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The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
I like the book a lot, but as someone already said the blog is better when looking for whole30 recipes (she has many more recipes that are truly whole30 compliant and don't need to be modified).

I also like the way that the book is setup, it's unique in that its pretty much all dinner/lunch meals and divided based on cuisine- which helps add a variety to eating healthy if you feel like you've had to much potatoes or coconut milk on whole30 or just stuck in a rut. If you want something like curry, there is an entire Indian flavored section; If you need a large break from coconut milk in general, there is a section on Mexican and Chinese/Japanese food. Also, every recipe has a picture which is a huge deal for me (I eat with me eyes!).

My one complaint is that most of the recipes are whole30 compliant with a modification suggestion and each recipe reiterates that same suggestion (leave off wine, no diary etc). I can do that with any book and don't need to be told how to do that on each recipe. My issue with this is that when you suggest changing key cooking ingredients (not just your taco shell, but actually suggest leaving off an ingredient thats part of the meal title), you're actually changing the dish and what it should taste like, and instead of having a slew of flavorful recipes in a book, you now have a bunch of recipes that recommend you cook chicken in chicken broth to be healthy- boring. If you want to make the Whiskey Chicken or Skillet Chicken with Wine and Broccolini, and you instead choose to substitute chicken broth, did you really just make Whiskey Chicken or a flavorful chicken simmered in white wine?, Definitely NOT. I think a page or two in the beginning of the book detailing how to change her recipes (or any recipe you find anywhere) to Whole30 compliant would have been better than constantly suggesting to change the recipes.

Overall the recipes seem fairly healthy and a really great mix of cuisine flavors. I particularly like the Southern section, since it's a good mix of regional southern cuisine (Nashville hot chicken, bbq, new orleans dishes, etc), that appears healthier and quicker than the true originals. A few of those southern recipes that look good are even Whole30 compliant. There is also a kids section for healthy foods for young kids, which is unique- this looks like it has some good Whole30 recipes for office lunches if you don't have kids.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 1
Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 1
I was a fan of The Avenger's: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. From the first episode to the last, to have a cartoon that was able to have one continuous storyline like that show accomplished without letting the viewer get lost was amazing work. So when I heard that Marvel was ditching Earth's Mightiest Heroes in favor of Avenger's Assemble, I was a little confused. Why attempt to fix something that isn't broken? However, Marvel has made some pretty decent cartoons of late (animation is one area where DC has them beat) so I gave the show a chance.

The show is pretty much an indirect sequel to The Avenger's movie. They've chosen to whittle down the cast to the core group of characters you saw in the film apart from new recruit The Falcon. I can see why they did this. One criticism you could make with Earth's Mightiest Heroes is that if you hadn't been there from day one, I could see where people could have gotten lost. Too many character's were given focus which, although done admirably, thinking like a producer who sees the ratings for a show I could see where they would think it was a good idea to narrow down the big group to the main core the average person is aware of.

The storyline so far, apart from Red Skull trying to get a group of baddies together to fight The Avenger's seems thread bare. It didn't have to be as intricately laid out as they did with Earth's Mightiest Heroes by any means where every episode had tied into the overall story. But the new show pretty much is a baddie of the week fight to the finish. Not that going this route is horrible but I am disappointed that there has not been much effort to have one story theme they could follow, similar to what Doctor Who or one of Marvel's other animated shows Ultimate Spider-Man does. Granted, the season is not over and I will be glad to eat my words if they produce a number of moments that brings everything together but as of now, it appears like a cartoon from the 80's. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Should you watch this show? Yes. While it doesn't stand up to the quality of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, it has it's own charm. As of now I won't claim that this is my favorite Marvel show. If episodes continue to be of this quality two or three seasons down the road then I will be disappointed. But as it stands, I think they can build from this. There has to be more effort in creating a story arc that will satisfy fans like myself who like long form television stories with good characters as well as having a product that will entertain new younger fans and get them loving these amazing characters. Marvel has shown they have the capability to do this so in my book, they will have my money for the full season.
Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition)
Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American philosopher, writer and poet, and former Unitarian minister who led the transcendentalist movement in American in the mid-19th century.
(NOTE: page numbers below refer to a 117-page edition.)

