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Robb Higgs' "Corkscrew"

Created by British designer Robb Higgs, this remarkably elaborate corkscrew stands at an impressive 5.5 feet tall and weighs a staggering half ton (at least there's no risk of misplacing it, right?). And while we all know you don't need a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine, there's no denying that the fact that this machine can open a bottle of wine and pour you a glass is seriously cool. Click here to watch the video demonstration.

Drink-mixing Typewriter

The ideal piece of technology for the at-home mixologist/writer? Perhaps. This incredibly complex gadget consists of an elaborate network of syringes and clear plastic tubing that connects liquid-filled bottles to a typewriter. When you types on the keys, it signals the associated liquids to be transferred to a receiving glass. Check out the video of the machine being built and a demonstration of the outrageous drink-mixing over at Morskoiboy.

"Textspresso" Coffee Machine

Recently, Seattle tech company Zipwhip unveiled a truly impressive and unique device that is sure to win the hearts of text-obsessed coffee junkies. Called the "Textspresso," the machine actually makes coffee on command when you text it. Too bad it's only promotional and not for sale.

Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft, Frozen Beer Foam Machine

Soft-serve beer foam that keeps your brew colder for longer? Yes, please. This new invention from Japanese beer company, Kirin, dispenses frozen Ichiban beer and, when added to a headless beer, acts as an insulating lid that supposedly keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes.

West Coast Chill, Self-Chilling Can

Claiming to be the world's first self-chilling energy drink, this cool can (pun intended) can apparently drop 30 degrees in three minutes when you turn it upside down and push a button. "We take reclaimed CO2 that's out there in the atmosphere and we inject the gaseous COs into the activated carbon," CEO Mitchell Joseph told ABC. "Once you push the button down, it starts pulling heat from the beverage and dissipating it out through the bottom of the can."

'Hug Me' Coke Machine

Would you hug a vending machine for a free Coke? As part of their newly launched "Open Happiness" campaign, Coca-Cola has installed a "Hug Me" Coke machine at the National University of Singapore that dispenses a free can of soda when you hug its sides. That's got to be the nicest vending machine ever created.

Kebo, the One-Handed Bottle Opener

This modern re-imagining of a 1930s-style Theodore Low bottle opener from Rush3 Studio solves the dilemma of wanting to continue channel surfing while you crack open a fresh beer. The one-handed bottle opener was created by Rush Dixon who, according to The Huffington Post, "says the idea was prompted by downtime as an architect in the summer of 2010 and a 'chance encounter' with an antique bottle opener." Maybe not the most outrageous gadget on the list, but definitely still cool.

20 Alcohol-Infused Healthy Bites

Alcohol and healthy are two words we don't often see together when we're talking about weight loss—and usually for good reason. Chugging back those mixed drinks, malt beverages, and creamy beers can leave you bloated, dehydrated, and craving greasy foods. Instead of taking in those unnecessary liquid calories that come with drinking, get your buzz going with a bite of food. The secret behind consuming alcohol on a diet? Moderation!

Not only do you still get to enjoy your favorite spirits and keep your beach body, these healthy, alcohol-infused bites are loaded with good-for-you nutrients and vitamins. From dinners to desserts (and okay, a couple of beverages), alcohol can be infused in tons of enjoyable treats that won't deem your diet donezo. If you need even more reason to you to try these alcoholic food recipe ideas, remind yourself of these health benefits of alcohol!

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20 Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes from Across the U.S.

We searched the country, spoon in hand, for the coolest sundaes ever.

We've searched from East Coast to West Coast, north to south, for the most outrageous ice cream sundaes on the planet. Our final list? An ice cream pyramid to rival any in Egypt, a vanilla sundae gilded with gold, and banana splits, piled with all manner of ice cream toppings.

Where to Buy It: The Poky Dot in Fairmont, WV

Ingredients: Nine 1-lb. scoops of ice cream in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry on a whipped cream base, topped with chocolate, strawberry and pineapple sauces, more whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, nuts and bananas.

Where to Buy It: Sugar Factory in New York, Florida, Illinois

Ingredients: 24 scoops of ice cream covered with hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, sliced bananas, toasted marshmallows, Reese's Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, Gummi Bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, toasted walnuts, whipped cream, giant lollipops, and sparklers.

