Logitech’s sleek design and rich features could make it the iPhone of universal remote controls! The Harmony One replaces up to 15 remotes and works with old and new technology such as HDTVs or old DVD players. It’s on board database allows you to control over 225,000 different devices and Logitech updates the database to ensure your universal remote control keeps up with technology. Setup is done via the internet using a web based setup guide. I had no problems with setup; just attached it to my PC and picked my devices.
Can making coffee French style really be that easy? Yes! The Bodum French Press makes your favorite coffee taste even better. It’s not complicated. You put coarsely ground coffee beans in the container and pour hot to boiling water over them. After a few minutes when coffee is brewed to your satisfaction, push the coffee press down all the way to the bottom of the glass canister and voila!
This is the true coffee lovers favorite way of brewing coffee. Even coffee tasters use the French press to define the quality of various coffee beans. When you push down the press, your coffee stops brewing. No more over-cooked burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot. You can use this practical little gadget to brew just the right amount of coffee, at the strength you want, anytime you want.
Ice straws are drinking straws made from whatever you can freeze! Forget plastic bendy straws an ice straw way more fun. The mold is made of food-grade silicone and makes six 8” long reusable straws. Freeze your favorite fruit juice or just use water; unfortunately alcohol doesn’t freeze very well. The mold has an insert that is frozen inside the liquid forming the straw. After the ice melts the straw inserts are reusable keeping pesky plastic straws out of our landfills.
There is nothing worse than watered down whiskey or warmed iced drink. Fortunately stone cask ice rounds ($29.00) will put an end to watery iced drinks. This unique product makes 2 ½ inch ice rounds reducing the surface area touched by the drink. The large compact sphere has a slower melting rate than your average ice cube keeping your drink colder longer and reducing the water. Just like ordinary ice cube trays you fill and freeze, but unlike typical ice cube trays stone cask ice rounds are made strong durable silicon allowing them to freeze fast. It only takes two hours to make an ice round and removing from the mold is easy. The cases are BPA free and dishwasher safe. Stone Cask Ice Rounds are available in packages of two. Just make sure you place them in your glass before filling it, unless you want a cannonball style splash.
Ian Buxton’s latest book “101 World Whiskeys to Try Before You Die” is the result of his twenty plus years in the Scotch Business. Forget snobs and collecting, he Ian explores drinking whiskey and tours the world’s offerings. Skipping the complex discussions about palate and grading the chapters’ breakdown what is out there today that you can and should try. Ian’s “101 World Whiskeys” is a fun education in what you could be drinking. It also makes a kick ass coffee table book for the man cave.
We had a nice rotating carousel K-Cup holder at Man Cave Gadgets but we’ve ditched it for a DecoBros high capacity rack. Finally a K-Cup holder for the serious single brew coffee drinker! You can store up to 54 K-Cups in three stylish metal mesh drawers that slide out easily and look great on a granite counter top. DecoBros makes a heavy rack with rubber feet keeping your coffee firmly in place on the counter. DecoBros also made room for storing refillable EkoBrew K-cups. If mesh wire isn’t your thing the DecoBros K-Cup rack is available in three tier wire and crystal glass.
We are raving fans of Keurig brewers but frankly you can’t get every blend in a K-cup. When you want a special coffee blend don’t hustle your way through a hipster infested coffee shop, just get an Ekobrew Cup. This refillable K-cup provides the best of both worlds; single brews with your own blends. Grind your special beans then fill the Ekobrew cup and brew normally using your Keurig. The smooth interior allows for easy cleanup while refilling will save you money over traditional K-cups. This is a single brew design even your environmentally conscious coffee loving friends can get behind.
Summer grilling season isn’t over yet! Grill meats to perfection with precise temperature control using the Maverick ET732. This brilliant barbeque thermometer is wireless allowing a grill master to mingle without burning their biscuits! Temperature alerts allow you to set what temperature you’re interested in reaching and forget about the grill until it’s reached. It will also alert you if the temperature is too low by programming a temperature range to monitor. When the alert goes off pull the meat off and be back before the game returns from commercial! The Maverick ET732 can handle temperatures up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit with a wireless range up to 300 feet away. If your grilling at night the Maverick ET732 BBQ meat thermometer is back lit for easy reading on a dark patio.
Our Moonshine post inspired us to find a complement to your glass o’ shine, and we found Whiskey Stones ($20) made by Teroforma. Lots of people enjoy a good whiskey but can’t handle it straight up, and don’t want it watered down by “the rocks”. If you mix with soda or chill with ice (heaven forbid) try these whiskey stones instead. These stylish soapstones will take the bite out of whiskey without watering it down. Just remember that whiskey stones are not to be used like ice cubes! Add three chilled stones to your next glass of whiskey, let stand for 5 minutes and then take them out. You’ll be amazed at the difference these stones make and you’ll look like a true aficionado.
Moonshine is a (illegal) tradition in Appalachia but you won’t need a juke joint to enjoy this unique whiskeys flavor. Original MOONSHINE Clear Corn Whiskey is distilled legally by Stillhouse Distillery in Virginia and available online ($85.00). Stillhouse uses a mash recipe perfected by combining generations of moonshiner tradition and modern techniques. The mash is made using corn grown on their farm and cooked in a Prohibition-era copper pot still. The shine is then distilled through charcoal filters giving it the highest quality, purity and taste. The result is an 80 proof, all-natural, gluten-free clear whiskey you’ll love to serve at your next poker game night. The bottle is pretty awesome looking too.