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August 14, 2008

Chocolate-covered bacon — Episode 2: Chef Leslie Cooper is all over it


Just in from Ms. Cooper, executive chef and owner of LUCA Chocolate in Ramseur, North Carolina, the following email: "A customer of mine sent me the link to your site. I thought you'd like to know about another source for chocolate-covered bacon. I started making it as a special request for a client, and it became so popular that I added it to my regular offerings. He even posted a video of the sampling."

But wait, it gets even better.

Unlike yesterday's featured purveyors, whose wares require travel to Santa Cruz, California or the upcoming Minnesota State Fair to sample, LUCA will ship its signature products right to your front door.

From the LUCA menu:

    The Bacon Box

    I know what you're thinking ... this is a chocolate website, not a butcher shop.

    But bear with me, you won't be disappointed.

    The bacon box originated as a special request and it's become popular enough to warrant its own place on this page.


    Chocolate-Covered Bacon: 8 pieces of super-crispy, super-bacony bacon, covered in your choice of milk or dark chocolate and very lightly sprinkled with sea salt

    Bacon Caramels: 4 of our signature caramels, topped with a crisp piece of bacon and covered in your choice of milk or dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt

    Bourbon and Black Pepper Truffles: 2 dark chocolate truffles, spiked with Woodford Reserve™ bourbon and freshly ground black pepper, covered in dark chocolate



Mmmm ... bacon.

August 14, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Bark-N-Bat — "Avoid a bad case of 'slobber hands'"


From the website:


    The Bark-N-Bat is a sturdy bat and scoop in one.

    Scoop up the tennis ball (included), flick it up and whack that baby 120 feet or more to give Scout a good run.

    Then scoop it up off the ground and hit it again — without touching it — just in case you’re at the church picnic and will be eating with your hands or shaking hands with the reverend.

    Durable plastic.



August 14, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Does freezing fish kill bacteria?


Short answer shorter: No.

"Freezing fish will NOT kill bacteria! Freezing at very low temperatures does kill fish parasites, which is one reason why maatjes herring and much fish for sushi and sashimi are frozen before being eaten raw. But bacteria are hardy and will spring back to life when you thaw the fish."

[via Harold McGee and the New York Times]

August 14, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

(Wireless and Flameless Night-Sensing) Candle in the Wind(ow)


That's different.

From the website:

    Cordless Night-Sensing Window Candle

    These cordless candles automatically turn on when their integrated photo-sensors detect darkened conditions, and issue a golden glow from their integral LEDs without flame or dripping wax.

    Traditionally used as signal lights for sailors or welcome lights for travelers, their weighted 3"-diameter brass-plated bases easily fit on window sills indoors or out, and will not tip.

    Two AA batteries provide enough power for the whole holiday season (up to 1,500 hours) and the LEDs provide over a decade of use.

    11-3/4"H x 3"W.



$29.95 a pair.

August 14, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

KuKu Klok — Swiss-made so you know it must be good


"Online alarm clock. Designed to wake you up."

Hey, joe — are your eyes closed?


'Cause you must be dreaming.

[via Milena Castulovich]

August 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Pocket Saxophone


"Is that a ...?" — don't go there.

At least, not unless you have Flautist chaperoning you.

From the website:

    Pocket Saxophone

    This pocket woodwind is the size of a standard recorder, yet plays a two-octave chromatic scale with the same intonation as a tenor saxophone.

    Designed by the same artisans who originally handcrafted them from bamboo stalks cut from rainforest groves in Eastern Maui, this version produces a sound that precisely matches the original's unique rich, deep sound and vibrant power.

    The large round mouthpiece is fitted with a solid brass ligature and a #2-1/2-strength tenor saxophone reed.

    The instrument is tuned to C and plays two octaves lower than conventional flutes of the same size, nearer to a clarinet.

    Small enough to fit in a backpack or purse, the pocket sax is made from durable injection-molded ABS plastic.

    13"L x 1-1/2"Ø.

    Weight: 3 oz.


August 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rice Field Art


Slow food meets design


on a very large


canvas indeed.


For those who'd like more, there's this site.

[via Milena Castulovich]

August 14, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Wireless Foot Mat Night Light


"Step on it."

It was only a matter of time.

From the website:

    Wireless Foot Mat Night Light

    These night lights are activated wirelessly when you step on the mat, ideal for illuminating the way to a bathroom, telephone or doorway at night without disturbing a sleeping spouse or stubbing your toe.

    When stepped on, the floor mat has its own built-in bright LED light that illuminates, and it uses a 433MHz wireless signal to turn on each remote light up to 100 feet away.

    The remote lights are turned off when the mat is stepped on a second time; the built-in mat light and remote lights gradually dim before turning off completely.

    Lights fit on tables or can be placed on doorknobs or closet bars using an attachable hook.

    The floor mat can control up to four remote lights and uses three AA batteries (three AA batteries required for each night light).

    Floor mat operates on one of four wireless channels, allowing another family member to use another mat on a different channel to control a separate array of lights.

    Included: floor mat and two night lights.

    Floor mat: 22"W x 18"D x 1-1/2"H.

    Night lights: 2"H x 5-1/2"Ø.


August 14, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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