Doug Pitassi’s 15 Best Restaurants in Portland


I got a chance to get a book from a fellow foodie Doug Pitassi. I have never been to Portland but I found the book extremely interested as deep down I am more a foodie then a product reviewer. I would be interested too know more about the places from another local but overall these places are defiantly worth checking out. So if your planning a trip to Portland anytime soon and want to cut out the work in trying to find the best food places try ordering his book off Amazon.

Doug’s Book

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Spa Home Facial Steamer Sauna




First of all, let me take about packaging. This facial steamer arrived in the manufacturers box, wrapped in very light brown paper. That translates to a very banged up box which you can see from my picture. I was excited to try this because it comes with frankincense and myrrh. However, I didn’t realize it was one bottle of the oils combined together, not that it really matters much but I was expecting two bottles. I was very disappointed because the bottle I received was just over half full! I find that completely ridiculous and I would have been quite upset if I had paid for this product. The bottle claims to be 20 mL so you don’t get very much, but it does seem to be fairly good quality oil and it did work well.

Moving on, I had never used a facial steamer before so I spent about half an hour trying to figure out what the spare piece was. The directions which came with this were absolutely no help whatsoever, but after watching a few YouTube reviews I learned it is apparently a nose piece which I guess you just place inside the steamer and rest your nose in to focus the steam there. This product was made in China, so let’s just say the directions are not the best.

To be honest, I found the concept of placing my face over a thing of boiling water mixed with oil to be scary at first. You hear so many things about product accidents and whatnot, but after a few times of using this I got used to it. This steamer has two heat settings, low and high. I found the low setting to almost be too hot. Hopefully once I use it more, I’ll get used to the temperature a bit. This does work very well on clearing out the sinuses. I found after I used this, my eyes and nose were runny and I had to grab a tissue. Also, after the first use I did have an outbreak of acne but after that first use my skin seemed to begin to clear up.

I’m grateful to have this on hand at the moment since I do have a sinus infection and whatever other funk is going on with my body. This definitely helps. So despite the few problems I had with this product, I am very satisfied with it.

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Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer


Received the Spiralizer on time and great condition as well as an email with link to the e-book with recipes last week, it sat in the box for a few days until I got the veggies to test it out. I debated between this one and the other Briefton’s Spiralizer that was slightly cheaper (Briefton’s Spiral Slicer which has non-removable blades and slightly smaller capacity) but since this one had removable blades and larger size advertised, I decided to go for it and I think the extra ~8$ was worth it.
-It is a good size and easy to hold but still easily fits in a drawer.
-Extra blades- I have never used a veggie spiralizer before but after a quick wash, it was already set up with blades to go
-Quick: My first trial with a carrot was easy and done within 5 minutes including prep to peel and washing/putting away. Didn’t even need the cleaning brush the first time
-blades are easy to remove and wash clean. Easy to switch around.
-little waste – there is some waste of a cone shaped end as expected but it isn’t huge but usually you can slice it up and throw it into the mix of the salad
-see below re tip on the finger guard
-probably will stain if you leave it unwashed esp if you used carrots or beets/strongly pigmented vegetable
– the blades are sharp so watch those fingers, I stuck my hand in to dislodge the carrot piece and got a little nick (however since I have frequently cut myself even when using peelers let alone knives, it is more my clumsiness than the device itself)
-I discovered when trying smaller vegetables, ie beets, the cone shaped finger guard cap would not get a firm grasp on the beet and started shredding the outside end when I tried to turn. However when I used a fork to stab into the beet, I had a good grasp with the tines halfway into the beet and was able to make a good amount of beet “spaghetti” this way. It will take some more experimenting to see how to best use the finger guard cap.
Overall verdict: -any device that can get me to eat a raw beet in less than 5 minutes/prep+ cleaning is a win! Somehow shreds of vegetables are more fun to eat!

Brieftons Salad Spinner Review


The Brieftons salad spinner is really easy to use & effective. I love the size! You can fit large, full size leaves without breaking them up, so perfect if you want to use your lettuce for a wrap. We have 8 people in our family & the little 3 quart spinner wasn’t cutting it. The pump mechanism gets the salad much dryer then the other one that we had to turn a handle. Because it is so large you may need to move the greens around & spin 2-3 times to get it as dry as you would like, but you still end up with a large bowl of dried greens in less time then seperatly spinning it out in a smaller spinner. The other nice thing about this spinner is the large bowl without holes at the bottom. Many other salad spinners have holes at the bottom so you have to spin over the sink so the water can drain. I found spinning over the sink, especially when it has a hand crank to be very aquard. With the large bowl it isn’t at all aquard, you can just set it on the counter or table & pump. The water will pool in the bottom of the bowl, but your greens will be dry. Thank you, Brieftons for a quality product!

Brieftons Food Chopper (Large, 4-Cup)


I love cooking from scratch. Unfortunately, since I have carpel tunnel thanks to my job. I was a quality checker and from the reptitiveness movement my hands now lock up making cooking a little of a challenge. This product makes life easier. I own their smaller version but this is a lifesaver when I am having to entertain guest at home.

I also love how easy the food chopper is to use. It is small and compact enough that I can leave it on my counter without losing counter space. Which is a huge plus since my kitchen is extremely small to begin with. I love that the chopper does not need to be plugged in to operate! I love using the chopper for cutting soft veggies and fruits. Carrots and raw potatoes did not work so well. Olives were my favorite to chop.

What comes in the box?

A 4-cup capacity bowl
Lid with a cord pulling mechanism
Cutting rotator with 3 ultra-sharp stainless steel blades
Mixer blade for mixing and blending ingredients

You will also get 3 bonus downloadable Brieftons recipe ebooks with great recipe ideas. The recipes are easy to follow!

Brieftons Food Chopper


Okay.. I am obligated to give a 100% honest review. So I received this item on a promotion cause who wouldn’t want something to help chop food. I ordered it. Yay package delivered to my door. Food chopper is in the box. I take out the product remove it from it’s packaging and kind of just look at it. Now I use huge stainless steel knives to chop my veggies. A nice set of knives, so I am looking at this thing like REALLY?? I take it a part dissect it and am thinking No Way will this chop anything. The lid sat nicely on the top. The blade came out and sat gently on the base. The cord I pulled it and it is a nice little nylon cord. Reminded me of a lawnmower. After inspection I sat it on the counter and there it remained in the box for two days. I then receive an email from the distributor and it contained a detailed video on how to use the chooper. I have to prepare dinner and get out the onion, garlic clove, and a stalk of celery. I then get the chopper and wash it up and set it on the counter next to my veggies. I quarter the onion and plop it in the chopper. Gently and slowly start to pull the cord. OH MY GOSH IT WORKS!!! I can’t tell you my surprise. This simple product is so effective. I get the celery and just cut it down to what I would call bite size pieces. Into the chopper and slowly pull.. OH MY GOSH AGAIN THE SURPRISE! I didn’t do anything to the garlic cloves except remove the skin. A few good pulls and I finely chopped garlic, celery, and onion. The intro is so long because my words cannot describe how amazing this little food chopper worked. It saved me so much time in dinner preparation. What is normally a half an hour of mincing took all of ten minutes. A huge benefit to my cooking. This is also excellent for our mint chutney since we eat alot of Indian/Pakistani dishes since my husband is Pakistan this item isan excellent addition to any kitchen.