Food: August 2007 Archives


August 21, 2007

Slate's shopping column always struck me as a little weird, but typically I don't know anything about the products they're reviewing. However, this week, they decided to cover a product I do know: water bottles. Like Nalgene users everywhere, Laura Moser discovers that the widemouth is a bit too wide:
Even without my prompting, audience responses were overwhelmingly negative. The mouth was judged impractically wide, and the bottle itself doesn't fit in most bike cages and car cup holders. Cheaper than most options, yes, and definitely a cinch to wash either by hand or in the dishwasher. But after a day in the sun, the water tasted flat and stale.

Is it really that hard to find out that Nalgene bottles come in multiple sizes? In particular, they come in smaller sizes and narrow-mouth bottles. You can also buy an insert that fits in the mouth of the bottle and stops it from spilling. I don't have any special brief for Nalge bottles, but I do wonder what the point of doing a consumer review is if you're not going to really survey the space.

Oh, and BTW, I don't have an informed opinion on Bisphenol A. I do, however, own a number of Nalge bottles and use them on and off.


August 15, 2007

Why are twist-off beer caps often so hard to twist-off? It doesn't help that the corners of the crimp are sharp and dig into your hands—maybe you could coat them with plastic or something. Listen up, folks: I shouldn't have to wrap the cap in my shirt in order to get it open; and if I have to resort to an opener, like I did with my otherwise quite nice Full Sail LTD we've completely missed the point of the twist-off.