Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

Cool Finds is our monthly roundup of new or noteworthy products for your consideration that are either spectacularly original or especially useful. This month we focus on the small things that render life more convenient – things you can take for granted, yet wouldn’t want to go without.

Dognotes products, hailing from Portland, are so brilliant you’ll wish you had invented them yourself – and they’re exactly what you always wish you had, without fully realizing it. Offering a Journal, Pocket folders and roll-able Pen Port, Dognotes brings a unique twist to the things you use every day. For example, the soft silicone Pen Port rolls up and closes with Velcro to fit easily into a purse or computer case for transporting, and the pocket folders are brilliantly designed. The Journal provides everything you want: lined pages, blank pages, half-and-half, an attachable clear mini folder for souvenirs, receipts or photos. You’ll love the graphics at http://www.dognotes.com.

Cooking For One, a Culinary Institute of America book by Lisa and Mark Erickson renders the meal-for-one much easier, healthier and more delicious with an array of seasonal dishes and practical cooking strategies. Dishes include the Fig and Raspberry Gratin with Honey Lavender Semifreddo and succulent Ratatouille and Polenta. Find it at http://www.CIAprochef.com

Badger Sunscreen stands out from the product pack for men because it comes in an unscented version that offers broad-spectrum protection and a water-resistant formula. It’s also non-NANO and certified natural with ingredients such as beeswax, olive oil, jojoba oil, cocoa, shea butter and vitamin E which nourish the skin. Find it at http://www.BadgerBalm.com and at Whole Foods stores.

Now that the socks have come off in summer, you’ll appreciate Chu Shu Silver Linings because they absorb odor and moisture. These ultra thin shoe liners are infused with Agion Antimicrobial, a silver-based technology that prevents growth of odor-causing bacteria in moisture-wicking material that keeps feet dry. One size fits most; read more at http://www.SilverLiningsNew York.com, and also find them in NYC at Z-Chemists on 57th Street near Fifth Avenue.

If you’ve ever wondered what a mulberry tastes like – and who hasn’t – Navitas Naturals Organic Raw White Mulberries will remind you of a fig-raisin combination with a little something extra that’s unique. Sweet and slightly crunchy, mulberries pack a respectable health punch, offering vitamin C, fiber, calcium, iron and even protein – which can explain why they were an ancient Turkish and Chinese delight thousands of years ago. Stock up at Whole Foods stores or at http://www.NavitasNaturals.com.

This batch of practical products should make life easier this summer – and definitely more enjoyable.

Originally published June 2011
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