Every once in a while, I like to head downtown and check out the styles, to see what’s in fashion for the upcoming season…fabrics, colors. Same goes for new products for kitchens. I guess I take after my grandfather. He loved new gadgets! Shown today are items I thought were fun, wild, or just plain cool. Yanko Design is carrying the Zipper Cup, with “a pull-downed zipper cleverly designed to be the perfect place to hold your tea bags.” I think they are quite sweet and rather clever. Two for $40. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Caveman cuisine is the diet du jour. Hence, the Stone Age cookbook…actually, there are many out right now. The diet draws on the wild animals and plants cavemen ate and the modern version “is based on the premise that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and therefore that an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles this ancestral diet,” according to Wikipedia. Nothing refined or processed, no dairy, grain or legumes. Instead, it’s roots, nuts, veggies, fruit, meat and seafood. If this is your thing, you’re going to need something hard and tough to cut with. Your implements don’t have to be blunt, sharp stone. Instead, our modern-day caveman might think the ‘stone’ of ceramic knife blades is de rigeur. No doubt, these Kyocera knives will appeal to back-to-the-cavers. They do seem to have a certain flair…. And they are on sale right now for $64.19. Oprah approved choice! Really. Next up is a sweet speaker set that can be used with your iPods, iPhones, multi-media. My brother is a speaker geek and I can see him going for these. They are techie heaven clothed in low-key. A nice addition to your kitchen’s audio-visual scene. Ceramic Speakers designed by Joey Roth. Minimal finishes and natural materials are featured: no plastic. They would go well with the clean lines of modern kitchens. “Custom-made drivers, porcelain and cork enclosures, and Tripath amplifier reveal every detail, for a high-res music experience,” says Yanko. I like these myself because they don’t look like speakers; they’re quite sculptural and the combination of clay, wood and cork appeals. For $495. Now, this next thing is not ceramic, but it is so amazing and cutting edge, I’m placing a link for it here. Nuff said. Last but not least, the trash. Cities have smartened up about landfills and are making us change our habits. In the town in which I live, garbage is only collected every other week and the bin for it is tiny compared to the ones for recycling and garden/yard waste. It’s about time. It also means we use a container for garden waste, same as we would for waste for a composter. We don’t compost, however, because it will attract bears, so we use the city’s bins and the city composts our waste. Since residents can be fined for throwing kitchen waste in the garbage bin, the market for compost pails must have skyrocketed. I’ve seen one that I’ll feature for my last item. It’s quite nice. The Compost Crock. They can be quite expensive, but if you do some comparison shopping, you can find some good prices. Some have carbon filters, but they all have classic lines, which means they won’t go out of style. That’s the thing about fads….