Food & Drink

Food & Drink

RBT Beer Growler

Vessels to carry and store microbrew have come a long way since the humble glass growler. Case in point: the RBT Beer Growler, which holds 64 ounces of brew between insulated double-walled aluminum and topped with an also double-walled lid. The otherwise all-black growler features a touch of brass color accenting its base and a unique hand-finished metal loop handle to facilitate pouring and carrying. Plus the lid stays clipped to the handle when it’s not sealing the opening to avoid losing or misplacing it.

Find it at RBT – $60

GET IT: $60

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Stormtrooper Decanter & Shot Glass

Color accuracy would dictate you fill them with milk. Still, some sort of spirit would be a far better fit for either the Stormtrooper Decanter or Stormtrooper Shot Glass. Both are based on the authentic and original Stormtrooper helmet molds created by Andrew Ainsworth back in 1976 when his industrial design studio was commissioned to make props for a then unknown sci-fi movie. The Super Flint Glass decanter boasts a 750ml capacity while the shot glass actually holds far more than a standard shot at 150ml (a touch over 5 fluid ounces). If Imperial troops use these to throw back then that explains their aim.

Find them at The Fowndry – roughly $15 (shot) to $28 (decanter)

GET IT: ~$15+


Libra Coffee Pourtables

Instant coffee’s reputation needs some work. Libra Coffee’s Pourtables aren’t actually made of instant coffee but they are nearly as fast and convenient to prepare, especially while camping, and require no special coffee making equipment. Pourtables start with quality coffee that’s sourced by Libra, small batch roasted in-house, and flushed with nitrogen while sealed in a foil pouch to greatly delay oxidation. Tear the latter open, then tear open the smaller fabric pouch inside, set it over your mug, and pour about 7 ounces of hot water over the grind. The result is a cup of joe could have just as well been made by your local cafe and that’s far superior to the instant swill you currently drink when you need a quick pick-me-up.

Grab a ten pack at Amazon – $20

GET IT: $20

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Concrete Pour Over Coffee Maker

Tailored to coffee junkies and purists brewing up just a couple cups at a time, SmartConcrete’s Concrete Pour Over Coffee Maker boldly claims a spot on your kitchen counter or, hell, your desk. It boasts a ruggedly handsome concrete base that’s surface-sealed to shield against coffee stains and that’s topped with natural cork as a cup holder. Rubber feet protect the table surface underneath while its glass funnel sits high up, suspended by a copper pipe. Just add small coffee filters, coffee, and hot water.

Find it at SmartConcrete’s Etsy Shop – $116 [via]

GET IT: $116



Frywall keeps the sizzling confined to a pan without having to invest in a giant wok or wasting your time with ineffective splatter screens that stop working when lifted up. It doesn’t obstruct your pan whatsoever; instead, Frywall simply extends the edges of your pan by about 6 inches, catching virtually all airborne oil drops to spare you the trouble of cleaning them off your oven afterwards. Installation is as simple as lowering the silicone ring over your pan to rest it halfway down the rim, just slightly above the cooking surface, and when you’re done and it’s clean — throw it in a dishwasher if you’re feeling lazy — it rolls up compact for storage. Available in two sizes: Frywall 10, which fits pans with inside rim diameters of about 9.6 to 10.5 inches, and Frywall 12 for larger pans with diameters of 11.6 to 12.5 inches.

Pick one up at Amazon or Frywall – $22 to $29

GET IT: $22+

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Ambronite v5

No time to cook, ever? Join the club. The recent surge of drinkable supermeals is godsend for people like us, but while they theoretically touch on all basic nutritional needs we admit that a quick glance through their ingredients list does make us a bit uneasy. Ambronite v5, the latest iteration of Ambronite’s drinkable meal, is instead made only of ingredients you’ve already heard of at some point in life — and only 18 of such — including oats, almonds, apple, spinach, flaxseed, cranberry, agave syrup as a sweetener, and a few more. It’s nutritionally complete, covering macronutrient (protein, carbs, and fats) and micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) in the right proportions so that you don’t technically need to eat anything else (check out the second image for the pouch’s label). Each pouch packs 500 calories, prepares in a couple of minutes (add cold water and shake), and keeps you full for hours. Tastes more like a nutty vegetable and fruit shake than the cookie dough-like supermeals we’re used to. And that’s probably a good thing.

Learn more at Ambronite – $60 for five pouches, $84 for ten (with monthly subscription)

GET IT: $60+

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Que Collapsible Bottle

A first by way of its unique spiral design, the Que Collapsible Bottle performs just like a normal-sized water bottle when expanded, and collapses to nearly half its height for carry. Que’s body is made of food-grade silicone that won’t imbue your water with any taste and works just as well with hot or cold beverages. Its only other part is equally food-safe: a 18/8 stainless steel cap. Available in 12 and 20 fluid ounce capacities, both cap and body are dishwasher safe and both sizes compress down with a simple uncapping and push. And since it’s made of flexible silicone it won’t shatter like similarly taste-free glass bottles, making it a good choice for outdoor use (and for the clumsy in general).

