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Gelato Jealousy

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With this sweltering heat, Californians have cold foods on the mind. The importance of local ice cream vendors has never been greater, but for those who are too damn hot to venture out, what better time to splurge on a New York treat? il Laboratorio del Gelato ships nationwide, and their ricotta, hazelnut and green apple flavors refresh particularly well. But this indulgence is only for those who don’t mind spending a pretty penny on their gelato -- four 18-ounce containers packed with the flavors of your choice will cost about a hundred bucks total. Available for online purchase at il Laboratorio del Gelato

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jul 31, 2006 in Sweets | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Best Buzzes

Victrola Coffee & Art

Organic, Fair Trade, and micro-roasted coffees are taking the caffeinated world by storm -- and finally getting their due in the press. Though Victrola Coffee & Art remains somewhat under the radar, it’s among the best, and if you’re in Seattle, experiencing fresh brews at their fab retro café is a must. But, there’s no need to remain an armchair coffee tourist. You can order online from Victrola, as well as from the nation’s most skilled roasters. For great virtual coffee tourism, check out Gimme! Coffee, Intelligentsia, La Colombe Torrefaction, and Groundwork Coffee Company. Victrola's Streamline Espresso (pictured here) will set you back $13 per pound.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jul 28, 2006 in Coffee | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Desk Dessert

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Calling all desk-bound chocophiles! Here's a Desk Organizer you can appreciate. Not only does it store your pens and paper with flair, it's even chocolate-scented. The only downside is that you might attract unwelcome officemates sniffing around your desk for sweets. $14 at Fred Flare.

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

Squeeze Me

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No, this is not a giant aspirator (though it does look like one, to my mind). The ingeniuous Squeeze-Me handheld juicer allows you to squeeze, strain, and store fresh lemon without  getting your hands dirty. Just drop half a lemon into the base, attach the top, and squeeze away. $27 at Generate.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 21, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Vintage Pin

Wine bottle-shaped rolling pin If you've ever had to resort to using an empty wine bottle as a rolling pin (I have), you can appreciate the playful design of this rolling pin that evokes the shape of a bottle of Bordeaux, but won't leave any wine stains in your biscuits. $21.40 at Atypyk.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 19, 2006 in Bakeware | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Ibérico Arrives

Ibérico Arrives

The first USDA-approved products made from Spain's legendary black-footed Ibérico pigs have arrived in the United States. La Tienda, the online purveyor of imported Spanish foods, is currently selling Ibérico sausages (that's a "sarta" chorizo pictured here) and cured pork loin. Ibérico ham, which requires additional time for curing, has yet to be imported. Current products range from $19.95 to $97 at La Tienda.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 17, 2006 in Meats | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Plush Pork

Sweetmeats

From conventional meats to organic, free-range, and grass-fed varieties, consumers face myriad choices that have complex ethical, health, and environmental consequences. But, what about plush meats? As seen at Cool Hunting, the Sweet Meats collection of antibiotic-free stuffed toys includes ham, beef, pork, ribs, and hot links shapes. Could a huggable stuffed pork chop be the answer to the omnivore's dilemma? What would Pollan do? Available in individual and family sizes from $19.99 at Sweet Meats.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 14, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (3) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Pop Art

Sailboat

The convenience of making your own popsicle stash always appeals during summer months. They can’t play those silly twangy tunes associated with ambling neighborhood ice cream trucks, but Cuisipro's Pop Molds bring this sentimental favorite snack into your home with fun and whimsy. They give you the form to work with – molds come in sailboats (pictured here), stars, rockets, or old fashioned twin pop shapes – and then it’s up to you to make them tasty. In case your recipe search is coming up cold, Cuisipro provides suggestions to create that frozen inspiration you crave. Pop Molds from $15.95 at PrairieMoon.biz.

Listed by Jessica Ritz on Jul 12, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Swanky Scales

Typhoon vintage scale

There's a fine line between kitsch and class when it comes to "retro" kitchen supplies. Thankfully, Typhoon's vintage scales, which have the smooth, curved lines reminiscent of an old-fashioned radio, fall into the latter category. Made of powder-coated steel, the scales feature a precision weighing mechanism and a pear-shaped stainless steel bowl for ease of pouring. $40 in blue, pink, cream, and green at Typhoon.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 10, 2006 in Appliances | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Steep Easy

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As seen at Mighty Goods, Adagio Teas' ingenuiTEA teapot/infuser takes all the trouble out of brewing loose tea. Fill with hot water, add tea, and when the tea has steeped to your liking, place the pot on top of your cup and a valve at the bottom will automatically infuse and release the tea, leaf-free. $19 at Adagio Teas.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 7, 2006 in Gadgets | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post