The Popular Restaurant Glassware I Always Use for Cocktails, Coffee, Cooking and More

The Popular Restaurant Glassware I Always Use for Cocktails, Coffee, Cooking and More

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If there’s any set of glasses to grace your kitchen, it must be the versatile and stylish Duralex Picardie, also known as the “original French tumblers.” Crowded on cafe tables with anything from espresso to wine, there’s a reason why Duralex Picardie Glasses are so loved. From their durability and comfortable feel to their classic, timeless design perfect for any beverage, these glasses are a must-have in every kitchen. Plus, they stack — saving precious cabinet space in small kitchens.

My parents have had a cabinet full of Duralex Picardie glasses of every size (there are eight sizes in total) since I can remember — the 3-ounce for small pours and espresso, the 8.75-ounce for cocktails, wine, and juice, and the 12 –or 17.62-ounce for large glasses of water or iced tea. So, when my dad gifted me a set years ago, I knew it was the only glassware I needed for my tiny apartment.

These 8.75-ounce tumblers are probably the most popular at restaurants and cafes and are the most utilized glassware in my kitchen. There’s no need for bulky coffee mugs or unstackable wine glasses in this small kitchen because I use these for everything from my morning espresso to my evening aperitif, and even for measuring liquids while cooking.

From cafes and restaurants around the world to my parent’s kitchen, these tumblers are versatile and tough. Made in France since 1945, Duralex Picardie glasses are named after the Picardie province in northern France, home to gothic cathedrals and architecture. The tumblers are shock resistant and can withstand temperatures from -4 degrees to 212 degrees, which makes them safe for both hot and cold beverages.

While these glasses are affordable, you won’t need to replenish your stock any time soon because they’re made to last, unless you want to order every size like I did. Duralex is over two times stronger than regular glass because they’re made out of tempered glass. The tumblers are also impact and chip resistant making them ideal for both home and industrial kitchens — not to mention they’re also dishwasher and microwave safe. Oh, and you won’t be any lingering tastes from previous beverages because the glass is nonporous and won’t absorb any liquids or funky smells.

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This Chic $60 Glassware Set Might Be the Only One You’ll Ever Need — and It’s Perfect for Small Apartments

This Chic $60 Glassware Set Might Be the Only One You’ll Ever Need — and It’s Perfect for Small Apartments

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Building a collection of real-deal glassware can take years, not to mention tons of cabinet space. Juice glasses, tumblers, and wine glasses are often sold in large sets, which can be helpful for those who entertain often. But what if you don’t have the budget — or the space — for a full set of every type of glass and cup known to mankind? Enter: The Drinks Way Kit from Leeway. We’re seriously crushing on this kit; it’s perfect for starter apartments or anyone with minimal kitchen storage.

The editors at The Kitchn have written about their love for Leeway’s Entry Way Kit (which boasts everything you need for at-home dining and entertaining), and The Drinks Way is just as great. The kit, which retails for $60, comes with five total pieces, including one 14-oz glass, an 18-oz glass, a wine glass, a flute, and a coupe glass. Each piece is streamlined, elegant, and modern, with a refreshingly timeless aesthetic that would look amazing on any bar cart. 

The two tumblers in the kit are serious workhorses — they’re the perfect size to handle everything from your morning orange juice or water to a sudsy cold beer for happy hour. However, unlike those random mason jars or plastic cups used in college, these have a definite glow-up appeal.

One of the things we love best about Leeway is their commitment to quality, and The Drinks Way Kit hits the mark, per usual. The glasses are designed in Brooklyn and hand-blown to be delicate yet durable — they’re even dishwasher safe. Plus, your glassware collection can easily be added to, by way of another Drinks Way Kit, or the brand’s glass-specific collections (For example, if you find yourself regularly having friends over for wine and cheese, you can supplement your drinkware with four more wine glasses).

Leeway is founded by two former NYC apartment dwellers, so you better believe they know a thing or two about making the most of a cramped space. They also know how easy it is to accumulate a lot of mismatched kitchen junk. Their small-but-curated collection of dinnerware and drinkware is a super smart way to build up your collection with pieces you’ll actually love. Cheers (literally!) to that.

Rochelle Bilow

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Rochelle Bilow is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, the former social media manager at Bon Appétit Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine. She has also worked as a cook on a small farm in Central New York, and a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City. Connect with her @rochellebilow.

These Editor-Favorite Collapsible Containers Now Come in a Cute Kids’ Version — Just in Time for Back to School

These Editor-Favorite Collapsible Containers Now Come in a Cute Kids’ Version — Just in Time for Back to School

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Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for your kids to head back to school. Whether you’re anticipating a first-day-of-kindergarten meltdown or looking forward to finally getting a few minutes of peace around the house, you’re probably beginning to think about the gear your kiddo is going to need. We know those school supply lists can be long, so we’d like to introduce you to your one-stop shop for lunch and snack time: meet Stojo Jr., the brand-new kids line from one of Kitchn’s favorite sustainable brands. Like all of Stojo’s products, the items in the Stojo Jr. line are collapsible, so your kiddos can save precious backpack space (and you don’t have to worry about them forgetting half of their belongings in their cubby).

