Eating pie and cake is dangerous sport. Somehow the expression ‘piece of cake’ evolved to mean something that was quite easy to accomplish. Considering just the amount of wedding-cake fiascos and pies-in-the-face that occur on a daily basis, this saying is something of a farce. Perhaps we let it slide because cake is so sweet and delicious. In any event, the actual serving of a piece of cake usually isn’t fraught with tension. While the Nambé Rocks Cake Plate might not be on par with any cake-related mishaps you may have experienced, its off-center base provides just enough excitement to keep things interesting. Overzealous cake-cutters may want to beware.
October 26, 2010 No Comments
Most alcoholic beverages are somewhat of a required taste. Remember your first beer? Doesn’t taste so odd now, huh? As a gateway
drug drink, beer has nothing on the next level up: hard liquor. Soon after discovering that sugar is an effective mixer, 21-year-olds (ahem) everywhere learn that, for their still-developing tastebuds, when it comes to booze, colder is better.
Providing a means to chill drinks colder than ice, the Margaritaville NBMGDC1000 Chillin’ Pour Liquor Chiller is a super-freezer and a drink-dispenser all in one. Chilling spirits down to 15-degrees F, the small countertop unit uses a distinctive throttle handle to ease out a shot of super-cooled booze. The unique bar accessory holds up to 750-mL of booze, or just enough to get the frat party started. At a price point similar to that of a college textbook or two, it may not constitute required reading, but it shouldn’t come as any surprise what will get more use.
October 22, 2010 No Comments
Portable grills are imprecise beasts: charcoal gets dumped in, and maybe or maybe not it will be enough fuel to feed a crowd. As the procession of burgers, steaks and chicken come off the grill and make their way into hungry hands, the charcoal burns down and grillers try to squeeze every last bit of heat out of the coals. Because nobody wants to get all grimy lifting up the greasy grill grate to add more charcoal.
Featuring an integrated mechanism that does the lifting for you, the Cuisinart GrateLifter Portable Charcoal Grill keeps the food party going. When engaged, the grill grate couples to the lid, allowing for both to rise in one easy motion. Just add more charcoal, and get those grilled goodies going again.
August 24, 2010 No Comments
Kitchen counter space is always at a premium. Filled with appliances, countertops quickly go from being a center for useful gadgets to being messy mazes in which to work around. Even the simple everyday task of prep work can become hazardous in such circumstances. For those resigned to having cluttered countertops, having a little more space to work with is always appreciated.
July 15, 2010 No Comments
Clean air is always a good thing and considering the amount of air filters, purifiers and the like that are out there on the market, most people would tend to agree. Problem is, while they’re doing their dirty work, they are just sitting there. Some of them don’t even make noise so if it weren’t for a little light you would never even know they were doing anything. (Besides the clean air, of course.)
January 7, 2010 No Comments
Granite and wine rarely mix, but luckily there’s another way to open that bottle other than hitting it against a slab of hard rock. The Rogar International Champion Wine Opener in Antique Pewter with White Wave Granite is an impressive stationary opener that can uncork (and re-cork) bottles in under a second. That’s a timeframe even the most impatient among us will find comforting, while those who practice patience will appreciate an opener this steady as a rock. Best of all, there’s no fishing about for an elusive opener—this behemoth has no chance of getting lost in the utensil drawer.
December 21, 2009 No Comments