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Waxman 4130855 8-Inch Extra Heavy Duty Swivel Caster with Steel Wheel
Waxman 4130855 8-Inch Extra Heavy Duty Swivel Caster with Steel Wheel
Price: $36.94
3 used & new from $31.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boss Casters, November 20, 2012
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my application for these casters was more for effect than for load. i put them on a glass coffee table i made. man, they are over-the-top fabulous underneath 2" galvanized pipes and collars. the castors are 100% galvy finish. unsure whether the description "grey tire" meant there was some sort or rubberized band around the wheel, and grateful there wasn't. totally industrial. sweet look.


Easy Gardener #3100 3x12 Nat Burlap
Easy Gardener #3100 3x12 Nat Burlap
Offered by SJS Commercial
Price: $11.35
29 used & new from $4.08

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why review burlap?, August 17, 2010
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...because it is good burlap. while my use for this role is a bit unconventional (it adds a layer of texture in paintings i make), it should be known what you get. the roll i received was exactly 36" and a little over 12'. while the ends were cut and, naturally, frayed, the edge is bound by a nylon thread, and a more dense thread count, to ensure the product doesn't unravel along the length. the warp and weft are between 9 and 10 threads per inch with the threads consistently just under 1/16", leaving a reasonably open weave.

these are things you cannot tell from the description of the product and, if you are a burlap enthusiast, you may need to know.

Five Stars


Castor & Pollux Organix Turkey, Brown Rice and Chicken Adult Cat Food, 5.5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)
Castor & Pollux Organix Turkey, Brown Rice and Chicken Adult Cat Food, 5.5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)
Price: $36.99
7 used & new from $36.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organix from the start., August 17, 2010
with two new kittens there were all options available. having had finicky cats in the past i knew initiating a good diet was important and i didn't want to go with a standard cheap food of questionable origin and nutritional value. organic would be an important factor. so would flavor. when the kittens were weened i put Organix out, both the canned formula (mixed with whole milk, at first), and Castor & Pollux Organix Adult & Kitten Feline Formula, Chicken, Brown Rice & Flax Dry Cat Food, 6-Pound Bag. they took to the two products right away and have tripled in size in the first month.

they are bright-eyed, strong, athletic, lean, with shiny coats. and adorable. they eat sensibly, and often, from both the wet and the dry. i know Organix costs more than 9-Lives or Friskies, but i am certain that these kittens will not suffer some of the expensive effects a poor diet creates.

having organic cat/kitten food as an option is a relatively new phenomenon in the mass market. the choice, for me, was between a product like Newman's Own Organics Advanced Cat Dry Formula, 3-Pound Bags (Pack of 2) and Castor & Pollux. i went with C&P for two reasons: Newman's Own doesn't offer a kitten formula and, C&P is an oregon-based business.

enjoy your kitties!

Five Stars
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Castor & Pollux Organix Feline Formula Chicken, Brown Rice & Flax Dry Cat Food
Castor & Pollux Organix Feline Formula Chicken, Brown Rice & Flax Dry Cat Food

5.0 out of 5 stars since the beginning of life, August 17, 2010
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with two new kittens there were all options available. having had finicky cats in the past i knew initiating a good diet was important and i didn't want to go with a standard cheap food of questionable origin and nutritional value. organic would be an important factor. so would flavor. when the kittens were weened i put Organix out, both the dry formula, as well as Castor & Pollux Organix Feline Formula, Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken, 5.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24) (mixed with whole milk, at first). they took to the two products right away and have tripled in size in the first month.

they are bright-eyed, strong, athletic, lean, with shiny coats. and adorable. they eat sensibly, and often, from both the wet and the dry. i know Organix costs more than 9-Lives or Friskies, but i am certain that these kittens will not suffer some of the expensive effects a poor diet creates.

having organic cat/kitten food as an option is a relatively new phenomenon in the mass market. the choice, for me, was between a product like Newman's Own Organics Advanced Cat Dry Formula, 3-Pound Bags (Pack of 2) and Castor & Pollux. i went with C&P for two reasons: Newman's Own doesn't offer a kitten formula and, C&P is an oregon-based business.

enjoy your kitties!