Where to Buy It: The Loop in Orange County, CA

Ingredients: Vanilla soft serve ice cream with a fresh churro loop, glazed and topped with you choice of items, including Fruity Pebbles, warm cookie butter, crushed almonds, Oreos and more.

Where to Buy It: Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury, VT

Ingredients: 20 scoops of Ben & Jerry's famous ice cream (choose 4 or 5 flavors) is loaded into a giant bucket, then layered with four bananas, three cookies, a brownie, four servings of hot fudge and caramel, ten spoonfuls of chopped walnuts, whipped cream, and two spoonfuls each of your four favorite toppings.

Cost: Price varies by location.

Where to Buy It: Five Pennies Creamery in Long Island, NY

Ingredients: 36 scoops of ice cream (you can get one of every flavor on the menu!), topped with your choice of wet and dry ingredients, plus whipped cream and a cherry.

Where to Buy It: Serendipity 3 in New York City

Ingredients: Three scoops of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla ice cream, 23-carat gold leaves, chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, exotic candied fruits from Paris's Fauchon, chocolate truffles, and a tiny bowl of Grande Passion caviar sweetened with passion fruit, orange, and Armagnac. Topped with a gilded sugar flower and sprinkled with pure 24-carat gold edible dust!

Cost: $1,000 (Guinness Book of World Record's Most Expensive Sundae)

Where to Buy It: Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor (various locations in California and Hawaii)

Ingredients: Three fruit sherbert flavors, four toppings, whipped cream, bananas, cherries, fudge, sprinkles and playful pipecleaner animals and paper Farell's pennants.

Where to Buy It: Boqueria in New York City

Ingredients: Four fresh churros, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, toasted walnuts, whipped cream and flaming sparklers.

Where to Buy It: Izzy's Ice Cream in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN

Ingredients: 32 scoops of ice cream on a layer of crumbled cones, sprinkled with brownie bits, 7 toppings, and 3 sauces. The red hot dish and matching espresso cup (which comes with the signature 3/4-oz. "Izzy" scoop in it) is yours to keep!

Where to Buy It: Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, NY

Ingredients: An entire malted pretzel ooey gooey pie gets piled with 8 scoops of ice cream, pieces of cookie dough, The Munchies (a sweet and salty mix of pretzels, Ritz crackers and M&Ms), hot fudge, salted butter caramel, whipped cream, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, and a gummy cow in lieu of a cherry. Non-edible fences are placed around the sides of the bowl to keep it all upright.

Where to Buy It: Twohey's Restaurant in Alhambra, CA

Ingredients: A large Belgian waffle smothered with baked apples and topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot caramel sauce, whipped cream, and pecans.

Where to Buy It: Cabot's Ice Cream and Restaurant in Newtonville, MA

Ingredients: More than 60 pints of hand-scooped ice cream &mdash including scoops of coffee, Oreo, strawberry, cherry vanilla, and chocolate &mdash with 12 quarts of toppings (choose from 40) packaged separately, whipped cream, marshmallows, nuts and cherries. It can serve up to 175 people!

The 27 Coolest New Gadgets of 2020

One decade ago, 4G was the hot new thing, TVs were ugly, and everyone's cell phones slid open. Just imagine what the next ten years will bring. If we really live up to our innovation potential, it'll be a slew of technologies that successfully yank humanity away from the precarious edge it is teetering upon. You know, the one where we're about to plunge into irreversible global disaster, AI super-surveillance, and digital inequality. A dark outcome, to be sure! Let's reign in the doom and gloom for a second though&mdashwe know easier said than done&mdashand focus on the now.

Over the past year, startups and massive corporations alike have kept up the tempo of new releases. Despite the pandemic, there are new gadgets to ooh and ahh and damnnn over, from the outlandish to the high-concept to the downright handy. Here are 27 of the most interesting we've seen and used (with some overlap with Esquire's 2020 Gadget Awards). Best case scenario, they are the kinds of gadgets that will make our lives more efficient, safer, and more entertaining in some neat way or another, and look cool in our homes while doing it. Worst case scenario, reading this article will for a few minutes quell the boredom of being perpetually stuck at home with only your Alexa and an outdated gaming console that is decidedly not a PS5 for company, watching everything outside go from bad to worse.

