Game day is fast approaching and beside replacing the batteries in the remote, stocking the fridge, and ordering the flowers, you’re probably pretty well prepared. (Flowers are for Monday’s fumble when you call in sick and need your co-worker to cover for you. Or your wife kicks you out.) Want to get fancy? Here are nine new and nifty things we’d like to put on your radar to help pimp your Football Game We Are Not Legally Allowed to Refer to by Name Even Though 106 Million People Are Gathering on Sunday to Watch It party.
1. Live-Action App: IntoNow from Yahoo!, a TV companion that is a must have for all sports fans. How it works: Like Shazam for your TV, the app listens to the audio from your TV to identify what you’re watching (live or recorded) then displays related articles, Twitter feeds of owners, coaches, commentators and athletes, and connects you with friends who are watching the same game. For example, if you’re watching the game, you’ll be able to see who else is tuning in and who you might be to banter with about the last play. There’s a demo here. It’s available for iPad as a free download from the App Store.
2. Guiltless Gadget: Can’t have a Generic Football Bowl but Probably the Most Important Bowl party without chips and salsa, but nobody said you had to feel guilty about it. Snack on crunchy (and healthy!) potato chips that you can slice and serve in less than 10 minutes using this handy-dandy Microwave Chip Maker by Pampered Chef. Are you really going to microwave your own chips? Nah, probably not, but it’s bound to make at least one guest think you’re trendy.
3. Mighty Meat: Omaha Steaks has some enticing packages which they are currently promoting including the “Tailgate Combo” package. Carnivores take note—it includes tailgate favorites like: 4 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins, 8 (4oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers, 8 (4oz.) Bratwurst Sausages and 8 (3oz.) Gourmet Franks. The “Omaha Steaks Tailgate Combo” is regularly $129 but is now being sold on their website for just $39.99.
4. Cool Cooker: The new Blacktop 360 Party Hub allows you to cook everything from breakfast to dinner thanks to the center fryer, griddle, grill and warming plate. It is a man machine! Not like the Terminator, though; in the good way. Everyone from foodies to techies (the knobs turn up to 11 and it has an Infrared grill) is into it because it allows you to expand your menu options and make the food the center of the party.
5. Opening Statement: The Clicker is a new all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses a universal remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener in one sleek device. Engineered to withstand the manliest of man caves, and case after case of openings, the Clicker is programmed with over 800 factory pre-sets and works with almost all major cable and satellite dish boxes. At $24.99, it’s perfect for any sports or TV enthusiast who wants interruption-free, multiple game/TV watching.
6. In the Bag: Food Should Taste Good’s new 11 oz Party Packs
Bigger is better when it comes to crowd pleasing, right? Right? Food Should Taste Good tortilla chip favorites Multigrain, Sweet Potato and Cantina are all really good. The new party packs are a nearly bottomless bag with 100% more of your favorite chips, ensuring that the party never ends. Pair with your favorite cheese, salsa or seven layer dip for a healthier dipping alternative. Available nationwide for $5.29 just in time for Whatever You Happen to Be Watching Sunday and The Insanity of March (we may be allowed to call that one by name, but we’re not taking any chances)
7. Bacon Booze? Yep, meet the world’s first meat flavored spirit: Bakon Vodka. If you’re looking for new twists on traditional tailgate recipes, Bakon Vodka adds a peppered bacon flavor to standard Bloody Marys and can even be used to punch up a steak marinade. The liquor ingredient Maxim Magazine dubbed “the best-Sunday-football-watching Bloody Mary ever” is available for around $30.
• 1½ oz. Bakon Vodka in a pint glass filled with ice.
• Fill glass with tomato juice
• 1 dash each of celery salt and ground black pepper
• 2-4 dashes each of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco
Shake and pour into a salt rimmed pint glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and your
favorite pickled vegetables.
8. The BBQ Guru’s temperature control device – The PartyQ, ($139) is the most recent and modestly priced product in The BBQ Guru’s line of temperature control devices. You attach it to your charcoal grill and it keeps it at the right temperature so you can have awesome BBQ without spending too much time hovering over the grill. It also helps with cold and windy weather.
9. Beer Here! Draft Beer without leaving your chair is possible, folks, Krups, the worldwide leader of kitchen appliances and Heineken, the leader in European Premium Imported Beer have partnered together to create the ultimate beer drinking experience at home. A partnership made in…guy heaven! The BeerTender system ($149.99) is compatible with the Heineken, Heineken Light, and Newcastle DraughtKeg systems. The silent cooling system provides constant and consistent cooling, and will keep it beer the ideal temperature of 41 degrees F.
Janene Mascarella is a lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNNMoney, American Way, Self, Glamour, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Bella, Mint.com, Currency, Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, American Baby, AOL Travel, and iVillage. Follow her on Twitter: @MrsWrite