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Lunch on the go with Crock-Pot to go

The lunchtime conundrum is a troublesome question. As the meal that falls squarely in the middle of the day, it requires a certain amount of planning. One could choose to go out for lunch, visiting some place in a familiar radius when the lunchtime hour hits, or one could brown bag it from home with a cold sandwich. Perhaps neither of these well-traveled choices sounds appetizing. There is a third choice and no, it doesn't involve a microwave burrito in the break room.

Hot lunch is never far away with the Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer ( in various colors, regularly $29.99).Read more

Have VinGardeValise, will travel

Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.

The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, … Read more

Pizza Hut table lets you touch-screen your toppings

Touch-screen tables already exist. Pizza Hut restaurants already exist. Put the two together and you end up with a touch-screen table concept for ordering pizzas using your fingers.

The concept video was developed in conjunction with design agency Chaotic Moon Studios. It demonstrates how an interactive touch-screen table could be used to choose every little detail of your pizza order, from the size of the pie to how the toppings are distributed. It also shows customers using the table to pay with a mobile wallet on an iPhone and playing games while waiting for the order to come.… Read more

Farmer's Fridge brings fruit, veggies to vending machines

Dinner from a vending machine usually evokes images of chips, cookies, frozen burritos, and other junk food. But if Farmer's Fridge has its way, meals from a vending machine could mean organic meats and cheeses and healthy salads full of locally grown veggies, fruit, beans, and seeds.

The Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer a selection of salads, including Antioxidant, High Protein, Detox, Thai, Mediterranean, North Napa, and more. The salads, with dressing included, are presented layered in BPA- and phthalate-free plastic jars. Smaller jars of organic meats -- such as lemon pepper chicken, tuna salad, lemon tofu, and salmon salad -- are sold separately.… Read more

Bendy straw wine aerator knows no faux pas

There is no wrong way to enjoy a glass of wine. The delicious elixir, however, has long been subjected to rules and social conventions that have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. No doubt that many of these customs have evolved out of a simple desire to improve the experience of wine-drinking, but sometimes they can just be too stifling. If I want to drink my wine with a straw, then so be it.

Just because one chooses to drink wine with a straw out of a coffee cup, they should not automatically be denied the best experience possible. … Read more

Arcticor Cooler keeps drinks cool inside and out

Timing, as they say, is everything. But that's not entirely true since "everything" is rather all-encompassing. Take for example, trying to sell a new ice cooler in the middle of winter. At first blush, the oft-repeated idiom might make sense. Then it comes time to consider the future. It will get warm again. And a cold beer (or soda) sure would be nice then. What was that about being able to sell ice to an Eskimo?

The Arcticor Cooler is a current Kickstarter project that is nearing its funding goal. While much of the country is gripped … Read more

Puzzle Susan puts new spin on lazy Susan

The Puzzle Susan is a Kickstarter project designed by Nam H. Le that playfully rethinks the traditional lazy Susan. While it may not be as practical as one large rotating tray, it sure looks a lot more fun -- and will definitely spur the dinner conversation beyond the ordinary, "Please pass the salt."

Designed to hold condiments, sauces, and the like rather than full plates of food, the Puzzle Susan, which Le also calls the Puzzo Susan, works via a set of interconnecting gears. Spin one rotating tray and the next spins, and on and on and on. … Read more

Taqueria vending machine? Say hola to Burrito Box

In Los Angeles, a city full of taquerias and Mexican restaurants, you'd think a vending machine selling burritos at a gas station would be met with eye rolls from foodies and the burrito bourgeois. However, Burrito Box appears to be one of those novelties that even the most jaded hipster can't help but try. After all, Burrito Box is on Instagram.

The self-proclaimed "world's first burrito kiosk" (located at Mobile Gas, 8380 Santa Monica Blvd.) sells five kinds of burritos: chorizo sausage with cage-free eggs and cheese; uncured bacon with egg and cheese; roasted potato with egg and cheese; free-range chicken with beans and rice; and shredded beef and cheese. Sour cream, hot sauce, and guacamole sell for extra cost. Burritos are $3 plus tax by credit card. … Read more

Burgers become true fast food at 87 mph

One cafe wants to redefine "fast food."

Inspired by the Tube Transport System in "Futurama," Sam Crofskey of C1 Espresso in Christchurch, New Zealand, is installing a system of pneumatic tubes that will deliver mini burgers (sliders) and nachos to tables at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour.

It's not exactly a new technology; pneumatic tubes have been used to transport messages since the 1850s, and have subsequently been employed over the years as a secure transportation method for cash and medications, as well as an alternative to trains. Indeed, C1 has been using a smaller system to transport orders to the kitchen. By combining the two systems, C1 hopes to reduce wait times -- and toss hotter, fresher food into the bargain. … Read more

Russell Hobbs Easy Toaster keeps toast at the ready

The UK is on a breakfast roll -- or at least on a roll regarding what Americans generally consider breakfast items. Recently, we saw the iKettle, a Wi-Fi-enabled hot water kettle that can be controlled with a smartphone. Neat idea for those that never know when they'll be ready for a spot of tea. Given that there probably isn't a mysterious 'toast time' we Americans know nothing about, now they have a toaster over there specifically designed to be able to keep toast warm until it's time to eat.

The Russell Hobbs 19990 Easy Toaster (£34.99)Read more