New at vowe's magic flying circus: a polar bear ice tray. Excellent design:
Open lid, fill with water until it flows through a hole. Close lid, put in freezer. [Time passes] Get out of freezer, let some water run over the "legs" to make the ice cubes come unstuck, bang it on counter top, open lid. Ice ice baby.
It does look cool, but the Amazon reviews aren't very good.
Read them. Written by idiots.
There is one step not in the instructions: you let some water flow over the "legs" to make the ice cubes come unstuck. THEN you bang it ever so gently on the countertop. The hole makes sure you are not filling in too much water. Just hold it from the top. Seems to be too difficult.
I'd say the only downside is that it is quite large.
I wasn't sure ice was even allowed in Germany. I don't remember seeing a single cube the two weeks I was in Frankfurt last month. ;)
Did you notice a small marking on all glasses? It's called the Eichstrich. Glasses are filled to exactly this marking. Below the marking and the customer would complain. Above it and you get a slap on the wrist from your boss. What happens if you put an ice cube in the drink?
Is ice added afterwards? Or offered?
That looks nearly as good as the Brain Freeze ice cube tray we got at the science museum in San Francisco (but also at German Amazon). :-) http://bit.ly/135IvkC
Volker, I did note the mark on the glass. And that makes sense for a shot, beer, or glass of wine. But it doesn't really come into play for a mixed drink. And mixed drinks typically contain ice.
Brett, I was just drinking beer and wine. So I assume that if I had ordered a Maker's Mark on the rocks, I would have gotten ice.
On the hand, none of the hotels that I stayed at in Germany, Italy, or Amsterdam had an ice machine on each floor like we are used to at even the most inexpensive hotels in the U.S. But the rooms did have small refrigerators so I didn't miss the ice.
I am living in Northern Virginia since four months. I like the refills everywhere, I like the average fridge in the kitchen having all the ice cube for me, everything's big here, is it not? And, respectfully, you need ice with this weather... (well, last week more than this one)
Would I have guessed correctly half a year ago what I was in for and how big the change would be? No way. :-)
(20 Liter Regen pro Stunde und Quadratmeter? Harmlos. Langweilig.)
The first thing my girlfriend asked when I showed her this nice tool: "Is this a sex toy?"
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