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The Best Tech Gifts for Guys

The Best Tech Gifts for Guys

Tell your old A frame tent to F off: The Tensegrity 2 turns shelter design on its head with a trapezoidal configuration that expands the top third to provide easier entry and more headroom. (More sexroom too, if you and your tentmate are so inclined.)

Of course, the option to move beyond missionary isn the only reason to love this tent. A huge awning provides dry entry and exit, protects you from the sun, and even lets you keep the doors and windows open during a summer cloudburst. And since it pitches with trekking poles, you shed poundage from your pack: The whole two person setup weighs a mere 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

Your favorite tree house just grew up now it wants to come camping with you. Anchor this sucker on three sturdy trees, suspend it 4 feet in the air, and get ready to take your wilderness experience to the next level.

This floating, three person hammock/tent features a completely removable top, so you can sleep right under the stars if the weather right. And because you hovering above ground, you don have to worry about any pesky rodents, slithering snakes, or even sharp rocks ruining your calm. Its 19 pound heft is a little heavy to stick in your bag, but the freedom it gives you when you pitch camp is worth the lug.

This sleek little box takes the remote office concept to an extreme level of awesomeness: By providing Wi Fi almost anywhere in the country, it allows you to work like a desk drone from the comfort of a park bench, beach blanket, or tree house that your thing.

Karma not the first to offer portable Wi Fi, but the cheap jerseys company improves on the traditional model by offering pay as you go service. There no plan or contract involved. You simply purchase data ($14 per gigabyte, and it cheaper if you buy in bulk), and use it whenever you damn well please. Or you plan on doing heavy surfing down $50 for a month worth of unlimited data.

There are aerodynamic bikes, and there are smooth rides. Then there Trek new Madone: a road rider revelation. Comfy for the long ride, air splitting for speed. And if you want to kick your buddy butt in a metric century, it the perfect balance of stiffness and weight (that what she said) for efficient pedal strokes and precise handling. Plus the integrated brakes will keep you from plunging off the Alpe d (or the Hill Near Your House).

The Best Tablets

The Best Tablets

There’s always one toy guaranteed to be on every guy’s holiday wish list MacBooks, DSLR’s, whatever. This year, Santa’s bag is bursting with tablets. But choosing which pad to ask for (or buy for yourself and hide under the tree) is a big task especially when ppi and core processors don’t matter as much to you as a tablet that is durable enough for your kids to borrow, or featuring a screen big enough to read without glasses, or at a price lower than your monthly rent. We’ve got you covered. Here are the perfect tablets for a wide range of dude types.

If your previous gadgets have all succumbed to the unavoidable crash or splash, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ G1 should be your next and last purchase. Touting both a 1920×1200 resolution, 10 inch screen, and an IP65 certified sealed all weather design, this tablet will display Windows 8 flawlessly even after a “surprise” rainstorm or faulty game of “Hey, toss me that tablet! Ouch!” The glass face is even rated to protect the screen for up to a 4 foot drop. And while your clumsiness comes with a hefty price tag, add the cost of all the electronics that have slipped through your fingers before, and tell us if this durable device really isn’t worth it for you. At 13.2 ounces, the Kindle Fire HDX is ridiculously light with a shockingly beautiful HDX display on both the 7 and 8.9 inch screen. You can watch TV shows and movies from Prime Instant Video, even offline, for up to 11 hours without charging. And if you can’t figure out how to do, well, anything, an Amazon rep is just cheap jerseys a Mayday button away to video chat and share your screen until you’ve worked through it. Bonus: Amazon’s new customizable Kindle covers make great stocking stuffers. Weighing in at 3.5 pounds with the keyboard, the 11 x2 is lighter than most laptops but equipped with a comparable 11.6 inch screen. And with a unique dual magnetic lock mechanism that connects the screen to the keyboard, it’s the perfect size and design to keep with you at all times, whether you’re watching movies or working on the Windows 8 platform. If the optional built in 500GB hard drive space isn’t enough, plug in a USB, HDMI, and a full size SD card slot on the keyboard base, in addition to the microSD slot on the bottom of the tablet. And with dual batteries one in the tablet and another in the keyboard the tablet will likely outlast your caffeine buzz, no matter how many cups you order. This affordable gadget has (most of) the perks of any entry level pad but without the price tag. The 7 inch display runs on an Android platform, so you have access to the same apps and store as the Nexus 7 (albeit at a slower pace than Google’s gadget). The 1024×600 resolution isn’t HD, but its 169 ppi the same as the original Kindle Fire launched two years ago is still clean and a steal for the price. We know even $150 is still a significant chunk of change to drop. And while you can score a tablet, like the Ematic Genesis Prime, for under $100, even the most undemanding dude will be disappointed by the low resolution and slow performance of anything cheaper than the MeMO Pad. But what we really love about this device is how well it works with the also newly upgraded media apps from Apple. The newest iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and Keynote, all run blindingly fast thanks to the Air’s desktop class processor. Because of this you’ll be able to create and edit on the fly and switch effortlessly between apps as your mood and creative energy change with millisecond timing and based loosely on whatever direction the wind is blowing. The Nokia Storyteller automatically sorts all your photos and videos into interactive groups called stories. In your timeline, you can browse and modify all these stories, then view them as slideshows or share them with friends. You can also sort your photos and videos by location, as well as add captions to tell even more of the story. It organizes your photos in the way you intended when snapping them: to act as a visual storyboard for all your favorite moments captured. Allowing up to 10 user profiles all with optional parental restrictions the Nexus 7 is the perfect communal tablet. A 10 hour battery and built in wireless charging means the fun isn’t over just because someone lost the charger. The Google tablet automatically syncs with each user’s Android device, so no one is without their favorite apps and settings. And while the kids will no doubt fight the injustice of having to share, the 1920×1200 HD display on the 7 inch screen will no doubt soothe their anger when it’s their turn to use it.

