Produced with fruit carefully selected from a family-run farm in California’s Central Coast, Brightland’s two double-fermented table vinegars—PARASOL, a zingy champagne vinegar, and RAPTURE, a luscious balsamic vinegar—exemplify quality in the category. Made in California (much like the brand’s high-quality olive oils), these vinegars incorporate fresh chardonnay and zinfandel grapes, triple crown blackberries and navel and valencia oranges. Both are distinct enough to punch up recipes that call for vinegar—and their impact is noticeable to beginners and established chefs.
Growing tomatoes year-round is made easier with Bloomscape’s Potted Micro Tomato Plant—which sprouts from PanAm Seed. The healthy plant arrives in nutrient-rich soil and a pot that it won’t outgrow (in one of five different colors). This particular varietal remains compact even through budding and thus won’t need to be transferred to a bigger vessel or garden. Its tomatoes veer toward the smaller side but can grow a bit bigger with ideal light, water and pruning.
Beloved artist Yayoi Kusama applies her uniquely whimsical vision to a limited edition gift box of Veuve Cliquot’s La Grande Dame 2012 Champagne, which features a label showcasing the artist’s speckles, too. For the collaboration, Kusama also produced a select number of colorful, twisting floral sculptures—though, as one may suspect, they’re not included in the limited edition gift box and can only be acquired by emailing email@example.com. Image courtesy of © Yayoi Kusama
Staying in, cooking more and thinking about home improvement has led some of us to fantasize about kitchen upgrades. In their brand new range of ranges, Samsung has married crisp design with advanced technology. They’re not only WiFi-enabled for convenient connectivity, but they also now feature Smart Dial—an interface that learns your patterns to anticipate the right setting at the right moment. A built-in air fryer and fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finishes add even more allure.
Recently launched Rasāsvāda concoctions are made from hand-gathered whole plants often used in ancient traditions and contemporary customs. These non-alcoholic botanical blends (“spirit restoratives” as the brand calls them) provide benefits that include aiding digestion, reducing stress and more. Available in three complex iterations—Rose Bergamot, Black Ginger and our favorite, the fresh and bitter Ruby Artemisia—these delightful drinks come in 375ml or 750ml bottles, and in cases of three or 12. Multi-packs of all three flavors are also available.
Super-sturdy but soft and comfortable, Hedley & Bennett’s 1991 apron pays homage to the early ’90s thanks to its use of acid-washed 10-ounce denim. With two large lap pockets and a small double-compartment chest pocket, there’s plenty of room for notepads and pens for professionals, and whatever home cooks might need to tuck away. The generous 41-inch cotton waist straps make this piece one-size-fits-most, as does the adjustable neck strap.
A Napa Valley standout, Silver Oak‘s eco-focused winemaking and dedication to Cabernet set them apart year after year. The brand’s winemaker, Nate Weis, has created Timeless, celebrating the accomplishments of the brand’s co-founder Ray Duncan, in honor of his 85th birthday. With only 1,700 cases available, this limited edition wine is certain to sell quickly. Sold as a three-bottle set, this wine promises to age well.
Like LARQ’s water bottles, the brand’s new pitcher self-cleans, but this product also provides multi-stage water-purification—a first within a vessel of this kind. Unlike other filtrating pitchers, this one removes bio-contaminants at the molecular level—that means no bacteria, mold or viruses, thanks to the PureVis™ UV-C purification. It also eliminates lead, mercury, chlorine and volatile organic compounds all while retaining beneficial minerals. Available for pre-order on Kickstarter now, the 1.9-liter capacity pitcher will ship with one filter (which can withstand 60 gallons of filtration) or customers can select larger quantities at other purchase levels.
United Sodas of America’s color-coded variety pack features 12 flavors in matching hues. From Extra Peachy to Cherry Pop, Sour Blueberry and Toasted Coconut, every iteration is naturally flavored using proprietary recipes that are low in sugar and calories. Designed by Alex Center of CENTER DESIGN (who have handled branding projects for Kin, Vitamin Water and New Balance), the rainbow-forming pack also looks super-appealing.
An eco-friendly alternative to plastic, EQUO’s Sugarcane straws prove themselves to be robust compared with many other options that disintegrate after becoming soggy. Available in two-packs of 50 straws each, the sweet-smelling (yet flavor-free) straws are made from small-farm-sourced sugarcane harvested through sustainability initiatives in Ben Tre, Vietnam. They are 100% compostable and biodegradable and are chemical- and coating-free. EQUO straws are available now through Crowd Ox, a crowdfunding platform for products that are already in production.
Equally adorable whether displaying flowers, containing your favorite beverage or empty, every DEGEN Face Bud Vase is individually hand-blown by Neal Drobnis. Due to this, each vessel differs in shape, size, color and facial expression—but all promise to be cheerful and a little oddball. Measuring approximately six inches tall, these off-kilter creations are made in Providence, Rhode Island.
The ceramic-coated, four-piece cookware set from Caraway inspires distinct confidence in home cooks. The non-stick surface—which is Teflon-free—proves perfectly slippery when cooking all kinds of dishes, and distributes heat evenly. Safe for all types of stovetops and ovens up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, they’re entirely void of all toxins, including PFOA, PTFE, PFAs, lead, cadmium and nickel. Each sturdy, substantial product appeals visually thanks to a subtle but glossy finish in navy, sage, gray, cream or the signature “perracotta” (a salmony blend of pink and terra cotta). Including a large Dutch oven, sauce pan, sauté pan and frying pan (the latter two being satisfyingly deep), it’s an ideal starter—or replacement—set, and the kind of equipment that beckons rookies and experienced cooks into the kitchen.
Presenting personal stories from more than 75 of the world’s most celebrated chefs, PHAIDON’s Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient: Chefs and their Music serves up the importance of music as a creative force. Each tale comes complete with a custom playlist and recipe from the chef’s repertoire. From the team behind the 11-year-running podcast—brothers Darin and Greg Bresnitz, as well as co-author (and producer) Khuong Phan—the 320-page flexibound anthology is a glance into the process of culinary masterminds.
Packed with citrus and floral flavors, Ghia comprises riesling white grape juice, yuzu and fig, along with extract of orange peel, elderflower, ginger, rosemary and lemon balm. With no alcohol or added sugars, the apéritif remains tasty and herbaceous—and packs quite a potent punch. Mix it with seltzer water and serve over ice for a simple sipper, or take a look at their website for more involved mocktails.
Produced in Austria by the celebrated sixth-generation glassmakers of Lobmeyr, Diptyque’s cut crystal flower pitcher blossoms with a hand-painted green flower motif designed by Tatiana de Nicolay. The pitcher is part of an exquisite new Diptyque collaboration with interior design destination The Invisible Collection. The entire collection (which also includes a jungle flower motif pitcher and glasses that match both) draws inspiration from a journey along the Mediterranean, from Provence to Puglia. Price is in Euros.
NYC-based mushroom cultivator Smallhold offers at-home grow kits for two varietals: Lion’s Mane and Blue Oyster. The latter is available now, with shipping across the US. A grow kit “block” arrives inside a plastic bag and all you need to do to prep it is cut a small X on both sides of the bag and tightly rubber band the top of the bag shut. There are plenty of specific directions for temperature, light, watering and harvesting, and your mushrooms should be fully grown in as soon as a week.