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Top Of The Best Nutcrackers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – The San Francisco Music Box Company Christmas Nutcracker Soldiers Snow Globe
№2 – Classic Nutcracker and Clara Musical Figurine by The San Francisco Music Box Company
№3 – THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC BOX COMPANY Nutcracker Tree 120mm Domed Water Globe
Luctor said it has discontinued the rum-based drink.
Shaquel said he regularly buys fruit punch and sour apple nutcrackers from Rodriguez Deli Food Center in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
The News also bought nutcrackers from Juaquin Deli, just down the block on Morris Ave. The reporter was never asked to show ID.
Carlos, a Mott Haven 17-year-old, said he was surprised bodega workers sold to an outsider. “You gotta know the bodegas,” Carlos said. “If they don’t know you, you ain’t gettin’ nothin’.”
And in fact, a worker at Rodriguez Deli was suspicious – but not enough to send the reporter away. “Who sent you?” the worker asked. “They are illegal,” he said before handing over a cup in a black plastic bag.
Rodriguez Deli has never been cited by the State Liquor Authority for violating their grocery license, which allows the sale of beer and wine coolers, authority spokesman William Crowley said.
Other spots have been busted for selling the boozy concoction – but the fines don’t seem to have stopped them.
Cops caught Juaquin Deli in August 200with a jug filled with red nutcracker, court papers say. Yet the News was able to buy three cups of the drink there in two visits last week.
The shop’s owner, who said his name is Freddy Imperial, stashes the hooch behind the back tire of a Toyota Avalon in front of his store.
His mix is so popular, he claims, that rappers like Fat Joe are fans. “Just drink one,” a 16-year-old girl warned a reporter. “Two will get you twisted.”
Police brass said cracking down on nutcracker sales are a low priority for officers in high-crime precincts who are busy battling drug dealers and gangs. “We have other things to concentrate on,” a police source said. “We can’t go on a nutcracker hunt. We don’t have the resources.” “So many people are selling it,” Kevin said. “It is getting worse and worse. They don’t care about age. They just want money.”
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Dynamic Nutcracker Operating instructions
ACTIVATING SWITCH should not be held in the ” pressed-in position”
Note: The cracking action is sudden, so for the first few times you operate your NUTCRACKER be prepared for a sudden WHACK! The PRELOAD SPRING will reset the PLASTIC SHIELD back over the ANVIL after each pecan is cracked.
Pecan Note: Extra hard pecans may require more down pressure on shield and anvil.
Tips: Always disconnect machine after operating. Always store in a dry place and treat as any electrical appliance.
Do not operate machine without inserting pecans! The machine is designed so that the pecan receives the impact of the hammer and absorbs the force. Dry operating the machine without inserting pecans will cause excess wear and eventually damage not covered under warranty.
Do not allow children to play with machine or be near it during operation.
Do not use wet or damp. Dry pecans always crack and shell BEST!
Due to voltage drop and loss of power, avoid using on same circuit with
Occasionally you will have a pecan that requires two hits from your cracker in order to fully crack. This is normal due to the wide variance in pecans.
NOTICE TO THE OWNER
You have purchased what we believe to be the best electrical powered nutcracker on the market. Designed for home use. We caution against loaning this item out. Depending on usage and operator care, repairs may become necessary in time. It is fully warrantee and guaranteed for one year. Please do not tamper with your electric nutcracker or attempt
Your Dynamic Nutcracker is guaranteed for one year against defect in parts and manufacturing not caused by abnormal operating practices.
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Once You’re There
Make a B-line for the cash bar. The bar lines can get lengthy, but fellow patrons are generally in good spirits (especially after a few good spirits) and can offer great shopping advice. Also a mimosa -or two- tends to help quiet any buyer’s remorse.
Use cash to help haggle. While the majority of vendors will accept cards, you are more likely to be able to negotiate with cash and avoid any transaction fees that may be tacked on. This also helps when you’re trying to stick to a budget.
When hunger strikes pick samples over the snack line. The free samples at various booths are often delicious and again FREE. Usually a much better choice than waiting in the long snack lines.
Have fun! The lines may be long and the crowds large, but there are so many unique finds. Have fun and make the most out of your Nutcracker Market experience. Your ticket proceeds and a percentage of proceeds from purchases go to a great cause the Houston Ballet.
