Brian's other main interests are regional styles of pizza crust, mediocre hockey teams and launching new magazines.

Brian's other main interests are regional styles of pizza crust, mediocre hockey teams and launching new magazines.


"Plants vs. Zombies"

I can play this insidiously addictive iPad game for hours without blinking. Yeah, it literally turns me into a zombie.


Guacamole & Pimiento Dip at Third & Hollywood

In the future, all meals will consist solely of dips on chips. Until that glorious day arrives, I get a tantalizing preview with this spicy and creamy combo at my favorite restaurant.


Typewriter tie from Cyberoptix Tie Lab

My wife found this hand-silkscreened tie on Etsy. It perfectly combines two of my five main interests: men's fashion and old-timey writing implements.


G&L ASAT Bass

Conjured in California from equal parts swamp ash wood and black magic, this temptress is as tough as she looks and as heavy as she sounds.


Ransom Old Tom Gin

This artisanal gin from rural Oregon is a throwback: The "Old Tom" style was popular in the 1800s. It's spicy and floral and, thanks to a few months spent relaxing in a barrel, magnificently mellow.