Lazy Sundaze – 25th June 2017

You’re a boss and you totally bring it every day, but this doesn’t mean you don’t ever need motivation. In fact, you’ll need a steady dose to keep delivering.

To help you brace for the coming days, here are a few inspiring images to help psych us all up for the challenges we’ll be facing.

Cook Like a Boss – The Shooter’s Sandwich

The Shooter's Sandwich

Cooking her prime rib steak is great, but if you really want to challenge yourself and impress the lady, make her a shooter’s sandwich – a kind of steak sandwich that British travellers, fox hunters, and aristocrats ate during England’s Edwardian period. It’s perfect for picnic dates.

The shooter’s sandwich is prepared with cooked steak and mushrooms, all of which are stuffed in a hollowed-out bread loaf, and then pressed together by something heavy.

Here’s how it’s done:

Shooter’s Sandwich Ingredients

Mushroom mix

  • 1.5 pounds of button mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  • Cayenne to taste
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 2 tbsp brandy or sherry

Mustard sauce

  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp extra hot horseradish
  • 1 tbsp mayo

The rest

  • 2 well-trimmed, large beef steaks (at least 16-18 oz). Seared in some vegetable oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 oz fine pâté
  • 1 round loaf of crusty bread

Putting the Shooter’s Sandwich Together

The mushroom mix

Dice the mushrooms

  1. Slice up the mushrooms until they’re finely diced, and then toss them into a large skillet with some butter, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Set the heat to high, then saute the mixture until the liquids evaporate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, clear some space in the center, then put in the remaining butter and the minced shallots. Cook until the shallots turn translucent, then mix with the mushrooms and sautee until everything is well caramelized.
  3. De-glaze the mix with a couple of tablespoons of brandy/cognac/marsala wine, then saute to burn off the alcohol.
  4. Season the mushroom mix with salt, cayenne, and ground black pepper, then set it aside and let it cool to room temperature.

Mustard horseradish sauce

  1. Mix the Dijon mustard, horseradish, and mayo in a small bowl.
  2. Set the sauce aside for now.

The bread crust

    1. Carefully cut off the top 25% of the bread loaf.
    2. Hollow out the rest of the bread by removing everything except the crust.
    3. Thoroughly coat every inch of the hollowed-out bread and the removed bread top with the mustard horseradish sauce. Don’t forget the corners under the rim.

The steaks

  1. Trim the fat and gristle around the beef steaks.
  2. Pound the meat to tenderize them.
  3. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear the meat in a hot skillet with a little bit of vegetable oil in high heat for a couple of minutes per side, until they’re done to your liking.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan, turn off the heat, add some water to the pan to glaze, mix the liquid up, then place the pan drippings into the mushroom mix.

Assembling the shooter’s sandwich

  1. Place one of the steaks at the bottom of the hollowed-out bread. Ideally, it should cover the entirety of the bottom.
  2. Place the mushroom mix on top of the steak, then pack it in the bread (including all the corners under the bread’s rim) thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Slice up the fine pâté and layer it over the mushroom mix.
  4. Take the second steak and place it on top of the fine pâté layer.
  5. Cover the crust with the bread lid.
  6. Loosely wrap the sandwich with a couple of pieces of plastic wrap, then wrap everything with aluminum foil.
  7. Put the wrapped sandwich in a shallow skillet (ideally not as tall as the sandwich), place a chopping board on top, then weigh it all down with heavy items (e.g. canned goods, cast-iron cookware) to compress the sandwich.
  8. Place everything in the refrigerator (i.e. shallow skillet, sandwich, and weights) overnight.
  9. Next day, unwrap the sandwich, cut it up into wedge shapes, and serve.

New Technology – Self-driving helicopters to fly in Dubai

Volocopter self-driving helicopters

Formerly known as e-volo, German aviation startup Volocopter has inked a contract with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to start testing self-driving helicopters for a flying taxi service in the United Arab Emirates. The startup will be providing their 18-rotor Volocopter 2X copters for the service.

The tests will start in the fourth quarter of 2017. The project itself is planned to run for five years.

Self-driving helicopters specs

Volocopter 2X self-driving helicopters have a maximum range of 17 miles when flying at 43 mph. Its maximum flight time is 27 minutes while at cruise speeds of 31 mph. It can also reach a maximum speed of 62 mph.

The self-driving helicopters are 2.15 meters high (about 6 and a half feet). The diameter of its rotor rim (including its propellers) is 7.35 meters or 24.11 feet. It also comes with an emergency parachute, uses 18 electric motors, and is powered by 9 independent battery systems.

Volocopter 2X trailer

Here are some additional details about the self-driving helicopters project:

Interestingly, the Volocopter 2X won’t be the only AATs to fly through Dubai. RTA recently entered an agreement with China-based drone company EHang to test its single-person quadcopter.

Uber is trying to get into “on-demand urban aviation” in Dubai as well.

Viki Odintcova breaks the delicate model stereotype

Viki Odintcova in a black bikini

Back in February, Russian model and Instagram sensation Viki Odintcova shocked the world (especially those with acrophobia) when she dangled from the top of the Cayan Tower in Dubai with apparently no safety equipment.

