Sometimes we need all the help we can get when trying to maintain a healthy diet. We learn little tips and tricks that help us get through our day. Perhaps we don't walk by that co-workers desk that always has always has treats and candy available for all (all meaning you), or maybe on the drive home, we take the long way so as to avoid as many fast-food eateries as possible. The worst though is when we are at home, safely ensconced in our own dominion, and we're done in by something so trivial that we didn'… Read more
When you've got friends over for a cookout or another party, the drinks are especially important. If you're outside, you absolutely have to have some sort of covered drink dispenser. It helps to have something on the heavier side that can't be knocked over if a 4-year-old wants to pour her own lemonade or if some friendly roughhousing gets too close to the table. The Beehive Beverage Jar has all the necessary qualities to make it an ideal option for drinks at a party. It's a glass jar, standing 13.5 inches tall and capable of … Read more
Enjoying a bottle of wine with friends automatically makes any bottle a good one, but it's even better if it's properly chilled.
The Trudeau Digital Wine Thermometer makes it easy to determine the temperature without opening the bottle. An LCD readout coordinates with a sensor that determines when the gadget is in contact with a bottle, and then automatically reads the temperature. Featuring a stainless steel cuff that slips on to the neck of the bottle, the portable thermometer goes wherever a bottle of wine can go.
With recommended serving temperatures printed directly on the cuff, the easy-to-use … Read more
I don't do so well in the mornings: When I hear the alarm clock go off, I need caffeine immediately. To make matters worse, I'm not the biggest fan of coffee. The Teasmade Alarm Clock by Swan offers a simple alternative. In addition to waking you up, it brews a cup of tea so you'll immediately be able to drink down a cup and start your day.
While there have been plenty of automatic coffee pots, it seems it's much harder to find an option for morning tea.
The Teasmade Alarm Clock, which sells online for … Read more
Aeration--the act of letting a wine breath--allows air to mix with the wine, releasing the full flavor and bouquet of the wine as you drink. However, it's not uncommon to skip this step if you've opened a bottle of wine just before you intend to drink it. The Vinturi Wine Aerator lets you avoid the wait, without giving up the full flavor of the wine. By pouring your wine through the aerator on its way to the glass, you can mix in the necessary air quickly.
The Vinturi Wine Aerator is constructed from acrylic and, as such, can … Read more
Cleaning a water bottle is not an easy process, especially if you've been drinking something other than water from it. Even scrubbing the bottom of the bottle seems entirely impossible.
A bottle may look clean, but if you use it long enough, you can never get it to smell clean again--powdered mixes are particularly nasty culprits. The Clean Bottle takes a different approach than encouraging us to try to scrub out a bottle through one small opening. Instead, the Clean Bottle has a screw-off bottom so that you can access to the entire bottle when cleaning it. The bottom … Read more
I'm an American bachelor. That means I occasionally eat or drink things in single servings. Soda, bachelor-chow-like microwave dinners, and cans of tasty, refreshing Pabst Blue Ribbon. And now, thanks to a plucky Brit who wouldn't take no for an answer, we in the U.S. might be getting single-serving wines.
The product is pretty simple, and therein lies the genius. The wine, currently M&S Le Froglet out of London's Mark and Spenser stores, comes in a single-serving plastic wine glass with a removable top similar to what one would find on the top of … Read more
Water out of the tap, though convenient and a modern marvel, just isn't good enough. We can do better. And we certainly try to: from filtered water pitchers to UV water systems, our options for home-based drinking water has never been more abundant. And that's not even considering bottled water--either in little single serving sizes, or those gigantic bottles that are hard to lift. There are pros and cons for each of these water delivery methods, which would imply that the concept could be improved upon.
Sometimes, seemingly simple things can become overly complicated quite quickly. Take serving wine, for example. As enjoyable as drinking a nice glass of wine may be, the temperature-sensitive libation really does benefit from being served at specific (or at least close enough) temperatures. However, chilled wine storage is not always an option, so the simple act of opening a bottle must be put on hold while the bottle is put through some sort of chilling process. The easiest option may be to pop a bottle in the freezer for rapid cool-down, but as anybody knows who has had that method … Read more
Mornings aren't the best time to try to tackle any activity that requires a modicum of coordination. Just walking is pushing it as it is. Food and appliance manufacturers understand this predicament and have given the world groundbreaking devices, from premade frozen breakfast sandwiches to automatic-timer coffee makers. While these autopilot-enabling advances may create streamlined mornings, they don't necessarily offer the healthiest of options.
It's hard to deny that a freshly squeezed glass of juice packs more of a punch than that of one poured from a carton. However, as healthy and delicious as it may be, … Read more