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The Wines of Burgundy: Revised Edition
The Wines of Burgundy: Revised Edition

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No maps in Kindle edition!, March 28, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Review itself isn't so much about the book, but is more a warning for those purchasing the kindle edition: it contains no images or maps! Especially when reading about Burgundy, this is sort of unforgivable!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 23, 2012 10:55 PM PDT


Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Revised
Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Revised
by Fred Plotkin
Edition: Paperback
39 used & new from $2.18

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable source, January 16, 2008
If you are at all serious about Italian food, this book is worth its weight in gold on your next trip to Italy. Yes, its big (aprox. 700 pgs), but thats because its a real book, and incredibly thorough. This isn't just some run of the mill pocket guide book thats going to tell you "go here" "do this".

It details the history and culture of each region in detail, so you don't just eat, you understand what and why you're eating what you are. For each major city (and plenty of small villages also!) he will detail the best places to eat, drink, and shop to get the best true local experience.

And because you know the author takes food seriously, you know that you're eating at true, authentic places where locals eat, and you won't fall into the trap of eating at run of the mill tourist driven places (especially if you're in cities like Florence, Venice, or Rome!)

One reviewer complained this book didn't let you know where to go within Italy. Well that's not really its point. The point is that each region has its own unique flair and flavor, and one is not "better" than the other. To try and judge them as so is missing the point. The joy of italy is discovering those unique flavors that each region has unique to itself. (Though he does point out a "Classic City" for each region. That is, the city to go to if you want to experience the most authentic food culture of the region, such as Treviso in the Veneto, Siena in Tuscany, and Rome in Lazio)

What this book WILL do is compliment your trip to any of these regions. Pointing out exactly where to go to find these authentic and unique local dishes.

I'm writing this from Trieste right now, and without this book I would be totally lost as to where to go. The city has tons of run of the mill pizza places but very few places to find authentic local cuisne (and this isn't even a tourist driven city!). As a non-local, wIthout this book to help me find these hidden gems, I would be in a lot of trouble.

A book you will keep with you for the rest of your life. It even has recipes at the end so you can attempt to replicate what you tasted when you get back home!


Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $19.99
162 used & new from $4.31

25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A huge huge disappointment, November 15, 2007
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Assassin's Creed (Video Game)
Wow, was I ever excited about Assassins Creed. Looks amazing, huge worlds to explore, and best of all, you get to kill people. It was going to be like the perfect cross between Oblivion and Splinter Cell. What could possibly go wrong?

Well apparently, a lot. Don't get me wrong. Assassins Creed does look great. The cities are a ton of fun to explore, I love the control system and the combat system. The game just has so much potential, Ive never seen a game so enriched in detail before. They realy did recreate the time period and the cities down to a T. Exploring the world is just a ton of fun. As is running around buildings, jumping, fighting guards, etc.

But Assassins Creed has one HUGE HUGE fault, that totally ruins the game from the very beggining. Before your Assassination you have to do some "research", and find out as much about your target as you can. Great, except this requires NO work at all whatsoever. Random makers will pop up on your map telling you to evesdrop on this person, pickpocket this person, or beat up this person. No ryme or reason as to why. Why am I pickpocketing this random person? Why am I listening in on these people's conversations? How do I know I have to beat this person up? No reasearch involved. No skill involved. No answers. Just random markers. You walk over to them, and hit ONE button. No hiding. No stealth. No skill involved. Think Splinter Cell for Pre-Schoolers.

Its actually laughable sometimes how bad the game is. Evesdropping for example requires you to sit on a bench next to two people and click on them. That's it. One button. Its as simple as goddamn super mario brothers. YOU PUSH ONE BUTTON to pickpocket, eavesdrop, and beat people up FOR HOURS AND HOURS ON END. And its the SAME for ALL 9 Assassinations.

And keep in mind, the research end of this is 75% of the game. And its honestly so simple, so stupid, and so repetitive, it feels like your playing an RPG on Super Nintendo again.

The only possible explanation I can think of is that the development team but a ton of time into creating these cities, and a huge, beautiful world for you to interact with, and were going to get to the actually gameplay last, when Ubisoft forced them to put the game out early for the holiday season. This game HAS to embarass the people that, I'm sure, worked so hard on it.

Its like spending a million dollars on building a beautiful, upscale, elegant restaurant, with every detail being perfect down to the T, then serving burgers and french fries on the menu. It just doesn't make any sense.