Quick Notes on Viki Odintcova

Name: Viki Odintcova
Social:     
Description: Skyscraper-dangling daredevil, model, and Instagram sensation.

 
It’s good to see Viki Odintcova break the delicate model stereotype and do her own stunts (all she needs now is her own movie), but her derring-do really had us collectively bite our nails.

You know what also makes us bite our nails? Viki’s Instagram account. Have you ever browsed it? Needless to say, we’re thoroughly smitten by this gutsy and exquisite lady. Check out some of our favorite shots and you’ll understand.

Oh, don’t forget to bring tissues to wipe your drool.

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What’s Hot This Week – Transformers: The Last Knight

Last week was pretty loaded with major happenings like the U.S. Open and FIFA Confederations Cup. Things have somewhat calmed down for this week save for one event – Transformers: The Last Knight, which might be director Michael Bay’s last film in the franchise – is coming out this week.

Then again, Bay keeps saying in each Transformers film that it would be his last.

The Last Knight is a sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which grossed over $1 billion despite being panned by critics. In Transformers: The Last Knight, a war has started between the Transformers and the Transformers Reaction Force, a paramilitary unit created to destroy the titular robots.

Transformers: The Last Knight trailer

The twist in The Last Knight is that Autobots leader Optimus Prime isn’t himself. In trailers (like the one below), you’ll see Optimus trying to kill Mark Wahlberg and Bumblebee.

The Last Knight also features Sir Anthony Hopkins, who players an astronomer named Edmond Burton. Burton reveals in the trailer that the Transformers “have been here forever, hidden in the shadows, to protect Earth from what was destined to arrive.” He was probably referring to the Creators from the last film.

The trailer also hints that the Transformers have played a role in history, and were present during major conflicts like World War 2.

The Transformers participating in WW2

Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, and Stanley Tucci.

The film is scheduled for release in the U.S., Australia, and Canada on June 21, and will arrive in the U.K. on June 22.

Things You Need to Know – 22nd June 2017

Dwight Howard will be a Hornet.

With all the work you were doing during the past week, it’s entirely possible that you’ve missed out on quite a bit of stuff that happened, particularly here in Boss Royal.

That’s where Things You Need to Know comes in. It’s a regular rundown of today’s stop stories, including news, trending posts, and vital information that we think you should be aware of.

GSP vs Bisping
Will there be a GSP-Bisping fight?

Here’s a quick rundown of some of our past stories and news from other parts of the globe:

Thirst-day – The Rusty Nail cocktail

How to make a Rusty Nail

Enjoyed last week’s Rob Roy? This week, we’ll mix a Rusty Nail – a drink that’s as tough as gnarly old boots. In fact, the drink is so manly there’s a legend that Scots used to stir this drink around their glasses with an actual rusty nail.

History of the Rusty Nail

According to cocktail expert David Wondrich, the Rusty Nail took a while to find its place in the world. There were no mentions of the Drambuie-whiskey combination during the first 28 years of the Drambuie’s existence.

In 1937, the combination (three parts liquor to one part liqueur, with a dash of Angostura bitters) was served in public by one F. Benniman. It later took on several identities:

  • The D & S (if brandy and Bénédictine make a B & B)
  • The Little Club No. 1 (the “Little Club” being a swanky joint on East Fifty-fifth Street visited by “showbiz types”
  • The Mig-21 at USAF Officers’ Clubs in Thailand and Vietnam
  • The Knucklehead in the upper Midwest.

But enough about history. Here’s how to make the classic Rusty Nail:

Rusty Nail Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Scotch whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Drambuie
  • 1 old-fashioned glass
  • 1 twist lemon peel
  • 1 stirrer
  • Ice cubes

Steps

  1. Fill up an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 oz. of Scotch whiskey into the glass.
  3. Pour 1/2 oz. of Drambuie into the glass.
  4. Stir the drink gently with your stirrer. Take care not to bruise the ice. Stir the drink until you see some condensation on the outside of the glass.
  5. Garnish your Rusty Nail with a twist of lemon peel.

Note: if you serve the drink without ice, it’s going to be called a Straight Up Nail.

Garnish your Rusty Nail with a lemon twist

Variants

In addition to the Straight Up Nail, there are several other versions of the Rusty Nail. This includes:

  • The Rusty Ale – A shot of Drambuie is mixed to beer, then served without ice.
  • The Rusty Bob – Instead of Scotch, use Bourbon.
  • The Clavo Ahumado – Instead of Scotch, use Mezcal.
  • The Donald Sutherland – Instead of Scotch, use Canadian whiskey.
  • The Railroad Spike – Made with one part Drambuie and four parts cold brew coffee.
  • The Smoky Nail – Instead of Scotch, use Islay whiskey.

Boss Basics – How to Give a Great Massage

How to give a great massage

As the name suggests, Boss Basics is about teaching you the fundamentals of skills that every man should know. This week, we focus on how to give a great massage.

Why is this important? Simply put, if you regularly give her a great massage, she’ll feel loved and cared for. And what man wouldn’t want that? Here’s how you can give her that mind-blowing massage she always wanted.

