Friday, June 17, 2022

It’s the 2022 Last-Minute Father’s Day Guide!


Eddie Bauer's Voyager 3.0 Spinner is definitely a cool gift! 


It’s that time again! From traveling, to live shows, numerous festivals, cooking, relaxing, reading, imbibing… you name it, I have done a lot of digging for gifts to show love for that special dad in your life. I also included the direct links for more information and easier ordering. Of course, this can serve as a great resource for birthdays, so do you!

And with that, Happy Father’s Day to all the gents out there who deserve it!

Photos courtesy of companies represented. 


Vejo Blender

Why not encourage dad to be healthy while sipping in bliss? This new Vejo 12-ounce blender charged by a USB-C provides a dozen smoothies, cold brews, and other concoction blends to choose from to help him be on the go in only 30 seconds. 

Benriach Cask Edition Scotch Whisky

Highly respected Benriach Distillery is bringing the first single cask single malt Scotch whisky bottlings of their Benriach Cask Edition in three variations to market. Selected from individual casks by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, this should make dad’s cabinet even more impressive. This is a historic moment in the libation industry for avid whisky enthusiasts.


Travel Accessories

Eddie Bauer Voyager 3.0 Four-Wheel Spinner

Make traveling convenient and save dad’s back by getting him this high-quality, four-wheeled Voyager Spinner from reputable adventure brand, Eddie Bauer. The perfect size for a carry-on bag on pretty much any airline, he will appreciate the three padded handles, numerous zip pockets, removable zip shoe bag with Polygiene odor control, and the overall durability using a virtually tearproof 1,200D polyester material. This bag is a go!

As a bonus to go along with the Spinner, maybe include one of the best raincoats out there, the Super Sevens Rain Jacket. This lightweight jacket uses Eddie Bauer’s 20k/20k WeatherEdge Pro technology coupled with StormRepel Super DWR treatment to further guarantee pop stays extra dry no matter how inclement the weather. To make things even more comfortably fitting, there are adjusters at the hem, cuffs, and hood. He will dig this.


Outdoor Love

Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit

Major outdoor retailer Orvis gives dad the opportunity to learn fishing, well, on the fly for free Fly-Fishing 101 Lessons and gives him the opportunity to show what he learned with this Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit!

Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit


Pyramyd Air Airguns

Ralphie from the iconic Christmas Story movie loved airguns, but he could never imagine anything made by the big shot in the industry, Pyramyd Air. Dad will surely feel like a kid again, but with a lot more realistic airgun because they are designed to be a 100-percent replica to the real thing in terms of size, weight, and feel. Coming in rifles, handguns and even crossbows, we thought the Umarex Glock 17 Gen4 CO2 Blowback .177 BB Gun was a standout, but feel free to find a design that works for him. It’s entertaining and an awesome stress reliever. Pop will thank you!


Hit The Road

2022 Infiniti QX80

If you can ball out and truly make dad lose his mind, pull up in the luxurious, all-new Infiniti QX80. From a short errand to a cross-country excursion, he will happily take the family anywhere thanks to its gorgeous exterior; hand-crafted, quilted leather seats in a pampering cabin to fit up to eight adults in three rows; a smart rearview mirror; and a theateresque BOSE 17-speaker sound system to name just a few of the numerous features. The 4WD drive capability boosts the maneuverability and safety meters significantly to keep everyone at ease. When talking opulence on wheels, this is the one.


2022 Forester Wilderness

If dad is more the outdoorsman type while always making safety a priority, the all-new Forester Wilderness edition is right up his alley. While Subaru is renowned for reliability, longevity, and safety, this Forester gets welcomely more rugged looks, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and upgraded dual-function X-MODE for virtually every weather condition. Plus, it’s simply awesome to be a family man and outdoorsman at the same time.


Watch It!

Michoud & Irish presents the LE COMMANDANT Performance Sport Watch

Burgeoning to become one of the most popular Black-owned watch companies in the world, Michoud & Irish presents the LE COMMANDANT Performance Sport edition. Sporting a 316L stainless steel case, extremely scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal face, and a gorgeous blue silicone band ready for all types of action including diving.