The best street food stops in Edinburgh

Are sit down restaurants done and dusted? Well, probably not. But street food is a revamped industry and has given people back a rough and ready approach to good cuisine. No frills or thirty minute waits just quick access to hearty taste.

The meccas of street food remain New York and London, but Edinburgh is waking up to this non stop approach and there are plenty of points around the city to grab some good food on the go.

The first port of call is Bollywood: The Coffeebox located on Bruntsfield Place in a converted police telephone kiosk. Despite the cramped conditions, owner and chef Nutan Bula sunny disposition is infectious and the food benefits to boot. The menu is ever changing selection of hearty curries, samosas and soups all prepared whilst you rest on the park behind.

For a more South American feel, though once again from the confines of a renovated police box, then Tupiniquim on Middle Meadow Walk is a must. Taking the Brazilian love of all things contained in crepe and transporting that vibe directly to the top of the Meadows.

With a fairly new set up at Paradise Palms on Lothian Street, Ninja Buns made a name for themsevles in their debut year around George Square, Middle Meadow Walk and various other pop up food markets. The Ninja Buns team specialise in Gua Bao, an East Asian snack food that resemble miniature meaty burgers freshly made and sized perfectly to istantly chow down on. Despite their new restaurant set up, the Taiwanese food specialists know that street food is still a big part of their charm and announce where they be out and about through their Facebook page.

Edinburgh is never a city that struggles for a range of international sources of inspiration. Pop up food outlet Alplings deals with specifically with Alps influenced cuisine from the South Tyrol region of Italy. Moving away from the meaty focus in many street food stalls, Alpings serves a range of vegetarian bread based dumpling dishes matched with Italian or Austro Bavarian garnishes such as parmesan buttermelt and gorgonzola. The stall owner is a South Tyrol native and has an intrinsic link to the quality of their output. Their monthly locations and pop up restaurants are announced via social media.

If you looking for a more scattergun approach to foodie pickings, then Edinburgh markets are a wealth of fast food options. Stockbridge Market is positioned in a leafy location near the Water of Leith and on top of a commitment to local farmer produce, there are also a number of foodie stop off points to keep you well fed, including The Wee Pie Company, Babu Bombay Street Kitchen and Harajuku kitchen to name a few.

Stockbridge scenic suburb location may not be on your itinerary, but the Tram Stop Market at York Place is a more central stop off. Fast gaining a cheap jerseys reputation for taking street food seriously, the Tram Stop market hosted the heats of the British Street Food Awards in 2014 and has a dedicated taster day every second Saturday of the month, with samples from the likes of Jones Son Bespoke BBQ and Scoff Foods to keep street food enthusiasts satisfied.

With a culture fast growing in the Capital for quick and tasty food at reasonable prices you may question the need to ever step indoors for fine dining again.

The best streaming devices under

The best streaming devices under

Streaming devices are all the rage these days, whether you cutting the cord or just want to access services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Sling TV, or more on your TV. The problem? There are too many options, ranging in price from $30 up to nearly $200.

