On my bucket list: Lofree Keyboard Brings Back the Touch and Sound of Typewriters 


Even years later since its mainstream demise, many of us still pine for the autonomous sensory meridian response inducing clickety-clack of a mechanical switch keyboard, a last-gen peripheral that delivered a pleasurable and resolute tactile and auditory feedback with every keystroke. There are still a few mechanical niche options out there, but probably none cuter than the recently announced typewriter inspired, retro-styled Lofree Keyboard.


Still under development, the OS and platform agnostic Lofree Keyboard is designed to connect with Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS systems either wirelessly or tethered by USB cable. Users can also stay paired simultaneously across three devices for seamless switching. The round keys are backlit, organized in the same layout as the Apple Magic keyboard, which will make migration for macOS users that much easier.

But overall the real appeal of the Lofree is undoubtedly its Instagram-worthy pastel hued color combinations and the characteristic mechanical switch sounds the keyboard produces. There’s nothing really fancy about these keyboards…and that’s the point.


Lofree Keyboards will be priced between $75-$100 with estimated launch schedule for June 2017.

I will surely get the pastle colored one as soon as its launched !!

The Beautiful Tree of Italy: Alberbello

Alberobello (Italian: means literally “beautiful tree”) is a small town and comune of the metropolitan city of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has about 10,700 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trullo buildings. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

Alberobello was first mentioned in the early 16th century when the first 40 families were granted land to farm in the area. The abundance of calcareous sedimentary material in the area lead to the building of houses with dry stone without the use of mortar. These houses were the first trulli which contributed to the expansion of the settlement. Building the houses of dry stone was a requirement of Count Giangirolamo II as in this way it was avoidable to pay taxes on them. (Source)

There are so many hidden jewels in Italy much more than what is marketed, I personally discovered many charming towns and destinations by chance when doing road trips. Alberobello was one of these findings. located on the heel of the shoe (Italy map), It is 5 hours drive from Rome by car probably 3 hours from Naples.

 

The town is small, most of its old houses are renovated and turned into hotels or tourists markets. Only couple of houses are left untouched to preserve the town history.

Alberobello and its surroundings is definitely a relaxing/sightseeing place, after sunset there is nothing much to do other than dinner and for me specially in that town was enough as their cuisine was amazing. While before sunset your day should be packed with activities according to your taste. The hotels there are pretty much the same in terms of exterior/interior design. If I was asked to recommend one it would be Il Gabellota Resort .

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Restaurant Review: Estrella Sunset

Is there a group more obsessed with ineffective buzzwords than restaurants? Doubtful. Artisanal, sustainable, local, farm-to-table, gourmet, organic. These words are so dangerously undefined they serve no purpose except being entirely misleading. And then there’s the king of them all. A word so misused and overplayed by every person writing, cooking, or taking an Instagram of the nearest stalk, it’s basically devoid of any meaning whatsoever. Seasonal.

By my estimation there isn’t one restaurant I’ve been to that doesn’t claim that word somewhere on its menu. And Estrella is certainly guilty as charged. Except for one big, legitimate difference – Estrella actually backs it up.

No, I’m not just talking about Estrella’s food being in season. I’m talking about taking a bite of whatever dish you ordered at this West Hollywood spot and feeling like you’re eating the current season itself. What? Yes. Sliced figs, turkey chorizo, and pomegranate seeds on one plate. That tastes like autumn to me. And most importantly, it tastes phenomenal. The menu is fairly wide ranging, but anytime a place can pull off a hamachi crudo and angus burger in one sitting, it’s a good bet they know what they’re doing in the kitchen.

Estrella’s space is warm and eccentric. But despite the Laurel Canyon in the ’70s hippie vibes, Estrella isn’t necessarily a “casual” restaurant. It’s certainly not formal, but it is the kind of place you make a reservation. So do so.

Estrella’s most surprising aspect though? It’s open everyday at 8 a.m. for breakfast, giving this part of town the all day, non-hotel restaurant it needed. Weekend brunch with your friends, afternoon business meeting on the patio, or romantic date night in the evening – Estrella nails every occasion.

There are places that speak to our souls and whisper gently .. Welcome Home !

Estrella was surely one of them !!

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