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T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy Dishwasher Safe Multi-Cooker with nonstick interior, White
T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy Dishwasher Safe Multi-Cooker with nonstick interior, White
Price: CDN$ 176.60
15 used & new from CDN$ 149.95

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Everyone Says It Is, Dec 14 2013
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I bought this almost a year ago and forgot to do a review, although I wanted to wait a bit before I did anyway.

This is a fantastic machine. I bought it after running into a few people who all raved about it, and I feel the same way.

Personally, I've only used it for fries, but they're the best (and healthiest) fries I've ever had. My wife made chicken wings with it for her and the kids, and said they were the best wings she's ever had. After telling a friend about it, he tried both and gave me the same feedback, immediately ordering his own Actifry.

I came back to the page when my mother, while helping out with the kids, accidentally melted a hole into the side of our machine. I haven't used the machine since (it was only last night), but upon inspection I think it will still function just as well. Before the inspection though I started looking to replace the machine and decided I would share a couple of other things I think might help others shopping for an Actifry.

First, my only regret in buying this is that I bought this version. With myself, a wife, and four young children (who before I know it will be four hungry teens), I should've bought the family size one. It gives you an extra 50% capacity for an extra $40 which I think is well worth it.

Second, it bothers me a bit that the Actifry is constantly marketed as being healthy because you only need one spoonful of oil. I don't like that "low-fat" is being equated with "healthy." I usually use more than the recommended amount of oil, but choose healthy oils to cook my fries in, such as virgin coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and my favourite, camelina oil. All of these are stable in high heat (well above the temperature that the Actifry cooks at), and the camelina oil also contains Omega-3 fatty acids.

So by all means buy a Tfal Actifry if you're considering it. Just don't be afraid to use extra oils, and make healthy oil choices! (Quality olive oil IS healthy, but has too low a smoke point to be used in an Actifry.)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Cate Blanchett
Price: CDN$ 10.00
19 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There WILL be an extended edition of this movie!, Feb. 8 2013
I want to keep this brief...

I saw the movie with my wife, we both liked it, and like many others we did think it went a little on the long side.

That being said, you should be aware before ordering this movie that there is an extended version of the movie planned for release in late 2013 on time to promote the theatrical release of the 2nd Hobbit movie.

Will an extended version of a movie many thought was too long be an improvement? I don't have an answer to that question, but I personally plan to hold out and wait for the extended edition to see for myself.

Update, August 3, 2013: The extended version is now available for pre-order!

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
by David Wolfe
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.57
55 used & new from CDN$ 9.88

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, Jan. 16 2013
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I really should've heeded the other 2-star review before purchasing this book.

While I expected a book on "superfoods" based on the title, like the other 2-star review said, it only gets into 10 superfoods, with some honourable mentions as well. The problem is that I was expecting more traditional "superfoods", like sweet potato, quinoa, broccoli, ground flax or chia, etc. The 10 superfoods mentioned in the book are:

Goji berries, cacao, maca, bee products, spirulina, AFA blue-green algae, marine phytoplankton, aloe vera, hempseed, and coconuts.

He goes into a lot of detail about each one which is great, but seriously look at this list. If you're just starting out looking to improve your diet with some superfoods, this book is not going to be particularly helpful.

I also own SuperFoods HealthStyle which I wasn't totally thrilled with either, (I don't even know how I came to own it and recently found it in my basement) but it's a much better book on superfoods than this. I'd probably give that one 3 stars. I'm still looking for a good and comprehensive book on the subject.

If you're looking for a book on those particular 10 items, you probably won't be disappointed. If you're looking for a good reference guide on superfoods for beginners, this isn't it. To the author (if you ever happen to read this review), if you are so inclined, please write that book. I'm sure it would have a much wider audience than this one.

Updated February 1, 2014: Still looking for a great book on healthy foods? Check out "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why" by Jonny Bowden. By far the BEST book I have found!

Ted (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
Ted (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Mila Kunis
Price: CDN$ 15.00
23 used & new from CDN$ 3.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but disappointing, Dec 24 2012
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First and foremost, I want to state that I AM a Seth MacFarlane fan, and have liked Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.

That being said, this isn't a bad movie, but not a great one either. Am I glad I watched it? Yes. If you like Seth MacFarlane's humour, there's plenty to like about the movie, and there are definitely more than a few "laugh out loud" moments.

However, the movie wasn't good enough that I plan to watch it again any time soon.

Frankly, I'd have been better off waiting for it to come on one of the movie channels and just watched it then rather than paying to own a copy.

Plus, my wife and I watched the unrated version of the movie thinking there'd be something so bad that they couldn't put it in the original. We didn't watch the original, but neither of us can figure out what it was that could've been the unrated material. You see some naked boobs for 2-3 seconds, but I can't imagine they'd cut that from the theatrical version.

