Chef Roy Choi helped kick off the food truck craze back in 2008 with his wildly popular Kogi Truck in LA, in which he served up his now-famous Korean tacos. The godfather of the street food revolution brings us his first book—a memoir and cookbook packing 85 recipes which pay homage to his experience and his city.
Bold dishes require an equally bold apron. These colorful versions from Les Toiles du Soleil are sewn from the famed striped textile known as the “cloth of the sun,” produced on French looms, loved by Martha Stewart, and synonymous with durability and luxury. Accomplished chef or master of the microwave, this stunning apron will bring culinary delight to anyone’s kitchen.
We couldn’t think of a more fitting time than the holidays to pay homage the glorious muffin top. A cushioning part of our anatomy, often scorned, these supple bits of softness form a necessary layer during the colder months, and serve as a well-earned record of many overindulgent yet delicious holiday feasts. Muffin Top Muffin Cups will offer an ironic pause as you enjoy your home baked muffin. New Year’s resolutions don’t kick until January, so until then, embrace those sexy curves and eat up.
The Cool Hunting team spends a lot of time sampling new foods, and very often we get hooked. This holiday we joined forces with indie food purveyor Mouth to create small assortments of these sweet and salty treats. Pick your penchant for an edible fix, or combine the two for an even bigger spread which comes with a bonus bag of Tate’s gluten-free cookies.
If having a seemingly endless supply of freshly tapped golden suds wasn’t enough badassery for you, let us suggest this Deer Antler Skull Tap Tower. Brew connoisseurs with a backwoods sensibility will fawn over this tap tower, which combines an industrial steel pipe mechanism with a rustic white deer skull. Each frothy fill-up is much more satisfying from this tap, which was designed and hand assembled with love by the industrial folks at CabinFeverCraft, straight from the woods of Michigan.
The Malle W. Trousseau collection keeps a kitchen stocked full of the finest utensils. Inspired by French couple Isabelle Mathez and Fredéric Winkler, whose daughter left home with a plea to take her favorite appliances with her, this all-in-one assortment includes the most well-designed cutters, cookers, and containers ever made, and promises a lifetime of culinary achievement.
A wooden knife? Yes. This bamboo bread knife from the MoMA Store is extremely effective for cutting bread and other baked goods Crafted entirely from sustainable bamboo and ready to slice, this tasteful knife adds a natural accent to any chopping block.
Produced as part of his ongoing collaboration with London’s Burgerac, artist Rob Flowers’ colorful, dishwasher-safe dinner trays are printed in the UK with a splashy cartoon tribute to McDonalds’ notorious “Hamburgler.”
We all remember which color we reached for as a child. Thanks to MoMA, these absolutely classic Rainbow Mugs, originally from Manhattan-based design studio Vignelli Associates, are back in action, stackable as always, and ready to bring the full spectrum of color into you kitchen cupboard. Crafted from a BPA-Free resin, which is as light as it durable.
There is no better gift than the gift of giving back. Charity: Water has a clear mission to bring available clean drinking water to every person on earth. This holiday season, they partner with CLEAR Cambodia in an effort to provide 15,000 Cambodian families with BioSand filters, which transform dirty water found in Cambodian marshlands into drinkable hydration. A gift that not only brings joy through aiding others, but also forces us to not take this precious resource for granted, and realize our own good fortune in something as simple as the kitchen sink.
Bringing art and style into the everyday doesn’t have to be out of reach or precious. Australian company Third Drawer Down makes limited edition dish towels, aprons, napkins and runners using silkscreens and embroidery which turn works of art into a functional, everyday item.
Izola provides a good flask for every type of sipper. Constructed from the most durable of stainless steel, available in 5-ounce or 3-ounce sizes depending on one’s tolerance, these classy vessels are available inscribed with a number of different cheers-worthy expressions—”to hell with work” for instance. The pleasing circular shape of these containers is quite aerodynamic, easily moving from your pocket, to your mouth, and back again, and again and again.
In 1842, Peugeot of France invented the pepper mill—and our palette has been more pleased ever since. While we’ve seen many incarnations of these flavorful objects, the unique geometric towers from British design powerhouse Tom Dixon are beyond noteworthy. Constructed in the spirit of the company’s mission to revive the British furniture industry, these stylish seasoners are color blocked into white, black and electric orange, and are as much modern art piece as they are tabletop necessity.
Make sure your coffee-loving loved ones are never lacking in the finest beans with a coffee subscription from Portland’s acclaimed Heart Roasters. Opt for weekly or bi-weekly service starting at three months for a pound of some of the finest beans this side of the Atlantic, mailed from Heart directly to your door. Give them a few preferences for roast and brewing style and they’ll do the rest.
Sourced from grapes growing in the moderate temps of California’s Santa Rita Hills, Municipal Winemakers’ pinot noir is a low alcohol variety offering notes of cherry and raspberry. The grapes are hand-picked at night with only 200 cases bottled in September of 2013.
Few things have brought so much joy to this world as Buddha and butter. Now, two great forces combine in this mind-blowing Buddha butter dish, created with a mission to provide self-accepting inner peace as you grow a Buddha belly of your own. Buddha says, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” So spread that butter on without fear, enjoy the present and embrace the impermanence of that belly.