperHandling All-Wheel Drive), the ZDX will go when you need it to go, and it’ll tow up to 1,500 lbs., too. Inside, the surprisingly quiet ride is due in part to Active Noise Cancellation technology that reduces unwanted cabin noise by countering it with frequencies from the audio system. That sound system, by the way, is a sweetsounding 410-watts pushing through 10 speakers, including a subwoofer.
The most common comments about the ZDX from the driver couples were that this was the vehicle that was absolutely made for Manitoba winters, with the sleek styling, quiet interior and heated seats keeping out the winter ugly. That said, as trippy as this surprisingly large vehicle looks from the outside, many of the couple felt that it seemed cramped inside – especially in the rear seats.
“I loved the look and style of this vehicle. It was also very quiet.” – Nicole Levesque
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2013 Lincoln MKS When you first lay eyes on the 2013 Lincoln MKS, the first thing that comes to mind is…that this is not a Lincoln. At least, certainly not as Lincoln has come to be known, as the car that drivers, ahem, mature into. The car is mature, certainly, but its lines say, let’s pick up the pace a little and maybe even get into some trouble. The lines are
hunkered down and cat-like, making the purr coming from under the hood no accident. The premium engine for 2013 remains the twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost® V6, which provides V6 economy while generating a V8 boost due to the turbo direct-injection (GTDI) engine that produces 365 horsepower at 5,700 rpm. Two versions of the 6-speed SelectShift AutomaticTM transmission are available, both with steering-wheelmounted paddle shifters, with both offering a choice of fully automatic or manual control. The MKS incorporates Lincoln Drive Control technology that harmonizes suspension, steering, engine and gearbox to deliver distinct
driving personalities in normal, sport or comfort mode. This is about as sporty as a luxury car can get, and most couples gave it thumbs up for comfort and features like auto parallel parking and collision avoidance alarms. However, judging by the reactions of our drivers – who also had good things to say about the handling, responsiveness and look of the Lincoln MKS – the company still has a ways to go to shake the “granddad’s car” reputation. MSRP: starting at $44,184 www.lincolncanada.com
“Very fast for a larger sedan!” – Scott Bray
2013 Lexus ES 350 The all-new 2013 ES 350 features immediately noticeable styling changes on the outside, with enhanced dynamics and feel. A lower posture, cleaner lines and longer wheelbase highlight the elegant ES profile while contributing to the notably sharper handling, superior stability and exceptional ride. Inside, the redesigned cockpit puts the driver firmly in control, while providing even more comfort for passengers. The 3.5L 268-horsepower V6 engine is managed by a 6-Speed electronically controlled automatic transmission offering three drive modes: Normal, ECO and Sport to modify accelerator response and fuel efficiency. Among the luxuries offered inside is a premium 8-speaker audio system. Optional Display Audio is available with the Premium Package, while a larger, 8-inch display screen is added with the Leather and Navigation Package, Touring Package and Technology Package.
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The Lexus placed in the top three on the list of overall favourites amoung our couples, with most citing the butter-soft leather-clad luxury interior, complemented by sleek exterior lines and an engine that more than one couple described as having “jam.” Where the Mercedes and Chrysler 300 were the vehicles that everyone wanted out on the open road, the Lexus was the “cruiser” that made the winding River Road and Bird’s Hill park drives extra sweet.
“Nice combination of style and sport; sweet ride!” – Gord Leclerc
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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 The 300 is a proven performer in the Chrysler line not just for the outstanding performance of the standard 6.4L HEMI® best-in-class V8 with FuelSaver MDS technology, but because one look at the exterior tells you that this beast has all those horses under the hood. Once you get behind the wheel, the interior styling feels every bit as impressive, and when you put those horses to work, the steering wheel-mounted paddle controls (new
for 2012), let you rip through the 5-speed automatic transmission and get up to what feels like unlimited speed, all riding on 20-inch forged aluminum SRT® design wheels that feel like they grip the road better as the car accelerates, thanks in part to the SRT’s 3-mode electronic stability control. Lest you feel vulnerable handling all of that power, more than 70 safety and security features have been incorporated, making the
300 SRT8 a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If you get tired of listening to the growl of the V8, you can always substitute your own sounds through the premium 19 speaker, 12 channel, 900-watt audio system by Harman Kardon®. With higher-end vehicles from the likes of Lexus and Mercedes in the group this year, a surprising number of our drivers put the 300 SRT8 at or near the top of their favourites list, with more than one couple referring to the fact that this sedan looks, feels and drives like a sports car. Several couples referred to it as “badass,” and most took it above the posted limit (let’s say) because, well, the car begged them to. Gauthier Chrysler Dodge Jeep MSRP: $49,095 www.gauthierautogroup.com
2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe The most remarkable feature of the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe is the engine, not simply the fact that the 6.3L V8 delivers over 450 hp – capable of taking you from zero to 100 km/h faster than you can read this sentence – with a top speed of 250 km/h, which seems to be imploring its driver to open it up and go fast (very fast), it’s the fact that each of these stunning power plants has been engineered from start to finish by one mechanic, who signs off on the motor…on the motor itself. That level of engineering makes this vehicle elite in the sense that Lambos and Ferraris are elite, but for about half the price. The exclusive AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-Speed Sports Transmission offers several modes of performance, switching between them in a matter of milliseconds. On the subject of milliseconds, a fourth mode is called simply, “Race Start” which Mercedes euphemistically describes as “allowing the driver to explore the vehicle’s full acceleration capability.” Indeed.
