Two great gift ideas for Father’s Day

With two times the chilling power of square drink stones, Amazeballs will keep your drink colder, longer. They’re made from food safe stainless steel and filled with a specially formulated food-safe glycerin gel that freezes to chill your drink without diluting its flavour. Simply freeze Amazeballs for a minimum of four hours and then use them to keep 2-3 ounces of room temperature liquid cool for up to 45 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and put back in freezer in between uses. Set of 2 balls includes tongs and storage bag.

Available for $24.50 in-store at Chapters-Indigo or from 

The perfect gift for any scotch connoisseur or craft beer lover, these handcrafted coasters are made from solid marble and finished with a four cork pads at the bottom to keep your furniture safe. They’re made in Almonte, Ontario, and have a natural look and feel that makes each piece unique. Handmade in Canada. Marble. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Set of four. Each is 4” x 4”.

Available for $24.50 in-store at Chapters-Indigo or from

The Art of Food

Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin met over several glasses of rosé and quickly recognized their shared passion for all things food, photography, travel and art. Their collaborations have spanned a decade, and they continue to push the boundaries always attempting to find a balance between beauty and the unthinkable. With food as their favored medium, they always manage to turn the mundane into works of art. Below are some of the more engrossing photos from their collection.

Their food maps documents the inconic food of countries and continents and transforms them into tasty typography.

USA Corn

Australia Shrimp


China Noodles


France Cheese and bread


India Spices


Italy Tomatoes

Africa banana and plantines


Japan Seaweed


New Zealand Kiwi fruit

New Zealand

South America Citrus

South America

UK and Ireland Biscuits

UK and Ireland

Iconic Rothko paintings recreated from rice.




Re-creating museums such as the Guggenheim, the Louvre, and the Tate Modern, Henry and Caitlin masterfully created these art galleries made from candy and gingerbread.

The Louvre Paris – Pyramid extension (Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice).
  The Louvre
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York – Frank Lloyd Wright (Icing, gingerbread, cotton candy, candy wrappers, licorice and sugar).
 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Tate Modern London – modern extensions, Herzog & de Meuron (Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy and bubble gum).

 Tate Modern
This chilling photo essay re-creates death row inmates’ final meals before being executed.
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Get the official coaster of Santa Claus (and more gift ideas!)

Here’s a rock-solid gift idea: Get the official coaster of Santa Claus. If you leave milk and cookies out for the big man, then you need one of these travertine tile coasters. Order it here for only $8 from VersaTile, a small Ottawa-based company (and a friend of Cool Food Dude.) VersaTile ships to Canada and the US.

Did you know that the Romans used travertine stone to build the Colosseum? These coasters are built to last! VersaTile’s method of transferring the images to the tile preserves the natural beauty of the stone but also allows the artwork to shine. The tiles measure 4″x4″ and are bundled by a kraft paper belly-band in a set of four. Your furniture remains protected by four cork pads on the bottom of each coaster. The coasters are heat and water resistant. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.

Can’t get enough of the holidays? Get a set of travertine coasters featuring Christmas themed graphics. Order here to get 4 coasters for only $32.

Attending parties this holiday season? Versatile coasters make a great gift for your host or hostess. Choose from ready-made designs or send in a design of your own. Get a set of 4 for $32. Order here.

Get your memories set in stone with MOSAIX, VersaTile’s signature line of tile mosaics. Whether you choose a baby picture, a wedding photos or a stunning landscape, these conversation pieces are a unique and stunning addition to any home. The photo tiles used in MOSAIX undergo the same image transfer process as the coasters. For depth and texture, the tiles are mounted onto a fabric covered backing inside a shadow box. The tiles are spaced slightly apart, breaking up the image to give a mosaic effect. All the MOSAIX come complete with hanging hardware. Prices start at $65. Order here.

Check out VersaTile’s website for more great gift ideas.