Bear World Magazine, the leading online magazine for bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers. Bear Word Magazine is the leading online magazine targeted 100% at the worldwide gay bear community. Written by bears, for bears!
Once again, Texas Bear Round-Up, or TBRU, in Dallas was a Hugh Jass success, with well over 1,400 bears from 14 countries registered (and more like 2,000 bears and their admirers if you count the overnight guests and the ones found in the men’s rooms). It’s always a lot of fun, and one of the best ways for me to have fun and get around Dallas in style – and have enough room for my friends, my luggage and my Tammy Wynette music – is to have a Hugh Jass car to go with all that fun.
I have always enjoyed the Lexus LX 570. This is one of the largest, snazzier SUVs you’ll find and it is truly a dream to drive (and, yes, it also drives a bit like a Sherman and Peabody tank). I feel like the sexiest bear at the cotillion behind the wheel of the 570, and at 250 pounds (17.85 stones), I am indeed Will and Grace (and probably Jack and Karen) combined.
Let’s be honest: the 2019 Lexus LX570 is indeed an SUV but this is not something you want to take off-road. Heck, this is not something you want to take off-script. This is an ultra-luxury vehicle, plain and simple. It needs to be pampered. You really can’t just drive it anywhere, and you need to show it off, especially to your ‘friends’ who are always bragging about how high-falutin’ their lives are.
Style abounds in the LX 570, and it should for a starting price of $86,080. But I know what you are thinking: even before you said ‘I do’ after breakfast that first morning, you were already adding up his imaginary assets in your head and you got nowhere near $86K, even if he could work as a rent boy for 20 years at $10 a pound.
So do what I did: get this baby for special occasions like TBRU. It’s the perfect car for driving around a big ole city like Dallas.
This beast is a presence, even in Dallas. To move it forward, it has 5.7-liter V8 DOHC offering 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. That’s a lot of muscle when you are merging and squeezing onto all those Texas highways.
And talk about all the right materials in all the right places! Leather and wood abound inside – and there is LOTSA room for all your bear friends (limit four + you with just the second row of seats). The seats move to meet you or let you out, they keep you warm or cool you and even keep you entertained. The top opens up and you never have to worry about too many driver errors because this rolling grand ballroom has all the latest safety features that will keep the car from crashing into something, assuming the driving isn’t whacked (again, we here at Bear World want you to stay safe, so please be sane and sober behind the wheel).
If you do get the trim with just two rows of seats (get this one), you will have plenty of room for baggage and junk in the rear. The sound system is Lexus’ own premium audio system and it sounds great no matter what you enjoy as the soundtrack to your adventures. This tank / ballroom is so well built that you really can’t hear much of anything outside the vehicle. Thus, stay alert for flashing lights and other warnings signs. You may enjoy the ride so much that your Michael Bolton or Air Supply soundtrack might keep you from moving over so the hot fireman can get around you.
To be sure, this big handsome bear can drink. Average mpg is 15, and for some, even that is such a lowball number. But what price beauty, ya? Heck, petrol is so cheap here in the colonies that right now, does it matter?
There is a lot of big money is Dallas, to be sure. Still, the 2019 Lexus LX 570 is a stand out, even in the gay area of Throckmorton and Cedar Springs. I loved it. It was so nice to drive and take my friends in a private limo wherever we needed to go….
It was also nice to not have to wear a chauffer’s uniform for a change.
When two TV shows collide! Miz Cracker, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, joins Great British Bake Off (Great British Baking Show) baker, Daniel Beasley-Harling, on episode 1 of his new YouTube channel Dan & Friends.
Dan welcomed Miz Cracker into his kitchen to bake his recipe for Rainbow Challah. Check out the video and the recipe below.
Dan & Friends: Episode 1 - Gay Bread - YouTube
500g strong white bread flour (200g, then 6 x 50g)
10g instant yeast
75g caster sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs, plus one yolk
125ml lukewarm water
1 egg white to glaze
Put the lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl, add the yeast, then sprinkle 200g of the flour on top, to create a barrier between the yeast and the other ingredients. Add the salt, sugar, and oil.
