Seat Yourself

June 29, 2012

Seat Yourself
Your uphill pedal to work has resulted in a lifted, firm tush. Give your buns the attention they deserve with a KIY (knit it yourself) bike seat cover kit ($12, Fredflare.com). Even if you’ve ever mistaken a knitting needle for a chopstick, you’ll be able to follow the simple directions to complete the project within two hours. You might even say it’s as easy as riding a bike.

A Spice Day on the Deck
Just because you have a mini balcony doesn’t mean grilling is out of the question. Black and Blum’s charcoal-powered Hot-Pot BBQ ($124, Urban Country, 7117 Arlington Road, Bethesda; 301-654-0500) is less than a foot wide, yet powerful enough to make corncobs sizzle. The herb garden on top saves even more space and means that fresh seasonings are just a pinch away.

Nailed It
“I wish more things in life smelled like nail polish remover!” — No one, ever. Enter Ciate’s white chocolate-scented version ($21, Ciate.com). The gentle-yet-efficient formula removes days-old lacquer without the use of harsh acetone while vitamin B5 and E nourishes digits. Our entire office cooed over the delicate scent it left behind.

Crown Cools
Long before Kate Middleton fascinated with her fascinators, high-born (or high-marrying) women drew fans for their enviable wardrobes and regal chic. “Royal Style” ($40, Prestel) goes behind palace doors to document fashions of Marie Antoinette, Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth et al. Photos show off looks from Princess Di’s ’80s frocks to Kate’s bridal gown.

Heat Index
Whether you pledge allegiance to Texas Pete or that chica on the Chohula bottle, hot sauces do have a funny way of tasting similar in that peppery, vinegary way. Not so Saba Cook’s Passion Fruit Spicy Sauce ($6, Whole Foods), a hot-meets-sweet combo that would add lots of unusual tang and bang to chicken, beef or veggie burgers. (It also worked nicely on fries.) It’s made in Ecuador, but smacks of the Caribbean.

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