I'm on the train from DC to NYC, finishing this post. It's the first time I've had internet access since Thurs! I've just spent a few days with my darling grandparents at their home in McLean, VA where there is no wifi, salt or oil of any kind. If you happen to have an ache or pain, however, they've got you covered. So lucky to have them still…

Whenever I find something that makes my life easier, cleaner, or is delicious, creative or a great product or is even just an ok product, but the packaging is awesome, I like to share it.  I've got a sweet little list of things I think are cool that has been stacking up as of late. I hope you enjoy them too!

1. Apps. I recently found two apps that I adore.  They are perfect for the foodie and/or traveller.  The first is 'Chef's Feed' which lists the favorite dishes of the best chef's in top US cities and the restaurants that serve them.  The cities include; Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, SF, Seattle and Washington DC.  To get Chef's Feed, click here.  It's free!


A page from the San Francisco chef list.

The second app is a city guide from Gweneth Paltrow's newsletter goop. What I especially like about it, is that it maps all of her favorite picks – restaurants, home decor stores, 24-hour pharmacies, yoga centers, etc so that you can see what's nearby where ever you happen to be.  The app just came out in Dec 2011 so, the only city guide offered currently is NYC, but it looks like she will be adding London and LA soon. To get the goop app, click here.


2. Harry & David. During the holidays, we received a gift box from Harry & David. Having ordered from them several times, I think this was the first time we were recipients. When the box arrived, I was fully expecting their signature Riviera Pears, which would have been excellent, but instead it was an entire box of sweet treats!!!  


The packaging had me at hello. The sturdy box protected each individually wrapped treasure from crumbling or breaking. My favorite was the lemon poppyseed cake.  

Harry&david3Harry & David is located in Medford, OR.  They deliver a high quality product, packaged to perfection and I can't recommend them highly enough.  

3. Plastic Emeco chair. I was looking for a hard-working chair for a breakfast nook/kitchen project I'm working on and wanted to show my client the iconic and perennially cool 1008 Navy chair which first made it's appearance in 1944. When I went to the website I discovered a new version that I think is just brilliant….

In 2006 Coca-Cola approached Emeco to collaborate on a project to create a new version of the 1008 Navy chair made entirely out of plastic recycled Coke bottles. To be exact -111 recycled bottles per chair.  In May of 2010 they became available to purchase.

The company's commitment to providing long lasting products still holds true. The new 111 Navy Chair is available in six colors: Red, Snow, Flint Gray, Grass Green, Persimmon and Charcoal.  Snow, Flint and Red can be used outdoors.

To find out where 111 Navy Chairs are sold click here.

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