But while the expensive options are nice, there are more cheap streaming devices than ever before. Here are all of our favorite options under $50, so you can pick the one that right for you.

For most people, right now, the Stick provides the most bang for your buck. It won do 4K or HDR, but you get a low profile device that sticks into an HDMI port on your TV and stays out of sight. But unlike other streaming sticks, you get a fully featured remote, including voice control cheap jerseys that works with Amazon Alexa assistant.

The Fire TV interface is ideal if you got an Amazon Prime subscription, but it works just fine for all the other major streaming services as well. That even carries over to the voice search support, which will pull up options across all your favorite apps. So if you say “Play Stranger Things” you get results from Netflix, which not all the Voice enabled remotes offer. For under $50, this is the one to beat right now.

Roku Express

The newest, cheap Roku is the. At just $30 it the most affordable streaming device around, and it works just like past Rokus: there a remote and a small box that plugs into your TV HDMI port. It connects to the internet via Wi fi, and gives you access to all the major streaming services and Roku straightforward user interface.

The real draw, like with other Rokus, is the simple remote, which has buttons to easily access Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and Google Play so anybody can jump right to them. We haven reviewed the Express yet, but early reports are that the remote feels a bit cheap and it slow overall, so it not all roses. There is, however, the to consider. It $10 more, but it the only compact streaming device that can connect to older analog TVs and projectors that don have HDMI ports.

Roku Streaming Stick

The wasn part of the recent refresh, but it still a 2016 model and it is a worthwhile upgrade for anyone considering the Express. For a little more money you get a faster processor, a nicer remote, and the awesome Hotel and Dorm Connect feature that lets you get past those pesky browser based log in screens that give other streaming devices fits.

That makes the Roku Streaming Stick an ideal choice for road warriors or students who want an option while at school. And while this remote also lacks voice search or a headphone jack, you can get those features by using the free Roku Mobile app on your phone. It not as good as having the feature baked right into the remote, but it better than nothing.

Google Chromecast $35 on Google Store

Though no longer the cheapest streaming solution on the market, the Google Chromecast is still solid. Unlike the Fire TV and the Roku Express the Chromecast doesn have its own user interface or remote. Instead, you “cast” content to it from all the streaming apps you already have on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. It simple: just pull up what you want to watch on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, or HBO Now and hit the cast icon.

It can take a little getting used to, but it is a snappy performer and you don have to ever worry about losing a remote. And because it made by Google, the Chromecast can do some other neat tricks like let you “cast” a tab from the Chrome web browser on your computer to the TV. I used this recently to show off some baby photos on our TV, and it worked beautifully.

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The Best Stick I Ever Strung

The Best Stick I Ever Strung

“” is a new ILGear series that will focus more on the nuances of why lacrosse players and cheap jerseys enthusiasts love stringing, sticks and equipment. But mostly these pieces will showcase all of the joy we get from seeing, trying and using the newest and best gear in the lacrosse world. Below, Joe O’Neill from Stringer’s Shack shares his.

What makes this stick special to me is that a buddy of mine picked it up for me at Ocean State Job Lot (a discount store) he grabbed it for me and it was 17.99. I’d always heard of Torques, but I’ve never played with one. I strung it a couple of different times, with different meshes and when we (Stringer’s Shack) came out with our Magnum Mesh I put that in there. I played around with the pattern for a while and after some experimentation I finally hit on a pattern that you probably could not replicate in any other head.

I used it in my winter indoor season, and on the hard floor with no carpet or anything the Torque was amazing on groundballs. The pocket held the ball really well, and it really opened my eyes to what the Torque really was and the possibilities that it has for stringing why it’s great, why it has sustained for 10 plus years.

Amongst modern day gear heads the Torque is looked at as a beginner stick; in part because it has been out for so long, and you can get them on the cheap. If you really tap into the potential of what you can do stringing wise with the large sidewall holes and the flared “wings” at the top and even the little sidewall bars at the bottom you realize that it’s definitely not a beginner stick. You can do some amazing things. Like I said, I don’t think I could hit the exact pattern and have the same effect that I use on this head with any other head.

