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The Good Life : Where to Smoke

The Winery, Tustin, California

The 12-ounce prime flatiron steak was like butter. OK, a slightly chewier version of butter, but tender and perfectly cooked. It was offered on the...more

Posted: June 16, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Windows Lounge, Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Friends are coming to town. Cigar friends. Not just ones who smoke cigars, friends who make cigars. They've been in Northern California and have not...more

Posted: May 21, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Good Life Guide

Easy Espresso—Four Machines Make it Simple to DIY

If you buy your espresso drink every day at a coffee place on your way to work, you're probably spending at least $2 for a double espresso and more...more

Posted: April 28, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

La Casa del Habano, Cancún

What are ya gonna do? We hit the beach. We did the infinity pool with the swim-up bar. Spa? Check. More drinks? Thank you. Dinner? Every night,...more

Posted: April 10, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


January/February 2014 Issue : Good Life Guide

Berkel Heritage Prosciutto Slicer

Cigar aficionados know some things are best when they’re handmade. I’m smoking one of them now! A handmade approach is especially important...more

Posted: February 1, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Fame Wine and Cigar Lounge, Palm Springs, California

I have to confess that I'm not particularly fond of "the desert." Living in Southern California, I don't quite get the need to escape to the east for...more

Posted: January 28, 2014    By Alejandro Benes


September/October 2013 Issue : Celebrities

Tar Heel Tomboy

Ashlan Gorse reached the top of celebrity journalism, and is now looking for a new challenge

Posted: December 31, 2013    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Seven Grand, Downtown Los Angeles

Plaid is the word. Well, no. Really, whiskey is the word at Seven Grand, a cigar-friendly bar in downtown Los Angeles (there's another in San Diego)....more

Posted: December 27, 2013    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Old Oaks Cigar & Wine Co., Thousand Oaks, CA

The first time you walk into Old Oaks Cigar & Wine Co., you'd be forgiven if you thought the place had either just opened, or if a tornado had blown...more

Posted: December 11, 2013    By Alejandro Benes


The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Ashton Cigar Bar, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities in the world. I could not have said that even five years ago, but now Center City, the revitalized and...more

Posted: October 7, 2013    By Alejandro Benes


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