Green Mountain K-Cups Dark Magic Coffee

Green Mountain K-Cups Dark Magic Coffee

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Green Mountain K-Cups Dark Magic Coffee  is the most recent coffee I’ve tried for my Mr Coffee Keurig brewer and I’m not at all disappointed. My coffee roast preference ranges somewhere between medium and dark. Sometimes, coffees which are advertised as bold and dark remind me a little too much of French or Italian roast which tastes a little too burnt and smoky to me. For this reason, I was taking a little bit of a chance when I bought the Dark Magic Coffee at Walmart.

Since my two favorites: Green Mountain Sumatran and Newman’s Own Extra Bold are medium roast coffees, I was looking for a replacement similar to either of these two. Unfortunately, Walmart had neither. In fact, they did not carry any of the favorite K-Cups that I reviewed above. I tried the Nantucket (medium roast) by Green Mountain and found it to be a little bit too tart and acidic. The problem for me with the medium to lighter roast coffees is that they are often too acidic. The Newman’s and Sumatran are just about right. Of course, any flavor brewed by Starbucks Tassimo is always perfect, but there is currently nothing yet available for my Keurig. And as the linked article indicates, even Starbucks Tassimo is out of business. So, with the Dark Magic 18-pack being my best bet, I decided to give it a try. I’ll be honest, about this coffee: I really liked it.

Dark Magic Taste Test

Is Dark Magic a little bit darker than I’d like it? Yes.  Is too bold? No. Does it have some of the characteristics that I don’t like in French and Italian Roast coffees? Yes, but not overly so. I’m glad to say that the Green Mountain K-Cups Dark Magic coffee is good enough for me to drink every day. In fact, I’d rank it right up there as a close second behind either the Newman’s Extra Bold or the Green Mountain Sumatran.  Dark Magic is a good, dark, bold coffee which is very smooth and drinkable. While it doesn’t measure up to anything done by Starbucks, it deserves it’s place among the top of the Keurig K-Cups.  If you like a good amount of thick cream, Green Mountain K-Cups Dark Magic Coffee might quickly become your favorite choice.


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Ignore the Awkward by Uffe Ravnskov

Ignore the Awkward Uffe Ravnskov

Ignore the Awkward is yet another informative and enjoyable book by Uffe Ravnskov, which explains in detail how the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive. I’ve read Uffe Ravnskov’s other two books: The Cholesterol Myths and Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You. Each of these books would serve as a good lesson for anyone who is interested in opening their mind up to the truth on fat, cholesterol and statins.
So, how does this most recent title differ from Uffe Ravnskov’s other two books? First off, let me tell you what I know about Uffe Ravnskov, the author.

Expert on Cholesterol

Uffe Ravnskov

I am convinced that nobody knows more about Cholesterol than Dr. Uffe Ravnskov.
To be honest, it wasn’t necessary for me to read any of his three books to be convinced that the commonly accepted views and warnings of fat and cholesterol are all the result of an unfortunate, long-legged, runaway medical scam. I was educated on fat and cholesterol by Uffe Ravnskov through his websites, Cholesterol Myths and THINCS. Having become familiar with the author over the last 10 years, it is obvious to me that Uffe Ravnskov has spent the better part of his lifetime studying cholesterol. Dr. Ravnskov has delved into, analyzed and digested the critical facts and statistics of dozens, if not hundreds of cholesterol studies. The author has even performed his own meta analysis of all of these studies to prove how the popularly accepted theory on cholesterol is wrong – dangerously wrong. All of Ravnskov’s work is meticulously referenced in each of his three books. Uffe Ravnskov critically analyzes the actual data and statistics and presents logical conclusions in his books which are sometimes shocking, yet always ring truthful when you take the time to digest all of the misleading garbage we’ve been fed about cholesterol and dietary fat. While all three books certainly focus on the same topic, I believe each of them serve a useful purpose. His latest book, Ignore the Awkward is no exception.

