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How long do shingles last?

Shingles may be a contagious health condition that may attack the body bit by bit. A patient can show swelling and redness within the affected areas of the skin throughout the eruptive stage. Eventually, a tiny low section of rash can flare informed the skin.

Though the rash will seem anyplace on the body, the foremost common space of infection is that the region, either facet of the body or each. Blisters can kind at intervals the rash and these contain a transparent fluid that turns cloudy at intervals the primary four days.

The blisters will still grow for five days and cause a lot of discomforts.

Pain and irritation are common for the patient at this stage and that they ought to even be thought-about extremely contagious as this virus may be transferred simply to others.

The blisters can ooze once regarding a period and can kinda additional more solid crust. The rash runs its course and begins to fade once 3 to four weeks. The health of others about the patient remains a priority at this time.

The virus may be shrunk by kids or adults that have not been exposed thereto before.

Solely at the end of the blisters have utterly crust like over will a patient presumably be thought-about not contagious.

One of the foremost uncomfortable stages of shingles is postherpetic pain.

The hot, burning feeling around the rash space may be dreadful, also, because of the common aches and stabbing pains that affect most patients.

The full space will become extraordinarily sensitive to any contact and sadly, this stage will prolong anyplace from several months to several years

Treatment for shingles is just about restricted to pain management, anti-viral medication and hopefully fighting off the postherpetic pain stage.

Carrying loose-fitting cotton clothes will facilitate avoid abrasive contact with the affected areas and funky baths or associate degree ice compress will relieve a number of the burning sensations.

Lotion can even offer some welcome relief and also the doctor could impose medication like medication or Famciclovir.

This medication can facilitate scale back the results of this post-herpetic pain and additionally aid to block any future reinfections

Contact a doctor the second that you just believe you may have developed shingles and area unit getting into the prodromic, or eruptive stage. Avoid all contact with kids, adults, and also the older.

Particularly show caution close to pregnant ladies WHO have not been stricken with pox.

Remember, shingles may be wellness that strikes bit by bit. One ought to be ready for the infection to move for 2 to four weeks and lasting complications may be around for years.

Complete Wii Balance Board Game List

I took some time to write a simple list about all the Wii games that are compatible with the Wii Balance Board (Wii Fit Board). Most of them are already released, some will be by early next year. I also included a small summery for each of the games.

1.All Star Cheer Squad – basically you have to play a cheerleader who moves up to become the head cheerleader. Start of as the rookie who has to try out for even getting accepted into the squad. The more you play the game the more advanced routines you will learn. You can play career mode or mini game mode style.

2.Academy Of Champions: Soccer – the tile says it all, a game basically for boys who love soccer. This title includes 12 mini games. Or play the story line to battle against a football academy. Try to make your team win the championship.

