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In the May/June 2012
Cigar Aficionado

The Brains Behind Homeland

In the June issue of Cigar Aficionado, we speak with the creators of TV's hit show "Homeland", decide whether Tiger's recent PGA tour success is real, look at how casinos are convincing younger audiences to play slots, and delve into the world of Cognac. Plus, a talk with Tatuaje's Pete Johnson and Chef Marc Vetri.

Up Front Good Life Guide Features
    Cover : “Homeland” maturity - Leading the intense TV drama “Homeland” into its sophomore season presents a new set of challenges—and fresh excuses to smoke cigars—for the show’s creators, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

    Golf : Melbourne, the marvelous metropolis - A slew of great courses and the many diversions of Australia’s second city make Melbourne the world’s foremost urban golf arena.

Will Tiger change his stripes? - As golf’s former boy wonder sheds the fallout from his personal peccadilloes he still has to confront questions of how his game and mindset will conform to the tests of winning with an older body.

    Gambling : Super slots - Updated technology and contemporary themes are drawing a youth audience weaned on video games to the world of casino slot machines.

    Drink : Cognac connection - Beneath the sophisticated allure of the world’s foremost brandy is a network of tiny vineyards and craft distillers who feed the famous houses who shepherd Cognac to market.

    Profile : Chef Marc Vetri - The greatest chef you never heard of, but should have, melds a mild-mannered personality with an intense, hands-on devotion to cooking, and still finds time to enjoy a cigar with his father in their native Philadelphia.

    Industry : Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson - The man behind the booming Tatuaje brand came to cigars from a background as a rock musician. Pete Johnson talks to David Savona about his career transition, the creation of his cigars and his master vision.

    Cuba Report : Cuba Throws a Party for Romeo y Julieta - With a backdrop of writhing dancers and fierce drumbeats, the Cuban cigar industry held its annual celebration, the Habanos Festival. We relate the festivities as well as the best of the new smokes that debuted.

Havana Restaurant Update - The 2012 restaurant scene in Havana is about as volatile as I told you it would be in the November/December issue about the city.

    News : ProCigar Festival - Swelling attendance marked the fifth annual Dominican Republic ProCigar Festival, which treated attendees to tours of tobacco farms, cigar seminars and gala dinners.


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