Getting the Best Rice Cooker 2016 for My Family

Health of my family is my responsibility. Over the years I have heard so much about plastics that I avoid them at all costs. This is the reason microwave that my husband bought has been sparingly used. I am also skeptical about the Silverstone and Teflon coats on aluminum. In fact I am no longer using my old rice cooker that had a nice aluminum pot for cooking rice because I read that aluminum also has some harmful effect on sight and may have something to do with Alzheimer’s. Given such concerns, I nagged my husband into buying me the best rice cooker 2016 with a stainless steel pot in it. That is how we bought this rice cooker. It is called Miracle Stainless Steel rice cooker.

It is good enough for cooking 12 cups rice. I can also cook brown rice in this. I was unwilling to compromise on steel pot for other programmable features. I am not sure whether this rice cooker is one of the best electric rice cookers with stainless steel pot in them. In fact, I am sure there are many other rice cookers such as those from Panasonic that have good quality stainless steel pot in them. But we opted for this rice cooker because it fit my budget and had all that I had specified. For example it has a glass lid. I know when my rice or anything else that I cook in it is done or how much time I would need for my cooking to get over. It also has the keep warm feature, which I think has become mandatory in all rice cookers by now.

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There is a vegetable tray also, for steaming vegetables. Even that tray in this rice cooker is made from stainless steel. I use this steamer tray to thaw meat as well. I have also used it for cooking other recipes, including oats and quinoa, apart from different soups. I won’t deny that my attention is required for all that, to an extent. I avoided programmable models of rice cookers partly because they were expensive, and partly because I had read that Teflon does release toxic particulates after reaching specific temperature. If I leave the vessel at the mercy of thermostat, that can hurt my family.

Stainless steel pot on the other hand does not react with any of the ingredients that I use for cooking in it. I am also more confident of the nutrition value and the flavors in this are unbeatable. The vessel also does not acquire any smell like plastic containers usually do. Since the pot is made from stainless steel, it is easy to clean and I can even wash it in dishwasher. I am happy with this purchase for sure.

Three of My Picks for the Best Knife

best knifeRecently, I’ve updated my kitchen, my utensils, the whole lot! In doing so, I purchased a few different knives, all suited for a different type of cut. Now, I’m no chef, but I like to think I know what feels good when cooking, and what just doesn’t work. So here are my personal recommendations of three of my favorite knives so far:

Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife

While I am most certainly not a chef by trade, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food, and I have found that getting a quality knife right away is the best thing you can do for yourself, your safety and your time in the kitchen. One of the knives that I tried was the Victoinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife. I found that’s it lighter than some other knives I’ve tried in the past, but it’s by no means a light-weight knife either.

When I used it for chopping up vegetables, I found that it was well weighted, and is pretty comfortable to hold. It’s wonderfully sharp, making this the best knife I have used in terms of quality and weight.

Of course, it sliced straight through vegetables, but I also used it on a piece of steak, and was very pleased to find that it cut through that easily. I was worried that I had set my expectations too high, but I am pleased to note that this knife delivers. The fantastic, middle of the range price makes this an affordable investment, so I can’t recommend this enough to people looking for a high quality knife that doesn’t break the bank.

J.A. Henckels Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife

Henckels knives are well known for being high quality, so I had quite a few expectations when I used this knife. I was pleased to see that it has a good, solid, full tang, with a three rivet line. This creates a sturdy grip, so I had no trouble holding and using this knife. The edges are sharp and the knife itself is dishwasher safe. I found that it dulled a little in the washing machine, but thankfully it polished back up- so while I was worried for a while, I’m pretty confident that it can be put in the dishwasher again.

This is probably the best knife in regards to chopping, instead of slicing. It has a solid weight, with a nice curve in the middle, which really made it easy for me to chop through vegetables quickly. It’s a little big for me, since my hands are small, but I can still manage it nicely, so I’m sure most people would have an even better experience. That said, I’d definitely recommend this knife, especially for people who do a lot of chopping in the kitchen (like me!).

