May 14, 2015 No Comments
Comedy and hamburgers just go together. Wait. No they don’t. Burgers are serious business. Just ask Wimpy and his perpetual need to pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today (assuming it is not actually Tuesday, of course). When it is burger time, it is burger time; no fooling around.
Unless, of course, you have the Flipping Funny Talking BBQ Spatula by Charcoal Companion. The silly contraption is designed to add a little whimsy at the grill and wise-cracks “9 hilarious phrases” at the press of a button. Looking as much like Drew Carey as a spatula possibly could, the novelty grill accessory is sure to be a hit at the next cookout — if not because of the hilarity, then because it is serving up burgers. Wimpy would be impressed.
May 7, 2015 No Comments
You know what’s good? Food. You know what makes food better? Flavor. Imparting such upon our edibles has never been easier. Not only are recipes galore only a click or two away, but spices from every corner of the globe can be found either online or in everyday brick-and-mortar stores which have well-stocked shelves to accommodate humanity’s growing palate. But of course, you are gonna need a place to store all those spices.
The Lipper Spice Rack Tower is a two-tier spice rack that opens and closes for easy storage. The spice rack holds eighteen bottles and has a flat bamboo top that can accommodate odd-shaped spice bottles of any size — or odd-shaped pictures, stickers and stamps of spices until that internet order comes in.
April 22, 2015 No Comments
Forget spiral slicers, veggie splitters are what it’s all about now. The Water Spinach Splitter looks to bring to the masses a specialized kitchen gadget that creates a neat garnish quickly and easily.
Water spinach (rau muong in Vietnamese, ong choy in Cantonese) is a super popular green vegetable in Southeast Asia and Southern China, where it grows literally like a weed. The tender leaves and tops are boiled and stir-fried. The tougher, hollow stems (about 1/4 inch wide) are resourcefully split so that they’re easier to chew.
In the Vietnamese kitchen, the shreds of stems are soaked in water until curly and crunchy. There’s just a slight grassy flavor in the stems, which are enjoyed mostly for their nutritional value and texture.
Typically, the shreds are lightly dressed with a vinaigrette for a salad or set out as a noodle soup garnish for guests who want to add extra crunch and fiber to their meal. (Eating too much of the stems, however, may lead to constipation.) Indeed, there’s little waste when you’re feeding lots of people.
A knife is traditionally used to split the stems, but the modern water spinach splitter (dao che rau muong, literally “knife for splitting water spinach”) works much better and saves time.
For a more personal take, check out Wandering Chopsticks for a nice little story of discovery and enjoyment.
April 16, 2015 No Comments
Stickers are handy little things when it comes to organization. Just write what you are storing on one and stick it on the thing you’re storing it in. But then there is no turning back (only adding additional stickers).
Items in the kitchen lack permanence (thankfully). As we eat our way through the pantry and food cabinet, the jars and storage containers have their contents reduced until the label is staring back at us with empty, cold indifference. Incorrectly as well. How rude.
The Chalkboard Labels Sticker Set looks to politely erase that mistake by allowing actual erasing. Consisting of a variety of styles at an affordable price, the reusable stickers can be written on with chalk over and over again. With 48 stickers in the pack, there are enough to get organized in every room of the house. Maybe teach those plain ol’ traditional stickers some manners as well.
April 6, 2015 No Comments
Tea is (often) caffeinated. Owl are nocturnal. Coincidence? Clearly the Tovolo Owl Tea Infuser doesn’t think so.
The little guy is made of silicone and holds loose leaf tea and can be filled easily via its removable base. Other tea infusers in the set include a pig, a sheep, an anchor and a gingerbread man. Now what they have to do with drinking tea is anybody’s guess. Perhaps it is only the owl who knows.
March 25, 2015 No Comments