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May 12, 2005

Drink Your Vegetables


Patricia Yeo, the chef at SAPA, a French–Southeast Asian restaurant (below) in New York, has created a magnificent drink which she calls the Mata Hari (above).

It's her very tricked–out, tarted–up version of a Bloody Mary and I want one.

Florence Fabricant wrote about the drink in yesterday's New York Times Dining Out section; she called it "salad–in–a–glass."

Chef Yeo starts with fresh yellow tomato juice and vodka, then adds sprouting carrots, celery and sprigs of thyme.

She serves it forth with a dish of crunchy pickled vegetables.

Smoked paprika potato chips are offered free at the bar.

Have some for me, would you?


Sounds like a nice way to begin — or end — a mid–May evening in Gotham.

The restaurant's at 43 West 24th Street. 212–929–1800.

May 12, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Ironing Robot of Copenhagen Airport


Just go to Kaufmann's men's clothing store there and give your crumpled shirt to the friendly attendant.

While you watch, shop or check your email the Dressman will first fill itself with hot air, cold air and steam to reach the size that matches your shirt, then steam, heat and iron your shirt — free!

Way cool.

Or, as Paris might say, "That's hot."

May 12, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: How to tell in one minute if you're likely to die suddenly of a heart attack


Great news: you don't have to go in for a fancy treadmill test or an expensive cardiac cath to find out.

No, sitting right there at your desk while you read this you can easily find out your risk of dropping dead from a heart attack.

Here are easy–to–follow instructions:

1) Take your pulse for one minute.

2) If you're a man between 42 and 53 and your heart rate is over 75 beats/minute, your chance of dropping dead from a heart attack is 3.5 times higher than if your heart rate is below 60.

Wasn't that fun?

Don't you feel better?


Here's the abstract of today's New England Journal of Medicine article reporting the detailed results of the study.

    Heart-Rate Profile during Exercise as a Predictor of Sudden Death

    Background: Changes in heart rate during exercise and recovery from exercise are mediated by the balance between sympathetic and vagal activity.

    Since alterations in the neural control of cardiac function contribute to the risk of sudden death, we tested the hypothesis that among apparently healthy persons, sudden death is more likely to occur in the presence of abnormal heart-rate profiles during exercise and recovery.

    Methods: A total of 5713 asymptomatic working men (between the ages of 42 and 53 years), none of whom had clinically detectable cardiovascular disease, underwent standardized graded exercise testing between 1967 and 1972.

    We examined data on the subjects' resting heart rates, the increase in rate from the resting level to the peak exercise level, and the decrease in rate from the peak exercise level to the level one minute after the termination of exercise.

    Results: During a 23-year follow-up period, 81 subjects died suddenly.

    The risk of sudden death from myocardial infarction was increased in subjects with a resting heart rate that was more than 75 beats per minute (relative risk, 3.92; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.91 to 8.00); in subjects with an increase in heart rate during exercise that was less than 89 beats per minute (relative risk, 6.18; 95 percent confidence interval, 2.37 to 16.11); and in subjects with a decrease in heart rate of less than 25 beats per minute after the termination of exercise (relative risk, 2.20; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.02 to 4.74).

    After adjustment for potential confounding variables, these three factors remained strongly associated with an increased risk of sudden death, with a moderate but significantly increased risk of death from any cause but not of nonsudden death from myocardial infarction.

    Conclusions: The heart-rate profile during exercise and recovery is a predictor of sudden death.


May 12, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Own George Washington's Watering Can


"George Washington was an avid gardener who delighted in nurturing rare and exotic plants, which were sent to him from all over the world."

The above is a direct quotation from the website of the gift shop at his home, Mount Vernon.

The shop will sell you a hand–hammered copper replica (above) of one of George Washington's very own watering cans, two of which are on display as part of Mount Vernon's permanent collection.

Holds 2.5 gallons.

$86 here.

May 12, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Submarine House


Designed by naval architect Giancarlo Zema, it's a unique four–level house, consisting of, from the top down:

1) The living area

2) An observation deck


3) A boat dock

4) An underwater observation globe

The floors are connected via a winding staircase facing the sea and a glass elevator.


The underwater observation globe comes complete with lighting and "diver lock–out options."

[via AW]

May 12, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hinge–It Double Hook


Intended as a heavy–duty coat hook, but I use it in my bathroom for towels that exceed the capacity of the hooks on the back of the door.

Ingenious invention: it's a two–armed 5/8" steel epoxy–finished hook with plastic end caps.

It fits over and against your door's hinge.

To install it you remove the hinge pin, put the top loop of the Hinge–It over the top of the hinge, then re–insert the hinge pin.

That's it.

No drilling, no tools beyond a butter knife to lift the hinge pin.

I have two Hinge–Its installed in my bathroom, one each on the top and middle hinges of my three–hinged door (the guy who built my house was the belt + suspenders type).

Creates function where there wasn't any, without impinging on precious space.

And the extension outward helps towels try faster than they would crumpled against the back of the door on the little hooks usually present there.

I bought mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, where it came in white only.

The website offers your choice of white, brass or chrome finish.

$6.95 here.

May 12, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Go ahead, type it into the URL box and see what you get.

I happened on the site yesterday when I clicked on the name of someone who left a comment.

I wasn't sure whether or not to mention it here because I'm not certain if it's a good thing or not.

I mean, for example, let's say you decide to sign up with them for email.

OK, your email address is cool@www.com


Now, it seems to me people are gonna be constantly asking for the rest of the address, as in, "www dot what?"

Then you'll have to patiently explain there's nothing else, just the www.

Like I said, I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not.

But for me, in general, when something creates uncertainty I like to stay with it — whether it be a domain name, an individual or a location in space.

No wonder I'm so happy wwwith you.

Hey — it just occurred to me that it would be kind of fun to choose "email" for your email address (assuming it's still available) at this site so you could tell people to email you at "email at www dot com":


Confusing, weird and wonderful.

May 12, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Leveling Measuring Spoons



The inventor placed a leveling blade (above) between a pair of connected double–headed measuring spoons to create a built–in leveling device so you get precisely the amount you want.

Four spoons (1/4, 1/2, and 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon) etched with sizes and a handy conversion chart on the leveling blade.

18/8 stainless steel, 6.5" long.

Nicely done.

$9.99 here.

May 12, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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