He wrote in the essay on ‘History,’ “We are always coming up with the emphatic facts of history in our private experience, and verifying them here. All history becomes subjective, in other words, there is properly no history; only biography. Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself…. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know.” (Pg. 4) Later, he adds, “Rare, extravagant spirits come by us at intervals, who disclose to us new facts in nature. I see that men of God have, from time to time, walked among men and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.” (Pg. 11)

In the essay on ‘Self-Reliance,’ he observes, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men---that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense… In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty… Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place that divine providence has found for you… Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age.” (Pg. 19)

He advises, “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is sacred but the integrity of your own min. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world… I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.” (Pg. 21-22)

He notes, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think that they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness and independence of solitude.” (Pg. 23)

He states, “Suppose you should contradict yourself, what then? It seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on your memory alone…. but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day… Leave your theory, as joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do… Pythagoras was misunderstood… and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood” (Pg. 24-25)

He comments, “The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure, that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. It must be that when God speaketh he should communicate, not one thing, but all things… Whenever a mind is simple, and receives divine wisdom, old things pass away…. If, therefore, a man claims to know and speak of God, and carries you backward to the phraseology of some old moldered nation in another country, in another world, believe him not.” (Pg. 28)

He says, “But now we are a mob. Man does not stand in awe of man ,nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other man. We must go alone. I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.” (Pg. 30) Later, he adds, “As men’s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.” (Pg. 33)

He concludes, “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation…. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.” (Pg. 35) He adds, “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” (Pg. 38)

In the essay on ‘Friendship,’ he wrote, “There are two elements that go to the composition of friendship, each so sovereign that I can detect no superiority in effect, no reason why either should be first named. One is Truth. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud… The other element of friendship is tenderness. We are holden to men by every sort of tie…. But we can scarce believe that so much character can subsist in another as to draw us by love.” (Pg. 44-45) Later, he adds, “I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.” (Pg. 49)

In his essay on ‘The Over-Soul,’ he notes, “Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence… I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine. As with events, so is it with thoughts. When I watch that flowing river… I see that I am a pensioner; not a cause, but a surprised spectator… from some alien energy the visions come.” (Pg. 51-52)

He observes, “We are wiser than we know. If we will not interfere with out thought, but will act entirely, or see how the thing stands in God, we know the particular thing, and every thing, and every man. For the Maker of all things and all persons stands behind us, and casts his dread omniscience through us over things.” (Pg. 57)

He states, “The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary… is, that one class speak FROM WITHIN, or from experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and the other class, FROM WITHOUT, as spectators merely… as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third persons.” (Pg. 60)

He says, “Let men, then, learn the revelation of all nature and all thought to his heart; this, namely; that the Highest dwells with him; that the sources of nature are in his own mind, if the sentiment of duty is there. But if he would know what the great God speaketh, he must ‘go into his closet and shut the door,’ as Jesus said. God will not make himself manifest to cowards. He must greatly listen to himself, withdrawing himself from all the accents of other men’s devotion. Even their prayers are hurtful to him, until he have made his own.” (Pg. 63)

In the essay ‘The Poet,’ he comments, “The sign and credentials of the poet are, that he announces that which no man foretold. He is the true and only doctor, he knows and tells,; he is the only teller of news, for he was present and privy to the appearance which he describes.” (Pg. 67-68) Later, he adds, “Art is the path of the creator to his work.” (Pg. 80)

In his essay on ‘Experience,’ he notes, “The physicians say, they are not materialists; but they are---Spirit is matter reduced to an extreme thinness… But the definition of ‘spiritual’ should be, ‘that which is its own evidence.’” (Pg. 87)

In his famous ‘Divinity School Address,’ he says, “See again the perfection of the Law as it applies itself to the affections, and become the law of society. As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into heaven, into hell.” (Pg. 105)

He suggests, “Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it, and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man… He saw that God incarnates himself in man, and evermore goes forth anew to take possession of his world. He said, in this jubilee of sublime emotion, ‘I am divine. Through me, god acts; through me, speaks. Would you see God, see me; or, see thee, when thou also thinkest as I now think.’ But what a distortion did his doctrine and memory suffer in the same, in the next, and the following ages!” (Pg. 107)