  1. Avatar – the game to the upcoming film Avatar. The film is by James Cameron. The game is an action based adventure game, which takes place at an alien planet. Will be released at the end of November.
  2. Daisy Fuentes Pilates – a great workout game not only for all the pilates lovers, but also people in general who want to improve their posture and do some more exercise without going to the gym. This game includes 10 pilates routines. There are 5 pre set routines and 5 customizable ones. The game starts at the level of beginners, but will move up in difficulty to advanced. You can play this game in English or Spanish. The commentator is Daisy Fuentes that will guide you all the way with her great tips in subjects like health and fitness.
  3. DanceDance Revolution Hottest Party 3 – a sequel to the DanceDance Revolution games. You can either play with the dance pad or as the title of this article says, with the Wii Balance Board. The game can be played in workout mode, story mode, lesson mode or kids mode. This rhythmic game is the best one until now, because all the previous titles didn’t include the Wii Balance Board. It includes also more than 50 tracks of music.
  4. Diva Girls- Divas On Ice – a nice girlie game who want to try out as ice princesses. There is a career mode available, but also mini games. Defiantly a game for girls for the age of 8+.
  5. Doctor Fizzwhizzle’s Animal Rescue – a game where you have to advance in stages to rescue animals. An arcade kind of game. You have more than 180 levels to play and can rescue 60 different animals. It includes also a kids mode with quizzes about animals.
  6. Don King Boxing – a boxing game where you step into the ring to fight against the greatest boxers in real venues like Madison Square Garden or Boardwalk Hall. See if you can make it to the top – in career mode. This is one of the top rated games of this year. You should try this game, even if you are not too much into boxing. This gives you the workout of a fitness game, but still makes it fun to play. Has a teen rating.
  7. EA Sports Active More Workouts – This is the sequel to the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer game that was released about a year ago. One of the highest rated Wii fitness games. You can use the Wii Balance Board, the Wii remote and Nunchuk to play this game. This game adds 35 new exercises that target the whole body. More Workouts is made to be played in the winter as it focuses on warm-weather games like surfing, jet skiing and rafting. It also keeps players motivated with a 6-week-challenge that tracks the players progress.
  8. EA Sports Active Personal Trainer – This was probably the most successful game for the Wii Balance Board. You can play sports like running, basket ball, volley ball, roller skating, boxing, baseball, dancing, and many other games. This game includes a rubber resistant band for muscle workouts and a pouch for jogging and running. If you want to play this game with a friend you can get the gear also separately. Sign up for the 30 day challenge with its 20 minute workouts to get into shape. This game will make your living room into a gym without the need of leaving the house.
  9. Go Play Circus Star – Go try out to become the greatest circus performer. Play in career mode and play stage-by-stage or play mini games. Most of the games in this title are compatible with the Wii Balance Board. One of three games of the Go Play series.
  10. Go Play City Sports – Another one of the Go Play series. Play six street games like stick ball, kickball, street hockey and soccer. In career mode you have to stand up for yourself and become the top athlete of your street. A fun and casual game for the whole family.
  11. Go Play Lumberjacks – The last one of the Go Play series. This title takes you to the outdoors where you can play five different event categories. In each one of those categories you compete against three other players. One of the fun games is defiantly the water log game where you have to balance on a log.
  12. Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout – Another great fitness title. What makes this game unique it that when you buy it, you get a free one week trial at any Gold Gym. In the game your workout is chosen according to your own fitness level. So you don’t have to worry that you will not be able to keep up. Includes boxing, running, rope jumping and many other sports.
  13. Imagine Fashion Party – A game for all the girls who love to live the world of fashion. Includes office mode where you play a designer that get challenged by difficult clients. Or try to be a make-up artist and style your models before they hit the runway. You can even own your own TV show just like the one from Heidi Klum. This game also lets you share pictures through the Wii Wifi connection.
  14. Imagine Party Babyz – For all of you who love the cute baby games like baby food throwing, dancing and hula hoop. There are more than 30 fun mini games to play. Or go for the career mode where you are in charge of a daycare center.
  15. Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 – Another one of the popular fitness games for the Wii. This is a boot-camp-style game that focuses on four workout types: weight loss, intervals, hill climb and strength training. Just like in real life the game starts with warm-up, keeps you in your target zone to burn calories and cool-down for stretching. It even has a competitive mode where you play against a friend to find out who can burn more calories. The game is lead by fitness guru Jillian Michaels, that not only guides you through each exercise but also offers lifestyle tips.
  16. Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 – The sequel to the boot-camp style fitness game. It adds on to the other game with a resolutions mode. In this mode you can plan ahead your routines for up to six months. Just like the first game it focuses on cardio like running, bicycle, swing kicks, jumping jacks. Strength training includes exercises like lunge kicks, push-ups, back kicks, sledge swings and many more. It offers very accurate motion tracking to give you a real-life experience. This is a recommended game if you want to get into shape fast.
  17. Marble Saga Kororinpa – one of my favorite fun games from all Wii games. It includes more than 100 levels for the Wii Balance Board. Don’t be fooled because I called it fun games. This game will defiantly challenge you while you try to move across the mazes and collect all the orange gems. If you collect also the green gems (one per level) you can unlock more stages at the end. Not only can you choose the difficulty but also different marbles – each with their own strengths. Collect all the stomp-temple-parts and you unlock the ability to design your own mazes at the end. You will play in 7 different worlds, each one with their own characteristics. So after you played the whole game you can even connect via the Wifi to get more advance levels. Check out the leader boards via the Wifi to see you is the best in the game.
  18. Mario And Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – Compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Choose your favorite character from players like Mario, Sonic and Donkey Kong. This game targets primarily the fans of these characters. You have the option to play the game in single player, multiplayer and festival mode. Festival mode means that you go through all the Olympic events to become the greatest Olympic champion. This game includes winter themed games like skiing, hockey, bobsled and figure skating. But you also play dream events that won’t happen in real life like dream snowball fight. You move your character with a combination of the Wii Balance Board, wii remote and nunchuk.
  19. Mountain Sports – Another winter themed game that features six full length sports to make your gaming experience more satisfying. These include skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, tobogganing, bobsledding and curling. The goal of the game is to become the champion of the white mountain. Most of the games make use of the Wii Balance Board (5 out of six)
  20. My Fitness Coach – This fitness game includes 500 exercises like cardio, flexibility and strength training. You can choose your favorite environment to suit your mood. Also customize your music with styles like Latin music, hip hop, oldies, music from the 80’s,… As you progress the workouts will get more demanding. It also includes a meditation garden to practice stretching and yoga.
  21. My Personal Golf Trainer – The only golf game that makes use of the Wii Balance Board. Not yet release thus not much more information available.
  22. NewU: Fitness First Personal Trainer – another fitness title that was released in 2009. Just like many of the other fitness based games your own personal virtual trainer guides you through a set of exercises. This game will try to get you in better shape through fitness and healthy living without you ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.
  23. Overturn – a wii ware title that you can get through the Wii Shop via the Wifi Connection.
  24. Playmobil: Circus – This game combines the playmobil characters with the circus theme to attract primarily the younger players. You can unlock more than 16 circus tricks to impress the crowd. Two multiplayer modes are available: versus, where you compete against a friend and teamwork, where you work together to reach your goal. Play acts with elephants, magician, tame the lion and many more wacky games.
  25. Punch Out – The sequel to the popular game of more than 15 years ago. Play against characters like Glass Joe and King Hippo. Most of the names will be familiar if you played the first game. In career mode you will have to win against 13 opponents. Each one has their own characteristics and weaknesses. Boxing games are not only fun games to play but will definitely get you into shape as you use your whole body to play. The Wii Balance Board makes the game even more realistic.
  26. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party – The only title of the Rayman Raving Rabbids series that is compatible with the Wii Balance Board. This game focuses on TV series, ads and TV classics. Play either in story mode where you will go through one week of television with unique tasks and very hilarious challenges. Or play party mode with up to 8 players, four of which can play simultaneously. In all these mini games your overall goal is to help the rabbids destroy the daily TV viewing and thus drive Rayman crazy. Two of the 65+ games are Beestie Boarding (slide down a hill filled with obstacles where the board is a wildebeest) and Garden of Weeden (get rid of all the weeds in the garden by spraying them with poison – apply pressure to the Wii Balance Board to succeed in the challenge). Overall, one of the number one party games.
  27. Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip – Shaun White will instruct you to become a great snowboarder. Turn the board so you glide down the mountain just like on a real snowboard. You can enjoy the scenery with the unique camera system and beautiful graphics. Or go for the challenges to compete in snowboarding events. There are four ventures to explore: Alaska, Europe, Japan and Park City.
  28. Shaun White Snowboarding World Stage – was just recently released. Is the sequel to the Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip game. This game just like the previous one has the rating 10+. Can you make it in the half-pipe to be better than everybody else? A nice game if you live far away from any snow, but still would like to know how it feels to snowboard.
  29. Skate City Heroes – A skating game that takes place in a futuristic city on top of skyscrapers. You have to race between trains, hoover over cars and other crazy moves. The goal of the game is to out-race your opponent with your skills and moves. You need to free a friend and make peace in the city. All these if you can become the skateboarding master. Has a multiplayer mode for up to four players.
  30. Skate It – A more realistic skating game where you can customize your own skate park with ramps, rails, benches and many more skate-able objects. The career mode lets you compete in skate venues to become the skater of the year. This is the game for you if you are into skating and the whole skate culture.
  31. Ski And Shoot – A biathlon style game that includes original world cup tracks. But you can not only compete in those original sport spots but also play real time biathlon sports icons like Kati Wilhelm and Michael Rosch. Choose from 20 different tracks and more than 15 international locations. As the title says, you will focus on cross country skiing and target shooting.
  32. Snowboard Riot – another Wii Ware title that you can get through the Wifi Connect Shopping channel of your wii.
  33. Stratosphere Yoga – not much yet known about this title or when it will be released.
  34. Super Monkey Ball: Step And Roll – Planned release is in February of 2010. This is a sequel to the popular Super Monkey Ball series. You play a monkey (several different ones to choose one each one with their own strengths) in a giant bubble that has to finish levels and collect bananas on the way.
  35. The Biggest Loser – The game to the popular TV show “The Biggest Loser”. Not only for those who want to loose weight but also for those who want to stay in shape and not gain weight. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will guide you through exercises, motivate you and stand by you all the way. This title includes more than 88 exercises which target the upper- and lower body, the core and cardio. It also teaches you yoga poses and thus improves your posture. The Wii Balance Board can be used in over 66 exercise. Choose from 4, 8 or 12 week challenges and see if you can stay above the yellow line in weigh-in. To all those above mentioned features it also includes more than 50 healthy recipes and a daily planning calendar.
  36. Vertigo – An action game where you have to control a metal ball. Try to keep it from falling off the sides just with the balance of your body. Sounds easy but is in reality very tricky. The game is set in a futuristic environment on top of skyscrapers and tall buildings. It includes 54 levels and has 4 different modes. You can even customize your own ball to give it its unique controls.
  37. Walk It Out – an upcoming walking game. This game will be released in January 2010. The more you take steps and walk, the more beautiful your world will become. This game features more than 120 songs which should keep you focused and motivated. The game keeps track of your progress and burned calories with charts and graphs. You can use the Wii Balance Board, the Dance Dance Revolution controller, the wii remote and the nunchuk to play the game. This is a very popular game in Japan, where it is already released.
  38. Water Sports – The game focuses on summer themed games like windsurfing, jet skiing, kite surfing and wake boarding. You have different locations to choose from like Australia and South Africa. Do tricks and combine them to get lots of points.
  39. We Ski And Snowboard – Choose from 14 courses and from beginner to advanced in this great skiing game. Choose if you want to go skiing or snowboarding. You are in the Happy Ski Resort where you can focus on just casual skiing, competitions or tricks with your snowboard. Explore the surrounding area by helicopter. You can even decide at what day-time you would like to experience skiing: during day, afternoon with its warm light or night under the light of fireworks.
  40. We Ski – Again you are in the Happy Ski resort. This game lets you only do skiing but you will for sure enjoy the great two mountains. You can even try black diamond slopes. Just like in the previous game, you can choose the time of the day, and which course you would like to try. Overall a fun game for the whole family.
  41. Wii Fit – The most famous game for the Wii Balance Board. This is the game that got released first with the Board. Part of the title focus on your balance like the Balance Games and Yoga games. Our family’s favorite are the Balance games. You start off with 5 games. The more time you spend exercising and playing the more games you can unlock. The other categories are Strength Training and Aerobics. You can even create a Wii Fit Channel – a mode where you don’t have to put in the DVD to do a daily body test. Each time you do a body test you will be weighed and your balance will be tested. According to that you will get a score that is your Wii Fit Age. Don’t take it too seriously if you are 10 or so years older than your real age. This should just motivate you to do daily exercises and keep in shape.
  42. Wii Fit Plus – The just recently released sequel to the Wii Fit game. It combines the two games so you can play both of them from one CD. The difference is that you can now customize your workouts much easier and even decide if you want to do 20, 30 or 40 minute workouts. This game adds six new yoga activities and strength training exercises and 15 new balance games. A very fun game for the whole family not only if you are into fitness and weight loss.
  43. Wii Music – Use the Balance Board to play 60+ instruments. But it does not matter if you press buttons at a certain time like in other music games. This is a very casual game, where there is no right or wrong. Just enjoy yourself while playing in a band. You can invite up to 4 people to play with you in your band. And you can even connect with friends through the Wifi connection. Choose your flavor like rock, jazz and Latin.
  44. Winter Sports 2 The Ultimate Challenge – a winter themed game where you try out in 18 disciplines from 11 different winter sports. In this game you are in the center of sporting events that are broadcast all over the world. Some of the activities include snowboarding, ice skating, biathlon and ski jumping.
  45. World Championship Athletics – Compete in 28 different summer themed sports games. Some of these are: high diving, hurdles and pole vault. See if you can win the gold medal and improve your own personal best.
  46. Yoga – just recently released yoga game that focuses not only on yoga itself but also on its unique lifestyle. It lets you choose between story mode, where you start off as a complete yoga beginner and end up as a yoga guru. Training mode, where you can learn new poses. And Routine mode where you customize a workout that puts together several yoga poses. This game is a must if you liked the yoga exercises in the Wii Fit game.