Cool new technology reminds us that even as 2020 closes out, we humans can't help but invent, grow, and change. It's something bright worth keeping in mind.

​Glenfiddich Scotch And Schnapps

Glenfiddich 12 year old: 50 ml
Peach Schnapps: 30 ml
Sparkling water
Orange wedge

Pour whisky and Peach Schnapps into a tall glass
- Add a few cubes of ice, and top it up with clear sparkling water
- Give it a nice stir and garnish with an orange wedge (also squeeze it slightly)

(Courtesy: Angad Singh Gandhi, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, Glenfiddich India)

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41 Vitamix Recipes That’ll Pulverize Your Preconceptions

Have you noticed how people just fall in love with their Vitamix? Thanks to its powerful high-speed motor and sharp blades, this multitasking blender has become the ultimate kitchen tool, the stuff of culinary daydreams and Amazon wish lists.

As with many good things, there’s a catch. The Vitamix’s price tag runs upwards of $400. Talk about breaking your heart and your piggy bank.

If you’re considering investing in one, check out their handy “blender recommender” that can help you decide which model would suit you.

Beyond soups, smoothies, and ice cream, the Vitamix is an excellent tool for all kinds of meal-prepping. And it’s a substitute for many other kitchen gadgets — immersion blender, grater, stand mixer, juicer, and more.

Plus, it’ll grind grains into flour and nuts into milk. If you regularly use alternative flours or milks, you’ll definitely save money DIYing it. (Yeah, we’ve just given you two ways to justify that price.)

If you’ve already jumped on the superblender bandwagon, get ready to put that sucker to use in ways you didn’t even know were possible.

Don’t have a Vitamix? Don’t feel left out. A * indicates recipes that are doable with a regular blender or food processor.

1. Acorn squash soup

This two-step process couldn’t be easier. Cook whole acorn squash in a slow cooker. Scrape out the seeds, and then blend the squash, dates, rosemary, and almond milk. The friction of the blades warms the soup. Serve it topped with pecans.

2. Spanish gazpacho

A refreshing, cool summer soup is minutes away. Blend raw tomato, cukes, bell pepper, garlic, and olive oil into a smooth or chunky soup, and then let it rest (hello, flavor melding!) and cool. Top with chopped veggies and a swirl of olive oil.

Healthy? Over-the-top healthy. And it tastes gooooood.

3. Skinny broccoli-cheddar soup

Broccoli-cheddar, we’re calling you out as one of the biggest healthy soup impostors on the menu, with heaps of cheese and butter. But this veggie version deserves its health halo, with just 4 ounces of cheddar divided among four servings.

Simmer 4 cups of broccoli florets (see what we’re sayin’ about this recipe being healthy?), an onion, and a carrot in vegetable stock. Then let your Vitamix work its magic, puréeing and warming. The cheddar cheese will melt right in.

4. Blender tortilla soup

This vegetarian version of the familiar Mexican soup replaces the chicken stock with a base of tomato, carrots, and avocado that gets puréed into a creamy, warm soup using your Vitamix’s soup setting.

Black beans and corn add texture and amp up the protein and fiber. Top with your favorite taco fixings, baked tortilla chips, diced buttery avocado, and fresh cilantro.

5. Simple pumpkin soup

Soup’s on, indeed, with yummy pumpkin, coconut milk, and maple syrup. The topping of garlicky kale with sesame seeds adds contrasting flavors and textures and bumps up the nutritional value.

6. Mexican-style tomato soup

The Mexican inspiration shows up in the form of canned diced tomatoes, piquillo peppers, cilantro, and cumin, yet this recipe adds intrigue with coconut milk. The Vitamix makes this veggie-riffic soup into a smooth-textured, lively flavored elixir.

Top with baked tortilla chips, diced avocado, and a wedge of lime.