Juan Soto x Lids

Washington Nationals Outfielder Juan Soto is an All-Star, champion and now giving back to the community with his own Lids hats. Plus, they’re dope and give back. Of course, there are so many other selections and teams to choose from, so let dad pick what he wants.


Get Dad Festive!

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Revs & Riffs Music Festival

Get dad to the inaugural Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival going on July 8 through the 10th. Throwing down all weekend, it’s a music festival that will run in conjunction with the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Along with actual on-track activities for racing fans, there will be live performances by Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida and other major acts so dad can get his dance and racing love on in one weekend.

Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival


Live! at the Battery Second-Annual Brew Fest with Terrapin Beer Co.

For the second year in a row, Terrapin Beer Co. is hosting its Brew Fest at the always jumping Live! at The Battery—which also the home of the Atlanta Braves—on Saturday, August 13 from 3-7 pm. With numerous other local breweries joining in, there will be more than 100 beer variations to choose from, plus live music on The Plaza stage, local vendors, games and more. It’s set to be a blast on the Battery!

Brew Fest Tickets



Hosted by burgeoning beer authority Black Brew Culture, the traveling Blacktoberfest is making its Atlanta debut on October 15th at the new location of the third Hippin Hops Brewery (5644 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083), followed by its Downtown Durham version on October 22, 2022 at Suite Four - The Durham Bottling Company. Hook dad up with an unforgettable sipping experience complemented with a live performance by the Grammy-winning rap collective the Nappy Roots, plus DJs, food, spirit tastings, and other surprises! This game-changing event should not be missed.



Work It Out!

Rockbox Fitness

Help dad get that summer bod by giving the gift of sweating it out at one of Rockbox’s boxing classes. This class is for all fitness levels, so whether he is a regular at the gym or just starting back, they are sure to get a good workout in. For $199, Rockbox is offering pop 1 month of unlimited classes to Rockbox Marietta, a pair of quick wraps and a keychain, making this a creative idea for any dad on Father’s Day.


Miraflora Recovery Balm

After a workout or simply a hard day, help ease dad’s sore muscles with this CBD-infused cream that promotes joint mobility and function.



Book It!

The Craft Brewery Cookbook

If dad is into cheffin’ it up and craft beer, renowned beverage writer John Holl and photographer Jon Page have created the perfect book for him. Combining the best of both worlds, this well-written and designed hardback provides recipes, schools readers on how to pair fare with virtually every beer style and showcases specific selections from more than 60 independent craft breweries throughout the U.S. using stellar photography and detailed writing to make pop an instant expert.


Explorer’s Guide to L.A.

If pop ever wants to go to Los Angeles, travel and experiences company Atlas Obscura teams up with Los Angeles Tourism to drop a special hardcover edition of the Explorer’s Guide to L.A., showcasing everything dope L.A. has to offer. While this state-of-the-art visitor’s guide’s book version is almost ready to hit the racks, here is a PDF version to get dad’s planning schedule booked for Cali. Tell him not to forget his shades!

Explorer's Guide to L.A. PDF



Vessel Cannabis Products

For dads who dig the “flowers”, Vessel products are high-quality cannabis accessories that successfully blend modern style in their functionality and overall look. The Vessel Ash stackable ashtray is sturdy and blends in easily with even the most chic home décor. As a bonus, the stackable compartments hold dry flowers for leisurely consumption. To keep the good times rolling, Vessel’s Helix one hitter is the perfect addition to pop’s’ collection. Featured in gunmetal gray with a gold tip, Helix is a patent-pending device, made with pure brass for a clean inhalation and an awesome way to help him chillax.



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Brewers Association’s SAVOR is back!

The Brewers Association’s revered SAVOR culinary and beer event is back in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 24!

Cheers Y’all!

