Tassimo T20 by Bosch Home Brewing System

For those of you who like me, do not drink coffee, is a single person living in the city and is pained to give up $5 for a cup of tea from Starbucks, you’re going to love the Tassimo T20 by Bosch ; you can make your own at home for 1/4 the price. As winter makes it appearance (somewhat), curling up with a hot cup of Chai Tea or Hot Chocolate is a necessary treat. Of course being a single girl that’s always on the go, I don’t have time to wait for a kettle to boil every time to make one cup of tea. Plus when my coffee-loving mom comes to visit, each of us can enjoy our respective beverages without ruining each others. These are the reasons I’m in love with the Tassimo T20 by Bosch

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“The Bosch® T20 Home Brewing System is designed with an eco-friendly, on-demand water heater for fast brewing. It’s easy, too; just pop in a T DISC, and the T20 reads the barcode and brews the perfect cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, tea, or any one of our coffeehouse-style beverages.”

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I was very excited when Tassimo sent me this T20 Single-Serve Brewer, I’ve been dying to try one of these machines every since I laid my eyes on it and I have been enjoying some lovely cups of Chai Tea and Hot chocolate since I got it. Tassimo offers 12 distinctive beverage brands and a wide variety of hot and cold beverage choices, including coffee, real milk cappuccino and latte, espresso, crema, tea, iced coffee, and hot chocolate – an amazing variety of beverages to satisfy an assortment of tastes. As I stated before, I am not a coffee drinker, so to have a machine that allows my favorite hot drinks whenever I please is an amazing thing. See below for video of my first cup of Chai tea using the Tassimo T20 (please forgive the unsteadiness and the bit of rambling – I was trying to do everything while holding a video camera – sometimes you just need an extra pair of hands)

The Tassimo T20 features include:

  • Bar code technology allows the Tassimo machine to prepare each beverage with the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time duration, so each and every drink is perfect
  • Instant heat-up and fast first cup
  • Customize your beverages with a single touch of a button
  • Noise reduction system for quiet preparation of beverages
  • Low energy consumption: zero-watt hours in standby mode and an on-demand heating element
  • Height adjustment and removable cup stand allows you to use the cup or travel mug of your choice
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling with use of a special T DISC keeps your beverages tasting clean
  • Removable cup stand and splash cover lets you customize the color to suit your kitchen (mine didn’t come with extra colored covers so if yours doesn’t, make sure you call Tassimo)
  • Removable 1.5 L water tank

The Tassimo T20 comes in three colors – Black, White and Grey and retails for $99.99. It can be purchased directly at www.tassimodirect.com or at retailers such as Macy’s, jc penney, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond, P.C.Richard & Son, Target, etc.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and joyous Christmas. May you be surrounded by love and good times. Thank you all for being a reader of MyLifeonandofftheGuestlist.com and may we continue our journey beyond 2012

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel

T-fal ActiFry – Cook Deliciously! Eat Healthy

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I’ve heard so many cooking stories, trading of recipes and lots of ideas for a healthier Thanksgiving. So many of us think if you use certain ingredients, then you’re eating healthier but it’s not just the ingredients you have to worry about, how your food is prepared is important too. I was introduced to one heck of a machine from called the T-fal ActiFry. A wondrous machine that allows you to cook entrees, sides, desserts, and appetizers without worry.

ActiFry is a unique kitchen appliance engineered with innovative heat-pulse technology. It will definitely make you throw out your deep fryer. ActiFry will change your perception of how food can be cooked. Enjoy absolutely delicious homemade meals with this versatile low fat multi-cooker, using just a tablespoon of oil, its pulsating heat system and stirring paddle. There are several amazing recipes that are possible with the t-fal ActiFry but I wanted to start out with something simple, so I decided to try some healthy fried chicken. All I did was season the chicken and place them in the Non-Stick Removable Pan (I didn’t even need any oil in the recipe)

The T-fal ActiFry features a removable ceramic-coated, non-stick pan, a transparent steam-free lid, a measuring spoon and an automatic stirring paddle which ensures even distribution of oil in each meal prepared (all which are dishwasher safe so cleaning up the ActiFry is just as easy as using it to cook). The recipe called to set the timer for 25-30 min but I put it at 30 because I like my fried foods crispy. The ActiFry features a timer, which can be set for up to 99 minutes. Simply place the ingredients in the non-stick pan, close the lid, set the timer and switch your ActiFry on. The timer beeps to let you know when your food is ready. It’s amazing to see this baby in action. I literally didn’t have to do anything else but wait for the timer to go off an enjoy some amazingly tasty (and super healthy) chicken. I took some video a few minutes after I started the ActiFry

and again when there were just about four minutes left when the wings were a beautiful golden brown

I cannot wait to try some of my Thanksgiving recipes and I don’t plan on being boring either. I might experiment with Spicy Thai Chicken Curry, Chicken and Pineapple or maybe chili (god I’m so excited to cook).

