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OFM: Events

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! New York City’s biannual Restaurant Week is officially open for reservations. From July 23rd to August 17th, some of the top eateries in town are offering delicious deals, with 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for just $42. Fancy foodies rejoice – these luxury spots are prime for the picking.

 

Bâtard

With Michelin stars and a James Beard Award, Bâtard is a modern European gem in Tribeca. Indulge in elegant, seasonal dishes by Chef Markus Glocker, including salmon rillettes and fennel pollen pasta. FYI, the wine list is also exceptional.

Bâtard, 239 W Broadway

[Photo via @foodiswhyimbroke]

 

Perrine

Dress your best and head to the Upper East Side’s iconic Pierre Hotel for some French-American fare at Perrine. The newly re-imagined space features an outdoor seating area ideal for chic people-watching.

Perrine, 2 E 61st Street

[Photo via @ashferbiju]

The Capital Grille

Impress your man with a famed dry aged steak from The Capital Grille at the Chrysler Center. Date night has never been so juicy.

The Capital Grille, 155 E 42nd St.

[Photo via @foodies.guide]

 

Nougatine at Jean-Georges

For an upscale lunch situation, Nougatine at Jean-Georges is your best bet. Sample some of the chef’s world-renowned cuisine in a fabulous (but more casual) setting.

Nougatine at Jean-Georges, 1 Central Park West

 

ABC Kitchen

More health-conscious diners will appreciate ABC Kitchen, another Jean-Georges production known as a favorite among the A-list. Fresh, organic ingredients on your plate, and a supermodel or two sitting at the next table over. We mean, if Gwyneth approves…

ABC Kitchen, 35 E 18th St.

[Photo via @una_kim]

 

Hunt & Fish Club NYC

In the mood for #extra? The expansive Hunt & Fish Club features three gorgeously designed rooms that are dripping with luxury. The Midtown hot spot boasts an innovative menu of steak and game, and it’s perfect for a pre- or post-theater meal. Why not make a night of it?

Hunt & Fish Club NYC, 125 W 44th St.

 

Nobu Downtown

When Robert De Niro is one of the owners, you know it’s a place to see and be seen. High-end sushi and a swank atmosphere await at this NYC classic.

Nobu Downtown, 195 Broadway

[Photo via]

 

Café Boulud

Calling all ladies who lunch. Run by chef Aaron Bludorn, Daniel Boulud’s charming Upper East Side eatery is a tribute to France. Fill up on shrimp tartine and roasted pork loin while pretending you’re in a hidden cafe in Europe.

Café Boulud, 20 E 76th St.

[Photo via @cafebouludny]

 

The Lambs Club

With plush interiors and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s new American fare, The Lambs Club is always worth checking into. A sense of Old School New York accompanies every dish, and you and your company will feel especially chic.

The Lambs Club, 132 W 44th St.

[Photo via @thelambsclub]

 

Ocean Prime

Dive into the award-winning seafood of restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s iconic Ocean Prime. After all the lobster bisque and teriyaki salmon you can handle, make sure to save room for the five layer carrot cake. Yum.

Ocean Prime, 123 W 52nd St.

[Photo via @ny.foodie]

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida

OFM: Recipes

Apparently there’s something very precious about ice cream. It’s distinctly nostalgic, tied to childhood memories and better times. Perhaps that’s why people get so mad when anyone tries to mess with it.

Just yesterday we posted a review of some new pickle-flavored soft serve and it got way more angry reactions than any post we’ve ever shared on Facebook. Yeesh, OK. We get it.

Nevertheless, we just can’t resist sharing news of yet another non-traditional summer treat hitting the city: Hummus Ice Cream. Seriously.

But before you start throwing things, hear us out!

The sweet concoction comes from one of our favorite fast-casual Mediterranean spots, The Hummus & Pita Co. Launching this Sunday (National Ice Cream Day), the hummus scoops will be jam-packed with protein rich chickpeas, tahini, and pure vanilla, along with creamifying add-ins like coconut cream and almond milk. Available in four flavors (chocolate, banana, strawberry, and cookies & cream), the ice cream is certifiably gluten-free, vegan, and – dare we say it? – healthy. Plus, it just looks delicious. How can you possibly complain?!

