Product Recommendation- TuneIn Premium

Now who in their right mind pays $14.95 per month for free to air radio?

Well, the answer to that question would be……An overseas (non-American) sports fan! That’s who!

I think for an American to properly appreciate how fortunate they are as sports fans, is to try and live overseas for a year or two, and see for themselves how difficult it is to obtain access to live NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL games. The reality is that close to no games are shown on free to air TV outside of the United States, and if it is? You’re forced to watch 2 teams play a match which you’ll probably not care for, as they’re not teams that you like/support. And let’s not even go there with the time difference, as that can’t be helped.

But here is where a paid radio subscription makes sense. TuneIn Premium gives you access to every live radio broadcast of sporting events- from professional to collegiate; from mainstream to the obscure; from the US, UK to your local radio stations- I wouldn’t say it has it all! But there is so much content, your first world problem is……. There just isn’t enough time in a day to listen to a fraction of what’s on offer!

And not only do you get sports radio, but there’s Music, News, Talk and all the usual radio stations you receive on your local radio dial, all in this one single app. The total cost per month is $14.95, you can cancel your subscription at any time- but you are limited to only one device (on iOS, your account is linked to your iTunes account).

Right now as we’re in the business end of the NFL season, I study the upcoming week of games on the Wednesday, highlighting the games which I want to listen to at the given timeslot by requesting a notification to be sent to my phone at kick-off. And on game day, I’m buckled in for the next 9 hours listening to 3 games live! Pretty cool hey? Considering I’m half way around the world! Obviously this can only occur because I’m currently not working (time difference in Australia equates to NFL games being played between 5am – 4pm on a Monday). And if you find a team’s broadcast is too biased or you just feel like a change? You can simply switch over to the opposing team’s broadcast of the event! Or if you want a completely unbiased broadcast, switch over to the National broadcast if it’s a prime time event! And if the game is a blow-out, or too slow? Then you can switch to another game! There’s just so many choices!

And although paying for a premium subscription doesn’t excuse you from sitting through radio ads, but it’s kind of interesting listening to another state or country’s advertisements- it gives you a glimpse into the lives of others around the world.

Admittedly as soon as I go back to work I’m going to cancel my TuneIn Premium subscription, as the real value of TuneIn is its live events. And with the time difference, it’ll be impossible to get your money’s worth if you’re meant to be at work during the majority of live broadcasts. But while my career break lasts, TuneIn Premium has been a great companion app!

So why not at least give the free version of TuneIn a go? And if you’re curious to explore the differences between the free and the paid offering? TuneIn provides you with a 7 day free trial! For more information and details, click HERE!

Product Recommendation- Pro-Live Mango Lassi

I’m sure there is a time and place to consume Lassi – the tasty thick yoghurt drink found at most Indian restaurants. Methinks it’s usually consumed as a drink to cool your burning mouth when you’re having a particularly spicy curry? But we’ve taken to drinking it whenever we’re looking for something sweet, and when we want something healthier and less guilt-ridden then with ice creams and other guilty pleasures.

Australian producers Pro-Live stock their Mango Lassies to Costco Australia, known for its bulk purchases, although a 1 Litre bottle of Lassi didn’t seem like such a bulk buy? But I’ve been told, compared to the usual volume in which Lassi is usually sold in, 1L is quite a lot of tasty drinkable yoghurt. But being us, 1L is never enough so we always get 2 bottles when we’re at Costco.

To be honest with you, the taste of Pro-Live Lassi Mango Drink reminds me much of the mango flavoured tubbed yoghurt by Nestle. So it’s a very common, pure taste, which I’m sure appeals to all tastebuds. It’s creamy and smooth (be sure to shake well before pouring), while liquid enough to quench any thirst. And it’s quite filling as well, so if you’re in a rush a 250ml glass of Lassi could easily serve as a light breakfast on the go! For $4.50 Australian dollars for a 1L bottle, it’s much more economical to buy in bulk and consume at home, than to purchase when out. The only philosophical question which is left unanswered, is….. Which came first? The tasty yoghurt drink? Or the popular American TV show which aired from 1954-73? 

If you’re interested to purchase the Pro-Live Mango Lassi drink and not a Costco member, click HERE!

Product Recommendation- Google Home Mini

I love Google Assistant so much, that we’ve invited it into the private sanctity of our bedroom!

On the weekend we invited a new member of the Google home assistant into our lives, that being the Google Home Mini (chalk), at $55 AUD, it was truly a no-brainer decision!

The justification for this purchase was that I’m now on a 2.5 month career break, and the plan is to spend a lot more time in bed. Haaha. And being able to get Google to play my music, news updates, podcasts, and radio  stations is all and fine in the living room, but being totally unconnected and devoid of our Google assistant when in bed felt like we were stepping back in time each time we left the living room. Like, what the?

So a quick stop to our local JB Hi-Fi and after handing over $55, we quickly resolved this first world problem.  The advantages I’ve seen thus far with Mini in the bedroom has been:

Music throughout the apartment– with more than one Google speaker now, we have grouped them together so they both now sing from the same song sheet, and with a small apartment the entire home is now filled with our beats wherever we go! Not to mention our music sounds more stereo now! And positioned correctly (in a corner), the sound quality of the Mini isn’t that bad actually.

