Apple Slicer Stand

How to build an Apple Slicer Stand

My father bought a readily available Apple Slicer which attaches itself to a table via a built-in clamp.  Unfortunately his dining table has a glass top and he didn’t want to scratch it or worse yet, crack it.  So he asked me if I could help him make a little stand.  This looked like the perfect opportunity to try out a few toys I had sitting around while helping my old man so I agreed.

We sat down together and brainstormed the dimensions and design.  I wanted to know how he was going to use it, what he expected to be able to do with it and so on.  He had a few requests: read more

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Review

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Review

On my last trip I purchased a bottle of this single malt scotch whisky.  Since I’ve always enjoyed the offerings from Glenmorangie, and I had not tried this one yet, it was an easy decision.

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Brief History

Starting with their brand symbol, you know Glenmorangie means business.  They chose the Cadboll Stone as an inspiration for their brand.  They describe it as a ‘treasure’ possessing ‘intricate carvings’.  I tend to agree.  When I saw it for the first time it struck me as highly detailed, bold, and masterful statement.  It could not be better depicted as by a video they released.  This video follows two Master Craftsmen with distinctly different disciplines who Glenmorangie commissioned to bring their symbol to life.  Check it out below: read more

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Red Rock Canyon

Why You Should Visit Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. Check It Out Here!

Red Rock Canyon

On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was able to explore nearby attractions and Red Rock Canyon was one of them.  While I mentioned this destination on my recent blog entry I thought it deserved a blog entry of its own.

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Where is Red Rock Canyon you ask?

It is in southern Nevada, USA just west of Las Vegas.  If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you add it to your itinerary .  It provides an exquisite scenery.  Just off highway 159 aka Blue Diamond Road, there is a side road leading to this beautiful tourist attraction.  Shortly after entering this side road you’ll arrive at a toll booth which charged us $7 USD to enter this conservation area.  Above you can see a photo of the Blue Diamond Road on the left and the Red Rock Canyon on the right. read more

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Vegas for the non-gambler

Vegas for the non-gambler

Is this even possible or a contradiction?  Vegas is known for its casinos, what could it offer to someone who doesn’t gamble?  Let’s explore!

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The lure

The first attractive aspects of Las Vegas were the flight and hotel combos being offered by many travel sites.  You can find these easily if you do a google search or even as an offer from a trusted site in your email inbox.  We were able to get a flight to Las Vegas with a room at the Luxor for $81.89 per night.  It’s simply ridiculous.  So now that we got the transportation to Vegas with hotel covered, let’s see what we can do there. read more

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The Foundry Pub

The Foundry Pub Review

I was on a food tour in Windsor, Ontario recently upon which we visited three eateries.  One stood out, The Foundry Pub.  It had several elements that worked.

The Venue

The atmosphere walking in was pleasant.  We were coming in at night and the lighting was adequate so that you could see where you were going but you were not blinded by bright lights. As you walked in they had their industrial-looking Foundry Pub sign near the entrance inside.  There was a nice plush seating area on the right and as you continued walking in we found the standard bar stools and tables on the center of the room.  On the far left of the room was a nice bar.  The stools, tables, bar and even some of the walls were wood for that nice pub feel. read more

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Whiskey Business 2015

Whiskey Business 2015

If you like tasting new Whiskeys for a night out with friends or to meet new people then Whiskey Business is for you.  Held in The Farmers Market in Royal Oak it was poised to be a great night.

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Background

My friends had introduced me to this event last year when it came up as a Groupon deal.  Unfortunately due to bad timing I could not make it out.  I had to hear about how good it was for several months after that.  So when the Whiskey Business event came up for this year, I made sure I had this date open on my calendar. read more

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Angus The Bull red wine review

Angus The Bull red wine review

Ever since some of my friends introduced me to Australian wine I’ve been inclined to buy wine from that region.  The big fruit taste as well as the higher potency lured me and has kept my attention.  In the ever onward search for great value in a table wine I was acquainted with Angus The Bull.

