Two Small Just the Right Things

by Nancy on January 27, 2012

I am on a beach getaway vacation at a villa in Mexico. And, not to sound like a whiner, I keep thinking there are two small just the right things I wish I had here with me that I don’t.

AccuSharp Knife SharpenerThe first is my AccuSharp Knife Sharpener. It occurs to me I ought to put this on my permanent packing list when going on get-aways to condos/vacation homes or anywhere the kitchen is likely to be supplied with crappy dull knives. The knives here are so bad I can hardly puncture the skin of a tomato. I tried chopping some cilantro and it turned into a bruised gloppy mess. My nifty, light-weight AccuSharp weighs hardly anything and would tuck easily into a suitcase. Added bonus: it’s cheap, $8.49 on Amazon.

The second thing I wish I had is an Ice Bag. No, not the old-fashioned kind you put on twisted ankles. This ice bag is a portable beverage chiller. It looks like a paper wine bottle bag only it’s made from PVC. My friend Liz discovered it on a cycling trip to France and Spain last fall where she was charmed to find them sitting on cafe tables chilling bottles of water and wine. My Ice Bag would be just the right thing for taking a couple cans of beer down to the beach.

Ice Bags are also affordable ($5.50 on Amazon) and would tuck easily into a suitcase. Plus the Ice Bag has lots of uses. They come in clear, blue, red and pink. I can envision them as a fun and functional table centerpiece. Liz told me she bought a new employee a bouquet of tulips and put them in an Ice Bag to keep at her desk. Not only does it look good but an Ice Bag would be far less likely to get tipped over. I’m guessing there are tons of uses for the Ice Bag. It’s not widely available yet but you can find them on Amazon. I think they’d make a lovely hostess gift.

Lest you think I am lounging away on my vacation let me say I am sacrificing my toenails to science by testing shellac nail polish. I figure if it can stand up to 10 days in the sand on the beach that’s one mighty polish. Look for a report next week.




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Joan January 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

I just bought THREE of the knife sharpeners last week! Great minds think alike…

lori January 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

You are sooooooo spot on. None of the knives were sharp in any of the condos we stayed in Italy. And that ice bag thingie would be so useful!

I am not much of a nail painter because if the chipping which inevitably occurs the next day. My friends swear by the shellac kind to so I will patiently await your report.

Hope to hear more about your trip as well, I’ve never been to Mexico and it’s on my list!!
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Billy @ best knife sharpener August 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I know what you mean about poor quality knives with dull blades! :( I’ve been traveling domestically only and we bring along our dog so we drive. The knives at the rental houses or hotels are pretty lousy but I always bring along my knives now. Not all of them, just a chef’s knife and a paring knife so we can handle just about 99% of anything we need to cut up. Now, we do need some of those ice bags for our next trip in a couple weeks. Thanks for the tips!
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