The bottom line... if you like Seth MacFarlane's humour, by all means watch Ted. Just save yourself the money and don't bother buying a copy.

Bissell Cleanview Helix Deluxe 21K3C Bagless Upright Vacuum, Black
Bissell Cleanview Helix Deluxe 21K3C Bagless Upright Vacuum, Black

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Value!, Feb. 20 2012
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I'm just confirming what others have already said about this product.

I've had it for about a week and have used it twice. It's a pretty good vacuum, but especially for the price. Currently it's listing for $99.99, even though I paid $113 for it. Others have claimed that it's pretty loud, but I don't find it any louder than any other vacuum cleaner I've used in the past. It does about the same job that my old Kenmore did, but for about 1/3 the price. Tremendous value.

I do have 2 issues with this unit, but they're pretty minor. First, you better have a fairly long Phillips screwdriver in order to properly fix the handle to the vacuum cleaner, otherwise the handle is going to come off regularly. That's my situation since I use my vacuum at my business where tools are scarce. I'll have to remember to bring one with me one day soon. The other is the cup where the dirt is stored can be a little tricky to remove. You might need to play with it a bit in order to remove/replace it.

I have no comment regarding its durability as it's only been a week and 2 uses, but it seems sturdy enough. Also, I haven't used it on stairs, so no comment there either.

Bottom line: I'm very happy with my purchase so far.

DeLonghi DHB716 380-Watt Tri-Blade 2-Speed Handblender (White)
DeLonghi DHB716 380-Watt Tri-Blade 2-Speed Handblender (White)
5 used & new from CDN$ 191.96

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but minor complaints, Oct. 22 2011
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I've only used this unit once this morning making myself a protein/fruit smoothie, but I was happy with the results. I did have some other issues that I wanted to share though to help others before buying this unit.

First and foremost, the product description is incorrect. It's not a 700W, 2-speed, it's a 380W 1-speed hand blender (edit: it actually IS a 2-speed. I accidentally found the slow-speed button after a couple of months). When the box arrived it says so on the sticker on the box, but the box doesn't state it at all, nor does the pamphlet inside. I went to the DeLonghi website and sure enough, it's 380W. says they get the product descriptions from the suppliers. DeLonghi offers 4 different packages, 3 of which seem to be with this blender but with different attachments. Had I known it was only a 380W and not 700W, I likely would've looked harder at the Russell Hobbs unit. At the time it was about $2 more, currently $5 less than this DeLonghi model, but with 550W of power and more attachments. The biggest reason I didn't order that model was that I needed my Braun product replaced immediately and the DeLonghi model could arrive within 48 hours (it did), whereas the Russell Hobbs unit said it would be 1-2 months. Nothing against the DeLonghi, but if you can wait 1-2 months, you're getting more power with the Russell Hobbs, more attachments, $5 cheaper, and it already has 3 positive reviews to back it up. Plus is comes with the measuring cup designed to be used with a hand blender. In's defense, their customer services was great as usual when I've required it. While they haven't corrected the description yet (edit: it is corrected now), they apologized for the misunderstanding and offered me a refund including shipping since the error was on their end. Since I can't wait 1-2 months for the other model, I've decided to keep this one as there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I'm just a little disappointed since I was expecting a 700W blender.

This blender was a replacement for a cheaper plastic Braun 200W unit that I definitely got my money's worth from. This blender was quieter than my old one, and seemed to blend better, but definitely differently, and it will take a little getting used to its nuances compared to the old one due to the different design of the blender attachment. It's definitely an improvement over the old one though. I wanted to do my review after trying to use the food processor attachment because I want to see how well it can make almond butter, but thought doing it quickly might help someone else who thinks they're getting a 700W blender.

One drawback was that it doesn't come with a shaker cup like my old one did. In the past I've ordered extra cups so I was fine there, but if this is going to be your first hand blender, I highly recommend getting a cup (or several) that is designed to be used with a hand blender.

Bottom Line: I'm happy with mine so far after one use. It looks good and appears to be very well constructed. I'm sure it will last me for many years of very regular use. However, if you have the time to wait, I would go with the aforementioned Russell Hobbs model.

(Edit: I've had the unit for about a year or so, maybe more, and sticking to my 4-star rating. It didn't make almond butter as well as I'd have liked. Making almond butter requires blending for a long time which will require you to stop mid-way through to let the unit cool. I'm not sure that would be any different from other hand blenders (probably not), but figured that should be mentioned. One other drawback is the actual blender attachment, which doesn't always fit into the motor perfectly. It's hard to explain, but the piece inside the stainless steel shaft can slide a bit out of place and you have to make sure it's back where it's supposed to be otherwise you risk stripping where the two pieces attach.)