7. The best green smoothie

Call it a beginner’s green smoothie: no kale. (Breathing a sigh of relief?) Instead, tender spinach leaves bring the green to this light, naturally sweet glass of goodness. Frozen bananas, peanut butter, dates, and almond milk provide the creamy base.

8. Peanut butter banana smoothie

The peanut butter and banana combo was beloved by Elvis Presley, so it’s only appropriate that this smoothie is “all shook up” in the king of blenders.

With oats, bananas, protein powder, and a healthy dollop of all-natural nut butter for some satiating fat, it’s a complete meal in a glass — perfect as a speedy breakfast or a re-energizing post-workout drink.

9. Creamy green smoothie

Don’t let the color fool you — this is a tropical smoothie, tasting of coconut, mango, and ginger. The Vitamix whips them into silky submission along with avocado and almond milk. And that bright green? Tender spinach leaves (we promise you won’t taste ’em).

10. Red beet Vitamix smoothie

The blogger describes this vibrant red smoothie as “the closest thing to a cocktail without the alcohol.” Who wouldn’t want to sip that?

Raw beets, apple, kale, and orange give this smoothie a lively flavor that’ll take you from lethargic to livened-up in just a few swigs.

11. Sunshine smoothie

This sunrise-in-a-glass is a thing of beauty, but there’s more to it than good looks. With a peppy punch of vitamin C and potassium from the citrus fruits, plus superfood goji berries, it’s pretty and healthy. So sip this cheery drink and smile.

12. Apple-cinnamon smoothie*

What says “fall” better than apple pie in a glass? Cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup flavor this raw apple and oat smoothie. This recipe calls for dairy. We used whole milk and full fat yogurt, but feel free to swap in nondairy milk.

13. Energizing green shamrock smoothie bowl

Smoothie in a bowl? What?! It starts to make sense when you realize that the larger surface allows more room for toppings like sliced banana, shredded coconut, and chia seeds.

The Vitamix pulverizes kale (remember to stem it first), dates, almond butter, and milk into glossy goodness. Get all artistic with the toppings and you’ll feel like you’re eating at a spa.

14. 1-ingredient banana ice cream*

This treat turns a healthy fruit into a delicious, melty dessert, and it doesn’t even require an ice cream maker. Simply chop your banana, freeze it, and then dump the chunks into your speedy blender.

This dairy-free recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth. Eat it immediately and savor the creamy flavor, or let it freeze to your desired consistency.

15. 5-minute creamy mango ice cream

We’ve sung the virtues of homemade banana soft serve, but here’s a new twist: the same method with mangos. Use a Vitamix to churn up a tropical treat using coconut milk and frozen chunks of mango, and enjoy the creamy, dairy-free deliciousness.

16. Berry-lime sorbet

This sorbet can be made in minutes from just five ingredients. Frozen strawberries and raspberries, almond milk, lime, and a sweetener of your choice are carefully blended over a range of speeds so the berries won’t melt.

Eat right away while the temperature and texture are just right, or scoop into balls and freeze.

17. Green juice

Everyone’s been talking about celery juice lately. We’re staying on the side of “the more, the merrier” — as in more fruits and vegetables. In addition to celery, this recipe calls for romaine lettuce, spinach, apple, orange, and lemon.

No offense to Jamba Juice, but once you’ve mastered this nifty trick for straining your own fruit and veg combo in a Vitamix, you may never look back.

18. Strawberry basil lemonade*

Skip the store-bought lemonade mixes with their artificial sweeteners. A Vitamix whirls lemon, strawberries, honey, and fresh basil into a sweet, tangy, incredibly refreshing beverage. Make a double recipe — everyone’s gonna want seconds.

19. Fresh strawberry margarita

Put your Vitamix on the bar and whip up this frothy margarita. Strawberries, lime juice, and honey form a citrusy trifecta that blends with the lightly smoky-sweet tequila. Garnish this pretty cocktail with a fresh berry or a mint leaf.

20. Orange mocha Frappuccino*

This smoothie comes with a movie reference. Get it? Answer below.

While you’re thinking, we’ll tell you about the ingredients in this outrageous Frappuccino. Step aside, Starbucks. Well, not quite — this recipe uses the chain’s brand of instant espresso (but you can substitute a grocery store brand).

