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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet: Grill Mastering

High-end outdoor kitchens having all the accoutrements of indoor cooking are raising the bar on backyard grilling. The warmer weather has finally arrived, and it’s time for barbecue. Actually, as a resident of South Florida, it’s always barbecue season! I love my brisket and, if you haven’t already checked out our article featuring Steven Raichlen, now is the time to do so. I also enjoy just about anything else you can cook on the barbecue.      American Craftsmanship One of my favorite companies is Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, which makes custom outdoor kitchens that are downright gorgeous, and can liven up anyone’s backyard.  Forbes calls it the the “Rolls Royce of Grills.” You can see and feel the difference that sets Kalamazoo grills apart from the rest. It’s all in the details, they take pride in their quality, craftsmanship, and performance, and ship directly from their workshop in Michigan to homes all over the world. Kalamazoo has been in business for over 100 years, focusing on custom food and dairy processing equipment. Almost 20 years ago, Kalamazoo decided to expand operations,

Father’s Day 2019: The Coolest Gifts To Blow His Mind

Happy Father’s Day to one and all! I have some unique gift ideas that most dads will be thankful for.  Let’s see if any spark your interest! BEN & JERRY’S PINT LOCK We need to start with the ultimate “fun” gift for anyone and everyone. Yes, we are talking about the Ben & Jerry’s pint lock. As it says on the Ben & Jerry’s website, “they can steal your heart, but don’t let them steal a single scoop . . . ” It’s only $9.99 if you buy it directly from their website. EX OFFICIO UNDERWEAR A few years ago, I went on the greatest trip of my life – an African safari!  It seemed like I had to buy a new wardrobe because you are only allowed to bring a small duffel bag that will easily fit on the little airplanes that take you from one camp to another! I read an article that had mentioned this special travel underwear whose slogan is “17 countries. 6 wees. One pair of award-winning underwear. (OK, maybe two).” Several years later, my

Kingsford SteakAger: Steakhouse Quality at Home

Now you can really have it your way —the finest dry aged beef made right in your kitchen. Peter Luger’s … Pappas Brothers … Bern’s … Gibson’s … CUT, each and every one a worthy destination for those searching for the very best in steak. What if you could duplicate these iconic restaurants in your own home for a fraction of the price?  Not Possible?  Think again… A Superior Steak One of the most universal myths about the finest steakhouses in America is that the unique flavor and textures of their steaks come from some special grades of meat that are only available to restaurants.  In actuality, the secret to great steak is dry aging.  Steakhouses have known about this for decades, and it’s one of the many reasons why people simply give up when trying to duplicate it at home. Dry aging is a process by which large cuts of beef are refrigerated with consistent air circulation taking anywhere from several weeks to several months, resulting in a much more flavorful and tender steak.  And now you can age your steaks,

Venus ET Fleur: Eternity Roses

I love flowers. Who doesn’t? I especially love receiving them, but again, who doesn’t? Sending them is a whole other topic. That takes effort, at least more effort than answering the front door. So, let’s leave that aside for the moment. Even when we’re blessed to be receiving flowers, a big problem is they die. Once removed from their natural life source, all living organisms begin their death march, of course, including flowers. But in most cases, flowers die much too quickly. We barely have time to enjoy quality time with them, share some memories, say our goodbyes, make burial arrangements, etc. Too often, I’ve received flowers that have gone from fresh, vibrant and fragrant when I first open the box, to fading, to dead, in a matter of hours – a day or two at the most. Disappointment and frustration are not the emotions the gift-giver had intended to trigger, I’m certain. There’s another problem with flowers, this time on the purchasing side of the ledger – the good ones are expensive, especially given their relatively short lives. Who

3D Printing in Plain English

Technology has always intimidated me, I’ll humbly admit. But with the help of a few competent friends, reluctant millennial daughters, and the geniuses at Amazon, Google and Apple, I’ve managed to appear relatively competent while enjoying myself immensely. So now comes the dawning of even more revolutionary changes, including something called 3D printing. While I’m still wrestling with my HP, begging it to print on both sides of a page, there are now printers capable of stamping out automobile and airplane parts, residential buildings, consumer products, and most disconcerting of all, human body parts. In the old days (yesterday?), we simply inserted paper into the appropriate tray and hit the print button, followed by a silent prayer. If all went well, the machine reproducedthe contents of the paper we’d placed on the glass thingy above. When the inevitable paper jam ensued, we’d slink out of the copy room leaving the mess for an office colleague to grumble about. 3D printing operates similarly except that rather than paper, it reproduces three-dimensional items. More than a printer, it’s a high-tech manufacturing machine

