We recently discovered a paring knife that never needs sharpening. We found it at www.kuhnrikon.com, a great company from Switzerland. It’s called the “Non-Stick Colori Paring Knife”. They have several colors to choose from. What makes this knife special is that it has a carbon steel blade that stays sharp. We also like that it has a sheath which keeps it sharp and covered. Here’s a direct link, although you can also find the knives for sale at local gourmet specialty shops. http://www.kuhnrikon.com/products/tools/tools.php3?id=250
Are you ready to take the best nap you’ll ever have? You can with The Nap Collection by Brookstone. (www.Brookstone.com) The Nap Collection is bliss in a box! The Nap Collection includes a cuddly blanket, cuddly matching booties, and a comfortable matching pillow.
It comes with the Brookstone “nap blanket” that by itself is a great luxury. The nap blanket is plush and snuggly. It weighs a not-too-lightweight, not-too-heavy weight. If Goldilocks had found The Nap Collection at the three bears’ house, she would not have cared that the bed was too big or small. When you surround yourself in the cuddly bliss, you can nap anywhere. We think this would make a great Christmas gift or anytime gift for you or anyone who is special to you. We also think this is a great set to take with you traveling to use during long layovers.
Cagle State Park is one of Texas’ prettiest parks. Nestled on the tranquil waters of Lake Conroe, surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest, Cagle State Park has enjoyable walking trails as well as lakeside picnic and camping sites. We enjoyed an afternoon of hiking and picnicking by the water. The park also has a boat launch. As we were hiking, we saw lots of birds, including a bald eagle! The forest was filled with butterflies. Our youngest reviewer called it “the magical butterfly forest”.
In our opinion, it is one of Houston and surrounding areas’ “best kept secret” parks. Here are some pictures. It makes a great day trip getaway from Houston. To get there from Houston, take I-45 North past Conroe to exit 102. Go West for 8 miles on hwy 1375. The park will be on your left.
I have long hair, and a few years ago, I found some wonderful “hair towels” by Lucy Locks that became one of my most favorite beauty items. For any woman who has just stepped out of the shower, they are great. They have a button on one end and a loop on the other, so you twist your hair in the towel and button it up. Well, I can only find Lucy Locks on Amazon now. So I have been looking for a replacement. The Sephora hair towel works great. It’s more spacious than most hair towels and yet fits snugly on your head. These towels are my hair’s best friend. You can find them at www.sephora.com.
Are you ready for Le Bon Temps? We recently discovered our favorite Cajun restaurant in Houston, Texas, Ragin Cajun. (www.ragin-cajun.com) Their motto is “Family Serving Family” and boy, do they live up to it! We gave them a Best of The Best 5-Star Review. They have great food, a comprehensively Cajun ambiance, and wonderful service. We visited on a Thursday night and enjoyed a great live Zydeco band. This restaurant is also kid-friendly, and even the little ones had a Ragin good time!
We recently had a wonderful “sock it to me” moment at a local R.E.I. store where we went in search of hiking boots. The salesman told us that he didn’t even want us to try on boots before we’d taken a look at socks. He then introduced us to the wonderful world of today’s socks. He highly recommended Smartwool and Wigwam. We have tried Smartwool and truly consider them “the best of the best” in wool hiking socks. Soon, we will be reviewing Wigwam socks, also. But let us tell you about Smartwool!
Smartwool truly lives up to its name. Smartwool socks are made of the highest quality marino wool available. They truly wick away moisture from your feet, as they are capeable of holidng 30% of their weight in water. So even when you sweat, your feet stay dry. We recommend the Smartwool Ultra Hiking Socks. We really liked the heavy and extra heavy Smartwool hiking socks. They are truly “the best of the best” in wool hiking socks. You can find them at www.Smartwool.com
When is a sock not a sock? When it’s a Wigwam! For years, when we needed socks, we treated them just like any other basic necessity: nothing special, just necessary. So we bought them at Wal-mart, Target, and similar stores. But the problem we always encountered is that after awhile, the socks began to wear and tear. And they always made our feet sweat.
At the suggestion of an R.E.I. hiking boots salesman who told us we needed to figure out socks before boots, we tried Wigwam ultramax hiking socks. I spoke with Bob Wolleber a representative for Wigwam in Houston, Texas. He was filled with well-appropriated enthusiasm for the sophistication of techology in the world of socks. He said, “The techology of the world has finally come to socks.” What surprised us the most is that Wigwam socks are made from shellfish! Okay, let us clarify. They are made from a natural synthetic material called “chitosan” which comes from shellfish, wicks away moisture, and also has anti-bacterial properties.
They are our favorite at The Best of The Best because they are comfortably soft yet made to last. Wigwam is an American-owned company located in Sheboygan, WI. All of their products are American-farmed and American-made. You can find these excellent socks at www.wigwam.com
Have you ever wanted to work on your laptop on-the-go, but got tired of trying to balance it on your lap? A great solution is here! The PC Table Tote. The Table Tote truly lives up to its name. It’s a table that you can tote. When disassembled, it becomes its own storage case. The top even slides out to the side so you can use it for your mouse pad or coffee cup. We liked the compact design. You can even use it to hold your materials or a projector stand if you need an extra table at a business presentation.
This year, the Greek Festival is enjoying its stature as one of America’s best Greek Festivals in the nation! (www.greekfestival.org) The Greek Festival began in 1966 as a church fundraiser for the local Greek Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas and still continues today. (www.agoc.org) This year, 40,000 people will visit the festival. Festival goers describe it as a “very pure” festival because everything about the festival is in-house. The food is all authentic, hand-made food based on recipes that the grandmas’ grandmas have passed down through the years.
Highlights include the homemade Greek food, children’s dancing, a film all about Greece, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral tours. The festival provides free parking at Lamar High School. Opa!
I recently tried on my “10 Second Flat Foot Insole” for review. (www.tenseconds.com) I am very active and athletic, yet I have very flat feet and have never been able to walk or run for long distances. I have also had knee surgery and my feet cramp up when I go on long walks.
I tried the insoles in my everyday shoes first and could tell the difference immediately. It felt a little awkward at first because they made my feet tilt outward. But it did not take long however, to feel what the package described as “the solution” to my problem.
It felt like I was walking barefoot on good carpet with a thick pad.
I went to a local shoe store to have my feet analyzed. (www.allaboutfeettx.com) The first thing the lady told me is that I need wider shoes. Also, she recommended that I not tie them so tight. I have always wanted my shoes to be very snug, so I tie them fairly tight.
After loosening my shoes, I discovered that I could insert my “10 second flat foot insole” and feel the difference immediately.
Getting these insoles will definitely help, but only if your shoes fit properly. The pads fit comfortably in shoes that are less contoured to your foot, such as boots rather than form-fitting tennis shoes. So take them with you when you’re going to buy a new pair. ~ Keith Lee