What You Need to Know About Sherry, According to an Expert The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Adrianna Fie was so fascinated by food that she pursued a master’s degree in food studies from New York University, and when she moved to Madison, Wisconsin, she worked at the Kitchen Gallery, where she learned about all the accessories one can use in one, as a cheese manager at Metcalfe’s Market, and then she took a job at Butchery Underground to learn about meat. A little over two years ago, Fie took a trip to France, visiting several kitchen and food shops. Fie was so amazed by the amount of interesting products she couldn’t find in the United States that she created Flotsam + Fork, an ecommerce site dedicated to making them available outside of Europe. The Manual spoke with Fie about Flotsam + Fork, her travels, and the products Manual readers should scoop up.Why did you feel that there is a need for a website like Flotsam + Fork?I wanted to create Flotsam + Fork as a place for people to find products that are not easy to find in the United States, especially well-made products from companies with great stories or makers that I find inspiring.What are some of your favorite discoveries while traveling?Always the food! I love to visit markets and grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops, everything!I like to do some research before I go, but my favorite way to discover a place to to walk everywhere and peek into unique local shops– from hardware stores to inspiring design stores like Merci in Paris. As much as I love finding a new product, or beautiful packaging, the most memorable part of trips for me are the meals and market experiences.What are some of the key qualities a product must have to be featured on Flotsam + Fork?I want every Flotsam + Fork product to be well-made, classically and simply designed, and still affordable. Affordable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the cheapest option, but it will be something that you will want to keep forever.I look for products that are still made in their home country, often by traditionally-minded companies that have made a decision to keep manufacturing locally, rather than outsourcing. It’s important for me to support these companies, and to provide information so that our customers know what they are supporting as well.Are you planning to visit additional countries to look for products? Where and why?I’m actually heading out on a scouting trip this week! We’re headed to the Netherlands, with a day trip detour over into Germany to visit a 200-year-old twine company and several linen weaving factories. I like my scouting trips to be an even mixture of research and random discovery, poking around kitchen shops and hardwares stores. In this case, Northwestern Germany has a long history of linen and textile manufacturing, and the Netherlands, is of course known for pottery, cheesemaking, and the De Stijl design movement.What are some essentials for the homes of Manual readers?My favorite things in the shop are some of the most functional, while still being beautiful. Manual readers should have the best clothespins in the world, this workhorse can opener for home or for picnics, a little sharpening stone for their pocket knife, and a drip-free olive oil can for kitchen or tabletop.For more information, visit flotsamandfork.com.
MUMBAI, India — State run Indian oil giant Oil and Natural Gas Corp. denied Tuesday that it and two other state-run oil companies have jointly bid $5-billion for a stake in six Canadian oilsands assets owned by U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips, the Press Trust of India reported.However, the PTI report suggested the companies haven’t completely ruled out making an offer at some point.“I can categorically say that we have not made a bid yet for the $5-billion deal,” ONGC chairman and managing director Sudhir Vasudeva told PTI.Vasudeva said that ONGC is looking for overseas acquisitions, but declined to comment on specific deals or timelines.News reports Monday, quoting anonymous sources, said that ONGC, Indian Oil Corp. and Oil India Ltd. made a joint, non-binding bid for the Canadian assets in July.Canada’s federal government has been ambiguous about its position on major acquisitions by state-owned foreign companies. Although the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is general in favour of foreign investment in Canada, it has blocked two major deals since coming two power.A $15-billion purchase of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. by China’s CNOOC has been overwhelmingly approved by shareholders but the deal will require approval by the federal government.India imports three-quarters of its oil and its state-owned oil companies have been looking to secure energy supplies overseas to meet rising domestic demand.Executives at the three Indian companies could not be reached for comment on the PTI report.“We do not comment on market rumours,” said ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Davy Kong.