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Men's Journal December 2019

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Geared toward the modern, adventurous man, Men's Journal magazine is for guys who enjoy their leisure time and want to get the most out of it. From health and fitness to sports and travel, each month Men's Journal has it covered.

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United States
A360 Media, LLC
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

LOOK FOR something built to last.” The lyrics from a Grateful Dead tune kept buzzing through my head. It may have been the result of spending all day smoking a brisket and drinking beer—a combo that begs for some Dead tunes. (I like them, sue me!) It felt strangely apropos. My Traeger pellet smoker was a former Gear of the Year winner, and this year’s includes a cool new WiFi version. (Resist, Greg, resist.) Our contributors logged miles, hours, and reps, to make sure all the picks are, well, built to last. And this month, our cover star is too. Remember Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch? Who would have thought back then that Mark Wahlberg would become a global superstar? Work, relationships, gear—we should all just follow that gospel of…

2 min.
field notes

Feedback As a subscriber for almost 20 years, I found your “Guide to Getting Sh*t Done” (Oct. 2019) to be the most useful information to come out of MJ in a while. Not that I want a self-help magazine, but I fully support efforts to find nuggets that the readers can incorporate. CHRIS STAKE GERMANY PASS JUDGMENT If you want QBs to be paid less (“The Cult of the QB,” Oct. 2019), then stop the ever-growing march of NFL rule changes that make passing easier and the most effective way to score. @JOETHEBOB WORD PROBLEM I suggest that you adopt a new editorial policy: The word iconic can appear only once per issue. At the very least, try to avoid using it three times on one page (“New Fall Favorites,” Sept. 2019). To paraphrase the iconic supervillain Syndrome,…

6 min.
leap of faith

BEFORE EUSEBIO “USE” SACRISTÁN walks onto the yellow sand of the bullring in Ampuero, in northern Spain, he crosses himself twice and whispers a prayer. As he trots out to salute the crowd, enormous black bulls wait in stalls connected to the ring. The first enters at a run. From behind a low wall that circles the bullring, Sacristán watches the thousand-pound animal closely, studying its staccato sprints and the way it lowers its head and paws at the sand. Then the bull stops, muscles quivering, to survey its new territory. At first, it seems not to notice Sacristán as he steps out from behind the wall. He moves to the middle of the arena, then whistles loudly and spreads his arms. The animal turns. Sacristán, chest out, raises his…

9 min.
ski like a local

ALTA/SNOWBIRD UTAH These twin ski areas have always been known for two things: great skiing (500-plus inches of snow per year) and the fact that there’s very little else to do. Recently, though, both resorts have made improvements to make downtime more enjoyable. At Snowbird, that includes SeventyOne, a new restaurant with a 1970s diner vibe, which serves amazing steaks and heaping sundaes to celebrate a powder day. GET SNOWED IN: One of the quirks of Alta and Snowbird is that they’re located at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the road to them is occasionally closed for avalanche control during snowstorms. But stay at the resorts and come morning, you’ll have the powder all to yourself, as commuters from Salt Lake City wait for the road to open. Even just the…

2 min.
real stories of earning it

“If you’re not up for hard work and persevering, then stone sculpture probably isn’t for you.” Sebastian Martorana displays a quiet confidence when discussing his life’s work—a confidence derived from years of training and perseverance. “Despite popular mythology,” says this East Coast artisan, “no one is born knowing how to do anything. Skills aren’t granted; they’re earned.” And Sebastian’s skills speak for themselves. Working from discarded Baltimore architectural stone, the sculptor has completed commissions for clients ranging from the U.S. Senate to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. An avid bourbon drinker, Sebastian sees similarities between his own methods and Knob Creek’s meticulous distilling process. “In the same way that the patience of the distilling process can be tasted in the spirits,” he explains, “the painstaking nature of the stone-carving…

2 min.
roll your own

LASAGNA IS the ultimate dish for a winter gathering, and it’s easy to see why. “There’s something so generous and plentiful about it—there’s always enough for everyone, and there’s always enough for second helpings,” says Anna Hezel, author of Lasagna: A Baked Pasta Cookbook. On the other hand, showing up with the casserole is also something of a cliché. To avoid that at your next holiday potluck, we suggest Hezel’s sausage-fennel lasagna rolls. Filled with browned crumbles of spiced pork and welded together with fontina and Parmesan cheeses and béchamel sauce, this turns the classic on its head. LASAGNA ROLLS Serves 8 to 12 For the béchamel ½ stick unsalted butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour 4 cups whole milk 1 tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt ¼ tsp freshly ground white pepper Pinch of freshly…