The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 March 2007

A brave little toaster

Le grille pain-four
In point of fact, I can't vouch for its courage, but it's certainly intimidating at first glance. According to the blurb, you push a button and the little basket begins to spin, slowly but inexorably, while toaster-level heat is directed at your old stale croissants or muffins or whatever for up to 15 minutes. Of course, this will also warm up your kitchen; whether this be blessing or curse depends on the conditions prevailing right before you hit the button. I briefly entertained the idea of getting one of these, just to see what it would do with a blueberry (unfrosted) Pop-Tart, but sixty euros (including 0.25 to support some arcane European Union environmental mandate, and not including whatever horrid sum it would take to ship out here to the New World) seemed like an awfully high price to pay for a brief moment of amusement, though I'm sure there exist call girls whose profession demands that they disagree with this viewpoint. Still, this gizmo has high-enough WTF factor to justify its appearance here.

(With thanks to Emalyse, who saw it first.)

Posted at 1:54 PM to Entirely Too Cool

It does look 'handsome but inefficient'. But then again, look at a regular toaster. Heat goes straight up the chimney there, too. You want staid efficiency, you're looking at toaster ovens. You want sexy, you buy one of these. Or one of those call girls you're so sure about.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 2:32 PM on 11 March 2007

Not sure about the call girl thing, but I do like the red color.

Just your good, basic, stainless steel no frills toaster is getting harder and harder to find.

Posted by: EulalieShinn at 2:48 PM on 11 March 2007

It looks like something you could get at Williams Sonoma for just a couple of hundred books, which toasts just as well as my $10 toast--to wit, it toasts bread.

Posted by: Miriam at 3:59 PM on 11 March 2007

I have an ancient two-slot toaster from the late, not-especially-lamented Montgomery Ward; I am loath to toss it, inasmuch as it actually still works.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:19 PM on 11 March 2007

Miriam. I'm thrilled to know that they are now accepting books at Williams Sonoma. You will never know the happiness you have given me. Thank you Miriam.

Mr. Hill. I'm happy you used the word loath, not loathe. Even I have to check this word occasionally as it is used improperly much more often than it should be. I'm sure you know loath rhymes with both, loathe rhymes with hoathe or clothe or mothe, loath is an adjective, loathe is a verb. Thank you for using one of my all time favorites.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

Posted by: EulalieShinn at 4:44 PM on 11 March 2007

Heh. Just had an evil idea about hamsters. But never mind.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:32 PM on 11 March 2007

I have an ancient two-slot toaster from the late, not-especially-lamented Montgomery Ward; I am loath to toss it, inasmuch as it actually still works.

I have no idea where the art-deco-looking toaster my parents had when I was little, came from, but it reached the end of its usable life more than 15 years ago, more's the pity.

My wife and I had to replace her slightly elderly Black & Decker toaster oven a couple of years ago. We got a newer version of the same model.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:47 AM on 12 March 2007

I'll admit, it is rather sexy looking wouldn't mind getting it except for one little problem. The thing is wired for 208 volts instead of 120, so unless you want to run a special line to the kitchen, unplug the stove and rewire the plug on the toaster, it will not preform very good. So I guess I'll just stick with my bagel ready wal-mart toaster.

Posted by: anomdragon at 4:38 AM on 15 March 2007

There is that, but those of us who spent much of the 1980s trying to track down obscure PAL video from Europe, and machines which would play it, have no dread of power converters, although admittedly this thing would draw more juice than most VCRs.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:26 AM on 15 March 2007

Sorry for the mistake. I type faster than I think. However, I wish they did take books. I have way too many.

Posted by: Miriam at 10:35 AM on 15 March 2007