He continues, “In thus contemplating Jesus, we become very sensible of the first defect of historical Christianity. Historical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate religion… it dwells, with noxious exaggeration about the PERSON of Jesus. The soul knows no persons. It invites every man to expand to the full circle of the universe…” (Pg. 108) He argues, “Men have come to speak of the revelation as something long ago given and done, as if God were dead. The injury to faith throttles the preacher; and the goodliest of institutions becomes an uncertain and inarticulate voice.” (Pg. 109)

He observes, “I think no man can go … into one of our churches, without feel that what hold the public worship had on men, is gone or going. It has lost its grasp on the affection of the good, and the fear of the bad. In the country, neighborhoods, half parishes are ‘signing off,’ to use the local term. It is already beginning to indicate character and religion to withdraw from the religious meetings.” (Pg. 113)

He advises, “Let me admonish you… to go alone; to refuse the good models… and dare to love God without mediator or veil… Yourself a newborn bard of the Holy Ghost---cast behind you all conformity, and acquaint men at first hand with the Deity.” (Pg. 114) He concludes, “I confess, all attempts to project and establish a Cultus with new rites and forms, seem to me vain. Faith makes us, and not we it, and faith makes its own forms.” (Pg. 116)

These essays are “must reading” for anyone studying Emerson, or Transcendentalism.
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat Storage Tote, Gray/Red
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat Storage Tote, Gray/Red
This is a cute tote. It looks like it does in the picture except I didn’t expect it to be floppy. I’m the picture it looks stiff but it’s not. It’s floppy. That’s great if you want to use it for toy storage. I was gonna use it as a laundry hamper. I still do but I have to adjust it all the time to stand up straight. Depends on what you use it for
Dragon Ball GT 01. Son- Goku Jr. Die Legende lebt.
Dragon Ball GT 01. Son- Goku Jr. Die Legende lebt.
Dieser Comic ist einfach super!!! Vor allem für Fans aber auch Quereinsteiger wird er ein leckerbissen sein.

Kurz zum Inhalt: Es geht um Son-Goku Jr., der Enkel von Pan. Pan ist schon eine alte Oma und wird plötzlich krank. Son-Goku musst dann aufbrechen um die Dragonballs zu suchen. Doch Son-Goku Junior ist eine Mimose und lernt während der Reise seine wahre Kraft kennen.

Positiv:
- Super schnelle Lieferung von Amazon
- Als Geschenk perfekt geeignet
The Berenstain Bears Chapter Book: The Galloping Ghost
The Berenstain Bears Chapter Book: The Galloping Ghost
As the front cover of the book shows, the Bernstein Bears and the Galloping Ghost shows what happens when Brother and Sister Bear stumble across a hooded member of the Klu Klux Klan on horseback. A great and satisfying read, though not quite as good as when Papa Bear becomes a militant black panther in the Berenstein Bears book "Fightin' the man." Overall though, this book is a triumph in the study of post civil rights race relations. A great gift for any fan of Toni Morrison!
Vengeance Is Mine (Mike Hammer Book 3)
Vengeance Is Mine (Mike Hammer Book 3)
"The guy was as dead as hell," so starts Vengeance is Mine, another of Mickey Spillane's pulp canon. The private-eye hero, the aptly named Mike Hammer, has to track down a murder in which he's been implicated, following the twists and turns through the drink- and corruption-sodden streets of New York.

The book couples misogyny, sadism and extreme vigilantism as Hammer doles out casual violence to the various hoodlums and girls who appear to cross him. He brawls and boozes his way around the city in a way that seems, in many ways, thoroughly offensive to modern sensibilities - particularly with the resolution. That said, Spillane's frenetic prose hammers the action forward in an irresistible fashion, sucking one in with his brutally barbed sentences. The sensibility may not be pretty, but the pace rattles along forcing you to keep up.

The book is clearly in line with Spillane's anti intellectual tendencies. He famously described himself as a "commercial writer, not an author." Pretensions to anything beyond the practical are mocked and/or destroyed.

