Having guests over for NYE? Sushi can be a great option, but the act of making rolls is far more art than science. And for many newbie sushi chefs it can be an infuriatingly difficult skill to even learn, much less master. But with these helpful sushi-assembling assistants, you'll be rolling like Jiro-sama in no time.
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The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets — they have long been a staple of late-night infomercials and homeware bargain bins alike — but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness equally at home in New York City or rural Vermont.
The exhaust fan — that rattling, dusty vent hanging above the toilet — is the single most important gadget for the health of a bathroom. It eliminates the steam from a hot shower, helping battle the mould and mildew constantly threatening a bathroom's finishes. The device also helps fix more immediate air quality issues — they'd never say it in front of a client, but in the salty slang of a plumbing supply house, pros refer to it as a fart fan.
Seems like every time the temperature in the San Francisco Bay Area dips enough to actually warrant building a fire, the Air District will declare a Spare the Air Day, making wood-burning illegal. This wall-mounted fireplace from Pureflame could be the answer — not only does it run on soot-free ethanol, I can hang it anywhere in my house.
You haven't cleaned the litterbox in what, two weeks now? It's all well and good that you've acclimated to the overwhelming stench of ammonia and kitty poop but what about when guests come over? With some minor mods and a little electrical engineering, you can keep your home from smelling of feline by-products without actually having to be a responsible pet owner and clean up!