An alternative to the basic Bodum press pot, the Freud Coffee Plunger sports a vaguely nautical design and a stubby wood handle. The coffee pots come in two sizes, large (1 liter) and small (300 ml).
How does it compare to a Bodum in terms of functionality? I have no idea, but it certainly looks cool.
£48.95 (roughly $73) for the small pot at Graham and Green.
Roger Ebert has written a book about rice cookers, titled The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker. It's due out in bookstores in September.
The New York Times recaps the Ozersky wedding scandal and asks the question, "When Is a Free Meal Just Part of a Writer’s Job?"
The curvaceous design of Full Circle's Scoop Sponge minimizes contact with the sink or counter while it's not being used, increasing the speed at which it will dry out, thereby limiting opportunities for bacteria to fester in moist places.
$4.50 at amazon.com.
The Alaska Distillery in Wasilla (uh oh) has created a smoked-salmon flavored vodka.
Plans to build one of Germany's biggest bridges and a four-lane highway through the Mosel valley, where the Riesling wine is produced, have outraged local winemakers and wine critics.