Do no harm

This is the first rule of massaging. See to it that you know what you shouldn’t do, especially on the spots that you shouldn’t press. These are namely:

  • Throat and side of the neck.
  • The notch behind the jawbone and under the ear.
  • The eyeballs.
  • The armpits.
  • The upper inner arm.
  • The ulnar notch of the elbow.
  • The lower back.
  • The abdomen.
  • The groin area.
  • The back of the knee.

To give a great massage, oils are a must

You must never give a massage without any kind of lubricant. There are two main reasons why:

  1. This prevents uncomfortable friction.
  2. Oil lets your hands glide easily on her skin.

When applying the oil, don’t simply pour it on her back. Put the oil on your hands, then rub them together to warm them up. The heat is relaxing.

Bring towels

Towels can be used to cover private areas, especially if she doesn’t want to disrobe. More importantly, you can use towels to cover areas you’ve already massaged to prevent body heat (generated by the massage) from escaping, which can make her feel chilly.

Another tip: to help make her more comfortable, place a folded towel or small pillow under her head.

Don’t pinch or grab

Pinching or grabbing during your massage can make her uncomfortable or worse: it could hurt. To avoid this, keep your fingers together and use your entire hand during the massage.

At the start of the massage, ask if the pressure you exert is enough. Ideally, she should feel some pressure, but it shouldn’t be painful. Make the necessary adjustments, based on her reaction.

Use your body weight

If she wants a deeper massage, lean in further and your body weight. Doing this will also keep your hands and arms from getting tired easily.

Remember: good massage isn’t about your grip; it’s your stance and use of gravity that’s crucial.

Don’t depend on your thumb

On a related note, try to minimize using your thumbs while massaging her. Overworking your thumbs will tire you out easily and can cause cramps. Instead, try using the heel of your hand, a loose fist, your forearm, or elbows.

You can’t give a great massage if it’s over too soon.

Thicker muscles need more pressure

Thicker muscles usually need more pressure, so get ready to push down on those supporting lower back muscles or the thick muscles that anchor the shoulder to the neck.

Likewise, ease up on thinner muscles and muscles that stretch over bone.

Start shallow to work deeper

Use large, broad, and soft motions to start the massage. This will let you loosen the surface of the muscle before going deeper. Doing a deep, heavy massage before warming up the muscle surface will make her feel uncomfortable.

Give a great massage by focusing on her

This is no time to let your thoughts wander. As much as you can, focus your entire attention on her, what she’s currently feeling, and how you can make her feel even better.

Boss Royal June 21st Weekly Eye Candy Gallery

Every week, we gather a gallery of photos that will blow your mind. Last time, we looked at perfectly timed photos and beautiful women. Today, we take a gander at beautiful vistas and other cool stuff.

Here is the Boss Royal June 21st Weekly Eye Candy Gallery. Enjoy.

Gear Lust – Test driving the BMW 5 Series Touring

As the mad dash for sports utility vehicles and crossover types (a mix between SUVs and hatchbacks) continue, estate cars – otherwise known as station wagons – seem to have flown under the radar.

This is quite a surprise, considering the quality of the BMW 5 Series Touring. We recently took the 520d and 530d rear-wheel-drive editions for a spin.

520d performance

Save for some occasional body roll, the 520d handles pretty well. Its steering is lighter compared to the 520d M Sport xDrive saloon, so much so that it feels a bit too light in the Comfort setting. Sport has the extra weight but feels rather odd in how it centers itself.

The 2.0-liter engine is quiet and smooth under normal driving conditions and has sufficient torque to still give that flexibility. If you push harder, however, it strains a little. When you hit 4000rpm, it runs out of steam.

530d performance

As for the 530d, it comes with 162lb ft of additional torque (457lb ft) and better performance at mid to higher speeds. Furthermore, it sounds better while idling and maintains its composure even when revved up.

The 530d steering feels different compared to the 530d’s. While the two vehicles used the same adaptive suspension, the 530d’s larger rims and tires, and beefier 6-cylinder engine provide a firmer, better-defined helm.

Tech used

Here are some of the tech highlights:

  • The BMW 5 Series Touring comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, which you can operate using the rotary controller, touchscreen, or via gestures (e.g. you can twirl your hands in the air to raise the volume).
  • You can send satellite navigation directions from your smartphone to the car by way of BMW Connected.
  • The vehicle can connect to Apple CarPlay, and give you a remote 3D view around the car through your smartphone.
  • A remote-control parking function.
  • Semi-autonomous driving capability (i.e. the car will self-steer for short periods with speeds of up to 130mph).

BMW 5 Series Touring impressions

The BMW 5 Series Touring is spacious, comfy, refined, well built, and furnished with a considerable amount of features. It’s also crammed with awesome little details, such as:

  • A wide aperture.
  • A low trunk floor.
  • A parcel shelf that can be placed under the trunk floor.
  • Rear seats that can be folded at the press of a button.

As a whole, the 5 Series Touring provides an excellent driving experience overall, thanks to its big-car luxury feel and quiet interiors.