March 17, 2016
All a barkeep needs If you're new to home bartending, you may not want a drawer full of tools. Try just one: this Swiss Army knife approach to bartending that includes a jigger, zester, muddler, and bottle opener all in one oak-clad utensil. -Samantha Melamad Bartender's Multi-Tool, $32 at Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, 215-465-1704, occasionette.com Bet you can't eat just one Potato chips got a little more interesting with the new Kettle Brand variety cooked in avocado oil and available in flavors including Chili Lime, Hawaiian Barbecue with ginger, and Himalayan Salt.
December 4, 2015 |
If you're looking to stuff a stocking with something a little more special than a sixpack (not that there's anything wrong with a sixpack, hint-hint), Joe Sixpack has just what you're looking for - from bottle openers to worldwide travel. For your dog The gift shop at Victory Brewing (420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown) is fully stocked with glassware, apparel and beer-infused foods. But what about Fido? Get your pooch an "I love Victory" leash. $10. For the cellar A share in Joe Sixpack's holiday case club is a great way to taste a big variety of Christmas beers and winter warmers.
September 4, 2015 |
FROM TIME to time, I like to check in with the U.S. Patent Office for a progress report on the exciting field of beer inventions. Over the years, we've seen brilliant ideas, ranging from tooth protectors on beer bottles to beer pong tables that keep your beer cold. Honestly, if we could channel some of that ingenuity into, say, theoretical aerodynamics, we'd have those rocket packs by now. So, what's new? Here's a handful of recent patent applications. * Shotgun Accessible Beer Can (#2015-0183547)
February 10, 2014 |
Haddonfield's Adrenaline 5K, to be run on March 15, isn't just any 5K. The race, which starts and ends in front of Haddonfield Memorial High School, is fast, really fast. The male winner typically comes in at under 15 minutes, and the female winner is in the 16- to 17-minute range. In 2010, Olympians Erin Donohue and Carmen Douma-Hussa battled for the female prize. (Donohue won with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds.) The course record is 14 minutes, 3 seconds, set in 2010 by Adrian Blincoe.
December 21, 2012
BUDWEISER - FIZZY, yellow Budweiser - now makes a bourbon-and-vanilla-flavored amber lager. If that's not a sign of the impending apocalypse, I don't know what is. Not to worry. The End is precisely why we drink beer to begin with. Drinking is all about enjoying life. It is hedonistic and intemperate. We drink for the moment, not the future. We drink because we know someday we won't. We drink because, as the polka laureate tells us, in heaven there is no beer. The people who make our beer certainly know this.
December 19, 2012
BEER IS the Everyman's drink, which is to say that at this time of year, there's a beer gift for Every Man (and Woman). For the newbie: Let Me Tell You About Beer: A Beginner's Guide to All Things Brewed ($19.07, Amazon.com) by British beer expert Melissa Cole is a fine reading, paired with a snifter of Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 spiced Belgian-style ale. For the snooty: Wine Caddy Sculptures ($29 and up, WineCaddys.com ) are handmade metal art pieces intended to hold bottles of Château de Snob.
December 17, 2012 |
It's my first Christmas with my boyfriend, and choosing a gift for him is impossible. We've all heard the lament, what do you get the man who has everything? Well, my boyfriend is the man who needs everything. He's a musician and travels frequently. He'd be happy with his guitar and whatever clothes fit in a backpack. He doesn't think much of material possessions. Doesn't he know the true meaning of Christmas? I've heard him say he needs basics, like T-shirts, but if I get him a pack of Hanes, I'll feel like his mom. And while a man can give a woman lingerie, I can't bring myself to present my boyfriend with "manties.
December 1, 2012
These days shopping for anything - a whisk, a play kitchen, an electric toothbrush . . . really, anything - involves wrestling with a tyranny of choices. As associate director of the Integral Product Design program at the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Rottenberg teaches budding designers how to ensure their inventions aren't among the 90 percent of new products that enter this bloated marketplace and fail. For starters, there are lots of questions a designer needs to ask of both the potential users and of himself, including: How can you make it familiar and still enhance the user's experience?
June 7, 2012
I expected to hate this new product. I mean, chocolate cream cheese sounds like something we could all live without. But then I tasted the dark chocolate version, and, well, I stand corrected. It's rich and creamy, with a little bitterness from the Belgian chocolate, and a little tang from the cream cheese. Spread it on butter cookies, or use it to dip strawberries. And I'm sure there are baking applications yet to be explored. I can still live without the white chocolate or milk chocolate versions, but the dark chocolate is worth a try. Philadelphia Indulgence, from the makers of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2.99 for an 8-ounce tub. — Maureen Fitzgerald A smashing souvenir Just in case all the details of the sudsy insanity of Philly Beer Week are beginning to fade before it's over, here's a prime piece of festival swag that's likely to endure: a mini-Hammer of Glory bottle opener that Standard Tap co-owner William Reed had artist Warren Holzman cast in bronze.
October 9, 2011
Just because you're camping doesn't mean you have to do without some classy cooking tools. The Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set, from MSR, includes a folding spatula, spoon, and pot strainer/cheese grater; a sheathed high-carbon stainless steel knife; a folding cutting board; a nonstick-pan-friendly pot scraper; moisture- resistant salt and pepper shakers; a bottle opener/ corkscrew; two squeeze bottles for condiments; and a highly absorbent, quick-drying...