Like their altruistic adopt-an-olive-tree program, Nudo’s adopt a Darjeeling tea garden lets you take temporary ownership of a plot of land in the glorious Himalayan tea mecca. Adopters choose an area they most relate to and receive a seasonal herbal bounty delivered straight to their doorstep. Just in time for us to sit back with a soothing brew and meditate on our newfound botanical triumphs.
Cooper-Union grad and Greenpoint resident Josephine Heilpern crafts everyday art objects, meant to be loved as much for their ritualistic function as their eye-catching aesthetics. The artist’s printmaking background greatly influences her work, replete with patterns, and she takes inspiration from various design references, including the prominent Memphis Group. With its sunshine-yellow handle and whimsical polka dots, Heilpern’s Rubber-Dipped Dot Mug is sure to be a well-loved everyday vessel, as energizing as your morning brew.
The Plain and Simple gift set from the Temecula Olive Oil Company has our stomachs rumbling. Straight from the Southern California source, this gift basket contains an assortment of culinary delights that one’s kitchen should never be without: Roasted Garlic Reserve Olive Oil, Honey Balsamic Vinegar, Muffaletta Spread, and Late Harvest Olives, both grown and packaged at the family-run ranch. Coupled with a piping hot loaf, this appetite-inducing box of goodness is sure to be swiftly devoured.
The traditional design technique, Tokusa, evolved during Japan’s Edo period, which consisted of a century and a half of economic growth, environmental protection, and intellectual, cultural and artistic development in the country. Comprised of blue and white lines meant to symbolize the reeds of Tokusa grass, also called the Scouringrush Horsetail, Tokusa’s radiating pattern is beautifully represented on these elegant bowls from Miya Company, and looks as modern today as it did centuries ago.
You’d be hard pressed to find a single malt that’s as smooth, light and has just the right amount of peat with such complexity. Aged 15 years in American oak sherry casks for a citrus finish, it’s rich for beginners and experts alike, and easily drinkable up, on the rocks, or the perfect hot toddy.
This unique blend of lemon balm, oats, nettle, damiana, chamomile and peppermint fuse with hot water to create a soothing and tasty concotion as a great pick-me-up during a stressful day. Stocked at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Mountain Woman Tea is made by Brooklyn-based herbalist and natural beauty advocate Jessa Blades whose mission is to spread consciousness about simple and healthy living.
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.