Crack one of the eggs into a small bowl. Scoop out the yolk and add it to the bowl, then crack in the other two eggs. Stir everything together, until fairly well combined – it will be very difficult to avoid small lumps at this stage.
Split the mixture evenly between 6 small bowls, and then add food colouring to each bowl: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Add another 50g of flour to each bowl, and mix to incorporate. You will now have to knead each dough indivudulally, for about 5 minutes, until it is soft and smooth. I recommend using food safe latex gloves for this, to avoid colouring your hands!
In 6 clean bowl, place each dough, with a little oil, and cover with a tea towel, cling film, or a shower cap. Leave to rise, until it has doubled in size, for 2 to 3 hours.
Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface and knock back. Roll into long sausage shaped strands. Join the 6 pieces together at one end, ready to plait. Split the pieces into 2 distinct groups of 3 strands.
Right hand crossed over left, pick up the outer strands. Swapping hands back, hold the left hand up at the 10 o’clock position, whilst placing the right hand strand to the inside of the left group. Then pick up the outer strand of the left group with the right hand and hold the strand up at the 2 o’clock position. Place the left hand strand down on the inside of the right group. Continuing to hold the right hand strand up, pick up the outer strand of the right group with the left hand. Place the right hand strand to the inside of the left group. Continue in this manner until you have braided the entire loaf.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Transfer the plait to the tray and brush with the reserved egg white. Cover the loaf, leaving to prove again for about an hour until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 190c / 170c fan. Brush the plait with more egg white, and sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
The loaf colours quickly because of the sugar and egg, so keep an eye on it, covering with foil if necessary to stop further browning.
Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
BEARS ON ICE is a four day men only event for bears and their gay, bi and trans friends from all around the world. It returns for 2019 from August 29th till September 1st.
Held in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city, BEARS ON ICE is a bear run with some unique differences.
The bears in Iceland like to party but you’ll also get the opportunity to see a little bit of Iceland and it’s fascinating nature such as steaming hot geysers and Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall, the Golden waterfall.
Passes are now on sale priced at $399 for the full pass and $120 for the party pass.
The Party Passes are valid for all the parties and include the annual BEARS ON ICE T-shirt.
You can also come along the individual parties but only the passes will give you VIP access at the entrance. Tickets for individual events will likely not be made available online until August 2019.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 2019
8pm – Welcome party and registration
BEARS ON ICE 2019 kicks of with Registration and Welcome Party Thursday August 29th at Gamla Bíó, Top Floor (Petersen Suite), Ingólfsstræti 2a. (City Center). Pick up your BOI pass & T-Shirt and goodie bag, mingle and make friends.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 2019
10am – The Golden Circle tour
This is a full day tour starting 10 am in the morning and we’re back to Reykjavik around 5.30. Sights include the national shrine of Iceland, Geysir geothermal area, the Golden Waterfall and a three course lunch buffet at Hotel Geysir.
10pm – Top Off Party
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 2019
Afternoon – Geothermal Blue Lagoon Tour
Two tours depart Lækjargata and travel to the Blue Lagoon where you can spend an hour in the geothermal lagoon and enjoy a cocktail and photoshoot! Plus, enjoy a beer and a sandwich at the Blue lagoon Visitor’s lounge afterwards.
10pm – BEARS ON ICE Main Party
Featuring music by DJ Dramatik & DJ Ginger-Bear (CAN). Free transport for holders of Full Event Passes and Party Passes from Lækjargata 10:00pm and 10:30pm and back to town 03:00am and 03:30am
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 2019
11am – Farewell brunch
Farewell brunch at Loctation Jómfrúin, Lækjargata 4 (city center).
I have been to many bear events in my time but until this year I had never made it to Texas Bear Round Up (TBRU) and after having gone this past weekend; I may never miss it again! All photos featured in this article are by Louis Dang and Mikey Enriquez.
TBRU is the annual bear event hosted by the Dallas Bears. It is usually held in mid-March and is currently held in downtown Dallas at the Regency-Hyatt hotel. The theme for this year was “The Best Little Bear-House in Texas”, a loving tribute to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Dolly Parton.
