It’s squeaking!

25 Nov

Biscuit by HamboardsAs you may know, I’m a beginner at land-surfing and this summer was dedicated to masterize the art of standing on a board without breaking my leg, arm or wrist.

Biscuit by HamboardsI must admit I succeeded after a lot of patience and hours of practice.

Now, as any board, mine is squeaking a bit, and I hate that!

So I went on YouTube to find the solution and apparently the key is to use household paraffin. I decided to hike to CVS and the only paraffin I found was “Hawaiian scent”, so let’s go to Hawaii.
Basically, the guy on YouTube said to peel the paraffin with a cutter and cover the bolts and nuts with the paraffin chips. It smelled good, worked a bit but I wasn’t fully satisfied as it was still squeaking …

… still squeaking until the big Pete Hamborg from Hamboards shared with me one of his secrets and I will Biscuit by Hamboardsshare his enlightenment with you too!
To stop squeaking, use lip balm!

I clean my bolts and nuts from the paraffin and started the process all over again with the lip balm and … I’m back to land-surfing in peace and silence, it worked!!!

If you are not into skateboard, this works too with a squeaking door … Just saying.

PS: Thanks Pete!!!

More infos on my Biscuit skateboard by Hamboards

Turn it down or not?

17 Nov

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler LabsHave you ever been in one of those situations?
. You go to a soccer game and you are lucky enough to be seated next to a very loud fan (shouting his lungs out in your ears during the entire game)?
. You go to a very loud concert and come back home with ears pain and headache?
. You are working on a super important file at work and you need total concentration but your colleagues around you are making as much noise as a bees hive at peak time?
. You want to sleep on the plane but it’s so loud in there that you can’t?

All those situations have the noise level in common.
So what can we do to tune it down ?

So far you could use regular earplugs, but you look like a grandpa when using it and you don’t hear anything around you anymore … You are deaf.
We have the DrDre headphones on, but here goes the concentration … or you can switch to the brand new DUBS Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

I just received my DUBS and I’m excited to test them out.

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

1. I’m on the plane back from sunny Florida, I’m tired and want to rest and sleep a bit, I put the DUBS in and crashed in a coma for the next 3 hours.

2. I’m back home at the office and I wear them to escape the ambient noise.

Dubs Filters, great when you travel

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when you traveling

Dubs, great when at the office

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when at the office

3. I’m in the metro and want to concentrate on writing this review, DUBS in and I start to write in peace.

4. I’m going to a party where the noise is loud and the people shout in your ears to cover the music and talk to me, DUBS in again.

Dubs Filters, great in the metro

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great in the metro

Great when watching the game

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when watching the game

The uses of these plugs are numerous, and, as me, you’ll find yours.

But what are the DUBS ?

The DUBS are protecting me from the noise around.
The DUBS Acoustic Filters use dynamic attenuation to reduce the overall volume while preserving sound fidelity, basically you can hear everything but with a decreased volume.
The noise reduction decreases by an average of 12dB.

What are the DUBS Acoustic Filters properties
. easy plugged and stay inside your ears (no right or left ears),
. light and extremely comfortable, so comfortable you simply forget them,
. small but technological with the 17 individual parts made of stainless steel, ABS, polymer foam and silicone.

I now carry my DUBS in their little box in my pocket and they go wherever I go.

The DUBS are as useful as they are cute.  You can even pick your colour between teal, blue, pink and white. I think I’ll get them all so I won’t forget them in my pair of jeans.
The price is very right and set on the fair price of $25.

More info
. Official website DUBS Acoustic Filters
. Follow @wearDUBS
. Like FB/weardubs
. Instagram WearDubs

Ever tried Tiger nuts?

3 Nov

Homemade HorchataHave you ever tried Horchata drink ? I haven’t !
Until I took a short trip in Valencia (Spain), where I found an Horchata kit in El Corto Ingles supermarket.
I didn’t  really know what it was but the bottle was cute and it said on the sticker that it was an authentic drink from Valencia!
Super excited, I brought it home and made my first Horchata (1 portion of concentrated Horchata for 4 portions of very cold water).
And it was a revelation! I love it!

Horachata kit Horchata kit Horchata from Valencia

Not only does it taste great (kind of nutty) but it is also a healthy drink.
Check this out:
It is a plain and simple drink with no preservative nor coloring, it is non dairy and gluten free.
Horchata keeps blood cholesterol under control, it’s a source of fibers, proteins, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1 C and E.
It also helps with the digestion.

But now that I’m back in Paris, there’s no Horchata around (there’s the brand Chufi but it’s dairy …) so after looking everywhere desperately, I found a Spanish online grocery store selling the famous tiger nuts that are used to make Horchata.

I decided to try making my own Horchata.
I bought a hand mixer, a strainer and I’m now ready to tackle the Horchata like a real Valencia girl … that I’m not!
I received my tiger nuts (through the mail), I just need to add water and sugar.
The proportions are the following
. 250gr chufa (tiger nuts)
. 125gr sugar (I make it light with only 25gr)
. 1L water

Socking the nuts add water Photo 1-11-2014 5 55 03 pm

I’m trying to pay attention to what I eat so I reduce the sugar in my alimentation.
I cut the amount of sugar drastically in the recipe (and it was way too sweet anyways).
. Phase 1, let’s soak the nuts in water, when it is soft, rinse them and put them in a bowl.
. Phase 2, pour the 250ml of water in and use the blender. The mix turns white right away.
. Phase 3, add 750ml of water and blend.
. Phase 4, use the strainer to reject the paste of the nuts to only keep the liquid.
. Phase 5, add the 750ml of water, sugar, stir and here you go, fresh Horchata home made!

