A Shiny New Surface for Next Season’s Party

A couple I know owns one of those fine Victorian-style early 20th century homes that they are gradually modernizing and renovating.  Each year they do a major project; last year they decided it was time to redo the floors, which still showed scuffs dating back to the Spanish American War.  They visited a few suppliers and talked to several contractors to discuss what they wanted to do and consider what best suited their place.  They wanted something really stylish that would make the place stand out.

That is when they got their first shock.  The selection of flooring styles and types offered by Lumber Liquidators was enormous.  It took them a day just to narrow down the types of floorings they figured might be most appropriate for their particular home.  Of course, there was always the option of merely resurfacing the existing flooring.  But they also found a wide selection of different new flooring types and styles that might be perfect if they wanted a completely new floor.  The choices ranged from basic laminates to stylish woods to even polished slates, tiles or marbles.  And they could use a Groupon coupon to get discounts of up to 50% off on solid hardwoods.  This could substantially reduce the cost.  They’d planned to install the floor themselves but they were dissuaded by folks who said the skills and equipment required to cut and shape the flooring, coupled with the expertise needed to assure that the floors were properly installed, made it much more advisable to have someone who was experienced and certified do the work.  A good friend said it wasn’t something they could learn just by attending a few seminars at a local hardware store.

So they examined other options, and discovered they could get a $500 discount on the cost of installation by using a Groupon coupon to have the work done by a professional Lumber Liquidators installer.  The combined savings for materials and installation was too good a deal to pass up; they had their new floor installed before fall began.  It was in place in time for them to hold their first Halloween Party at home, and they made a point of having the floors so well polished that guests could admire the shine of party lights and costumes reflected in the new floor surfaces.

Stock Your Home Bar with Novelty Items

A home bar is a great way to relax after work or to entertain your family and friends. There are many different elements that make up a solid home bar. The bar tends to be stocked much as an actual bar would be. You will have much more flexibility with what sorts of equipment you need. For example, if you don’t make any mixed drinks, then you might not need a shaker. They’re a good thing to have around either way because someone you invite over might want one. The things that you need break down into a few categories; you need things to store bottles, open bottles, make drinks, and serve drinks.

Store Bottles

If you want to store bottles in a novel way, you have several different options. The simplest way to store wine and liquor bottles is with a bottle rack. If you are looking for a novelty solution, there are many different ways to store bottles so they it appear to be inside of a high-heeled shoe. There are bottle holders that depict roosters drinking wine or many other fun ideas. You can also store the liquor or wine outside of the bottle. Liquor keeps longer in a decanter than wine might but many different types of decanters are great for aerating a beverage and displaying it.

Wine needs to be aerated somewhat so that its full flavour can be enjoyed.

Opening Bottles

Opening bottles depends on the type of bottle. A wine bottle needs a corkscrew. The simple manual corkscrew is the most reliable way to open wine bottles. There are many themed and interesting corkscrews available at barwareandmore.com.au. If you want an easier way to open up a wine bottle, you can choose an automatic corkscrew or a pump corkscrew. A traditional corkscrew works by applying rotational pressure to drive the corkscrew into the bottle. A pump corkscrew works because you apply downward pressure; the corkscrew translates that downward pressure into rotational force. An electrical corkscrew does all of the work for you. They’re great for people who have trouble opening wine bottles for any reason.

Making Drinks

To make drinks, you need shot glasses for measuring portions of alcohol. You also need large mixing glasses so that you can mix drinks. A shaker is a great way to mix drinks because it allows you to make shaken drinks instead of simply stirred ones. You can also strain out the ice with a shaker. Furthermore, you need a muddle stick if you plan to make cocktails with muddled herbs. Once you’ve made the drinks, you need a fun way to serve them.

Serving Drinks

You can always serve drinks in plain glasses but you still need to have appropriate glasses. Having the right kind of glasses allows you to enjoy the different beverages in the best possible light. A brandy snifter allows the brandy to breathe and allows you to smell the aroma before you drink, for example. The glasses are designed with each drink in mind.

Enjoy the Desi Dhaba Experience at these Bangalore Restaurants

One of the best ways to hang out with your friends and family is to go out to the perfect place and dine. But eating at expensive restaurants with a cliché sophisticated ambience gets quite boring with time. Bangalore has always been a city that is full of surprises. The city houses great restaurants where you can satiate your hunger with delectable food. In addition to this, there are number of restaurants in Bangalore that give you the feel of Punjab and provide you with rich flavours in a vibrant desi dhaba ambience.

