Water filtration pitcher
The CamelBak Relay rectangular jug is a time- and space-saver. It filters water as fast as you can fill it from the tap.
The streamlined 10-cup jug also fits in most refrigerator doors.
This pitcher filters water twice - once while filling the container, and again when pouring water out. The result is great-tasting water with chlorine and other chemical tastes removed. It needs a new filter every four months.
BPA-free and dishwasher safe, the pitchers are available in three colors: aqua, charcoal and purple. The suggested retail price is $36.99. It's available at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Apparently, we don't have enough kinds of Chex Mix. General Mills has been letting this line of snack mixes, based on its Chex cereals, limp along with only 19 varieties.
So now there's Popped Chex Mix. (The Chex aren't popped; the two varieties contain popcorn in addition to the cereal, pretzels and whatever.)
Wine of the Week
2009 Masciarelli Marina Cveti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Price: $25 to $27
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Grilled steaks, duck breast, chops, pasta with meat sauce
Southern Italy is full of undiscovered gems with tremendous quality for the price. This Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from the Masciarelli estate is one such wine. The vineyards are worked organically, the way the family has always done it. Made from the indigenous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, the 2009 Masciarelli "Marina Cveti" is rich and full-bodied, tasting of crushed blackberries and cherries, with a touch of tobacco and earth. The vanilla comes from new French oak barrels, an extravagance at this price level. And the long finish? Well, that may derive from the 25-year-old vines.
Pop open a bottle to go with grilled steaks or chops. It would be terrific with grilled duck breasts too, or pappardelle in a duck ragu.
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