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Brief History

Do a search for “Angus The Bull” on Google and you’ll be greeted with a concise website with strong brand appeal.  The horned ‘g’ is the most memorable part.  It appears in the name and is also displayed prominently on the twist-cap in bright red-on-black.  The Winemaker responsible for this red is Hamish MacGowan.  His site explains that the concept of Angus The Bull was very simple but in its simplicity became an obsession that needed to be sated.  In 2003 he established the Aberdeen Wine Company to turn his idea into reality. read more

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Luksusowa Vodka Review

Luksusowa Vodka Review

I’ll be honest, while I appreciate all libations of the alcoholic variety, I’m not big on Vodka.  Which is exactly why I wanted to expand my palette and delve into this classic drink.  Think of it as a Vodka review from the perspective of a Vodka newbie.  I always want to make sure I do some background research on the brand the first time I write about it, so here’s what I found for the Luksusowa Vodka.

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Brief History

Oh my, was I ever pleasantly surprised after visiting their website.  It is one of the wittiest sites I’ve ever come across, hilarious, yet tasteful (pun intended)!  While their product is on the forefront, the site is laid out as “The Man’s Guide to Manliness”, I love it.  And it is filled with “Manly Tips”, thirty-three of them to be exact.  I found a little doodle of their entire history since 1928, it was just below tip # 26.  According to their site Luksusowa Vodka has always been made in Poland and as of 2000 they are exclusively produced in Zielona Góra, a city in Poland.  They’ve won many accolades throughout the years , as of 2011 they have accumulated 42 medals and awards. read more

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Paris in a day

Paris in a day

About this time last year I was going to travel to Europe for work and I was going to be near Paris.  Naturally I jumped at the chance to see this iconic city.  I also knew I would have limited time available and could not stay longer than the weekend.  So, I prepared to do Paris in a day!

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Planning

This was going to be a challenge.  The old carpenter’s adage of ‘measure twice, cut once’ sure was appropriate in this scenario.  I only had a weekend, minus about one day of travel which gave me one full day to pack as much of Paris as I could.  Pre-planning was going to be key.  To compound this bravery this was also my first time in Europe, I didn’t know much French, and I was going alone.  I was realistic and knew that I wasn’t going to get the full experience from each attraction.  Having this in mind while planning made things easier to manage.  Browsing the net for help on putting my ‘Paris in a day’ itinerary together I came across a nice tool on a site called visitacity.com .  This site had customizable itineraries based on your length of trip, sites, and activities – just what I was looking for! read more

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Unlocking the Nokia 635 Cell By Yourself

Unlocking the Nokia 635 cell phone

You’re bound to have to unlock a phone at least once in your lifetime.  This can be daunting unless you have the know how or you read this post.  I’ll show you how I went about unlocking the Nokia 635 without any previous experience.  It’s not as hard as you think.

Background and motivation

I wanted to upgrade my father’s cell phone from an old flip phone (yes, he was using this archaic technology) to a nice and shinny Nokia 635.  I knew it was time for an upgrade when I started receiving texts from him.  Do you remember trying to send a long text using a flip phone?  Some may remember this pain, quad-clicking some numbers to get the right letter one at a time.  It’s not in my nature to be cruel so I told him I’d help him out.  Now, he’s currently with Koodoo, and the Nokia 635 was with Rogers Canada.  A quick call to Koodoo revealed that I had to get the phone unlocked by the original carrier.  I went to the Rogers website and it said it would cost $50 + tax.  So the cost wasn’t that bad, but there was a problem.  The phone was a gift to him and as such I would not meet the requirements.  Without bothering the person who gave him the phone, I had two remaining choices:  unlocking the Nokia by using a local private unlocking service, or to learn how to do it myself.  The cost to do it locally was about the same as Rogers, but it was in a questionable part of town of which I would have to drive cross-town to access.  Not a fan of that choice, so by process of elimination I chose to do it myself. read more

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