Most of the games are just casual games that you play for fun. Some of them are excellent fitness games like Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. And my pick for the most fun game from the whole list: Marble Saga Kororinpa. In this game you have to balance a marble through a maze and collect colored gems on the way. Might sound boring to you, but when you play it you get really addicted. You can play this game also with the Wii Remote only. (Not less fun!)

Top Disney World Thrill Rides Ranked From All Its Parks: The Full Guide

Disney World’s classic lineup of thrill rides and growing list of new themed additions make it a place you don’t want to miss, especially with these!

Disney World has a lot to brag about: over-the-top food, world-class entertainment, loveable characters, and – let’s not forget — some of the best-themed thrill rides in the world. While the Florida resort isn’t always associated with being a place for adventure-seekers, its classic lineup of thrill rides and growing list of new additions make it a place you don’t want to miss. You can have similar fun rides in east asian countries as well, let’s say, during your luxury thailand vacation.

Disney is particularly known for telling a story through every one of its attractions, which means every ride at the parks features some pretty incredible theming. Get ready to scream super loud. Here are some of Disney World’s best thrill rides.

Test Track

This high-speed slot car attraction takes Epcot guests on a thrilling ride through a futuristic testing facility. It all ends with a nearly 65 mph loop around a track, making it Disney World’s fastest ride.

While the attraction first opened in the late ’90s, it got an electrifying update in 2012. In addition to the new neon aesthetics, the revamped version of the thriller let guests test their own virtual designs out for a spin on the course. At the end, they get to see how their cars stacked up against their competitors’.

Slinky Dog Dash

Disney’s newest thrill ride opened at the Hollywood Studios park in 2018 at the newly built Toy Story Land. The coaster lets riders experience what it’s like to be toy-sized while whipping around on the back of Slinky Dog. The 2-minute attraction features an exciting mid-point launch and ends with a performance by an animatronic Wheezy the Penguin.

