Excellent Things, part 1

I picked up this proto-meme (or is it a mutated meme? or a GMO meme?) from NowThis. He asks:

What do you not just like, but think everyone should know about? Can be anything. A food, a place, a website, a product, an idea, a song, a book … whatever.

Since it’s nearly gift-giving season, I thought this was an excellent question. Because I have so much to say about these things, I’ve divided the list into two parts. Here’s part 1:

1. Chatsford teapots. They have a special basket that you insert that makes brewing loose-leaf tea easy, and it’s also easy to clean. The basket is very large, giving the tea enough room for the “agony of the leaves” as they unfurl and move about in the hot water. Those metal tea balls are much too small.

2. Penzeys Spices Tellicherry Indian Black Peppercorns. These look like ordinary peppercorns, but they pack a more peppery punch than the kind you buy at the grocery store. Not hot, not dry, just peppery. I really like all of the Penzeys herbs and spices I’ve tried, but if I were allowed to buy only one, it would be these peppercorns. I’ve tried their “whole special extra bold” peppercorns, and I can’t tell the difference between those and the tellicherry — someone with a more sensitive palate might be able to taste the difference, but for me, the whole specials are not worth the extra cost.

3. Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Liquid Castile Soap. Hippy soap with tea tree oil. This soap is vegan, fair trade and organic. You could eat it and it wouldn’t kill you (although it might make you sick). This is the only soap I use — I even shampoo my hair with it. It’s gentle, not drying and helps to heal skin issues like acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis.

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 by Katxena