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    Healthy Choice 1000W kitchen mixer ebay australia review unboxing Lenoxx MMX150

    A new recent WP_20170909_13_19_02_Proacquisition from eBay that arrived last week  is the bargain "Healthy Choice" branded 1000W power kitchen aid style stand planetary action kitchen mixer with 5lt stainless steel bowl, splash guard, egg whisk, mixing beater (k beater), dough hook and for some reason, a plastic spatula.  (Who knows why they bothered with a spatula!)

    The instruction manual was even useful because it was written in understandable English for once!

    The mixer also goes by the name of the Lenoxx 100oW MMX150
    It was a present for the lass, who dearly wanted to make up a very special cake.

    When picking up the box from big W using the very convenient click & collect service, we were a little concerned that the box the mixer came in was made of old cardboard and duct tape... but inside, the normal retail box was revealed, with the packaging still sealed, suggestive that we had received a brand new item for our money, as had been promised.(phew!)

    WP_20170909_13_05_37_Pro  The machine inside the retail box was well packaged, with moulded styrofoam, and silky plastic baggies on all accessories, cords etc to prevent scratching, so it easily survived it's probable role as the ball in the aussie post and woolworths distribution centre football match it probably went though on the way to its destination.

    Visually and aesthetically, it's a handsome machine, especially considering the bargain sub-$150 pricetag, and that we used one of ebay's regular 20% off discount codes when using paypal.

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    Build quality is not half bad for the price, with thick cast alloy attachment accessories (pictured above), a stainless bowl of a decent gauge which is not flimsy, and a pretty solid and high quality feeling "business end" on the planetary mixing action (see image below), and thoughtful design additions like VERY VERY sensitive and sticky suction cup feet, which, to my amazement, somehow even managed to develop a death like grip on the lightly oiled chopping board I initially perched it on for inspection.

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    WP_20170909_13_22_28_ProMy only criticisms are fairly minor, in that the outer case of the machine itself and it's controls aren't of particularly heavy weight plastic-all the quality engineering and manufacturing budget for the machine clearly went into the essential working parts.

     

    I'd say if it fell off the bench, or you were a bit rough with the controls there's no doubt that it would end up cracked or broken- it's not built for an abusive environment.

    That said, most people look after their appliances, and it has those amazing sticky feet I mentioned earlier which would prevent any inadvertent kitchen kamikaze antics from this device- there's no way it can "walk" and buck off the bench while unattended.




    Notes on operation-

    The control dial indicates four key speeds of operation- off, MIN, MID, and MAX, with about 10 apparent graduations in between, creating a theoretical 40 speed mixer.

    In practice however, the mixer has about SIX main speeds, and the dial is digital, not analog in nature- What does this mean in english though? i.e. the position of the dial dictates a "target" speed for the machine- unlike on old sunbeam units like your grandma probably still uses, where moving the dial INSTANTLY feeds extra power immediately to the motor, or brakes the motor immediately, the digital controls on this machine are a fair bit more indirect- there are probably some fancy electronics in there which protects and STOPS the motor from being overloaded, or braking too sharply, causing damage to the motor and drivetrain- a very good thing!

    What this ultimately means though is that this machine should last longer because the way the chef dials the controls abruptly simply cannot cause damage to the machine- it protects itself from abuse.

    For example, smashing the dial up to MAX, from stationary, with the dough hook wodged in some very thick cake batter, will result in the machine Sloooowly working up to maximum speed at a rate that isn't bad for the motor- the inbuilt intelligence in the unit also makes the mixer less prone to stalling when working hard, overspeed, or overheating.

    Healthy choice mixer MMX150

    Australian standard electrical compliance and manufacturer status.

    Upon turning the machine over, a clearly legible, silver sticker on the base shows an RCM mark, which should be a clear indication that the machine has been professionally tested at an accredited test lab, and paperwork relating to the safety of the machine has been compiled- the mixer is clearly NOT a dodgy grey import, of questionable quality that is likely to kill you through electrocution, or burn your house down.

    The RCM mark, and the fact that the machine was imported by a reputable electronics company, Lenoxx, which has been around for a long time gives the consumer a great deal of confidence that this is a quality and safe product, whose manufacturer warranty is likely to be honored if there is a problem.


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    Lindt Cafe does it again- 50% off Pick N mix! & $3 100gm Lindt blocks

    A small update to draw attention to one of my all time favorite bargain deals, Lindt cafe Pick & mix discounts!

    This was at the Melbourne CBD store this week- over 18 different varieties to choose from, most of which are NOT available at major supermarkets and confectionery stores, unless on  seasonal special edition pack.

    Sadly, they don't include the little individually wrapped blocks anymore in the mix- i stuffed quite a few kilos of chocs in the largest christmas edition box they had available last year. :(

    Lindt has even brought out Liqueur and brandy flavoured balls, which are quite delicious.

    Keep your eyes peeled for my planned post in the next couple weeks on each and every one of the new and wild, fruity, boozy and crispy flavours of Lindt balls that are now available at the cafe sites.

