Sitting in your favourite pub or café is great, but sometimes everyone wishes they could do all of that at home. These 3 gadgets I use do just that!
My mum loves gadgets. A couple of towns over from where my parents live is a shop called Lakeland which sells kitchen gizmos. My mum buys them all!
Some of them are great; really handy and cleverly made. Others not so much. But Mum’s widget addiction has rubbed off on me. I do love a good gadget.
I’ve found three Mrs Romance-sanctioned contraptions that have been allowed to stay for the following reasons:
- They clever little things – the type of cleverness I like – and because Mrs R loves me, she has agreed to keep them.
- They add a dimension to our lives that makes it less necessary to go outside and forage for similar quality products or experiences.
Three Drinks Gadgets That Bring the Outside World Home
1. Tap King – draught beer genius
Too cold (or early!) to go to the pub? Don’t feel like going out? Want to have a night in with your missus or mista but want a pub-style beer too? This is your jackpot!
I was so excited when I got one of these. Gadgets AND beer? I didn’t think such a thing could exist! The mini kegs that come with this barrel-shaped beer pourer fit perfectly inside the mechanism thing giving you instant pub-quality beer on tap!
There are levers and switches, buttons and moving bits all over this thing, which makes it even better as far as I’m concerned. The range of beer Tap King is involved with is ever-growing too. I’ve tried it with one of my favourites – the James Squires One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale – and it’s excellent.
ED: Unfortunately Tap King equipment and beer kegs are no longer available. I’m devastated.
2. Vinturi – fine-dining excellence at home
It’s a well-known fact that pouring your wine into a decanter makes the wine taste better – regardless of the quality. But what if you don’t have a decanter? What if you can’t be bothered?
There are still some top-end restaurants that will decant your wine if you ask them, but at home – unless you want to plonk your plonk into a juice jug – you might not have the receptacles to make the most of your wine.
This bullet-shaped wonderment pulls air in through little channels on the sides as you pour which oxygenate the wine immediately. It’s brilliant and turns even a mediocre vino into a very good drop.
I’m still impressed with how well this thing works and get the long-suffering Mrs R to blind taste test the wine! She picks it every time.
3. Nespresso Pixie coffee machine – the smallest barista you’ve ever seen
I’ve wanted a coffee machine forever – all those nobs and dials, the steam-makey thing, tamping coffee grounds – brilliant. But Mrs R (quite rightly) just saw a cleaning project.
We’ve got cafés all around us where we live, so availability isn’t a problem. But sometimes I just want to stay in, or not wait for my order, or drink out of my own cup, or just not pay more than 70c for a coffee.
This machine is dead easy to clean, it’s small and fast, and churns out a very respectable espresso or long(ish) black every time.
I do love these little things, and in spite of her lack of gadget appreciation, I think Mrs R does too!
Do you like gadgets? What’s your favourite home gizmo? Tell us in the comments!