Category Archives: Food

on the house

As the school year winds down, many people may be out celebrating.  And with a lot of friends, a lot of these celebrations result in a variety of alcoholic shots.  I’d like to recommend a shot that my buddy turned me onto that needs more recognition.

Relax, I am a college student, and yes I am in a fraternity.  So many people think I’m referring to this:

You don’t really read HNIRZ thinking I’m going to be recommending jager bombs, do you?  No, I’m referring to the delicious shot known as Applesauce.  Any decent bartender should know what you’re referring to, but in case they don’t or you want to make one for the pregame/afterparty, here’s the recipe:

2/3 oz. Apple Pucker

1/3 oz. Goldschlager

Splash of pineapple juice

Shake over ice

Definitely recommended for all – it does the job, but doesn’t have any nasty aftertaste.  You really can’t help but remark afterward on how much it tasted like Mott’s.

This shot reminds me of this awesome Goldschlager triple-fluted shot glass I had that was shattered after only an hour.  Need to source another one of these ASAP for the permanent collection.


christmas 2009

A few people have approached me in the past with the request that they needed to buy a gift (usually for a guy) but had no idea what to get.  Commonly, people end up buying what they know – cologne, shirts, maybe simple jewelry.  All that stuff is well and good and needed, there’s only so much of it anyone can use.  So here’s a few (okay, a variety of) ideas for gifts this year.  It’s a compilation of things I’ve ran across on the internet in the past year that have remained relevant in my mind.  Take it for what you will – and even if you don’t decide on one of my picks, I hope you are successful in your Christmas shopping.  I know it’s cliche but spending time with friends and family should be the greatest gift of all…and it’s the thought that counts.

Stanley Limited Edition Bottle 1.1 Quart

43325_1I’ve been using a thermos recently for water and while a lot of my friends think it’s stupid, it works well for me.  If you fill the thermos with ice cubes and water, you’ll have a drink that stays colder much longer.  It also isn’t another plastic bottle in the landfill because it’s refillable, and unlike Nalgene and other water bottles, it can hold tea or coffee just as well.  There’s also regular versions of the Stanley thermos and they all come with lifetime warranties.  Available from Blackbird.

Hand Blown Oil, Vinegar and Dressing Bottles

ichendorf_2lgMost oil & vinegar and salt & pepper shaker combos are either a little too playful or way too expensive for my tastes.  These bottles range from $24 to $28 and look good to be sitting out at all times.  Available from Abodeon.

TI$A x Starter Hats

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Show your love for your favorite teams come playoff time with this collaborative hat between Starter and Taz Arnold’s brand TI$A.  They’ll cost you more than a New Era, but you won’t see anyone else wearing one of these at the game.  The Spurs and Lakers are some of the best – yellow corduroy?!?  Email TI$A ( and check out the rest of the hats here.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 Phantom


If you were waiting for the big guns to be pulled here, here it is.  “All black everything” on a watch made by Bell & Ross.  Simple and devoid of extras, it’s functional and still stunning.  This particular one is limited to less than 200 pieces, and carries a fitting price tag of nearly $6,000 on eBay.

Help I Need Help Kits

Screen shot 2009-11-07 at 7.07.03 PMThis was a concept that had blogs on fire towards the middle of the year.  Great for stocker stuffers and much better looking than Tylenol or Advil containers.  If you’ve got a lot of problems you can also pick up all six for only $28.  Available direct from here.

Rock Pillows


Such a cool concept – soft cushions that actually look like rocks.  The largest is 13” x 25” x 25”, and you’ll need a few in each size to create the illusion of rocks, but it’ll be fun for all.  Not sure on pricing but you can contact the manufacturer Ronel Jordaan.

Kiehl’s x Kaws x RxART Creme de Corps

_5948557One of my favorite artists, Kaws, teamed up with RxArt and Kiehl’s to create this limited edition label.  Inside is Kiehl’s famous Creme de Corps lotion and 100% of the net profits are going to RxArt which is, “a nonprofit national organization committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through the challenging yet rewarding task of engaging young patients through contemporary art in pediatric hospitals.”  Do some good this Christmas season.  Available in three sizes from Nordstrom.

Filson Pullman Bag


If you aren’t going to go with a luxury bag, stick with a quality and go with the Filson Pullman.  Measuring 22” x 15” x 9” this will more than cover you for a weekend.  And the best part of all, this bag will get better with age which means that receiving a well-used Filson from a relative may be even better than getting a new one – But you’ve got to start somewhere.  Available from Blackbird.


Hey, I can dream, can’t I?  450 bhp, carbon fiber roof, 7-speed M-DCT tranny, and out of reach for most at $170 grand.

all you need

I’m in the process of moving into my first apartment, and it’s appalling how many things I’m bringing.  I don’t even have to bring all the cooking things thanks to roommates, but when I live by myself I definitely am going to invest in items that are useful and space efficient.

This cookset would be one of the first purchases – and not just because it looks good.  You get all of this for just $160.

You can get the MSR Flex 4 System cookset from REI.

From The Kitchn.

covered up

Natalia Brilli is at it again, this time covering a bottle of Absolut – the Rock Edition:

This is at least more usable than the skateboard.

Via High Snobiety

why change?

I’m a long time lover of Coca-Cola so this made me smile:

Why mess with perfection?

Via the BBC blog.

the world’s greatest

Gatorade is paying homage to basketball’s greatest player – Michael Jordan.  14,000 Gatorade bottles in six different flavors were used to create a mosaic of Jordan dunking in South Chicago.

Congrats MJ on being inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Via Sneaker News

making your life even more difficult

Have a hard time deciding what to drink at your favorite fast food place?  Coca-Cola is going to make it even harder for you with the new “Freestyle” device.

Forgoing the usual 6 choices, the new Coca-Cola Freestyle will be able to dispense 100 different drinks.  Add a touchscreen user interface, and you’ve got a very attractive package.

“It’s like the iPod of drink machines,” said Gene Farrell, vice president of the Jet Innovation Program for Coca-Cola North America. “We’re essentially reinventing the dispensed beverage business.”[In 2009] Americans are expected to buy nearly $121 billion of soft drinks…. With serious profits at stake, development of the new dispensers, which took four years and cost more than $100 million, was a closely guarded secret.

…To create the stylized refrigerator-sized machine, Coca-Cola partnered with DEKA Research and Development, whose founder, Dean Kamen, invented the Segway and several medical devices.

One of the hurdles for designers was trying to create a high-tech device that was fun and easy to use without reminding people of an “ATM or a computer,” said Vince Voron, senior director of industrial design at Coca-Cola who was recruited from Apple to work on the project.

All this added technology isn’t with out it’s Big Brother worries.  When discussing the old system vs. the new:

While the older-style drink machines use 5-gallon bags of syrup that are then mixed with water and carbonation, the new machines use concentrated flavor cartridges a little larger than a video cassette tape.

Each night, the machines will transmit detailed data to Coca-Cola on what brands sold and at what time of the day. Already, they’ve discovered that the popularity of Caffeine-Free Diet Coke spikes after 3 p.m., Farrell said.

It is comforting knowing that Coca-Cola doesn’t know what specific users are drinking, but it still seems to be a little creepy.  On the other hand, I think I can get over that if I have 100 different drink options….oh the possibilities!

Via Core 77