Riedel is synonymous with luxury when it comes to crystal, thanks to its famous fishbowl glasses at nearly $100 a stem. The Target-ized version is slimmed down, from bowl size to lead content (this Tyrol crystal is lead-free) and - most important - price. The Vivant series rings in at one-tenth the cost of Riedel's top line, but the glasses are still far superior to most other inexpensive glasses, with an elegantly thin edge and a generous shape for swirling your best everyday vintage.
- Craig LaBan
Riedel Vivant red wine glasses, set of 4, at Target for $39.99.
Chef Marcie Turney has been showing off her new chocolate chops at Verde, the fresh flower and confection shop on 13th Street, with partner Valerie Safran. Herbs and liquor add a culinary angle to the truffles (La Colombe coffee with Maker's Mark). But the dark-chocolate nut clusters pay spicy homage to the couple's duo of nearby restaurants, with Madras curry-dusted cashew clusters winking to Indian Bindi across the street, and a rusty red chile dust over Marcona almonds and chocolate nodding to Mexican Lolita next door.
Spice-dusted chocolate-nut clusters, $2 per piece (or $14.95 for 8) at Verde, 108 S. 13th St., 215-546-8700.
I know - it's one more gadget cluttering the kitchen counter. But for those who are vexed by the inability to pull a cork from a wine bottle, this is for you. Just position it over the wine bottle, press the button and Voila! The cork is out. The device, which resembles a cordless drill, fits into a rechargeable base unit and removes up to 80 corks with a full charge.
- Maureen Fitzgerald