My Toque has a nine diamond top string, and I always go with a single nylon and three straight laces a standard “box pocket” shooter set up. That really secures the mesh in that area where the head begins to flare out so we are at the fourth diamond. Then I did a stacked interlock two mesh diamonds stacked on top of one another but on the second (or bottom) diamond I lock that to the same sidewall. I get this floaty pocket down on the bottom but a really tight top and very little shifting of any kind. This torque is the head that I sort of perfected my technique and how to really get the pocket that I like and that has become a standard in every one of my pockets that I string for myself and other people if they want it.

The best spots to see wildlife in and around Cambridge

The best spots to see wildlife in and around Cambridge

The animal lovers among you may already know about Shepreth Wildlife Park and Linton Zoo, but here’s a list of other places to explore:Cambridge University Botanic Garden This stunning attraction (which if you haven’t visited yet, you really should) actively encourages a great diversity of wildlife to the garden as part of its sustainable approach to horticulture.This makes the Botanic Garden a green oasis in the city, that’s great for spotting wildlife from dragonflies to sparrowhawks.The attraction is recognised as a city wildlife site particularly for the invertebrates and mosses that occur here.A wildlife friendly approach also ensures that the garden has an army of birds, insects cheap jerseys and amphibians to help control pests and diseases.The nature reserve is run by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and is part of the Cambridgeshire Chalk Living Landscape.If your lucky, a stroll in these woods, with beechwood trees planted in the 1840s, may mean you spot two different types of woodpecker, as well as a number of other small birds.Why not bring a picnic, make a day of it and soak up the views?The park, located in Milton just outside of Cambridge, is a 95 acre country park managed by registered charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust.

Cheap razor made after company studies how Indians shave

An Indian man gets a shave during the annual cattle fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. This month, Procter Gamble has introduced Gillette Guard, a low cost razor designed for emerging markets like India.

By Mae Anderson, Associated Press

NEW YORK Procter Gamble executives say it was striking the first time they witnessed a man shave while sitting barefoot on the floor in a tiny hut in India.

He had no electricity, no running water and no mirror. The goal? To gain insights they could use to develop a new razor for India.

“That, for me, was a big ‘a ha,'” said Alberto Carvalho, vice president, global Gillette, a unit of P “I had never seen people shaving like that.”

The visits kicked off the 18 months it took to develop Gillette Guard, a low cost razor designed for India and other emerging markets. Introduced three years ago, Guard quickly gained market share and today represents two out of every three razors sold in India. The story of how Guard came to be illustrates the balance companies must strike when creating products for emerging markets: It’s not as simple as slapping a foreign label on an American product.

To successfully sell products overseas, particularly in developing markets, companies must tweak them so they’re relevant to the people who live there. And often, that means rethinking everything from the product’s design to its cost.

For its part, P has doubled the percentage of its roughly $20 billion in annual revenue coming from emerging markets since 2000 to about 40 percent. Ali Dibadj, a Bernstein analyst who follows P said the Guard razor, which has been used by more than 50 million men in India, serves as a roadmap for companies seeking to court emerging markets.

“It made P realize how much investment it really takes to be successful in India,” he said. companies looking for growth. It has 1.24 billion people. the same year.

Still, India’s widespread poverty presents challenges for companies used to customers with more disposable income.

Gillette has sold razors in India for over a decade. The company had 37.3 percent market share in 2007, selling its high end Mach3 razor, which costs about $2.75, and a stripped down Vector two bladed razor on the lower end, which goes for about 72 cents.

But Gillette wanted more of the market. To do that, P executives would have to attract the nearly 500 million Indians who use double edged razors, an old fashioned T shaped razor that has no protective piece of plastic that goes between the blade and the skin when shaving. This razor, which makes skin cuts more likely, costs just a few pennies per blade.

Carvalho, who spearheaded Gillette’s effort to grow market share in India, didn’t want to rush into designing a product, though.

Gillette had stumbled once before with its early version of the Vector in 2002. The version of that razor had a plastic push bar that slid down to unclog the razor. The bar was added because Indian men have thicker hair and a higher hair density than their American counterparts. Adding to that, they often shave less frequently than American men, so they wind up shaving longer beards.

Gillette, which is based in Boston, wanted to test the product among Indian consumers before launching it, but instead of making the costly trip abroad, they had Indian students at nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology test the razor. “They all came back and said ‘Wow that’s a big improvement,'” Carvalho recalls.

But when Gillette launched the razor in India, the reaction was different. Executives were baffled about why the razor flopped until they traveled to India and cheap jerseys observed men using a cup of water to shave. All the MIT students had running water. Without that, the razor stayed clogged.