Its worth a rent to spend some time just exploring the fantastic world they've created, but it will get old soon, as the game itself is a joke. Its just too bad.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 4, 2007 11:19 PM PST


Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
Offered by MEGA Media
Price: $8.98
106 used & new from $0.08

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My, personal, favorite album of all time., August 27, 2007
This review is from: Pet Sounds (Audio CD)
Its totaly pointless talking about which albums are "better" than others. Taste is subjective, and there is no scorecard for art, so just can it.

That being said, Jesus, no other album has hit me emotionally the way Pet Sounds does. Lyrically, musically, just... everything. Its one of those things that if you have to EXPLAIN to someone why its so great, they're missing the point all together. This album just has to hit you. If it doesn't, well, all the good reviews and top albums of all time lists in the world can't fix that.

It hit me. Boy did it hit me hard (I just recently discovered this album). Its just something you listen to, and then go "Oh Jesus, this is so much better than anything I've ever heard before" You get excited at your new discovery, and then you get that sinking feeling, knowing that everything you thought was good before is going to sound awful now in comparison. It creates a new world of music, and destroys your old one all at the same time. Yes, its THAT good (Radiohead's OK Computer was the only other album to ever do this for me).

And hey, if you have to ask "Why?", well dude, just don't even bother. It can't be explained, it just has to be felt. This kind of music just isn't for everyone.

But it is for me.


Crosley Stereo Turntable Sound System Cr66-pa Rochester
Crosley Stereo Turntable Sound System Cr66-pa Rochester
Offered by Portlight
Price: $160.96
18 used & new from $64.99

66 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plays too fast. ALL THREE that I purchased., August 23, 2007
To make a very long story very short, I first purchased from Crosley their 4 in 1 turntable, the product you see here.. It played too fast. Closer to 35-36 RPMs, making everyone sound like they were on helium.

So I returned it, and purchased the Crosley portable turntable in black. It also, played too fast, closer to 35-36 RPMs.

So I returned that one, and purchased the Crosley protable turntable in tan. It also, ran too fast.

The jist of it? Crosley turntables are poorly made, with a total lack of concern for proper playing speeds. As long as you don't mind (or won't notice), your records playing about 10% faster than they should be, and your singers sounding like they are on helium, by all means buy this product. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 15, 2015 1:22 PM PST


Crosley CR49-BK Traveler 3-Speed Turntable with Stereo Speakers and Adjustable Tone Control (Black)
Crosley CR49-BK Traveler 3-Speed Turntable with Stereo Speakers and Adjustable Tone Control (Black)
Price: $99.99
34 used & new from $73.99

23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plays too fast. ALL THREE that I purchased., August 23, 2007
To make a very long story very short, I first purchased from Crosley their 4 in 1 turntable. It played too fast. Closer to 35-36 RPMs, making everyone sound like they were on helium.

So I returned it, and purchased the Crosley portable turntable in black, the product you see here. It also, played too fast, closer to 35-36 RPMs.

So I returned that one, and purchased the Crosley protable turntable in tan. It also, ran too fast.

The jist of it? Crosley turntables are poorly made, with a total lack of concern for proper playing speeds. As long as you don't mind (or won't notice), your records playing about 10% faster than they should be, and your singers sounding like they are on helium, by all means buy this product. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 19, 2013 9:45 PM PDT


Crosley CR49-TA Traveler 3-Speed Turntable with Stereo Speakers and Adjustable Tone Control (Tan)
Crosley CR49-TA Traveler 3-Speed Turntable with Stereo Speakers and Adjustable Tone Control (Tan)
Price: $116.60
38 used & new from $71.97

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plays too fast. ALL THREE that I purchased., August 23, 2007
To make a very long story very short, I first purchased from Crosley their 4 in 1 turntable. It played too fast. Closer to 35-36 RPMs, making everyone sound like they were on helium.

So I returned it, and purchased the Crosley portable turntable in black. It also, played too fast, closer to 35-36 RPMs.

So I returned that one, and purchased the Crosley protable turntable in tan, the product you see here. It also, ran too fast.

The jist of it? Crosley turntables are poorly made, with a total lack of concern for proper playing speeds. As long as you don't mind (or won't notice), your records playing about 10% faster than they should be, and your singers sounding like they are on helium, by all means buy this product. Otherwise, look elsewhere.


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