Are you looking for something unique to give as a host/hostess gift this Summer? How about “folding” and totally portable chopsticks by Korin? This may sound like a frivolous idea, but actually, it’s pretty cool! For starters, who wants to eat with those dry as a board (and full of splinters) toss-away chopsticks that you get in most Japanese restaurants? They are preferable only to eating with wooden chopstick other mouths have used for months (or years) or the plastic kind that make every conceivable bit of food slip right off the chopsticks.
Chopsticks are not just for sushi, of course. For most Americans, using chopsticks means slowing down a bit, picking out specific morsels of food, and really enjoying them. Consider eating with chopsticks when you’re trying to lose a bit of weight. Even if you’re a master of the chopstick arts, you’ll still find using them to be a diet-friendly choice. Chopsticks don’t pick up the metallic taste of food as regular utensils do, and because you can’t hold as much in them as a fork or a spoon, you’ll focus more on the food, and not so much on shovelling it into your mouth. Also: using your own chopsticks isn’t just hygeinic and diet-friendly, it is also “green” as you are saving wood, paper packaging and yes, even landfills.
The Korin folding chopsticks are available in several styles ( Black and Brown Chopstick to go, $3.90; Black Chopstick to go, $3.90; Red & Brown Chopstick to go, $3.90; Red Cherry Chopstick to go, $15.00) and you can then add an eco friendly travel pouch as seen in the photo, above (fabric envelope in traditional Japanese print in red or navy, with tie) for a mere $2.10 each pouch. There are also twin sets: the Silver Pen Type Chopstick Case with Black or Brown Twisted Chopstick to Go Set, $16.90 or the Black or Red Bamboo Mosaic Chopstick Case set (this one has a sliding top) with Black or Brown Twisted Chopsticks, $32.50.
These are just so unique, and fun to use! Imagine the look on your friend’s face when you “assemble” your own chopsticks! They make fun shower or wedding favors, too. They’re available at www.korin.com; or visit them at 57 Warren St. New York, NY 10007
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