There are times one would like to disappear into a place on the internet that feels completely separate from the real world, a place that is frivolous and fun, if only for a moment. Maybe it’s a TikTok of perfect scoops of compound butter, or kitchen restock videos (decanting pantry items into uniform containers is, at least, not a part of my reality). Gohar World, the home goods store from artists Laila and Nadia Gohar, is my newest destination for such fantasy.
The Gohars have imbued what are ostensibly kitchen and home goods with a whimsical irreverence all their own. There are tablecloths with shirt collars and fanciful adornments for foods that typically go nude. “Tie up the tomatoes with a lace doily handmade in Italy. Your produce will be pleased — as will your guests,” reads the copy on the “lace bonnet for fruits and vegetables.” Eater writer Bettina Makalintal, describing the egg chandelier and the lacy egg dresses, calls the products, which are indeed available to purchase, “designs [that] will forevermore fill the straight-out-of-Beetlejuice dream house I’ve constructed in my head.”
Some of the items are decidedly extravagant (this $188 crumb catcher made in a copper workshop in Cairo, or this $224 glass tumbler with a hand-painted eye designed by Ted Muehling, for instance). Others, like this metal bird made to squeeze a single wedge of citrus, seem like a downright steal, in comparison. I’m not necessarily advocating for buying these items (we all know that there are dozens of worthy places your money could go). But I’ve derived some amount of joy from simply knowing that someone dreamed these up, and now they exist.
Crystal Guardian's red pepper flake earplugs, Gohar world's egg dress, and Bokksu's cat-themed snack box.
- Are eggs the most whimsical food? This deviled egg clock makes the argument for yes.
Crocs started rolling out a series of cereal designs this month, as a part of a partnership with General Mills and Foot Locker. You can still find the Cinnamon Toast Crunch style (the first to launch) on some sites, and cute Lucky Charms Jibbitz are obtainable through the official channels.
- It appears you can no longer obtain the Oreo and Ritz cracker mashup. The snack (one half Ritz cracker and peanut butter, one half Oreo and creme) completely sold out shortly after debuting on May 26. But again, isn’t it just nice to know they were real?
- Earplug brand Crystal Guardian is making custom silicone earplugs that contain spices and herbs, like red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and spearmint, because why not?
Japanese snack box brand Bokksu is doing themed gift boxes and my absolute favorite is themed around cats. That’s right, cat cookies, candies, cappuccinos, and other non-alliterative cat-shaped snacks.
This one skews practical, but for the avid home cook and baker, receiving one of Hayden Flour Mills’ new pantry packs would be no less delightful than opening a cat-themed Japanese snack box. The Phoenix-based mill, co-founded by Emma Zimmerman, author of The Miller’s Daughter (one of spring’s most-anticipated cookbooks), is selling collections of the flours that the book features. I maintain that a cookbook plus ingredients is one of the best gift ideas around.
And since it’s tomorrow, a few Memorial Day deals to put on your radar:
Great Jones is offering 25 percent off nearly all of its cookware through May 30.
At Williams-Sonoma’s warehouse sale, there are discounts on a slew of Star Wars-themed baking accessories and Ooni pizza ovens, as well as other more practical things.
At Graf Lantz, select tabletop items and bags are 25 percent off. I’ve been using this now on-sale market tote a ton lately.
Sur La Table is discounting its suite of kitchen goods up to 50 percent. They also have an on-sale Ooni!
And finally, if your outdoor cooking dreams include more burgers, less pizza, you may be interested to know that Target is taking 40 percent off grills and grilling accessories this holiday weekend.
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