Sinus Buster Capsaicin Nasal Spray

Sinus Buster Capsaicin Nasal Spray Review

Sinus Buster Capsaicin Nasal Spray
Does it Work?

Sinus Buster Capsaicin Nasal Spray is a natural remedy for sinus, allergy and headache sufferers. Capsaicin is a botanical extract derived from cayenne pepper which has been known for it’s benefits in relieving pain and congestion. Sinus Buster is a specially formulated capsaicin nasal spray used to clear up a stuffy nose, relieve sinus pressure and possibly even benefit cluster headache sufferers.  Having struggled with sinus and nasal congestion problems myself, I’ve written reviews on many other natural and prescription drug remedies including, Nasonex, Neilmed Sinus Rinse, Alkalol and Patanase. All four of these products have been somewhat helpful, but not perfect, and in the case of Nasonex and Patanase, there are far too many long term side effects associated with prescription drugs to make me feel comfortable using them on a long term basis. I suspected the Nasonex was making me feel irritable and bothering my stomach. Since discontinuing the use of Nasonex,  I felt better in every way except sinus congestion, particularly while trying to sleep at night. Their addictive properties make over-the-counter-nasal-sprays out of consideration for me. I decided to look for something natural and new to use along with the Neilmed Sinus rinse every day and found Sinus Buster at my local Walmart drug aisle among the decongestants. I’ve heard about the effectiveness of Capsaicin, so decided to pay the $12.00 and give Sinus Buster a try.

Sinus Buster: Does it Work?

Consider this a preliminary review. I’ve only just started using Sinus Buster, so I plan on giving you my long term impression of it after a couple of weeks use or more. I can say pretty, confidently, that sinus buster will give instant relief to a stuffed up nose. The question is, how long will the relief last. I cam home with the Sinus Buster feeling only slightly congested. Just one spray in the nostril provided me with an intense burning sensation, much as if I really had squirted cayenne pepper up your nose. The burning part was only slightly unpleasant and actually began to feel good after I felt the hot capsaicin nasal spray relieving the congestion in my nostrils. The effect you feel from Sinus Buster is not that much unlike eating a hot bowl of green chili sauce or a hot red pepper. It makes you sweat a little and clears up your nose! I took two more sprays of the sinus buster before bed and had one, very good night sleep. I will sometimes randomly experience these nights of sleep where my nasal passages are clear, so its too soon to tell if the capsaicin nasal spray played a role in it or not. Check back soon, for a more long term review on Sinus Buster Capsaicin Nasal Spray.

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How To Cook Filet Mignon In The Oven

How to Cook Filet Mignon in the Oven

The last time I searched online for how to cook Filet Mignon in the oven, the wind was blowing about 40 miles per hour.  There was no way I was going to  wait another day to grill those delicious looking Filet Mignons I bought at Costco. When I brought the steaks home that day, it was perfect grilling weather: 70 degrees and calm. The weather in Denver can change rapidly, especially during early spring and the wind really did come unexpectedly. It was definitely no grilling weather, and that’s how I began searching for ways to cook filet mignon in the oven. I have successful pan-seared high quality, thick steaks before, but I really didn’t want to do that with the Filet Mignon. Grilling or oven cooking filet mignon is not a daunting task. The secret is high heat, so before I get to the oven way of making a perfect filet mignon here’s what works for me on the grill:

Cooking Filet Mignon verses Grilling

When I grill any thick steak, I turn the heat up on my grill as high as it goes. I shut the lid and let it get as hot as it possibly can;  that’s usually the point where my temp gauge says 550-600 degrees. I coat the steak with a mixture of butter, olive oil and black pepper. The oil helps cook the steak without drying it out. I’ll set the steak on the hot grill surface for about 1 and 1/2 minutes than rotate it 90 degrees, then repeat for the other other side. That’s a total of 3 minutes on each side and by rotating it half-way in between, the steak gets those nice dark, square grill marks. The actual cooking temperature might vary depending on how thick the steak is. For a medium-rare,  1-inch thick steak I don’t think I’ve ever had to cook it more than a total of 6 minutes when the grill is hot enough. So if that’s how to grill a filet mignon, then how to cook a Filet Mignon in the Oven using the same method?

