Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu - photo credit: Adventurous Tastes 2016

We're fresh off of our 10 day trip to Peru, the highlight of which was a 4-day, 3-night hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Peru is a gorgeous country, and the people were warm and welcoming. More to come on the amazing dining experiences we had. In the meantime, what else do you need to know before deciding whether you should tackle the Inca Trail? Here's what I wish I had known.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kitchen Gear Video Review: Happy Moon Chef's Knife



Want to buy one for yourself? You can snag a Happy Moon Chef's Knife on Amazon. 

We were provided this item free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own and we promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Essential Gear: AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves




AYL, which I learned stands for "Accessorize Your Life," was kind enough to send us* a pair of their wildly popular silicone cooking gloves to put through their paces. While silicone cooking gloves have been around for a while, AYL's gloves have a new trick up their sleeve--or up their glove, if you want to get technical. Instead of sticky, sweat-inducing silicone on the inside as well, the AYL gloves have a soft, heat-resistant cotton liner, which not only feels better on your hands but improves your grip as your fingers don't slide around inside the gloves.

I used the AYL gloves while cutting corn kernels off hot cobs and moving racks of baby back ribs from the smoker to the grill, and they were great! Gloves help you retain the dexterity needed to handle knives, tongs, or whatever your cooking weapon of choice, and with free fingers and the gloves' textured surface, I found it easy to keep the corn cobs steady while I carefully freed them of their kernels. And because the gloves are silicone, they don't get saturated when handling wet foods. Cleaning barbeque sauce off was easy with a soapy brush (just take care not to get water inside the glove while cleaning).

For a going rate of $18 on Amazon, the AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves are a no-brainer and a must-have in anyone's kitchen.

Get your set of AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves from Amazon: AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves

*We always strive to provide you with an objective, unbiased review, even when items are provided to us free of charge.

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