[Photo courtesy The Hummus & Pita Co.]

 

Written By: Stephanie Maida

OFM: Events

Whether you’re in the mood to pop bottles at a rosé mansion or slip into a dream at a nap station, there are plenty of ‘grammable ways to spend your weekend right here in the city. From art installations to experiential pop-ups, click through for everything set to swallow your feed! Make sure to plan your #OOTD accordingly.

The Bulletproof Pop-Up

The West Coast wellness and lifestyle brand known for promoting butter coffeehas landed in NYC with their first ever pop-up experience. The “human upgrade” facility dedicated to biohacking, or tweaking your biology for better performance, features all sorts of healthy innovations, from an oxygen bar to a whole body vibration plate garden – you know, along with fun interiors and ‘grammable neon signs. Open through August 2nd!

Bulletproof Pop-Up, 83 Mercer St.

[Photo via @weworewhat]

The Rosé Mansion

That buzzed-about Rosé Mansion is officially open in NYC! Pop bottles, bathe in flower petals, and travel the world within this multi-story interactive experience. It’s almost too Insta-worthy (but we’re not complaining).

Rosé Mansion, 445 5th Ave.

[Photo via @danamercadante]

 

American Two Shot

The sign may say “sugar free,” but this is the sweetest photo opportunity around. Concept shop American Two Shot has turned its retail space into a straight-up candyland, teaming up with artist Robyn Blair and NAMEGLO Neon Studioto create a deliciously dreamy display. Let them ‘gram cake!

American Two Shot, 135 Grand St.

[Photo via @babysarahrulz]

 

 

The Dreamery by Casper

It’s 2018 and mattress brands are trendy. Casper, the bed every cool girl sleeps on, has unveiled The Dreamery, a star-lit pop-up that’s essentially a nap station. Um, why hasn’t anyone thought of this sooner?! Tired New Yorkers can slip into their own comfy nook for a recharge, complete with luxe Sleepy Jones pajamas, amenities by Sunday Riley, and magical audio by Headspace.

The Dreamery by Casper, 196 Mercer St.

[Photo via @casper]

A/D/O

Greenpoint creative space A/D/O is full of must-see design and site-specific installations, such as this trippy piece, titled “Spirit of the City,” in its courtyard. Mirror mirror, on the wall…

A/D/O, 29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn

[Photo via @linkychow]

 

Animal Soul at Brookfield Place

Running through Sunday at Brookfield Place, “Animal Soul” is the work of artist Jason Hackenwerth, featuring giant balloon sculptures and live organisms that dance with passerby.

Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St.

[Photo via @artsbrookfield]

 

The Williamsburg Hotel

We know New Yorkers can’t resist an enviable rooftop pool situation. This weekend marks the debut of The Williamsburg Hotel’s chic new pool lounge. Striped day beds, stunning skyline views, and booze – what more could you need?

The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn

 

Narcissus Garden

Heading to The Rockaways? Make sure to check out Yayoi Kusama’s surreal new installation in Fort Tilden. First presented in 1966, “Narcissus Garden” consists of 1,500 mirrored spheres of stainless steel, scattered around the now-abandoned industrial building to create a surreal landscape loaded with political and social commentary (we mean, isn’t social media turning us all into Narcissus? Talk about reflection…).

Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden, Queens

[Photo via @paridust]

 

Boozy Ice Cream At Arlo Soho

As if the luxury campgrounds at Arlo Sohocould get any more ‘grammable! In honor of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, head to the downtown hot spot, which has partnered with Tipsy Scoop and Muddling Memories for a menu full of boozy ice cream treats and chill cocktails – and don’t worry, the portable cart will remain on site all summer long.

Arlo Soho, 231 Hudson St.

[Photo courtesy Arlo Soho]

 

Hummus Ice Cream

Prefer a healthier indulgence? Stop into The Hummus & Pita Co. this Sunday to try their new VEGAN Hummus Ice Cream. The guilt-free treat (available in four mouthwatering flavors) is jam-packed with protein rich chickpeas, tahini, and pure vanilla, along with creamifying add-ins like coconut cream and almond milk. #EEEEEATS fit for a fit chick, for sure.