“That’s another ‘a ha’ moment,” Carvalho said. “That taught us the importance that you really need to go where your consumers are, not just to talk to them, but observe and spend time with them to gather the key insight.”

P acquired Gillette in 2005 and the next several years were spent integrating the companies. headquarters to India for three weeks.

They spent 3,000 hours with more than 1,000 consumers at their homes, in stores and in small group discussions. They observed people’s routines throughout the day, sometimes staying late into the evening. They also hosted small group discussions. “We asked them what their aspirations were and why they wanted to shave, and how often,” Carvahlo said.

They learned that families often live in huts without electricity and share a bathroom with other huts. So men shave sitting on their floors with a bowl of water, often without a mirror, in the dark morning hours. As a result, shaving could take up to half an hour, compared with the five to seven minutes it takes to shave in American households. And Indian men strain to not cut themselves. But men in India are more concerned about not cutting themselves.

“I worked in this category for 23 years and I never realized with those insights that’s how they think about the product,” said Eric Liu, Gillette’s director of research and development, global shave care.

With that knowledge, the Gillette team started making a new razor for the Indian market. In nine months, P developed five prototypes.

The company declined to give specifics on each prototype for competitive reasons. But they tested things like handle designs, how well the blade cuts hair and how easy the razor is to rinse.

One insight from filming shavers was that Indians grip the razors in many different ways, so the handle is textured to allow for easy gripping. There’s also a hole at the handle’s base, to make it easier to hang up, and a small comb by the blade since Indians hair growth tends to be thicker.

cheap rates hurt Big Apple hotels big time

Big Apple hotels the most expensive in the country are feeling the hurt from Airbnb.

It’s now cheaper to book a hotel room here than it was this time last year, despite government agencies’ efforts to regulate the San Francisco based company.

The average New York City hotel room rate declined in 2015 by 1.7 percent, to $266, the first such drop since 2009, according to hotel data cheap jerseys tracker STR, despite a record number of tourists flocking to New York.

Last year, an estimated 58.3 million visitors came to the city, an increase of 3.2 percent over the previous year. This year the city expects a 2.4 percent gain to 59.7 million visitors.

And 2016 is showing no signs of a let up. Hotel rates in the first two months of this year declined by 5.9 percent, to $186, for the winter season and are on pace to drop further than the 4.1 percent decrease in the first quarter of 2015, according to Mark VanStekelenburg, managing director of CBRE Hotels.

At the same time, occupancy rates rose to 73.2 percent for the first two months of 2016, compared with 72 percent over the same period last year.

“Demand for New York is not the issue,” said Richard Born, who has an ownership stake in 26 hotels in the city from the swanky Greenwich Hotel, where rooms run more than $900 a night, to the budget Pod Hotels, whose rooms go for $250 a night.

“If Airbnb were to go away, room rates would go up by 15 percent,” Born said.

Also, hotel development has dented the industry’s numbers as well. A staggering 30,000 new rooms were added to the city over the past seven years.

But the proliferation of Airbnb units, which account for 12 percent to 20 percent of all hotel rooms here depending on the time of year, according to VanStekelenburg, are a major factor. Airbnb charges on average $80 less a night than hotels, he added.

Budget hotels are affected more than luxury properties, according to Born.

“My Pod guest [or] Jane Hotel guest is a potential Airbnb customer whereas people go to The Greenwich for ambiance and a unique experience,” and they are less price sensitive, Born said.

“Anyone who says Airbnb is not affecting NYC hotels is an idiot or hired by Airbnb to say that,” Born said.

City officials have ramped up their efforts to identify and shut down illegal Airbnb units those that are rented for fewer than 30 days or without the host present.

The city has a budget of $10 million over the next three years to enforce its laws and, according to sources familiar with its enforcement efforts, there has been more activity, including evictions and litigation over the past six months.

It is negotiating a deal with the Service Employees International Union in which Airbnb would encourage cleaning companies who provide services to Airbnb homeowners to pay their staff at least $15 per hour, according to a Washington Post report.

Cheap Ramen Is As Good As Gold

Instant ramen noodles are often looked upon with scorn as cheap food for starving college kids.

But as a new book points out, those noodles are like gold for people in prison.

Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez spent more than a decade locked up on a weapons charge, among others. And during that time, he grew to love ramen noodles. Along with a childhood friend, Clifton Collins Jr., he put together a new book of recipes called Prison Ramen: Recipes And Stories From Behind Bars.