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“A lot of fun, and the performance was amazing…” – Darryl Mackie
Perhaps it was because the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe stood out from the rest of the vehicles in the lineup due to its bright red finish, or perhaps it was because of the beautiful noise it made as it pulled into the lot, but this was the vehicle everyone wanted to get their hands on. None were disappointed, and all described the fun factor in getting behind the wheel and feeling the
horsepower at their fingertips (literally, with the paddle shifting and all) as the “AMG” – as it came to be called that day – seemed to squat down into a racing stance and take off even faster than it looked like it could. Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg MSRP: $67,700 www.mbwinnipeg.ca
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Highline The 2012 VW Passat TDI won Motor Trend Car of the Year accolades, and Volkswagen has never been one to rest
on its laurels, so the 2013 has to be considered the front-runner again. It’s not just the TDI Clean Diesel technology incorporated into the 2L TDI, 4-cylinder, in-line turbo-charged direct injection power plant (although that helps), it’s the impressive list of where-do-I-start standard features highlighted by leather seats with Dinamica® inserts that stay comfortable in extreme heat and cold, keyless entry with start/stop button, a Fender premium audio system with touch
screen radio and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Passat TDI is also available in Trendline and Comfortline chassis profiles. From the standpoint of sexy, the Passat was in tough competition against the likes of the Lexus, Porsche and Mercedes, but our drivers were impressed with the list of features and the simple, efficient and comfortable features available as standard equipment. This being a Volkswagen, the real surprise would have been if it had been described in any other way. Winnipeg Volkswagen Dealers MSRP: $33,775 www.winnipegvolkswagendealers.ca
2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid There are two aspects of the Cayenne cabin with your favourite sound, which S that challenge the legend of Porsche: you’ll want to power off from time to the fact that it’s an SUV, and that it’s a time just to listen to the engine – when hybrid at that. It can be said that the you can hear it. fact that the hybrid has arrived with The Cayenne does have sleek lines, its inclusion in the Porsche lineup, but it’s when they got inside that probably because the combination our couples realized what makes this of fossil fuel and electric as deployed Porsche a “Porsche.” Many commented here is every bit as exhilarating as Black & White Type Only that they were blown away by the array the name has always promised. The on the dash in front of them, with every Cayenne S Hybrid features a 3.0-litre technology and gadget they could ask V6 supercharged engine and an electric machine (motor/generator) that provides additional power on demand, providing acceleration comparable to a V8, but with an impressive reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The interior is built from the driver outward, with everything right where proper ergonomics dictate it should be.Porsche Porsche Communication ManagementCentre Winnipeg (PCM) is the central control system for all information and communication, centred around a seven-inch hi-resolution touch screen display. Available Bose or Burmester audio systems with all of the extras gives you the option to fill the
for in a “cockpit” – and this, by the way, was the only vehicle that they described as having one. What really surprised many, though, was the power unleashed by this hybrid engine, with one driver practically drooling at how quickly he went from a silent stop to cruising at “expensive ticket-speed.” Porsche Centre Winnipeg MSRP: $79,200 www.auto-haus.porschedealer.com
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By Wendy Novotny
Swing it, Walk it, or Lift it
The kettlebell will give you a whole body workout
f this was an old Saturday Night Live show Mike Myers would say, “Neither a kettle nor a bell. Discuss.” It’s a cast iron weight with a handle on it. So although it kind of resembles a kettle and in the sense of weight distribution it mimics a bell it will not make you tea nor signal dinnertime. It will, however, provide you with an excellent whole body workout. The kettlebell (KB) has so many exercise options that can only be barely duplicated by other pieces of equipment. The feature that makes it unique is the shape, and therefore the weight distribution. Although in many cases you can use a KB rather than a dumbbell there are not many times where the other way around applies. Let’s look at the top five exercises in which one large chunk of weight can make you stronger. The KB swing. Not quite a squat with the legs, but rather a small bend in the knee, a forceful pop from the hip and an engaged midline is all that is needed to get the KB in a momentum based motion. Once that momentum is gained, hang on and stay tight. What I love about this movement is the clear feeling of the core, the hamstrings and the gluteus engaging. The Turkish get-up (TGU). It’s true. As soon as ‘Turkish’ or ‘Russian’ is in the name of the exercise you know it will require a whole other level of difficulty. This exercise is king in my books because of the concentration it takes and the strain it puts on the shoulder, the core and the legs. Talk about a full body exercise. Too difficult to fully explain, but basically from a laying down supine formation you get www.winnipegmen.com