Learn more at Kickstarter – $22+

GET IT: $22+

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Solo Stove Bonfire

The Solo Stove Bonfire takes the same design principles behind their compact wood-burning Solo Stoves, only scaling them up several fold. The result is a large fire pit that burns wood super efficiently thanks to a double-walled stainless steel construction that feeds the fire from both bottom mounted vents and upper internal vents. A more complete burn equals less smoke and less half-burnt logs left over afterwards, and whatever ash is created falls into the stove’s ash tray, away from the air channels to avoid clogging up airflow. It’ll also fit standard-sized logs and won’t scorch the earth beneath it, making the Bonfire useable on either your grass, porch, or patio.

Find it at Kickstarter – $250

GET IT: $250


Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus

Normally, rolling pins are stupidly simple cylinders that result in thinner dough as you increase rolling pressure. And that’s fine most of the time, but if extreme consistency matters to you then the Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus might be a worthy add to your repertoire. Cleverly, the rolling ping features four removable color-coded disks on either end that stay in contact with the countertop and result in very even dough at four thicknesses: 1/16, 1/6, 1/4, and 3/8 inches. The 16.5-inch long pin also has width measurements etched in if you’re going for a particular diameter of dough as well. Of course the adjustability of the pin breaks down when using it to make dough with a very large diameter but worst case remove all four disks and just use it as a standard rolling pin.

Find it at Amazon – $16 [via]

GET IT: $16


Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground Coffee

Roasting the perfect coffee is complicated by the oxidation process that follows. Even whole beans don’t stay fresh long, but ground coffee typically fares much worse. Blue Bottle’s Perfectly Ground Coffee may have finally uncovered the secret to making ground, ready-to-use coffee stay fresh until it’s ready to use. The coffee is consistently ground and sealed in individually dosed airtight pouches that keep their contents fresh and tasting like they just came out of the grinder for a full six months. This process, which is likely more complex than we’re making it sound, was developed by Neil Day of Perfect Coffee, acquired by Blue Bottle early last year. Bean varieties include Bella Donovan, Decaf Noir, Giant Steps, and Three Africans, with more to come on rotation. Now you’ll just need to work on your brewing technique since the grind can no longer be blamed for a poor result.

Available tomorrow. Learn more at Blue Bottle – five pouches for $17

GET IT: $17

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Vremi Olive Oil Dispenser

Oil containers are typically low-tech affairs, with a reservoir, a spout, and not much else, even in terms of thought put into them. Vremi’s Olive Oil Dispenser spares you the trouble of using a measuring cup or spoon since it’s cleverly equipped with a transparent measuring segment that fills with a squeeze or two of its rubber pump buttons on either side. Measurements are in teaspoons, tablespoons, and millilitres, and once you’ve filled it up to the right amount just pour it all out of its no-drip spout. Which means there’s going to be less to clean less often, considering we use oil just about every time we pull out a pan or make a salad. And it works just as well with other oils or vinegars.

Learn more at Amazon – $19 [via]

GET IT: $19

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Click & Grow Wall Farm

Dream of growing your own produce? Your cramped apartment might not have a yard but it can still have a garden with the Click & Grow Wall Farm. Like their counter-friendly Smart Herb Garden, the Wall Farm makes tending to your growing vegetables nearly effortless. The shelf-like farm comes in two sizes — regular and mini — and boasts integrated 26W LED growing lights and an electronic precision irrigation system to grow plants fast while using far less water than traditional farming. It’s also reliant on Click & Grow’s Smart Soil that comes with each plant refill pack and that’s more nutrition- and oxygen-packed than traditional soil, also eliminating the need for pesticides (and of course preservatives, since your food won’t be making its way to you from across the world). The larger of the two handles up to 57 plants simultaneously while the compact mini fits 38, with an expanding variety of herbs, plants, greens and flowers to choose from.

Learn more at Click & Grow – $200 to $800

GET IT: $200+


The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining

With an ever expanding selection of restaurants, choosing becomes ever more daunting. And the same can be said about narrowing down meal options at home. The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining offers straightforward and wide-ranging advice on crafting great dinner experiences, from sourcing produce to refining adjacent hosting skills and obtaining quality tools for the kitchen. They’ve also included a list of must-visit restaurants and bars from all around the globe, with recipes from some of their favorites, and even more dishes developed by the Monocle team in London. Also on the menu is advice on turning your passion of food and drink into a job by way of launching your own eatery or bar. An interesting read, at any rate.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $60

GET IT: $60