How to Buy Professional Kitchen Knives According to Your Budget
Choosing the right cutlery for your kitchen (or as a gift for someone else’s) can be a daunting task when you want to make the right choice for both your needs and budget. Whether you go online or walk into a retailer, there is a dizzying array of options. You can select knife blocks with multiple tools or individual pieces of cutlery of different sizes, shapes, types, brands and purposes. So how do you choose? Well, who better to ask than professional chefs and knife makers? We asked bladesmith (custom knife maker) Adam Marr of Marr Knives; Organic Personal Chef Terry Ryan of Cosmopolitan Delights in Tampa, FL; and former-butcher-turned-chef Nick Miller of the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis for their expertise. They all agreed that there are four different categories of knives to choose from: entry level, mid-range, high-end and custom. What follows is an overview of each. But first, here’s one piece of advice all three gave us.
Buying a Coffee Maker for That Perfect Cup of Coffee
The best part of waking up ... is having any coffee in your cup. Sure, this may be a variation of the iconic Folgers tagline, but these days, we have access to all sorts of delicious, robust coffee. Whether you get your beans at your grocery store or at a favorite local coffee shop that roasts its own, your choices are fairly endless. You can get beans from small-batch roasters, flavored beans from Dunkin' Donuts or your favorite roast from Starbucks. That said, whatever you choose to brew also depends on how you choose to brew. With the rise of the coffee shop culture, people have become more discerning about how they brew their coffee. Sure, call them coffee snobs, but people like their coffee made a particular way. You can get an automatic drip brewer, an espresso machine, a pour-over system like a Chemex (an hourglass-shaped unit with proprietary paper filters), a French press, a single-serve pod machine like Nespresso or Keurig and more. Whatever you choose really comes down to your lifestyle. "The at-home consumer needs to prioritize what their morning or day structure looks like," said Eden-Marie Abramowicz, the retail buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea roasting company. "If you're always rushed, they should go automatic. If they have time, a pour over is good, but it also depends on how many people you are serving." And whatever method you use, there are also some core basic rules to follow, according to Brad Kleparek, senior buyer on the electronics team at Williams-Sonoma:
Fashion, Not Formaldehyde! Toxin-Free Nail Polish For Every Budget
You practice yoga, drink green juice and buy non-GMO snacks. But do you know what’s in your nail polish? If not, you might just be surprised. The truth is, while no nail polish can be chemical-free, there are five different additives included in some nail polish formulations – substances used for shine, durability, fluidity and more – that have been identified as allergenic, carcinogenic or just plain toxic! Fortunately, plenty of cosmetic companies have realized it’s possible to make an excellent nail polish without using some or all of these five nasty toxins. Many of these brands use the terms “3-Free” or “5-Free” to designate which of the chemicals on this list have been left out of their nail polish formulations; but with some luxury brands, it’s much more hush-hush – a hidden benefit that simply isn’t advertised. Never fear, we’ve done some research for you… just see below! What are these 5 frightening toxins you can live without? Toluene: (used to give nail polish a smooth finish) is a common solvent used for paint thinner, lacquer, glue and ink. It is also used as a gasoline additive and in jet fuel blends. Inhalation at low levels can cause confusion, light-headedness and nausea; while higher levels of exposure may harm your nervous system. Formaldehyde: (used as a hardener and preservative) is also used in the embalming of dead animals and humans, in the production of particle board and industrial resins and was recently designated as a “known… human carcinogen” by a US government program. It is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Secrets to Buying Designer Brands for Less (Without Leaving the House)
When it comes to fashion, some people like to be right on-trend. They may consult fashion glossies such as Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire and GQ. They may follow fashion bloggers, or frequent sites like Style.com that report on the top ready-to-wear and haute couture runway shows in New York, Paris and Milan. But whether you’re into the classics, or you’re an “of the moment” fashionista sporting the latest looks, most of us can’t afford to pay retail for a new wardrobe every season. So what’s a girl or guy to do? These days, there are many ways to buy designer clothing, jewelry and shoes for less – in some cases, much less. Best of all, you don’t have to live in a big city; an array of easy-to-use e-commerce sites has made “discount designer” shopping available to everyone.
What You Can Do to Get the Perfect Cell Phone Plan for Seniors
My 76-year-old mother-in-law came to me about a year ago asking for advice about buying a new mobile phone. Her contract with Verizon had expired long ago, she said, and she was interested in buying a new phone but cutting her monthly spending on service. She was intrigued by the iPhone 5s, which had been released a few months earlier, and wasn’t keen on switching service providers – which, admittedly, can be a headache. I’ve spent more than a few years covering the mobile industry. So I told her I’d do some legwork for her that would save her a bundle – she could get the coverage and service she needed at a much better price, and all on a new smartphone that would enable her to use the cool apps she’d never been able to access on her aging “feature” (or “dumb”) phone. And she could get all that without succumbing to a ridiculous two-year contract that would, in effect, inflate the price she pays for a phone.
DIY: Floral Centerpieces on a Budget
Once upon a time, if you were hosting a party or a holiday dinner for family or friends, you had only a few options for gracing your table with a lovely floral centerpiece. You could stop in at a local flower shop and pay a premium price; order an arrangement from a floral wire service such as FTD or Teleflora (complete with high delivery charges and middleman markups); or pick flowers from your own garden – if you were lucky enough to have one! Fortunately, these days, exquisite fresh flowers are available at supermarkets, grocery stores and local farmers’ markets. And it’s not just mundane carnations and red roses for sale. You can often find exotic and even imported flowers – all at an affordable price.