kitchen gadgets

Espresso machine made from concrete sounds gross

Espresso machine made from concrete sounds gross

I'm not a coffee drinker, but until my wife has a few cups I don’t even like to look at her lest she smite me with early morning grumpiness. She uses a coffee maker made from plastic like most things today. If you like your coffee, but prefer it in a stronger espresso form and like really industrial looking designs the Lavazza is for you.

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Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Summer is here and the kids are under my feet constantly as I try to work every day. One thing I can count on as soon as my 5-year-old daughter rolls her crazy-haired head out of bed is that she will want her "waftuls" otherwise known as waffles. Shortly after the waffles are eaten, she will want her first of 157 popsicles of the day.

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Samsung Zipel WiFi refrigerator packs DLNA streaming & Google Calendar

Samsung Zipel WiFi refrigerator packs DLNA streaming & Google Calendar

Think back to January and you might recall Samsung clearing WiFi certification with a refrigerator bearing a built-in digital photo frame.  Snap forward to today, and witness the awesome white-goods power of the Samsung Zipel SRT746AWTN, a double-door fridge with an integrated 10-inch touchscreen.

With that touchscreen - and the Zipel's WiFi b/g support - you can browse the internet, stream media via DLNA, take notes and even pull up nutritional information for more than 500 different types of food.  It'll also show Google Calendar entries and weather reports, again with internet updates, as well as news alerts and other articles.  Slap in a memory card (no telling what type) or hook up some sort of wireless storage and the Samsung Zipel can show a slideshow of your favorite photos, which is frankly much better than sticking on rubbish painted pasta pictures that your offspring comes home with and expects you to fawn over.

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WMF1 one-cup coffee machine wins points on style

WMF1 one-cup coffee machine wins points on style

While normally I'd suggest avoiding those single-use coffee pod machines, since you don't know when the beans were roasted or ground, I've a feeling I'll give the WMF1 a pass simply because of the excellent design.  Intended to product a single cup of coffee, the WMF1 has a distinctive niche for the supplied mug and a straightforward loading system.

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Bugatti Vera kettle offers timer, temp control, huge price tag

Bugatti Vera kettle offers timer, temp control, huge price tag

It's time to unpack the wedding china and start cutting the crusts off your sandwiches; as soon as whatever nearby minor royalty hears you're boiling your water with a Bugatti kettle, they'll be round like a shot.  The handiwork of the same studio responsible for the indecently-fast Veyron supercar, the Vera Electric Kettle offers not only some eye-catching colors but a control-encrusted handle with LCD display.

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