Lucky for guests who are really big into the Toy Story franchise, there are two more Toy Story-themed attractions next door to this one. The Alien Swirling Saucers let guests spin alongside their favorite space friends, and Toy Story Mania has riders competing in 3D carnival-style minigames.


Frightening guests since 1998, Dinosaur is a dark thrill ride filled with giant audio-animatronic dinosaurs. Riders first board a “time rover” machine, which seats them in rows of four. They are then blasted off into the past in an attempt to locate and bring back an Iguanodon.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom, Thunder Mountain takes guests on a wild west adventure through a rocky red landscape on the back of a runaway train. Riders waiting in the queue can actually trigger “explosives” by operating cranks and plungers that go off near the ride track.

Guests who choose to embark on the adventure at night can spot ghost-like figures dancing through the windows of a wooden building. Varied versions of the steel coaster can also be ridden in other parks, including Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, and Disneyland Paris in France.

Expedition Everest

Located in the Animal Kingdom, this gigantic steel snow-topped coaster takes guests on an expedition through the Himalayas and through the middle of Mount Everest. Following a backward descent into darkness, riders encounter a terrifying yeti before descending down a large, looping 80-foot drop.

The ride was listed in the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records for being the most expensive roller coaster in the world at the time. It was also Disney’s tallest ride, capping off at 199.5 feet. Adventure through Asia, anyone?

The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

Based on The Twilight Zone anthology TV series, the Tower of Terror drops guests from the elevator of the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel. The over 3-minute tower ride has multiple randomized drops with at least one in the series going all the way from the thirteenth floor to the first in a matter of seconds.

As if that weren’t thrilling enough, Disney actually pulls the elevator cars down with cables, making the drop speed faster than that of free fall. Hold on tightly because yes – your bags may or may not float into the air as you’re pushed down through this chilling experience.

Space Mountain

Opened in 1975, the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is the oldest operating rollercoaster in the state of Florida. The indoor thrill ride, which is composed of two nearly identical tracks, takes guests on a dark, zippy adventure through space.

While the ride has been updated several times since its opening, it still boasts a vintage galaxy feel. You can thank the cool blue-gray color scheme and electric soundtrack for that. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the 1970s-version of the future.

Rockin’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Walk this way onto the craziest indoor rollercoaster at Disney World. This music-themed thriller is the only in the park to spin guests upside down with a total of three inversions. Guests get to rock out to the music of Aerosmith while on the ride, as every adventure features one of five Aerosmith songs based on the license plate of your vehicle.

Each train also features a total of 120 speakers so that guests can hear the music loud and clear. In addition to giving guests a rockstar experience, the ride is known for its thrilling launch, which accelerates from 0 to 57 miles an hour in under three seconds.

Avatar Flight Of Passage

This 3D flight simulator located at the Animal Kingdom lets guests fly on the back of a Banshee through the world of Pandora. The Avatar-themed ride opened in 2017 with glowing reviews thanks to its incredible scenery, gorgeous soundtrack, and soothing scents.

Although the lines for this ride are known to be some of the longest in all of Disney World, the ride queue was created to keep guests interested. It’s fully immersive, featuring lifelike animatronics and fascinating sci-fi details that are definitely too cool to miss.

Splash Mountain

Topping off the list is Splash Mountain: a thrilling log flume ride with a climactic 50-feet drop into a “briar patch.” Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain is one of the longest rides in all of Disney World, floating guests down the track for nearly 12 minutes.

It features a dark ride portion filled with plucky animatronics based off the 1946 film Song of the South, several fun drops, and lots of water. If you want the ultimate experience, try riding it at night during the firework show. There’s nothing quite like watching the sky light up while you’re plummeting down a waterfall.

How to Compare Online Casinos

Whether gambling online is a serious pastime for you or a casual hobby, choosing between the hundreds of online casinos available online today can be rather intimidating. After all, every online gamer has their own unique personality, likes, dislikes and preferred games. Just as every player is different, so are online casinos. Below are the basics to consider when shopping around for an online casino that will meet your gambling needs and then some.

It’s All About the Games

When it comes to online casinos, I come to play and I play to win. But first and foremost, I come to play. That means that you’re not going to stick around playing a game you don’t enjoy. Even if you play a game common to all casinos like poker, if the interface is weak you are all but guaranteed to make a fast “exit.” Therefore, it is better to have a safe option that maintains both interest and the profits of the players. See for such platforms.

Because online casinos only feature games where wagers are involved, you might think your choices are limited, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many companies pride themselves on thinking outside the box and offering new and innovative games that raise the bar in terms of graphics, sound and playability. It is a good idea to get an idea of which online casinos carry games that you are interested in playing. Companies like Rival and Cryptologic are just two of the many top online casino software providers that push the envelope with every game they put out.

Also know that each software provider has their own style. Rival, as I mentioned above, has stellar games, but tends to cater to the younger crowd of online casino players. They focus more on graphics and games that appeal to “video gamers” more than anyone else. Where as Cryptologic has a knack for taking classic games and making them fresh and exciting again.

Banking Features

Naturally people when playing online, one wants to make sure that they are able to access their money as quickly and conveniently as possible. Most online casinos offer simple depositing processes whereby you deposit money into an account for use within that particular online casino. Still, not every casino operates the same way. RTG and Playtech incorporate their own software methods to manage money while Cryptologic uses “Ecash.”

Look for Peer Reviews

An online casino will tell you anything and everything to get you to gamble at their online casino. Can you blame them? They want to make money. It is in their best interest to sell their online casino as the biggest and the best. Therefore, your best bet on researching an online casino is to search for customer reviews on gambling review websites.

Online gamers are passionate about the casinos they love and venomous towards those they hate. Before spending a dime, it behooves you to read some reviews and benefit from the experience of others. There are so many sites out there offering top-notch, third party reviews of online casinos. Even though you’ll be gambling at the casino, it’s best not to gamble on a casino.

Beware of Sign Up Bonuses

Sign up bonuses as far as I’m concerned are the candy that a shady stranger uses to lure a kid into a van. They say nothing for the online casino’s game-play or customer service. I shall use another simile. They are like an ad incentive from a car dealership put out there to draw suckers into the clutches of salesman. Bottom line, there’s always a catch. In the above scenarios you either get kidnapped or have the old “switcharoo” pulled on you and end up paying way more than you wanted for a car.

Online casinos are no different. Often the sign up bonus will offer some exorbitant amount of free money. That’s what it says on the surface. But what they don’t tell you is that if you want that money to pay off, you will have to pay an even more exorbitant amount in wagers until you meet your minimum that lets you cash out…if you have any winnings that is.