The Brewers Association’s revered SAVOR culinary and beer event is back in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 24, after a two-year break at The Anthem (901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024). I have always been meaning to go but, you know, life happens with scheduling conflicts, traveling, etc. Not this time! I’m there. Here is all the info below. Trust me, I’ve heard great things about this event from experts and media peers, and if you know me, I’m all about pairing cuisine with the best beverage in the world, beer!

Here is the info straight from the source including ticket info and the website. See you there? I hope so!



The Brewers Association’s SAVOR™ Event Breaks Out of the Ordinary After Two-Year Hiatus

Tickets for the "can’t miss” food and beer pairing event are available now

After a two-year hiatus, the Brewers Association’s SAVOR event returns to Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 24, at The Anthem. SAVOR pairs more than 200 flavor-forward, independent craft beers from around the country with sublime small bites from an award-winning culinary team to create an unforgettable culinary experience for beer lovers and foodies alike.

WHAT: SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience is unlike any craft beer event. It’s a sensory adventure that answers the tantalizing question: what if we paired some of the best craft brewers with some of the finest chefs for a single night of culinary bliss?

After a two-year hiatus, the Brewers Association’s SAVOR event returns to Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 24, at The Anthem. SAVOR pairs more than 200 flavor-forward, independent craft beers from around the country with sublime small bites from an award-winning culinary team to create an unforgettable culinary experience for beer lovers and foodies alike.

SAVOR guests will have the unique opportunity to sip, savor, and interact with many of the brewery owners, a dynamic lineup of acclaimed personalities behind the beers.

This year’s event also marks its first time at The Anthem, a new $60 million waterfront venue, and a space that will accommodate 30 percent more breweries than previous events.

WHO: More than 100 small and independent craft breweries from around the country will be pouring more than 200 beers at SAVOR.

Chef Adam Dulye, the Brewers Association executive chef and author of The Beer Pantry, will lead a talented, award-winning culinary team to create a one-of-a-kind menu of more than 60 food pairings.

WHERE: The Anthem

901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

WHEN:                                 Friday, June 24, 2022

7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

TICKET INFO: SAVOR tickets are on sale now:

·         General Admission tickets are $139 each.

·         Premium Admission tickets are $179 each.

·         VIP Admission tickets are $249 each.

Tickets for all guests include:

·         Unique small plate pairings highlighting the interplay of craft beer and food.

·         Conversation with brewery luminaries.

·         Music by DJ Mathias Broohm, serving downtempo summertime vibes.

·         Event program with room for tasting notes.

·         Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

·         Commemorative tasting glass.

·         An exclusive commemorative beer to take home.

 Additional ticket information can be found on the SAVOR website

About the Brewers Association 

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated tosmall and independentAmerican brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweriesand more than 38,000 homebrewers.The BAsindependent craft brewer sealis a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including theWorld Beer Cup®,Great American Beer Festival®,Craft Brewers Conference®& BrewExpo America®,SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience,Homebrew Con,National Homebrew CompetitionandAmerican Craft Beer Week®.The BA publishesThe New Brewer®andZymurgy®magazines, andBrewers Publications®is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer®and about homebrewing via the BA’sAmerican Homebrewers Association®and the freeBrew Guru®mobile app. Follow us onFacebook,TwitterandInstagram. 




Monday, May 9, 2022

My Crafted For Action x New Belgium Beer Dinner at Oreatha's is coming!

 My Crafted For Action + New Belgium Beer Dinner is this Thursday, May 12 at Oreatha's in ATL!
Come treat yourself!
Featuring New Belgium ales and a lager, I am hosting a dope dinner at Atlanta's own Oreatha's (2287 Cascade Rd., SW Unit C, Atlanta,GA 30311this Thursday during the Crafted For Action brewers conference! Get your ticket here:

Crafted founder Jen Price says on Instagram...
We had a great time meeting with Chef Lucke at @Oreathasatthepoint and the menu ideas he put together to accompany the New Belgium flight are OUTSTANDING!

