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Friday
Sep292017

9 Delicious Gifts for Martini Lovers

Everyone has their go-to drink, but people who love martinis are a special kind of breed. They want something a little more special than a glass of wine or a beer, but they’re definitely not interested in whatever custom artisanal concoction that appears on the elaborate cocktail menu (you can take your elderflower and shove it, they say—it’s much too fussy for them).  In short, they want something classic, ice cold, and super-savory. Martinis check all those boxes and then some, which is why it has remained a popular drink order (just ask James Bond) amongst people from all walks of life.  Martinis also include a bunch of olives, rivaling the Bloody Mary as one of the only cocktails that comes complete with a snack (perfect when you’re tying a few on at happy hour, pre-dinner).    

Have someone in your life who loves martinis? We’ve rounded up a bunch of gifts perfect for them.  Pair any of these with a bottle of vodka or gin, and they’re guaranteed to love it (and probably incite an impromptu cocktail hour on the spot). Read it on Parade.    

Wednesday
Sep272017

Food Huggers 

If you've ever used half a lemon (read: if you cook at all), you know how annoying it can be to try to keep the unused portion fresh. Do you throw it in a plastic baggie? Or cover it in plastic wrap? You don't want the lemon to go to waste, but you also don't want to fill the garbage with unnecessary trash. Enter: this set of Food Huggers.

Crafted out of BPA-free, food-safe silicone, the set (a steal for less than $9) comes with four different sizes, each stretching to fit the desired item and forming a tight seal that protects the food from air, moisture, and the like. They're dishwasher- and microwave-safe, nest together for compact storage, and will save you from having to drop cash on plastic wrap and bags.

And while the Food Huggers are great for items like tomatoes, onions, lemons, and limes, they can also stretch to cover containers, so you can use that old bowl — even though you lost the lid to it back in the early 2000s.

Originally posted on The Kitchn

Monday
Sep252017

VonShef Mixing Bowl Set 

When it comes to building the best possible kitchen, having a high-quality mixing bowl set is essential. And while we love glass bowls for their aesthetic and their durability, there's a reason why professional chefs prefer stainless steel bowls for all of their mixing needs. Put simply, stainless steel is durable (yet lightweight) and easily washable — two things that are beyond helpful in the kitchen.

 That's why we endorse this VonShef three-piece mixing bowl set (on sale on Amazon for a steep 64 percent discount), which takes regular stainless steel mixing bowls and adds useful features to make them even better.

 The set features three bowls of varying sizes, handles for easy maneuvering, non-slip silicone bases to avoid countertop slippage, and — perhaps most ingenious — built-in spouts to allow for easy pouring of liquid ingredients into pans. Never again will you get batter on the counter trying to transfer it from your mixing bowl to your muffin tins.

Originally posted on The Kitchn.

Friday
Sep012017

Taco Booties

If you have a baby, it's important to start indoctrinating your mini-me when they're young.  Do you think a three-year-old girl decided that she likes Nirvana on her own?  Nope.  It's because Nirvana is dad's favorite band, and that three-year-old girl thinks everything that dad likes is awesome (at least for the next 7-9 years).

So, if you're really into Mexican food and want your kid to enthusiastically embrace everything that Taco Tuesday provides, start 'em young, namely with these adorable Taco Booties ($25, Uncommon Goods). They'll be the hit of any Mexican restaurant you frequent, and you better believe they're Cinco de Mayo appropriate. Que linda!  

Wednesday
Aug302017

Malvaux Number 1 Knife 


Back in the day, you used to have outdoorsy guys and indoorsy guys.  The two were ardently different. One guy would spend his weekends fishin' and hikin' and actively removing the "g's" off of words, while the other guy would go to nice restaurants and bars, and maybe an art museum, where he pretended to understand oil paintings for an afternoon while wearing a collared shirt.

But now—thanks to hipsters, mostly—those two types of guys have merged, which is why you'll see dudes hiking in $250 flannel shirts or buying $600 axes (which they will never actually use, by the way). Yes, the "cabin porn" industry is on the rise, and these dudes are soaking it right up.

That's why, in addition to the expensive flannels and axes, we have this—admittedly beautiful—Malvaux Number 1 Knife, which boasts a $250 price tag (you read that right).  This ain't your grandfather's Swiss Army Knife, by any stretch, but the guy you're buying it for is nothing like this grandfather anyway.