PRODUCT: World Centric Paper Straws (The Best Paper Straws!)

From ancient times, man has used drinking straws. Here’s the history of the drinking straw, dating back to Sumeria. The modern drinking straw, made of paper, debuted in 1888, ultimately coated in wax so it would hold up longer before getting mushy. But mushy it did get, losing its shape when saturated with liquid. The…
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GIFT: Madame Paulette Stain Removal Kit

[1] Red wine stains: Out! (Photos © Madame Paulette). [2] Coffee stains: Out! (Plus a dozen or more other stain types: all out!) [3] There are five single-use kits in each order.   If you have friends like us, here’s a welcome holiday gift. Who are “friends like us?” We are the less-coordinated people who…
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STOCKING STUFFER: Wine Foil Cutter & Refrigerator Magnet

Cork Pops, manufacturer of wine accessories, has come up with another great product for wine lovers. The latest collection is an improvement on conventional magnetic foil cutters. What makes them better than the wine bottle foil cutter you already have? First, the cutting blades are so much better than most versions we’ve tried. They are…
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STOCKING STUFFER: Zoku Jumbo Ice Cube Molds

[1] Zoku’s Iceberg ice cubes (both photos © Zoku). [2] The classic jumbo sphere ice cube.   If you’re planning to gift a bottle of spirits, how about snazzy jumbo ice cube molds from Zoku? They create cubes that melt so slowly, they won’t dilute the drink. Jumbo ice cubes have been around for a…
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GIFT: Smoking Gun – Smoke Gun – Smoke Infuser For Food & Drinks

The term “smoking gun” is a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. But there’s no crime in purchasing a smoking gun—a.k.a. smoke gun—for cold-smoke cooking. Creative cooks will love this kitchen gadget. We purchased one after paying $20 a pop for smoking cocktails at…
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