CityMom had this fabulous idea to write about stuff, because as my friend Mark says, "Stuff is cool." And as I've mentioned, we strive to be careful consumers, which means we think a lot about, well, stuff. And we occasionally buy, or think about buying, some splendid items, as well as the occasional dud.
I'll kick our wants off with an object that tugs at me on several levels: A Bialetti Moka Elettrika. It's a new travel version of an old favorite, the Moka Express, a stovetop pot that makes a rich, espresso-like brew using a pressure system. Now, the Moka is beloved the world over; it's a constant in almost every Italian home, and its form-meets-function perfection has landed it in a few museums. No timers to set; no liners to buy; no watt-sucking electricals.
The Elettrika is the same issue, but on an electric base. It still makes a fast cup of coffee and is usable by folks like my mom who don't have a gas range. And it comes with an international power cable and adapter! So if I am suddenly called to, say, move to Brussels, or to spend a few months in China, I'll have my little Italian with me to caffeinate at a moment's notice. Mired in north Jersey, I'll remain ready to roam. Come with me, cara mia, Elettrika purrs, and live beautifully. Oh, and learn Italian.Verdict: A total want.