The Hummus & Pita Co., 585 Sixth Ave.

Written By: Stephanie Maida
OFM: Places

If you’ve already dived through our list of New York’s chicest pools, grab your bikini and prepare to discover something new.

Today marks the official opening of The Williamsburg Hotel‘s stunning rooftop pool lounge. The urban oasis in Brooklyn boasts stylish striped day beds and cabanas, along with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.

Though a number of private parties have already hit the new space, the public can now indulge in light, summery bites by Executive chef Nic Caicedo, including shrimp ceviche, farro salad, and lobster rolls, as well as specialty seasonal cocktails by mixologist Rael Petit.

Day passes are available to purchase Monday through Thursday for $65 ($40 after 3pm), and Friday through Sunday for $100 ($60 after 3pm).

 

The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn

[Photo courtesy The Williamsburg Hotel]

Written By: Stephanie Maida

OFM: Events

 

Sad news for basic brunchers and late night munchers. Today it was announced that The Coffee Shop, the iconic bar/eatery/hangout of models, celebs, and cool NYU kids in Union Square would be closing come October.

Known for its glittering after-hours crowd in the ’90s, as well as stylish appearances on Sex and the City and in The Devil Wears Prada, the Brazilian-American hot spot has always been a favorite for satisfying our drunchies – and checking out the especially good-looking staff. After all, it was opened by a trio of Wilhelmina models: Charles Milite, Eric Petterson, and Carolyn Benitez (the wife of legendary DJ and NYC nightlifer John “Jellybean” Benitez).

According to Milite, rising rent prices (and wages) are responsible for the impending closure. He told the New York Post, “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”

Sigh. Another classic bites the dust. At least we have the rest of the summer to sit outside and drink the tears away.

 

[Photo via @fashion_arch]

Written By: Stephanie Maida

OFM: Recipes

  4 servings
We’re throwing this pantry pasta all-star a “Welcome to Summer” party with peas and mint. This dish was inspired by Rolf and Daughters in Nashville, where chef Philip Krajeck makes a fermented pasta cloaked in a tangy whey and butter sauce. We use store-bought buttermilk to mimic whey’s acidic flavor. It’s a perfect foil for the rich butter and cheese in this glossy sauce.

    INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 12 oz. orecchiette
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 oz. peas (such as shelled fresh or frozen English and/or halved sugar snap)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale green parts only, cut in half lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small bunch mint, divided
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 oz. Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

RECIPE PREPARATION

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 5–8 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely crush with a measuring cup or glass.

  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water 6 minutes, then add peas and cook until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, heat butter and 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook leeks, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 3 mint sprigs, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft but not browned, 6–8 minutes; season with salt. Add buttermilk; bring to a simmer. Pluck out mint; discard.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer pasta and peas to leek mixture. Add 3 oz. Parmesan; cook, stirring vigorously and adding a little pasta water if needed, until sauce is creamy and coats pasta, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; add lemon juice. Pull leaves from remaining mint sprigs, tear into pasta, and toss. Divide pasta among bowls. Top with pistachios and Parmesan; drizzle with oil.

Recipe by Molly Baz
OFM: Products

The Canadian International AutoShow returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 16 to 25, 2018. From groundbreaking concept cars to American classics, we’ve rounded up the six must-see exhibits at this year’s show.

2019 Mustang Bullitt

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt

Few cars are as iconic as Steve McQueen’s 1968 Mustang GT Fastback in the box office smash Bullitt. Just in time for the legendary film’s 50th anniversary, Ford will be premiering the new limited-edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt—with features inspired by the original car, including the Dark Highland Green exterior, dark grille and signature fuel cap—at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow. Ford previously manufactured Bullitt models in 2001 and 2008, but the 2019 may be the best one yet. The difference this time around? For starters, unique 19-inch wheels and more horsepower than a Mustang GT!

Lexus LS+ Concept

The Lexus LS+ Concept

All major car makers are looking towards the future these days, but few are as bold as Lexus. Meet the LS+ Concept: an impressive balance between classical design and state-of-the-art technologies. While the innovative Spindle Grille and partly laser-lit headlamps are reasons enough to make a purchase, the real prize is the sedan’s AI-powered automated driving tech. Dubbed the “Highway Teammate,” the feature allows the LS+ to take over driving duties from entrance ramp to exit ramp, including merging and lane changes, according to Lexus. The Lexus LS+ Concept and its technology won’t be available until 2020, so make sure to check it out at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow.