The common areas had décor referencing all elements of the movie and there was even a special performance by ‘Miss Mona’ at the opening ceremony of the weekend held in the hospitality suite, which was actually one of the hotel’s ballrooms.
The fact that the Hospitality Suite was a ballroom should give you an indication of the immense popularity of this event. Over 1500 bears were in attendance this year alone. Men of all races, shapes, sizes gathered together in an atmosphere that was fun, sex positive and most importantly, welcoming.
The first event I attended was the Bears of Color Social, co-hosted by Mr Texas Leather 2019, Kaprese Andre. The fact that this was even on the event schedule made my heart sing!
The Bears of Color meet
There was also an Asian Bear Social and a mixer for Deaf Bears & Friends. Furthermore, all the key events, like the Mr. TBRU contest, had an ASL interpreter. There were also daily meetings for men in recovery. It touched and inspired me to see such inclusivity at a bear run.
Asian Bear Social
Given the size and diversity of the event, the Dallas Bears had their work cut out for them in terms of providing entertainment. Within the hotel, we had Miss Mona’s Parlor (otherwise known as the Connections Lounge), where people could hang out in an alcohol free environment to chat or play board games. Sheriff Ed Earl’s Video Game Room provided an awesome set up for the gaymers among us. There was the glorious Chicken Ranch (or Hospitality Suite), which featured an open bar and a DJ. All of this was provided in addition to a movie screening room, a Puppy Play House, the vendor market, and raffle and bake stands where money was being raised for local charities.
For those who wanted to head out to the bars, there was a complimentary shuttle bus that ferried us back and forth to the gayborhood. Some personal off-site event highlights for me included the Hard Candy Bear Dance party held at S4, “Church” at The Hidden Door (a huge indoor/outdoor beer bust), the Big Texas BBQ held at the Round Up Saloon, and just hanging out at the Dallas Eagle. No matter what your taste or interest, there was truly something for everyone.
The Dallas Bears, under the capable and passionate leadership of Wayne Davis, have cultivated a spectacular event. I met so many wonderful and friendly people at TBRU. There was a noticeable lack of attitude and instead a strong sense of brotherhood and community.
If you haven’t attended before, do yourself a favor and register for TBRU XXV: A Roman Holiday. Registration opens soon, see tbru.org for details.
From CBD to good fats and lab-grown meat to home cooking and exotic flavors, here are some culinary trends that promise to make 2019 interesting year for food.
Pacific Rim Flavors
The Pacific Rim region, made up of land spanning Oceania and Asia to the Americas that surrounds the rim of the Pacific, looks set to be the “it” region for culinary inspirations. Expect a delicious hodgepodge of ingredients from the fusion medley of cuisines. Think hints of French influences in a Hawaiian poke bowl or a mishmash of Vietnamese and Thai elements in a dish. Condiments can include dried shrimp, cuttlefish and shrimp paste, while aromatics and spices can range from cardamom to cinnamon, and lemongrass to saffron. Don’t be surprised to find fruit such as guava, dragon fruit and passion fruit in colorful smoothie bowls and cocktails. Instead of sugar, beverages can be sweetened with luo han guo, or monk fruit. Other examples of Pacific Rim dishes include seared fish with peanut coconut sauce, shiitake mushroom quesadillas and lamb tacos with a pineapple chutney.
Instead of root vegetables like potato and tapioca, we will be turning to the ocean for snack inspiration. While paper-thin roasted seaweed strips were all the rage a few years ago, Whole Foods predicts that marine ingredients will show up in more food products in 2019. Examples include seaweed butter and kelp “noodles” that are made from the brown sea plant. More intriguing products include kelp jerky, a protein-rich snack that is mixed with mushrooms, and faux tuna produced from algae. Besides fried salmon skin, which is already popular in Asia, ingredients such as sea fennel and water lily seeds will find their way into the expanding pool of marine munchies.