Beer aficionado @realalesharpton will lead us through four courses along with Chef Lucke PLUS a surprise pairing at the end.

…and I couldn’t host a beer dinner in Cascade Heights without adding history to the menu. So Erika, founder of @CascadeConnect_atl will be there with nuggets of history paired with each course.

It’s going to be incredible. There are a few tickets left.

Come Through!


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Mother’s Day Sips and Eats for 2022 in ATL!

is just one of the many events.

Cheers Y’all!

I just received this info regarding cool happening in Atlanta for Mother’s Day on May 8th! Whether it’s getting her sip, grub or styling on, I am digging a lot of these suggestions sent straight from the source. Be mindful that a lot of these are time-sensitive and you should make reservations ASAP! I included each location's website for easy booking.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone deserving this shout out!


Mother’s Day 2022 Culinary Events & Restaurant Offerings

Sunday, May 8


2nd Annual Hatters High Tea with B.M. Franklin & Co. and Bella Cucina

Sunday, May 8, Noon-3pm

This Mother’s Day, Buckhead Village’s venerable hat-making company B.M. Franklin & Co. will join forces with Bella Cucina to host their second annual Hatter's High Tea event, celebrating all the mothers and powerful female figures in our lives. Guests will have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of haberdashery, including feathers, lace, flowers and vintage hardware, to create a one-of-a-kind custom headpiece alongside the classically trained artisans from B.M. Franklin & Co., all while indulging in High Tea service and exceptional hand-crafted bites from Bella Cucina. Grey Goose Essences Vodka will also be on hand to provide a little spark for each participant’s tea and creativity. The event will take place at Bella Cucina, and tickets are $195 per person.

Mother’s DayDrink Specials at Live! at The Battery

Sunday, May 8

Guests visiting The Battery on Mother’s Day can toast to drink specials, including a $10 S&S Bloody Mary and $5 mimosa, at Live! at The Battery.

Mother’s DayBrunch at Hampton + Hudson

Sunday, May 8, 10am-2:30pm

The Inman Park restaurant will welcome families to celebrate moms over brunch! They’ll offer food and drink specials including the A Mom-entary Spritz with blanc vermouth, mint, lavender, rhubarb & Le Gran Courtage Blanc de Blancs. Plus, moms will receive a mini bottle of Le Gran Courtage Blanc de Blancs to enjoy along with a small floral arrangement (while supplies last).

Wine for Momsat Pielands

Sunday, May 8

With the purchase of a meal, moms will receive a complimentary glass of wine at the Virginia-Highland pizza spot.


Juniper Cafe’s Mother’s Day Menu

Sunday, May 8, 11am-8:30pm

On Mother’s Day, Juniper Cafe will serve a special family-style menu ($45 per adult, $25 per child) for the holiday all day long! It will feature apps like Crispy Okra, their famed Vietnamese Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuits, sides like Napa Cabbage & Jicama Slaw and a dessert per person – either a slice of Chocolate Mud Pie or Blueberry & Lemongrass Pie. Kids will be able to enjoy crispy chicken tenders and a seasonal fruit bowl. The menu will also be available a la carte. Reservations are available here.

Juniper Cafe’s Mother’s Day Pie Sale

Orders Due by Thursday, May 5

Juniper Cafe is selling pies to go for Mother’s Day. Pre-orders are now being accepted on their website here. The deadline to order is Thursday, May 5, and pickup at Juniper Cafe can be selected for Saturday, May 7 or Sunday, May 8 between noon and 6pm. Options include:

Blueberry Lemongrass Pie – classic blueberry pie filling with lemongrass-infused butter pie crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – fresh strawberries, slow-roasted rhubarb, almond shortbread crust

Chocolate Mud Pie – rich chocolate filling, dark chocolate crust, topped with Cafe Negra whip


Prosecco for Moms at Nina & Rafi

Sunday, May 8

With the purchase of a meal, moms will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco!