Porsche 912 model

70 Years of Porsche

Although founder Ferdinand Porsche established the family business in Germany in 1931, the Porsche legend really began in 1948, when his son, Ferry, spearheaded the construction of the first Porsche, the 356. The reason? Ferry couldn’t find his dream sports car anywhere on the market. Seven decades later, the manufacturer is widely regarded as the most prestigious automobile brand in the world. The highly anticipated “70 Years of Porsche” at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow will give attendees a glimpse at the past and future of Porsche, and features vehicles from different generations, including the aforementioned 356, 912, Carrera GT, 911 Turbo and a scale model version of the Mission E Concept. The exhibit will be on display on Level 100 of the North Building.

 

Koenigsegg Agera RS

The World’s Fastest Car

Zero to 400 km/h in 33.29 seconds? Check. A top speed of 446.19 km/h? Check. Owner of five world speed records? Well, you get the idea. Making its Canadian debut at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the fastest production car on the planet. One of the latest offerings from the Swedish car manufacturer, what really sets the Agera RS from other supercars is the fact that it’s totally street-legal—although you’ll definitely need plenty of money to buy it! AutoShow attendees will be able to see the supercar in Auto Exotica on the 100 Level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building.

Hot Wheels life-size car

50 Years of Hot Wheels

Odds are your first real vehicle wasn’t an old fixer-upper from the used car dealership, but a die-cast Hot Wheels toy car. Fifty years and six billion cars later, the iconic American brand still aims to inspire young gearheads and budding global automotive designers alike. To celebrate the anniversary of Hot Wheels, the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow will feature an exhibit that includes the latest toy models, collectible rarities, a play zone complete with its own super track, and six life-size Hot Wheels cars, including a Darth Vader character car made from a fifth-generation Corvette.

 

Classic hood ornament

The Art of the Mascot

This year’s Art & the Automobile exhibition may be its most expensive yet: the collection of vehicles totals a whopping $20 million! Entitled “Jewels,” all 17 classic cars on display have been selected because of their distinctive hood ornaments and badges—most crafted before automotive safety regulations and changing tastes made them obsolete. Make sure to check out the hood ornament of the 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, called “The Spirit of Ecstasy” and designed by acclaimed British sculptor Charles Sykes, or the hood ornament of the 1929 Packard, called “The Goddess of Speed.”

 

BY ROBERT LIWANAG, READERSDIGEST.CA

OFM: Products

From innovative air fresheners to high-tech tailgates, we’re counting down 10 of the best new car features on the Canadian auto market.

1. Next-gen car fresheners

Have you ever been on a road trip, and found yourself cruising through one of those towns with a seriously funky smell? And no matter what you did—blasted the fan, rolled up all the windows, loaded up on air fresheners—the stench simply wouldn’t go away?

Buick has drivers of the all-new Enclave breathing a bit easier with the introduction of an air ionizer: a new car feature that combats foul fragrances from both inside and out. More than just a simple odour eliminator, the ionizer also reduces airborne dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses. And what happens when you breathe fresh, clean air? You’re more alert—which makes you a better, safer driver!

New car features: Air ionizer, Buick Enclave

2. Multi-tasking tailgates

A tailgate is the one of the most used (and abused!) parts of any truck. GMC has taken that into account with the launch of the all-new Sierra and its MultiPro Tailgate—essentially six impressive new car features in one. This multi-tasking tailgate powers down for effortless access; has a step to help you climb into the bed; a flip-up lip to keep oversized items in place; a swing down centre-section so you can access the bed without crawling inside; and an inner gate load stop. Oh, and it can convert to a stand-up work surface, too. Truly the most innovative tailgate you’ll see this year.

