EL Walters Review

This winter has been brutal for everyone, especially anyone working in the heating and air industry. Thankfully, Evansville is overrun with options for heating companies, should the worst happen. Which in my case, was a leaking gas line going into my furnace, on a cold a dreary night when it was supposed to get down to 2 degrees. Thankfully, EL Walters came through for me in the most amazing way.

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #FF5F17;"]T[/dropcap]his winter has been brutal for everyone, especially anyone working in the heating and air industry.  Thankfully, Evansville is overrun with options for heating companies, should the worst happen.  Which in my case, was a leaking gas line going into my furnace, on a cold a dreary night when it was supposed to get down to 2 degrees.  Thankfully, EL Walters came through for me in the most amazing way.

My home on the north side of Evansville was jarred from a frost quake, which at the time I had never heard of.  Therefore, I went outside, inspected my roof, walls, and foundation, which I found nothing.  My next thought turned to checking my furnace for any type of gas leaks, which could be seeping into the ducts and then igniting when the furnace kicked on.

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Tin Man Brewing Co. Review

My review of the Tin Man Brewing Co. in Evansville, Indiana. A local brewery attempts to make it’s mark on the city of Evansville, complete with food and a fresh atmosphere.

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"]T[/dropcap]in Man has finally opened in Evansville, after months of teaser advertisements and much social fan fare. A few weeks ago I was able to experience what Tin Man had to offer first hand and in the robots natural habitat, a brewery. Lured in by promises of a unique experience, good beer, and awesome food I came prepared to be amazed.

Tin Man Brewing Co.For starters, Tin Man is located on Franklin Street, a prime location for beer lovers. A block or two in any direction will land you at other popular Evansville bars, like the Gerst Haus and Lamasco Bar. In comparison, Tin Man has a more modern decor, this contemporary look can be found in the seating layout, restrooms, and even the method of which you are served. Tin Man has done an amazing job at creating a unique environment to enjoy their beer, which is evident as soon as you see the front of their building.

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Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard Review

My personal review of the Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, for use on tablets.

Logitech Bluetooth KeyboardI have found an ASUS Transformer keyboard docking station alternative. Just this past weekend I picked up a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, made to work with Android devices. In less than a minute I was up and running, being much more productive than I was with just the on screen keyboard.

Not only is the Logitech Bluetooth keyboard easily installed and easy to use, it's tremendously well built. The keys feel responsive, it has weight, and actually feels durable and likely to stand my normal abuse. When I feel like being stupid and dropping the keyboard, it comes in a hard plastic shell carrying case to protect it's surface.

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Smiling Moose Evansville Review

The Smiling Moose Deli is a new restaurant in Evansville, located at 724 N. Burkhardt, across from Sonic.  As the name suggests it's a deli, but with a few offerings to make it unique and hopefully stand out against competitors like Panera Bread.

First Impression

It's a small restaurant and not very accommodating for groups larger than 4, unless you get lucky and can push some tables together.  When ordering you can see into the kitchen area where the sandwiches are made and it looked very clean.  Like the kitchen, the tables and fountain drink areas were clean as well.  For nicer days there were a couple tables outside on the side walk.

The employee taking our order was knowledgeable when asking about specific sandwiches and welcoming as soon as we walked through the door.  Other employees walking around the restaurant delivering food and picking up empty plates were also friendly and made sure we were happy with our experience.

The Food

The Smiling Moose sandwiches and food offerings are comparable to Panera Bread.  Each sandwich comes with your choice of chips and a pickle on the side.  Servings were adequate, on par with what you would expect from a sub sandwich shop or any other delicatessen.

I ordered The Bambino, which was a concoction of Pastrami, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mustard.  The sandwich was fantastic, but nothing that would put the Moose ahead of it's competitors.  Furthermore, the basic offering of pick-your-chips and get a pickle is boring.  I can buy the same bag of chips at the gas station, nothing new to see here.  I'd love to see a restaurant start making their own chips or add some sort of flavor to a side item with a sandwich.

The Smiling Moose also offers a number of menu items that can be prepared gluten free.  The gluten-free diet is the only treatment for people who suffer from celiac disease.  Therefore, if you are not one of the very small percentage of people with this disease, the gluten free offerings may not appeal to you.

Cost

Very reasonably priced menu and when coupled with coupons, I would consider it a deal.  Right now you can head over to the Smiling Moose website and print off a coupon for a free kids meal, with the purchase of a sandwich, chip and drink.  This coupon allowed my family of 3 to eat for $16, which is difficult to do even at McDonalds.

Visit the Smiling Moose Deli on Wednesdays and get a free cookie!  I got a Macadamia Nut Cookie, which was hot and fresh out the kitchen.

Short and Sweet

The Smiling Moose offers good food at a fair price, but not at a level that would keep me from choosing a competitor.  The seating is truly awful and a reason to avoid the restaurant if you are in a group of more than 4, parties need not apply.  I feel to garner more business they will need to come up with a hook, because as it's offered now, they are not doing anything better than their competitors.

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Kanpai Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar Review in #Evansville

Ryan O'Bryan from KISS FM posted a great review about the Kanpai restaurant. I personally wasn't familiar with the place and I start watering at the mouth just hearing good local reviews.

With the help of $1 long necks and a generous helping of Sweet and Sour Chicken, Ryan was able to beat his hunger pangs. Kanpai will be on top of the list of places to take my wife out for dinner, on our next date night.