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Frugal Quad-Cities: Tips for shopping on Amazon

Take advantage of special deals on Amazon for a range of items, from groceries to household essentials, home items and more.

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13 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sales You Can’t Miss

In addition to a three-day weekend for most of us, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has always been a great chance to get cold-weather gear and apparel at deep discounts, as retailers are desperate to blow out winter stock before spring takes over their shelves.

Although the holiday is intended to celebrate the legendary civil rights leader’s birthday, because it happens in January winter is in full effect over much of North America. So while the extra day off is appreciated, many consumers use the opportunity to stay indoors and take care of things around the house — or to shop online and take advantage of huge seasonal blowout sales.

Bear in mind many of these deals aren’t billed as MLK Day sales; however, many retailers are offering big price cuts in conjunction with existing sales. Check out one of these deals below, and chances are you’ll find extra perks like free shipping, deeper discounts on clearance items, and blowout sales not just on winter apparel, but also on gear from last summer and fall.

Adidas – Through Monday, save up to 50% on select styles, including everything from the popular Ultraboost workout sneakers to a wide selection of Superstars.

American Apparel – Shop the Winter Sale, which runs through Monday, and get 30% off winter clothing and accessories. Use code TAKE30 at checkout.

American Eagle Outfitters – All clearance items are under $20 including jeans and underwear. Plus, get 60% off AE’s entire line of Tailgate line of branded college gear.

Backcountry – Take up to 40% off on gear and apparel apparel from brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’teryx, and Columbia. You’ll also find a ton of outdoor sporting goods on sale from skis and snowboards to hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, running shoes, and more.

Best Buy – Through midnight Saturday, get deep discounts on HDTVs, laptops, gaming, and other electronic gadgetry.

Bloomingdale’s – The “Big Brown Bag sale” runs through Monday. Get 20-50% off regular items, and up to 75% off clearance items. Discounts also apply to the Home Sale, for furniture, small appliances, and bedding.

Crate Barrel – Right now get 20% off all bedding, bath, and mattresses.

Dick’s Sporting Goods – Take 40% off select footwear, including sneakers, work boots, and athletic footwear.

The Home Depot – Looking to remodel this year? Take up to 40% off all kitchen and bath essentials, including cabinets, fixtures, showers, tubs, faucets, mirrors, lighting, and more.

Kohl’s – Take 15% off orders under $100 and 20% off orders of $100 or more. Even better, MLK Day weekend falls in the middle of the Kohl’s Home Closeout Sale. Get the code at the Kohl’s website.

Macy’s – The annual One-Day Sale happens Saturday, with sitewide deals of up to 70% off items already marked for clearance — plus free shipping (on orders over $25).

Overstock – The Winter White Blowout means you get up to 70% off bedding, towels, and all matter of home decor. Plus, get free shipping on items included in the sale.

Wayfair – The 4-Day Price Drops sale gets you up to 70% off all over the site including furniture, appliances, area rugs, and more.

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Make a statement with this two-story gem in Northwest Gresham

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - This two-story home off Northwest Ninth Street combines quiet seclusion with easy access to major arterials.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - This two-story home off Northwest Ninth Street combines quiet seclusion with easy access to major arterials. Northwest Gresham has become the place for high-quality, statement-making living, thanks to this two-story gem off Northwest Ninth Street.

Originally built in 1962, previous owners brought a designer’s eye and a craftsman’s touch to a floor-to-ceiling update both inside and out.

The five-bed, three-bath home offers almost 4,000 square feet of prestige living space on a quarter-acre lot located on a quiet street with quick access to major arterials such as Division Street and Eastman Parkway.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A European-style kitchen suite includes high-end, stainless-steel appliances by KitchenAid.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A European-style kitchen suite includes high-end, stainless-steel appliances by KitchenAid.“The super huge, one-of-a-kind, professional-grade kitchen is truly a ‘Eurostyle kitchen suite,’ and every bathroom is full of beautiful accents of tile and granite,” notes Michael Patrick of the Legacy Realty Group. “Plus, this is the only house I’ve seen in my career that has a zipline.”

Attention to detail is apparent everywhere — from the artful millwork on the ceiling of the grand entry on the main floor — to the mosaic stone patterns inside a capacious, walk-in shower with sitting ledge reserved for the master bathroom.

Anchored by a massive, quartz countertop island, the gourmet kitchen includes three cooking ovens, a wall microwave, refrigerator and two dishwashers — one thoughtfully tucked away inside a walk-in butler’s pantry with utility sink. As expected, all appliances are high-end, stainless-steel models by KitchenAid. OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Mosaic tile accents distinguish this massive walk-in shower with sitting ledge in the master bathroom.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Mosaic tile accents distinguish this massive walk-in shower with sitting ledge in the master bathroom.

Out back, a two-story unheated accessory storage space is outfitted with a fireman’s pole, ladder, tubular slide and epic zip line that’s perfect for the playful of all ages. A hot tub and covered cedar deck complete the open area.