Are You a Mac or a PC?

While every online casino is PC friendly, the same cannot be said for Macintosh computers. However, online casino bosses aren’t blind and many have developed platforms that are compatible with both PC and the rising number of Mac users. So if you’re on a Mac, your choice is fairly limited. If you’re on a PC, the online casino world is your oyster.

ECOGRA Certified Casinos

There are a number of third-party online casino watchdogs out there, all of them monitoring the casinos to see that they are playing fair. The most trusted of them all is eCogra (short for eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance). There is no way to ensure that any online casino is absolutely fair 100% of the time. However, seeing that a casino is certified by eCogra is the best way to know that play is as fair as it can be.

There are other names out there, but none as universally trusted as eCogra. While others may certainly do their job as well as if not better than eCogra, their reputation is certainly strongest. In theory, anyone could start a watchdog company and create a seal. By going with an eCogra certified casino, you know that they stake their reputation on the fact that your gaming experience will be a fair one.

Know the Law

Even though it shouldn’t be, online gambling is largely prohibited in many places, the United States included. In those places where it is legal, it is highly regulated. Therefore, whether online gambling is legal in your area or not, it is important to know the law before you start spending. An online casino allowing you access does not necessarily mean that their services are legal where you are. It is difficult for governments to regulate the internet and often the player is the one at risk. If your funds are seized, the casino has their money already since it is legal for most casinos to accept deposits. So before making a deposit, look into online gambling laws specific to where you live for a hassle-free gaming experience.

The Basics of Vape Pens

The functionality of a cigarette or pipe is quite easy to understand. All you need to do is light a cigarette and inhale the smoke it produces. On the other hand, a vape pen is somewhat mysterious. However, the way it works is not complicated either. The difference between these units and the traditional units is that they have a heating element instead of fire. Let’s find out more.

Basically, when the tobacco, dry herb, oil or wax heats up, the chemicals found inside transform into vapor. The oils in particular are good, for instance, the 1 gram cart of the cbd oil can be enough. Aside from this, both nicotine and THC turn into vapor at a temperature that is lower than plant matter combustion point. Therefore, vaporizing is a healthy substitute for smoking.

The basics of Vape Pens

Typical vape pens share similar looks with a traditional pen. They have a cartridge for cannabis buds, wax, oil or a different medical herb. Often, the rechargeable battery is a vital part of the device. The mouthpiece is removable so you can clean it without any effort. On some units, you can find temperature adjustment buttons.

These devices are easy to use and can be found in a lot of price tags, materials, colors and shapes. Besides, you can find fresh models in the market. The Best CBD Oil can be easily found online with all sorts of varieties.

Materials used in the device

Vape pens use different types of cannabis, oils, waxes, dry herbs and liquids. All of these are concentrated form of the leaves and buds of marijuana. The THC is obtained from the plant with the help of ice water or a solvent.

For concentrate making, the two common chemicals are pressurized carbon dioxide and butane. As far as butane is concerned, the solvent turns into vapor and leaves a little bit of residue. On the other hand, carbon dioxide is a better way of getting the THC concentrate. However, it requires you to go for expensive machinery.

The Health Benefits of Vaping

Smoking has its adverse consequences but vape pens have a few health benefits as well. You can find new types of these units on the market. More and more research studies are being done to find out more health benefits of these devices.

Vape Mods

For the first time, vaporizers were developed by a pharmacist in China. Actually, his goal was to quit smoking. In a few years, these devices appeared in a lot of countries. However, some countries have banned them altogether.

Aside from this, laws regarding vape pen keep on changing with time. According to many studies, vaporized nicotine can be an effective method if you want to quit smoking. Nowadays, a heated debate is happening to set laws to regulate the use of these units.

For instance, in California, there are regulations to use vape pen. Most people use vape mods to vaporize nicotine and avoid other tobacco products. These units look like a pen. Vape mods use a small cartridge that contains e-liquid. This liquid is made of propylene glycol and liquid nicotine with different flavors. The battery heats up the liquid until it hits 375 degrees and releases vapor that you can inhale via a mouthpiece.

How to Choose the Best Apple Watch Dock?

Apple watch is one of the most recognized and popular smart watch brands in the world. It is known for its amazing features such as the state of the art design and superlative user interface. Since its inception in the market, these watches have stood apart in its league, as they are well known for utmost customer satisfaction and pride of ownership due to its famous brand name. Apple watches are quite expensive and it is essential that the customer invests a decent amount of money on various accessories like docks and stands to safeguard them from damages or misplacing them. See reasonable pricing of Apple watches at There are a lot of third-party Apple watches charging docks available in the market and it is essential that the buyer is able to decide on buying the best Apple watch dock suitable for his needs. Here are the main factors that need to be considered, listed below:

  1. Design: These docks can be designed with a considerably different level of sophistication. They come in various forms and shapes like pucks, rectangular, boxy frames, stands and tubes based on the buyer’s requirement. The docks must be designed in such a way that there shouldn’t be any damage to the watch from the wristband and the metallic part of the watch getting scuffed up. Apart from this, they should also be designed to facilitate a stable charging connection when it is mounted on the dock, when not in use. The charging docks should also serve as elegant displays for the watch, as well. A buyer should be aware of the fact that the more minimalist the design, the easier it is to handle the equipment. Hence, this is where apple watch series 4 bands 44mm comes into play.
  2. Quality: The built quality of the Apple watch charging stands depends on the type of material used in the making of them. Based on the fixtures involved, the orientation of the stand, parts involved and method of manufacturing; the quality of these docks varies. The buyer should be aware of the design considerations and the robustness of the materials used before buying them.
  3. Cost: These docks cost the buyer anywhere from around $5 up to $150 based on the design, features it has to offer, the materials used to manufacture them and the reliability of the dock.
  4. Warranty: Most Apple Watch charging docks have warranties of up to a year or more, so as to insure the dock and the watches from theft or damage. The buyer should be aware of the warranty and replacement policies before buying the watch dock suitable for their needs.

Thus, in order to buy the best Apple watch dock suitable for the customer’s needs, one should consider the aforementioned factors and then proceed to buy the watch dock.

Boostcase is an online store specializing in lifestyle accessories for iPhone 6/6s, 6/6s Plus, and 5/5s. The store features some of the best iPhone battery cases, bags, wallets, protective cases screen protectors and charging docks for Apple Watch.

