The Story of UncommonGoods, Figs & Feta, and a Mid-Week Cocktail Party
I try to purchase local. I also try to go out of my way to support U.S. makers. I also really love handmade and unique house ware products with a story. I’ve recently found all of the above at UncommonGoods and am thrilled to be partnering with them for this special and exciting post!
Being that I loooove treating myself to housewares I was thrilled when asked to review items from UncommonGoods Kitchen and Bar Collection. Plus, recently remodeling my kitchen and building a bar just off the new kitchen, what better way to celebrate the end of an exciting renovation!? (Blog post forthcoming on the kitchen remodel…)
I decided a mid-week cocktail party would be great fun. Turns out, I was right.
Here’s what I choose from UncommonGoods for the celebration:
Ok, pull up a stool and let’s break this down…
Handmade in Kentucky from layers of select maple and walnut, the Wooden Bread Knife boasts an effortless slice. The steel blade on this unique knife is slanted at a 45 degree angle for a “more accurate and comfortable slicing.” I was so excited to test-drive this baby, and guess what? I was not disappointed. It does create a perfect, painless slice and each slice is exactly the same size. Impressive.
Hand-thrown by two incredible and thoughtful artists in New Hampshire the Garlic Grater is a colorful and beautifully crafted dish featuring a rough center that allows one to grate fresh garlic directly onto the plate so as not to lose one single cut or drop of this flavorful ingredient. I decided to really put the Garlic Grater to the test by grating not only garlic, but Mizithra cheese as well. It worked. Very. Well. Adding in a some garden fresh chopped basil and rosemary, red pepper flakes and olive oil it was the perfect most flavorful and tangy dip for my perfectly sliced baguette.
Always looking for a new way to display appetizers I instantly fell in love with the Black Slate Cheese Board, which comes with a small piece of white soapstone for writing directly on the board. I really love the story behind this slate; that each unique piece comes from the creator’s third-generation family quarry in upstate New York. This black slate creates a incredible backdrop for my fresh Fig and Brie Hand Pies.
Ok, let’s talk cocktails. I served up some Watermelon-Rosemary Bourbon Bombs in my new Literary Glasses made in Pennsylvania. After the cocktail complement (“mmmmm… that’s good!”) the glasses then became the topic of conversation: “Hamlet and Les Miserables: compare and contrast.”
New countertops require coasters and the Manhattan Neighborwoods Map Coasters are a perfect touch. I love the details the designer put into these etched coasters and it was fun reminiscing about my time spent living in the city. Designed in Brooklyn and made in Florida they are beautifully and artfully crafted and make me want to catch the next flight to JFK…
The Pistachio Pedestal is a bowl and a discard bowl all in one. Handmade in Vermont from North American Maple and hand sanded and finished with teak oil for a smooth finish, the Pistachio Pedestal is perfect for a cocktail party, or pretty much everyday, all day. Keep it filled with this fun to eat nut to encourage healthy, low-calorie, fiber and protein-rich snacking. This may be my favorite new house ware of the bunch. My entire family has been enjoying this one all week.
Here’s what I love about my new toys: They are fun, creative, made in the USA, handcrafted by extremely talented artisans who are doing what they love to do, and each item comes with a back story. Additionally, each item is beautifully packaged with love and care not simply tossed in a box with bubble wrap.
Here’s what I don’t love so much about my new toys: (Crickets)
So there you have it.
I’m thinking a large part of my Christmas shopping will be through UncommonGoods. In fact, here’s some more fun stuff I suggest you explore: Wine drinkers: click here to check out the fun wine gadgets. Click here to check out all the great items in the glassware collection. Wanting a more personal gift? Click here to check out all the awesome personalized gifts UncommonGoods offers. You can read more about their story here and fall in love with them too. :)
©2016 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.
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