When it comes to gifts, the most logical plan in the world is to find ones that have the most heart: Great gifts feel good to give and to receive. The best gifts tell their recipient the exact thing you want to say—or, if you want, they just show someone you’re thinking of them without saying anything specific at all. second round of gifts
Warm things to wear
People look great in jumpsuits, but not enough people wear them. This is an ideal gift for a special someone who you’d like to see in a jumpsuit, who has enough quirky confidence to pull it off, and who also might relish the idea of putting on just ONE thing and a pair of shoes and being done with getting dressed in the morning. —BL
Remember those paper cups you’d scrape your teeth to remove the wax coating during your formative school days? Well, they were called Jazz cups, and this sweatshirt features their exact design on it. This is an ideal gift for that special someone who wants to remember the 80s and 90s when they drank Gatorade after school during soccer practice. —BL
Bling we love
Space is never not cool. But seriously, these scarves are interesting enough to be worn by men and women alike—every time I see my friend and Modest designer Victoria Pater wearing hers, I start feeling intense space-scarf jealousy.
Handmade out of 100 percent silk, these pocket squares are for the gentleman who breathes the city, but only truly exhales upon returning to the wilderness. They’re also a fragmentary graphic diary of Englishman Hamish Robertson’s journey from New York City to LA, a migration that mirrored his professional move as an editor at GQ and Vanity Fair and his transformation into a prolific California artist embracing earth, air, ocean, and asphalt as his muses. His collages and photography are rife with intricate patterns of nature that contrast with flattened graphic representations of urban sprawl found during his road trips across parts of Texas, Arizona, and California. These silk scarves are inspired by his aerial photographs taken over Los Angeles. They are a fashionable documentation that captures Robertson’s belief “that LA long ago conceded to nature.” I love the idea of someone wearing such a thought—even secretly – right in their coat pocket. —GH
At first glance it’s easy to mistake this set of rings for Playstation controller icons (it’s off by one “X” shape). Actually, they’re even more technologically advanced than that: each geometric piece is made using a wax cast 3D printed to order then poured and hand finished in gold, steel, brass, silver, or platinum. Individually they’re a bold statement on the finger, but as a complete set of four rings across one hand, you’ve empowered a jewelry-loving recipient with one helluva knuckle sandwich with graphic punch. —GH
Let your favorite host know that you enjoy their parties and would like to attend more of them. This serving board pulls double duty as a serving tray and a plating guide. The lines carved into its top not only add a nice visual element, but also serve as guidelines along which a host can divide different cheeses, meats, pickles, etc. in eye-pleasing proportion. —MZ
When three-time James Beard Award winner and three-Michelin-star molecular gastronomist Heston Blumenthal endorses a book as “an original and inspiring resource,” you know the pages within are going to take the reader on an unconventional detour from the countless cookbooks already available.
The Flavour Thesaurus is the culinary Roget’s Thesaurus that defines and interconnects 9popular ingredients in both expected and unexpected combinations. This book whets the appetites of those who dare to drizzle hot sauce on their ice cream to satiate their curiosity as much as their appetite. It is for the eater who seeks her or his thrills one forkful at a time, for the friend willing to taste something for you when doubt (or fear) sinks in. It’s a book that could very well change a person’s cooking and culinary vocabulary forever, inspiring experimentation whenever they find themselves in a bind with uncommon fridge-fellow ingredients. Just be prepared—the next time you’re invited for dinner, there might be cauliflower with chocolate on your plate. —GH
Cooking is a great way to learn about different parts of the world without leaving your home. A granite mortar and pestle would be an awful gift for your typical American cook. But if you pair it with some cookbooks, like the ookbook about Thai food (or
Truly Mexican ) it becomes a gateway to a completely different culture of cooking where it’s not just an accessory, but a necessity for everyday recipes. —MZ
Numerous grocers and baggers have inquired about the Packbasket, impressed by how flat it folds, and even more approving of the basket’s stability to stay upright once fully opened. The secret is the basket’s semi-rigid frame and the interlocking metal bottom, an efficient load-bearing design that stands tall and folds small. The ADK Packbasket is the sort of gift you give someone who welcomes the practical and admires the ingenious. But truly, the design isn’t just for anyone…it’s for everyone looking to ditch disposable plastic bags with something durable and easier to carry/load than a boring old tote bag. —GH
Pickling was once a crucial skill for preserving food in the pre-refrigeration era, but has since fallen out of popularity. That is a shame because pickles are damn tasty and super easy to make. Sandor Katz’s recent bestseller