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    For the block lovers, a 3 for $9 deal is also in full swing! Again, there are a few rare and hard to obtain flavours available, which you cant get anywhere else but the cafe as far as I know.

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    $1 per litre- Cheapest Fuel In Ballarat- Discounted offpeak deal

    WP_20170716_18_42_53_ProWe all love a bargain- and ridiculously cheap fuel in Ballarat isn't easy to come by at all- look for discounted fuel, and often it's a raw deal, where you have to buy a heap of overpriced groceries to get a few measly cents off the already inflated pump price.

    The other night, coming back from grabbing a delicious burger and HSP at I love burgers and Kebabs in Wendouree, I found a genuine deal, with an extremely cheap price.

    At the metro Pertroleum, Wendouree, the pump price for regular 91 RON unleaded fuel was a teeny 103.3 cents per litre at metro fuel, Wendouree.  (We dub this place "Indian fuel" because there is always a nice, smiley indian bloke at the counter.

    I almost always get fuel here because it's consistently the cheapest unleaded fuel for my car in Ballarat, and the quality is just fine- never had a problem with my car.

    Recently, they replaced the bowsers, and pumps, so if anything, quality and purity shoudl have improved over the last month or s0.

    I haven't seen prices like that since is was a little kid. Must be a price mistake, right? cheapest_fuel_in_ballarat_metro_petroleum_wendouree_indian_fuel_unleaded

    I pulled in, and grabbed the hose, and checked the pump price- yep. 103.3 cents per litre for unleaded in Ballarat.

    That represents up to a whopping 20% discount off the woollies servo only just up the road.

    Filled up 55 litres- $56.81 paid at the counter, no problem. Asked the guy at the counter why so cheap? he said that their distributor, mobil was running an offpeak promotion for a limited time.

    Anyway, the discount petrol deal probably wont last long, so get onto it before it vanishes!!

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    Electrolux Free Samsonite luggage offer with Washers & dryers Apr 28, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017

    On the weekend, we got sick and tired of going to the Laundry king Laundromat every weekend, and went out to buy ourselves a brand spanking new washing machine.

    We ended up settling on the Electrolux 8.5KG front loader EWF12853 from Harvey Norman. (it's a good looking thing, isn't it!)

    It seemed a pretty decent price, at under $800, which was what I paid for the last washer over 7 years ago, and it had some nifty features such as quick steam cleaning modes, called "Vapor Cycle" which seemed pretty innovative and useful. Typically, I've shied away from front loaders because they tend to take forever to deliver a single washload... but this one has pretty quick specifications, which I'll write about in the near future.

    This month, at Harvey Norman, (and other major retailers, I presume) the Electrolux Laundry products came Electrolux_samsonite_b'lite_3_55cm_spinner_offerwith a free bonus of a piece of luggage from Samsonite- a B'lite 3 55cm Spinner.

    Apparently, you can live the Electrolux life with one of these. Either way, its FREE. Might as well claim it!

    Doesn't seem too hard, does it? Till the website asked you about the serial number... which is probably stamped on the BACK of the 75KG Electrolux front loading washing machine you probably just had installed in a hutch or nook in what is usually the most cramped room in the house!!

    There is an easy way to find the serial number of your Electrolux laundry product though, without moving it or any backbreaking work!

    Just keep reading on how to easily take the steps you need to make to successfully claim your free bonus Samsonite luggage!

    Link to website to claim or redeem free samsonite luggage from Electrolux after buying a laundry product in 2017

    A) After Clicking on the link, the site will ask for some basic details, then ask you to verify your email address.

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    There is a trick to easily finding the serial number on an Electrolux laundry item.. or most electrical appliances really.

    b) Step 2 will require more information, such as what model you bought, where you got it, and upload a copy of Electrolux_samsonite_b'lite_3_55cm_spinner_offer- step 2the receipt.

    As mentioned before, the serial number of your eligible electrolux laundry product  can be a bit more difficult to figure out than it initially seems- you wont find it in your user guide, or on your receipt usually.

    Instructions on where to locate or find the Serial number on an Electrolux EWF12853 front loading washer:

    1. Look at the packaging and plastic wrapping the Electrolux washer came in- you should find a sticker on the wrapping somewhere!
    2. Read through the maze of barcodes and meaningless picking and stock numbers all over the sticker.
    3. On mine, the serial number is located directly under the BIG product number in the middle
    4. In the photo I have taken to the right, the serial number to our EWF12853 is underneath the blue pen that is obscuring the number on the picking/packing stickerWP_20170521_01_41_26_Pro
    5. You should be able to use this exact effortless technique on ALL the Participating Products- the following Electrolux Laundry models:
    • Front load washers EWF12753, EWF12853, EWF14933, EWF14013, EWF14023, EWF1074, EWF1083, EWF10831, EWF1087, EWF1090, EWF1282, EWF12821, EWF12822, EWF12832, EWF14012, EWF1470, EWF14742, EWF14811, EWF14822, EWF14912, EWF14922, EWF1495
      Front load washer dryers EWW12753, EWW14013, EWW1273, EWW12832, EWW14912
      Condenser Dryers EDC2075GDW, EDC2086GDW, EDH3786GDW, EDC2086PDW, EDC47130W, EDH3284PDW, EDI97170W, EDP2074PDW

    C) Once you have jumped though all the hoops, you will get a confirmation email and receipt.