Once you've read Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett you may well find yourself turning to Spillane. He's not a particularly worthy successor, although some of the stylistic tropes do recur, but he's brutally efficient. The message and the hero are entirely reprehensible and if there was some redeeming feature I would rate it higher. However, I found the style quite compelling and if you like the hardboiled old school PI story - and are capable of rising above it's obvious shortcomings - it's worthwhile.
BLEACHイラスト集 JET (愛蔵版コミックス)
BLEACHイラスト集 JET (愛蔵版コミックス)
I've wanted this artbook since its release in December (it was a bit cheaper then, but things happen). Let me tell you, I think this was well worth what I paid!

First of all, the quality of everything was AMAZING! The black box it comes in feels velvety and looks great with the embossed title and Soul Badge. When you open it, the images on the front covers are stunning! I love that it has different characters on either side of the books.

Secondly, It comes with a copy of Burn the Witch! Granted, it's in Japanese, but there are english translations online. I plan to write the translations on small sticky notes and put them in so I can reread the one shot over and over. Then in the back of the book is more sketches and set up (there are some awesome images of chibi Espada in the back!!!!)

Thirdly, I've seen a lot of the art that's in this book, but having it in this quality, on photo paper, is a treat! There's a ton that I hadn't seen before as well, plus promo art for the movies, beats collection and video games. There are also interviews and a bio for Kubo in the second book (I need to find translations for them as well).

If you're waiting for the price to go down or for an English, that might not be the best idea. This is a limited printing, and once they're gone, I doubt they'll reprint. Besides, the sheer beauty of this book set and the one-shot are more than worth the price.
Enigma Wigs Men's Wizard
Enigma Wigs Men's Wizard
I had fun trying this with other character set-ups. A medeval era, an old miner, a mountain man, a trapper, a hermit, a stranded islander, and so on. With or without the beard, but a better overall appearance with the beard. Try it, and have fun with it!
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Goblet of Fire was always my favorite book. I knew that there would be real technical challenges with the movie, but they were successfully overcome. The Goblet of Fire is a delightful movie. I loved everything about it, including the music. The classical pieces are just gorgeous, and the rock and roll pieces were so much fun. I loved the Quidditch World Cup early in the movie. Very well done. Out of all three challenges, all of which were well done and very exciting, the Black Lake challenge was my favorite. Years ago I purchased the entire series of books for my grandson. I was hooked with Book One, and I immediately ordered each and every new book, as well as the DVD's as soon as they were available. I know so many adults that loved the books and the DVD's every bit as much as the children. For so many of us, J. K. Rowling is a heroine, who taught children to love to read, and enchanted them with the movies.
The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few
The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few
This review is written by Jim Loving, husband of CKL.

Marjorie Kelly (EVP) and Ted Howard (President, co-founder) are principals in the non-profit The Democracy Collaborative (DC), a “research and development lab for the democratic economy,” founded 20 years ago by Ted and Gar Alperovitz. Since its founding, the DC has made great strides in working with communities around the world to improve the plight of thousands of people within our current economic system, while building principles for its necessary reform (or as Peter Senge has said the “Necessary Revolution.”)

Since then, they have formed and been involved with their associated non profits - Community-wealth dot org, and The Next Systems Project along with Fifty by Fifty – all of which are focused on this work. This book is an excellent follow up to Alperovitz’ 2013 book – “What Then Must We Do – Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution,” which you can read about (including my review) here - https://www.amazon.com/What-Then-Must-We-Revolution/product-reviews/1603585044/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_paging_btm_next_6?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=6

As my headline notes, Capitalism is in Crisis and this fact has been written about and focused on by many recently, including among the biggest winners from our current system. Look at the Washington Post article “Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich,” dated April 20, 2019. The Post article points to many, but includes references to the very popular Harvard Business School MBA class – “Reimagining Capitalism”, taught by Rebecca Henderson, who is releasing her own book of the same name (Reimagining Capitalism In a World On Fire) in 2020 – see rebeccahenderson dot com. (I have communicated with Henderson and I believe she is reading this book).

