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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:
Gentlemen, start your…grills! I’ve been grilling a long time, so I can’t tell you how many grills I’ve gone through in my lifetime. I’ve decided to lay all my experience on the table right here, with The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose a Grill. Let me start off by saying that I’m not trying to sell you any specific grill. This article focuses on knowing how to choose a grill. There’s no sales pitch here, just information. Why should you read this? Because knowing how to choose a grill is more important than you might think. Why? In my opinion, grilling is about making memories more than about cooking. I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite lifetime memories involve grilling outdoors with family and friends. In my family, it’s always the men who grill. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met quite a few women who can throw down an amazing steak on the grill, but in my home it was always us guys who labor over the flames. I write from my personal experience, I mean no offense, ladies! As a kid, I was taught that grilling is an American tradition. Heck, it’s even a rite of passage. The first time I ever handed my eldest son the tongs and stepped away from the grill, he beamed as his younger brothers looked on in awe and pride. In order to make these kinds of memories, you want to have the best equipment you can get. The goal is not only to hand your boy the tongs, but also to tell him why you chose the grill in front of him. We’re talking about a legacy that will be passed on for generations. When your son leaves the nest and needs to choose his own grill, you’ll have equipped him to make the right choice and pass on the same knowledge to his own children. In this Ultimate Guide on How to Choose a Grill, I’m attempting to address all the questions you might have before making your purchasing decision. Feel free to scroll down to whatever section you need, but I’ve listed the considerations in an order I hope will best serve the majority. Now in a perfect world, every man would own both a charcoal grill and a gas grill. There are reasons to have each. Maybe I’ll talk about charcoal grills in another article. For now, we’ll focus on what most folks are looking for: the perfect gas grill.
There’s nothing like catching live TV sports on the go. In the past year, I’ve watched the Mets while lounging on a beach in Malibu, the NBA playoffs while speeding in a taxi down 5th Avenue in New York, and kept up with Fantasy Football atop a volcano in Maui. (OK, the volcano didn’t happen – but it could have, if there was a decent Wi-Fi connection). And it’s all thanks to sports-minded apps that can stream content to devices - laptops, smart phones, and tablets –that are mobile and connected. Of course, it’s still possible to follow golf, tennis, basketball and the like the old-school way, propped up in an armchair in your living room watching an HDTV the size of Cleveland. But like millennials who no longer have any use for landline phones, a new generation of sports fans prefer to be freed from the constraints (and high costs) of cable and satellite TV. They want the freedom to follow their favorite teams all over the globe on devices that fit in their hands or backpacks. Here’s a superguide to some forward-thinking apps: MLB.Com TV Available on: MLB web site, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android This all-in-one Major League Baseball app delivers live online streaming and audio of all out-of-market major league games. (Local teams are blacked out within a 50-mile radius). It’s the exclusive home for MLB content. Unless you want to spend hours online trying to find pirate websites and illegal downloads (which are out there, if you’re resourceful enough), this is your one-stop shop for all things baseball. In addition to your mobile devices, it’s also available on your computer, and works best when opened with Google Chrome (Safari doesn’t include the newest update of the HD Media Player).
When the Apple iPad was released in April 2010, it was dubbed the future of mobile computing. Sure, critics called it an overly large iPod, but sales were evidence of consumer demand. Today, there are many alternatives to Apple’s continued tablet legacy, with products from Google, Microsoft, and even Amazon. That said, there are some key differences among the products and brands. Some tablets innovate in one area while others focus on different components to make their product stand out. In this guide, you will find information to help you choose the tablet that fits your needs. Versatility and Power Microsoft Surface Pro 3 A lot of people see the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as much more than a tablet, and in many ways, that isn't a strange notion. When the Surface first launched, it was one of the first products to blend what we know as a laptop with the idea of a tablet, but still retain the value of both. Want a laptop? Clip on the keyboard and plug in a mouse. Want a tablet? Take off the keyboard and utilize its great touch sensitivity and accurate stylus. Initially, the Surface line was dismissed as gimmicky. Tons of tablets out there can have keyboards hooked up to them via Bluetooth and appear to perform similarly. Confusion about the product led to poor sales, and there was even a rumor that Microsoft was discontinuing the line because it wasn’t meeting their sales expectations. In truth, a lot of the older versions of the Surface had problems, but the Pro 3 stands alone among tablets as a true spec-pushing powerhouse, worthy of its price. It's a valuable addition, not only as a tablet, but also as a laptop for business or personal use. Given the chance, many people would choose this tablet over any other.