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High ‘n Low Sugar Substitute

High ‘n Low

It looks like this is just a design concept, but they should without a doubt make these.

They’re little silicone rectangles, made to resemble sugar packets that are usually used to help keep uneven tables stable.

I can’t imagine they’d cost a lot to produce. Every restaurant should have these on hand.

Toronto and Brooklyn-based design studio NYTO has recently developed High ‘n Low, a silicone shim substitute for wobbly tables and chairs. Real-deal sugar packets aren’t the most reliable and certainly aren’t reusable after they bust open. This rubber replica can be used over and over, easily carried in the pocket or purse, readily accessible when your seat or surface is less than stable. (from Core 77)


Beer for Bags

Beer for Bags

Got a lot of extra beer laying around? Are you in Manhattan and will you be there between June 9 and June 17?

If so, head over to the one of Crumpler’s two stores to barter your beer for a brand new bag. Seems like an awesome deal to me if you don’t mind parting with some hops & barley.

Wondering how much brew you need to get a bag? The company offers some guidance on its Web site. For example, two cases of Asahi and a packet of ramen noodles will get you a Moderate Embarrassment laptop bag that normally sells for $80. Similarly, two cases of Stella Artois earns you a Complete Seed messenger bag. As for me, I think I’ll just wander over with a case of Keegan Ales’ Mother’s Milk Stout and a six-pack of Saranac Black Forest and see how far that’ll get me. I guess, much like Billy Joel, I’m in a New York State of mind.

In case you’re wondering what will happen to all the beer from the sale, Crumpler will use some for a party after the sale, to which participants will be invited. The rest will be donated to art, charity, and sporting events. (from Crave)

Crumpler Bags
45 Spring Street & 49 Eighth Avenue
New York

Dinner with Obama

Dinner with Obama

Whether you’re going to vote for him or not, you gotta admit this is a pretty genius idea out of the Obama camp.

The chance to eat dinner with a presidential nominee and ask anything your heart desires just seems like a great way to really show that you don’t mind talking (and eating) with common folk.

4 lucky supporters will be picked at random to have dinner with Obama somewhere along the campaign trail. Transportation will be provided.

You can donate anywhere between $10 – $4600 (or other) to be eligible.

Four supporters who make a donation between now and 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, June 13, will join Barack for an intimate dinner for five.

Get the kind of treatment other politicians reserve for special interests. Make a donation today and you could share your story and your ideas with Barack in person.

Head over to for your chance to eat with the nominee.

NYC Restaurant Week – Top Chef Cook-Off

Cook Off

NYC’s Restaurant Week is just around the corner.

Twice a year, some of New York’s finest restaurants offer special menus for a reduced price.

Throughout the city, restaurants participate in “Restaurant Week” where they offer a three-course lunch for $24.07 (& some even offer dinner for $35). Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out a restaurant that may usually be out of your budget, or test some new restaurants with a little less financial risk. (from

But if you’re a Top Chef fan, head over to Union Square Park in NYC on Tuesday, June 12 at noon for a Restaurant Week Kick-Off Cook-Off. Hosted by Padma Lakshmi and judged by Tom Colicchio and 4 of NY’s premiere restaurateurs, Ilan and Sam from season 2 will square off in a quick-fire competition.

At the June 12 event, the 30-minute quickfire challenge will be staged on the set of an actual kitchen with monitors for onlookers to watch the event. It will be judged by a panel of NYC restaurateurs and chefs, including Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef” 3 Miami head judge and co-founder of Craft Restaurants, and Mr. Nieporent, one of the culinary world’s most celebrated figures. “Top Chef” Season 3 host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi will serve as emcee. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate New York and its best restaurants than with a cook-off between two ‘Top Chefs’ from New York,” said Jason Klarman, EVP Marketing & Digital, Bravo. (from Broadcast Newsroom)

The three-course lunches go for $24.07, and the dinners for $35. Among the participants this year are City Hall, City Lobster, Chin Chin, and new participant
Gordon Ramsay maze.

For more information on NYC Restaurant Week go to

Photo from Blogging Top Chef.

Easy Peasy Beer Bread

Beer Bread

Sounds like the easiest bread recipe ever. No rising time. No kneading. I’ll have to give this a try soon.

If you are a little scared of baking with yeast, this is a great first bread to make. It is impossible to mess up and requires no kneading. And unlike the near ubiquitous no knead bread, there is no need to wait 20 hours to bake it, you can have it in the oven as soon as it is done preheating. (from Coconut & Lime)

Beer bread photo from Flickr.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 12 oz bottle beer (we used Smithwicks)
  • 1 bunch onions
  • optional add ins:
    • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
    • 1/2 cup fresh basil
    • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
    • red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Oil or spray a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together salt, pepper, paprika, cheese (if using), green onion, yeast and flour.
  3. Add the beer and stir until a dough forms.
  4. Shape into a round loaf and place on the greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until the loaf is slightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 10-15 minutes before slicing.