My favorite wine accessory of the week?
The ice bucket table attachment bracket – and no, I’m definitely NOT sure if that is what the device is actually called. But whatever name you want to refer to this thing by, it’s definitely a helpful little gadget. On a recent visit to the Croque Madame Cafe in the garden of the Museo de Arte Decorativo, my lunch companion and I were seated at an adorable dollhouse sized round table, fitting with the Parisian jewelry box atmosphere of the place.
As is customary in Buenos Aires, the table top was instantly laden with delicious bite-sized numnums, bread baskets, tapenades, bruschettas with crazy little toppings, long before entrees were even decided upon. So when the waiter showed up with our 2010 Alamos Chardonnay peeping shyly out of its frosty steel ice bucket, he brought with him a strange hook contraption which he dexterously attached to the rounded edge of the table, explaining “para hacerlo más commodo.” And it sure did make things more comfortable – instead of having to worry about the bucket sweating all over the the table or accidentally elbowing the thing off, it remained removed but within reach, competently doing its job, making its cargo crispy cool for us to drink on an otherwise unbearably hot summer day.
A simple little tool that made all the difference…