Pop It Like It’s Hot
Different movies call for different flavors. “The Bourne Identity?” Something spicy. A Jennifer Aniston flick? Sweet Caramel. “He’s Just Not That Into You?” Definitely cheese. With Cuisinart’s EasyPop Plus Flavored Popcorn Maker ($80.00), you can custom pop every bucket of nosh to suit whatever mood or movie you happen to fancy. Pop up to 10 cups of popcorn in under 5 minutes, and mix in your favorite toppings and flavorings with the flip of a switch. Just consult the recipe booklet for some flavoring ideas and POP, your Friday night just got Chili Cheesier. One word of advice: if you’re planning on settling in with The Ultimate Oliver Stone Collection, we might suggest making a few extra buckets.
A Snitch That Tells Time
Okay, okay. Who left the steaming “present” in the living room this time? Was it Ralph, your pot-bellied pig, or Norton, your wolf/dog hybrid? Luckily, your Motion Detection & Night Vision Camera ($60.00) should settle this, once and for all. Disguised as a simple analog alarm clock, it’s actually a camera that can detect and record motion within 20 feet, even at night in poor lighting conditions. Your new little snitch can record up to 24 hours of footage at a resolution of 1280×960 at 30 fps before erasing its recorded data. So now all you have to do is go back and review the tape…Gasp! Mr. Snuggles, the Hedgehog? Oh, how could you?
Move Over Ivan, Tito’s In Town!
You’re never one to discriminate in any areas of life (just ask Oksana, Maria Consuela and Jing-Wei), so it should come as no surprise to you that one of the smoothest vodkas on the market today is made not a Polski, or even a Rooski, but a Tito ($26.00)—and it’s comin’ at ya fresh from Texas. Tito Beveridge (yes, that’s his actual name), is a former petrol chemical engineer who produces small batches of this fine spirit in Austin, Texas, at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. Tito’s is micro-distilled in an old-fashioned pot still, utilizing the same process as fine single malt scotches and high-end French cognacs. This method takes more skill and effort than modern column stills, but the extra love and care is well worth it, making this smooth, delicious vodka the unanimous judges’ choice and double gold medal winner at the World Spirits Competition. One more delicious reason not to mess with Texas.
Keep It Together
Like the Civil War gold, family jewels and Garbage Pail cards, all stashed in your safety deposit box, you like to keep important things together. Same concept goes with the BookBook iPhone Cover & Wallet ($58.00). This clever little, pocket-sized, vintage leather looking piece holds your wallet on one side, and your iPhone 4 of 4S on the other. Its design ensures that you’ve got full access to all iPhone controls, ports and jacks, as well as easy access to your ID with its nifty thumb slide. As an added bonus, if you lose it, just use Apple’s Find My Phone service, and voila! You’ve found your wallet too. Now that’s what we call (Book)Book smart.
You’re a man. And you can face up to some pretty harsh stuff. Like the fact that you think Ryan Seacrest is one cool little guy. And you hate to miss his morning radio show. With the Cubo-go ($300) from Sonora, you won’t have to. This indoor/outdoor FM radio is splash-proof and perfect for the bathroom, kitchen, patio or anywhere else you choose to tote it along, since it can either run on an AC/DC power adaptor or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Once Seacrest really is “out,” you can hook up your Cubo-go to your iPod, MP3 player, computer or mobile phone, and play your favorite music through its 2.5 inch full-range speaker. Plus, it’s got interchangeable rubberized covers in black, white, red, taupe, purple, green, blue and orange, so your Cubo-go will never clash with your outfit. Ryan would be so proud.