Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Brisket - Sharing My Inner Geek

The graph above was produced from my iGrill, a remote thermometer accessory for my iPhone.  Yes, while taking calls, scheduling jobs and playing a riveting round of Bejewelled, I can be monitoring whatever bit of deliciousness I have on the smokers.  And as you can see I can even export the graphs to share with everyone!

The brisket I'm smoking today is my contribution to the family dinner this evening.  Christmas Eve?  Yeah, it's a combination of Scandinavian tradition and finding a day amongst blended families to get everyone together.  Like the brisket, it may not be the "traditional" way Christmas is celebrated.  But over the years I've come to realize that new traditions can be added without disrespecting the old ones.  It's not about when you share the season ... the important thing is to simply share.

So as I share my inner geek with you this morning, I raise a glass of yuletide cheer to wish you and yours the very merriest of Christmases.  Now, turn off the computer and go spend time with the ones you love.  I'm going back to the brisket.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kitchen Cabinetry in Ceramic

Just when you thought we'd run out of materials for cabinet doors, German cabinetry manufacturer ALNO ups their game and introduces the ALNOCERA (with handles) and ALNOSTAR CERA (handleless) lines.  Based on the photographs you could be forgiven if you thought they were made of stone.

In fact, it's a 3mm thick all natural ceramic surface that gives these cabinets an amazing level of movement and interest.  Change the lighting in the room or look at the surface from a different angle and you'll see something new.  The material is also extremely durable.

ALNOCERA and ALNOSTAR CERA are available in 3 different finishes: oxide nero (dark greyish -brown), oxide grigio (clay/putty) and oxide avorio (luminescent white)


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fusion Pro Pre-Mixed Grout

One of the many benefits of being a CKD and associated with the NKBA is being able to learn about new products at our regular chapter meetings.  Sometimes the meeting is merely a refresher course on a subject matter of which we're all intimately familiar.  But even then there can be a little jewel of information that puts you ahead of the curve in the design world.

Last month our chapter put together Tile 101 at the Ames Tile showroom in Burnaby.  Participants attended five mini-seminars on various aspects and products related to the tile industry; design trends to the latest in installation techniques.  It was an excellent evening all around.

But my big takeaway from that evening was a new product from Custom Building Products (one of my usual grout suppliers) called Fusion Pro.  It's a pre-mixed grout that combines the ease of use and application of concrete based grouts with the durability and stain resistance of epoxy based grouts.  

We were all given a chance to work with it, and I can tell you it's so easy to work with I would use it to take on my own tile project. Now if only installing the tiles themselves was as simple!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Twitter Contest - A MyCube Giveaway

A few posts back I introduced you to the MyCube safe.  Well just in time for Christmas the fine folk from MyCube will be giving away one of it's stylish safes, and all it will cost you is 140 characters and some creativity.

Between 9am December 10th and midnight on Wednesday, December 12th, simply Tweet @MyCubeSafe the answer the following question: “What would you keep in your MyCube safe?” Include the hashtag #inmycube and you will be entered to win your own MyCube safe, valued at $389. See the MyCube Challenge page for a summary of contest rules. 

What would I keep in my MyCube safe?  Follow @arnesalvesen on Twitter to find out!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ugly Kitchen Courtesy of is one of my guilty pleasures ... okay, it has more to do with my wife, but if she hadn't found it I most certainly would have.  The site encourages dog owners to shame their pets by posting pictures of their pets after they have committed an offense with a sign indicating what the dogs did.

Trust me, hilarity ensues.
Then one day I came across this picture of the waffle-ninja, and it occurred to me that I should start a similar site for kitchens.  Exactly what is that on the door behind Goodman?  Is that an overlay created by an over-zealous woodcutter/kitchen designer?  Or did it come from the factory that way?  And take a closer look at the countertop edge just above ... is that flagstone?  What really puzzles me is the quite modern looking range they've used.  Clearly, stainless steel doesn't work with Paul Bunyan chic.

So what do you think?  I'd even make Goodman the mascot.

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