At your age, he was most likely cooler than you, could drink you under the table and talk his way into more places.… He used a straight razor out of necessity and built things like dog houses. Here’s a pretty good reason to ditch the embroidered towels and make a gesture from scratch.
Noble Maple Syrup // Mikuni Wild Harvest // Quebec, Canada
Whether it’s a the morning after a summer bender, the first morning your girl crashed at the house or when he wanted you to chop wood for the next 12 hours, Dad seemed to be genetically predisposed to prepare breakfast at precisely the opportune time. Return the favor with a short stack doused with this matured maple syrup which packs all the complexities of a fine whiskey. To avoid being too sappy, this medium amber grade maple syrup from the heritage sugar shacks of Quebec is enriched by the buttery apple-like flavor of chamomile and the smooth finish of Tahitian Vanilla…
Stone Ground Buckwheat Pancake Mix // Burnt Cabins Grist Mill // Burnt Cabins, PA
There’s “The Old-Fashioned Way” then there’s genuinely stone grinding whole grain with original millstones since 1750. This family owned operation is one of the last grist mills in America still putting their nose to the grindstone to mill genuine buckwheat, considered a gluten-free, nutritional superfood. Aside from buckin’ up your health game, if you Flapjack up your morning routine, you may find yourself siding with the late American Journalist John Gunther’s notion that “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
Steven Smith Tea // Steven Smith Teamaker // Portland, OR
Steven Smith is a crafty tea maker whose taste buds are behind some of America’s most recognized tea brands. He launched Stash in the early 1970’s and Tazo which he sold to Starbucks in 1999 before retiring to the French countryside. But “after a year of wearing scarves and eating lunch for two hours” this vet came out of the bullpen one more time and brought his passion back to Portland, where he handcrafts tea in small batches from a 100-year-old former blacksmith shop.
Drunken Monkey Jam // The Jam Stand // Brooklyn, NY
If a sun baked, Tommy Bahamas clad Dad was holding a scone instead of umbrella accented Mai-Tai, this jam would be on that scone. The talented ladies responsible for Brooklyn’s Jam Stand add a nosh of cane rum to a cleverly concocted base of banana and fresh lime juice. Use to top off your cakes or swap out for Grape Jelly in a PB & J.
Skillet Bacon Spread // Skillet Street Food // Seattle, WA
Whether you dig eating 9$ Kimchi Hot Dogs out of a van or not, there’s no denying some of the most innovative eats in America are originating out of food trucks and Skillet is no exception. While slangin’ Bacon Jam packed burgers from a vintage airstream trailer, Josh Henderson actually listened to the “dude you should totally bottle this” guy and the rest is bacon history. Best served warm, mix into hashbrowns or a fried egg and avocado sandwich, or scope some more uses at mantry.com
HalfPops // Halfpops // Woodinville, WA
In 2000, Mike Fitzgerald became the 3rd American Race Car Driver in history to win the Porsche Cup awarded to the world’s top professional Porsche driver. In 2009, Fitzgerald became the 1st American Race Car Driver in history to call out Orville Redenbacher for overcooking his Popcorn. In one of the great career pivots in history, Fitzgerald is now the outright champ of half-popped kernels. Plunk down in front of the game and chase a couple handfuls with a couple cold beers and that time-tested language used to bond father and child: sports.