The Art of Fermentation explores the history and process of fermentation in its various forms throughout the world and is packed with recipes and techniques for pickling, making booze, and other various ferments you can easily concoct yourself at home. Occasionally you’ll have a batch get contaminated by surface mold, which happens if the veggies rise above the liquid level, but a Japanese pickle press pretty much eliminates any chance of failure by ensuring that your vegetables never wind up in that position. —MZ
Sushi: The Beginner’s Guide and a cut of sashimi-grade fish for the Japanophile in your life who might enjoy trying preparing raw fish at home. —MZ
A folding cutting board for picnics or ski resort parking lot breakfasts of meats and cheeses would bring a smile to any adventurer’s face. However, a cutting board that hides a full-size kitchen knife with no size penalty can turn that smile into a beaming grin. This gift says, “let’s go on an excursion long enough for us to both get hungry—you bring the utensils and I’ll bring the snacks.” It also works as last-resort bear defense. —MZ
Replacing a zipper pull on the favorite jacket or backpack of a loved one with a Tru-Nord compass means they’ll never be without something that points them in the right direction. This compass may be small, but its fluidless design, jewel-bearing pivot point (like you’d find in a watch movement), and cobalt magnet ensure that it will always point magnetic north when called upon. Tru-Nord has been making brass compasses in Minnesota for 6years now and every compass they make is guaranteed for life. —MZ
Last year I was laid off from my job right before Thanksgiving. I decided that instead of worrying or wallowing, I would end the year on my own terms hiking and exploring anywhere I could reach within the radius of a four-hour drive. During these outdoor expeditions, I not only shed doubt and several pounds, but also came upon various old cabins, barns, and temporary shelters hidden among the woods. This book represents the idealization of those memories where my feet found a home and I found my way again. It’s a tome marked for friends whose appreciation for architecture extends beyond city limits—for acolytes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s belief: “Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.” Maybe your recipient doesn’t have their own cabin to escape to, but they’ll have this book to explore page by page. —GH
These French-made bird calls will attract all the lady birds from around the block. Use only for the purposes of love, and use responsibly and respectfully. An ideal gift for your single bird friends. Or anyone who might find pleasure in trying to communicate with our fine feathered friends come the first early thaw. —MZ
Some gifts encourage exploration of our world, near or far, like telescopes or binoculars. But if you can afford it, a good gift might be this kit for a remote-controlled submarine made by the folks at OpenROV. It’s good for 70 meters and has an HD camera feed as well as the lights to back it up. I first met the OpenROV guys and watched this machine in action when we drove to a Northern California cave with a crystal clear pool at the back, rumored to contain a stash of gold stolen from a stagecoach. We didn’t find any gold, but we did bring back some unforgettable experiences with each other and their sub, of which this is the latest edition. —BL
Writing measured in mileage adds a whole new perspective to using a pencil, and these are good for six miles of scribbling. Buying a box of these pencils for someone is like sponsoring a friend’s first marathon race, and you’re telling them you believe they can go the distance. As you put the pencil to use and sharpen it over time, it reminds you how many miles of writing or drawing you have done to date. In sixth grade my only observable purpose in life seemed to be drawing dragons cribbed from a set of Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manuals. If I had had one of these Six Mile pencils back then, I could have known how many miles of dragon tails I drew. —GH
Last minute additions
Abalone is a board game adorned with decades of high-falutin’ accolades—the 198Golden Ace, 1990 Mensa Select Winner, and 199Game of the Decade at the International Games Festival in Cannes—yet anyone can learn to competitively play it within minutes. Throughout high school, friends and I would meet up after school for frantic 3-player speed matches, honing deviously creative strategies to push each other’s marbles off the hexagonal board at breakneck speed, the staccato sound of marble-against-marble action punctuated by intermittent cursing. Seriously great fun. Competitive, brainiac, and spatially gifted friends will enjoy the challenge you’ve presented them with. Just don’t expect to always be on the best of terms with them afterward. Maybe you can let them win a game or two as part of the gift. —GH
The valkyries will sing, Odin will laugh in mirthful amusement, Loki will even smirk approvingly… and the cat made to wear this will hate you forever. It’s a small price to pay for the satisfying joy of transforming a feline with a yarn helmet forged in the softer halls of Valhalla. Whether for a friend’s troublemaker or your own, I can’t imagine any cat owner who wouldn’t feel some sort of satisfaction spying their proud clawed warrior sauntering around with one of these custom-made hats atop their head. An Instagram and Facebook profile-photo-ready prop! —GH
