One of my favorite summertime treats is a strawberry rhubarb pie, followed closely by a strawberry pie without the rhubarb. But I don't always have the patience to stand and slice enough strawberries for a pie. At best, I may chop up the fruit and just not worry about the appearance. The Strawberry Slicester offers an alternative, however--and it's one that provides pretty sliced strawberries for my pies without my needing to stand around with a knife. I don't have to worry about the strawberries sliding around on the cutting board and even the juice is easier … Read more
It's the little things that matter most, like strawberry toppings on cheesecakes, desserts, and puddings; the taste of summer; the kids, gorging themselves on delectably cut strawberry pieces. Sure, you can slice the strawberries with your knife the old-fashioned way, but where's the fun in that? Plus, you'll maybe nick your fingers in the process, and risk ending up with a lot of mush.
Not too far from where I live, there is a U-Pick-It farm where I can get as many strawberries as I want for next to nothing, provided I'm willing to pick them myself. I certainly don't mind picking strawberries--but as I'm preparing them to eat or preserve, dealing with all those leaves can be a bit of a hassle. The Good Grips Strawberry Huller from Oxo significantly speeds up the process. With the huller, removing the inedible parts of a strawberry is just a matter of pushing the huller in, twisting it and pulling it out. It … Read more
We've never quite understood the appeal of mobile phone straps and charms, but maybe that's just another sign of our advanced age. But now we've finally come across a trinket that we can relate to: a mini-lava lamp.
And this isn't just any lava-lamp charm, according to Popgadget, but one that lights up when you get a call. The "Astro Light" from British designer Mathmos is also available as a bulb, but it's the lava lamp that holds a special place in our heart. The only other icon that would be more appropriate … Read more
Those who are familiar with Vertu may associate it with Ferraris and $310,000 serpent handsets. But the luxury phone maker has a casual side too, and it's ready to celebrate summertime with strawberries and cream. The "Strawberry" and "Cream" phones are accented with perforated leather made to feel like the surface of the seasonal fruit, in respective pink and cream hues. Sybarites did not disclose a price for these special editions of the "Ascent" line, but we'll keep an eye out at the kiosks of our local mall. It may take … Read more
The more things change, the more they stay the same--either that, or they just morph into each other. Take, for example, the retro '60s trend that won't go away: Just as it's kept alive the lava lamp, it continues to pump oxygen into another staple from the era--the bean-bag chair.
The "Slouchpod InteractiveXT" (sounds dangerously close to an oxymoron) updates the classic bean bag for modern times with two 5-watt speakers, a 10-watt subwoofer and connections for game consoles, media players, PCs, TVs and pretty much anything else you can plug into a socket, according to … Read more
Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and there may be a few red cell phones out there for you to give your loved one on that special day (or that commercialized, overhyped holiday, depending on your point of view).
Cingular/AT&T launched the Samsung Sync in red earlier this month, and we've heard that Verizon will launch not one but two red phones soon. According to the My:Tech News Blog, a red Motorola Krzr K1m (dubbed the Krzr Fire) and a red LG Chocolate (dubbed the Strawberry Chocolate) have appeared on Verizon's "testman" Web site, … Read more