Here are the best restaurants in Bangalore that are great if you want to enjoy a Desi Dhaba experience:

  1. Silbatti HSR- The Silbatti HSR restaurant is one of the few restaurants that captivate you with the beats and vibes of North India. Interiors consist of wall lanterns, charpoy seats, brick walls and potted plants. The entire setting of the place looks very earthy and alluring. The place also plays nice Bollywood tunes that make you feel like grooving. This is the ultimate place for an ultimate meal. The menu lists a wide variety of options from the North Indian cuisine and whatever you order is finger licking good here.
  2. Dhaba By Claridges- This is another popular restaurant with a dhaba like feel to it. Men who serve food here also dress in nice Punjabi outfits. Food served here are classic dishes of North Indian cuisine. This place is going to take you through a ride of flavours of Punjab. This place is situated in Indira Nagar and is quite popular for aroma as well as spicy indulgence. This place is also quite ideal for hosting parties and other events.
  3. Puran da Dhaba- If you are looking for a village dining experience, then this is one of the perfect places to go to. The entire place has an ambience similar to a village. The place offers great North Indian food. The interiors and the decor of the place will make you feel that you are sitting in some dhaba of Punjab and enjoying the sumptuous delicacies. The place also has a nice bar that serves a large variety of cocktails and drinks. Overall the ambience of the place is quite stylish and amicable.
  4. The Dhaba- For all those who are travelling, this place which located in Marathahalli provides a respite for food. The place serves Indo Chinese food also but the North Indian food is more famous. With a charpoy seating, the entire place gives you a very rustic appearance. It serves the authentic flavours of North Indian food.

So, any time you wish to try the flavours of North India in South India, these are some of the perfect places for you to try. The entire ambience will make you forget that you are in Bangalore and you will feel close to mother Nature in the fields of the Punjab.

Five Different Kinds of Water Purifiers You should Know About

Purifying water has been around for generation. The earlier processes used to be way easier than the sophisticated ones now as there was lesser pollution compared to recent times. With this water pollution problem, the need for a good sophisticated water purifier is a must. Therefore knowing about the various kinds of water purifiers only helps you make an informed decision about which kind of water purifier should go for your household. There are many water purifiers available in the market but following five are the most common kinds of water purifiers that you should know about. These are categorized on the basis of their filtration technology and usage:

  1. RO Water Purifiers:

RO stands for Reverse Osmosis and this is used to remove hardness of water and bring the water to permissible TDS level. TDS or Total Dissolved Solvents ensures that natural minerals that are good for your body stay in the water with the help of a TDS Controller system. This way you are ensured that the water you drink is just 100% pure and tasty to drink. There are no added chemicals or harmful hard salts present in the water after RO purifiers has purified the water.

  1. UV Water Purifiers:

A UV Water purifier uses simple Ultra Violet radiation to get rid of any kind of germs in the water. These water purifiers purify excessive pathogens and microbes in the water. UV kills all microbes present in the water and because of this, you are assured that your family is drinking pathogen free water.  Water tastes completely normal and all bacteria and viruses are killed using simple UV light.

  1. Gravity Based Water Purifier:

This is a very simple water purifier  that uses a very highly porous superior membrane known as UF membrane. This UF membrane has a hollow fibre and is hydrophilic. The size of a pore is about 0.3 microns due to which there is absolutely no way a microbe or microorganism could pass through the membrane. This ensures that the water is free of any kind of pathogens and your family is protected from water borne diseases. It is less costly and works perfectly.

  1. UV-UF Water Purifier:

This type of purifier uses both the above mentioned technologies to give double protection to your family. You are protected from all kinds of microbes as they are killed first by the Ultra Violet Radiation and then removed from your water by the UF membrane. This gives you 100% pure water with no possibility of error.

  1. RO-UV-UF Water Purifier:

When you combine all three water purification technologies, you get a masterpiece. There is absolutely no way of getting impurities past this water purifier as it uses RO to remove excess salt content, UV to kill microbes and other pathogens and UF to eradicate these pathogens completely. If you are unsure of the amount of pollutants in your water supply, you should always go for an RO-UV-UF water purifier.

These purifiers purify any kind of water to give your family drinkable water, so that your family isn’t troubled with any kind of waterborne diseases. Rest assured, having a water purifier at home, would definitely keep the doctor away, just like an apple!