Your active, health-conscious friend you hike with each weekend—yeah, the one always toting around a water bottle because they’re committed/obsessed with hydration—they’ll appreciate that you’ve upgraded them to the best-looking BPA-free water bottle available. It also has its own pop-up straw and integrated coconut-shell carbon-activated filter to remove chlorine taste and any funky odors tainting their H2O. I take mine to the gym to skip out on the sketchy-looking public water fountain with its very own visible microbial ecosystem and hydrate with my very own sippy straw bottle of filtered water ready at the press of a button. —GH
These are for your friends who always seem to have tea ready on the stove, a snack, and conversation awaiting for your arrival (the best type of friends, IMO). Even better if they’re like me and they’re apt to envision food patterns everywhere they look; these handmade vegetable tanned leather trivets will happily remind them of waffles, cookies, and the porous dots that appear while making pancakes. They’ll enjoy not only the subtle modern design, but also the patina of leather through the years and the utility of a trivet that doesn’t look like it came from Grandma’s house. —GH
The Kuu (Finnish for “moon”) is gentle in texture and illumination, the sort of soft light that adds a romantic glow to a corner of a room and to anyone underneath it. Give it to a special someone you’re moonstruck with, help them install the simple drawstring shade made from recycled sunscreen fabric, and then recreate this scene to full effect. —GH
The perfection of imperfection, the handmade versus the machine-made, the organic patterns revealed by chance. A gift like this is for those who appreciate all those things, the meditative soul who is unhindered by the rule of staying within the lines. The Japanese indigo dying technique of shibori dates back from the eighth century and results in beautiful patterns uniquely revealed after twisting, binding, and folding fabrics while the dye sets in. This kit is an invitation to join in the long lineage of hand-dyed fabrics, good for up to eight T-shirts, two bed sheets, or 1tea towels. —GH
Even the best cameras often ship with the most uncomfortable and unwieldy neck straps. And by some mysterious law of quantum physics, the straps somehow always get in the way when you most need to lean in for a steady shot. Gordy’s camera wrist straps are an affordable panacea for the sore neck suffered by photographers, offering a secure grip and handmade to order using Latigo belt leather wrapped securely with polyester cord by a small team on Whidbey Island, near Seattle. Intrepid travelers formerly burdened with a camera around their neck will especially thank you for the rugged and handsome accessory designed to make carrying around a DSLR or mirrorless model a little more comfortable. —GH
Got someone you’d nominate for admittance into the League of Extraordinary Gentleman? Someone with a discerning eye for detail and a thing for unusual accessories? One doesn’t have to be a steampunk devotee to appreciate hands-free utility and the fun of magnification with this silver-tone alloy metal barrel and 10x glass lens loupe, but it sure wouldn’t hurt. —GH
Back in college I lived with five other grill-loving young gents. Collectively we were known as Team BBQ, for whether rain or shine, we had at least one of three grills ignited to cook chicken, vegetables, and the occasional rack of ribs for supper. I’d like to one day surprise my former roommates with one of these Binchotan charcoal kits. I know they all still love grilling and they’d appreciate the near-smoke-free and super-hot, clean-burning aramaru charcoal, ideal for grilling yakitori, kabobs, and maybe even a sad single piece of Soy-Vay-glazed chicken thigh for old time’s sake. —GH
To be honest, at first glance I thought this grappling hook was designed to toss across a room and pull clothing and other items left on the floor, a sort of lazy Batman-on-break accessory. But after watching their video it was apparent this ceiling-mounted organizer would be a most excellent gift for anyone who struggles with the habit of doffing clothes onto the floor into perpetual piles, providing a space-efficient and tempting target to hang anything and everything in heroic fashion. —GH
Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been constructing generations of monstrous self-propelled, wind-powered sculptures and unleashing them to roam across Holland’s coastline with the dexterity of living creatures, mimicry convincingly engineered using plastic, steel, and polyester in the place of flesh and bone. One of his creations, the Animaris Rhinoceros Transport, has been miniaturized into a kit with 80+ plastic parts. Like its full-size counterpart, the mechanical creature moves with a careful gait reminiscent of a tarantula powered by wind. Save this gift for the young mind perpetually asking why, when, how, and what. In building this kinetic model, they’ll be exposed to both the joys of physics and art set in motion and may find some answers. —GH
Years ago I had the pleasure of watching gearhead-turned-gastronomist Dave Arnold make ice cream with “smoking” cold liquid nitrogen, infusing vanilla bean and cream with an oak extract he coaxed from single malt scotch using a rotovap (rotary evaporator). The culinary moment was forever etched into memory with a dramatic explosion—an unplanned moment of molecular gastronomy gone awry—when LNmet cream too quickly. Thankfully there was enough ice cream left to salvage and enjoy.
