I'm a Portlander. We are an outdoor people, and we love to eat. Heck, The New York Times seemingly comes here every week and raves about our restaurant and foodie culture.
But it goes deeper than just restaurants for us. We love to eat/picnic on the back deck, the porch, the fire ring in our large parks, which are bigger and better than many of yours.
We are also into technology.
In the best example of cooking tech and tech-tech in which I have seen in just a fortnight, I've come across ThinkGeek's blurb about the new George Foreman USB iGrill.
The $99.99 device uses USB cable to connect to your home or office PC. It lands on what ThinkGeek calls a "sophisticated web-based cooking interface."
Download recipes, enter in the type of food, weight and desired degree of doneness, and the iGrill handles the rest. Did you know that a medium rare 1/4 lb. hamburger made from 80% lean beef takes 1 minute and 45 seconds less cook time than an identical patty made from 95% lean prime Black Angus? The iGrill does. As your meal cooks, the subtle glow from under the unit increases brightness and pulses faster until your meal is perfectly done.
Ordering one now. BRB...