Certainly better than plastic, and with a more nostalgic warmth than metal, this wooden coffee scoop is available in walnut or maple. It can be personalized on the underside of the bowl or on the handle, to elevate a morning coffee routine. Holding a tablespoon of coffee, each scoop also comes with a hot pink leather strap to hang it up.
Amarula’s cream liqueur is made from fermented marula fruit—which only grows in sub-Saharan Africa—so the poaching crisis decimating the African elephant population hits close to home. In a new campaign to raise awareness, from now to the end of 2017, the company will donate $1 for every bottle sold in the US to conservation non-profit WildlifeDIRECT. For cocktail ideas: we like spiking our Amarula in an after-dinner coffee for a decadent, velvety finish.
For a third year, prestige champagne house Krug has partnered with Italian luxury brand Berluti on a bag. This year, the Wild Journey champagne backpack features Berluti’s signature Venezia leather on the outside, finished with a dark cherry patina. Inside, however, one finds thermofoil lining with a removable insulated insert. This creates the perfect nook to cart Krug champagne while maintaining an ideal temperature. Further, the set comes with a chrome stopper and two Krug Rosé glasses. It’s fancy but certainly efficient.
Paris-based trained chef Cathleen Clarity fell in love with French food and cooking with the seasons after moving there, and now has released a cookbook with photographer Kathrin Koschitzki. With 12 menu suggestions and 70 dishes, “Fabulously French Cooking” offers ideas for big celebrations or small dinner parties. From cote de boeuf to fig and red grape galette, every dish will impress your friends.
There is no reason to grow tired of the same old classic cocktails. As entertaining expert Mark Addison makes clear, by commanding the original recipe one can easily spin out a tasty variation at home. Addison provides 144 different recipes in total, all of which stem from 12 famed drinks. Addison’s offerings vary from easy and delightful to wildly creative and molecular. There’s something here for those of all skill levels looking to punch up their drink mixing.
Many don’t know that a Tennessee slave, Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniels how to distill—even going on to work for Daniels as a black master distiller after the Civil War. Armed with thousands of documents, author Fawn Weaver convinced brand owner Brown-Forman to recognize Green’s role and incorporate it into the Jack Daniels story, where it’s always belonged. She’s now released her own whiskey to further spread his untold legacy, and the bulk of profits of Uncle Nearest Whiskey sales will be put toward funding more historical research on Green.
From the curved stainless steel blade (with a bridged pivot point to simplify shucking) to the ergonomic handled produced from recycled plastic bottles, Toadfish Outfitter’s Put ‘Em Back Oyster Knife aims to make the entire process easier and safer. Further, the Charleston, South Carolina-based company partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Oyster Shell Recycling Program and Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program to re-nourish 10-square-feet of oyster habitat for every knife sold. Oyster loves can rejoice knowing they’ve made efforts toward sustainability.
Amino acid-rich, live and sprouted watermelon seeds compose Dope Naturally’s MelonAid textured protein powder. The seeds are included whole to maximize their nutritional benefit so the powder should be blended in a smoothie if you’re not keen to crunch on it, though it can be dropped atop yogurt or cereal, as well. The powder component is made from beets, dragonfruit and strawberries to stimulate energy, reduce inflammation and promote skin health. Altogether, it’s a great tasting plant-based protein and superfood supplement that’s also organic, vegan, raw and gluten-free.
The latest in Champagne Taittinger’s Millésimé range, the 2012 vintage carries the desirable balance of crisp freshness and an elegant delicacy. This is a very lively and effervescent champagne, composed of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes (both drawn from some of the finest vineyards in the region). The 2012 Millésimé undergoes a second fermentation and a five year aging period on the lees. Pear and green apple are noticeable on the palate and the finish happens to be long and complex.
There’s still nothing like a handwritten note—and paper matters. From NYC’s Damaged Goods (and creators John Hardy and Nicholas DelRose) comes a line of “nom nom nom” cards featuring our personal favorite, the fortune cookie. Select stock meets thoughtful design, all bound with an environmentally conscious production. These are statement-making, small batch cards.
Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, this set of four stackable popsicle molds is practical and kind to the environment. Create all kinds of flavored frozen treats (including healthier options) on your own or take tips from the accompanying recipe booklet that includes ideas for lactose- and gluten-free options. Dishwasher-safe and ideal for summer months, they are available from the MoMA Store.
As matcha enthusiasts, we’re certainly partial to a traditionally brewed green tea, but understand that there isn’t always time for the full ceremony. Of all the bottled iterations we’ve tried, there’s no doubt that MatchaBar’s mint matcha is our favorite. With a bold flavor and a refreshing twist, it’s available in packs of 12 (10-ounce bottles) and provides that combination of caffeine and L-Theanine that matcha-drinkers appreciate.
Barnana has come to make a name for themselves as a brand “upcycling” organic bananas that don’t have the perfect look but taste perfectly fine. While minimizing food waste, they’ve also developed a series of delicious banana-based snacks. Our personal favorite, Organic Banana Brittle is made of thin, crisp laters of the fruit and chocolate. It’s also USDA Organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free—meaning it can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
Sculpted in Jonathan Adler’s Soho studio, these hand-shaped serving utensils are then cast in solid brass and finished with a food-safe lacquer. Little sculptures in their own right, these table tools serve up a bit of surrealism as they sparkle. In the most literal sense, these are hands ready to serve—but they should avoid acidic foods and be washed by hand.
Masters of the unusual, Hendrick’s Gin has released a handmade cocktail garnisher. The metal piece slices two cucumbers simultaneously into the ideal 1/8 wheel—all with the turn of a crank. While far from being a necessary home bar accessory, the item demonstrates a need to think outside of the box when crafting a cocktail and it mirrors the world’s largest cocktail garnisher which (Hendrick’s invented) is driving around the country at present. This is for the true cocktail enthusiast.
According to various studies, Americans alone use some 500 million straws every day, and almost every single plastic straw ever made (regardless of whether it’s been recycled) still exists in some way on this planet. One little, and very easy, step we can all take to lessen the waste, pollution and eight million tons of plastic trash that ends up in our oceans is adopting reusable straws. This set of four stainless steel straws (two curved, two straight) are BPA-, phthalate-, lead and toxin-free, and will never rust. They even come with a little brush to make cleaning them extra simple.