The genius who concocted my most memorable scoop of ice cream is now head inventor at Momofuku’s food lab and bar, Booker and Dax, and also responsible for this Ghostbusters-like contraption designed to attach onto a kitchen blowtorch, converting it into a handheld professional-grade broiler extraordinaire. Imagine the devilish twinkle in your recipient’s eyes when you tell them they can sear almost anything now—grilled cheese, steaks, creme brûlée, Velveeta even. Give this to the home cook who already has every plug-in kitchen gadget in their arsenal; at first they might believe you’ve given them a new shower head, but soon enough they’ll be asking, “what shall we sear next?!!” —GH
Arcade Belts is the brainchild of pro skier Cody Townsend (founded with friends David Bronkie and Tristan Queen), and as one might expect, gear designed by an adventure sport athlete is going to put comfort and ease of movement at a premium. That these elastic Jacquard weave belts also look so damn good is the reason snowboarders, bikers, skaters, rock climbers, and surfers regard the belts as functionally fashionable, as versatile as a snowboarder who can ride regular and goofy. Offer one of these belts that stretch every which way to the adventurer who couldn’t care less about a stifling neck tie but would love a flexible belt they can depend upon to keep pants and spirits high while climbing, shredding, ripping, or jumping into whatever adventure comes their way. —GH
There are gloves for wearing and there are gloves for working, and these classic cowhide and grain leather reinforced gloves are definitely outfitted for getting stuff done. Give them to the person in your life who does all the heavy lifting and hard work around the house, a thoughtful gesture that acknowledges you know it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it—you just don’t want them hurting themselves in the process. —GH
It was an expired visa that led apparel designer Kemi Gadaleta from Australia back home to New York, where she learned metalsmithing and set out to become a jewelry designer. Now she turns raw metal into unique pieces like her Love is Blind Braille ring or the ready-to-rumble Cage Fighter ring for the toughie you love. But if you’re seeking an even more personal way to share a private joke, nickname, or any other meaningful message that will hang forever close to their heart, these hand-stamped custom lettered (up to characters) gold necklaces should do the trick. —GH
Want to send a wink-wink message to someone you’d like to get to know better, a big hint you’d like to move along from innocent mistletoe to something a little more naughty than nice? Los Angeles juice bar Moon Juice has concocted an “aphrodisiac warming potion” made from wild crafted ingredients of stimulating herbs and medicinal mushrooms that should warm up all the right places like a wintertime fireplace. Whether the results are for real or a placebo effect, I doubt you’ll care as long as the potion ignites the emotion into motion. —GH
Anyone can put together an emergency preparation kit. Not everyone can put together a survival kit quite like this luxurious hand-assembled curated collection comprised of both essentials and “glad these were in there” non-essentials. A bag of emergency supplies like this tells someone, “I’ve got you covered, and we’ll get through thick and thin for the next 7hours comfortably.” Give it to the perpetually high-strung worrier of disasters and what-if situations. Maybe they’ll feel just a little less stressed the next time the power goes out knowing there’s a 175-item survival kit of goodies ready to dig into.
In this day of digital images and LCD screens, there’s something retro-comforting about a big, heavy, glossy-paper coffee table book. And if you’re a fan of Apple products or just an admirer of good industrial design, there’s no better such book than, a 340-page photographic tour of four decades of Apple product designs. From (ahem) iconic products like the original Mac, iPod, and iPhone to secret prototypes that never saw the light of day to Apple’s famously meticulous packaging, the book is filled with beautiful photographs of pretty much every official Apple product, as well as a slew of unofficial ones. Complementing the images are essays and
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Nutcrackers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Nutcrackers
- №1 — The San Francisco Music Box Company Christmas Nutcracker Soldiers Snow Globe
- №2 — Classic Nutcracker and Clara Musical Figurine by The San Francisco Music Box Company
- №3 — THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC BOX COMPANY Nutcracker Tree 120mm Domed Water Globe