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WPC – Needle Sharp Focus – Photography

06/20/2017

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Amancay – Torrontés – Reserva 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

06/20/2017

Trader Joe's, white wine, review, price, amancay, torrontes, 2014June 20, 2017

This is the first item I’ve ever seen marked down at Trader Joe’s.  But that’s not why I picked it up.  I picked it up because an Amancay red I had a few weeks ago was an okay and interesting wine.  This purchase didn’t fare as well.

The wine has a clear pale yellow color.  There’s a brief fruity aroma on first opening which soon disappears.  In the mouth the wine is earthy and tart with something of the taste of concentrated unripe green grapes.  The wine worked surprisingly well with an anchovy pizza. The wine balanced the strong tastes from the pizza, especially the saltiness from the anchovy.  The pizza balanced out the acidity from the wine.

This is not a white wine for me.  It’s too harsh. The wine is better with food than by itself, especially stronger tasting foods. Chilling helps the wine some.  A few days in the refrigerator sealed after opening seemed to help the wine mellow some.  Balancing out the negatives is the very low price (marked down).   Price $3.99.

ALDI – Benton’s Fig Bars – Food Review

06/20/2017

ALDI, Bretton's, Fig Bars, Nutrition, Review, Calories, Price

June 20, 2017
As if struck by lightning, every so often I’m amazed at how many calories some foods have.  A package of these fig bars has a total of about 1,400 calories in it, and costs only 99 cents.  That’s pretty much a day’s worth of calories for someone who is inactive.  Of course these calories are just about all carbohydrates which is good for providing energy, but not much else.  Living off something like these alone would leave someone with a serious lack of protein. That’s the end of my lightening moment for today.

However, with moderation and self-control, these are a nicely sweet treat if you like figs.

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WPC – In Working Order – Photography

06/14/2017

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Trader Joe’s – Tofurky Italian Sausage – Food Review

06/14/2017

trader joe, review, nutrition, price, calories, tofurky italian sausageJune 14, 2017

It’s not Italian sausage.  BUT, for a meatless meat (yes it’s labeled vegan), it has the texture, if not exactly the taste, of a meat.  The texture is the biggest problem with many meatless meats. They, or we, can always work on how it tastes.  In its own right, it’s fairly good tasting, but on the bland side.

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WPC – More Than A Friend – Photography

06/03/2017

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Trader Joe’s – Select Harvest Curated Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

06/03/2017

trader joe, review, price, select harvest curated coffee, whole beanJune 3, 2017
There are only three questions to ask of a curated coffee: how long has it been on the shelf, has anyone blown off the dust, and are there still overdue fines? It seems we’ve come a long way from curating book collections to curating bulk produce.

While claimed to be a 50/50 blend of light, Colombian Morales, and medium, Ethiopian Limu, roasted coffee beans, all the beans in the can looked the same.  Judging by the color and the amount of oil on the beans, I’d call them a medium roast.  When the beans were removed from the can, and compared side by side, there was a mix of small and medium size beans.

Aside from the marketing hype, this is a nice coffee.  In the can and ground, the beans had a nice aroma.  Brewed and in the cup, the coffee had a nice taste.  There was a little bitterness, but nothing exceptional.  Overall this is a smooth drinking medium roast coffee.  Price $8.99 (13 ounce can).

Trader Joe’s – Ghost Pepper Potato Chips – Food Review

06/03/2017

trader joe, review, nutrition, price, calories, ghost pepper potato chipsJune 3, 2017
Everyone wants to be hot. Most of us are not. And so it is with these chips.

While still not for the squeamish, these chips do not live up to the reputation of the howling hoblin hotty Habanero ghost pepper (Bhut jolokia) for which they’re named.

Most of the heat in the chips is felt on the lips.  The best way to bring a quick tingle is to hold a chip between the lips for a bit.  Call it a lip lick.   As the seasoning varies some by chip, the more seasoned chips can also be felt on the tongue. The rest of the mouth is mildly involved by comparison unless the chips are taken by the handful and held in the mouth for some seconds. There’s a little earthy taste to these chips aside from the heat. That gives them some added interest. Perhaps just overpowered by the heat, the chips did not taste salty.

trader joe, review, nutrition, price, calories, ghost pepper potato chipsIf you like heat in your food these will satisfy that need without causing a trip to the emergency room (not guaranteed), because in these chips the ghost is just a will-o’-the-wisp.
Price   $2.29 – 7 ounce bag
Calories  140/ounce (28g) (about 13 chips)
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WPC – Capture Evanescent Electrons – Fight Ebola, Childhood Cancer and More – Photography

05/31/2017

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Electrons are fleeting as they go about their daily duties.  The ants in the world of physics, these little guys are constantly on the move.  Whether lighting a room, pushing the Tesla to visit grandma, or holding a molecule together, electrons are tireless in their tasks.

You can do good by capturing fleeting moments of their work.  While you sleep or go about your daily duties the spare time of your computers, tablets and phones can help find the answers to important questions which affect your lives and all the lives around you.

The World Community Grid sponsors projects which use the spare computing time of your devices to find, e.g., cures to childhood cancer or medicines which help fight Ebola.  There are other projects you can sign up for with similar good causes.  You can read about and sign up for the World Community Grid here.

Similar sponsors as the World Community Grid from around the world are also available running many other projects.  One of them even searches for intelligent extraterrestrial life.  All the projects run under the BOINC app.  Information for other sponsors, their projects and BOINC is available here.

The BOINC app runs on your Android, Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (Intel) device.  I’ve been running this on two of my Android devices, an older tablet and a newer phone for about 3 months now.  The app is very aware of battery level, internet connection and processor activity.  It can be set to only run when; the battery is over a certain charge percentage and charging, the device is connected to a wired network and when the processors are below 50% activity.  Those settings are adjustable to your needs.  The app can be suspended at any time also.

This post was in response to Evanescent.

ALDI – Tuscan Garden Premium Caesar Croutons – Food Review

05/31/2017

ALDI, Tuscan Garden, Caesar Croutons, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceMay 31, 2017

Garlicky, salty, crunchy, edgy and 89 cents every day – what more could you want?  Add a little zest to your salads or just grab a few straight from the bag to snack on, they’re pretty good. Personally, I do both.  Other, milder, flavors are available.  But the best part is they’re 89 cents every day, meaning there’s no need to wait for a sale.

 

ALDI, Tuscan Garden, Caesar Croutons, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceCalories  30 per 2 Tbsp (7g)     Price 89 cents per 5 ounce bag

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