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New Thermapen Designs!

The Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer Has New Designs.

Show this one off to your American friends

If you’re a Canadian at an American BBQ contest you’ll want this. And if you’re travelling through Europe, this is like sewing a Canadian flag on your backpack – because why would you leave home WITHOUT your Thermapen?

Thermapen limited edition

Pretty! Limited Edition Applewood Thermapen

We like applewood.

Applewood Thermapen instant read thermometer


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TimeStick-O-Rama. Sale.

From the company that brought you our favourite instant read thermometer, the Thermapen:


TimeStick is a timer. Simple.

You could use the timer on your smart phone, but here are some reasons to get a TimeStick instead:

  • Easy to handle: TimeStick offers one-handed use.
  • Keep track of it: Hang TimeStick around your neck with the lanyard provided. Keep it with you. Don’t put it down and forget where it is. Makes a cool necklace.
  • Rubberized keypad:TimeStick is splash-proof and you can use it with wet fingers – unlike your iPhone or ‘droid, which doesn’t like wet fingers.
  • Keep your phone clean.
  • MAAGNETS! (sorry, I hear Jesse Pinkman’s voice in my head every time I think “magnet”): TimeStick comes with a magnet so you can stick it to the fridge or other metal surface.
  • TimeSticks are prettier and come in several colours. Buy your favourite colours. Buy one to match your kitchen décor.

Buy another one for your office to time habits and tasks.

It might be a simple timer, but simplicity has its advantages.

Get yours on sale until midnight September 30.


Thermapen Buddy Sale on now

If you’ve ever had a conversation with Jay about BBQ, and especially if you’ve attended one of his classes, you know that a) We’re big fans of Thermapen, and b) Thermoworks occasionally has sales on Thermapens, either in the form of “open box” sales, or “buddy” sales, during which the 5+ bulk rate applies to purchases of 2 or more.


Right now there’s a Buddy Sale going on.

From now until September 1, buy two Thermapens for $85 each. They’re normally $96 each, and worth it at that price for what it does and how versatile it is. This is the last instant read Thermometer you’ll ever own – unless you melt it, or lose it in a lake or something, in which case you’ll buy another Thermapen. Alton Brown is a big fan and in one of his recent podcasts he referred to it as “The best instant read thermometer on planet earth.”

Use it when cooking meat or fish, baking bread, making cakes, reheating leftovers, or heating the water to just the right temp for your tea or coffee.  It can replace your candy thermomenter. Use it to take your own temperature (carefully under the tongue, the end is pointy) when you’ve got flu symptoms (then sterilize it).

It takes only 3 seconds to get to the full reading with with an accuracy of +/- 1 degree. Set it for Celsius or Fahrenheit. It will keep updating the temperature, so it can read different parts of the meat (or bread, etc.).

Jason uses a Thermapen almost every day. We own 3 and keep them in various places.

So, buy two (or more). Give one as a gift or go in with a friend, or leave one at your second home. If you wants, buy one for meat, and one for candy. Choose from 15 colours + a number of limited edition patterns.


Or, go with the Backlit version (not included in the buddy sale).

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Sale: Tactical BBQ Gift Pack from ThinkGeek

On sale now at ThinkGeek:
Tactical BBQ Gift Pack

Regular $69.97, on sale for $48.99 (save 30%).

Whether your chef is a devotee of charcoal or propane, he or she is the master of outdoor cooking. If you want your steak a perfect medium rare, he’s your guy. Did we mention he can do this while being the master of the SuperSoaker and keeping the grass length perfect? Tactical BBQ Gift pack is truly the best gift of all.

Tactical BBQ Gift Pack


Jason has shown interest in the apron. If the gift pack remains on sale I might buy us one. (Shhh, don’t tell.)  The dog loves lasers.

Also, today only (August 3) ThinkGeek is having a site-wide sale, 20-30% off depending on how much you spend. Use discount code choidujour.

ThinkGeek :: Stuff for Smart Masses

I hate you Williams Sonoma, You stuffed burger press tease!

P3166635_edited_.jpgI’ve been trying for months to get the Stuffed Burger Press from Williams-Sonoma. I like these sorts of gadgets, I have boxes of these type of weird gadgets. I’ve now been to 5 stores since christmas trying to buy this stuffed burger press. I even went so far to contact the company that actually makes them and you know what they told me? Exclusive to Williams-Sonoma. The online store does not ship to Canada, so there’s no option there either. I officially give up, and I think I may intentionally pass wind in your store forevermore.    

I found another stuffed burger press, looks like it’s even a bit better made by these guys I was even able to order it online, and get it shipped to Canada.