Declutter– now that I have a versatile device like the Mini on my bedside table, I was able to decommission my old school bedside alarm clock/radio. So now my bedside table is very spartan, maybe too spartan…

Bluetooth speaker– in the past to listen to my audiobooks and podcasts in bed, I had to remember to take my portable Bluetooth speaker with me to bed. And there has been many times when I had to jump out of bed in winter, as I had forgotten to bring it with me (the portable speaker still sitting on the shelf in the living room). But now with Google mini always there, I just have to ask Google to turn on Bluetooth- within seconds it’s paired to my phone, and magnifies the volume of whatever I’m listening to in bed. And when I’m done with it, I just have to ask Google to stop playing and to disconnect the Bluetooth. Too easy!

Night mode– And when it’s time for bed, I just have to say “Good night Google’, and it’ll put in place all my pre-set night time rituals, e.g. inform me of tomorrow’s weather, ask if I would like to set an alarm, and then turn on the ambient noise (chirping crickets- which I currently have on, I’m curious to hear when do the insects pack-up shop and they too call it a night- 40 mins on, and they’re still chirping…)

Randomness– and of course when my wife is almost asleep, and if you’re a funny bugger like me, you can now ask Google to tell you a joke and wake her right up! Haaha. Now that’s an example of 2’s a company, and 3’s a crowd! 

Say hello to the home of the future!

Product recommendation- Choc Profiteroles

Looking for a dessert in a tub, we locked on this new product line – Wicked Sister.

Alcoholic, sweet, and rich- Wicked Sister Choc Profiteroles is all that! – leaving you wanting more!

Custard Profiteroles soaked in alcohol, coated in a chocolate sauce, chilled and stowed in an easy access tub – an indulgent and potentially messy dessert made easy!

Check it out at your local supermarket! 90g tubs (x2) for $4.00.   

Product Recommendations- Doritos Wasabi

I’m not sure if this is a Product Recommendation? Or just a Product Review? As would you recommend a product to others, which you think you’ll probably never willingly purchase ever again?

That goes for Doritos Japanese Wasabi corn chips!

Picture those Asian Wasabi pea products which you can buy from an Asian grocery store? You know the ones, those little dehydrated peas coated with a smear of yellow mustard, then dusted in more mustard flavouring? If you know what I’m talking about, you know how hot those little suckers can be! Then imagine an isosceles triangle corn chip, and picture an entire side of that tortilla covered in that mustard powder flavouring! That’s a lot of corn chip real-estate to cover with hot powder! Nose-rushingly hot! Right?!

On the packet it already warns the consumer that it’s going to be hot, 3 red chilies emblazon on the packaging. But how hot can it really be? Right?

“Woew!” After corn chip 1, it already gives you that wasabi nose rush! And wasabi isn’t one of those hot spices which gets more tolerable after your tastebuds get used to the flavour. It’s smashing you in the face all the way till the end, and don’t even consider breathing in when you’re mid-chew, as any air current will send those vapours/wasabi powder right to the back of your throat = tears, coughing fits, or a choice expletive or two!

I’m a chip-monster, and I can easily smash a packet of chippies on my own in one single sitting – but today? I had to admit failure, raising the white flag…… tapping out at the 4/5 mark.

Is it tasty? Maybe? If you can see past the overwhelming flavour of wasabi?

And the question, what am I going to do with the final 1/5 of the bag? My wife definitely doesn’t want it, after 2 corn chips she was already out. Just thinking about it, gives me both a sense of fear, and a sense of excitement – I guess in equal parts measure.

Definitely a snack to be shared with others! If you dare, you can find Dorito Wasabi 150g bags at your local supermarket for $3.29. Only for a limited time!

Product Recommendations- StrongBow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider

Here goes, fourth time lucky!

Here is my fourth attempt to draft a product recommendation after consuming a bottle of Strongbow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider! Don’t be fooled by the some what girly packaging ……. This drink definitely packs a punch!

I can’t say it any better than the below, so here is a copy-paste from the Strongbow web-site:

“Inspired by the beauty and elegance of apple blossoms, Strongbow Blossom Rosé is a high alcohol, sparkling apple cider.

INGREDIENTS

A delicate blend of hand-picked apples, tart berries (elderberries) and fermented with wine yeast.

AROMA AND TASTE

A perfect complement to the soft rosé colour is the blush pink foam. This lightly sparkling rosé cider delivers an aroma of juicy toffee apple notes, while the initial sweetness on the palate is delicately balanced by a crisp apple tartness, followed through by a light, lingering dryness in the finish.

FOOD MATCH

Kingfish carpaccio, light pasta or risotto, fresh chicken salad. Perfect hot weather drinking.

ABV: 8.2%”

Yep, you read right! 8.2% alcohol content level per 330ml bottle! No wonder I’m feeling DIZZY!!!! And barely able to put together a coherent sentence….. 

It tastes like a cross between red wine and apple cider, and surprisingly fizzy each mouthful, right to the very end. Strongbow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider is a fun Spring/Summers drink, a case of 24 330ml bottles will set you back $58.00 from Liquorland.    

**Note: Always remember to drink responsibly. Yeah?