Pipo X8 Benchmark

Good results for the Pipo X8 in the AnTuTu benchmark. The Pipo X9 offers similar results as it shares the internal hardware components with the X8. The X8 works great with Windows 10 (updraded from Windows 8.1 Bing edition) and Android 4.4.4.  

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Gulpener Ur Amber – Biological beer


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For the first time in its history, the luxurious Château Bisquit will be open to the general public for France’s Journées Européennes du Patrimoine.

Bisquit, the French heritage cognac House steeped in nearly 200 years of history, will open its doors to the general public for the first time on September 14-15, 2013, as part of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, a series of cultural activities organised across the country in celebration of France’s rich heritage. On this special occasion, Bisquit will organise tours of the Château, guided by Bisquit’s brand ambassador Loïc Rakotomalala with architecture and regional history experts. This week, on September 10, 2013, Bisquit was also proud to host the Grand Cognac Communauté press conference which was dedicated to the Cognac region’s rich heritage. Continue reading

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Cognac Explained

There is an undoubtedly refined aura around the process of consuming cognac. It’s not the run of the mill order at a restaurant and it is largely those who know their tipple, who will end up ordering it. But with changing trends and a greater eagerness to partake in all things booze, the drink is getting younger in its audience.Yet, not many people know much about the cognac except that it is some kind of distant relative of the brandy. Here’s a kind of dummies guide to the cognac.Gradation:People know the full forms of VS, VSOP, XO etc. But besides the full form, they hardly know what constitutes each gradation. VS very special or superior is also classified by three stars. This is the youngest brandy as the blend used is stored for at least two years in a cask. VSOP very special/superior old pale blend is stored for at least four years. The blend used in an XO extra old is at least 6 years old, though on an average it is more than 20 years. Napoleon is a grade equal to XO in terms of minimum age, but it is generally marketed in-between VSOP and XO in the product range offered by the producers. Extra designates a minimum of six years of age; this grade is usually older than a Napoleon or an XOFlavours:Though the flavours vary from brand to brand, the common ones are subtle floral aromas, hints of vanilla and dry fruit. Despite hundreds of cognac producers, no two cognacs are alike. Each Cognac producer has a distinctive style, be a wood-and-leather feel, a light fruitiness or a delicate floral sweetness.Changing tradition:Cognac is most popular as an after dinner drink; it’s a digestif. Today, however, many chefs have made pairing menus with cognac keeping in mind the gradations. A great way to drink it is straight up, with a dash of lukewarm water. Shifting global trends are making bartenders experiment a bit more with it. While traditionally it is consumed in a brandy balloon or snifter, today you also see cognac in frozen shot glasses, normal Collins glasses with coke or tonic.

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Rancilio Silvia with LED light


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Raspbmc with 12.2

Raspbmc is now running on XMBC 12.2. Seems to run more fluently…. :-)



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Daniël Bouju Miniature

Daniël Bouju Miniature containing Grande Champagne Cognac.


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Raspbmc 12.1


One of the best devices like the Raspberry PI featuring
XMBC = Raspbmc 12.1. Continue reading

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Guy Savoy’s New Cognac Room in Vegas Has $700 Pours

guy-savoy-cognac-roomSure, why not drop $700 on two ounces of rare cognac while in Las Vegas? Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace just opened its ritzy new Cognac Room, a place where Eater Vegas discovers one can order some pretty pricy pours. There’s the $700 pour of Martell L’Or de Jean Martell, a $500 pour of Rémy Martin Louis XIII, and a $600-an-ounce pour of Hardy Perfection. Sommelier Phil Park explains that the bar’s collection of cognacs will constantly evolve as it’s not quite possible to get these rare bottles back in stock once one bottle is killed — and anyone who finishes a bottle gets to take it home with them.

Of course, a $700 pour is probably no big deal when you’re hanging out at a restaurant whose tasting menu is the fifth most expensive in the United States. Not only is there an Innovation-Inspiration tasting menu at $891 for two people, but Guy Savoy also has a tasting menu with Krug pairings for $750. And don’t worry, whales: there’s expensive champagne in the Cognac Room, too.

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Almond Cognac Cookies - Desserts Made with Liquor
I like cognac and ice cream, and I often add cookies to it but in general I prefer butter cookies also known as shortbread. Liquor.com posted a shortbread recipe using cognac on Jan. 23rd 2013.
One of our favorite ways to spend a winter evening is in front of a fire, sipping glasses of brandy with close friends.

But we’ve discovered another treat to add to the menu: Almond Cognac Cookie Sandwiches. These truly adult baked goods come from Jane Danger, owner of New York’s acclaimed Jane’s Sweet Buns. Continue reading

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