Kelly and Howard, along with Foreward author Naomi Klein have written about this crisis, its elements and its causes. In broad strokes, this system, the “extractive economy” discussed in this book has produced a system in the U.S., where the three wealthiest men own more wealth than all the wealth controlled by the 50% least wealthy Americans. Since 2009, 95% of income gains in the U.S. have gone to the top 1%. On top of that, the pressure for continuous production and consumption is depleting Earth’s natural resources at more than 1.5 times the planet’s ability to regenerate them and releasing harmful emissions that are warming the planet at a dangerous rate.

I first became aware of the work of the DC and its associated non-profits ten years ago after spending 15 years focused on, and working in the area of environmentalism and sustainability. Once anyone spends any amount of time working in the area of sustainability, one quickly realizes that the underlying causes of issues addressed in those movements is based on our current “extractive” economy – our current system which Alperovitz has referred to as “Corporate Capitalism.” As we used to say in the business world I worked in for 34 years (large multi-national corporation), “what gets measured (and rewarded) gets managed.” Simply stated, we are measuring and rewarding the wrong things and the results speak for themselves.

Alperovitz previous book addresses how neither our current Corporate Capitalism system, of which Margaret Thatcher famously said “There is No Alternative”, nor State Socialism have adequately addressed the needs of worker-citizens. What is needed is a “Pluralist Commonwealth” whose elements will be tested and implemented locally and regionally, and through its successes, will bring pressure on national governments to take note and to implement systemic reforms. What is different now since Alperovitz wrote in 2013 is that Kelly and Howard state on page 87, “Movement into a next economic system can’t wait for the long, slow process of building community wealth. To create space for alternatives to flourish, we must confront huge and immediate issues like climate change. Building a democratic economy may begin at the local level, but it requires tackling large system dynamics as well."

As Kelly and Howard reference in this book, the other thing one realizes when looking through the sustainability lens is that our economic (and social, political) system is in fact a complex system. A leader in this work is the late Donella Meadows and her work is noted and referenced here (“Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.”. They go on to note (p112)

“The (current) system arises from our ‘shared social agreements about the nature of reality,’ (Meadows). We all know today’s economic reality:
Investors are owners and employees are hired hands.
The corporation is an object that can be owned and sold.
Financial wealth is the scarcest commodity and therefore the most precious.
Its growth is ideally limitless.
Fiduciary duty to investors is the most important moral duty in the investing and corporate world.
GDP and balance sheets count everything that counts.
Income to labor is an expense to be reduced.
There’s no such thing as too much profit or too much wealth.
People are poor because it’s their own fault.”

This book is an easy read. It is only 119 pages, with another six pages of additional references and organizations working in this area, and eighteen pages of notes.

The book is broken into an Introduction, 8 chapters, and a conclusion. The first chapter reviews the principles imbedded in a Democratic Economy vs the principles imbedded in the Extractive Economy (see above). Chapters 2-8 go through each principle and discuss how they are being implemented in the world or how they could be implemented. The conclusion offers hope with ideas and thoughts on next steps ahead.

As Alperovitz has noted in his books and public talks, and in this book, we missed major opportunities to reform the system when we had a near-death experience in 2008. He said “We’re in a systemic crisis, and no one is dealing head on with it. We need policies, But the crisis is at the level of the system, the deep tectonic level of institutional designs that keep the status quo functioning, the unquestioned assumptions that make troubling outcomes seem normal. Our work is to help people see, here are the things that we can build now, in the real world, that point toward a different system.”

This book does that. I want to highlight only two of the ideas from their 7 principles which I believe are key to this approach. 1- in Chapter 7, The Principle of Sustainability, they highlight a major big idea from the DC/Next System Project – “Quantitative Easing for the Planet.” With the 2008 crisis, the Central banks, "in an emergency" printed money, known as Quantitative easing (QE) to save banks, insurance companies, and GM.

With our current planetary emergency (Global Climate Change, 6th mass species extinction, Anthropocene), governments could do the same thing - QE for the planet, buying up the major Oil/Gas companies stranding their $100T in assets, leaving them in the ground, while managing and accelerating the move to renewable and newer forms of energy. Current shareholders are whole as they are bought out and the people - the users of energy, now control their own destiny and the destiny of the planet.

