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September/October 2012 Issue : News & Features

A Growing Vision

Les Drent of the Kauai Cigar Co. is making sure that Hawaii is known for more than just beaches, sunshine and leis.

Posted: December 26, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Bar Centro Terrace, Los Angeles

I make this point often. Los Angeles is not as unfriendly to cigar smokers as everyone makes it out to be. Sure, the laws don't make it easy, but...more

Posted: December 3, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Puffing in the 2012 Baseball Playoffs

Putting a Wrapper on the Season that Was with Our Guide to Smoking in MLB's Playoff Cities

Posted: October 4, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

July/August 2012 Issue : Good Life Guide

BBQ Sauce

Barbecue, to me, is smoked meat. For many if not most Americans, however, barbecue is sauce. Sweet. A little smoky. A little spicy. But mostly...more

Posted: August 31, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

News & Features : News & Features

BBQ Sauce Recipes

These BBQ sauce recipes will give your food the perfect balance of spice and...more

Posted: June 7, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

May/June 2012 Issue : Celebrities

Conducting a Culinary Symphony

Chef Marc Vetri Hits All the Right Notes in Philadelphia

Posted: June 1, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

The Good Life : Where to Smoke

V Cut Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles, California

V Cut is typical of the Los Angeles cigar-smoking sanctuary in many ways. The humidor is full of the great cigars you’d expect to find in a...more

Posted: April 23, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

January/February 2012 Issue : Good Life Guide

St. Regis, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Makai is Hawaiian for “towards the sea” and therein lays the beauty and the peril of this course. Hole 7, my favorite, is played over the ocean....more

Posted: February 1, 2012    By Alejandro Benes

The Good Life : Where to Smoke

Havana Club Cigar Lounge (& Barbershop), La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, California

Just recently, I visited La Quinta Resort & Club, built in the 1920s, because the folks there had been so gracious as to open the Havana Club Cigar...more

Posted: November 10, 2011    By Alejandro Benes

Ratings & Reviews : Cigar Toy

CigArtInk Paints a Different Picture

“I was smoking at the [Malibu] Cigar Lounge,” explained Kimball Hall, “and I would take pictures and I wanted to make them different.”...more

Posted: October 19, 2011    By Alejandro Benes

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