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Epica Glass Beverage Bottles {Review}

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I know drinking water is important, and I’m really trying to do much better staying hydrated.  Trouble is, at the end of the day, I really have no idea how much water I actually drank, so I’ve been trying to chart it by marking how many water bottles I drink throughout the day.  The trouble with the plastic water bottles is that no one knows whose bottle is theirs, and the plastic really piles up.  I’ve been on the hunt for a good washable/reusable water bottle that I know is mine, that is sturdy, and won’t leak.  Glass water bottles might not be for everyone, but I’ve really been pleased with these 18-Oz. Glass Beverage Bottles from Epica.

IMG_9758So, first off, one thing that really scares me about opaque bottles is not being able to see if there is leftover dishwasher grime or floaties in the water.  Grosses me out.  With clear glass, you obviously can see just what you’re drinking.

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I thought these would be clunky and awkward to drink out of, but they’re actually very slick and smooth around the rim.  The size of the circumference makes it easy to grip, and the wide mouth rim makes it easy to fill and pour, but not too wide to spill all over your face, which I am known to do.  My sister-in-law has been taking these to work via an hour on the subway both ways every day, and she says she’s noticed some leaking, but I haven’t noticed a problem.  The lid is silicone, and another thing I didn’t initially think about is how much I love not having to twist and twist and twist to get tight seal.  Its basically takes only one rotation of your hand to get it tight and save your wrists from early induced arthritis.  Seriously, though.

IMG_9764I basically take one of these with me everywhere now.  Last weekend, I sung some sweet jazzy tunes at my little brother’s wedding reception, and here you can see my trusty Epica bottle close by 🙂

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You can purchase this set of six for $19.95 on Amazon HERE.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Demi Lune Pizza Cutter by Epica {Review}

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Have you noticed all of my food/cooking-related reviews lately?!  Fall is the season to COOK!  I think it is the colder weather that brings us inside and makes us more acutely aware of all the glorious scents and flavors of fall cooking since we’re gathering more often around the kitchen stove instead of the backyard grill.  With so many things to cook, and so many recipes to create, I need good tools and equipment!  As I’ve been more frequently using our knives and blades lately, I’ve been noticing how dull they are becoming, and how even a pizza cutter doesn’t last forever.  When I was asked to review this Demi Lune 13 3/4″ Pizza Cutter by Epica, I instantly (said yes and) thought of all the things I could do with this!
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Chop nuts, slice bread, mince herbs, chop vegetables, slice fruit, etc.  This is not a one-trick pony.  I’m dying to try using it as a sort of chopper/mixer/scooper blade on some ice cream, just like Cold Stone Creamery. But let’s focus on its awesomeness as a pizza cutter.  This thing is huge.  So wide at 13 3/4″ long, that it can slice practically any pizza from crust to crust with one swoop.  Its 3″ tall, so deep dishes aren’t even a problem.  We found that it was actually too long for our pans with lips/edges like in the picture below, and we couldn’t get to both crust edges in one swoop, but we agreed that this weapon would go to town on a pizza stone.
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So sturdy!  This guy is made of heavyweight 18/0 stainless steel.  The handle is smooth and easy to grasp, and though it might look hard to clean, its completely dishwasher safe.  I only wish it came with a cover!  This is a weapon of mass destruction!  Where am I going to store this?!
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The best part about using a demi lune blade on pizza is that it doesn’t drag toppings down into the cut, or pull them along like a hand cutter does.  My biggest beef with our hand cutter is that when the pizza is on a round pan and you’re trying to slice it up 8 ways, the round blade reaches the edge of the round pan and the crust edges never get chopped.  I usually have to bring out the kitchen shears after that and finish the job.  This Epica blade attacks the crust with ease, and the sharp almost-90° corners can easily reach those difficult crust edges.
What a fun thing to have in the kitchen!
You can find this product on Amazon HERE for less than $10!
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 
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