Archive for August, 2016

yoyoThe only thing better than a yoyo is a yoyo you design yourself. The fine folks at Sweet William make it easy to make a custom yoyo with their Design Your Own Yoyo kit.

About the Design Your Own Yoyo kit from Sweet William:

“Give a fresh twist to a timeless toy by customizing your very own wooden yoyo. Master the art of spinning as you practice string and looping tricks. Kit includes: wooden yoyo, acrylic paints, and a paint brush. Recommended for ages 5-12.”

Find the Design Your Own Yoyo kit from Sweet William here.

See all the great children’s products from Sweet William here.

ChibI’m just back from Chicago, and I have been there dozens of times over the years, and I have done tons of great things there – but I just found a bunch of things I have never done in Chicago in the book 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die by Molly Page

About 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die by Molly Page: “Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza, and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago’s story. It could take a lifetime to experience everything this one-of-a-kind town has to offer. But what if you only have a few days to explore? You’re in luck! The one hundred adventures in this candid insider’s guide promise an authentic taste of the Windy City whether you’re taking a weekend-sized bite or sticking around for the buffet of a lifetime. You’ll find seasonal and themed itineraries to make planning your explorations easier. Discover which blues club locals swear by, pay a visit to a quiet green space hidden in plain sight, or dig in to an ice cream cone piled high with five different flavors! If you’re visiting for the first time, or you’re lucky enough to call Chicago home, these one hundred iconic experiences should top your to-do list.”

Not that I needed one – but this books gives me the best excuse to head back to the Windy City sooner rather than later.

100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die by Molly Page is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

wood1I love watches and I love fine products crafted from wood, which makes the fine wooden watches from the folks at We Wood perfect for me. I particularly like their Arrow Nut watch.

About the wooden Arrow Nut watch from We Wood:

“Walnut wood is an ideal wood for carvings, wood turnings and is prized as a veneer. Walnut is an extremely strong wood that seldom mars or chips. In China, Walnuts have traditionally been rotated and played with in the palm of the hand, both as a means to stimulate blood circulation and as a status symbol.”

Find the Arrow Nut watch from We Wood here.

See all the fine wooden watches from We Wood here.

bell1I am really digging the Brass Bicycle Bell I found from the fine folks at Tortoise General Store.

It is pretty much the classic bicycle bell with a little different design, and it is really cool.

About the Brass Bicycle Bell from Tortoise General Store:

“Easily attached to bicycles with an adjustable screw fastening that hinges to accommodate varied thicknesses of handlebars. Over time, the color softens and darkens.”

Find the Brass Bicycle Bell from Tortoise General Store here.

See all the cool product available from Tortoise General Store here.

So I am finishing up a few days in Chicago – part business, part fun, and I will have plenty to share about my exploits and finds from the Windy City soon. Cheers!

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FF: The Hot Fudge Sauce from Coop’s Microcreamery

ffbMore than anything else I love the packaging of the Hot Fudge Sauce from Coop’s Microcreamery – it puts me in mind of the great Maker’s Mark bourbon – but it is also an awesome treat.

About the : “We knew we had a superstar on our hands when we found ourselves begging Marc “Coop” Cooper to let us stock his delectable fudge sauces. This dark, ultra-rich, ooey-gooey jar of nostalgia is made in small batches near Boston, using local dairy and high-quality chocolate. It’s got a cult following over there, and for good reason; this tastes like the smack-dab center of a fresh-from-the-oven brownie. The iconic “drippy lid” is actually a registered trademark, made form hardened wax with a chocolate essence! It’s like scratch-n-sniff that’s followed up with real taste bud satisfaction, once you reach the gooey sauce inside.”

The Hot Fudge Sauce from Coop’s Microcreamery is available from the fine folks at Mouth.

See all the great foodie products and gifts from Mouth here.

FF: The Enameled Tumblers from Illume

ffaI really like the Enameled Tumblers I found from the fine folks at Illume – like this Indica Lavender Enameled Tumbler.

About the Indica Lavender Enameled Tumbler:

“Watercolor and ink designs are enameled on to our favorite tumblers, making the everyday so much more fun. Filled with our proprietary soy wax blend for higher fragrance throw and a clean burn.”

See the collection of Enameled Tumblers from Illume here.

Find all the products of Illume here.

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puzzI am traveling from the great city of Kansas City to the great city of Chicago, and I think I have found the perfect companion for my flight and all those little moments you need to kill while traveling: Chicago Puzzles by James a Richards.

About Chicago Puzzles Paperback by James a Richards: Challenge yourself with this collection of original puzzles and cross words celebrating the communities and institutions that make Chicago one of the world’s greatest cities! Each puzzle has a different theme. Plus, fans of the quintessential Chicago movie Ferris Beuller’s Day Off will enjoy a special crossword all about this classic movie which embraced the city as few movies ever have!”

Chicago Puzzles Paperback by James a Richards is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

mouthBacon? Kettle Corn? Sign me up!

Yes, that’s right there is such a thing as Bacon Kettle Corn and I found it available from the fine folks at Mouth.

About the Bacon Kettle Corn from Mouth:

“Fluffy kettle corn coated in a maple syrup caramel and candied bacon (nitrate-free, of course)—yes, really. The kernels are super big and super crunchy. Oink. As the chunky pig says, ‘Eat now, eat often.’ Translation: buy more than one bag because you’ll need it.”

Find the Bacon Kettle Corn from Mouth here.

See all the great foodie products and gifts from Mouth here.

BSI am always looking for pantry staples that I can pull off the shelf to add something special and unique to an otherwise humdrum meal – things like the Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts I found from the fine folks at Garibaldi Goods.

About Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts from Garibaldi Goods:

“The term frog balls doesn’t quite sum up how delicious these pickled Brussels sprouts are, but it’s certainly a memorable moniker. Their strange, science-lab aesthetic makes these quirky vegetables extremely fun to eat, share and discuss. Add them to a cheese platter or bring a jar to sports night where they’ll be right at home alongside the chips and dip.”

Find the Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts from Garibaldi Goods here.

See all the fine products from Garibaldi Goods here.