A Most Appropriate Title

Perhaps Uffe Ravnskov didn’t have this in mind when he wrote the book, but I believe Ignore the Awkward, is an appropriate title for more reasons than what was intended.
I will give you the perfect example of this by relating a true story. Several months ago, I lended Ravnskov’s previous book, Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You, to a young man approximately half my age whom I met at a party, through my wife’s work. We’ll refer to this young man as, Frank. Frank had just been given a ‘high cholesterol’ sentence, along with a Lipitor prescription from his doctor. As I listened to him describe his irrational fear of cholesterol and insane, low-fat diet ambitions, I couldn’t help but to speak up. I told Frank everything I learned from Dr.Uffe Ravnskov. I thought perhaps that he had listened to me as he did seem a little reassured at the time. Evidently this was not the case. A week or so later, my wife overheard him bragging to co-workers about his absurd, low-fat diet dishes and how he aims to lower his cholesterol ‘naturally’ by eating completely flavorless food lacking in nutritious fat and protein. I couldn’t bear hearing this, so I gave the Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You book to my wife to give to Frank. Weeks later, I asked my wife to check on Frank and ask how the book went over with him. Frank’s reply was that he didn’t agree with the book and that he was going to continue eating the bland diet of rabbits and other grazing animals. When asked what specific information was in the book that he didn’t agree with, Frank had no answers. Obviously, he didn’t read the book – talk about Ignoring the Awkward! I’m sure Frank couldn’t get past the first page before his brainwashed mind told him that the truth was too awkward for him to believe! Weeks later, when I heard about the title for the latest cholesterol book of Uffe Ravnskov, I immediately thought of Frank. If a poor, brainwashed patient like Frank can ignore the awkward, the brainwashers themselves are experts on the topic.

Ignore the Awkward: It’s Not Just for Patients

When Uffe Ravnskov named the book, I think he really had doctors, researchers, medical companies and fat-industry food giants in mind. The gist of the book is that this is exactly what has been happening to us for decades: We are ignoring what is awkward to us. The result is the longest running medical scam in our world’s history. Uffe Ravnskov explains how the special interests of the low-fat food industries and statin drug manufacturers have successfully perpetuated this myth time and time again. But, he achieves this goal very methodically and systematically through the use of study facts, statistics and his own research analysis of these studies. Each study is footnoted and referenced at the end of every chapter. Dr. Ravnskov even tells us how to use Google or our Library to get a hold of the actual studies ourselves to verify his accuracy and reach our own conclusions. How does Ignore the Awkard compare to Ravnskov’s other three books? I’m afraid that Cholesterol Myths will always be my sentimental favorite because it was the first of his books I ever read. While all of these books do make use of the very same material, each one adds new material and includes studies which were either not available or mentioned at the time of the previous books. His latest two books; Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You and Ignore the Awkward includes a very compelling case for what really does cause heart disease. So, if there was one and only one Uffe Ravnskov book that I could use to convince someone of the fraudulent cholesterol theory, which one would I choose?
I think this most recent title might resonate the best for a patient like Frank who is being told the shocking lies about cholesterol theory for the first time. Of the three books, I thought Cholesterol Myths did the best job convincing and easing my fears with its extensive use of statistics and explanations of risk vs. relative risk. The 2nd book, Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You was a well-done update of his first book. Ignore the Awkward, I believe, does the best job elevating one’s fear of the dangers of Statin Medications. Ignore the Awkward is the easiest to read of the three books and is probably the one that is best suited for whetting the appetite of a hungry, brain-washed patient on a low-fat diet. Anyone who has trouble accepting views that are unpopular should read this book with one condition: Don’t ignore the title.

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Allergy Buster Sinus Relief

Allergy Buster
Review: Does it really work?

Allergy Buster Sinus Allergy Relief

Allergy Buster is a new rendition of the popular, all-natural nasal spray, Sinus Buster.  If you’ve read my reviews, you know that I’m a big fan of sinus buster capsaicin nasal spray. My Sinus Allergy relief needs tend to lean towards the sinus side of the equation, particularly at night when my nasal passages get stuffy while sleeping on my side. Still, there are times, after mowing the lawn, taking a walk or bike ride, when I come down with the sneezing and runny nose symptoms from allergies.  So, the question for me is: In addition to it’s supposed allergy relief benefits, will this enhanced product provide the same sinus congestion relief as Sinus Buster? 

