Last time you went out of town you came home to find the Perigord Truffles you brought back from the south of France missing from your freezer. You didn’t think your roommates were cultured enough to appreciate them, much less pilfer them but maybe one of their house guests has expensive tastes? The whereabouts of your imported delicacies cannot be left to speculation. Install the world’s smallest HD Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera to catch them in the act. Dropcam ($150) alerts you when it detects motion or sound, and you can login to watch live footage in your web browser or from the Dropcam app on your iPhone or Android. In addition to 720p HD video recording, automatic night vision, zoom, and support for multiple cameras, Dropcam features two-way audio that allows you to yell at the thief mid-pilfer. If you want to record your camera footage to use in small claims court, the company offers secure cloud storage for your DVR’d video, or if you’d rather go the public humiliation route, you can make your Dropcam viewable via World Wide Web. You’ll never have to worry about the fate of your foie gras again.
You’ve been a smoker ever since Tommy Radcliff introduced you to it in his backyard that summer. Once you got a taste for the stuff it was impossible to break the habit. While the Camp Chef SMV18 Smoke Vault is great for your place in the Hamptons, as your apartment stoop in the city isn’t quite large enough to accommodate it. The Flameless Grill Smoker ($40.00) is a great alternative, weighing in at just over a pound and measuring 14” L x 2.5” W x 1.75” D. The compact cylinder holds up to 8 oz. of wood chips and is made from durable 20-gauge steel that allows placement atop hot coals or gas burners. The mini-smoker features eight “S” shaped holes that let enough oxygen in to create smoke without creating flames. The rich smoky flavor infused into your filets and kabobs will have all your non-smoking friends craving more.
When you’re the guest at as many soirées as you are, you can’t always count on top shelf liquor you’re accustomed to like Bison Grass Vodka. On those nights you’re exhibiting incredible graciousness to your host, you’ll need to finish off the night with Last Round Hangover Support ($3.00). Developed by nutritional supplement maker HerbaSway, the magic elixir combines all-natural ingredients like kudzu root extract, stevia extract, and green tea extracts to remove the effects of alcohol, “relaxing” the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, and detoxifying the body so you can be spared the sledgehammer headache, cotton-ball mouth, and violent nausea that can accompany hangovers. Take the shot before you go to bed and you’ll wake up with nary a symptom. Now you can stop blowing off Mike and Pauly D’s invitations. Just be sure to bring a few extra for the gang.