The French have every right to be proud of their national cuisine, and have no problems boasting of its glory. So much so that the country’s post office has just come out with a chocolate-themed stamp collection to celebrate the key ingredient (are you dreaming of rich, flaky chocolate croissants yet?). Designed to look like a fancy bar of chocolate, the limited-edition stamps are also scented! Sending love letters can be even sweeter now.
So what would happen if the USPS decided to make a scratch n’ sniff stamp collection honoring American cuisine? Hot Pocket-flavored mail? [SecretsOfParis.com] Keep reading »
For those who live in cities, cramped quarters necessitate some creative maneuvering in the kitchen. Especially if you don’t have one. Over at gadget blog Gizmodo, one writer has taken it upon himself to test out, um, alternative means for cooking. The first experiment involved making a chicken dinner in a coffeepot (just the thought is hard to stomach), by poaching a chicken breast. To accompany, couscous, also prepared in heated water. The results are a bit surprising: “The coffee maker did a perfectly fine job of it. The chicken was moist and the texture was about right, and it is an incredibly easy way to make a meal. I could see this recipe being useful if you’re stuck in a hotel room somewhere—and just happen to have a raw chicken breast on you.” Yeah, and then having bird-flavored java in the morning. Mmmm.
For his next trick, the MacGyver Chef attempted to dishwasher-cook a fish fillet by steaming a piece of salmon wrapped in tinfoil (on the regular wash, not the pots and pans cycle). In two trials, one version came out overcooked with the other was far undercooked.
Interesting ideas…but we gather you’ll probably be sticking to your ramen noodles. [Gizmodo.com] Keep reading »
Some folks are too fashionable to clean up after their dogs, even if they use stylish Poupou Royal
bags. So we’re sure the PooTrap
will be on everyone’s shopping wish list. It’s too bad their dogs probably won’t like wearing the PooTrap contraption that attaches to their tails. However, the makers of PooTrap have some wise advice
for dog owners who may be apprehensive about the device:
“As you know there are many things dogs do not like such as showers, grooming, eating dry food. However, when they are used to all these things, they will be excited about it. According to our statistics, 98% of dogs will be used to ‘PooTrap’ after trying it for three days. Again they will be excited to see ‘PooTrap’ on them because this means that their owner is going to walk them out again.”
Oh, well then. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Christian Louboutin sure knows his customer. First he gave women bitchy red-soled stilettos that practically beg to be taken out for a night on the town. Now he’s providing the booze. Last night, the designer launched his very own champagne in collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck, at, according to his press agent anyway, “an exclusive private press viewing of a scandalous ritual which, having thrived in the 19th century, became emblematic of a luxurious era when Europe was living life to the fullest.” Whatever that means. It’s well known that Loubs loves to swing on the trapeze, but we’re pretty sure that’s not what they’re referring to, and we were too busy to attend, sniff. Next, he’s opening up a dating service. (Just kidding on that last one, but a girl can dream.) Keep reading »
Tea Baggers (heh) may be rallying against Obama‘s tax proposals, but perhaps they don’t know that Mr. President is a Tea Bagger (haha) himself. Thanks to a German design company called Donkey Products, you can now dunk political figures affixed to sachets to flavor your afternoon cup. The line comes in three collections: DemocraTea, depicting world leaders, StripTea with naughty strippers, or RoyalTea with Tony Blair and the Queen herself. RoyalTea, we’d imagine, would contain an English brew, but we’re curious as to what the others would be. Guesses for Vladimir Putin’s flavor? [Gizmodo.com] Keep reading »
For those who really like to see things as they are, D-Vision, a design collective, has invented these wonderful dishes which take a literal interpretation of they food they hold. For apples, a bowl with a space to put your core, or the Bubbalicious container made of spherical shapes that allows it to sit different ways. Cool, right? [D-Vision.co.il via Irresistable.fr] Keep reading »
Do you love to hate fashion? Then check out Whoodoo Dolls, extra chic, pin cushiony little bits that allow you to torture the likes of major style players Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and legendary punk rock designer Vivienne Westwood (left), though we’re not sure who would wanna eff with her. She rules.
Check out the whole collection on British artist group The Kuntists’ site. [Stylelist] Keep reading »
Dinner mints are boring yet practical. Most of us never really considered that mints could be updated. Andes Mints were doing their job, weren’t they? But there’s always room for improvement. Who would have guessed that changing their shape could make mints so interesting? I’d take the After Dinner Nipples, which are filled with mint fondant, out of the box, though, and see how many people actually notice the shape as they pop one in their mouths. [RippNRoll.com via Impact Lab] Keep reading »
For those of you lucky enough to have tasted the delicious goodness of a Crumbs cupcake then get ready for some good news. This Debbie Meyer CupcakeGenius has a silicone stopper frame that allows you to fill the middle of desserts with frosting, fruit or anything else you see fit to put inside. Mmmm, late-night cupcake binges just got tastier. [$20, Debbie Meyer CupCakeGenius] Keep reading »
Going to the bathroom during a power outage or while you’re suffering from a major hangover just got a lot easier. You no longer need light to locate the toilet paper roll. Glow in the dark toilet paper shines like a beacon of good hygiene, but one question still remains: Is it really safe to have this tissue close to your bum? I’ve noticed colored toilet paper has become a thing of the past, and I always thought it was because dyes are unhealthy. However, one thing is for sure, glow in the dark toilet paper will be good for laughs –$8 laughs. A glowing trail of tissue on someone’s shoe would be that much funnier than a trail of regular white TP. [thumbs Up! via Impact Lab] Keep reading »