Services partner

On May 20, 2019, Tony Safoian, CEO of SADA Systems, announced that Miles Ward would join SADA as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Until the move, Ward served as director and global lead for solutions at Google Cloud, where he worked for about five years, and had worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS) previously. At Google, Ward helped companies (such as Twitter) move to Google Cloud Solutions.

But what makes the move interesting is SADA’s connection to Google, which recognized SADA Systems as Google Cloud Partner of the Year for 2018 at Google Cloud Next ’19. SADA’s sole technology focus is on Google Cloud solutions: In March 2019, Core BTS announced that it had acquired SADA’s Microsoft business unit.

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After speaking with Ward and Safoian about the process and future plans,services partner the following four ideas struck me as relevant for many technology decision makers who need to hire a key employee or select a professional services partner.

  1. Narrow your focus
    The decision to focus on Google solutions before bringing on a CTO helped narrow the nature of expertise and experience needed. “The search for a CTO was a two-year process,” said Safoian. Part of that time, “we were also working on and contemplating divestiture of our Microsoft business unit.” Had SADA not sold the Microsoft business unit, a CTO with both Microsoft and Google experience might have made sense.
  2. Seek experience and expertise
    Relevant work experience and expertise are always relevant—especially in terms of the rate of change and scale. Ward summed up his last three work experiences in terms of growth. “I joined a start-up that grew 100-fold,” he said. “I joined AWS, and it grew 100-fold. I joined Google Cloud solutions and grew it 100-fold.” Presuming that SADA Systems expects growth, that experience should serve the team well. Deep technical familiarity with Google solutions and systems, of course, will help, too. “We were looking for someone who could credibly say to Fortune 100 companies, ‘This will work,’” said Safoian. Try the most popular business coaching program online.
  3. Focus on the opportunity
    In most cases, sustained and significant impact requires sustained and significant focus. Yet, over time, the set of problems and opportunities that a person seeks to engage with shifts.

As Ward puts it, “I could recite all the cliches: We’re living in a time of incredible change, the world is shifting under our feet, or the only constant is change… I do see very material opportunities for customers today that didn’t exist a few years ago. Companies move to public cloud because they want to acquire a behavior, a culture, a different method of working. They’re interested in learning a more efficient way of working together, enabled by technology, rather than blocked and impeded by it.”

More specifically, part of what may appeal to Ward with his change in role is the ability to offer specific advice. “Our role is to be more direct, more prescriptive, and more responsible than any vendor to drive customer success,” said Safoian. Or, as Ward puts it, “SADA can say, ‘Here’s how to do this’ to provide a faster path from a good idea to delivery in practice with customers.”

  1. In the end, it’s about people
    In the technology world, we tend to focus on capabilities, speeds, and scale. No doubt, those matter. Ward, for example, noted that the “differences in performance between Microsoft, Amazon, and Google’s clouds are dramatic.” He’s confident that Google’s Cloud delivers a better solution at global scale than competing solutions.

But people build and stand behind every technology solution—in enterprise solutions, especially, it can help to have a person to call. “Business empathy matters. You need person-to-person engagement,” Ward said. “Through your partners and direct with Google, make sure that you’re building a real relationship. When crunch time comes, make sure you have people you trust.”

Conversations with people can also influence how technology evolves. Ward mentioned that he’d once had the opportunity to talk with Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the internet. He asked Cerf how he’d been able to build the internet without the internet. Cerf responded that they’d had networks, but that the networks were all separate: The internet enabled all those networks to inter-operate. Cerf asked Ward, “Why haven’t you made the inter-cloud yet?” In 2019, Google’s Anthos seems to be the company’s first formal answer to this question. And at SADA Systems, Ward will be working with real use cases as customers, developers, and technologists leverage Google’s tools.

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Windows 10

A slow booting computer, perhaps like no other troubleshooting problem, tends to test the patience of users to their breaking point, particularly if boot times get progressively longer over time. Numerous ineffective attempts to troubleshoot the problem only serve to compound a user’s overall frustration. However, there is one trick for fixing slow boot times that you may have overlooked.

Microsoft knows what users want, so in an attempt to increase the speed of both the boot and shutdown process, Windows 10 employs a hybrid solution where the OS kernel is placed in hibernation mode. In most cases, these hybrid systems work well, but sometimes these hybrid systems can progressively increase boot times for Windows 10 PCs.
This how-to tutorial shows you how to significantly decrease the boot time of your Windows 10 computer by resetting the hybrid boot system back to square one.

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The configuration screen we are looking for lies deep within the old-fashioned Control Panel of Windows 10. Type “control panel” into the search box on the taskbar and select the app, which should be the first item in the listed results. Click the small icons link in the upper right corner to get a full list of settings, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Click on the Power Options item and then click the Choose what power buttons do item in the left-hand navigation screen to reach the screen shown in Figure B.

Figure B

We still have to go deeper, so click the Change settings that are currently unavailable link to reach the screen shown in Figure C.

Figure C

UUn-check the box next to the Turn on fast startup item in the list located below the power settings and then click the Save button to lock in your changes.

Save all of your work, close all open apps, and then shutdown your computer. Note: Do not just restart your PC, shut it down completely. Reboot your computer, log in and retrace the steps outlined above, only now check the box to reactivate the Turn on fast startup item in Figure C.

Now, completely shutdown your PC again and then reboot it. If this tip was effective, you should notice some level of improvement in your computer’s boot time. If it doesn’t help, you will have to continue searching for troubleshooting solutions.

Special circumstances
Although I have not experienced it myself, some users report that their Microsoft Windows 10 computers boot faster with the fast startup system turned off permanently. That is an option you can try, and if it works for you fantastic, but under most conditions, leaving the setting off will slow down the boot process noticeably and is not recommended.

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Windows 10 Compatible Gaming Mouse
One of the most important components of a Windows 10 computer, is the mouse, agreed? Most folks tend to use a mouse with a laptop because let’s face it, touchpads are terrible, even when they’re good.

There may never come a day when a touchpad will walk rings around a mouse, similar to how an onscreen keyboard is inferior to a hardware keyboard. Strangely enough, most smartphones no longer come with a physical keyboard.

We’re all looking for that one great best gaming mice, the mouse to mouse them all or something of the sort. It’s very difficult to say this particular mouse is better than that other mouse because they are so much alike, and we can’t possibly try them all. Nevertheless, we can recommend a few, and these are ones we are certain will make your day.

