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Pork Pride

Porkshirt

Follow the lead of I Heart Bacon and Bacon Unwrapped and embrace your preference for pig by wearing a vintage Corner Cut Pork T-shirt. If it’s too much pork, Café Press also offers tees, sweatshirts, bags and aprons with other selections of meat and potatoes, including wafer cut fries, wild duck, and mutton. Prices range from $9 for a kid’s tee to $29 for a sweatshirt on Café Press.

Listed by Melissa McCart on Jun 30, 2006 in Culinary Couture | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Serving Summer

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Summer outdoor entertaining holds many joys. Along with some minor dilemmas -- you don’t want to serve delicious seasonal meals on flimsy disposable plates, but you don’t want to risk your favorite breakables either. Jonathan Adler, the shining star of whimsical design, has come up with a solution. His Happy Home line now comes in durable acrylic and Melamine versions so you can use these relentlessly cheerful (as well as affordable) platters, pitchers, martini glasses and plates outside while staying cool and carefree. Other brands of plasticware do exist, but aren’t nearly as fun. $5 to $26 at Velocity Art and Design.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jun 28, 2006 in Tableware | Link | Comments (0) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Italian Itineraries

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Part cookbook and guidebook, Beth Elon's A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany is a collection of 10 road- and palate-tested itineraries that take the reader on a journey from the Lunigiana to the Maremma, with plenty of stops at markets, restaurants, bakeries, and gourmet shops along the way. Throughout, Elon shares recipes for more than 100 local and regional specialties. $15.72 at Amazon.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jun 26, 2006 in Books | Link | Comments (0) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Baby's First Bento

Babybento Just because your baby is still on pureed peas and rice cereal, it doesn't mean she can't begin her training in the finer points of Japanese dining. With this Bento Sushi Box Play Set (as seen at babygadget), she can practice away on plush versions of shrimp tempura, california rolls, sushi, and a big green ball of pain-free wasabi. Before long, she'll be ready for the real thing. $35 at The Spoon Sisters, sake not included.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jun 21, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

High-class Ice

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We thought we’d already seen all the product ploys that luxury brands come up with to reach as many market segments as possible. Gucci dog bowls and teddy bears, and now, Gucci ice trays? This product even makes naughty ice seem not quite so ridiculous. The downside: the frozen status symbols will quickly disappear when used to chill the swanky cocktails served at your next party. Upside: the rubber trays are reusable. But is it really the best way to impress your friends and neighbors? $85 for a set of two at Gucci.com.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jun 19, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Sweet Treat

Alfajore

Now that Buenos Aires is in vogue and every freelancer I know seems to be popping down to Argentina for a six-week "sabbatical" -- why haven’t I been hearing more about alfajores? They are a classic Argentinian pastry: a sandwich of two spiced butter cookies with a dulce de leche filling, dipped in dark or white chocolate. But they could also be described as the platonic ideal of cookie-meets-soft caramel thickness-meets-just-the-right amount of chocolate. They are divine and extremely portable, because the best kind are not sold in local pastry shops, but foil-wrapped and packaged. Several varieties range from $5.99 to $19.99 at AmigoFoods.com.

Listed by Renée Kaplan on Jun 16, 2006 in Sweets | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Here's the Scoop

Original Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

When my husband recently took up making ice cream, the search for the perfect scoop was on. We soon learned that scoopus interruptus is a common problem, because a visit to any kitchenware store reveals a staggering variety of ice cream tools. The Original Zeroll, however, has gotten the job done since the 1930s.It now comes in aluminum or Teflon, but it still functions without moveable parts and has that signature self-defrosting fluid. Plus, it's Cooks Illustrated's pick, and buying one guarantees ownership of a museum piece (it's in MoMA's design collection). $16.95 at Sur La Table.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jun 14, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (0) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Tie One On

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Skip buying dad a silk tie for Father's Day this year and consider instead the Bon Appétit Tie from French design outfit Atypyk. The washable linen-cotton necktie is made completely out of dish towel, so it makes a fashion statement at the office as well as in the kitchen. $27.64 at the Atypyk e-shop.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jun 12, 2006 in Culinary Couture | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Bow to Bruni

Brunishirt

Even if you haven’t taken a cross-country fast food odyssey or eaten out with friends who pack their own gourmet salt, you can show your Frank Bruni spirit with an "I am Frank Bruni" t-shirt, designed by tastingmenu.com. If you’d rather not wear your statement like a foodie superhero, you can order it on a messenger bag instead. Prices range from $21 for a t-shirt to $25 for a messenger bag at Cafe Press.

Listed by Melissa McCart on Jun 9, 2006 in Culinary Couture | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Lovely Linens

Custom tablecloths

Can’t find the perfect linens to dress your table? Order a custom tablecloth cut from Textile Arts’ vibrant fabrics. Choose from classic Marimekko florals, Ljungberg mid-century modern, quirky novelty prints, and bold stripes. Table linens range from $60 for a 54-inch square to $130 for larger tables at Textile Arts.

Listed by Melissa McCart on Jun 7, 2006 in Tableware | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post