Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.
No refrigerator is complete without beverages. Just think how deserted the inside of the fridge looks when that top shelf is empty. So sad. It could be filled up with beer, iced coffee, and iced tea, but instead there is nothing. Nothing but a wilted head of lettuce staring back forlornly. It is not pleasant imagery, but it doesn't have to be reality. Or does it?
The interior of the fridge could be a landscape of desolation and yet still be stocked with your favorite beverage of choice. "What sorcery is this?" the thirsty may ask. Luckily, … Read more
A fine dance gets orchestrated by baristas every day. It even has a musical accompaniment in the form of grinders grinding and blenders blending. These are the industrial sounds that fuel our modern civilization. Without sounds such as these driving us forward, there is a good chance nobody would get out of bed. The lure of coffee, however, is too strong to ignore and we march collectively forward, eager to face the day, blended coffee drink in hand. And now, that elegant daily ritual can live right on the kitchen counter.
Get a jump on the day with the Hamilton Beach 40918 Java Blend Coffee Brewer ($79.99). … Read more
Technology has had a major impact on the goings-on in the kitchen. However, there are still some things that are hard to improve upon (at least from a preparation perspective). Take French press coffee for example. The simple preparation of steeping ground coffee in hot water produces results that are well respected for a reason: it just works.
Now, that's not to say an automatic plunger and integrated timer that tweets wouldn't improve the device, but for the most part, French press coffee makers are manual creations that do a really good job at what they do. But … Read more
Some things in life are generally unknowable. These range from the meaningless and mundane to the truly deep, philosophical questions of our time. For example, nobody really knows if the refrigerator light turns off when the door is closed. Our greatest minds have joined together on the quest to discover the truth, but usually these meetings disintegrate into someone opening and closing the door really, really fast. To date, nobody can confirm (or deny) the existence of the elusive refrigerator gnome.
All that opening and closing of the refrigerator door is sure to drive up one's thirst, which leads … Read more
There is no wrong way to enjoy a glass of wine. The delicious elixir, however, has long been subjected to rules and social conventions that have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. No doubt that many of these customs have evolved out of a simple desire to improve the experience of wine-drinking, but sometimes they can just be too stifling. If I want to drink my wine with a straw, then so be it.
Just because one chooses to drink wine with a straw out of a coffee cup, they should not automatically be denied the best experience possible. … Read more
Timing, as they say, is everything. But that's not entirely true since "everything" is rather all-encompassing. Take for example, trying to sell a new ice cooler in the middle of winter. At first blush, the oft-repeated idiom might make sense. Then it comes time to consider the future. It will get warm again. And a cold beer (or soda) sure would be nice then. What was that about being able to sell ice to an Eskimo?
So it's the weekend and the empties are starting to pile up. Somebody is going to have to take a trip (or many) out to the recycling bin. Then again, somebody went through a lot of trouble, time, and expense to produce all those bottles. Sure, it makes transporting the beer or wine (OK, fine; soda too) a lot easier than not, but still, it seems a shame to see them broken at the bottom of a recycling bin. Especially when they would look so much better on the wall.
It might take a while to accumulate 99 bottles … Read more
Wine fridges have all the fun. They get to store wine, at a precisely controlled temperature, ready for consumption at a moment's notice. Better yet, they get to do all this while offering imbibers the freedom of choice of what wine they want at what temperature. But this doesn't mean a case of beer has to be left out in the warmth.
Wine fridges come in all shapes and sizes, yet all are designed to store wine at an ideal temperature depending on the wine. Many differentiate between red and white wines by offering dual temperature zones. The … Read more
Back in 2004, Ryan McGann, an engineer by training, was sitting on the beach. He was getting hot and his beer was getting warm. He thought to himself that there must be some way to harness the power of the sun to get the beer part of the equation right. That's when he built his first Solar Cooler prototype for his own use.
Years later, he's on the verge of launching the Solar Cooler as a consumer product by way of crowdfunding. The project should be live soon, likely on Indiegogo, to capitalize on the interest he's garnered from showing off a prototype at CES. The 50-pound cooler has solar panels on top, two big wheels to navigate beach sand, charging ports for your gadgets, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours.… Read more