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Blendtec Total Blender

February 9, 2011 8:11 pm

Just received our new Blendtec Total Blender in the mail today.    The unit is smaller than the Vitamix 5200 and fits nicely under the counter.  It looks hi-tech compared to our Vitamix.

Only had a chance to use it once to blend baby food for our twin daughters.

Ingredients were:

  • Cooked Brown Rice
  • Cooked Chicken Breast
  • Cooked Egg Yellows
  • Raw Banana
  • Avacdao

When blending the above ingredients with our Vitamix it requires the use of the Plunger (which I am not to fond of)   From watching the Blendtec Road Show at Costco they state that no push stick / plunger is required for the Blendtec.  However we had horrible blend experience.   The puree got very frothy (airy) in the beginning and just would not blend.  We had to take the jar off, get the air out and blend again.  We did this about 10 times before just gave up and move the mix over to the Vitamix which than did a beautiful job blending the ingredients into a puree.

I have mixed feelings if I should keep this blender now.   Looking at the build quality of the blending jar you can tell the blade / bearing assembly of the Blendtec isn’t as strong as the Vitamix.

Will try to do a more indepth review later.

VANOC Overruns

February 16, 2010 3:17 pm

With all the Olympic Budget Overruns in Vancouver right now, I don’t think that VANOC should get their bonus.

Don’t think any other private corporation will be giving themselves bonuses when they went way over budget.

Blogging

December 1, 2009 10:06 am

Wow it’s been forever since I made a post in here.

2010 Vancouver Olympics

January 22, 2009 10:55 pm

I’m really skeptical about the benefits of having the Winter Olympics in Vancouver for 2010.    Canada have had already had two Olympics in the past (Calgary & Montreal).   What legacy will it leave the citizens of Vancouver when it leaves them millions of dollars in debt?

Vancouver Sun reports that the total spending of the olympics is going to be in the $6 billion range.  What can that do for the people of BC?

1.  Health Care

2.  Education

3.  Roads, Bridges & Infrastructures Projects that will actually help the economy of BC.

4.  Social Programs

What do you think about the 2010 Olympics?

“_” in host / domain name

June 26, 2008 8:57 am

Don’t try to use a “_” in your host / domain name.   Internet Explorer has issues with _ and will not generate cookies for sites that have a “_” in their host name.

USPS & Canada Post

June 19, 2008 10:53 am

If you run a business and have important shipments going cross-border (USA/Canada).  Do not rely on Canada Post and/or USPS.    They are slow even if you use Express Mail.    Go to UPS, Fedex, DHL.  Your package actually gets there the Next Day  and not a week later.

Custom Cooling Solutions Ltd.

April 24, 2008 12:01 pm

Are you looking to save energy?

Are you looking to cool / heat your house?

Looking for Heat Pump or Air Conditioner?

Looking for experienced hvac professionals?

Contact Heathe / Dan @ Custom Cooling Solutions Ltd.   (Langley, BC).

Tojo - Inventor of the California and BC Roll?

November 24, 2007 2:13 pm

I was watching Chef at Large on Food Network a few nights ago and they aired an episode about Sushi.   They filmed the show in Vancouver at the restaurant Tojo’s.  To my surprise the show stated that Hidekazu Tojo is the inventor of the California roll and BC roll.  I decided to do a search on wikipedia to learn more.   Wikipedia states that the California roll is invented in LA by Ichiro Mashita in the early 1970s.  

Who is the real inventor of the California roll and who should get the credit for inventing the roll?

 To me it seems kind of odd that someone in Vancouver, British Columbia would invent a CALIFORNIA roll as they are in BC and not California unlike the other cheif based in California.  

 

New Home Construction

9:07 am

You think nowadays with so many homes going up that the builders and their sub-trades would have had enough experience to not make as many mistakes.    Forgetting a door bell / chime (wiring) seems to be a pretty big mistake don’t you think?

Do not fly Japan Airlines (JAL)

November 22, 2007 4:50 pm

I usually fly Cathay Pacific / Dragon Air when visiting Asia.  On my latest trip I decided to fly JAL to give it a try.   My conclusion after of 25 hrs of service is DO NO FLY JAL.  The seats are cramped, the fuselage has a high temperature, the food is sub-par, drink selection is limited and finally there are no snacks.    JAL is also ranked 40th out of airlines operating 747s when it comes to the age of the 747 fleet, averaging an age of 15.7 years.

On the other hand, the last time I flew Cathay Pacific it had a much more comfortable seating configuration, cooler cabin, much better food (including ice cream), lot more drinks and self-serve snack area.  What was JAL expecting you to do, when you are on a 12 hr flight with no options of getting a snack to eat in-between meals.