Archive for January, 2015

FEEDThe fine folks at the Feed Project are committed to “creating good products the help feed the world.” The idea is quite simple: purchase a well-made product, like bags, apparel and accessories, and have all the profits go to programs that provide food to those in need throughout the world.

About the Feed Project and Feed Foundation: “Founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, the FEED Foundation is the non-profit arm of FEED that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition. It has since grown to encompass hunger relief efforts both stateside and abroad, as well as provide aid during natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide. As of September 2014, FEED has provided over 85 million meals globally.”

Learn more about the Feed Project here.

Find a product to purchase to help support Feed here.

FF: The London Map Greeting Card from the Rifle Paper Co.

FF3I have been a big fan of the fine people at the Rifle Paper Company for a while now and I am constantly finding cool items that they produce like this wonderful London Map Greeting Card now available.

About the London Map Greeting Card from the Rifle Paper Co.:

“The Everyday London Map Greeting Card – Available as a single folded card or a boxed set of eight.”

See all the great cards and stationery products of the Rifle Paper Co here.

FF: The Smoked Chocolate Chips from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

SMOKEDI found the perfect way to add some zing to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (or even your winter fireplace s’mores) – the Smoked Chocolate Chips I found from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery.

About the Smoked Chocolate Chips from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery: “Never heard of Smoked Chocolate before? We love to push the boundaries of sweet and savory at Hot Cakes and smoking chocolate is just one of the ways we do it. Autumn grew up around freshly caught and freshly smoked salmon and became fond of smoky flavors at an early age. Using a cold-smoking method she developed, Autumn has been smoking chocolate for years and we are proud to offer our prized Smoked Chocolate Chips for sale.”

Find the Smoked Chocolate Chips from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery here.

Learn more about Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery here.

FF: Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine

SMOKEMeanwhile, one of the great things about the small batch spirits revival we are in the midst of right now is that good old fashioned moonshine has become downright respectable. There are many fine moonshines out there, but none as fine as Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine.

About Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine: “A true moonshine experience. Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine is an unaged corn whiskey made from corn grown by local farmers in East Tennessee. Our century-old recipe proclaims a grain bill of 80% corn, with the remaining 20% a secret that gives Ole Smoky the distinct character and bold flavor of Tennessee moonshine. If you like whiskey, you don’t want to miss this one. Best drank from the Jar!”

Learn more about Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine here.

Learn more about Ole Smoky here.

MACTEAI’ve been making tea just about every day since October. I boil my water in an electric kettle and brew loose tea in a lovely teapot. I love my teapot, but I have to admit it is rather plain – so I have been on the lookout for a new teapot to perk things up. I see all sorts of fun teapots – some just novelty pots and not very functional – but some that are fun and functional – like the Courtly Check Teapot I found from MacKenzie-Childs – which very well be exactly what I need.

About the Courtly Check Teapot from MacKenzie-Childs: “Who doesn’t love the cozy charm of an old-fashioned teapot. This chubby charmer crafted of clay and hand-painted with our iconic, bold Courtly Check® pattern is tops on the wish list for many a bride and groom. Whether it’s tea for one or a whole cast of characters, this teapot’s as cozy as chamomile in the company of friends. A beautiful juxtaposition of ivory and onyx, our deceptively simple signature checks reveal an intricate spectrum of jewel-toned colors. Handmade, fired, glazed, fired again, hand-painted, fired again, and embellished with lustre, each piece is stamped by the artisans involved in its creation.”

See all the great products of MacKenzie-Childs here.

FLWSome of the coolest and wackiest things I have found so far in this very New Year are the Pop Art: Architects + Designers works from artist Plasticgod I found from A+R.

About Plasticgod’s Pop Art: Architects + Designers: “The Los Angeles artist known as Plasticgod (née Doug Murphy) cracks the celebrity mystique with his Lego-like renditions of celebrities realized as a giclée on box canvas and limited to a series. Since 2001, the Art Center School of Design grad has created caricatures of more than 1,000 personalities, from Karl Lagerfeld to Kiss to the Axis of Evil leaders. In 2006, he launched the Architect Collection for A+R featuring legendary architects from Antonio Gaudi to Zaha Hadid, plus design icons Ray and Charles Eames. Each work is hand signed by Plasticgod and numbered. Because it’s a box canvas, the work can stand on its own on a tabletop or hang on the wall. Get 1 or collect them all!”

Seriously, who doesn’t need Frank Lloyd Wright looking down on them from their office wall?

Find Plasticgod’s Pop Art: Architects + Designers from A+R here.

See all the great art and design-inspired products of A+R here.

SHOREThink of The Shore Soup Project as a modern twist on the soup kitchen. The fine folks at The Shore Soup Project make gourmet quality soups, sell them and use the profits to do good in their neighborhood – the Rockaway area of New York City still struggling to recover from Super Storm Sandy.

About The Shore Soup Project: “Our mission is to build a more sustainable local food system and to address the issues of food insecurity in Rockaway, which have been exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy. We strive to create a positive impact on our local community, economy, and environment and believe that the people of Rockaway deserve access to healthy and delicious food, regardless of their ability to pay. The Shore Soup Project was founded in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Responding immediately to the devastation caused by Sandy, residents of Rockaway formed the Rockaway Rescue Alliance and created a community-based food relief initiative, The Shore Soup Project, to prepare and deliver food to their neighbors in need.”

Learn more about The Shore Soup Project here.

Soup is only available to folks in the Rockaway area – but any can donate to the cause.

FF: Highland Park Single Malt Whiskey

highIf you want something truly special for yourself or the whiskey enthusiast in your life – then look no further than the truly authentic and ultra-smooth Highland Park Single Malt Whiskey.