The T-fal ActiFry comes in Black and white and is available at T-fal.com, Amazon.com, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, JCPenney, etc. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kingston Technology’s MobileLite G2 Keeps You Moving

As a Lifestyle Writer and my own photographer, I need tech products that make my life as easy as possible. Depending on the day, I can attend 3-4 events/previews in one day just about every day (I try to keep Fridays free). At all those events, there are lots of picture-taking; I know PR Firms offer images and I do use them as well, but I love taking my own photos. I find that a certain angle, detail or even product catches my eye that a ready-made PR given image can’t…. but with this comes a major issue – downloading those photos to my computer. As everyone knows, the more files to add to your computer, especially something like raw images, the slower it performs. I have purchased several USB drives to alleviate the massive downloads to my computer, but there’s still the issue of downloading them into files by event name, then editing and uploading to post. Luckily I was introduced to a wonderful little product called the MobileLite G2 Reader from Kingston Technology.

 

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This tiny portable unit lets you conveniently exchange data, photos, games and music stored on memory expansion cards between mobile phones, computers, laptops, cameras, PDAs and other devices. It’s ultra-portable, plug and play and requires no external power source. In other words, no more downloading for me; no more hours spent transferring images from my Canon T1 to my Computer. I can just pop out the card from my camera, insert it into the MobileLite Card Reader and work off there. The G2 is the second generation of this particular card reader. It supports just about all formats – SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Memory Stick Micro. It’s compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, MAC OSX and Linux. Though its small stature is an impressive trait, size isn’t its most impressive aspect – it features retractable covers on both sides to protect the USB connector and your memory card from damage.

MobileLiteG2 is available separately or with a 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB Class 4 SDHC card. Actually, if you act now, you can purchase this amazing device with an 16GB Class 4 SDHC Card for only $25.00 (normally $45.00) directly from Kingston Technology – click HERE to take advantage of this great limited offer using code SHOPPIMA.

The Refreshingly Sweet Taste of Mirassou Moscato

Sometimes the day gets to be so stressful, you need a break. Times like these call for a relaxing bath, some peace, and quiet, maybe some soothing music and definitely a good glass (or more) of wine. Before you reach that point, make sure your bar is properly stocked with some fabulous wine…i a sucker for a good white grape. I want to make a particularly delectable wine recommendation that is new to me. I was recently introduced to Mirassou Moscato and its incredible crisp, clean and sweet palette and all I can say is wow…..I am hooked.

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The delightful Mirassou Moscato is made with carefully selected California fruit from several regions, with the majority coming from San Luis Obispo County along the Central Coast. From the moment the bottle is opened intense fruit aromas of orange blossoms, peaches, pineapples and ripe citrus delight the senses. The refreshing flavors of peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle make their Mirassou Moscato a sweet expression of California’s most celebrated growing regions.
Moscato isn’t the only delight from Mirassou Winery; White wine lovers will enjoy their Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling while lovers of Red will swoon over their Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Balancing intense fruit flavors with delicate aromas, Mirassou wines embody the optimism and pioneering spirit passed down through six generations of the Mirassou family.

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Featuring a bright, uniquely approachable style, these wines honor the Mirassou family’s heritage while appealing to a new generation of wine enthusiasts. So take some time out for yourself with a glass of Mirassou Moscato or any of their other wine offerings, you will thank me for this.

Dark Horse Comics’s Signing Schedule for New York Comic

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For all you comic book lovers, fans of Hellboy, Star Wars, Mass Effect, TNT’s Falling Skies, etc. Below is the autograph signing schedule from Dark Horse Comics at the upcoming New York Comic Con:

Spin the Dark Horse prize wheel for a chance to win free digital comics, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Crimson Empire bundles!

Thursday, October 13

  • 6:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!

