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The best home security system

<i>By Rachel Cericola and Grant Clauser</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending more than 40 hours researching and …

Home Security

AUKEY’s Bi-Directional HDMI Switch is a must-have for any home theater at $11

Aukey Direct via Amazon currently offers its Bi-Directional HDMI 2×1 or 1×2 4K Switch for <b>$11.24 Prime shipped</b> when you use code <b>AUKEYH04</b> at checkout. Normally $15, this is just over a dollar above its all-time low and is the best available. Whether you want to take one input and send it to two …

Home Theater

How to use your Instant Pot

It's not just a supercharged pressure cooker -- it's a way of life.<p>Instant Pot mania is far from over. The pressure cooker -- which lately has been shortened to Instapot -- continues to draw an obsessive, cult-like crowd of home cooks that have long forgotten about their slow cookers. Its name is …

Cooking

Amazon will install a full smart home security system for you

Amazon has been beefing up its home security business for quite some time now; earlier this year, it even purchased smart doorbell company Ring to take Google-owned Nest head on. Now, <i>TechCrunch</i> has discovered a portal on the company's Smart Home Services section offering full smart home packages. …

Smart Homes

Amazon is now selling home security services, including installations and no monthly fees

Amazon’s made a slew of acquisitions in the area of smart home services, and now it’s offering a product that brings them together under one roof — your roof.<p>Amazon has quietly launched a portal offering home security services — which include all the equipment you would need and in-person visits …

Smart Homes

Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kits drop to Amazon all-time low today from $52.50 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Woot via Amazon is offering the Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kits from …

This robot vacuum works like a Roomba but is significantly cheaper

Robotic vacuums are the hottest thing to hit the cleaning market since the Swiffer. Pretty soon every home will have a little robot vacuum running …

Robotics

Seasoning your cast iron pan isn’t enough

You season and reseason for a reason.<p>Cast iron is strange mixture of incredibly durable and unusually delicate—especially for a cooking implement. The metal is physically sturdy, but also highly reactive, which means even a droplet of water sitting in your cast iron pan can leave a rust spot. To …

Particles

Two of Seattle’s Best Barbecue Joints Are Expanding

Two of Seattle’s best barbecue joints are in expansion mode: SoDo standout <b>Jack’s BBQ</b>, which just started serving brisket, hush puppies, and smoked sausage corn dogs at Safeco Field during Seattle Mariners games this season, is also adding a location at 234 9th Ave. N in South Lake Union, while the …

The 52 California Wineries You Need to Visit in 2018

So many wineries, so little time. Considering how many wineries populate the Bay Area and its surrounds (as in, thousands), figuring out where to go …

Wine

Here are the top San Francisco restaurants worth the long wait, according to Yelpers

Dottie's True Blue Cafe<p>Plow<p>Swan Oyster Depot<p>Brenda's French Soul Food<p>a Mano<p>Marufuku Ramen<p>Anchor Oyster Bar<p>Brenda's Meat & Three<p>Sweet Maple<p>Burma Superstar<p>Jiangnan Cuisine<p>Hog Island Oyster Co.<p>Nojo Ramen Tavern<p>Pizzeria Delfina<p>Griddle Fresh<p>Gialina Pizzeria<p>Saru Sushi Bar<p>Pizzetta 211<p>Tekka Japanese …

An ice-cream brand with a cult following is threatening to stop using FedEx if the shipping company doesn't cut ties with the NRA

An ice-cream brand with a cult following is threatening to cut ties with FedEx after the shipping company refused to cut ties with the NRA.<p>Jeni Britton Bauer, CEO of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, announced on Monday that the ice-cream company was considering cutting ties with FedEx following calls for …

Gun Control

These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best?

100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.<p>Most folks think of 60-watt light bulbs as the basic standard for common household lighting. If you want something brighter, you upgrade to, say, a 100-watt bulb. The thing is, most …

Home Automation

Only 2 Bay Area restaurants land on Yelp's list of best places to eat in 2018

Lou's Cafe<p>Roxie Food Center<p>Sun Fat Seafood Company<p>San Pancho's Tacos<p>Calabria Bros<p>If there are noteworthy restaurants worth a visit in Oakland or San Francisco, it seems no one told Yelp.<p>In their 5th annual Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. roundup, only two restaurants, one on the Peninsula and one …

Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators

Refrigerators have gotten a lot larger in recent years. That’s good for extra food storage but not so much for your floorplan, especially in smaller …

Smart Homes

Four of the Bay Area’s best clam chowder spots

You don’t have to be a Bostonian to revel in chowdah. Clam chowder is every bit as beloved on the West Coast, where chefs at waterside restaurants — …

Shake Shack is coming to the Bay Area — first Palo Alto, then Marin and SF

Shake Shack, the famed New York burger chain, is making its first foray into the Bay Area restaurant scene.<p>The company plans to open its first Northern California outpost this fall in Palo Alto at the Stanford Shopping Center. A second location is scheduled for Larkspur, though the lease agreement …

Bangkok’s Only Michelin-Starred Street Food Vendor Wants to Give Back Star

People passing by Maha Chai Road, almost on the corner of Soi Samran Rat in the Phra Nakhon area of Bangkok, might be startled by the crowd snaking down the footpath around an impromptu assembly of plastic tables. As they wait in line, crowd members take out their cell phones to snap pictures of …

Fort Bragg’s prize-winning crab cakes

Bragging rights are on the line at the upcoming Mendocino Crab Cake Cook-Off, which caps that county’s annual Crab, Wine & Beer Festival …

Three Bay Area food items land on Oprah's coveted 'Favorite Things' list for 2017

When Oprah Winfrey names her "favorite things" it seems like she certainly means it.<p>Three local food items have made Oprah's Favorite Things list for 2017, with one bakery having the distinction of making it onto the list for two years in a row.<p>That foodie delight of Winfrey's heart? Model Bakery's …

This Fast-Growing Chinese Clay Pot Chicken Restaurant Will Open Its First U.S. Location

A massively popular Chinese restaurant chain is headed to America, and they only serve one dish: clay pot chicken. Called <b>Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice</b>, it’s possibly the most simple kind of restaurant one could imagine, and the company’s first flagship store will arrive Tustin, California by …

Food & Dining

Fleming’s Steakhouse coming to Santa Clara

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which is known as much for its 100 wines served by the glass as its prime-graded steaks and prime rib, will …

Love food shows and Asian food? You should be watching ‘Lucky Chow’

Consider, for a moment, the depth and diversity of Asian food, from noodles and skewers to curries and hot pots. Even a simple bowl of rice is …

Recipe: Classic Barbecued Chicken

Serves 4 to 6<p>1 teaspoon table salt<p>1 teaspoon pepper<p>¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper<p>3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces (split breasts cut in half, drumsticks …

BBQ

Beard Awards: San Francisco’s Lee wins Best Chef in the West

At Monday night’s 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards, chef-owner Corey Lee of Benu took home “Best Chef in the West” honors, beating out a fellow San …

Bay Area restaurants shine in 2017 James Beard Award nominations

Bay Area restaurants stole the show among nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, among the most important honors in the food industry.<p>Two of the five finalists for the nation’s Best New Restaurant award hail from San Francisco: In Situ, Corey Lee’s restaurant in the San Francisco …

LA’s Cultural Melting Pot Makes for Even More Dynamic Dining

<b>Cambodians run your fried chicken place</b><p><i>LA Times</i> takes a look at the longstanding tradition of Cambodians running the famous Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken chain, predominantly in South LA. Calling it “a cultural mixtape that only Southern California could have produced,” the story shows just how …