Livestrong LS9.9C Indoor Cycle Review

Endorsed by Lance Armstrong, it should not be surprising that the Livestrong LS9.9IC Indoor Cycle is a serious bike for people looking to do some serious biking.

It is a sturdy bike and well built bike, using a 44 lbs flywheel and a Kevlar belt drive for dependable and quiet operation. Resistance is adjusted with a mono brake cantilevered braking system. The saddle is a race style saddle and can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally for best fit.Maximum user capacity is 290 lbs

Unlike most spinning cycles, the Livestrong LS9.9IC has a LCD display with three different feedback windows for speed, RPM, heart rate and calories burned. Continue reading “Livestrong LS9.9C Indoor Cycle Review”

ProForm 290 SPX Indoor Cycle Trainer

The Proform 290 SPX Indoor Cycle Trainer is a well executed spinning cycle, combining an entry level price with enough bike for some serious training.

Seat and handlebars are padded for comfort and can be adjusted for optimum position and fit. With a chain drive, the ride on the Proform 290SPX is both quiet and smooth. Continue reading “ProForm 290 SPX Indoor Cycle Trainer”

Smooth V350 Spinner

The Smooth V350 Spinner is a well executed spinning bike with a reasonable price tag.

The seat is highly adjustable and padded for maximum comfort and lengthy time in the saddle.

The handlebars have multiple hand positions and the LCD display gives all the essential information and resistance is controlled with a large knob.

The Smooth V350 Spinner bike is also is to level on an uneven floor and has transport wheels, making it easy to move around.

Warranty is excellent, especially considering the price, 3 years on parts and 2 years on labor Continue reading “Smooth V350 Spinner”

Chef or Santoku knife

Let’s face it, knives are cool. The way that light gleams off the razor sharp steel of a knife blade is exhilarating; sparking something primal in our psyche that no amount of sensible grown up thoughts can dispel. No other kitchen item can rival it in terms of pure excitement and visual appeal; although a lovely gleaming set of French copper pans comes fairly close. A chef’s choice of knife is often an extension of their personality and cooking style. For the home cook owning one quality knife is often enough for most jobs, but which do you choose? Continue reading “Chef or Santoku knife”

Elderbrook Cordial Delice

Following on from my review of Elderbrook Cordials here is a recipe that I came up with using the flavoured cordials in one of my favourite desserts. A delice is a delightful little dessert that looks gorgeous and is actually fairly straightforward to make. By using the cordial, the method is actually even easier than when made with fresh fruits or berries so this recipe really is a simplified version.

Instead of making one large dessert I went for four smaller ones using individual 3in rings. If you wanted to you could make a single large dessert using a larger ring and a flan base for the bottom layer. If you did this only use one flavour of cordial for the mousse filling. You may also need a little more of the jelly depending on the size of your ring – I would suggest no larger than 8in. Continue reading “Elderbrook Cordial Delice”

Review: Elderbrook Cordial

Water is pretty boring, essential, but boring. We all know it and have to live with it. If it were not for the fact that without water we would die nobody would drink it. Over the years there have been many attempts at making it more interesting. Most of these involved lots of sugar, loads of it. Thanks to a certain Mr Oliver we all now know that too much sugar is bad, who knew, and so it is back to plain old water. Continue reading “Review: Elderbrook Cordial”

Review: Brewdog Brighton

With the Schools out for Summer and A level results received last week, this time of year is for celebrations and planning for the future. My school days are a distant memory but not wanting to be left behind, and being a keen supporter of life time learning, I leapt at the opportunity to attend “Beer School” at Brewdog Brighton.

If you are not aware of Brewdog where have you been? Since their creation back in 2007 this Scottish craft beer company has been at the forefront of the UK craft beer industry. Started in a small town called Fraserburgh by lifelong friends Martin Dickie and James Watt, Brewdog wanted to shake up the beer world – not literally.

Brewdog’s mission is to make other people as passionate about craft beer as they are. What started as two blokes and a dog has grown into a global brand with 44 bars across the UK and beyond, their mission appears to be working.

Beer school at Brewdog in Brighton offers groups the chance to experience first hand that passion for craft beer that runs through the Brewdog brand. Not only do you learn about the brewing process and ethos behind the craft beer movement but also how to taste craft beer and get the best out of it.

When it comes to beer I would not claim to be an expert, although you could say I am a graduate of the University of life on the subject, and so I was intrigued to learn more. I was also interested in hearing about Brewdog as I had heard lots of mixed opinions and press about the company.

I was greeted by Alex, my host and teacher for the evening, and quickly tucked into a pint of Punk IPA which was freshly kegged. Alex tells me that one of the reasons for opening their own bars was to ensure that Brewdog beer would be served at its absolute best. I have to say it was one of the most refreshing pints of Punk I’d had and was actually slightly mellower than I’d previously experienced. I could really taste the freshness and complexity in the beer compared to when I’ve purchased it bottled or canned.

I’m told this is because they can control how it is stored and kept whereas supermarkets and other pubs might not always have the same quality controls in place. This is something that we discuss further and Alex tells me that Brewdog place quality and consistency at the centre of their production. Throughout the brewing process their beer is subjected to rigorous laboratory testing and if it does not meet their standards it doesn’t leave the brewery, well not for public consumption anyway.

After watching some videos about the company and the brewing process we get started with the tasting. I appreciate that a beer tasting might sound a little ridiculous to some, however, craft beers can really rival wines in terms of depth and complexity. Understanding how to fully experience the beer is vital in appreciating the work that has gone into it, and a lot of effort does go into every one.

