Avantree Clipper Clip-on Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset / Headphone with Microphone review

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I was really impressed when I got this product, the look and feel wad great and it seemed high quality. I have been wanting a wireless headset for some time so the expectations were very high. but this device didn’t disappoint. the setup was fast and easy with no connection problems at all. took literally 2 secs to setup and i was ready for everything. after the first charge the battery life is amazing, I still haven’t had to charge it since I got it. it’s srudy but light and fits right in without problems. the call quality and use is excellent better than i would expect no shortfalls on performance or quality. great device that i would totally recommend.

DarkLight – High Powered Multipurpose Waterproof Headlamp

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i received the DarkLight – High Powered Multipurpose Waterproof Headlamp free to review for a honest review and it has been easy to be excited about this headlamp. i have had them in the past and used them on many occasions and have always liked the idea of these items. i used to use one to read read in bed but i was always a little annoyed that you couldn’t dim the light to save on batteries. i have to say that the DarLight is a great product that was well thought out. the functions of the lamp are easy and the buttons are coded to tell which lamp is which. The main light has 4 settings, on full power, on half power, flashing and off, but the magic is the secondary lights on the side of the main lamp. they are red LEDs that light up but don’t kill your night vision or attract too much attention. the red LEDs are super bright and i have to say that i have used them the most as it makes getting around at night easier and doesn’t wake people up. the head straps are super comfy and adjust perfectly to the head and the entire lamp body rotates 90 degrees downward so that you can get light exactly where you want it. i have been out in a heavy downpour and there was no problem with water leaks, i can’t say that it is completely waterproof as i haven’t taken it into the bath or pool. but the rugged construction and bolted closure makes me feel that it is as waterproof as it says. it runs forever on 3 AAA batteries which i haven’t had to change yet since i received the product.

my overall review is that this light and rugged headlamp is a great product, high quality materials make it easy to rely on. the dual light system is completely brilliant and has come in handy so many times. i would say that if you’re looking for a headlamp for yourself this should be your top choice at this price range. i have tried many headlamps that are much more expensive and offer much less. this comfy and easy to use lamp is a super value and a great buy. you should check one out for yourself.

all the best
normand

GardenHOME Portable Fire Pit – Review


hello everyone,
another great product review folks, today, it is the gardenHOME portable firepit. this product was received for free in exchange for a honest review as. usual and it was a great surprise.

the firepit came ready to install and it took about 3 mins to tighten the six screws. once together the fire pit was on my deck and full of wood. the grate a the bottom of the round bowl was great for making a fire on. with the fire lit all that was left was to sit back and enjoy. i started a pretty big fire which you’re not supposed to do. you’re supposed to start. a small fire and build up slowly to avoid thermal shock but the pit was tough enough that there was no problem.

use was simple and easy with included screen dome and poker/lifter leaving me with nothing to do but make s’mores and cook hotdogs.

once done with the fire i left it to cool and brushed out the ashes. it packed away into the travel bag provided and i tossed it in the trunk to use at the beach (which went just as well as the home use). i would say that light and compact fire pit was a great product and i will be enjoying it for the rest of the summer.

take care,
normand p

Gerber Tactical – Review

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hello everyone,
wanting to step up my daily carry and due a crazy sale price, i got the Gerber Tactical Paraframe Tanto clip folding knife. it was an impulse buy but i had been looking for a long time so it was well informed.

what i liked right away was the matte black finish that didn’t reflect any light which is good because it doesn’t draw attention. the Paraframe was slick looking and the tanto shape was very attractive. but the dual blade type really sold me. it is 10.5 cm long when open and it was long enough to fit in my hand. i have used it for all the typical tasks like opening boxes and letters, cutting apples, and the occasional impromptu manicure. 

the knife is light, tough, and keeps a razor sharp edge. it has a clip on the side so i can put it all over the place. but it is a great knife that i would recommend it at any price.

take care,
normand

London Ale House Review

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hello everyone,
Despite the terrible weather my wife and i braved it by going to the London Ale House for 5$ fish and chips and 10$ domestic pitchers of beer. after agonizing over the beer choices we went with Rickard’s Red and a plate of fish and chips. what can i say,  other than it was totally amazing.

our beer came first and we took a drink taking in the traditional pub atmosphere and relaxed but confident staff. my wife had promised me kilts but i was disappointed that the legs belonged to a real nice guy behind the bar. it is nice to see the pub setting done right and the relaxed style of the place was great. unfortunately,  the weather was awful and we weren’t able to sit on the beer garden (a leafy and green oasis in he heart of the city) which i could see passing the whole afternoon in.