Mother’s DayBrunch at Lazy Betty

Sunday, May 8, 11:30am-3pm

Usually open for dinner only, the Candler Park restaurant will be serving Mother’s Day Brunch this year, with seatings at 11:30am and 3pm. Guests can enjoy a five-course tasting menu for $125/person, plus $80 for wine pairings. Highlights include Egg Custard with caviar, Foie Gras French Toast with wild onion soubise, shaved foie gras & aged balsamic and White Asparagus with smoked salmon, truffle hollandaise & crisp potato. Reservations are available here.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Lapeer Steak & Seafood

Sunday, May 8, 11am-2:30pm

This Mother’s Day, Lapeer is hosting a special brunch service featuring a coastal inspired four-course menu with highlights including Creamy Shrimp Remoulade, Filet Mignon served with cheesy eggs, blistered spring Vidalia onion & chimichurri, Shrimp & Grits, Crispy Marble Potatoes, Broccolini with a cheesy mornay sauce and Bread Pudding for dessert. The menu will be available for $55 per person on Sunday only. In addition to brunch service, all Mothers will receive unlimited free mimosas, and Chef’s Pick oyster platters will be available by the dozen for $25.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Taverna

Sunday, May 8, 10am-3pm

Taverna will be offering a selection of brunch specials including Cannelloni Della Mamma with chicken, mozzarella, ricotta & alfredo sauce, Mero with Hawaiian sea bass, spinach & lemon butter sauce and Tortino Della Nonna with shortbread pastry, lemon custard, pine nuts & almonds, plus a round of beverage specials including $3 Mimosas and Aperol Spritzes.


Mother’s DayBrunch at Southern Gentleman

Sunday, May 8, 11am-3pm

Southern Gentleman will be offering a special four course prix-fixe menu with highlights including a Warm Mushroom Tart with pimento cheese, Griddled French Toast with strawberries, whipped mascarpone, sorghum syrup & coconut granola, a Smoked Country Ham Frenchie with white cheddar mornay & poached eggs on toasted brioche and Buttermilk Pie for dessert. The menu is available for $59 per person ($29.50 for children), excluding tax and gratuity on Mother’s Day only. View the full menu here.


Brunch Specialsat Gypsy Kitchen

Sunday, May 8, Beginning at Noon

Gypsy Kitchen will offer a Bohemian escape this Mother's Day with a Chef’s Pick list of specials featuring Spanish Tortilla, Tuna Crudo, Shrimp Crab Louie, Smoked Salmon Benedict and an Orange Blossom & Honey Panna Cotta in addition to the regular menu.


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The first Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is about to commence April 2nd!

I can’t front, I’m definitely excited about Georgia Craft Brewers Guild’s first official Georgia Craft Brewers Festival that will be pouring more than 250 beers crafted by 60-plus GCBG member breweries at Atlanta's Atlantic Station April 2! (They concentrated it to be solely on the 2nd.)

We all know how Georgia gets down and how I make sure the world knows that the Peach State has something to say in that industry! Here is all the info below direct from the Guild’s official press release. The only thing left to do is book your tickets here!

It should be one of the most significant and memorable events the Georgia beer scene has ever hosted. And of course, I will be in the house!


The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild announces first ever Georgia Craft Brewers Festival

The celebration will feature 60+ member breweries, special VIP event, collaboration beers & more

The Peach’s State’s only festival dedicated solely to Georgia’s independent craft breweries arrives at Atlantic Station April 2.

Hosted by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG), the event is much more than a festival - it’s a celebration of the state’s thriving craft beer industry.

“Our local breweries are what make our communities great places to live, work and visit, and this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase our statewide community, all while enjoying delicious beer,” says Joseph Cortes, executive director of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. “These small businesses generate more than a billion-dollar economic impact annually for the state, local communities and the tourism and hospitality industries, and this festival is all about highlighting the tremendous impact they have.”

The money raised from the festival will go to support and help promote and advance the common interests of GCBG’s members and Georgia’s independent, small breweries.

