The answer to whether one should love or hate the Dualit toaster is a debate about toast. Are you the kind of person that wants light brown and, in my view, limp toast? Or do you want dark browned, crisp toast – the kind of toast your maiden aunt told you put curls on your head? Are you a food pornographer from the 1990s? Or a locavore and a minimalist? I guess I’m all of the above. To me there’s nothing like the crunch of well done toast to keep the teeth and gums healthy and to keep the smoke alarm alert. Pretty soon after the Dualit arriving at my place, courtesy of some online shopping arbitrage to avoid the local retailer rort, the batteries were ripped out the smoke alarm. Toast was dark brown to black. The ceiling was stained. But who cared? I had a design classic in my kitchen. It was a bit like having a Phillippe Stark Juicy Salif orange juice squeezer, you know – the one that drizzles juice everywhere around and including the vessel in which you have positioning underneath it. The Dualit isn’t quite as useless at the Phillippe, though a moment of lost concentration and the contents are up in smoke. Everything about the Dualit symbolised a new life in Collingwood. It wasn’t quite style over substance, but certainly looked in place in my monochrome apartment, a whole floor of a small ‘d’ grade office on disfunctional and temperamental Smith Street. And now, having moved back south to the bright side, I’m parting with a design classic on ebay. I’m being forced to swap to something with a microchip, which still can burn toast, rather than something operating with a simple electromechanical timer and lever mechanism. The Dualit is a beautiful object, a design classic dating back to the 1950s. It is easy to repair and will last beyond most lifetimes. So go on, throw caution and perfect light brown toast to the wind and bid for this used and loved machine. And bring a bit of food porn into your life. PS: If you check out my other ebay listings I have replica Arne Jacobson table and Eames dining chairs for sale too plus a Whirlpool fridge and more.
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Win prizes by reviewing restaurants for Google and Zagat The good news is that after years of decline Taste of Melbourne has rejuvenated itself, upgrading the restaurants exhibiting their food and moving to Albert Park. The bad news is that if the weather turns bad – and the forecast is for showers and a temperature that won’t rise above 19C – then you’ll be damp and cold queueing for your credits and food at the MoVida and Mamasita stalls on the grass left patchy from the Grand Prix. You’ll find plenty of gushing reviews of Taste of Melbourne thanks to free hospitality and a chauffeur driven tour of exhibiting restaurants for bloggers who were required to guarantee publicity. This is an independent view despite receiving a media pass to the VIP launch. It was backed by free champagne, a cold wind, intermittent showers and some men I’d never heard of from London giving awards for the best dishes of the show. The best was judged to be Albert Street’s Minted Mermaid – a peas and mint soup costing 10 credits. The runners up were Mamasita’s Cerdo en Nogada – mulato rubbed pork fillet, walnut sauce, raisins – and The Botanical’s Yuzu cloud, coconut pearls and guava sorbet. The first night wasn’t busy but the queues for Mamasita were as long as they are down the stairs and onto Collins Street in town – with the credits tent and MoVida attracting equal crowds. So what do you get for your money? Entrance is $30 unless you can snaffle a free ticket. Credits ($1=1) have to be bought in round numbers with smallish savoury dishes mostly costing 10 to 12 and desserts 8. The most expensive dish is Mr Hive’s dessert bar flavours for 30. It’s going to cost $60 without a drink. It’s easily an $80-100 day out for an individual, which makes it comparable to eating out at any one of the exhibitors’ restaurants if you are careful in ordering. What I like is the curated choice of restaurants that, in addition to those mentioned above, include The Atlantic, The Aylesbury, Libertine, Mahjong, The Point, Sake, Taxi Dining and Josie Bones. The interesting thing is that the newspapers don’t engage with this event leaving space for Google and Zagat, which launched in Australia this year, to exhibit and offer prizes of notebooks and headphones for voting on their restaurant listings,… Read more »