The HTC U 11 Shines 

The HTC U 11 is the latest flagship device from HTC. The U series arrived on the scene around the beginning of the year with the U Play and U Ultra making an appearance then. Up until now the U Ultra has been my main smartphone, but now that the U 11 has arrived. It’s…

The Sony MDR-XB50BS

As I’ve said before, my name is Robert and I have a headphone addiction problem. Well my latest are the Sony MDR-XB50BS. Recently I switched over to the HTC U Ultra as my main device and it does not have a headphone jack, just like the iPhone 7. For many that is a deal breaker, not long…

Roaster Review: Chord Coffee

  I am always on the hunt for new roasters and great specialty coffee. I love finding someone new, someone local, someone to share with my friends. Recently I struck up a conversation with Chord Coffee. And here we are with a review of this up and coming coffee roaster. Chord Coffee was kind enough…

The HTC U Ultra is Stunning

I don’t often describe smartphones or technology in general as pretty, but the thought keeps coming up as I take in the HTC U Ultra. The HTC U Ultra is the latest device announced by HTC. It’s a 5.7-inch phone with a beautiful display and mirrored glass back. HTC last played in the phablet realm…

Air Popper Coffee Roasting

After delving deeper and deeper into the specialty coffee world. I decided to try my hand at roasting from home. It’s amazing how inexpensive green coffee beans can be. It happens though because the art of great coffee really comes out in the roast. That’s what you are paying for when you buy fresh roasted…

Sony MDR-XB950BT Review

I have a problem. I only have two ears but for some reason I love collecting headphones. The Sony Mega Bass headphones are my latest. Last year I received my first pair of Bluetooth earbuds. I enjoyed being wireless, but they had some drawbacks. They were on the budget end, so it was to be…

Day Trip Ideas for Los Angeles with Kids

With  Christmas break on its way, I’ve been asked more than once…”My kids are off, what fun ideas do you have?” Obviously we all need to get out and explore our cities, get out from in front of the screen. And in this day and age, that is no easy task. So here are a…

6 Coffee Gift Ideas for Under $50

Making coffee at home can be fun and affordable. It’s much cheaper than visiting the local coffee shop on a daily basis. But it does take some investment to get it started. It doesn’t have to break the bank, and much of what is needed can be purchased for under fifty dollars. So I thought…

Coffee at Home: Hario v60 Recipe

I love brewing up a cup of coffee anytime of the day. My favorite method is the to make a pourover using the Hario v60. The Hario v60 is just a ceramic cone, they also come in glass or plastic, that holds a cone filter and allows water to pass over the grounds and into…

Specialty Coffee 101

Over the last few years I have gone all in on specialty coffee. Initially I owned the gear and thought I’d just keep using the same beans I was already using and see what happens. Well that didn’t work out like I had hoped. People encouraged me to buy specialty coffee beans in order to get…

Voila: Instant Specialty Coffee

I’ve written many times about my obsession with great coffee. I enjoy specialty coffee, also known as third wave, because it tends to be roasted in smaller batches for fresheness. It also tends to stay in the lighter range of roasting which allows more of the fruit, acidity, and other flavors to come out of…

Anxiety:A year of learning patience

I have been so hesitant to dig into blogging on parenthood, for fear that I would come off as a “know-it-all.” I don’t have all the answers and I don’t want to pretend that I do, but let me share a victory my wife and I have experienced recently. Let me take you back to…