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A Pocky T-Shirt, a Charming Tomato Dish, and More Things to Buy This Week

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Pocky T-shirt, bottle of Benedictine liqueur, and tomato-shaped tureen

This post originally appeared on August 6, 2019, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.


I’ll be honest: By this point in the summer, I’m usually trying to not buy things. I’ve spent the past two months dining out with friends, opening my wallet for that extra glass of wine, the irresistible frozen dessert, the canned cocktails that complete the park picnic. Combined with a few trips leading up to Labor Day, that’s got me trying to keep my wallet firmly shut.

And yet there always those items that tug at my purse heart strings, particularly if they’re affordable enough to feel like a low commitment relative to the joy they add to my table/wardrobe/home bar. August may be the time for vacations, but shopping doesn’t have to take a break…

Things to buy

  • It may not be as popular as Aperol or St. Germain, but Bénédictine — a sweet digestif made with honey and spices like hyssop, angelica, and lemon balm — is an on-the-rise liqueur to consider for your home bar.
  • Get yourself a Pocky T-shirt from Uniqlo before they’re gone.
  • Wanna make pie? More specifically, wanna make your own pie crust? For the ambitious newbie, this silicone pastry mat, with paint-by-numbers measurements printed right on it, is super useful.
  • I’m not usually one for kitschy home items, but the vegetable ceramic pieces by artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, specifically this (seasonally appropriate!) tomato tureen highlighted in a recent Garden & Gun newsletter, are pretty charming. Seems like a good mom or grandma gift.

Things to know

  • I would not have pegged Sarah Jessica Parker as the next celebrity to launch a wine collaboration (my money would have been on, like, a canned sparkling Cosmo). But Invivo X, SJP sauvignon blanc is hitting shelves next month.
  • You may think you’ve already read and thought enough about spiked seltzer this summer, but this history-based explanation of White Claw by Eater’s Amy McCarthy is very, very good.
  • Okay, so not all paper straws can be recycled. (But at least if you throw them in the garbage, they’ll eventually dissolve rather than sitting in a landfill forever?)
  • Make way for the next direct-to-consumer cookware brand, Equal Parts.

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