Five Stars


51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life
51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life
by Kristen McGuiness
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from $1.31

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i was prepared to be disappointed in this book..., July 24, 2010
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...but 51/50 turned out to be completely engaging. our protagonist, and author kristin mcguiness, opens with something of a personal challenge to herself: with newly found sobriety and a personal history that has precluded dating deep into her twenties, engage in a journey that winds through men, spirit, and the hills around L.A. in search of something special.

51/50 is as much autobiography written in real time, as it must have been a philosophic and spiritual journey. the book itself is as much a character as is her mother, shaman, father, uncles, friends, her horse, and the men who bounce around in her personal pinball machine. ordinarily i personally find this sort of journaling repellent as a form of literature, but this kristen mcguiness compels you to look deeply into each connection she makes and the context she brings to every meeting.

who knows if hers is a sympathetic figure. from her own description she is beautiful and, well, purely L.A. she escapes deep addictions to alcohol, coke, and lifestyle and, through determination and, well, genetically imbued spunk, to get her dream job, remain beautiful, and write. who among us has time (inclination?) to go out on 50 dates in a year?

she embodies the archetype that the rest of us either admires from afar, or detest for the happy superficiality. some speak of the NY Yankees in the same way, and woody allen has opinions on the differences between NYC and L.A. we all do, and you will bring that bias with you in this celebration of all things L.A. kristin embraces L.A. the way the heroines of Sex and the City embrace NYC, though 51/50 wanders through both.

who NEEDS to read this book? the answer might surprise you. men. fathers need to read of the role they play in the lives of their daughters. men need to be reminded of the complexities and legacy of what goes on in the minds of the women they love... or the women they just met. while kristin is on a journey in 51/50, forget about that. this book could turn into 501/500 and be every bit as engaging as we accept the invitation deep into her life of conquest. every date/week/whatever offers up a perfect little cupcake of understanding, any one of which is worth celebrating. but here you will want to take the whole box home. and learn.

if you are familiar with Shantaram and gregory david roberts's prose, you will find a familiar writing style here. every one of the fifty chapters builds and resolves neatly and builds for the next, a satisfying read that allows context to mingle with content.

i am not sure how this book is being marketed, but i am pretty sure that the target is not 50 year old men (moi). the cover on the pre-release vine program "uncorrected proof" is a condor's-eye view of a really skinny chick supine on a lawn with polaroids of dudes. the emphasis in the title is the word "magical". the tattoo on the ankle is a butterfly (drawn from meaning on date 39). unless their sisters buy it for them, this book will never land in the right hands. ...and i am not sure the sisters will be so enthusiastic about reading it.

but the book is worth the effort. buy it if you are single. buy it if you are a guy. buy it if you are a dad (married, or not) for insight into the mind of this one little example of the lovely machinations of one female mind.

i reserve 5 stars for the likes of Moby-Dick. this gets 4 stars and a "what is kristin mcguiness going to do next?"
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Metrokane 4700 Rabbit Flip-Top Cocktail Shaker with Built-In Strainer, 24 ounce
Metrokane 4700 Rabbit Flip-Top Cocktail Shaker with Built-In Strainer, 24 ounce
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17 used & new from $19.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results, July 17, 2010
like others on this thread, i had initial problems with the steel shaker.

first, the good news: most metal shakers expand when they get cold, making it difficult to remove the top for successive drinks. the Metrokane doesn't have this problem. the flask is insulated and the exterior never expands. the top, as a result, always unscrews when it is time for the next round.

also, i never experienced the leaking others have seen, but that would be a deal-breaker if it did.

the problem, repeated in other reviews, is that the flip-top sticks. i bought my Metrocane at a nearby Sur La Table and had to take it back three times, something i would not likely have done if i ordered it online. once stuck, there is nothing you can do about it, either. the fourth one i have been using regularly for six months now, and have no problems with leaking or sticking. if it were like this from the beginning i would give the product 5 stars, because it is the best shaker contraption i have ever used.