“That’s everybody’s staple in prison: No matter who you are, you’re cooking with ramen,” Alvarez tells Peter O’Dowd of Here Now.

Alvarez says he was inspired to write the book of prison recipes by a race riot that happened in 2009, while he was an inmate at the California Institute for Men in Chino. It was a fight between black and Hispanic prisoners, he says, and some buildings had caught fire as a result.

In the chaos, Alvarez recalls, dozens of African American prisoners who’d evacuated their own burning building approached the building he was in, seemingly intent on attacking him and other Hispanic prisoners inside.

Then, “out of nowhere, an older gang member walked up to 100 inmates and talked them out of it,” Alvarez says. How? By sharing his food.

“They were stuck cheap jerseys there for hours, freezing in the cold,” Alvarez says of his would be attackers. “This older guy saw that and started feeding them.” Soon, he writes in his book, he and other Hispanic prisoners gathered up all the ramen and other commissary items they had on hand to create a huge feast.

“And we became close. through this meal. It was kind of like a bridge,” says Alvarez. Inmates ‘The Loaf’ Persists

Cooking in prison requires a lot of hacks, of course. Don’t have pots? Bags from pork skins or rinds are useful, “because the boiling water never melted the bag,” he writes. “Large buckets lined with plastic trash bags would be used to cook huge spreads.” Mixing strawberry jelly with soy sauce makes a credible imitation of teriyaki sauce.

And the starting point of much of this creative cooking, he writes, was ramen from “dirty ramen” (made with Vienna sausages, green beans and carrots, among other things) to ramen pot roast.

Alvarez spoke to O’Dowd from his home in Mexico. Highlights from their conversation follow, edited for length and clarity.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS On the role of ramen noodles in prison culture

You can use it to barter it’s worth a dollar. You buy them at the commissary for a dollar apiece I’m sure the prices have changed now. Some people don’t like them, some people will never eat them, but they use them that’s their funny money. Also, it can bring a couple of guys who don’t have much together. Why? Because maybe a guy has a bag of chips that’s all he has to his name. And this other guy is blessed to have a couple of soups. Well, they get together, they make an interesting meal.

On improvising ramen recipes behind bars

In most cases, if you’re lucky enough to know somebody that works in the kitchen, they can bring you back some raw onions, maybe some chives, some jalapenos, fresh vegetables. And then there’s times when you don’t have much but tap water, a bag of Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Cheetos at that and a couple of soups. And you know what? You make a little tamale.

On how prisoners manage to boil water for some of these recipes

In most cases, we make makeshift stingers.. You’ll get some two way wires and you connect them to some razor blades out of a brand new razor. And then the other end is the male plug to go into the female plug. You put the metal piece in the water first, and then you connect it to the outlet. And within 30 seconds, that water is steaming hot.

And then there’s some institutions that provide microwaves. In higher security prisons, you’re not going to find no microwaves, you’re not going to find no stingers. You’re going to deal with lukewarm water. Ugh.

On why anyone not in prison would want to read this book

I know some college kids might attempt to cook some of these. And quite frankly, I’ve had a few of them direct message me and say that they were awesome. They’ll go, ‘Man, these are great. I saved some money. It only cost me a couple dollars.’ Cool.

And then I’d like others to read it and be humbled by the stories. And maybe, you know, they’ll have a friend of a friend or a family member somebody that’s made a mistake and is doing some time. And they can probably share the stories with them, and hope it can teach them something. Maybe learn from my mistakes and others not to make these stupid decisions.

Cheap Ramen and Dumplings at Umami

he next big thing elsewhere has finally come to town. Umami is our own ramen and dumpling restaurant on Willy Street. Housed in a quaint one hundred plus year old cottage, inside everything is sleek and bright. Like the dcor, the minimalist menu offers a handful each of appetizers, salads, dumplings and ramen. Forget those little cellophane wrapped packets the ramen here rocks! Big bowls of noodles in rich broth paired with the likes of roast pork shoulder, marinated chicken and even cheap jerseys a flavor infused egg raise the roof on flavor. An aprs slurping order of green tea crme brule completes a meal that’s as economical as it is satisfying.

PHOTO: Taste one or all three of these specialties: veggie dumplings with smoked tofu, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms; pork buns stuffed with pork belly, pickled baby cucumber, scallions and house blend hoisin sauce; or the Tonkotsu ramen with pork broth and locally produced ramen topped with a flavor infused egg, roast pork, bamboo shoots, nori and green onions.

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