Bacon’s long been a favorite on dining tables around the world, still growing rapidly in popularity. And while you can technically throw it onto just about anything, refine your culinary skills by taking a peek through The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig. Learn how to work this mouthwatering cured meat into a spectrum of dishes — breakfast, appetizers, dinners, desserts, and more — harnessing it for its dominant taste or to add a simple, subtle something that inexplicably improves the dish as a whole.
Grab a copy on Amazon – $15
We get it: you want iced coffee but don’t want to leave your mug in the fridge for ages or dilute it with ice cubes. And that’s where Coil comes in. Brewing your pour-over coffee directly into Coil (or pouring already-brewed coffee into its lid) passes it through 9 feet of copper tubing in direct contact with water and ice before exiting into the spout-equipped carafe. The result is a temperature drop from 210° to 48° in just a few minutes, and coffee that can be enjoyed as it was meant to be: fresh right after brewing.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $200
With so many cocktail possibilities, why limit yourself to just one? Stephen Kenn in collaboration with Gin&Luck came up with the Travel Cocktail Kit, a one-stop kit that includes 9 bottles, a mixing spoon, elastic webbing to organize it all, and a detailed book with instructions on how to pack for 15 different cocktail combinations. Just pack the kit with supplies from your home bar and hit the road, with everything required to make a minimum of 3 distinct cocktails.
Find it at Stephen Kenn – $275
Keep a multitude of Nespresso Capsules on hand with Capsule Slide, a magnetic mount made of a single piece of diamond-patterned moulded ABS. Unlike its predecessor, CapsuleKong, Capsule Slide offers three distinct channels for quick access to multiple flavors at a whim, though it’s just as fun to drop in capsules and watch them make their way down. It’s a clean way to free up some counter space while continuing to indulge in copious amounts of espresso.
Find it at Kickstarter – $15+
Coffee makers aren’t a very rugged bunch. Tip it and water will pour out of its tank; drop one and it’s done. While keeping yours firmly grounded atop your kitchen counter avoids these pitfalls, the Oxx Coffeeboxx just begs to come along for the ride. This 11 pound K-cup compatible coffee machine boasts a crush-proof chassis, a huge, spill-proof 2.5 litre water tank, a IP55-rated dustproof and waterproof enclosure, and a retractable 3 foot cord. It’s also thoughtful, pumping out on-demand piping hot water for making ramen or cocoa alongside coffee (tailgate anyone?), and is equipped with large rubber buttons adequately sized for use with gloves.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $200+
Drinking is flying’s only redeeming factor, other than that whole bit about being able to traverse continents in mere hours. The Carry On Cocktail Kit heightens this experience with one simple, checkpoint security-friendly tin; just order a mini-bottle of bourbon at 30,000 feet and use the kit’s cane sugar, small batch bitters, and custom combination bar spoon & muddler to mix a proper old fashioned or two. It even includes a linen coaster to class up your on-flight drinking experience and a recipe card to walk you through the steps.
Check it out at Carry On Cocktail Kit – $24
When you think Canada, the first things that come to mind are hockey, Mounties, and of course maple syrup. You may however have overlooked Maple Bacon Coffee, and if you’ve ever sat down to a nice pancake, bacon and coffee breakfast you know what the Bewdly Coffee Company has captured with this brew. Maple bacon flavor is poured onto slow smoked coffee beans like syrup while roasters overlook as it soaks into every nook and cranny. Brewing this seemingly odd, delicious blend, your house will smell like breakfast without the artery clogging effects bacon may or may not bring about.
Learn more at Bewdly – $19
If anything’s gonna get us out of bed in the morning, it’ll be the thought of a hot, comforting cup of coffee. And with Mr. Coffee’s Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker, you’ve got full control right from your smartphone with Belkin’s WeMo app. WiFi enabled, you can set it to brew from anywhere, even scheduling weeks’ worth of brew time at once, adjusting times from a distance, and cancelling/delaying brews at will. Of course, all these features would be moot without the machine actually being half-decent on its own, so the brewer is equipped with Optimal Brew technology to heat water to an optimal 205 degrees, a double-walled insulated carafe with 10 cup capacity, plus both a removable brew basket and water reservoir for easy fill and cleaning.
Grab one at Amazon – $142
Brewing proper coffee when you’re lost somewhere in the woods requires decent equipment, and Snow Peak’s Collapsible Pour Over Coffee Maker undoubtedly has your best java-related interests at heart. This full-sized coffee maker is built of stainless steel and fits standard filters, folding down flat when not in use. It’s also relatively lightweight at 4 ounces, though ultralight campers might prefer the even lower weight of coffee cubes.
Pick one up on Amazon or Snow Peak – $30 [via]
Get withdrawal if you eat a meal that isn’t doused in Sriracha? You need Sriracha2Go. This 1.25 ounce bottle is small enough to slip into a pocket or pack and carry with you everywhere, ensuring you’ll never take another bite without having some of the hot chili sauce on hand. It’s also refillable, boasts a carabiner to clip onto things, and should technically be fine inside your carry-on to spice up those boring on-flight meals.
Grab one at Sriracha2Go – $7 [via]