About Highland Park Single Malt Whiskey: “Highland Park is one of only a handful of distilleries that still retains a traditional malting floor, turning each batch of malt by hand, in what is a physically demanding process. To malt our barley, we steep it in the mineral rich water from the Crantit spring, before transferring it to the malting floor to slowly germinate. When it is ready, the barley is then placed in our kilns where the aromatic peating process begins. One of the fundamental flavours in Highland Park single malt whisky is the delicate, sweet, aromatic peat smoke, which has given Highland Park its unique character since 1798. The Orkney Islands have an abundance of this sweet, heathery peat, which is around 4000 years old and is carefully selected from Hobbister Moor.”

Learn more about Highland Park Single Malt Whiskey here.

FF: Hillrock Estate Distillery

HILLMeanwhile the fine folks over at Hillrock Estate Distillery in New York’s Hudson Valley have crafted “the World’s First Solera Aged Bourbon” and it is fabulous.

About Hillrock Estate Distillery: “Our mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with our own grain, floor malted, craft distilled in our copper pot still, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at our estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands. Crowned by a fine 1806 Georgian house built by a successful grain merchant and Revolutionary War Captain and meticulously restored to its original beauty, Hillrock Distillery overlooks our rolling barley fields and the distant Berkshire Mountains. Like our premier spirits, every detail refined, no expense spared, quality steeped in the tradition of 200 years of rich history.”

Learn more about the finely crafted spirits of Hillrock Estate Distillery here.

FF: Kentucky Owl – “The Wise Man’s Bourbon”

KOWLOn our radar is set on following Kentucky Owl – billed as – “The Wise Man’s Bourbon” – which is due to make its debut soon.

The fine folks at Kentucky Owl are actually not really introducing their bourbon as much as reintroducing it. The new Kentucky Owl is the resurrection of a legendary bourbon that dates way back to 1879.

The new Kentucky Owl already has a reputation as one of the finest bourbons being made today and we can’t wait to get our hands on a bottle.

Track the reintroduction of Kentucky Owl Bourbon here.

BARAnother year and I am still searching for the evasive perfect bar cart to compliment my home and collection of decanters and fine bourbons. However, the red Manhattan Bar Cart I found from Serena & Lily is definitely a new contender.

About the Manhattan Bar Cart from Serena & Lily: “Ever party-ready. The sleek frame makes it easy to set up when the fête’s in full swing and easy to stow when the last guest is gone. Not that you’ll want it far from sight – beautiful details, like copper-brushed casters, make it a gorgeous design piece, cocktails or no.”

The only problem is that the Manhattan Bar Cart is out of stock.

Alas, the search continues.

See all the fine home décor solutions of Serena & Lily here.

LONDONIt is no secret that I have had a lifelong love affair with the great city of London. Of course I am not alone in this love, as London has been the subject of fawning for centuries. And that is a good thing as it means there is a never ending flow of books about the city like the wonderful new London Sketchbook by Jason Brooks.

In London Sketchbook, Mr. Brooks illustrates the city in new and thrilling ways – something you would think as impossible considering all the art the city has inspired over the years.

About London Sketchbook by Jason Brooks: “This follow-up to Jason Brooks’s highly successful Paris Sketchbook is a stunning gift book that brings the big smoke to life through beautiful imagery. From the West End to the Square Mile and from Liberty to hipster hang-outs, Brooks explores modern-day London through his unique visual repertoire that unites high fashion, fine art and traveller’s sketches made on the fly. Although best known for his gorgeous fashion illustrations, which feature regularly in Vogue and Elle, travel has been a recurrent theme in Brooks’s work and, with this new volume, his picturesque adventures continue to amuse and inspire. Part guide book, part illustrated journal, this whimsical take on the swinging city will appeal to both London lovers and fashionistas. Sumptuous production with different stocks and inks will make this a must for anyone who loves fashion illustration and beautiful books.”

Anyone who loves London will love London Sketchbook, but the book will also inspire fans of great art – and great book design – and may even be responsible for a few new fans for the city. But keep in mind, I saw her first!

London Sketchbook by Jason Brooks is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

MATOK, today’s find, Matador Pocket Blankets, is really one of the coolest things I have found in a while. I have always kept a blanket or throw in my car in case I run into a spot for an impromptu picnic or such. I have found that lugging a blanket on my bike is too bulky and wish I had a solution. Now I do – the amazing Matador Pocket Blanket is big enough to cover the ground (or whatever surface you find) and folds up to fit in your pocket, bike bag or “European” man-bag.

About Matador Pocket Blankets: “A blanket that fits in your pocket, but keeps you clean, dry and comfortable when you want to lay down in the grass. Stop sitting on your jacket, stop lugging bulky blankets with you. Get a Matador and Put Yourself Out There. Water repellent, puncture resistant and extremely compact. At 55in X 44in (140cm X 110cm) it’s large enough for 2 to relax or more to sit.”

Now I just have to wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw before I can have a proper picnic – but at least I’ll be prepared.

Learn more about the Matador Pocket Blanket here.

FOXI have nothing against taxidermy, in fact I have posted about some fine pieces I have found over the years and I still dream of having a giant moose or buck’s head over my fireplace someday. However, I also love fake taxidermy, and have posted about that over the years as well.

Today’s find is the latter – the Fiona Walker England Fox Head Wall Décor I found from Waiting on Martha.

About the Fiona Walker England Fox Head Wall Décor: “The Fiona Walker England fox head wall décor lends a adorable statement to a children’s playroom, nursery or bedroom. We’ve even had people add their favorite animal or college mascot to a bar area or dorm room. Made from soft eco-friendly wool felt, this plush, handmade animal accessory delights.”

Learn more about Waiting on Martha and see all the fine products offered here.