Also on the main level, authentic Brazilian cherry hardwood floors lead to a guest suite with full bath and bedroom. Paneled glass French doors open up onto a formal dining room with pillars and recessed lights.

A LED-lit stairwell provides access to the second floor that contains the master suite, two other bedrooms and a bonus room. OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - The staircase is tastefully lit by recessed LED lights set close to the ground.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - The staircase is tastefully lit by recessed LED lights set close to the ground.

The master bedroom is equipped with a private deck, chandelier — and a luxurious freestanding tub with wand extension and dual sinks in the private bath. The other bedrooms share a bathroom with walk-in shower, jetted tub and pedestal sinks.

As an added bonus, modular closets allow residents to stack and re-arrange drawers with ease in every bedroom. There’s plenty of space for billiards or table tennis in the bonus room, which itself encases a large utility room with washer and dryer.

“The functionality of this floor plan is amazing,” explains Patrick, who represented the new owners, Preston Wills, the general sales manager at Gresham Ford, and his wife, A.J.

Exterior features include a two-car garage and solar panel system installed by Solar City that uses solar as an affordable energy housing solution and contributes to the economic viability of the home by reducing utility costs.

Fresh off the market, this home had a list price of $699,000. The nearest schools are West Gresham Elementary and Gresham High. OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - An unheated accessory storage unit in the back yard involves plenty of fun add-ons, including a zipline!

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - An unheated accessory storage unit in the back yard involves plenty of fun add-ons, including a zipline!

Antiques & Collectibles: More of what’s hot in 2018 – Post

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Location influences Semiah’s look, inside and out

Marcon Developments is making the most of the location of its new mid-rise residential tower in White Rock. The architecture of the 14-storey Semiah was influenced by the view of Semiahmoo Bay, while beach sand, driftwood, sand dollars and seagulls inspired the interior design.

Semiah will have only 88 residences, and combined with plans for spacious interiors, offer a boutique feel, says Nic Paolella, Marcon’s director of development.

“We focused on creating good, livable homes, while maximizing the view potential,” says Paolella. “White Rock has an interesting street grid. As it nears the beach, the grid changes to orient itself to the water.”

To make the most of the outlooks, the project at 1439 George Street was sited to reflect the same positioning — relative to the views — as the single-family homes on the street grid farther down the slope.

Semiah, which will include two- and three-bedroom homes ranging from 1,087 square feet to 1,873 square feet, is attracting interest from people who are considering downsizing from single-family homes. 

Semiah is a new-home project from Marcon Developments in White Rock. 

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“The homes are wide and shallow to let in the maximum amount of light,” Paolella says. “Buyers don’t need apartment-sized furniture, they can move in with the furniture they already have. The washer and dryer are side by side and all the major appliances in the kitchen are full size,” he says.

“These homes are set up to function well for people who no longer have family living with them on a daily basis, but still want the space to entertain and have children and grandchildren visit. The big balconies [will] also add to the feeling of spaciousness and provide the opportunity to enjoy outdoor living.”

Inside the residences, the interior design and colour palettes were influenced by the elements on image boards developed by the team at Trepp Design Inc.

“The darker scheme was inspired more by the tones of driftwood, seagulls and mussels, and the lighter scheme is more about the golden sand, the warmth of some of the lighter stones, and sand dollars,” says the firm’s principal, Scott Trepp. “We really took our inspiration from the nature that was specific to that community and that location.”

Semiah is a new-home project from Marcon Developments in White Rock. 

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With the end user in mind, Trepp says he aimed for interiors that were not too modern, but had a “modern sensibility”.

One of the ways he achieved this esthetic was by using an interpretation of a Shaker door for the kitchen cabinetry.

“It’s a more modern take on a Shaker door. We used the wood grain and turned the direction of the wood grain within each door panel to give a detail to the cabinetry itself. So, it’s not just a plain slab-style door. It has some real detail and character to it,” he says.

Trepp notes that the kitchens are designed like those in single-family homes, rather than condos.

“One of the ways we did that was to use appliances – like the Wolf cooktop – more often seen in single-family homes,” he says.

While the choice of quartz for the countertops was a nod to the durability of engineered stone, design was also a factor, Trepp says.

“In the darker scheme, the stone backsplash is very [visually] active. There’s a lot of movement to it, and to do that on the island counter, waterfall edges, the backsplash and the countertop would be too much in the space,” he explains.

The lighter scheme, showcased in the display suite at 1418 Johnston Road, has a much softer look, Trepp says.

Full-height pantries in the kitchens are designed to provide plenty of storage and soft-close hardware on the cabinet doors keeps things quiet in the open-plan living space. The appliance package includes the Wolf gas cooktop, an integrated 36-inch Bosch french door refrigerator, a Bosch combination oven and dishwasher, plus a 24-inch Marvel dual-zone wine fridge. The Hansgrohe faucet with dual spray, the double sink and the recycling bins ensure the functionality of the space.

