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Shark Steam Pocket Mop September 8, 2011

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I just remembered that I meant to post my review of the Shark Euro Steam Mop. I know you probably have all see the commercials and wondered whether or not this thing actually works. Amazingly it does. I highly recommend this mop. It is quite easy to use and no chemicals involved. Currently there is the professional version for sale at Costco that has a $20 off coupon deal that expires this weekend.

First, I try not to buy first generation products, so I have been following and reading reviews about steam mops for a couple of years now. I finally pulled the trigger and bought one about 8 or 9 months ago. I tested this baby on my house and then on my dad’s house.

Test 1: My house has hardwood floors, tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms and marble in the entryway. As with many Asian households, we don’t wear shoes in the house so the amount of dirt and grime that gets tracked in is fairly minimal. To really put the steam mop to the test, I went swiffered and mopped the floors the way I normally do. Then I cleaned the floor all over again with the steam mop. I was amazed at how much dirt came up off supposedly clean floors.

Test 2: My dad’s house has a lot of bamboo hardwood flooring and tile. Even though everyone else never wears shoes in the house, my dad sometimes can’t be bothered with taking off his shoes which used to drive my mom seriously nuts. Unless I clean the floors there, no one is going to clean those floors. It is obviously dirty. My family keeps a set of socks for use only at my dad’s house because sometimes it gets so grimy that no amount of bleach is ever going to get those socks white again. Recently, I got smarter and switched my family to gray socks to avoid the whole issue all together. The steam mop did a fantastic job on steaming off that buildup and grime. I had to use both mop heads and on both sides. Boy, where those things black with all the dirt that was picked up. My current solution is to drag the mop up with me and clean the floors whenever I visit my dad these days.

The ultimate test will be finally using this bad boy on my in-laws house whose house has at least 2,000 sq ft of hardwood and tile. Even though everyone is not supposed to wear shoes in the house, I can not figure out for the life of me how and why the floors stay so dirty. I will definitely update with the results of my ultimate test.

Highly recommend this product.



Best Rice Cooker Ever! August 20, 2011

Filed under: Home & Garden — lifeatwarpspeed @ 3:41 am
Tags: , Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 10-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White: Kitchen & Dining.

My favorite rice cooker

I have owned and used any number of rice cookers over my lifetime. Anyone that grows up in a Chinese family and eats rice will have used a wide range of rice cookers on a daily basis. The Neuro Fuzzy logic series from Zojirushi wins hands down! (I will now refrain from writing an ode to my rice cooker.)

I know a lot of you are wondering what in the world would possess you to buy a rice cooker that costs nearly $200. Actually, considering how much work I put this thing through it is well worth the money. Actually America’s Test Kitchen, Bee at and any number of other foodies out there would agree.

I love that I can make ANY kind of rice, and it cooks up perfectly every single time. Yes, even brown rice. In our household, we know brown is better, but we fudge and cook 1/2 and 1/2 instead which makes it a bit more palatable. If that is still too much brown for you, try a 2 part brown 3 part white mixture. To save time, I have a large storage canister where I have it premixed for ready use and also so that I can just cook 2 cups worth at a time.

It also cooks up good jook (rice porridge). I frequently will add finely minced meat, shredded chicken, or some ginko nuts and let it work its magic. No more stirring and checking to make sure it doesn’t burn on the stove. It is easy to just add a bit more liquid to make it more soup-like (Canto style) since the measurement will turn out a thicker xi fan (Taiwan style).

I have the 10 cup version above which I recommend over the 5 cup version which is way too small. Keep in mind the cups are Asian rice cup measurements not actual American standard cup measurements. It has 2 sets of timers so you can set this up in the morning for freshly cooked rice as soon as you get home or at night for jook in the morning (I would not advise putting meat in here overnight). I just pull out some pork fu aka floss instead. Supposedly, it cooks up really good oatmeal, but I don’t want to eat that much oatmeal in the morning.

This is one of the less expensive models in their Neuro Fuzzy line. The more expensive ones have fancier finishes and a few more bells & whistles.

吃飯了! Sik fan la! (Chi fan le!)


edited on 12/19/14: So, in the interest of full disclosure, we no longer eat brown rice for the reasons outlined by this blogger. You can research more about this if you like. We were sold after reading the research in Perfect Health Diet.


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