Grilling Filet Mignon in the Oven

To cook filet mignon in the oven you need one thing: heat and lots of it. This is what I did and it really turned out well:

Make sure the steaks are thoroughly coated with the oil because they can dry out really fast in an oven. Turn your broiler up as hot as it will go.  Put the meat on a broiling pan and place it as close to the top burner as you can.  Shut the oven door and don’t leave. Time the steak for 1 and half minutes, then pull it out of the oven and rotate it just as described for grilling. Then repeat the process for the other side. You will have a perfectly done,  medium rare Filet Mignon. It’s as simple as that.

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Rancho Alegre Tequila

Tequila Drinker’s Best Kept Secret?

Rancho Alegre
Rancho Alegre Tequila

A Tequila this good and cheap has got to be one of the best kept secret on the planet (at least until this article). Yesterday afternoon, when I checked the ratings websites for bargain priced, decent 100% De Agave Tequila the name, Rancho Alegre, was no where to be found. I found some other brands that were rated very high and cost around $30 for a 750ml bottle. Some examples of these great value priced tequilas include names like Don Eduardo Silver, Hacienda Del Cristero, Marquez de Valencia Reposado, Oro Azul Blanco, just to name a few. With prestigious, Mexican brand names like these, it’s not hard to believe they are quality tequilas, even at a bargain price. But, if I had seen a name like this one on the list for $30.00, I’d be skeptical to say the least. That was before I knew what I know now.

100% De Agave

Armed with my top-shelf, $30-a-bottle, tequila shopping list, I stopped by my local liquor store on the way home from work. My hope was to find a good bottle of sipping tequila like the Don Eduardo and also buy a good mixer-tequila like Sauza for Margaritas, which my wife enjoys. Despite a very nice display and selection of Tequilas, I was unable to find any of the names on my wish-list. I was about to grab the $22.99, 1.75L Bottle of Sauza Gold, when the $17.99 price tag with the unusual name, Rancho Alegre, caught my eye. Underneath the Ranch Alegre label, read 100% De Agave. Now, I’ve had tequilas that claim to be 100% agave before that weren’t any good, so I was skeptical to say the least. Some of these lower priced tequilas claiming to be 100% De Agave remind me of Cuervo. They are very dirty and foul tasting, and don’t make a smooth margarita. Still, at $17.99 for a 1.75L bottle, I thought it might be worth the risk. I loaded the Safari App on my iPhone and searched for a quick review and found some very favorable comments. The ratings stated that Rancho Alegre is not only a good mixer, but very tasty sipping tequila. Either the Reposado or Silver Rancho came highly recommended by the first online review. Deciding I no longer needed the Sauza, I picked up a 1.75L bottle of Reposado.

Rancho Alegre Taste

The first sip of Rancho Alegre lived up to and maybe even surpassed its online rating: Buttery toffee, Agave nectar finishing up with pecan and walnuts. The finish has a bit of a nutty bite, but not at all unpleasant. It was almost too good to use for Margaritas. Before mixing a batch, I let my wife take a couple of sips. She immediately approved and absolutely savored the Margaritas. I couldn’t decide if wanted to drink the Margs or sip on it all by itself, so I did both. I probably drank way too much tequila last night, but had absolutely no headache this morning. I’ve reviewed some excellent bargains in Vodkas and Gins, but this newly discovered tequila is the clear winner of them all when it comes to bargain priced liquor. Now that I’ve let the secret out of the hat, I’d better stock up on Rancho Alegre while it’s still available at such an astoundingly, low price.

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Loews Hotel

Luxury or High-Grade?

Loews Hotel
Loews Hotel

The Low-Down on Loews

They may not be among the most popular or prestigious, but the Loews Hotel chain is an affordable step up from your typical Best Western, Holiday Inn or Sheraton. Loews Hotel accommodations range from standard-sized comfortable rooms, to luxury suites with Ocean Views. There are over 18 Loews locations in North America, as follows:

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18 Locations for Loews in North America

New Orleans, Atlanta, Quebec, Miami, San Diego, St. Pete, Annapolis, Denver, Philadelphia, New York, Nashville, Tucson, Montreal, Las Vegas, Santa Monica and three in Orlando, Florida. With just eighteen locations, Loews has the appearance of a very exclusive chain.