New car features: GMC MultiPro Tailgate

3. Teen Driver Technology

This new car feature from GMC allows parents to monitor and regulate the driving habits of their teenagers. By programming the key or key fob, Teen Driver Technology allows you to limit certain car functions, and prevent active car safety features from being disengaged in order to promote safer driving. You might, for instance, program it such that the car audio is muted until the seat belts are buckled, or lock-in features like blind spot monitors and traction control. You can also set a max speed limit, which comes in handy if you’ve got a young driver with a heavy foot. What’s more, this feature also provides you with a report card to show you how your teenager has been driving.

New car features: Chevrolet Equinox Teen Driver technology

4. In-vehicle WiFi

Canadian phone data plans are among the most expensive in the world, but it doesn’t stop us from burning through the Gigs by streaming music, watching movies and using GPS. That’s why in-vehicle WiFi is a new car feature that’s gaining serious momentum. With this option, you can connect multiple devices to your car’s WiFi at once and not have to worry about draining your mobile data.
Prefer a good, old fashioned book while in the passenger seat? Here are 10 Great Reads to Pass the Time on a Road Trip.

5. Rear Seat Reminder

Every summer, the headlines give us a tragic reminder of what can happen when a child is left unattended in the back seat of a car. For that reason alone, GMC’s Rear Seat Reminder—which issues an alert if the vehicle’s rear doors have been opened during or just before a trip—is a new car feature that’s worth looking for.

6. Mobile apps

Keyless entry with a push-button start is becoming the new normal. The problem is, the fobs that accompany these features seem to be getting bigger and bigger! That’s where mobile appscome in, allowing you to remote start, stop, lock and unlock your vehicle from your smartphone, no matter where you are (as opposed to fobs, which tend to have a maximum range of 200 feet). Just think: In the dead of winter, you can schedule your vehicle to start five minutes before you so you’ve got a toasty warm ride waiting for you. Likewise, in the summer, you can remote start your car to cool down long before you slip behind the wheel. Some apps even provide vehicle diagnostics, current fuel level readings and local gas prices if you need to fill up.

New car features: Mobile apps

7. Auto start/stop

Gas mileage is still a major consideration when people buy a vehicle, especially for city drivers, who often spend more than an hour a day in stop-and-go traffic. A new-to-you feature to combat the urban mileage drain is an auto start/stop feature, which shuts off the engine when you come to a complete stop and turns it back on when you lift your foot off the brake. Originally exclusive to hybrid vehicles, this feature is now making waves in the mainstream market.

Bonus: We answer “Why Don’t All Vehicles Have Gas Tanks on the Same Side?

8. Auto high beams

Don’t you hate it when you’re driving at night and find yourself approached by a car with its high beams on? Your only options up until now have been to squint through the glare and maybe flash your own high beams to let them know. But what if cars automatically dipped their high beams when they sensed another vehicle approaching, or entered a stretch of road illuminated by streetlights? Well, that’s exactly what the Auto High Beams option does, and for that reason, it’s a new car feature worth splurging on.

GMC Canyon Denali heated steering wheel

9. Heated steering wheels

Picture it: Canada, in the dead of winter. You huddle against the biting wind, regretting not having slipped on a pair of gloves before heading out to the driveway. The thought of gripping a cold leather steering wheel is enough to make you shudder.

The good news? This chilling scenario can be avoided simply by investing in a heated steering wheel (shown here in the GMC Canyon Denali). Although it’s optional on lower trim levels, this popular new car feature is increasingly being offered as standard on higher trims.

Not on the market for a brand-new ride? Give your vehicle an affordable upgrade with these 5 Car-Warming Accessories for Winter!

10. Cooled seats

Fast forward six months: You leap into the driver’s seat and scald whatever flesh comes into contact with the black leather upholstery that’s been baking in the hot summer sun for the past several hours. This is when the value of cooled seats becomes very apparent—particularly now that you can select from multiple cooling levels for a perfectly comfortable, climate-controlled backside.

 

 

BY DUSTIN MORRIS, READERSDIGEST.CA

OFM: Products

From a car that’s faster than the speed of sound to one that’s shaped like a cat, you have to check out these incredibly weird and cool rides.

Detroit, Michigan / USA - January 24, 2018: A Koenigsegg Agera RS Supercar featured at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.PHOTO: A. MICHAEL BROWN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Hottest wheels in the world

The Swedish-built Koenigsegg Agera RS costs $2.1 million, but you get what you pay for. The supercar was clocked doing 284 mph, making it the fastest street car in the world. It’s great if you have that much money to spend on the car… because it means you’ll have enough for the speeding tickets.