Allergy Buster vs Sinus Buster

While Sinus Buster greatly relieves congestion, it doesn’t do me much good for the allergy symptoms.  I reluctantly use Claritin for these allergy symptoms, because it makes me drowsy. I found the new, Allergy Buster product on the shelves of Walmart where I normally would see Sinus Buster. With Sinus Buster nowhere to be seen, I took a look at the active ingredients and found that Capcicum, like Sinus Buster is at the very top of the list. But, unlike Sinus Buster, this claims to be for both Sinus Allergy Relief. Allergy Buster is essentially a Capsaicin Nasal spray with some additional ingredients: Eucalyptus and Urtica diocia. The Eucalyptus provides additional relief of sinus congestion while the Urtica diocia is designed to ease allergy symptoms.

All-Natural Sinus Allergy Relief in One Bottle

The important ingredient in Sinus Buster is of course the active hot pepper, capsicum or capsaicin. Since Allergy Buster lists this ingredient at the top of the list, I assume it is just as effective as Sinus Buster for clearing up the nose. Eucalyptus is an ingredient that is  in Alkalol that I’ve used along with the Neilmed Sinus rinse.  Eucalyptus does have a very soothing and clearing effect on sinus passages and because it’s natural, it doesn’t bother me having this extra ingredient included along with the capsicum. Not being familiar with Ortica diocia, I decided to look it up.  Urtica diocia, also known as Nettle, is a perennial leaf extract which is reported to have many health benefits, including relief of allergy rhinitis symptoms.

Does Allergy Buster Work?

Upon first use and feeling the stinging burn of the active pepper ingredients, I can say with certainty that the new allergy version is just as effective as Sinus Buster for clearing a stuffy nose. What I cannot yet answer is whether or not the Eucalyptus provides improvement over the traditional Sinus Buster formula. Also, I have not yet had the opportunity to use the allergy product at the upon the onset of severe hay fever symptoms. Needles to say, another review will be in order to report on the effectiveness of Allergy Buster as a complete, all-natural, all-in-one, sinus relief nasal spray.

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Orbit Sprinkler Timer

Orbit Sprinkler Timer
Orbit 27999

I must have used up at least 750 words ranting and raving about Hunter Sprinklers products last month, so why did I choose an Orbit Sprinkler Timer, instead? I can answer that question in one word: Cost. The Orbit 9 Station Timer, Model # 27999 sells at your local Lowes Store for about $69.00. The Hunter 8-Station XC-800 model does have a few more features, bells and whistles over the Orbit 27999, none of which seemed very significant to me. For instance, the Hunter XC-800 will completely backup your entire program into permanent memory and doesn’t depend on the lithium battery to hold it. Since I plan on changing my battery once a year, I don’t expect that to be an issue and even if it ever becomes one, these digital sprinkler timers are very easy to program and the Orbit Timer is no exception. Before we get to that, what else is missing on with the Orbit versus the Hunter timer?

Differences between Orbit Hunter XC-800 Sprinkler Timer

The XC-800 allows you to power on 3 different solenoids at the same time. That might be a nice feature in a commercial setting, but I fear it would challenge the water pressure limitations of most residences. The Hunter XC-800 has a seasonal adjustment feature which automatically compensates for the varying demands of seasonal temperatures and moisture. For instance, you can increase your watering time percentage in the hotter, dryer August months, or lower the percentage in the cool April, May Spring Months or September, October Fall months. I liked that idea and I was pleased to find out that the Orbit timer has something very similar.   Essentially, the Orbit 2799 the same thing, in the name of a Budget dial for dialing in a percentage.  Same concept and a good idea which makes it easy to adjust your watering times without having to re-program each and every station. Enough about the differences between the two sprinkler timers:  What does the Orbit 27999 actually do and what do I like about it?

