I can't cook (or don't, which is more accurate) but I love the Sur La Table stores and site. Occasionally, I will buy my husband some cooking tool as he's the chef of the family. Anything to keep him cooking.
Sufing today I found this adorable Dama Pink stovetop espresso maker by Bialetti. Available for $39.99, Bialetti will donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Since the invention of the Bialetti Moka Express in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, his original octagonal-shaped aluminum stovetop coffee maker has graced 90% of Italian households. As any coffee aficionados will attest, this is the ONLY way to make coffee. The "Dama" is a dressed-up version of the classic, with some thoughtful touches, such as the silicone handle and soft-touch dome knob for safety.
Along with fall foliage come flu shots, static cling between your sheets and blankets, dry heat, and colds and sniffles. As you turn up the heat in your home, you dry out the air. Just about all of us probably have owned or do own a humidifier, which is super useful during the winter, keeping your environment and your breathing balanced. A major problem with most humidifiers is that they actually cultivate mold spores in the water tank and then circulate them into the air.
The Germ Guardian Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier not only senses the humidity in its environment and adjusts to a pre-set level for warm or cold humidification, but there are microscopic silver particles embedded into the tank, which inhibit the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria. An adjustable spray function helps regulate the desired volume of spray. And it's ultrasonic, making it virtually silent when it runs.
Price: 179.99 at Amazon.
Tape dispensers are one of those things that you probably only buy once in your life. My parents still use the same sand-weighted black one from when I was a kid, and I've always assumed that I'd be using the one I bought ten years ago for at least the next fifty years.
Why this is the case, I have no idea. The average tape dispenser is cheaper than lunch at a diner, so cost is clearly not the issue. It can't be lack of innovation either, as this Tape Tape Dispenser (£12) is unique and pretty clever.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
These look like a real guitar and amp, but are miniatures - a 1GB MP3 player and guitar amp speakers. The guitar comes with headphones, guitar lanyard, and a real guitar pick with which you can pick out tunes on the miniature guitar. Perhaps not the most practical music player, but may be a fun gift for collectors of miniatures.
Available at GadgetBox for £49.99 ($102).
I've never stopped to wonder why people who drink generally don't order anything other than sake with their sushi. Why is wine appropriate with cooked fish, but not with raw fish? I'm sure there's a very good answer to this question.
Meanwhile, a restaurant in Osaka, Champagne et Sushi Cuisine Moet, is daring diners to challenge their taste buds by mixing champagne with sushi made with non-traditional ingredients such as cheese and foie gras. Sounds yummy to me, though again, I don't know why traditional sushi wouldn't go just as well with the champagne.
What's next, sake with cheesburgers (maybe if you throw a little wasabe on top)?
Via The Nikkei Weekly (subscription)
Looking around for a vacuum sealer that combines good design and great performance ? Well, I was doing just that when I came across the Oliso Frisper Freshkeeper. And the specs seem pretty promising. For one, I love the sleek oval shape of the vacuum sealer that restricts the form factor to a comfortable level, unlike most other sealers that I have used (and thrown away in disgust). The patent-pending design ensures that usage is simple as well – just fill the specially designed Vac-Snap bag (included in the package) with the product that you want to vacuum seal, place it under the Frisper lid and you are done. The device accomplishes the vacuum sealing by creating a zipped closure along pre-designated spots of the bag. Which means, you are not only spared from positioning the sealer (how frustrating that can get) but are able reuse the bag again. The bags, which are also separately available in gallon and quart sizes, are multi-layer and non-porous, and protect food from freezer burn. Works for me.
The Frisper is available for a reasonable $79.95 along with a year’s warranty from Sharper Image.
Via Cool Hunting.
We would be remiss if we didn't bring our readers some extravagant Christmas indulgence from the fanciful Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.
It was a tough decison between the $35,000 dragon topiary by artist Matthew Larkin -- a steal really considering the gold-leafed horns, claws, teeth, and fins -- and the NM Gem Triton 1000 Submarine which dives to 1,000 feet and comes with a two day instruction package. (Thank goodness, Scout would just smash it up otherwise!) Oh, it's $1,440,000.
In the end, we settled on the Vertu Signature Diamond Phone which works in more than 150 countries. But forget about that - look at those 7.2 carat white and pink diamonds, Muffy! Of course that's 18-kt. rose gold. 24-hour global concierge service? But of course. With only 100 available, you don't risk bumping into someone with the same phone.
A mere $73,000. Take it out of the piggy bank, daaalink...
I suppose that, to some degree, the idea of being age appropriate applies to your gadget purchases as well as to your clothing and jewelry (though, I would submit that even conservative middle-aged people can wear wild colors and patterns on their gadgets that they wouldn't dare put on their bodies). So, at first glance, Laptopmag.com's article Are you Too Old for That Gadget?" sounds like it might contain some reasonable (though probaby obvious) suggestions. I wouldn't recommend a pink Hello Kitty cell phone for a 50 year-old business executive, for instance, though it's none of my business if someone else decides to be eccentric in that way. But, take a look at some of the gadgets the Laptopmag writer thinks are too young for adults:
The Flip Video Ultra Series
Why are these beautifully colored, simple to use video cameras inappropriate for adults? So what if they look somewhat toyish -- they're supposed to look that way because they're fun and easy to use. What's wrong with a little payfulness at any age? The writer suggests that the black and white versions are "passable." Huh? I'm getting the lime green one (a color I'd never wear on my body, but which is my favorite on gadgets).
At the 2007 Korea Eletronics Show, Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced that it has developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on water, which, by 2010 will be used to power cell phones (for 10 hours - twice as long as rechargeable batteries). Eventually, the goal is to develop hydrogen cartridges that only need to be filled with water rather than replaced every few days.
As fall continues to slowly roll in, the days become shorter and walking your dog or playing at the local park gets a little more challenging and a little less safe. Visiglo battery-powered illuminated leashes and collars are available in 3 playful styles; Fashion, Sport, and L.E.D.
Both leashes and collars are made from high-thread count, making them durable and comfortable for dogs to wear and for owners to hold onto (just in case your "Fido" likes to pull and tug you along the way).
All collars feature a low profile power pack (powered by high capacity CR 2025 batteries) and the collar lengths have been sized to standard market sizes. Small collars adjust from 10”-14”, Medium collars adjust from 13”-20”, and large collars adjust from 16”-26.” (Additionally, Visiglo leashes are powered by two AA batteries.)
Bones Leash Price: $24.95 at Amazon.
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