all the way up to standing while holding a KB straight up to the ceiling, then move back to the laying down position. Check out Google for some super strong people doing a TGU with 1/3 of their body weight. Farmers walk. Sounds easy enough (and it doesn’t have Turkish or Russian in the name), but turns out to be anything but. To mimic farmers carrying big buckets full of water and what not, the key to the farmers walk is for the shoulders to be pinned back and down. Most often a person’s grip is being challenged here, too. Walking a distance of about 400m with a 55lb KB in one hand and a 35lb KB in the other (an uneven farmers walk) gets taxing. Waiters walk. One arm straight up to the ceiling, locked elbow, bicep close to the ear, and walk. Anytime you put weight above your head the main part of the body is forced to turn on your core. Place 55lbs above your head in one hand and walk 50 feet, then switch. Do this a few times and you’ll see gains in your midline stability as well as shoulder girdle. Easy and effective. Traditional exercises. Beyond those listed above, there are countless exercises that you’re already familiar with in which you can use the KB. Goblet squats, deadlifts, back row and shoulder press for example. No need to get more dumbbells – just substitute your KB. One note: When purchasing a KB look for a handle that is a bit knurled. The polished ones make grip difficult, especially when sweaty - which you always should be when you’re exercising with a KB. How do you know what weight to get? Ask your trainer! m FALL 2012 |
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Carving knives differ substantially from chef’s knives, and those differences are what separate a beautiful portion from a frayed chunk of entree. The better carving knives are thinner than a chef’s knife and often, though not necessarily, longer. The better knives come with a dimpled edge, which refers to the row of slight scallops running the length of the blade to “prevent the meat from dragging,” says Mark Bartling of Happy Cooker, “and give you a cleaner cut.” German manufacturers J.A. Henckels and Wusthof were the first to offer highend specialty cutlery, including carving knives, but Japan has recently become a world leader with blades which are thinner, lighter and harder than their German equivalent. The major Japanese manufacturers are Shun and Global. “The German knives are heavier. They developed their weight through conflict,” continues Bartling, “so they’re thicker, as weight added to their bludgeoning impact. The Japanese Samurai, being smaller men, traditionally used thinner, lighter blades,” and these traditions continue in the carving knives offered for sale today.
German steel is slightly softer than Japanese steel, the knives individually forged into shape before the final sharpening. Japanese blades use ‘Damascus’ steel, which has a higher nickel content steel folded over a carbon steel core. Japanese blades often show a dramatic patterning in the blade in the steel as a result of the layered blend of metals. The Damascus process hardens the steel and allows for a very sharp edge, but the downside is greater maintenance and a propensity to chip. German blades need sharpening more often, but their edge is more uniform. Carving knives need love too. “Look after your knife from day one,” says Bartling, “It is recommended to hone knives at each use, and sharpen knives professionally at least once a year after normal household use. And don’t use a roll sharpener as they scrape the edge away if you don’t know how to use them correctly.” “Never cut on ceramic, steel or glass,” adds Bartling. “They’re the worst enemies of a knife’s edge.” Ultimately, though, it all comes down to grip. When shopping for the perfect carving knife, try them all. “The most important part of the knife is the handle,” says Neil Baker of d.a. Neils. “The handle must fit well in your palm and feel natural. Blade quality is important, but comfort is vital.” “Of course,” Baker continues, “men and women select their carving knives along those same lines; men prefer a heavier blade, and women? Less steel, although I’ve sold smaller knives to men with hands so big they almost hid the blade and heavy knives to women. It’s all about how it feels in your hand.” A good thing to remember if you’re giving a knife as a gift. Let the knife choose you; after all, the most comfortable blade in your hand will allow you to carve the best cut for your guests. m www.winnipegmen.com
Recipes to impress from Chef Darryl Crumb
was rather puzzled when Winnipeg Men asked me to write an editorial to explain to readers how to properly carve a turkey. The first thing that came to mind was: how do I teach or explain a task that really needs to be watched to be learned? The second was: unless you’re in a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, there really isn’t a proper way to carve a turkey. I say just dive in! Thanksgiving and Christmas are more about family than if dad sliced the turkey properly anyway. That said, there are a few different ways to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. ● The method I generally use is to start with the wings. You will want to cut between the joint where the wing meets the body and place it on a serving tray. ● The next step would be to remove the legs. Let your knife follow the line between the breast and thigh and slice through the thigh joint and backbone. ● Next cut the thigh and leg joint, and place it on the tray. ● Lastly you will want to remove each breast whole before slicing. To do this, slice down the breast bone letting your blade hug and follow under the breast and down the rib cage. Do the same to each breast, then slice and serve. www.winnipegmen.com
about the chef Chef Darryl Crumb is the executive chef at Brooklynn’s Bistro, located in the heart of the Exchange. His food has been characterized as deceptively simple with great attention to detail. He has appeared on Canada Food Network’s Top Chef Canada. Chef Crumb has worked for super Chef Alain Ducasse in Paris, France, and has returned home to share his passion for food.
