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...
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.
May 7, 2000 |
What: Can opener with lid lifter Manufacturer: Made in China for Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland Where: Williams-Sonoma Price: $25 Lid-lifting features are standard on most new top-of-the-line can openers. This sturdy stainless-steel model from a company known for its pressure cookers comes cleverly packaged in a hard-cardboard "can. " It works by cutting through a can's top rim, leaving no sharp edges on the lid or can. A gripper device on the opener grasps the rim and lifts it off. The test.
November 6, 2008
You can find sulfurous, ping-pong-ball-size brussels sprouts just about anytime. But it wasn't until a week or two ago that we started seeing our favorites from fall's new Lancaster County crop back in the markets - tight, heaping-teaspoon-size fellas that are reliably superior in flavor and texture. Slice them in half (lengthwise), brown them in butter, douse with sherry vinegar and a bit of olive oil and behold the brussels sprout at its finest - caramelized, sweet and nutty. - Rick Nichols A clever bird The tail of this sweet little songbird is a bottle opener, while its underbelly is ridged to handle twist-off tops.
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 27, 2000 |
Champagne and oysters are an obvious choice for a New Year's Eve fete, large or small. But when it comes to choosing and serving, oysters offer more challenges than sparkling wines. Oysters, like wine, differ depending on species, region, the way they were grown and the season in which they were harvested. So you can hold an oyster tasting just as you would with wine. And it's guaranteed to get people talking. If you've got oysters on your mind for New Year's Eve, here are a few things to think about, courtesy of Kevin Meeker, chef and owner of Philadelphia Fish & Co., 207 Chestnut St.: How to pick 'em When selecting oysters, first make sure they're fresh and cold.
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 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.