“Plant-based” has become a key dining buzz phrase recently, but those who are health-conscious may still hunker for meaty flavors and textures—no matter how much “meaty” eggplant and mushrooms are crammed into a dish. This is where plant-based protein alternatives come in. Silicon Valley start-up Impossible Foods is making “meat” from four natural ingredients: wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein and heme. Heme raises some eyebrows as the iron-loaded molecule that is found in meat and plants, and gives off meat-like taste and aroma when cooked with amino acids and sugar. Nutrition-wise, the “meat” contains more protein and iron than a typical meat patty and has zero cholesterol. In Hong Kong, Omnipork, a plant-based protein that tastes and looks like pork, was rolled out last year. Omnipork is a blend of shiitake mushrooms, soy and pea proteins and rice. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat produces meat patties that are mainly made from peas. Hailing from the United Kingdom is Quorn made from mycoprotein, a dough made from fermented fungus and is said to taste like chicken.
Home Sweet Home
“In” will be the new “out” when it comes to dining. According to a report by global food and hospitality consultancy Baum & Whiteman, more people will choose to eat at home than visit restaurants. This prediction can be attributed to surging food prices and restaurant bills. Cooking at home is becoming less intimidating and more hassle-free these days. Home cooks can turn to a growing variety of meal kits, which are pre-cooked or come as processed packs of ingredients complete with recipe sheets, and better quality of supermarket-packed food packages.
Tahini Desserts : The New Peanut Butter Desserts
The initial tahini wave happened a few years ago, when shoppers realized the ground sesame seed spread could do more than just give flavor to hummus. But expect those uses to go beyond savory foods next year. Soom Foods, one popular jarred brand, is starting to see its tahini—both the classic and chocolate-flavored—used in restaurant desserts across the country, like in ice cream bars at Honey Road in Burlington, VT, or in a milkshake at Jaffa in Los Angeles, or in banana muffins at Abandoned Luncheonette in Morrestown, NJ. Consider adding tahini to any dessert for which you might’ve used peanut butter
Some headway was made last year when a growing number of brands opted to do away with plastic straws and switch to cutlery made from environmentally-friendly materials such as biodegradable corn starch and recyclable cardboard. More cutlery are also printed with soy-based inks so that they can be de-inked and recycled more easily. Other materials that could be tapped on include beeswax, waxed canvas and silicone. This eco-friendly practice looks set to grow as more brands and eateries are going straw-less and doing away with plastic sipper caps. More supermarkets in Asia are piloting schemes that encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags.
CBD Is Making Everything Better
Let’s get one thing straight: Cannabidiol—or CBD, as the cool kids call it—will not get you high, though it is derived from either marijuana or hemp plants. Rather, people take it to calm their nerves and anxiety, reduce insomnia, and alleviate pain related to inflammation. The stuff has gained momentum this year, but it’ll be mainstream by next. That means new CBD products in every shape and form will join the ranks of the many that already exist CBD-spiked sparkling water, gummies and craft coffees to name a few.
Vegetables Take Center Stage
For, well, ever, veggies have been relegated to side dishes—but not anymore. You don’t have to be strictly vegetarian to partake, either. The veggie-centric recipes we’ve created are showstoppers even carnivores can enjoy. You could whole roast an entire head of cauliflower or cabbage. Who knows, the mushroom steaks of your mother’s heyday could make a comeback
Fat Is In
Blame it on the Keto craze, where you can eat avocado, olive oil, and nuts without a second look. Healthy fats—like the ones above and also foods including salmon and eggs—aren’t something to fear anymore. When eaten in moderation, they’re actually rather good for you. So fill up! Everybody’s doing it.
As more and more home cooks (and restaurant chefs) look to spice up their chicken, fish, and other dinnertime creations with flavor instead of fat, expect to see more African herbs and spices, including ras el hanout (a warm Moroccan spice mix), berbere (a heady Ethiopian blend), and rooibos (a South African herbal tea). Even McCormick got on board with the trend, releasing spice blends including berbere and harissa earlier this year.
Special thanks to Michelin Guide, Delish and The Daily Meal for contributing to this article.
So, we know that the Game of Thrones show runners are doing a new Star Wars trilogy that will have no direct tie ins to the Skywalker legacy. This week we found out that the production has been fast tracked and will begin filming in the fall and will be set in the time of the Old Republic, hundreds of years before Luke and Leia and will undoubtedly be more sci fi and more Game of Thronesy.