another inherent issue, one some my find a problem, is that the internal straining passes through the screw-top and a seive of vertical slots about 1/16th inch wide and just over an inch long. with drinks that have muddled stuff in them, the debris gets caught and restricts flow. another shake seems to fix it, but cleaning it can be a pain. i would never put the top in the dishwasher. it is plastic and the heat will warp it, causing leakage. to hand wash those little crevices from the inside is a chore, too much a chore after a cocktail party. so i soak it in mild bleach overnight and this fixes it up.

a great alternative to the Metrocane would be the classic glass shaker, the way your bartender does it. Oggi Professional 15-Ounce Glass and Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set


Bergin Nut Company Pistachio Shellsed Raw, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)
Bergin Nut Company Pistachio Shellsed Raw, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

5.0 out of 5 stars three days: three recipies, January 12, 2009
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ordered on a wednesday
arrived on a friday

friday night: pistachio, slivered almond, and orange infused candied grapefruit rind biscotti. best ever.

saturday night: sauteed cored brussels sprouts leaves with pistachios and lemon. (even brussels sprouts haters loved this recipe)

sunday: 12"x17" baklava with pistachios (10 oz), blanched almonds (6 oz.), pecans (4 oz.), and walnuts (2 oz.) using honey, sugar, and syrup from the candied citrus on friday. bella bella.

monday morning: steaming cappuccino, biscotti in hand, and a rave review for bergin's pistachios. with 2 1/2 pounds left of my original 4 lb. stash in the freezer i have a lot of options, and a lot of biscotti and baklava to share with family and friends.

go for it.
five stars


OXO SoftWorks 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl Set
OXO SoftWorks 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl Set

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back for more - best of breed, January 12, 2009
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a year ago i was searching for a replacement for the stainless steel bowls i had been using for over 20 years. not sure what i was looking for i started my search on amazon with OXO, but even though those work bowls were well recommended i knew i had found what i was looking for with these Softworks bowls.

the rubberized base and lip-handle are sticky even if your surface or hands are wet, greasy, or floured, keeping the bowl upright when others may slip. the pouring lip is perfectly engineered for thick liquid, thin, or heavy batters.

so, a year ago i bought one set, an additional 5 qt. bowl, and an additional 1 qt. bowl, as well as two sets of the 4 covered 1 cup prep bowls.

after making baklava last night i decided i needed three of the 1 qt. bowls (one bowl for each layer of the nut mixture, set out in advance... speed matter with philo dough.) so i am back for another set.

these bowls are so useful and used so frequently in the kitchen that they live on wire shelves i have placed by the main work area so that i may reach for them at any point and have them available for the job at hand.

best of breed
five stars


San-J Tamari Premium Soy Sauce, 10-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
San-J Tamari Premium Soy Sauce, 10-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Offered by Peters Select
Price: $26.18
7 used & new from $17.15

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the standard, December 24, 2008
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san-j is the standard in our kitchen, living within easy reach of the stove as a permanent option for anything we might be making. next to it is the Bragg Liquid Aminos 32 Oz. in a squirt bottle.

bon appetit
5 stars


Chicago Metallic 69610 Professional Nonstick Perforated French Bread Pan
Chicago Metallic 69610 Professional Nonstick Perforated French Bread Pan

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect loaves, December 24, 2008
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using these pans produces a loaf that is brown,crusty all around, with those little bumps you typically associate with commercial artisanal long loaves. i use floured canvas to shape the loaves and to place them on the bread pan. with 2 pans (4 loaves) you will be able to accommodate a typical recipe that starts with 3.5 cups of flour.

these loaves are a little larger than the other pan offered, producing loaves up to 3.5" in diameter and up to 16" long. they fit in my smallish oven that, regrettably, cannot fit a standard half-sheet pan.

using a pizza stone in the oven brings an even heat difficult to get any other way. i recommend the All-Clad Pizza Baker/Stone because it has a frame that prevents breakage and a stone that holds heat (also necessary for a really good focaccia at 550 degrees).

bon appetit.
5 stars.


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