I think the Lowes chain have carved out a niche for themselves in the affordable luxury hotel market. They have enough of a name and reputation to provide that extra level of confidence in the city where you are staying. For example, on an upcoming trip to Philadelphia, I negotiated a deal on Priceline for 2ea 3 and ½ star rooms downtown. They not only accepted my offer, but upgraded me to a 4-Star Hotel. That was a luxurious and comfortable surprise that I was not expecting. Priceline can be an amazing way to shop for Hotels if you’re willing to risk the exact location. I paid such a surprisingly low price that I don’t want to mention it here, for fear of degrading the reputation as a luxury accommodation. Let’s just say I paid a price that would have been tolerable for a 2-star hotel.

User Reviews on Loews

The reviews on Loews Hotels from coast to coast are consistently rated very high by users. On a scale of 1-10, you’d be hard pressed to find a score that is lower than 8 at any of their locations. Compared to other luxury hotel chain reviews, Loews seems to have the edge in star ratings. Doing some quick research of 2,164 reviews from 4 different cities, I calculated an average rating of 8.4. If you’ve ever looked at hotel star ratings, you know that 8.4 is a remarkable score. With so many things that can go wrong on a hotel stay, there are always going to be a few terrible experiences that drop the average rating. My brief research on this chain has made me feel very good about my upcoming trip to the Philadelphia.

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Nasonex

Nasonex
a Review

Does Nasonex Really Work?

nasonex
Nasonex

I’ve been using Nasonex and other Corticosteroid Nasal Sprays for years. Unlike other nasal sprays, nasonex and other steroidal nasal sprays are not designed to give you immediate relief from a stuffy or irritated nasal passage due to allergies. Sprays like nasonex may take several days for you to start feeling the benefits. I can breathe just fine through my nose during the day. My problem has always been congestion while sleeping at night. A long term problem requires a long term solution. I’ve tried other, non-steroidal products like Patanase, which is more of a quick, allergy-relief form of a nasal antihistamine. I found out that Patanase is very good at relieving allergy symptoms as they occur but does not do much good for long-term stuffy, chronic nasal congestion while trying to sleep at night. Having suffered through a sinus infection last fall, I decided to go back to nasonex.  So, what is nasonex and how does it work?

What is Nasonex?

Nasonex is one of several brand of steroidal nasal sprays known as corticosteroids. corticosteroid nasal sprays work as other steroids do – by reducing inflammation in your nasal passages. It may take several days to several weeks to notice the full benefits of nasonex and other corticosteroid nasal sprays. Because nasonex and other steroidal nasal sprays work by reducing inflammation, the benefits are cumulative. That means that you have to continue taking corticosteroid nasal sprays for a long-term period before you experience the full relief from a stuffy nose. I am a little leery about using any drug for a long-term, consistent period of time, but if it helps me breathe and sleep at night, I’m certainly willing to give it a try.

How Well Does Nasonex Actually Work?

From my experience, nasonex works about as well as all of the other corticosteroid nasal spray brands: Rhinocort, Nasalcort, Flonase,  just to name a few of the most popular nasal steroid spray brands commonly prescribed by doctors. At one time or another I’ve tried all of these nasal steroid sprays for extended periods of times over the past 10-15 years and can honestly report that they all worked about the same for me. I probably prefer the nasonex because it has less of an unpleasant odor and aftertaste than the others. But,the real question is, do these nasal steroid sprays provide relief from a stuffy nose? My answer is, yes, but only partially. My experience with Nasonex and the rest of these sprays is that they seem to work quite well after about 7-10 days, but the beneficial effects seem to subside over time. Overall, I would rate them as 60% effective in helping me breath through my nose at night. The benefits seem to decline overtime. Without them, the difficulty in getting a good night’s sleep can be a whole other story for me. I decided to go back to nasal steroid sprays after having a very bad sinus infection. Why? Side effects. Is it possible to take any drug, long term without experiencing some side effects, which most of the time, are under-reported by the supportive medical studies?