Fresh Gluten Free Pasta Sauce – Learn to Make Pasta

It’s great to make your own fresh gluten free pasta, but who can do that every day? For real-life weekdays, here’s my list of 8 of the best dried gluten free pasta brands to try.

Why I’m reviewing dried gluten free pasta
I’m doing a few more gluten free product reviews for one reason and one reason only: to help you spend your hard-earned money wisely. On this post, I’ve included affiliate links where appropriate (see the disclosure below), but that’s not the reason for this post. You can purchase these products wherever you like, or not at all.

Recently, I reviewed a whole bunch of brands of packaged gluten free bread here on the blog, and everyone was pretty excited about it. Okay, almost everyone. There’s always someone who’s mad. 🙂

I wasn’t sure whether to begin these comprehensive gluten free product reviews with packaged gluten free bread or dried gluten free pasta. I asked many of you on my email list which you’d prefer I review first. Although most of you asked for bread reviews first, you gave a bunch of shout-outs to your favorite dried pasta brands, too.

Through your emails, I was introduced to a brand that I had never heard of (Garofalo), gave another brand a second (or third?) try (Jovial) and finally decided to dive in and try some alternative pastas (made from beans!) that I had completely shied away from previously.

It’s been quite the education—and my family’s patience is wearing thin. When my children see me boiling pasta water now, they give me the side eye ? and ask if I’m “testing” more brands.

Is pasta gluten free?
Unless you’re specifically buying gluten free pasta, made from gluten free grains or legumes in some cases, no: Pasta is not gluten free.

If you’re just starting out on a gluten free diet, please stop right now and read the basic rules of a gluten free diet. You’ll need to begin reading ingredient labels on all the products you buy that are even minimally processed. Also, always look for the gluten free pasta sauce as it can help in dieting.

You might be surprised to find how many packaged products and simply multi-ingredient products are gluten-containing. Pasta is typically made from wheat, which is the most common gluten-containing grain.

Years ago, when I first started a gluten free diet, Tinkyada was the only brand of gluten free pasta I saw on any grocery store shelves (mostly just in Whole Foods). Today, there are so many brands of dried gluten free pasta that even the big boys (like Ronzoni and Barilla) have gotten in on the action.

Who this list is for
This list of 8 brands of the dried gluten free pasta is made up of products available primarily to U.S. residents. A number of the brands, although readily available in the U.S., are imported from Italy, though. Shocking, I know, that great pasta would come from Italy. ??

I’m assuming that many of you in Europe can find these brands even more readily than I can, and hopefully at a better price. The prices and other details referred to are for the products imported to the U.S. If there’s a difference in what’s imported versus what’s sold closer to the manufacturing base, I’m afraid I just wouldn’t know.

I am actually able to find all but one of these brands in a local brick-and-mortar grocery or natural foods store near me. But I live in a major metropolitan area. All but the Trader Joe’s brand are available from I didn’t include anything that was just too difficult to source in the U.S.

What isn’t included
Tinkyada: A number of you wrote to me to say that you really love Tinkyada brand pasta. Tinkyada is kind of the Udi’s of gluten free dried pasta brands to me. It was the very first brand that was available to us, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

But I just can’t include Tinkyada on this list. I find that its availability is really the only thing I like about it. It isn’t cheap, it has a tendency to fall apart no matter how long or short you cook it, and it just screams “gluten free pasta” to me. It’s “good, for gluten free,” and that just hasn’t been good enough for a long, long time.

Ronzoni: I just don’t care for their pasta. My children hate it, since Barilla is far superior to our palates for both taste and texture.

Banza: Upon the suggestion of many of you and with an open mind, I tried the chickpea pasta. I just couldn’t get on board. And it’s really expensive, too! I don’t want to elaborate, because if you like it, who am I to ruin it for you? But it just didn’t pass the taste or texture test for anyone in my family.

As a nod to the alternative type of pasta, I did include the Trader Joe’s brand black bean rotini in this list. I think it’s worth a try, and it literally has the one ingredient: black bean flour. I also tried the Trader Joe’s red lentil pasta, and I just found it to be truly awful. My husband ate it, but only because I was going to throw it out and he just cannot abide that.

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I’m leading with Barilla gluten free rotini pasta because I buy it, and Barilla gluten free elbow pasta, too, by the case. It’s our number one family pasta. Even after all of the reviews, it remains our number one family pasta.

Right before Barilla’s gluten free pasta hit the market, a PR firm tried to negotiate some sort of sponsorship relationship with me. I don’t do very many sponsored posts at all (as you hopefully have noticed!) for all the good reasons you’re hoping for, but I was really excited about this development—so I listened.

It didn’t work out, because they really wanted way too much from me for too little in return (typical!), but I stalked my grocery store shelves until it showed up on the market. I had a good feeling that they were going to normalize gluten free pasta. And they did!

Barilla is usually stocked among the conventional pasta brands, and is priced more competitively than most. It even goes on sale, and is sold by the case online at a really affordable price. It holds up when cooked al dente and even reheats relatively well.

It really does not taste exactly like conventional pasta. But it’s really good, and serves every purpose we have. Here’s a tip, if you’re planning to make it into a cold (or room temperature) pasta salad: make the pasta hours ahead of time, but rinse it lightly after draining, and store it in a sealed container at room temperature. Don’t refrigerate it unless it’s very warm in your kitchen and you plan to serve it more than 12 hours later.

Here are the other details:

Size of box: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: about $2 (I pay about $2.50 when I purchase it at my local grocery store, usually just less than $2 on
Ingredients: corn flour, rice flour, mono and diglycerides
Package cooking instructions: Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. Add pasta to boiling water. For authentic “al dente” pasta, boil for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. For more tender pasta, boil an additional minute. Drain well and serve immediately with your favorite sauce.
My cooking notes: Boil 6-7 minutes or it starts to fall apart and is too soft. Boil it just until there’s no dry part in the center of the pasta when it’s broken in half.

I actually really like the texture of Bionaturae gluten free pasta. I hadn’t purchased it in a really long time, since it contains soy flour and my oldest currently have soy. It’s a light brown pasta, and kind of earthy tasting.

I know that the shape of pasta doesn’t affect its taste, but I really love the tight coil of Bionaturae’s fusilli pasta. It holds onto sauce really well and just has a nice mouthfeel. No one will ever mistake it for a conventional pasta because of that earthy taste (although maybe it’s a bit like whole wheat pasta?), but it’s quite good in taste and texture.