(Second Edit, April 25, 2013: In the previous edit I made a comment about how the piece inside the stainless steel shaft was slightly too long and needed to be pushed back into place. About 2 weeks ago that issue came to a head. It being too long was causing some slippage from the place where the blade assembly connected to the motor. It finally started stripping that piece and then completely stopped working. The motor still worked, but would no longer connect to the blade shaft, hence, the entire thing became useless. Too bad, because the motor was fantastic. So my 4-star rating has been changed to a 2-star. I bought a Breville hand-blender as a replacement and while not as powerful, I'm very impressed so far and am waiting a little bit longer before writing a review on it. Skip this one entirely.)

The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
by Bill Carter
Edition: Hardcover
25 used & new from CDN$ 3.06

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, June 28 2011
If you were following the saga surrounding Conan O'Brien's and Jay Leno's battle for The Tonight Show at all and wanted to know the intimate details of what was going on behind the scenes and why, then this book is definitely worth reading and will likely be difficult to put down.

It touches a bit on the original battle for The Tonight Show between Jay Leno (again) and David Letterman without rehashing too much of it, but enough if you don't know that story (which is another great book by the same author called The Late Shift which was also made into a made-for-TV movie) and how NBC went out of their way to avoid a similar situation from reoccurring, but wound up in pretty much the exact same situation.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock
Offered by Canadian Apple Sales
Price: CDN$ 26.16
11 used & new from CDN$ 3.95

2.0 out of 5 stars LOVE Chris Rock, Just Not This DVD, Dec 27 2008
I like these SNL compilation DVDs, and I own a few others that I've watched repeatedly.

Also, I love Chris Rock! He's one of my favourite comedians and has been for a number of years.

I recently got this DVD for Christmas that someone purchased for me from my wishlist, and watched it last night.

While it wasn't a terrible DVD, I can't see myself watching it a second time. He's really funny when he's performing his own material like in the "Weekend Update" bits, but only moderately funny in the sketches. I always liked him on SNL, so perhaps they chose poor sketches to put on the DVD.

I decided to give it a 2-star rating because it's not awful, but I can't recommend it, even if you're a Chris Rock fan like myself. If you want to see him at his best (and don't mind the language) I HIGHLY recommend picking up his HBO specials, Bring The Pain and Bigger And Blacker.

Have More Money Now
Have More Money Now
by John Layfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.48
34 used & new from CDN$ 3.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but Not Great, Nov. 26 2007
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I've owned this book for a while and finally got around to reading it.

The financial advice book I read before it was The Motley Fool: You Have More Money Than You Think, and I'm glad I read that one first. It's the better book of the two, with a lot of the same information. The Motley Fool book has humour as does this one, but overall I found more information in The Motley Fool, and better written.

If you're a wrestling (or just a John Layfield) fan, you'll likely enjoy the stories he's included, as I did. However, I found it extremely repetitive in parts. He must've mentioned at least 20x in the first couple of chapters about how he hit a crossroads with only $27 in his pocket.

It's not a bad read or bad financial advice. It's very simple, straight-forward, and sound. I just think there are better offerings out there. I would give The Motley Fool: You Have More Money Than You Think 5 stars compared to Have More Money Now's rating of 3 stars that I've given it.

If you're buying it for the stories and entertainment value, than by all means get a copy. If you're looking for financial advice, you won't be disappointed either, but there are better easy-to-read books offering similar advice.

Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
by Bret Hart
Edition: Hardcover
42 used & new from CDN$ 4.01

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Impossible to Put Down, Nov. 7 2007
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I got my copy roughly a week ago, and I found it very hard to put down. It comes across as a very honest account of Bret Hart's family life, and mostly his wrestling career. He doesn't take any cheap shots at anyone but doesn't pull any punches either, including about himself.

At times he comes off as possibly being a bit braggadocios, but considering how highly regarded by others considered icons in wrestling, it's hard to dispute his claims.

Much like Mick Foley's first book, if you follow professional wrestling you will absolutely love this book, but even if you don't it's still interesting and well-written enough to be enjoyable.

One thing some readers might be disappointed about is that there isn't anything mentioned about Chris Benoit regarding the murder-suicide, although his death at a young age is lumped in with some other wrestlers that died young as well at roughly the same time. I think that can be forgiven as he likely isn't the right person to give much insight into that situation. While they did know each other personally, Bret didn't know Chris Benoit as well as others and their careers didn't cross paths often, although Bret definitely regarded Chris highly as a wrestler.

If you are a wrestling fan, reading this book should be an absolute no-brainer.

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