Have you seen the 2011 Food Lush Guft Guide?
What a blast it was putting it together. Virtual window shopping, food, making lists: These are a few of my favorite things!
However, after it was posted, I was shocked to realize that I'd left off one of my most favorite kitchen items. It's something I use every day and something I've given as a gift before, so it was naturally one of the first items I thought to include. Somehow it managed to slip through the cracks, but this product is probably worthy of its own post anyway.
I love straws and use them in just about everything I drink (smoothies, cocktails, water, even in my coffee), but a couple of years ago I started feeling bad about how many cheap plastic straws I was throwing away. I figured there had to be an alternative, and in my hunt for reusable straws I stumbled onto Glass Dharma.
Their straws are reusable, handblown, guaranteed, microwaveable, dishwasher safe*, made in the USA, and absolutely beautiful. They come in various widths and sizes, which is kind of genius. (They'll make custom pieces, too!) For instance, I have a set of 4 Decorative Dots Sipper Shorties. These are shorter straws with a narrower hole, which are perfect for cocktails and coffee. As an added bonus, each straw has different colored dots which both helps keeps drinks straight and keeps your straws from rolling off the counter.
The sets come with a small cleaning brush.
They're not super cheap, but I truly believe this is an instance in which you get what you pay for, and to me it's worth it. Glass Dharma offers a huge variety of sizes, with the optional dots, and they even offer bent straws. What's more, I can personally attest to both the durability of the product, as well as their guarantee. Mine have been dropped and had things dropped on them, and only one of them has broken. Because of their guarantee, I sent it back in and got a replacement totally hassle free. I love how customer centric they are, and how much they stand behind their product. I highly recommend Glass Dharma, and they'd make a great gift -- for yourself, or someone else.
*The folks at Glass Dharma kindly passed along this tip: If the straws are slipping through the holes of your dishwasher's utensil rack, stick a piece of steel wool in the bottom of the compartment and voila! No more slipping.
Are you a fan of straws? Have you tried reusable ones? Am I the only weirdo who drinks her coffee through a straw?