We start with “Jet Black Heart”, a milk stout that is as dark as its name suggests. Checking the aroma first I pick up woody notes with a bitter smoked coffee edge. When tasted these flavours continue with a creamy yet dry and bitter finish.

Next up is a Belgian fruit beer which takes me by surprise. I was expecting a red beer along the lines of Kriek or Fruli but this is totally different. It has a powerful aroma of passionfruit and reminds me of Rubicon juice. I’m therefore expecting a very sickly sweet mouth feel but instead it is very dry hopped and reminiscent of a pilsner style beer. It is a really accomplished and delicious beer.

Next up is another dark beer this time one that is aged in whisky barrels. “Bourbon Baby” as you can imagine is a beer with a strong whisky undertone, think vanilla and dried fruits. It has a very interesting taste and weirdly reminds me of Malibu and coke, not that I’ve drank that in a long time I might add.

Food, Booze and Reviews

I am back from holiday and as much as I wish I could say that it is good to be back that would be a bloody massive lie, so I won’t. Whilst I was away I am sure that the food world kept turning and lots of exciting new stuff occurred. Now that I am back it is time to write another little news update for you about the stuff going on in my little corner of the food world.

Laine Brew Co Launch

Last night saw the launch party for the new range of beers from London/Brighton brewery Laine Brew Co. Their new brewery, situated just outside Brighton in the South Downs, heralds the next step for this relatively new brewery upping their production to 65HL which is about 40,000 pints a week to you and me. The new range of beers features both cask and keg offerings which is great to see, plus bottled and canned beers as well. Continue reading “Food, Booze and Reviews”

Proform 290 SPX

Proform 290 spx is the perfect indoor bike. You now have the capability to do a great work out in the confines of your own home.You will see this style of bike at your local gym where they do the popular spinning class’s.

The proform 290 spx spinning bike was built to handle any type of work. Someone looking for a easy workout or the workout junkie. Bottom line is the Proform 290 spx was built to last a very long time. OH yea, no need to wear a helmet either

You will also be very impressed how easy it is to put together. Most folks have been able to put the ProForm 290 SPX together in less then 30 minutes.

Cycle training has been around for a very long time. If your looking for a great workout and improve cardiovascular health as well as tone your overall body and burn a ton of calories all in the comforts of your own home this is perfect for you.

I personally like to set up the Proform 290 spx in front of the TV. Nothing like getting a great workout in while watching your favorite tv show or sporting event. This really makes a workout go by extremely fast as well.

Proform 290 SPX Features

  • 5 year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Water bottle holder
  • Chain driven for a nice smooth ride
  • Adjustable handle bars with comfortable soft non slip grips
  • Transportation wheel so you can easily move it from place to place
  • Toe cages so your feet won’t slip

The The proform 290 spx spinning bike weight 250 pounds making it feel nice and solid while you go for a ride indoors. I typically use the the proform 290 spx spinning bike about 5 times a week. My usual ride last about 30-45 minutes depending on how much time I have. You will find this bike to be so comfortable that it wouldn’t surprise me if your workout last well over an hour.

There are a lot of places selling the the proform 290 spx. But you will find to be by far the cheapest on the internet. Plus there are a ton of reviews as well.

If your serious about purchasing  the proform 290 spx spinning bike or just thinking about it I highly recommend you check out all the reviews online. Click here to read tons of reviews. Most of them are extremely positive. But of course there are a few negative ones.

So if you end up deciding to buy the proform 290 spx please report back to us and leave a comment on what you think about it. Your feed back is very important to us. Happy cycling!

OPC Factor

In order to better understand what OPC Factor is, it is important to know what OPCs are.  Oligomeric Proantohcyanidins, or OPC’s are a natural food supplement that have been used in Europe since the 1980’s and have only recently made its way to the United States.

This anti-oxidant, which can be found in grape seeds and other fruits and nuts, is the main part of it. When taking this supplement, it is important to note that you are not only getting OPC; it also has all vitamins that any multi-vitamin would have.

In fact, it has such an extensive list of resources that these need to be mentioned. OPC Factorcontains the following:

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TRX Force kit

The TRX Force Kit is a training regimen that is used by professionals in the Military, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and first responders. This product is made by TRX which was started only seven years ago by a US Navy SEAL.

While training in the Navy, Randy Hetrick and others from his team wanted to develop the ultimate training exercise in order to stay in good shape while on missions. TRX makes two different types of products, Suspension Training and Rip training. The TRX Force kit is part of Suspension training. Continue reading “TRX Force kit”

ISO7X Review

When I first started fitness training I had no idea what apparatus worked for what, and isometric exercises sounded like some sort of math equation. Today, I am fitter than I have ever been in my life, and I know which exercise machines and equipment function well and which don’t. Continue reading “ISO7X Review”

Genie Bra Reviews

Are you the type of person that hates the under wire and is really annoyed with cheap bra straps but never seem to have a choice when trying to buy a bra in the store. The hottest new thing in the bra world is called the Genie Bra.

One cool thing about the genie bra is the bra is the size is determined by your clothing size not you cup size. The company also says the Genie Bra has great support and is very comfortable. Using a microfiber fabric with wide straps and no seams and a band for additional support and comfort. Using this unique material the bra really fits well make your chest look even better! Continue reading “Genie Bra Reviews”

Flex Mini Review

The Flex Mini is a product designed to tone users’ buttocks and thighs without needing to do laborious exercises for these parts of the body.

Because this is an area that a lot of women struggle with and feel most self confident about, some people describe it as a miracle machine which uses Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, this can really help people achieve the thighs and butt they have always wanted. Continue reading “Flex Mini Review”