In the January/February 2013
In the February issue of Cigar Aficionado we speak with actor Kelsey Grammer, who has kept us laughing as TVs Frasier Crane for 20 years and, thanks to subsequent successes, shown us many sides to his thespian skills. Once again we present our top 25 best cigars of the year list (click here to see). Other features include a look at the Puerto Rican golf scene, the secrets of a group of Christians who have made millions counting cards, a profile of star chef Geoffrey Zakarian and an interview with Litto and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, the husband-and-wife team behind La Flor Dominicana.Up Front
Editors' Note :
Questions and Thoughts for 2013
Out of the Humidor
Catching the big game on the big screen.
The Flexible Flyer on steroids.
The post powerful BMW M ever.
Cheese caves come to the city.
Grammer Lessons - For 20 years, Kelsey Grammer kept us laughing as TV’s persnickety psychiatrist Frasier Crane, but subsequent success as a dramatic actor has taught us there are many sides to this skilled thespian. And to think: he took up acting because it was the closest thing to surfing he could imagine.
Puerto Rico's Revival - Between the reborn golf beacon at Dorado Beach and the glorious new Royal Isabela, developed by tennis player Charlie Pasarell, Puerto Rico is once again vying for a place in the Caribbean golf firmament. Just watch out for that Hail Mary par 3 on the cliffs at Royal Isabela.
A Higher Calling - How a group of devout Christians called the Church Team took up card counting and made millions playing blackjack. Once they got past the seeming anomaly of gambling and religion, the only hurdle was to keep from getting booted by casinos wary of their legal, but unappreciated, strategies.
Gourmet Geoffrey - The ubiquitous television chef Geoffrey Zakarian weighs in on the challenges of cooking on the tube, the rise of “finer dining,” why chummy waiters can be a detriment to the restaurant experience and how every challenge should be followed up with a cigar.
Litto and Ines Gomez - It’s been more than 18 years since the husband-and-wife team of Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez joined the cigar-maker ranks just before the dawn of the cigar boom with their La Flor Dominicana brand. Senior editor David Savona talks to them about the hurdles the newcomers overcame to be accepted in the industry and the brand’s direction toward evermore powerful smokes.