This post originally appeared on June 11, 2019, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, which maybe you already knew — but if not, your local supermarket is happy to assist. When I walked into Whole Foods last week, I was greeted by two promotional banners, one suggesting I celebrate my dad with beer, the other one with grilled meat.
I don’t know when beer and grilling became inextricable parts of our national image of American fatherhood, along with golf, La-Z-Boy recliners, and bad jokes. We’ve come a long way, you’d think, from the days when men manned the grill while women prepared salads in the kitchen, only popping outside to hand their husbands fresh beer.
And yet, meat-and-beer deals and beer fests are still going strong this weekend, so if you’re someone who just likes beer, no children or spouse required, you might as well take advantage of America’s peculiar form of precarious masculinity. And if you’re still in need of a Father’s Day gift, why not just do brunch? There’s no reason mimosas and frittatas should be the exclusive territory of moms.
Things to buy
- Sometimes it feels like almond milk has become the most common way to consume almonds, but might I suggest instead this burnt almond torte from Pittsburgh-based Prantl’s Bakery, deemed “truly amazing” by Eater staffers?
- That ubiquitous (if you dwell in a certain corner of the restaurant world) Tilit jumpsuit is back in new summer colors, including Lilac, Cloud, Blue, and Blush, that, taken together, evoke a bowl of rainbow sherbet.
- A kitchen hack: For foods that need to be all the way cooked through (think chicken, not a burger), a cake tester can be a better alternative to a food thermometer: It’s cheaper, quicker, and less likely to poke large, juice-leaking holes in your food.
- Less essential and more ridiculous: this inflatable everything-bagel pool float.
Things to know
- There are countless cool apron companies cropping up, but a new one on our radar is CamCam, which started out doing custom aprons and now sells chef-approved minimalist styles off the rack as well.
- To all the Carvel diehards: This Sunday, in honor of Father’s Day, the iconic ice cream company is offering free Fudgie the Whale hats with the purchase of a Fudgie the Whale cake. Honestly, respect to Carvel for finally diving into the merch game.
- Speaking of merch, you probably saw that Forever 21 is back with another junk food collab, this time with Cheetos. I don’t really have anything interesting to say about this, except, well, I find Gen Z fashion utterly confounding. (There, I said it, I’m old.)
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