In other Star Wars news, unused footage of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia will be used in Star Wars 9 and will expand on her relationship with Poe. Maybe it’s the part where he comes out the closet and she tells him that her mom was Debbie Reynolds and you can’t get much gayer than that.
Terminator 6’s title is official – Dark Fate. Sounds like a perfect cocktail to describe my dating life.
Stop trying to make fetch happen! MoviePass is back and is trying unlimited movie viewing subscriptions again. I wouldn’t invest money in their Christmas office party.
James Gunn is officially back as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – the film was in danger of not even happening with all the drama of him being fired for tweets he shared years ago. Although he’s back in the game, it will still be a little ways away as he has promised to focus on Suicide Squad 2 with all his effort before moving on to GOG 3. The Suicide Squad sequel will not be a direct sequel in the general sense but rather have a reboot quality to it. Anything to get away from the horrible first film.
"Guardians' Inferno" | Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - YouTube
Ralph Fiennes must really dislike his nose. He’s stated that he’s up for reprising his role as Voldemort for Fantastic Beasts – sure, add yet another character to that plot mess.
Harry Potter the new soap opera on Logo. Just kidding. JK Rowling confirms that Dumbledore and Grindelwald got it on and were lovers. Sources tell me that it was some of Dumbledore’s best wand work.
Good news and bad news. Good news, Transformers is NOT getting a reboot! Bad news is – its getting a direct sequel to Last Knight – WHY GOD WHY?
Transformers: The Last Knight – Trailer (2017) Official – Paramount Pictures - YouTube
Ezra Miller may be recast as The Flash for the new stand alone film. The film has been slow to start production and now he’s literally fighting to save his place in the DC Universe. He’s writing his own script to pitch that fits his personality and such. I wonder if its because he has been so flamboyant on the red carpets and open about his sexuality as of late.
It seems every week I’m bashing one of the films from The Conjuring universe (except for the first, that shit was good). La Llorona is the latest horror film to hit the scene and is considered part of that franchise. As a Latino, I can only hope for the best. Maybe a pinata full of plot, good acting and scary moments – something lacking from the other films.
Also, the latest Annabelle sequel gets a title, Annabelle Comes Home. Too bad it wasn’t Annabelle Go Away.
Yes, this is movie news but if Netflix can have a film up for an Oscar than I can report about stuff on Netflix. Bird Box is getting a book sequel which will no doubt turn into a film sequel. I hope the ghost of John Malkovich’s character plays a part.
Sherlock Holmes packs his bags and heads to Old San Francisco for Sherlock Holmes 3. They were trying to get as far away from Rachel McAdams’ acting as possible.
We know that comic book films love their period pieces – The Batman reboot will be set in the 90’s apparently. Interesting, I think that’s the last time period Ben Affleck had a career.
Hollywood movie composer genius (no, not John Williams) Hans Zimmer will be doing the music for the Dune reboot. Zimmer will also be scoring the upcoming Lion King live action remake. Girllll, he can now afford a mansion for every letter in his name.
My college heart is swooning…the new movie poster for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood came out featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Do these hotties ever age? Am I too old to say hotties?
Sexual misconduct allegations strike again! Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara stepped down after being named for his inappropriate behavior. I bet this was a tough decision, even tougher than spelling his name right.
Fun fact: Danny Devito sound tested as Pikachu’s voice for the upcoming live action film. It didn’t quite work out, even though they are the same height.
Hey, my name is BJ. I’m a fun loving guy. Love to hang out with my friends and meet new people. Always up for a good conversation. I’m a big geeky cub that likes his video games and comics. Looking to travel around some more in the future. Big furry hugs to all
About W | Bear:
What I like about W | Bear is that its easy to use. Also easy to find people around the world to connect with. I like that you can keep things more private and controlled.
We love ABETTERBUZZ tees and hats. They have a fun playful look using bear imagery and they are becoming more and more popular, so get your hands on the new spring range today! Plus, right now, if you spend over $50 dollars you get free shipping too (USA only)!