Here are the other details:

Size of bag: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: over $5 per bag.
Other top allergens: SOY
Ingredients: organic rice flour, organic potato starch, organic rice starch, organic soy flour
Package cooking instructions: Cook pasta in 3 quarts of salted boiling water, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Drain, do not rinse, and serve.

I love Delallo gluten free because they have gluten free orzo, and I buy it by the case. I hadn’t tried Delallo gluten free fusilli previously but had high expectations since I think their quality is generally quite good.

I wasn’t disappointed. Their gluten free fusilli had really great texture and taste. Again, it’s not a dead ringer for conventional wheat pasta, which isn’t a total surprise since it’s made of mostly corn. But it holds its shape, doesn’t fall apart during cooking and has a really nice taste and texture.

Here are the other details:

Size of bag: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: about $4.50 per bag.
Ingredients: 70% corn flour; 30% rice flour
Package cooking instructions: bring water to boil, add salt (no oil), cover with lid to bring back to boil, remove lid and cook for 6 minutes, until al dente. Drain but don’t rinse.

I had never heard of Garofalo brand gluten free pasta, but I’m absolutely thrilled that you told me about it. This Garofalo gluten free penne was hands down the most like conventional pasta.

This pasta was the hands-down favorite of my oldest daughter. She’s one who most often eats gluten-containing pasta outside the house (my son is the only one among them who has to be gluten free), and she said, “This one tastes more like gluten pasta.”

My teenage gluten free son, who hasn’t had gluten-containing pasta since he was about 1 year old, and my youngest daughter said that this pasta was “too dry.” I think that gluten free pasta, in general, tends to be softer and more tender, even when cooked as al dente as possible. So it really comes down to personal preference.

Here are the other details:

Size of bag: 16 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: about $7.50 a bag. Approximately the same price per ounce as Delallo.
Ingredients: corn flour, rice flour, corn starch, quinoa, mono- and diglycerides
Cooked according to package directions: Boil water, add pinch of salt and pasta. 4 quarts water for 1 pound pasta. Cook 8 minutes.

I have something of a complicated history with Jovial brand products. I find them to be overpriced, in general. This Jovial gluten free brown rice pasta was quite good, made from whole grain and actually the favorite (other than Barilla) of my son and youngest child.

They’re the ones who like soft pasta, though (see the Garofalo review just above). They’re also not paying for any of the food they eat, so they’re unaffected by the price. Jovial is just expensive. If you can find it for a better price, though, and you like soft pasta, buy it!

Here are the other details:

Size of box: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: about $7.50 for just 12 ounces. More expensive than Garofalo.
Other top allergens: possible SOY contamination (label indicates that they process soy in the facility)
Ingredients: organic brown rice flour, water.
Cooked according to package directions: Bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt as desired. Cook pasta on high heat, stirring frequently. Cooking time 10 minutes. Test for doneness. Drain and add your favorite sauce.
My notes: Pasta does stick to the bottom of the pot during cooking if not stirred frequently.

I really like corn pastas, and I used to buy Sam Mills brand at Trader Joe’s years ago (they no longer seem to sell it). But back then, my youngest made such a stink over corn pasta that I just didn’t bother.

Now, tasting Le Veneziane gluten free corn pasta, my youngest seems to really like corn pasta. ??‍♀️ It’s expensive, more so than Sam Mills, but on part with Delallo and Garofalo brands. It has really good texture, and doesn’t have the tendency that Jovial has to get really soft.

The best texture is when it’s cooked for 9 full minutes, or it can tend to be a bit hard when it’s no longer piping hot. I have a tendency to rinse gluten free pasta since I’ve historically found that that helps to achieve the best texture, but Le Veneziane shouldn’t be rinsed.

Here are the other details:

Size of bag: 8.8 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: about $4.50 per package of less than 9 ounces. For sake of comparison, a 12 ounce package would cost nearly $6. On par with Delallo and Garofalo.
Ingredients: corn flour, emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids of vegetable origin
Cooking instructions:1 liter water, 10 g salt. Add salt to boiling water. Add the pasta to the water and stir. Cook 8-9 minutes. Drain the pasta.

I really love Schar products in general, and their pasta is no exception. They used to sell this great anelli pasta that was great for making my homemade version of spaghettios, but I think they stopped making it. Instead, I discovered that Le Veneziane sells a corn-based ditalini pasta that works in that same recipe.

Schar gluten free penne pasta is just really good all around. The taste and texture are really authentic, and will satisfy those who want pasta that tastes like “the gluten one” and ones who like their pasta softer, too. It’s just a nice middle ground.

I was even surprised that the price isn’t bad, when compared to the middle-range pastas like Garofalo and Delallo. But the “may contain soy” on the label keeps us from buying it regularly. Why, Schar, why?

Here are the other details:

Size of box: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: less than $4.00 per box.
Other top allergens: Label indicates that it may contain SOY.
Ingredients: corn flour, rice flour, vegetable palm oil.
Cooked according to package directions: Bring water to a boil, add salt (directions say to add olive oil but I did not), add pasta to boiling water, cook 14-16 minutes. Drain and serve.

Okay, so Trader Joe’s black bean rotini pasta is something to try. It’s not something that you give to a picky eater. And it’s not something you should expect to use as a replacement for, well, nearly anything else—least of all a gluten-containing pasta.

But I actually like it. I’m not sure if it’s just because I had just tried the Banza brand chickpea pasta or the Trader Joe’s red lentil penne pasta, but I’m more than willing to eat it. It has way better nutrition than any of the other dried gluten free pasta brands on this list, of course, and a texture that pretty much anyone could love.

The taste is definitely not for everyone though! It’s also really beautiful to look at, especially when it’s dried. When you’re trying to photograph 8 or 10 different types of essentially the same thing and make them all look relatively attractive, you learn to appreciate things like that.

Just please rinse it well after cooking. Just truuuuuuuuust me.

Here are the other details:

Size of bag: 12 ounces
Price you should expect to pay: less than $3 a bag
Ingredients: organic black bean flour
Cooking instructions: In a large pot bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt if desired; add pasta and stir gently. Return to a medium boil and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Do not overcook. Remove from heat, drain and rinse foam. Serve right away with your favorite sauce.
My notes: Right out of the pot, it does not taste good, flavor way too strong. After rinsing, it tastes kind of like black beans and the flavor is much milder.