In Chapter 6 – The Principle of Democratic Ownership, the authors discuss the importance of Enterprise Design. How an employee owned and public outcome-focused business works first for the public good, with profits a result of a well run business, not the end-all and be-all in corporate design. Kelly has started Fifty by Fifty to enable the major conversion of businesses owned by retiring boomers to convert to employee owned and managed – i.e. selling the businesses to the workers. ESOPs and worker-owned cooperatives have been around for a long time and their record of performance is strong. The measurements are different and therefore their operating and management principles are different than the current quarter-to-quarter shareholder value and top line growth the only numbers that matter approach of nearly every corporation today.

As the book outlines, this is not just an American story, this change is also underway in the United Kingdom. Preston England reached out to Ted because of the success of the “Cleveland Model” and have had great success and notice taken by the Labour party with their own “Preston Model.” This book is a great place to start if you are concerned about our economy and looking for new ideas and approaches to address the systemic issues we all face. I highly recommend it.
De’Longhi Maestosa EPAM 960.75.GLM Kaffeevollautomat Silber/Schwarz
De’Longhi Maestosa EPAM 960.75.GLM Kaffeevollautomat Silber/Schwarz
Ich habe das Teil als Aussteller in einem MM mit einem gehörigen Rabatt gekauft. Die meisten Märkte, so sie es denn überhaupt dahaben, haben offenbar auch immer nur genau den Aussteller da und bestellen es dann auf Kundenwunsch. Macht wahrscheinlich auch Sinn. Problem bei mir ist, dass wenn ich mich einmal zu sowas entschlossen habe, bin ich ungeduldig… 🙂 Das Ding war nicht mal am Strom angeschlossen und hatte im Statistik-Menü überall 0 stehen, insofern konnte man da nicht viel falsch machen.

Ein Kaffeevollautomat mit einer UPE von 2499,- (die Preise, die hier zum Zeitpunkt des Schreibens dieser Rezension zu finden sind, sind natürlich völliger Blödsinn) ist im Grunde totaler Schwachsinn. Punkt. Denn das, was rauskommt, kann auf gar keinen Fall so viel besser sein als das aus einer Maschine, die die Hälfte (oder ein Viertel oder noch weniger) kostet. Und so isses natürlich auch. Zwar macht dieses Gerät wirklich alles, was wir von ihm erwarten, absolut perfekt, und weist keinen der diversen Nachteile bzw. Kompromisse auf, mit denen man bei ausnahmslos allen anderen KVAs, die wir bisher hatten, leben musste. Sei es, dass der Milchschaum nicht heiß genug war, oder der Kaffee, oder beides, oder Verarbeitungsmängel, oder oder oder. Irgendwas gab's eigentlich immer. Bei dem hier nicht. Hier passt wirklich alles. Die Temperaturen stimmen, die individuellen Anpassungsmöglichkeiten, der Milchschaum ist für KVA-Verhältnisse geradezu eine Offenbarung. Die Möglichkeiten der Mixkaraffe (die es natürlich auch schon bei günstigeren Delonghis dazu gab) machen viel Spaß.

Letztlich ist es doch so: Man kauft sich so ein Teil nicht, weil man sich eine geschmackliche Offenbarung erhofft. Man kauft sich das Teil, weil es einfach nur schei*e geil aussieht, wie ein Panzer verarbeitet ist und es einfach unglaublich viel Spaß macht, damit herumzuspielen. Und weil man auch nach Tagen/Wochen immer noch nette Kleinigkeiten entdecken kann, wie z.B. dass auf dem Display eine Warnung erscheint, wenn beim Von-der-Seite-Auffüllen des Wassers der Tank voll ist. Hatte mich anfangs gefragt, wie verhindert wird, dass ich da zu viel reinkippe und der Tank überläuft.

Letztlich also genau dieselben Gründe, die andere Leute dazu bringen, sich einen Porsche zu kaufen. Der bringt einen (bei Einhaltung der Verkehrsregeln) auch nicht schneller oder besser zum Ziel – es macht halt einfach nur deutlich mehr Spaß! Und nein, ich fahre keinen Porsche. Sondern Skoda. Für Porsche UND Maestosa reicht’s leider nicht… 🙂

Die einzige Sache, die nicht so recht ins hochpreisige Bild passt, ist die Tatsache, dass man es bisher nicht geschafft hat, die iOS-App an die mit dem iPhone X eingeführte neue Bildschirmgröße anzupassen. Das ist ein ziemliches Armutszeugnis für den – zweifellos externen – App-Entwickler. Und genau deswegen gibts einen Stern Abzug, denn bei diesem Preis erwarte ich Premium auf allen Ebenen - auch in der App.

