Monday, March 27, 2017

Fujifilm Instax SP-2 Smartphone printer

A friend of mine had the Fujifilm Instax SP-1 smartphone printer and always brought it to our local Instagram meet ups. He would print out pictures right there at the event.  Shortly after that event a newer model came out. My friend upgraded and highly recommended getting the newer model Fujifilm Instax SP-2.  I had wanted one from that moment but it was kinda expensive so I added it to my Christmas wish list. Sadly I didn't get one for Christmas, but 3 months later it went on sale on Amazon and I just bought it.

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 The Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-2 Smart Phone Printer (Gold)(amazon affiliate link) is a lightweight and small handheld photo printer. It uses special cartridges that contain 10 photos. No ink to deal with, it is all in the easy to load cartridge. Technically you don't need a smartphone (I use an iPad mini 4 or an iPod touch) to use this just a smart device  that can download the Instax share app.  You can also link the app to your Facebook or Instagram and print photos from there too!

This printer is easy to use and prints via the printers wifi using the Instax Share app, no home wifi or cell data needed. You can select photos directly from your camera roll to print. If you'd like you can also make changes to the photo, add fun captions or take a photo on your smart device in the app. Once you click print the photo takes 10 seconds to print out. Once the photo pops out of the printer you have to wait a few minutes for the photo to develop (similar to the old school Polaroid prints).

While the initial cost is rather pricey, overall I think this printer is good quality and built to last. No need to fuss with batteries either it has a charger port that you plug into a USB. This printer is very easy to use and the photo print quality is pretty good. It would certainly be a fun thing to have at a party or an event to print photos on the spot. Hardly anyone prints photos out anymore I think your guests and friends would love to have a printed photo momento at your next gathering.

How about you, do you print out photos regularly? Or do your photos mainly live on social media or in your phones camera roll?


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gluten-Free Breakfast sandwich at Starbucks

That's right folks the day we have all been waiting for Starbucks finally has a warm Gluten-Free breakfast sandwich on their menu.  I noticed it started to appear on the menu in Northern California the week of  March 20th, 2017.  I'm not sure if has rolled out to all their stores this same week but certainly ask your local Starbucks Partner for more info at your location.

If you are celiac or extremely allergic to gluten, I would just like to caution you that there is likely cross contamination.  Some stores are training their employees about the danger of cross contamination but it isn't something they all do. The location I went to I mentioned to the employee the potential risks of using the same tongs on the Gluten free sandwiches and she was unaware how it could affect someone.  My suggestion is when you order (preferably in person and inside the store) tell them your concerns and ask them to get a clean tong utensil to take your gluten free sandwich out of the warmer.  And stand right there and watch them so you can be sure they follow your directions, don't be afraid to speak up for yourself if they goof up, but be patient and kind to ask them to remake it. I'm not entirely sure if this is supposed to be warmed in its packaging so it is possible the location I visited did it wrong by removing it from the wrapper. (FYI  Starbucks doesn't have a dedicated gluten-free warming oven either).

(Edited to add: Later I found out it is supposed to be warmed in the packaging which looks like this brown one, so if they remove it before warming they are doing it wrong)

This gluten-free sandwich is similar shape and size to the other breakfast sandwiches offered at Starbucks.  At first I had to double check to make sure I was given the right one because I was surprised that it was as big as pictured.  It is an egg, Canadian bacon and cheese sandwich on a roll, the official title is Gluten-Free Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg.  It was delicious and I loved everything about it. The egg and Canadian bacon are not over cooked and cheese brings it all together nicely.  Sometimes gluten free rolls can have an odd taste but this one is wonderful.  The roll is fluffy and soft and makes the perfect breakfast sandwich.  I'm drooling over here just thinking about eating one again.

I am so excited that there is finally a breakfast sandwich option that is Gluten-free at Starbucks.  I sure hope this one permanently stays on their menu and is not a seasonal item.  FYI, once people get word of this sandwich and taste it for themselves, it will likely be a sold out item everyday (just like the Sous Vide Egg Bites ).

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