“Since 2015, the number of craft breweries in Georgia has grown from 45 to over 130,” says Cortes. “Yet, despite that, Georgia is still one of the most restrictive states for breweries to conduct business. The proceeds from the festival will help us continue to advocate on behalf of our members and the brewery community as a whole.”

On Saturday, April 2, ticket holders will enjoy a full day of all things Georgia craft beer, including 60+ GCBG member breweries that will be pouring 250+ homegrown beers. Additionally, Saturday festival-goers will also get to try all the collab brews created exclusively for the festival.

In addition to delicious beer, there will also be a number of Georgia wineries present, as well as popular local food trucks, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit:

The festival announcement comes following the GCBG’s 2022 Georgia Beer Day, which took place on March 5.

The annual observance, which is organized by the GCBG and benefits its member breweries, is a daylong celebration of Georgia’s vibrant craft beer industry. This year, 70 breweries across the state participated and sold a limited edition full-color collector's pint glass to help raise funds for the GCBG and its members. As a result of the glass sales, the Guild raised over $15,000.

To learn more about the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, please visit:


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Steer Me! 2022 is coming strong with these autos!

The 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is extra dope.

Cheers Everyone!
As I continue to contribute to different media sources to inform you on the latest whips to consider driving off the lot with, this next installment definitely packed some serious wow factor. Check 'em out!

Acura TLX Type-S
Off the rip, Acura stepped their game way up with the redesign of this Acura TLX spots sedan in 2021 with its more sloping, closer-to-the-ground placement, and overall more aggressive sporty feel with the welcomed trunk lid spoiler and sinister grille. The version reviewed was presented in a gorgeous Tiger Eye Pearl to further justify the constant head turning from onlookers.
It’s an animal under the hood, too, with a roar backed by 355 horsepower coming from a 3.0L turbo V6 engine with SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). It’s sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels with Brembo front brakes, and quad exhaust finishers, plus the interior’s posh Ultrasuede sport seats and loads of tech features seal the deal starting at $53K for this version.
Inside amenities are also impressive with ventilated leather sport seats, remote start, a banging ELS Studio 17-speaker sound system, WiFi, and other pampering thanks to the highly recommended Tech and A-Spec packages.
I see you, Acura! This is definitely a standout whip this year.
What the sticker says: The redesigned 2022 Acura TLX Type-S starts at $53,300 MSRP.
For more information, visit
Photos courtesy of Acura.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD
Buick has truly stepped their game up in the luxury segment with this impressive 7-passenger SUV. The Enclave Avenir’s stunning exterior with a curvaceous body flaunts a sleek grille complemented by the LED headlamps, roof rails, and hands-free liftgate. It also sits on 20-inch aluminum wheels with a classy pearl nickel finish.
Inside, this carmaker cuts no corners as well, putting great detail into the flowing dashboard; heated and ventilated front seats; gear shifting with an all-new push-button design; a panoramic sunroof; and cushy seating all inside a remarkably spacious cabin. The ride is smooth balanced by a responsive 2.0-liter, turbo engine. (There is also a 3.5-liter option for more power and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.)
Graciously, the Avenir provides a plethora of driver-assistance packages coming standard including the celebrated OnStar technology along with the Buick Driver Confidence Plus program providing enhanced automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and the very popular HD surround vision for optimal awareness. The Technology II package boasts a rear camera mirror with washer, adaptive cruise control, and enhanced auto parking assist.
Yes, the freshly designed Enclave Avenir starting at $39,850 is here and the perfect leader to make a statement for Buick’s new generation of vehicles.
What the sticker says: The redesigned 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD starts at $39,850 MSRP and was reviewed with extras including the Technology II package, massage seating with enhanced lumbar support for the driver, and panoramic sunroof for $45,505.
For more information, visit
Photos courtesy of Buick.

