The Snifter Test

March 16, 2012

The Snifter Test: Contrary to its name, Moonshine men’s cologne doesn’t reek of sour mash or come in a banjo bottle. Instead, the cedary, peppery aftershave — new at GoodWood ($72, 1428 U St. NW; 202- 986-3640) ­— smells like something a mod mountain man would splash on after donning J. Crew flannels and downloading the Punch Brothers. Still, the flask-shaped bottle does not mean you can gulp the stuff, Mr. Boozy.

This Is the Bright Spot: World Market, watch your global-cool back. There’s a new cheap-chic furnishings den in town. Nadeau (5710 A-B General Washington Drive, Alexandria; 703-642-0875; Furniturewithasoul.com) fills a warehousey space with Indian and Indonesian wooden furniture like benches (shown, $200), bookcases ($235) and marble-topped kitchen islands ($347-$611) plus funky accessories like Union Jack pillows ($20) and lots of Buddha heads.

Flat-Out Tasty: Part waffle, part cookie, stroopwafels from Stroopies are fully delicious. The Dutch-style delicacies, sold at Smucker Farms of Lancaster Co. ($10 for six, 2118 14th St. NW, 202-986-7332), consist of caramel syrup sandwiched between cinnamon-y, crispy wafer rounds. We suggest warming the goodies over a cup of coffee, putting them at the bottom of a bowl of ice cream or nibbling them straight up.

A Wheely Good Idea: Just when you thought cycling couldn’t get any greener, along comes the pop-up bicycle basket (Mioculture.com, $75). Made from recycled steel alloy and coated with an eco-friendly finish, the bin secures easily to your ride for a hands-free commute or trip to the farmers market. Cool-looking options include a front or rear design in black, white or — what else? — green. Plus, since it’s shipped flat, there’s little cardboard waste or pesky package popcorn.

A Sweet Step: Most wannabe Cinderellas know that pretty shoes and pain are often synonymous. But Anyi Lu designs made-in-Italy pumps, sandals and flats that both look and feel good thanks to soft leathers and balanced heels. Her spring line, including retro teal peep toes (shown, $395) and chunky-heeled sandals, stars in a trunk show March 16-31 at Betsy Fisher (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975).

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