FF: The Coral Bleaching Mug from Qualy

It’s cool when your mug doubles as cool art piece and environmental reminder – like the Coral Bleaching Mug I found from the fine folks at Qualy.

About the Coral Bleaching Mug from Qualy:

“Climate change is affecting the colour of corals, turning them white. Place the inverted mug over the coral to create a beautiful diorama of nature, or use the coral as a mug lid. Either way, this mug and lid set will help to remind you to be environmentally conscious, while keeping your beverage dust-free.”

Find the Coral Bleaching Mug from Qualy here.

See all the fun innovative products from Qualy here.

FF: The Flag Dominoes from Fredericks and Mae

I’m really digging the Flag Dominoes I found from the fine folks at Fredericks and Mae – a fun twist on an ancient game.

About the Flag Dominoes from Fredericks and Mae:

“Flag Dominoes replace the classic dots (or pips), with silkscreened nautical flags used to communicate numbers 0-6. The game’s name comes from the pieces’ resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as domino, which were white with black spots. These masks were so named, in turn, because they resembled French priests’ winter hoods, being black on the outside and white on the inside. The oldest known domino set was found in Tutankamen’s tomb, among the ruin of Thebes.”

Find the Flag Dominoes from Fredericks and Mae here.

Visit Fredericks & Mae online here.

At this time of year I pretty much have a uniform. Every day I wear some manner of jeans, a long-sleeve polo shirt and a full zip cardigan sweater. I have perfected this look over the years and can put together endless combinations of the outfit to get me through the season. That said, were I lucky enough to receive a sweater as nice as the Cashmere Zip-Up Sweater I found from the fine folks at London’s Derek Rose, I would wear it every day. (Hint, hint – Christmas is coming.)

About the Cashmere Zip-Up Sweater from Derek Rose:

“Our funnel neck Finley zip-up tops are designed to take you and Derek Rose out of the house in the most comfortable and luxurious way. This 100% cashmere top features a double ended zipper with carbon zip-pullers that are contoured to your natural fingertip curve and inset side pockets to keep your hands cozy and your belongings with you. The Finley is part of our premium line of luxury contemporary leisurewear, born out of the desire to craft an off-duty wardrobe that matches up to the highest sartorial and quality standards. Our philosophy is to use the finest materials and components, paying attention to every detail of construction, so that the resulting garment is both comfortable and stylish.”

Find the Cashmere Zip-Up Jumper from Derek Rose here.

Visit Derek Rose online here.

I like to read before going to bed and I find the best thing to read are short stories. Most of the time I can complete a story in one night – depending on length – so it is the perfect way to end the day. Some of the best short stories are from the horror genre which may not be ideal to read right before sleep – but I love them. A recent find I am loving is the anthology Shining in the Dark – Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja’s Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, a noted curator of content in the world of Stephen King. Shining in the Dark brings together some of the genre’s top talents (including Mr. King) all in one place with stories sure to entertain as well as terrify.

About Shining in the Dark – Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja’s Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja:

“Celebrating twenty years of the expansive Stephen King fan site Lilja’s Library, this creepy collection of stories is perfect for horror fans of all backgrounds. With a terrifying story that has never been previously included in any of Stephen King’s collections, Shining in the Darkis an unforgettable anthology, featuring short stories by some of the genre’s best-known and most talented authors.”

Shining in the Dark – Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja’s Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja is available from Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere.

The last thing I need is a primer on how to enjoy bourbon, I have that one down. However, for those who may be starting out – the fine folks at Owen & Fred offer a How to Enjoy Bourbon Gift Set – available from BirchBox.

About the Owen & Fred How to Enjoy Bourbon Gift Set:

“Sit back, sip, and enjoy. Each of these sets from Owen & Fred includes two high-quality eight-ounce tumblers, two leather coasters, and a guidebook edited by the former spirits editor of GQ. This is the perfect gift for the aspiring aficionado to simultaneously drink and learn about the background of bourbon or whiskey production and how to properly enjoy each beverage.”