More infos
. Follow @balensya
. Official website balensya.es
. Like their page fb.com/balensya

PS: Nutrition facts
. 400kcal per 100g, 4.15% Proteins, 26.54% Starch, 21.23% Glucose, 24.13% Fibre, 4.77% Water
. MINERALS: Magnesium 1070mg/Kg, Sodium 206mg/Kg, Potasium 7100mg/Kg, Phosphorus 2557mg/Kg, Calcium 179mg/Kg

6 in 1!

13 Oct

DoohicKey by Niteize
If you need
. a ruler (in inch and mm)
. a wrench (3 sizes 1/4, 5/16, 3/8)
. a box cutter
. a screw driver
. a bottle opener ?

Doohickey by Niteize Doohickey by Niteize Doohickey by Niteize

Search no more, and get a Doohickey by Niteize.
This tool is meant to be the soulmate of your keyring for only $6!

More infos
. Follow @Niteize
. Official Niteize website

Passbook anyone?

6 Oct

PassbookYes, you know what it is … it’s one of the app pre-installed on your iPhone. I event tried to erase it because I didn’t see its use but I couldn’t do it because it’s part of the Apple apps.
Lately, I’ve been traveling with Air France  (when they don’t strike …) and I checked in with the Air France app that’s how I discovered accidentally the use of Passbook.

Passbook Enjoy your flight with Passbook My e-ticket

Basically, Passbook gathers all your tickets (not only boarding passes but also you receipts, loyalty cards, coupons, …).

You can add your tickets to Passbook from
. emails,
. apps (check the list of apps working with Passbook)
. or by scanning the bare code.

Why can this be useful?
First of all,All my tix at the same location
. all your tickets are gathered at the same place (saving you time when you look for it in your phone and can’t find them and the crowd behind you is growing angry).
. the D-day, your ticket pops on your locked screen for you to show in only one little swipe to the smiling hostess or steward!
With Passbook, you’ll also keep a track of your purchases, tickets, coupons.

Definitively worth a try!

PS: Depending on your country of origin (the nationality of your bankcard recorded in iTunes, you’ll be proposed different list of companies that are collaborating with Apple).

Apps for Passbook

The breakfast of champions!!

29 Sep

Chia PodRecently I discovered the chia seeds at the US Open in New York City where an Australian company was giving away for free chia desserts during the 2 weeks of the tournament (thank you ChiaCorp!).
There were many flavors and I tried them all (banana, vanilla, strawberry,…).
Its consistence was weird (kind of slimy) at first and not very sweet (which I liked, my friend missed the sugar).
I loved it and became a regular at the Chia Corp booth.
I wanted to know more about this little black seed.
Digging a bit, I discovered that the Chia Pod were gluten free (quite fancy right now), dairy free and vegan.
Digging a bit further, I learned that it was a seed that the Aztecs used to eat often for it’s long lasting energy it provides.
So what composes the seed to qualify it of the label “superfood“?
The chia is a great source of
. omega-3 fatty acids,
. high quality proteins,
. natural antioxidants
. and dietetic fibre (good for a healthy digestive system),
. as well as Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids.

The chia seeds have the property to absorb liquids and grow to become a slimy texture stuffed with liquids.

Back home in France, I didn’t find the Chia pods so I decided to buy the seeds and to make my very own chia pudding!

The recipe is super super easy, even for me.

Soy milk, chia seeds and that's it!

Soy milk, chia seeds and that’s it!

Chia seeds first

Chia seeds first

add the milk and stir

add the milk and stir

. Drown one portion of chia seeds with 4 portions of liquid (I use almond milk or nut milk, my brother coconut water)
. and go watch an episode of House Hunters international,
. after 20 minutes, stir,Chia seeds
. watch another episode and 20 minutes later stir again,
. Let it rest for the night in the fridge and voila!

The Next morning, you got yourself your breakfast ready to eat!
I add honey, some nuts, kinako powder or cranberries but plain is great too!

It fills me easily until the next meal, and you have usually left overs for the next couple of days.
I even take it at the office when I don’t have the time to eat a proper lunch (as you know I’m not into sandwiches).

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

 

More infos
. Chia Corp official website
. Follow Chia Corp
. TheChiaCo on Instagram
. Spork on the walk

Bag it!

22 Sep

21L capacity when unfold

21L capacity when unfold

Herschel Supply Co. is a company from Vancouver in Canada.
Its name comes from the little village of Herschel where the founders settle back in the 1900s.
The company now very trendy and fashionable is well known for their timeless products with fine regard for details.
Their icon product is the well known backpack with the legendary leather straps.
The backpack in its pouch

The backpack in its pouch


New addition to their products range is the “packable collection“.
The concept is plain and simple: a pouch containing a bag.
From backpack to duffel, tote and rain cover.
All models are lightweight, made of ripstop nylon.
Hidden in it’s pockets my 21L backpack ($29). Perfect for shopping or traveling or simply for a daily use.

More infos
. Herschel official website
. Follow @herschelsupply
. Instagram herschelsupply

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