topum (topum) wrote,

Taste enhancing forks and self-filling glasses

My sister-in-law is a foodie and a wine buff. That means that I can never have a drink in peace at my brother's, i.e. without having to talk about woodiness, hints of blackberry, tannins, etc. There is also hardly ever anything to eat at their place except microscopic something on a bed of wild organic rucola and angel tears with shavings of something that costs like a cheap car but tastes like nothing drizzled with extra virgin, ice cold pressed, uber organic, mega fair trade olive oil made from olives picked at dawn and pressed at sunset by spanish virgins while singing opera and crying about all the unfairness in this world.

She is always upset with me when I pick up two nice kebabs on my way to their place for my brother and I to bury our faces in while we are catching up with a beer in the garden before dinner. My brother pretends to be not pleased as well but secretly he always hopes that I do bring the kebabs and he always finishes his right away of course. Both of us are almost 6'7" and grass (however organic and fair trade), angel tears and shavings of stuff just isn't enough to keep us going.

Anyway, we have a tradition that I give my sister-in-law absurd foodie and cooking gadgets (and other absurd things) as gifts every once in a while. I am going to visit them soon and it is time for another gift. At the moment I am considering these "taste enhancing" forks:

Aparently the forks “exploit the relationship between taste and smell by releasing different aromas that enhance the flavors of food.” Hmmm, that sounds just like my sister-in-law.

"Simply place a drop of your desired aromatic oil on the fork’s built-in diffuser paper and that scent will waft up to your nose just as the bite of food hits your tongue, convincing your brain to meld the two flavors." Oh boy, this is so deliciously nuts, I love it.

Another thing still in the running is this Kouichi Okamoto's glass tank self-refilling glass:

"Glass Tank is a bulb shaped container with a wine glass attached. When the amount in the glass decreases, a constant amount is poured from the tank into the glass. The wine will never overflow because of the balance between air pressure and water pressure."

What do you think? Which one should I get? Or maybe you have seen something else absurd enough to end up as a present for my sister-in-law? Suggestions are much appreciated.
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