Find the Owen & Fred How to Enjoy Bourbon Gift Set from Birch Box here.

Visit Birch Box online here.

Despite some early cold nights, frost and even some snow – my garden is still producing. Here’s a fresh haul of tomatoes and peppers I harvested just yesterday.

FF: Tamarind Date Sauce from Basbaas Foods

Looking for something a little exotic to spice up your meals (and your life)? Try the Tamarind Date Sauce I found from the fine folks at Basbaas Foods. This Somali-inspired sauce is a mix of tomatoes, peppers, onions, dates, cherry peppers, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, white vinegar, garlic, tamarind paste, salt, and spices – and it is awesome.

About the Tamarind Date Sauce from Basbaas Foods:

“Sweet heat, with unexpected fruit undertones. It’s a go-to addition to spice up most meals in Somalia. Spread it on toast in the morning, use it as a finishing sauce on chicken, or use it as a base for salad dressing. This sauce is vegan, gluten free, non-gmo, organic ingredients when possible, no added sugar.”

Find the Tamarind Date Sauce from Basbaas Foods here.

Learn more about Basbaas Foods here.

FF: The Sanderson Leather Watch Roll from Stow

When I travel I tend to bring a few different watches with me. I am always struggling to figure out the best way to pack the watches and end up just shoving them into a compartment in my luggage. But now I have found the perfect conveyance for my travel watches – the Sanderson Leather Watch Roll I found from the fine folks at London’s Stow.

About the Sanderson Leather Watch Roll from Stow:

“The strikingly handsome Sanderson Leather Watch Roll for travel is designed for the practical and stylish storage of favoured timepieces. An elegant and eye-pleasing solution to watch storage during travel. Fashioned to fit within suitcases or travel bags with ease, STOW’s new Sanderson Leather Watch Roll accommodates a range of watch styles. Uniquely constructed with two removable cylinders to allow for optional storage, or to perfectly place STOW’s matching leather stud box with the smaller cylinder removed. Two watches fit around the larger cylinder, one around the smaller.”

Find the Sanderson Leather Watch Roll from Stow here.

Visit Stow of London here.

I have hundreds of watches. Which is why I am tired right now – I had to turn them all back to standard time this past weekend. But I believe you can never have enough watches – which is why I am eyeing the SW1 Solar Silicone Watch I found from the fine folks at One Eleven Watches.

About the SW1 Solar Silicone Watch from One Eleven Watches:

“This 42mm One Eleven watch features a matte black dial, brushed black stainless steel case, solar-powered movement and dual orange and black silicone strap.”

Find the SW1 Solar Silicone Watch from One Eleven Watches here.

Visit One Eleven Watches online here.

If you told me you were recommending a book that is basically a biography of a 19th century ship written by a 20th century comedy pioneer I would probably just say, “um, ok.” But had I known what you were talking about was Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin, I would be much more demonstrative as it is excellent. Mr. Palin, of Monty Python fame, is a well-established travel writer and now has taken his considerable storytelling skills to relate the history of the HMS Erebus, its birth, epic voyages, tragic ending, and ultimate rediscovery, and it is a great read.

About Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin:

“Michael Palin – Monty Python star and television globetrotter – brings the remarkable Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the ‘Great Southern Barrier’; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus’s final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist – when he wasn’t shooting the local wildlife dead. Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller.”

Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I am looking for a fun piece of furniture to liven up my otherwise boring living room. Currently, I am eyeing the classic Panton Chair – designed by Verner Panton – which I found available from the fine folks at Vitra. This is really more a piece of art than piece of furniture, which is just what I am looking for.

About the Panton Chair from Vitra:

“Conceived by Verner Panton in 1960, the Panton chair was developed for serial production in collaboration with Vitra (1967). Today, the all-plastic chair is an icon of twentieth-century design. It has received numerous international design awards and is present in the collections of many prominent museums. It is available in a choice of bold and subdued colours.”

Find the Panton Chair from Vitra here.

Visit Vitra online here.

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