    Electrolux_samsonite_b'lite_3_55cm_spinner_offer- success!

    You can track your claim via this link, provided you successfully received a password in your email from electrolux

    Of course, with all these promos, there are terms and conditions- be careful to read them- especially the one about the limited time you have to cough up a valid serial number if you don't provide it straight away!

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    Hope you have some luck in getting the bonus luggage to turn up! post us a few comments if you have any questions!

     

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    Herkimer Diamond Engagement Ring Melbourne Australia Corky Saint Clair

    This post is a little thank you to the inspired and insightfulJeweler Chris Bril, of Corky Saint Clair who created the ultimate token of my love (A 1.81ct Herkimer Diamond Solitaire Engagement ring. set in sterling silver) for the lass, to whom I proposed to on Saturday, while on a bike, in a subway, of all places.

    Since making my decision to ask the most charming and beautiful friend I have in this world to marry me, I'd spent many months searching and agonising in Melbourne and beyond over exactly what engagement ring I was going to buy for the lass, not to mention a lot of stress over the cost.. and most of the options fit the bill- nice and sparkly and shiny.. but they were a little.. generic, and not quite me, or her, or us somehow.

    While wandering Melbourne's little niche and custom shops, I was in the old, and slightly dank Art Deco section of Flinders street subway, below Degraves street where there is a ratty collection of tiny, artisan shops, ensconced in wood and sensually curved glass... or.. well.. graffiti covered old skool galv B&D roller doors, when something really, really special sparkled alluringly in the depths of one of the shops.

    What really caught my eye was a silver set engagement ring with quite a twist on it, that really made me look twice.

    A handy book available on amazon on the exciting variations of Herkimer available on the market.

    The stone was cut in a wonky, shonky looking way that suggested it was the apprentice jewel cutter's first attempt at cutting a diamond, and he had royally ballsed it up.

    But. it sure was different. I just could not look away. Looking more closely, it had a wild kind of ordered beauty that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but the clarity of the stone was exceptional, and it was impressive, but not obnoxious in size. It was as if the unusual cut had been actually made on purpose, and was not a product of incompetence, or an unfortunate accident... it... worked...

    Next to it was a write up about the Diamond that was in the solitaire ring, which described it as a "Herkimer Diamond".

    The narrow and exclusive region in new york state, USA, that Herkimer diamonds are mined from

    Pffttt. I thought. so, it's a fake diamond, just a lousy cubic zirconia, or CZ.  I kept reading though, and discovered that it was anything but fake, it was the genuine article, alright, and genuine and unique in many more ways than the average carbon based diamond ever could be.

    Herkimer diamonds come from upstate New York. They display unusually high brightness, clarity and hardness, and are formed over 400 million years in bubble pockets, or "vugs" in dolostone. The most authentic feature of them is that their shape, which looks like man made "cut" facets, but, amazingly, they are actually formed naturally, by the miracle of the mechanics of the earth and nature.

    Every Herkimer has 18 individual and unique facets, and are actually are a naturally occurring, highly rare double terminated crystal. No two are exactly alike, or, for that matter, vaguely the same. That's the way I feel about the lass, and our relationship- nothing compares, and I don't doubt for a moment that I'll ever in my lifetime meet another girl quite like her.

    In the cabinet next to the display of the ring, was an excised cross section of a piece of dolomite stone, exposing a little cavity or bubble in the rock mass. Inside, was a the crystalline shining diamond of a Herkimer, nestled in the little pocket, as perfect and untouched as could be.

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    In the Subway, which can be entered off Flinders and Degraves street, many of the little establishments

    Subway Entrance off Degraves Street

    eking out an existence seem to sell something just a little bit different, hand crafted, or rare second hand items of style, and at pretty reasonable prices.

    Technically, the 1950's pink tiled subway is called the "Campbell Arcade", though few Melbourne residents might refer to it as such, and 2/3 of residents surveyed at one point had no idea the place even exists, despite being a very distinctive, and major part of the Flinders street station complex. The shopping strip has an interesting history, which is brought to life by a post by the blogger "danno", which is worth a read if you are intrigued by history like me.

    One of these quirky little shops is the esteemed Jeweler named "Corky Saint Clair", whose unlikely insignia is denoted by a funny little power monster thingy. Apparently, it's called the "Carrymonster", though I have no darn idea why.

    Corky's after one of the regular subway floods

    The owner and head jeweler is the aforementioned Chris Bril, who is a pleasant guy who quietly beavers away in the workshop part of the shop, while customers explore the surreal layout of his wares.

    Broadsheet did an interview with Chris a while ago, which gives one some insight into the smiling man behind the soldering iron, pliers and files.

    If you want your own ring,  for that special person in your ife you want to commit to, take a look at Herkimer solitaire rings at corky st clair melbourne

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