The Stojo Jr. Line features a 14-ounce water bottle ($16), 8-ounce cup ($12), and 24-ounce sandwich box ($16). The water bottle can be collapsed down into a 3.2-inch ball (it doubles as a fidget toy!), and because Stojo knows kids can be accident prone, the screw-top lid is leak proof. As an extra bonus, the lid is tethered to the bottle to avoid extra trips to the lost-and-found. The cup flattens down to just two inches, and it’s the perfect vessel for your kid’s water or favorite juice. It also comes with a foldable silicone straw to make it extra mess-free (and save you on loads of laundry). Finally, the sandwich box collapses to just one inch, so you can say goodbye to clunky metal lunchboxes. The lid locks securely to avoid crumby spills, and like the rest of the items in the line, it’s microwave safe, allowing you to meal prep and store in the fridge overnight, then heat up the morning of. 

Each Stojo Jr. item is dishwasher safe, so it doesn’t matter how messy your kids are at lunchtime — just pop the pieces apart, put them into the dishwasher, and you’re ready to go for the next day. They also promise to keep food and liquids either hot or cold, so you can have liberty with what snacks you pack. The products are free from BPA, BPS, phthalates, and lead, plus, they’re made from food-grade platinum-cured silicone and Grade #5 recyclable plastic, so they’re not only safe for your kids to use but also safer for the environment (it’s never too early to teach your kids about sustainability!). 

If your young ones are anything like I was at their age, picking out the color of their lunchbox is the highlight of the back-to-school season. Stojo Jr.’s sandwich boxes (and bottles and cups) come in six eye-catching shades: carnation, peony, mimosa, lilac, steel, and sage. Your kids are also like me if they are known to spill stuff — luckily, with Stojo’s signature leak-proof seal and airtight lids, you can confidently toss the items into your child’s backpack without worrying about their homework getting soaked.

Gear up for the school year ahead with these collapsible, reusable, and fun containers that kids (and even parents) are sure to love. Time to check these items off of your back-to-school shopping list!

Phoebe Sklansky

Editorial Intern, Kitchn Commerce Team

Phoebe is the Editorial Intern for the Kitchn Commerce team. You can usually find her crafting a charcuterie board or making the most out of her tiny apartment kitchen. She is a student at Vanderbilt and is based out of Nashville and New York.

I Tried 5 Popular TikTok Travel Hacks and Here Are the Ones That Are Actually Worth It

I Tried 5 Popular TikTok Travel Hacks and Here Are the Ones That Are Actually Worth It

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I was looking forward to checking out what bags TikTok users loved for carry-ons. I’m a longtime fan of cute and durable backpacks, and it was time to replace mine after years of wear and tear. Anti-theft backpacks are a fave for TikTok travelers, and I’ve never owned one. After some research, I wanted to see what the Bobby Hero by XD Design was all about. All pockets and zippers of anti-theft bags are against your back when you wear them, so there’s no access from the outside, which is great, but I nearly ran away from the price alone. As a former student, I know how pricey backpacks can be, but I’d never spent that much on the travel variety. However, once I actually received the Bobby Hero, I could see its many benefits.

The Bobby Hero Regular can hold SO much! There are two sleeves inside for devices: I kept my 13” laptop in one and a 12.9” iPad in the other. They’re held in place by a Velcro strap to keep them from jostling around. There are mesh pockets in front of the devices and room for a notebook too. In front of that, there’s another zippered area that leads to a larger section with even more mesh pockets, including a USB port to plug in a power bank that can charge your phone from the port that’s on the outside of the bag. There are also elastic bands to hold additional items that may roll around the bag if not secured. All in all, I was able to hold my two electronic devices, FEELLE power bank, STOJO cup, all my tech chargers, an instant camera, workbooks, a pencil pouch, small gifts for my family, and a few snacks for the flight. On the outside of the bag, there are a few more zippered areas where I kept my pouch of face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.

With so much stuffed into the backpack, I thought for sure I’d have to stow it in the overhead bin. As a result, I made a small in-flight care package for myself using one of my ban.do carryall pouches that I also kept in the backpack until I boarded. Even with all of those items in the bag, I was surprised to find that it wasn’t a strain to carry, since it’s also super padded for comfort. The biggest selling point for me was that once I got on the plane, I found that the Bobby Hero could fit under the seat and I didn’t have to store it in the overhead compartment whatsoever. I raved about it for the rest of the trip, and will be holding onto it for as long as I can.