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then lunch came and it was golden brown and crispy as anything. the light beer batter was served with real cut fries that weren’t all mushy. they were moist and tender with no icky aftertaste – a real treat on themselves. the fish was fresh and tasty leaving nothing to chance. speaking of mushy, the one thing they missed was the mushy peas which i do actually enjoy but weren’t on the menu. maybe an addition to the menu fellas?

overall, i would rate the london ale house as one of London’s top pubs. the great beer selection, tasty food, and relaxed and welcoming atmosphere really shifts this place into my now goto pub for when i want a cold beer and hot meal.  check them out on Facebook at London Ale House and see some of their great photos of the beer garden and other attractions.

check it out for your next pub night or your friday fish and chips lunch.

take care,
normand

Thursday 1$ Pulled Pork

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hello everyone,
i had a couple bucks rolling around my pocket and i got a Facebook update that it was pulled pork thursday at MAS cafe. other than he heavens opening up and a choir of angels singing i thought this would be a great treat – couple pulled pork sliders. i wasn’t disappointed. the moist and tangy meat with the onions was. just what the doctor ordered.

once again my wife has led me right,  the food there is always amazing and the prices are right. my fav is the breakfast burrito but he pulled pork is amazing at a 1$ a slider. the owner and staff are always friendly and helpful which can be rare these days. it is a man who puts his best into his food and makes everyone feel like a regular.

the spanish influenced food is always tasty and it is a hidden jem in the heart of the city (which is why my wife told me about it because she works around the block) and is worth fighting the traffic for. so go, have a burrito and enjoy

all the best,
normand

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MAS Cafe,  Spanish Restaurant
192 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6A 1G7

MAS Cafe,  Spanish Restaurant
192 Dundas Street

Chocolate Dipped Buttertarts

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hello everyone,
today i wanted to share my little discovery of the day,  well my wife heard about it but she has been my connection to food since we meet. today’s treat was so good. chocolate dipped buttertarts. one word – devine.

now you cannot go wrong with a good buttertart if done correctly, meaning that the muffin cup sized treat is buttery and gooey with a rich caramel flavour.  the usual suspects are plain, raisin or nuts, but I think that raisins are just wrong.  this one had all the great aspects that i look for in a buttertart but with a wonderful chocolate cap that sealed in that wonderful golden goo.

overall this was a great buttertart to begin with but the layer of rich and smooth chocolate took this treat to a whole new level folks. centred in Arva Ontario, just a stone’s throw from the Historic Arva Flour Mill (which will be a feature on this blog soon) this new downtown location is just too close for my waistline.

next time you’re downtown and hankering for something new and deliciously decadent try one of Annie’s Chocolates – chocolate dipped buttertarts.  you’ll be glad that you did.

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Rogers Ignite Internet

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hello everyone,
my wife being totally amazing and a digital junkie got us the premium rogers ignite internet service. after i got the new rocket modem from the Rogers folks things have been crazy around here. i have been testing out the new service and i have had a hard time slowing it down. i am probably going to kill my laptop before i run out of bandwidth. i had youtube,  Netflix and shomi streaming at once while i was on my phone downloading stuff off of box. com. it is crazy. the real test comes tonight when both of my daughters are on their tablets and my wife and i are on our laptops. but i think it will be fine. the download speed is a ridiculous 250 mbps which is crazy my laptop can’t even download fast enough to make that speed happen but it is the 15 mbps upload that makes the real difference. people forget about upload speed and this is the first time in 15 yrs that i had gotten that kind of upload speed.

the big deal is that back in the day you had download and upload speeds the same. you could blast away and there was a lot of piracy because there was no limit to upload speeds,  but then the regulations came in and upload speeds dropped to a 3% of download to kill that market. but with upload speeds coming up we can finally get some real service. stay tuned for further updates.
take care
normand