Find out how one city is using optical illusions to prevent traffic accidents.

APRIL 26, 2015 - Woodbridge, NJ: A replica of the Ghostbusters Cadillac on display at the Cars of the Hollywood Screen car show.PHOTO: ERIN CADIGAN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Who you gonna call?

Need to get to your next ghost-capturing job quickly? Take a ride in this, a replica of the car from the movie Ghostbusters. The ECTO-1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance conversion—only 400 were made. That’s even rarer than the Class 5, full-roaming vapor ghost Slimer from the movie.

Check out the most iconic classic cars on television.

Lviv, Ukraine - October 5: Limited edition series. The smallest car in the world Peel P50, on October 5, 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine.PHOTO: GALINABAHLYK/SHUTTERSTOCK

Small wonder

If you forgot where you parked your Peel P50, you’re going to have a lot of trouble finding it. The three-wheeled wonder, which was made in the early 1960s, is the smallest car in the world! From front to back, it’s about 54 inches long. If you don’t have a ruler handy, that’s about half of Shaquille O’Neal.

Here are our favourite reader-submitted pictures of cars—classic to clunker.

MARANELLO ITALY JUNE 25, 2017 - McLaren 650S Spider supercar.PHOTO: MONIKA SAKOWSKA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Coolest convertible

The McLaren 650S Spider supercar’s roof can be raised or lowered in just 17 seconds—while you’re travelling as fast as 19 mph. Once the roof is down (or up), the car can go from 0-100 mph in three seconds, with a top speed of 204 mph.

These 13 maintenance tips will keep you on the right track.

APRIL 26, 2015 - Woodbridge, NJ: A replica of the Batmobile Tumbler from The Dark Knight is shown at the Cars of the Hollywood Screen car show.PHOTO: ERIN CADIGAN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Does the Dark Knight get parking tickets?

Bad news for bad guys: the Batmobile from the Dark Knight movies is real! And any wannabe Batmen or Batwomen out there can buy it—if they happen to have $1 million to spend. According to a test driver from Top Gear, it has a monster engine, 44-inch tires, custom windows, five cameras, and “the ability to scare fellow road users senseless.”

Check out these eight greatest car chases in film history!

Coventry, England 4 November 2016: Thrust SSC Supersonic Car, Worlds fastest car & Land speed record holder at Transport Museum.PHOTO: PATRUFLO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Faster than the speed of sound

Yes, this is a car: The ThrustSSC is a twin turbofan jet-powered car that went 763.035 mph in October 1997, earning it the World Land Speed Record. The ThrustSSC was the first car to travel at a supersonic speed, meaning it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016. Which makes honking useless, since the car will arrive before the beep does.

Here are the 5 silliest misconceptions about cars.

Geneva, Switzerland, March 06, 2018: metallic red Mansory the Stallone Ferrari 812 Superfast at 88th Geneva International Motor Show GIMSPHOTO: GRZEGORZ CZAPSKI/SHUTTERSTOCK

Super Ferrari

It looks cool and sounds cool, so we’re going to go ahead and say that the Mansory Stallone Ferrari 812 Superfast is very, very cool. It was revealed at the 88th Geneva Motor Show and made it tough for any of the other cars to get noticed. You get all of the power and speed you’d expect from a Ferrari, plus the excellent and luxurious interior.

PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA - AUGUST 23,2017 : The exhibition and sale of merchandise from the animated film "Cars 3" by Pixar Animation Studio is now taking place at the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall.PHOTO: MOZAKIM/SHUTTERSTOCK

Ka-chow!

While promoting the release of Cars 3, Pixar Studios sent a full-size Lightning McQueen on a worldwide tour, making stops from Detroit to Malaysia. In case you’re wondering what kind of car Lightning is, the answer is… none. The filmmakers have explained that it has elements of GT40s and Chargers and of the Corvette C6, but McQueen is his own beast.