Friday, October 14

  • 10:30 a.m. The Occultist—Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Jenny Frison (Criminal Macabre)
  • 11:00 a.m. Bunny in the Moon—Tara McPherson
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. Orchid—Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) and Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). FREE Orchid poster featuring art by Massimo Carnevale. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:30 p.m. Dethklok—Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow, and Nate Piekos
  • 1:30 p.m. The Immortal—Ian Edginton. FREE poster revealing never-before-seen art from the upcoming comic The Immortal, adapted from an acclaimed Japanese novel and written by Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Star Trek: Early Voyages, Warhammer 40,000)
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a The Thing movie T-shirt and free digital comics! Read the FREE digital prequel comic of The Thing now!
  • 2:30 p.m. Star Wars—Andrea Mutti. Find out what Star Wars series Andrea Mutti (Rage) will be working on at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15).
  • 3:30 p.m. The Massive—Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson (DMZ)
  • 4:30 p.m. Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side—Scott Allie and Mahmud Asrar
  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. McNinja—Christopher Hastings


Saturday, October 15

  • 10:30 a.m. Mass Effect—Mac Walters
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. The Last Dragon—Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay. FREE face painting inspired by The Last Dragon! FREE mini print to the first one hundred people in line for the signing.
  • 12:30 p.m. House of Night—Jenny Frison. Get Marked! FREE House of Night face painting during the signing with cover artist Jenny Frison! FREE House of Night poster. And the first twenty-five people in line for the signing will receive a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P. C. Cast with Kim Doner from St. Martin’s Press!
  • 1:30 p.m. Beasts of Burden—Evan Dorkin
  • 1:30 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender—FREE face-painting event
  • 2:30 p.m. Dragon Age—David Gaider and Mike Laidlaw. FREE print to the first one hundred people in line to meet the lead writer and lead designer of Dragon Age!
  • 3:30 p.m. Angel & Faith—Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
  • 4:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 4:30 p.m. Comic TBA—Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and Becky Cloonan (Demo, Pixu). Find out what Dark Horse comic Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are going to be working on together at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15)!
  • 5:30 p.m. Evelyn, Evelyn—Cynthia von Buhler

Sunday, October 16

  • 10:00 a.m. Beanworld—Larry Marder
  • 10:30 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:00 a.m. Mignolaverse—Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:00 p.m. Creepy—Dan Braun. It’s trick-or-treat time, but not for the kiddos! FREE Creepy comics to the first one hundred people in line, plus an array of crazy Creepy prizes just in time for All Hallow’s Eve!
  • 1:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes of Mass Effect—Mac Walters. Mac Walters discusses the process of writing Mass Effect comics and walks through a digital preview of Mass Effect: Invasion #1.
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 2:30 p.m. Kult—Jeremy Barlow
  • 3:00 p.m. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword—Jeremy Barlow, Paul Tobin, and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:00 p.m. Falling Skies—Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra. Are you missing Falling Skies? Talk to the creators of the preview comic and get a Falling Skies pin from TNT, while supplies last!

Keep your eyes on the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!

Stone Rose Lounge Presents Thrashin’ Week

For those of you (I know it’s probably 90% of guys) who are not into fashion week, there is an event for you. Stone Rose Lounge trades runways for ramps with the debut of Thrashin’ Week, a three-day bash that brings New York’s downtown skate scene to one of the city’s most in-demand uptown haunts. The Manhattan hotspot has partnered with Red Bull to invite the biggest names in action sports to grind through Fashion Week on a 30-foot mini ramp that will be unveiled beside the lounge’s sweeping views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. From athletes to models, everyone is invited to enjoy all-star skateboarding sessions, mini ramp contests with some of New York’s top skaters, and live musical performances from today’s’ most anticipated artists.

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Athletes attending include Billy Rohan, Nolan Lee, Quim Cardona, Luis Tolentino, Danny Falla, Taji Ameen, Leo Gutman, Willy Akers, Dave Willis, Curtis Rapp, Ron Deily, Kevin Tierney and more TBA. Musical performances by Motion City Soundtrack, Mick Boogie, Ninjasonik, Penguin Prison, Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang, London Souls, Jeffrey Tonnesen, Terry Urban and more TBA.


WHERE: Stone Rose Lounge
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(Ground floor entrance)


WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8, – Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

To RSVP for these events, visit http://www.gerberbars.com/thrashinweek/

Thrashin’ Week is brought to you by Gerber Group, Stone Rose Lounge, Red Bull, Rock the Vote, and SOUL by Ludacris

Win a Trip to Fashion Week from LOFT & US Weekly

Hello all you fashionistas, fashion obsessed and New York Fashion Week fan. Want to attend a Fashion show during the fashion holy week in New York? LOFT and US Weekly have partnered to give on person the chance to win a trip to New York City during Fashion Week. In addition, the winner will receive 2 tickets to US Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers Fashion Week Party” (a party I’d kill to attend), dinner at a downtown Manhattan hopspot as well as full looks from LOFT.

See some of the amazing fashions that’s coming for Spring 2012 before your friends in person, be close enough to touch the fashions and be surrounded by the energy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Visit LOFT’s facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/LOFT and enter every day through August 15th to win.