The marble floor and tile surround in the ensuite bathrooms add a luxurious touch and speaks to the quality of the development, Trepp says. A Duravit undermount sink nestles below the vanity’s stone countertop, while a Hansgrohe widespread chrome faucet adds some sparkle and complements the rain shower head and other bathroom accessories.

In the powder room, a feature wall mosaic of Bianco Carrara marble tile laid in a chevron pattern attracts some attention.

Engineered hardwood flooring run throughout, seamlessly connecting the rooms and enhancing the spacious ambience of the view homes.

Paolella says Semiah includes many energy-efficient features. “It’s important to have an energy-efficient building that does not consume too much energy. Nowadays, buildings need to have good insulation, quality windows and efficient heating and cooling systems with a good quality building envelope,” he says.

Some of the features that support this approach are the offset balconies that maximize natural light, high-efficiency hot water and heating and cooling systems and Energy Star windows.

The underground parking area features charging stations for electric cars, a designated bike storage room and a storage locker for each home. 

Construction is expected to start this spring.


Project address: 1439 George Street, White Rock

Developer: Marcon Developments

Architect: Arno Matis Architecture

Interior designer: Trepp Design Inc.

Project size: 14 storeys

Bedrooms: two- and three-bedroom units

Unit size: 1,087 – 1,873 sq. ft.

Price: From $869,900

Sales centre: 1418 Johnston Road, White Rock

Sales centre hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs 

Phone: 778-545-9393






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Cheese and Bread: Cairo’s latest eastern and western cheese skillets

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) For years, Alexandria€™s famous skillets restaurant, €œAlban Swesra€, or Switzerland€™s Dairy Products, has been a famous spot for Egyptians to hit from all across the country to enjoy an eastern cuisine dipped and covered in a mix of tens of cheese types. For cheese aficionados, the small, cosy corner, which was originally a small grocery store before turning part of it into a small restaurant with only few tables, can beat the world€™s most fancy restaurants when it comes to cheese dipping, portions and taste.

Cairo€™s latest version of a same track follower, €œEish W Gebna€, Cheese and Bread, opened its doors to cheese lovers to try a mix of eastern and western skillets that are covered with mix cheese types.

Located in Cairo€™s Fifth Settlement, the place has both indoor and outdoor areas. With a dim, comfy lamp lights, the indoor area mainly consists of high bar stools with only a few tables. While the outdoor area, on the contemporary side, offers a large wider space suitable for big groups with different sized tables.

€œEish W Gebna€ mainly focuses on over-dosing mixed melting cheese in every served plate. With both eastern and western cuisines, the place adds a different kind of mixed cheese to each fast-cooked skillet.

Like typical cheese addicts, Daily News Egypt team decided to try a skillet from each cuisine, looking for a well-spent evening in which cheese plays the role of the adored diva.
From the western cheese skillets, we ordered the Ground Bound, which is a blend of several yellow cheese types, with chopped beef burger and crispy beef bacon, served with plain nachos. The combination of crispy corn tortilla chips, which perfectly replace the cheese, offering a well-balanced crunch in each bite, was found amusing. The little chopped burger pieces were all dipped and covered with melting cheese, which made them even more moist and tender. The crisp of a crunching nacho carrying the liquescent classic dish made the required balance. The taste of yellow and red cheddar cheese was quite ubiquitous, yet, it intertwined equally with other tastes.
The plate is one of the most ordered skillets as we were told, and it is one of the restaurant€™s most unique dishes. For us, it was the most favourite taste among all the dishes ordered.

From the loaded potato cheese skillets menu, came our second most favourite order, the Tex Mex. Chopped pieces of roasted potato cubes topped with pieces of marinated grilled chicken, onions, coloured peppers, and black olives, all dipped and covered with a huge amount of western yellow cheese mix.

The well-seasoned potato cubes were the stunning element about the dish. With a salty crunch from the outside and a soft tender taste from the inside, the team agreed that it is one of the best roasted potatoes served in Cairo. As for grilled chicken, it was well steeped, which left a sharp taste of an untampered flavour despite the many other flavours in the dish.

The combination of all elements made perfect sense when it came to taste, consistency, and colours. The sweet taste of coloured peppers and caramelised onions, with the slight bitterness of chicken, the seasoning of the potato, and the dominating taste of the mixed cheese made a perfect blend of a rainbow coloured shining skillet. At the same time, the intensity of each sharp flavour was downsized to one complete combined taste.

From the oriental cheese skillets menu, came our third choice and least favourite dish, the Sujuk Skillet. The oriental cheese skillet consisted of sausage cooked a la Alexandrian, grilled onions, and belle peppers, served with Egyptian Fino bread, a thinner equivalent of Baguette.

As we were told, the cheese is a mix of feta, Parmesan, and creamy cheese. However, it was more of a thick white sauce. No particular taste was clear in the skillet, which understated even the taste of cheese. Moreover, intense portions of garlic dominated the taste, outweighing the sausage, onion, and cheese.
The service at the restaurant was quite satisfactory; with warm smiles and welcomes, the staff made us feel at home.
Prices ranges from EGP 50 to 100, including services and taxes.


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