From Too Many Chefs -

May 13, 2004
Toys for Boys

I mentioned earlier that the Critic turned 40 at the end of last month. Our friend Michael found him an inspired gift, which has become the Toy of Choice in our apartment. We are already on our second "classic" screwpull corkscrew. (The Critic has a habit of opening wine bottles without removing the foil, which puts a strain on the plastic corkscrew frame...grrr...) The Lever Model Classic LM 300, however, is in a class by itself. Firstly, it comes in its own wooden box. You have to be impressed by a corkscrew that takes up as much storage space as your Merriam-Webster dictionary. Then it comes in two parts: the foil cutter (woo-hoo!) and the corkscrew itself. Most importantly, though, it opens a bottle of wine with one smooth motion, in about two seconds flat. You clamp the device on the bottle and push down the lever, forcing the screw to twiddle its way into the cork going in and pulling out in one movement. To remove the cork you reverse the gesture without the bottle. I stole...ahem...borrowed the above film from the Screwpull site, but it doesn't quite do justice to how cool this corkscrew really is. If you have a gadget-addicted male (or female, let's be honest) in your life, this is THE gift. I may never have to open a bottle of wine again...

Posted by Meg in Sussex at May 13, 2004 7:00 AM | TrackBack

I want it! Of course, a real man would open the bottle with just his bare hands.

Posted by Todd on May 13, 2004 at 9:16 PM

A real man wouldn't drink wine. He'd be popping a beer or (even better) drinking whisky straight from the bottle!

(Not that I mean to imply in any way that my man is less than manly, let me hasten to add!)

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 14, 2004 at 6:29 AM

Yes, and he would only eat his meat raw or cooked over an open fire.

Posted by Todd on May 14, 2004 at 7:51 AM

Your last recipe sounds suspiciously like quiche...!

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 14, 2004 at 8:03 AM

Hey, I never claimed that I was a real man.

Posted by Todd on May 14, 2004 at 8:48 AM