I love granola!

23 Nov

my granola I never ate granola before January 2015 when I discovered 1111granola in melbourne. It was so good that my stock lasted less than a month. Then I started to hunt granola in Parisian supermarkets but never found the right one (in France, we have mostly muesli not granola and it’s not the same). So I bought it abroad while traveling.

My colleague, who studied at UCLA, told me it was super easy to cook and dared me to try …

I’m good at eating but not really at cooking … so I gave it a try!

The last granola I ate was peanut butter and nuts so let’s go for homemade peanut butter and nuts ganola.

I found a super easy recipe and try to gather the ingredients.

Here’s the list:

  • Peanut butter, 1/2 cup
  • Maple syrup, 1/2 cup
  • Oatmeal, 4 cups
  • Cinnamon powder, 2 tiny pinches
  • Mix of nuts, 3 handfuls
  • Raisins, whatever you want

And the instructions are easy to follow (even for me),

  • Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup and put it for 30 seconds in the microwave
  • Stir and make a beautiful paste
  • Pour the oatmeal and stir to make it homogeneous
  • Put the cinnamon powder in and stir
  • Put the nuts in and stir

… Basically if you can stir, you will make it!

my granola

DON’T put the raisins in, don’t or they will dry, get black and basically melt and burned … and we don’t want that … I did during my first attempt so I prefer to share the info before you try it too …

  • Preheat the oven to 210C/410F
  • Spread the mix on waxed paper … I don’t have any so I put it in my silicone baking pan in the shape of a star …
  • Then when the oven is ready, turn down the heat to 180C/156F and let it cook  for 12 minutes.

And here it is! I have a full week stock of granola read to dive in my chia pudding every morning !!

If I can do it, so can you!

My emergency kit during this trouble period

19 Nov

survival kit for urban people1. Communication
Data don’t go through when you are in crowded areas, calls don’t go through. The best is to send texts. They always go through even with a tiny little signal.

If you have an iPhone, make sure to switch to send texts instead of IM (IM means data).

Go to Settings > Messages and turn the IM option off.

2. Flashlight
Don’t forget you have a flashlight on your iPhone available straight from the home screen. I have an extra flashlight from Surefire.

3. Food
Have a snack in your bag (jerky, bar, …), something that has a long due date. I go for the Healthy Warrior energy bar.

4. Drink
Bring a bottle of water with you. I carry every day my Klean Kanteen (dishwasher safe).

5. Rope
I wear my survival bracelet, as you never know. Having a rope can be useful to close a door, tie a bad guy down … You never know. I wear my Survival Strap.

6. Extra battery
Add battery life to you smartphone.

7. Exit
Don’t panic, stay close to exits to be out as fast as possible if anything happens.

8. ID
Don’t forget to carry your ID with you! Mine is protected by my Trayvax wallet.

I hope those advises won’t be helpful for you because you won’t face emergency situation.

Stay calm and safe!

I want a Trayvax!

16 Nov

Trayvax walletI want a Trayvax wallet because

It’s strong, very strong … military-grade strong

  • Not only strong but also RFID-blocking thanks to its aluminium and steel panels
  • Strong and light
  • Strong and handy thanks to its grommet to secure it safely with a karabiner
  • Strong and expandable from 4 to 10 cards (up to 12-14 with upgrade strap)
  • You can also tuck 4 notes insideTrayvax wallet

And cherry on the cake, it’s also a bag-carrier and a bottle opener!!!

Price of the Trayvax, from $29,99, $39,99 for the Cerakote finish and $79,99 for the leather edition.

More info

Ps: it’s made in USA and it will be my next review on Chase It, the Show!
Thanks @ChuckV and @Trayvax

Chase It, the Show! Episode 2, all about chia seeds!

5 Nov

ChaseIt_BC_rectoThanks for coming back to Chase It, the Show episode 2!

In this episode, I’ll walk you through the mystery of chia seeds from the seeds and its superpower, to recipe from a world well-known pastry chef to health info from our in-house doctor.

Thank you

  • @pierrickboyer, the famous pastry chef from Melbourne, for your great chia pudding recipe
  • JB from @espconsulting13, for your healthy comments
  • Philippe Swan for the great music

and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel

Let’s play in the wood!

26 Oct

Stick-LetsRemember when you were a kid and you were dreaming of building wooden cabins in the garden? Or even in the family room?

Stick-LetsGuess what? Now you can do it thanks to the  Stick-Let’s!!!

But what is the Stick-Let’s?

It’s a modular, portable, interactive and colourful tool for kids and … also grown ups.