2022 Subaru BRZ Limited
Whether you’re a fan of Fast & Furious flicks, or just feel the need for speed without breaking the bank, Subaru is renowned for their aggressive speedsters like the WRX, but the BRZ sport coupe is garnering a booming fanbase since its debut in late 2020. Reviewed with a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, this attractive, second-generation model gets an impressive 228 horses and 15-percent boost of torque out of its larger 2.4-liter, DOHC four-cylinder BOXER engine. Besides the boost in power, the enhancements of the 2022 BRZ include a completely redesigned body, upgraded Subaru Starlink 8-inch multimedia system with integrated center information display, a lower center of gravity, five settings of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), a front fender air outlet, and an integrated rear spoiler to list a few alterations.
Coming in both Premium and Limited trims, the latter was reviewed in a gorgeous “Sapphire Blue” complemented with 18-inch matte gray wheels for the sexy street appeal; heated front seats lined with “Ultrasuede” upholstery and red-stitch piping; and a plethora of safety options to keep the confidence on high. Note that while Subaru claims this coupe to be a 2+2, the backseat lacks considerable legroom, making this the ultimate car for couples, so date nights and terrorizing tracks with your homie will provide some of the fondest memories. There is also a six-speed automatic transmission which also includes Subaru’s signature EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and paddle shifters, so the choice is yours. Welcome back BRZ! 
What the sticker says: The 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited is $31,455 MSRP.
For more information, visit
Photos courtesy of Subaru.

2022 Canyon 4WD AT4 Crew Cab
For those who are all about no nonsense and straight-up getting things done whether it’s construction, farming, camping, or whatever life calls for, this compact pickup gets the job done. Coming in 4WD, the maneuverability is top notch, plus there’s a roomy cabin to comfortable fit five passengers, and a user-friendly infotainment system with WiFi availability. The heart is a responsive 3.6-liter, V6 engine pushing 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, with a towing capacity of an impressive 7,000 pounds.
Already loaded with standard features, the standout option is the Off-Road Performance Edition package ($3,195) only available in the AT4, which includes 17-inch gloss black aluminum wheels; a suspension leveling kit; front and middle skid plates; and other features to broaden you driving experience. The BOSE premium sound system gets a thumb’s up as well to make a laborious day more enjoyable.
Truck it!
What the sticker says: The 2022 Canyon 4WD AT4 Crew Cab starts at $40,200 MSRP; $46,700 fully equipped as reviewed.
For more information, visit
Photos courtesy of GMC.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe
BMW took a little break before launching the newly designed, second-generation M440i xDrive Gran Coupe, but successfully legitimized the built-up hype. The “M” represents optimal performance, providing a muscle-flexing 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine powered by 382 horses; the 8-speed automatic transmission complete with Sport and Manual shift modes; steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; and Launch Control for exhilarating takeoffs to enhance the sport experience. The “XDrive” signifies BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive capability, plus the technology to distribute power to the wheel promising the most control and dynamics.
Other noteworthy standouts of this five-passenger coupe include a new grille; 18-inch, M aerodynamic bi-color wheels with all-season run-flat tires; an extended moonroof for optimal stargazing; and folding rear seats for extra cargo space. What’s truly trending is the Brooklyn Grey the review car was dressed in, but the Aventurin Red Metallic exhibited in this article is a very popular exterior paint choice as well.
The posh leather cabin goes high tech with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch central information display coming standard in the “Live Cockpit Pro” arrangement. The music bangs thanks to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo system, and everyone is comfortable with dual-zone climate control, a WiFi hotspot, and ambient lighting to set the mood to name a few of the numerous amenities.
Starting at $58K, the Cooling and High Performance Tire Package ($2,400); Driver’s Assistance Pro Package ($700); Driver’s Assistance Pro Package ($1,700); and Premium Package ($1,750) are worth the extra spending if you want to get everything BMW wants to showcase in this stunner. If you’ve got it, go full throttle and live life in this bad boy.
What the sticker says: The 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is $58,200 MSRP and $67,625 including all the aforementioned packages.
For more information, visit
Photos courtesy of BMW.


It’s the 2022 Last-Minute Father’s Day Guide!

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