Kitchen 165

    Published on September 1st, 2006 | by Greg


    The Stuff Parties Are Made Of

    Is there a Daquiriville? Or, like, a Mojitoville? I suppose not, because neither of them have the enduring power of tequila, triple sec, and citrus. Let us make things clear- we’re on-the-rocks folks, typically. Drinks adulterated by froth and crushed ice are certainly fitting for the island locale… but seem, somehow, just a tad touristy. I guess we should move to the beach.

    And if we did we would certainly take our Margartitaville Frozen Concoction Maker. It’s quite attractive (rarely have we been so fond of pastels, but it quite works with the whole margarita color scheme). It’s fairly large and loud, and it isn’t cheap ($300, or about 30 margaritas at Hawaii resort prices)- but it is powerful and convenient.

    Usually we’re fans of gadgets with single-purposes. This gadget does two necessary things in the service of your single perfect “frozen concoction”- it shaves the ice instead of crushing it, and it blends it. And it also kind of measures the ice, since you select the amount of ice you need shaved using the reasonably simple “one, two, or three drink” method (patent pending, we’re sure). But anyway, it still does it’s thing quite well, and we love it dearly. As will guests at your next party- because nothing is more fun than gadgets that help bring folks together, salted glasses in hand, to try and argue about the perfect margarita recipe. And yes, it can be used for plenty of other things too- the shaved ice isn’t quite Matsumoto’s, but it is easier than running to Haleiwa.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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