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Global G-2 8 inch Chef’s Knife

The best feature of this knife is how low maintenance it is! I have to sharpen my knives quite often to make sure they are as sharp as I like them, but this one doesn’t need as much attention. It’s a really light knife, so it suits me just fine, with smaller hands and thus, a smaller grip, I find this knife fantastic to manage. This is definitely the best knife in regards to its stylish and easy to use design.

I like this knife, and it’s probably going to become quite a staple for me, since it’s great with fillet and getting a good meat cut.


If you’re looking for a lightweight investment, then the Global Chef’s Knife is the best knife for you, but if you’re looking for something with more weight, then it’s better to go with either the Victorinox or the Henckels. Over all, each of these knives are made of pretty great quality, and I’ve had a fantastic time using them. They have their pros and cons, but what knife doesn’t? My personal favourite has got to be the Global Chef’s knife, because for someone with little hands, the lightweight feel is just great. Having said that, my vegetables chop the best with the Henckels, so they’re all pretty great in their own way. Just keep in mind what type of usage your knife is going to get, and I’m sure you’ll pick the right one for you.

Searching for the best brand of espresso machine

My daughter recently moved into an apartment of her own. As a family we helped her out with all of those important pieces of furniture and household items that she needed. She is fiercely independent and to be honest she bought most of what she needed. However we helped her in the buying of items such as bed linen and crockery.

Now my daughter loves to drink espresso. The coffee machine was the first thing she went to in the morning at our home. But as she is on limited finances, she has not bought one for herself. She told us that she treat herself to one at Christmas. Therefore I decided to buy her an espresso machine as a housewarming gift. That way there would be no arguments!


As we bought our espresso maker many years ago, I was not sure about what was available now. New brands come out all the time. So I decided to do a little research in order to find out all about the best espresso machine brands that were within our budget. I did this by asking friends what brand of espresso machine they used as well as carrying out an Internet search. Ideally I wanted to buy my daughter an espresso machine that would also make cappuccinos ( as she loves them too.)

Well there are a lot of brands out there. I didn’t know that there was such a wide choice. The best brands that I found were DeLonghi, Mr Coffee, KRUPS, Nespresso and Breville. All of these brands made dual espresso machines that were under $100. So I had a lot of choice. The way in which I narrowed it down was upon size, I didn’t want an espresso machine that was too big, and I also read customer reviews so that I could find those that were made of good quality and were easy to use.

In the end I managed to narrow the search down to a Nespresso machine in a beautiful red color.
Well, my daughter was so excited when she received her gift. She plugged it in straight away and made us all a lovely cup of espresso. I just hope that it lasts for as many years as my ancient coffee machine.

How to Run an Efficient Office in a Different Country

The shoe store has grown to a big company and now l have customers overseas. The sales have really increased that l need to open an office in Hong Kong for more personalized services and so l was talking with some friends who have business there and was asking for advice on how to set up an office in a new country where you do not know people. They told me to use virtual office so am like what is that. Virtual office is where you get all the communication services needed in the office and an address where you get all your mail without leasing out an actual office.
It is cheaper than running a physical office and still efficient because I still get a receptionist to answer the phone calls, office space and a conference room for holding meeting when am in the country and need to use, where l only have to pay for the office time used only. As l was doing my research l discovered that the virtual office in Hong Kong offers two kinds of office services that is the individual office, which offers fully furnished office for long time commitment corporations and the day office package for an entrepreneur like me, where l can run the office from my laptop but still have a reception, telephone and fax numbers that actual works, professional business cards plus office space for when am in the country.

After getting all the information l felt like Marco Polo and l have just discovered China because virtual office is the service l need now that my business is expanding as l get to save on cost while receiving flexible services that are efficient. A day office package is affordable for me with the benefit of local employees who know the market. Now l can not wait to set up the offices in other countries.