Side Effects of Nasonex

I always suspected that these corticosteroid steroidal sprays might have something to do with insomnia and anxiety. Rather than go by medical studies, alone, it pays to see what other users have actually reported. Anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, digestive problems and head aches are at the top of the list. Now, I realize that side-effects of any drug can be extremely hard to diagnose and accurately report. Those who are using these steroidal nasal sprays are taking them for a reason, so how can we distinguish the side effects from the original symptoms of the problem? Sinus headaches are obviously one side effect of a stuffy nose, and a lack of sleep can certainly cause one to feel anxiety, irritability and other symptoms the next day. So, how do we know what is causing what? There is no easy answer to that. No doctor or number of medical studies can decide for us when our bodies are experiencing side effects from any drug. My conclusion is that there is no such thing as a long-term drug that doesn’t come with some unpleasant consequences in the form of side effects. I’ve decided to once again ween myself from Nasonex and continue the natural remedies such as Alkalol and Neilmed Sinus Rinse. Whether insomnia is a side effect of the drug or not, what is the point in staying away a night worrying about a drug that is only 60% effective? For now, I’ll just say good night to another prescription allergy product.

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French Coffee Press Review

French Coffee Press
French Coffee Press

I used to think a French coffee press was just another one of those snobby marketing ideas. As I quite often do, I’ve changed my mind a bit on the Coffee Press method of brewing coffee as I’ll explain in this review. First, a little history about how a French Press Coffee maker ended up in my home: I bought my, 8-Cup Bodum coffee press about 15 years ago when I started drinking Starbucks Coffee. For many years, I didn’t like Starbucks Coffee. In fact, I only drank light roasted coffees. I thought the Starbucks Dark roasted coffees tasted smoky and lacked the richness of lighter roasts. It wasn’t until I actually went into a Starbucks Store and ordered a regular cup of coffee that I got a new found appreciation for their darker, cream tasting roasts. The home coffee makers just don’t do a decent job. One: home coffee brewers don’t make it hot enough. Two, home coffee brewers don’t extract the flavor of the dark coffee grinds. Because the darker grinds are well roasted, the window for unlocking their flavor is extremely critical So, one day about 15 years ago, I asked my Starbucks store representative what kind of coffee maker it would take to get the coffee to taste as good at home as it does the store. They showed me a Bodum French press and I bought it on the spot. Why?

 

What is a French Coffee Press

A French Coffee Press is a bit of a peculiar looking contraption, isn’t it? Some would have you believe it’s a beautiful relic meant to be proudly displayed in your kitchen. I wouldn’t call a French coffee press ugly, but I wouldn’t exactly call it attractive either. At any rate, a coffee press is indeed an interesting looking device. My Bodum coffee press consists of an 8-Cup glass carafe with a plastic base. The lid has an 8” metal rod going through it, with a mesh-metal filter attached to the bottom. A spring-type mechanism wraps around the circumference of the mesh filter and is designed to push the grinds down and keep them out of your coffee when you press it. So, how do you use a one?

How to Use a Coffee Press

Using a French coffee press is a far more simple process than the looks of this contraption would have you believe. I actually enjoy using mine, but it does require a couple of little extra steps to prepare. The first thing I do is grind the coffee. Because a press uses no paper filter, it is important not to grind the coffee too fine. In fact, the coffee grinds can be quite coarse and still get a good roasted flavor. I usually turn my coffee grinder on for no more than about 10 seconds. I also like to use more coffee than I would with a traditional coffee maker. It’s up to you how strong you like your coffee. Dump the coffee grinds into your French coffee press carafe and some water either on the stove or with a microwave proof container. Since my own French Press holds 8 cups, I usually boil 2-8 cups of water, depending on how much coffee I want to make. Then, while the boiling water is piping hot, pour it into the carafe over the coffee grinds. Gently put the lid on without pushing the rod down. Allow the coffee to steep for about 3-5 minutes then slowly press the rod down to the bottom of the carafe. The Coffee is now ready to pour. When prepared with my Bodum, the coffee is hotter and more flavorful than with the Cuisinart Coffee/Grinder and several of the other coffee makers I own, including the old-fashioned percolator! And I like the idea that the French coffee press is so old-fashioned that it’s simple to use and clean. Just dump the grinds into the sink and wash the carafe and parts and set them in the sink basket to dry.

Cons of the French Press

If a coffee press is so simple to use then you’re probably asking why I would ever use anything else. There are actually three reasons: One: My Bodum Press simply doesn’t make enough coffee for an entire family. Two: The coffee doesn’t stay hot very long as there is no heating element on the bottom. Three: You will have some fine coffee grinds sediments in your cup. I don’t mind this, but others might. The coffee press has its place among my other coffee makers and I use it when I want just one or two cups of the fullest bodied coffee I can get my hands on at home.

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