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The NBA is coming back to Winnipeg! Winnipeg will host the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons in an NBA Canada Series pre-season game, and we want to send you! For the second time in the facility’s history, the MTS Centre will host the NBA as the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, October, 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. To enter, visit www.winnipegmen.com by October 4, and tell us about the most panicked holiday gift you’ve ever had to buy. Have you forgotten about your boss, a parent, or a significant other? Where did you go and what did you buy? If your entry is chosen, you’ll receive two tickets to the game, plus your entry will be published in the winter issue of Winnipeg Men!
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Billabong Bar and Bistro Has New Owners! Up and coming restaurateurs, Chef Darryl Crumb and hospitality veteran Mike Alfred, are excited to announce their new ownership of local Osborne Village hotspot, Billabong Bar and Bistro. Located in the heart of the village at 121 Osborne Street, this will be the first independent venture for both local, Manitoba-born gentlemen. Both are prepped and ready for the official takeover on September 28, 2012. The guys are pleased to continue the tradition that was started by the original ownership in making The Billabong a friendly, laid back destination for all Winnipeggers. Darryl has exciting plans to establish dining at the Billabong as a true gastropub experience. His deceptively simple food brings meticulous attention to detail to offer patrons food that will leave them telling their friends Winnipeg has a new must see venue!
Stewart’s Horology Opens New Location Featuring Simon Chang and Buren Watches, as well as Marc Echo and the Timex and Acqua (from Times), Stewart’s Horology has a second location now open in the Winnipeg Concourse. They carry a variety of refurbished watches, which can vary from time to time. New as well is a selection of Caravelle Watches from Bulova and some small desk clocks also from Bulova. There is a line of high-end vintage jewelry, as well as straps, batteries, cleaning products and all sorts of watch accessories. They also offer a full range of repairs to watches and jewelry. 942-1955.
Are You All About Getting the Last Word? If so, Winnipeg Men magazine wants to hear from you! The last page of each issue is appropriately titled The Last Word – if you’ve got an opinion on something happening in Winnipeg, why not voice it with us? Fantastic or even not-so-fantastic, we’d like to hear what you’ve got to say. If we choose your topic, we’ll run your opinion in The Last Word. Submit your topic ideas to www.winnipegmen.com
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WhO’s ON YOUR TEAM? With Colin Mathieson
Colin Mathieson is an athlete all of Canada can be proud of. Born in Winnipeg and currently living in Sherbrooke, Quebec, by the time you read this he will have just finished competing in the 100m, 400m and the 4x400m relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England, and could be bringing home Canada’s first Paralympic relay medal in 12 years. Upon completion of what we hope is a very successful Games, he and Renee Mathieson will be returning to his roots and making their home in Winnipeg once again. Congratulations, Colin!
Career Highlights 1995 - First National team (age 16) 1996 - Bronze medal Paralympic Games 4x400m Relay 2000 - Paralympic finalist 2002 - T wo World Championship Bronze medals 4x100m & 4x400m relay 2008 - Canadian record 100m 2008 - Beijing Paralympics top 10 - Paralympic finalist in the 400m 2009 - Swiss Champion 4x400m relay (new Canadian Record) -B ronze at Swiss Championships 2011 - B ronze Medal & New Canadian Record in the 4x400m relay at world Championships 2012 - Q ualified for 4x400m Relay at Paralympics with fastest qualifying time in the world for 2012 1996-2012 over 20 Canadian Championship titles December 31, 2011 – Got married, which was the most exciting thing ever
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