Ich habe überlegt, ob ich wegen des hohen Preises einen weiteren Stern abziehe, mich dann aber dagegen entschieden. Grund: Wenn man sich die hochpreisigen Geräte anderer Hersteller anschaut, dann relativiert sich der Preis schon wieder. Die großen Juras z.B. liegen preislich genauso bzw. noch höher, ohne (für meinen Geschmack) besser auszusehen oder besser verarbeitet zu sein. Ganz im Gegenteil. Und mit Juras hatten wir immer das Problem von zu kaltem Milchschaum. Oder eine Miele 7550 - kostet nicht deutlich weniger, sieht bei weitem nicht so gut aus, und der motorisierte Kaffeeauslauf ist unter hygienischen Aspekten leider eine völlige Fehlkonstruktion. Die großen Siemens-Modelle sind technisch zweifellos ähnlich gut, gefallen mir aber von der Optik und der Bedienung her nicht. Und eine Mixkaraffe hat keine dieser Maschinen.

Insofern - ja, das Ding ist teuer, aber es kann keineswegs die Rede davon sein, dass man hier die Latte auf ein neues Maß gelegt hätte. Es gab auch vorher schon genauso teure oder noch teurere Maschinen, die für mich persönlich aber aus jeweils verschiedenen Gründen nicht in Betracht kamen.
Twizzlers Licorice Candy, fresa, 33.3 onzas lata
Twizzlers Licorice Candy, fresa, 33.3 onzas lata
Check how many you get box says 105 individually wrapped twists was sharing them out between kids and there was only 102 i know its only 3 but kids seen box so they worked out how many they would get each so they said the company must need to go back to school to learn to count better which made me laugh
Twizzlers Bulk Strawberry Licorice Candy
Twizzlers Bulk Strawberry Licorice Candy
First, these are the original Twizzlers, NOT the chewy, gum-like, weird-tasting individually wrapped ones.

Yes, there are a lot, all stuck together in a big tub. This is how you keep them fresh since most people aren't going to eat them all in a week: Get three to five Ziploc gallon-size bags (how quickly you eat them determines this number; I use three) and separate the Twizzlers into the bags. Roll the bags from the bottom to compress, half seal the bag, finish rolling the Twizzlers inside the bag toward the top, finish sealing the Ziploc bag, removing most of the air. Place all but one bag back into the plastic tub, replace the lid, store in a cool place. Viola! Now you have lots of Twizzlers staying fresh to eat at your leisure. Enjoy!
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Surround Batcave, interactive Batman playset with lights, sounds and 5 exclusive figures
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Surround Batcave, interactive Batman playset with lights, sounds and 5 exclusive figures
This Batman toy was a big hit for Christmas. One of my children’s favorite toys. It was given to my 6 year old boy, but it was big enough for both my 6 year old and 4 year old to play with it at the same time. Very well made toy that will hold up with two rough boys. The plastic was a little thicker and sturdier than most plastic toys.

The toy has cool lights and sound effects that my kids loved. I’m posting pictures of a few of the colors changing. It does have a helicopter pad, so I did purchase an Imaginex Batman helicopter separately that I also found on Amazon. Also can be seen in one of the pics I posted.

It didn’t take long to put it together, maybe about 15 minutes. The pieces easily fit together and snapped in without a lot of force. It did have about 6 screws that you had to assemble in a back plate and after connecting two wires together for the lighting and sound effects. It was not difficult at all. It needs 3 C batteries and did not come with them. What I liked the best...I didn’t have to put stickers on ANYTHING. That saved me time and frustration.

The toy was well packaged and shipped quickly. It matches the picture and description. I think it was a little overpriced when I purchased it, but I waited until the last minute to find this anywhere, so they got me. Not many left. I am happy though with the product and the purchase. I’ve never had any issues with Imaginex toys and I can see my children playing with this one for many years.

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