Recently I happened upon a curious pink marbled block at an upscale grocery store which caught my attention. What was this odd culinary delight, why is it here, and how does it work? It happened to be a huge brick of what I usually keep pebble sized in a grinder next to my stove, pink Himalayan salt. As useful as it is beautiful, these blocks an bricks can be used for baking, curing, flavoring and for presentation. I even saw one carved into a bowl for preparing and presenting salads, imparting a hint of salt and further enhancing its flavor. The blocks can be used as a cooking element in the oven since they are able to hold and retain

Nothing tastes like a fresh mountain stream- as if you know. Bottled water promises us the mountains, but delivers it in a plastic bottle, and who knows where its really from? The Design Within Reach water pitcher delivers on that, and so much more. A lil different than your regular Britta water filter pitcher- a plastic pitcher with a little mystery plastic insert that rattles. No flimsy lame plastic here, just glass and steel. The filter elements are even manly and on display. Hunks of sticks and stones to clean your water and make it taste like a real mountain stream minus the fish pee. $85 from Design Within Reach

Even if the guy’s dressed in his favorite old white tee shirt, with this napkin at his neck he’ll actually look like he made the effort to get dressed for dinner. A great conversation piece at any party. There are 20 3-ply paper napkins to a package, 4 designs – 5 of each tie. Measures 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ when closed. Cello wrapped. £3.99 from CultureLabel Supplies