The Stick-Let’s are weather resistant, reusable, and safe silicone joints.

How does it work? First, go fetch some sticks in the wood.Stick-Lets

Then use the funny shaped Stick-Let’s to assemble them and … build a teepee, a castle or just play with wooden sticks.
The principle is to use its funny shapes and colors to assemble and build stuff.

What stuff ? Any stuff! Just let your imagination go!

I tried to build an iPad stand with unused chopsticks … There’s no limit.

Stick-LetsPS: Thanks to Christina for sending me the Stick-Let’s

More info about the Stick-Let’s 

Battle of the blue ears 

28 Sep

Plantronics BackBeat FITSome months ago, I was kindly serviced with the PowerBeats Wireless 2 and I’ve been using them since then every single day to the extend of their battery autonomy (6 hours).
I use them while skateboarding, taking the metro, shopping, talking on the phone, watching the TV shows (the lipping was not correct, it’s a pain to watch movies with them) …

At the end of the day, I was out of juice and couldn’t use them on the way home … Also I experienced a lot of unexpected “pause” and had to press “play” to resume my playlist.

Now, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT just landed in my desk and I’m excited to test them.

What’s in the box?

  • The headset
  • The cord to charge it
  • And a sweet padded pouch to tuck my headset safely away while not in use

NB: The pouch works also as an armband when inside out (handy!).

The colour is cool, lemon green but that might not work with everyone (exist also in blue).

The material is flexible and looks resistant to the daily usage.

Each bud comes with a button and functions.

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Plantronics BackBeat FIT

Left earbud is the one in charge of controlling the music:

  • play,
  • stop,
  • fast forward
  • or mute while in a phone conversation (this is a cool and easy to reach function).
Plantronics BackBeat FIT Plantronics BackBeat FIT

Right bud is all over phone functions:

  • Accept the call, tap once
  • Reject the call, tap during 2 seconds
  • Ask Siri, keep taping

The comfort

  • The buds fit well and are close to the ones made by Jawbone on the Era, the bud won’t fall off.
  • The buds don’t cut you from your environment, which is better for your security while jogging (the PowerBeats Wireless 2 comes with 3 different kind of buds and some may cut you from the ambient noise)
  • Reflective finish for your safety when running at night

The headset is more rigid than the PowerBeats Wireless 2 and also shorter.

I like that the headset is a bit more rigid than the PowerBeats, but I would like it a bit longer (I love to wear it on the shoulder while I’m not “in a listening mode” and need to communicate with my entourage). I’m scared to lose it while the PowerBeats stay on the shoulders without problem and don’t fall off.

The round the ear system feels a bit stiffer due to the rigidity of the headset but turn the buds and you’ll find the right and comfortable position.

I like the voice inside my headphones telling me the status of the battery and I definitively like the fact that the lipping is in sync with the images on my iPad while watching the finale of season 2 of The 100… Finally!

A little word about the battery

  • Up to 8 hours listen (same for the PowerBeats Wireless 2)
  • Up to 6 hours talk (same for the PowerBeats Wireless 2)
  • Up to 14 days standby

The headset weights 24gr and is sweat proof and waterproof.

ChaseIt Or BChased?

ChaseIt because

  • finally you can watch a movie with a Bluetooth headset and don’t be disturb with issues of synchronization between the images and the sound
  • of its price $129,99 or 99€ (the Beats are priced $199 or 199€)
  • they are a little bit less comfortable at first than the PowerBeats but after a little bit of handling, I’m used to it now

Walk to the inflatable solar light

21 Sep

Luci by MpoweredI’m into solar for long time now, more portable solar solutions than the panels on the roof … Because you need a roof …
While I was doing my shopping at Eastern Mountain, I fell on the Luci.Luci by Mpowered

The Luci is an inflatable (!), standalone light that is powered thanks to its tiny little (and cute) solar panels on its top.

When I unpacked my Luci it was already night, so no time to charge.

I inflated it (great to travel with it as you deflate it and pack it back when on the move) and I used it as a night-light in my hotel room.

I was surprised how bright it was for such a small lamp.

Luci by MpoweredThey are many settings of lights:

  • bright,
  • super bright,
  • blinking
  • and red flashing SOS mode.

Just push the button between the 2 solar panels to access each mode.

Charging time in direct sunlight is about 8 hours, you can also charge it under a lamp if it’s a cloudy day but it will take longer to charge up.Luci by Mpowered

Luci will also be great to decorate your garden parties, as an extra lamp, during a blackout or in emergency situations.
Price: only $9,99
More info on Luci


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