Lush: It’s a Scentsational Bomb

What Happens in Vegas … If you’ve never been, Las Vegas is an incredible place. I’ve heard it called ‘a Disney World for adults,’ and I have no real argument with the reference. Contrary to the oft-advised, ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,’ I must admit to the world what I experienced there recently. I took my first bath with a Lush. There, I said it. That’ll take a little ‘splaining,’ especially if my wife happens by this article. So, let’s move on and tell the story before I get in any deeper. I was visiting Vegas with one of my daughters for a few days of great food and music. One of the highlights was the Carlos Santana concert at The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, a very cool venue to see a show. Especially Carlos and his band, who are still fabulous musicians and an electrifying live act. In our excitement, we’d arrived at Mandalay Bay much too early and needed to kill some time. Around the corner from The House of Blues, we noticed an

Genius Pack: Smart Carry-On for Smart Travelers

No ordinary luggage, this carry-on redefines functionality for the modern traveler. I know, I know, everybody has their own opinion about everything.  But when I see competitors agreeing about a new gizmo or gadget or whatever, I tend to look a bit closer.  And, according to Travel & Leisure and Fodor’s Travel, the Genius Pack G4 is the best carry-on luggage you can find. And, from what I have learned, I couldn’t agree more! One thing that most of us have in common is that we will do just about anything to avoid those annoying, ridiculous, and costly luggage fees charged by virtually every airline company.  Of course, some of these airlines have already changed their policies so that they can assess you for your carry-on, but it’s usually a bit less, and certainly easier to deal with, than checking in your luggage. Carry-On Dream Come True The Genius Pack Carry-On is way ahead of the curve.  Now that the company has released the fourth generation, it seems that they have thought of everything!  Before you watch the video, allow me to

Smart Nora: The Revolutionary Snoring Solution

At last, an anti-snoring device that lets you sleep in comfort, contact-free. What was once an occasional nudge has suddenly become an elbow in the gut, a reminder that, yet again, I must be snoring.  You may be aware that approximately 50% of all people have a snoring issue at one time or another, and 25% are habitual snorers.  In addition to being annoying to others, snoring can be a sign, or cause, of serious health issues, most notably, sleep apnea. You may have guessed that, given the statistics, a “snoring industry” has developed over the years designed to stop the noise and to increase the air flow for those who chronically snore.  Like me, many of you have probably changed your sleeping positions and/or purchased that latest and greatest pillow time and time again to try to find a solution. In most cases, we find that these solutions may work temporarily at best. Finally, A Real Solution One of the most unique solutions to enter the marketplace is called Smart Nora, a device that adjusts your pillow when it detects

Dynafocals: Intelligent Opticals For Eyeglass Wearers

New affordable breakthrough eliminates annoyances like switching glasses, head tilting, and blurred vision for nearsighted eyeglass wearers. Over the years, our vision changes. This is known as presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of our ability to focus on nearby objects that occurs with age. Nearly a billion of us already have this condition. More and more of us are, or will be, wearing eyeglasses full-time, while others resort to using reading glasses for close-up activities. You can buy reading glasses anywhere, using whatever level of magnification you see fit. In fact, many people buy several pairs of reading glasses, and switch them up depending on distance, print size, and lighting conditions. Nevertheless, our vision is not a constant — it changes over time, and we typically replace our eyeglasses every few years. A New Era for Eyesight Given the popularity of reading glasses, it was just a matter of time until somebody figured out how to combine the world of high-tech with reading glasses, effectively creating smart glasses with a mini computer inside.  Think about the potential impact —

FoldiMate: Your New Best Friend

Folding laundry has never been this much fun.  I consider myself a pretty lucky guy. I’ve got a great wife who has always managed our household while I was hard at work. And, now that I’m retired from work, she has continued to do so. I do have a few responsibilities, however, one of them being folding my laundry. And, while I don’t claim to be an expert, I am able to get by, perhaps because most days you can find me wearing a pair of lightweight fishing pants and a t-shirt. Let me make this clear —I do not wish to pretend that I enjoy folding my laundry, and it can get embarrassing when my clothes look like a pile of wrinkles. But there’s a solution on the way, and I am excited! My new best friend is called FoldiMate, which is an automatic laundry-folding machine! Here’s how it works —you simply put a shirt or a pair of pants onto a tray that pulls it into the machine. The machine then folds each item, and perhaps ten to