Setup and Operation of the Orbit Sprinkler Timer

I wanted an electronic, easy-to-read Sprinkler Timer that offered multiple watering times for up to 8 stations and was easy to program. The Orbit Model 27999 succeeds and adds 1 station for a total of 9. Model 27999 is logically organized via an 8-Position dial with sensible descriptions:

  • Auto
  • Set Clock
  • Set Date
  • Start Time
  • Run Time
  • How Often
  • Budget
  • Off

If you think the Orbit timer can be programmed without a manual, you’re absolutely correct. By turning the dial, you can navigate through the 9-stations and 3-programs with the left and right cursors. I fumbled a few times getting the stations and programs confused, but I was always able to get back on track by reading the description of the dial. Each Station can have up to 4 Watering Start times. There are three programs: A, B and C. I’ve set my sprinkler system up so the front and back yard grass are on Program A.  Program B is for the Garden and Program C is for the Drip System for watering shrubs. Obviously, it is not necessary to put each of these three areas on their own program, but it makes it easy to understand and provides the maximum amount of flexibility for choosing what to water, when and how often. Each Station can be watered from 1 – 240 minutes. My only real difficult with the Orbit Sprinkler Timer was figuring out how manually water specific stations. It took a little getting used to, but it does make sense after you get used to it. The 27999 timer comes with a CR2016 Lithium Battery for keeping your programs backed up in the event of a power failure. These batteries are durable, long-lasting and easy to find, so I will keep a spare and plan on replacing it once a year.


The Budget dial allows you to adjust your watering times seasonally from 10% to 200%. There is a rain-delay feature which can be ran manually or automatically through a programmable water sensor option.  What else is cool? A water-tight door can be be closed and locked to protect the unit. My old Rainbird Sprinkler Timer had a bulky, large transformer; the Orbit Sprinkler Timer plugs directly into the wall with a three prong electrical cord and generates no heat.


Installing the Orbit Sprinkler Timer was the easiest part of all. My 18-year old Rainbird Timer had the wires in place. I simply removed them with a screwdriver and inserted them into the matching numbers on the Orbit. No tools are required to wire the Orbit Sprinkler Timer. They snap right into place. There is a clearly labeled connection for your  Common Wire, Pump Wire and stations 1-9 are numbered. The Orbit Sprinkler Timer took about 10 minutes to install and another 15 minutes to program on my very first try. If you’re tired of your old analog system, you will not be disappointed the Orbit sprinkler timer.

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Asahi Beer

Asahi Beer
Asahi Super Dry

The first time I had Asahi Beer I wasn’t able to appreciate it as much as I should have. It was my 50th birthday party and I had already drank a couple of glasses of scotch and about 3 or 4 other beer brands which I was unable to remember by the time I took my first sip of the Asahi. What I do remember is that the Asahi went down smoother and drier than anything I had drunk all day. Asahi bills itself as a super dry beer and that’s no lie. It wasn’t until a couple of days later that I really became fond of the Asahi super dry beer.

I came home from work on a really hot June afternoon and so the story goes: Before heading inside the cool air conditioned house to relax, I took care of some chores outside in the hot sun and developed quite a thirst. Normally, I’m craving a couple of martinis and olives at around 5:30pm, but the heat, along with my increasing thirst coaxed my mind into considering the assortment of cold, brews that were left in the basement refrigerator from the birthday bash the previous weekend. I opened the fridge and sorted through about a dozen different types of Sam Adams; then skipped over some cans of Coors; Modelo Especial and a half dozen bottles of New Castle before the 3 remaining bottles of Asahi Beer caught my eye; still in the original box labeled, Super Dry. The Super Dry Asahi seemed like the perfect match for my thirst. It would also be a great opportunity to evaluate the Asahi beer with fresh taste buds for the first time. Appreciation for a premium dry beer took on a new meaning from the very first sip of Asahi.

Tasting Notes

The dryness of Asahi makes it an incredibly refreshing beer for hitting the spot on a hot summer day. Yet, this super dry beer fromJapandoesn’t stop at that. Even if you’re not particularly thirsty, Asahi is an incredibly enjoyable beer to sip. The Asahi has a very well-rounded, wood-oak, malty nose at first taste with the perfect amount of effervescence that seems to dissolve magically on your tongue. I taste a nice amount of hops with just a hint of  lemon-citrus after-bite. Asahi Beer is most definitely a worthy Lager Style beer. Like you would expect from a Japanese beer, Asahi is made with rice.

My over all Impression? I give Asahi Beer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. I’ll be buying this one again soon.


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