Why stop at using thermal glass to reinvent the French press or liqueur, beer, and wine glasses? These hand-blown Double-Walled Cruets will make your olive oil and balsamic vinegar look like they are floating on air. (I don't know if maple syrup is too thick for the spout, but wouldn't these be great for serving warm maple syrup, kept toasty by the insulated glass?). $52 at the MoMA Store.
International Pickle Day
The NY Food Museum and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District are co-sponsoring the 8th Annual International Pickle Day. Enjoy pickles from close to home and around the world, music, exhibitions, demonstrations, and more. The street fair will take place at Orchard Street (between Broome and Grand Streets) on Sunday, September 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (212.966.0191).
"After you shower, you and your Gold Medal flour/
Then you rub your hot oil for 'bout a half an hour/
You in your hot tub, I'm looking at you, salivating/
Dry you off, I got your paper towel waiting."
Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) is hosting the 2008 Classic Martini Challenge. Be there to witness (and, hic, judge) as close to 20 different gin producers go head to head to prove who has the best martini. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their spirit tasting palate by sampling straight gin in the premium tasting facility. The Martini Challenge will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $25/person.
Mario Batali, style setter? In collaboration with watch manufacturer Cosmoda, the celebrity chef is expanding his retail empire by launching a line of designer lunch bags. The reusable bags, made to resemble handbags, messenger bags, and portfolios, feature insulated pouches, wipeable linings, and decidedly foodish colors (shades of "black pepper," "espresso," "pesto," and "persimmon"). Look for the bags, ranging from $25 to $45, to arrive at department stores and specialty retailers this October.