Bananas, dates, a whole orange, nondairy milk, and cocoa powder join the espresso in the Vitamix, which crushes and whirls the ingredients into a smoothie so good it’ll make you laugh.

21. Homemade almond milk

Homemade nut milk sounds like a hassle, but it’s easier than you think if you’ve got a high-speed blender (an essential tool for this task). It’s also much cheaper than the store-bought stuff, and you know exactly what’s in it.

9 Serious Conditions That Can Feel Like Heartburn

Heartburn&mdashor gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux&mdashis a painful burning feeling in your chest or your throat, according to the US National Library of Medicine (USNLM).

Basically, heartburn happens when your esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach) relaxes too much and stomach acid comes back up into your esophagus, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). It can be managed by making changes to your diet, like cutting back on coffee and alcohol, or through medications.

Having heartburn every once in a while, like after a spicy meal or taking a nap too soon after eating, is normal but if it occurs more than twice a week for more than a few weeks, it's time to see a doctor&ndashin that case, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic, sometimes damaging form of heartburn.

But GERD isn't the only issue that is related to heartburn. Many other conditions&mdashsome even life-threatening&mdashcan mimic the feeling of heartburn. Here, nine other conditions that heartburn could be masquerading as&mdashand when to see your doctor about it.

That sciencey-sounding gobbledygook probably doesn't mean much to you, but it means a lot to Chef Watson, IBM's ( IBM ) cognitive computer.

That compound is found not only in chicken and strawberries, but in pork, mushrooms and pineapple. (It's also added to sunscreen to give it that tropical smell.)

Chef Watson understands food on a molecular level, and works off the theory that things that share similar flavor compounds taste good together. That knowledge makes Watson an interesting sidekick for both professional chefs and home cooks.

But Watson isn't just a chef. It's a computer system that learns by reading books, articles, or whatever you feed it. The cognitive system has been put to use in finance, healthcare, engineering and, most famously, on Jeopardy!

But this week, it was all about the food. I sat down for lunch with a few people from Watson's team to sample what a computer can come up with when given free rein in the kitchen.

The first thing I noticed was that the menu was like a very strange fusion restaurant. There was a Turkish-Korean Caesar salad, Indian turmeric paella and Belgian bacon pudding for dessert.

"Chef Watson is going to suggest ingredients I'd never use and that's what's going to be surprising to me," said Florian Pinel, the project's lead engineer.

In other words, Watson is coming at recipes with no preconceived notions of what they should be. It will throw together ingredients with more freedom than us humans, who may not like cooking certain things or using specific ingredients. Plus, its database pulls from cuisines of about 30 countries.

Users can select recipes with Watson (it's available to the public in beta). They start by giving it some parameters about what ingredients to include and what to exclude. There's also a slider that goes from "keep it classic" to "surprise me."

Chef James Briscione, the Institute of Culinary Education's director of culinary development, prefers "surprise me." He worked with Watson on my lunch, which used recipes from a cookbook published last month, "Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson."

My favorite dish was the Caesar salad with eggplant puree (Watson's idea) and fried artichoke "croutons" (Briscione's idea).

Watson gets its ideas from a database of 10,000 Bon Appétit recipes. It uses machine learning, which means the more data it has, the smarter it gets. Through Bon Appétit, it has learned how to build recipes, understand proportions and has seen which ingredients are usually paired together. It has also had to learn little things that humans take for granted -- like that you can shell a lobster but not a salmon.

Its ability to understand flavor compounds is important because it's something that would take us forever to do. Take a tomato: it has over 400 compounds. Trying to make a dish based on that information would take "hours upon hours," according to Briscione. For Watson, it takes seconds.

But the technology is still evolving. It was only last year that regular people were able to start accessing Chef Watson, and there's a reminder on the site that Watson "eats data, not real food . give us feedback to make the Chef smarter."

Users have asked for more items in the database. A popular request has been sea urchin.

Since Watson has never seen it used in a recipe, it doesn't know what to do with it, so leaves it on the shelf. (Just like I do.)

But, Pinel said, it's only a matter of time: "Give it one sea urchin and it will start adding it to recipes."