DETROIT, MI/USA - March 2, 2018: 2018 Miller Race Cars drag racecar on display at the Detroit Autorama.PHOTO: STEVE LAGRECA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Anything but a drag

This Miller Race Cars dragster is so fast, you’re definitely going to want to buy one of the $420 parachutes the company sells to make it stop. In fact, you might want to get two just to be safe.

Don’t miss these 10 new car features you didn’t know you needed.

DETROIT, MI/USA - March 2, 2018: A 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Bubbletop car interpretation, on display at the Detroit Autorama, a showcase of custom and restored cars.PHOTO: STEVE LAGRECA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Bubble bursting with awesome

This 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Bubbletop car was shown at the Detroit Autorama, where folks who are crazy about cars show off their custom and restored work. This looks super fun to drive—unless it’s raining: You’d need about 10 windshield wipers to see out.

Learn about the best Canadian car show you’ve never heard of.

APRIL 26, 2015 - Woodbridge, NJ: A replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean is shown at the Cars of the Hollywood Screen car show.PHOTO: ERIN CADIGAN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Time machine

In the Back to the Future movies, Marty McFly travels around the past and future in a time machine his friend Doc Brown built out of a DeLorean DMC-12. And building a time machine out of a DeLorean wasn’t easy. In real life, the car company went bankrupt soon after they started production and it is estimated that there are only about 6,500 of the original models left in the world.

Car shaped like a cat on the streets of New YorkPHOTO: CORKY BUCZYK/SHUTTERSTOCK

Cat’s meow

Cat food company Meow Mix parked this car on the streets of New York City for publicity. We’re guessing the engine on this cat car really purrs.

New York, NY - March 28, 2018: Slingshot Grand Touring LE by Polaris on display at 2018 New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits CenterPHOTO: LEV RADIN/SHUTTERSTOCK

Batman starter kit

For those who can’t get their hands on a Batmobile, the Slingshot Grand Touring LE by Polaris is the next best thing. New York Mets all-star Yoenis Cespedes is one famous fan of the car’s cool design and fun driveability. The Polaris website lists all kinds of cool high-tech features, but the real reason to drive this beast is to make everyone else look like a joker.

These 10 car models are way more likely to get stolen.

Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 09, 2017 : Running soapboxes in the streets of Lausanne at RED Bull Soap Boxes 2017PHOTO: ERIC_DUBOST_PHOTOGRAPHER/SHUTTERSTOCK

Look out below!

The cars that compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race may lack speed—they don’t have motors, so only gravity makes ’em go—but they have plenty of style. This one ran the downhill race track in Lausanne, Switzerland. If you’re inspired, grab a box and some wheels and get to work!

LAS VEGAS, NV/USA - NOVEMBER 4, 2016: A Customized Matchbox Police themed truck; a 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. Builder: Skyjacker SuspensionsPHOTO: STEVE LAGRECA/SHUTTERSTOCK

A toy for grownups

You’re never too old to play with Matchbox cars—especially when they are full-size monsters like this. This Matchbox police-themed vehicle is a souped-up 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL, on display at an industry show in Vegas. Did they lock it up at night? Doubtful—a thief would be pretty dumb to steal it!

 

BY DAN BOVA, RD.COM

OFM: Gardening

Dust off your green thumb and try your hand at winter gardening with these fun and easy windowsill planting tips.

1. Let the Sunshine In

1. Let the Sunshine In

Locate your brightest window and add a set of grow lights, if needed.

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2. Make a Flat Plan

2. Make a Flat Plan

Whether you use flowerpots, a seed-starting box or repurposed grocery-store containers, make sure there are holes in the bottom for drainage and a liner underneath to catch excess water.

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3. Get Dirty

3. Get Dirty

Fill your chosen receptacle three quarters of the way with organic potting soil. Sprinkle a handful of seeds on top and cover with a light patting of earth.

 

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4. Dampen, Don't Drown

4. Dampen, Don’t Drown

Use a spray bottle instead of a watering can to hydrate the soil until germination.

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5. Trim Regularly

5. Trim Regularly

To ensure a long yield and maximum bushiness, give greens a regular haircut even when you’re not cooking with them. You can dry and store excess herbs for later use.

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6. Care for the Air

6. Care for the Air

To prevent plants from drying out, keep air flowing with an oscillating fan and use a humidifier to counteract winter’s drying effect.

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