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8 amazing-looking pies and how to make them

All this talk about Android Pie made me hungry

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Android P has just been unveiled as Android Pie and while the whole tech world is celebrating the latest Android operating system release, I am left hungry and craving — what else — pie!

Since I’m a DIY type of gal, I decided to fix this pie-shaped hole inside of me by learning how to make this delectable dessert. A quick online search later, I am left with a number of recipes and an even stronger desire for this sweet, savory treat. I’ve compiled all of them here so we can collectively drool over them and attempt to make the dish so we can finally, finally put it in our tummies.


You’re welcome, ladies.

This beautiful, beautiful Chai Spiced Pumpkin Pie is calling to me

Who better to walk you through how to make this Pumpkin Pie than no other than longtime chef Byron Talbott! I want this so much right now, it hurts.

A divine dessert made even better by making it into a pie

S’mores are God’s gift to sweet-toothed humans. Make it into pie form and it instantly becomes divine intervention.

Classic Apple Pie recipe that never gets old

Jamie Oliver making some home-baked pie goodness — of course, this is going to turn out great in the video! Just hoping I can recreate it because I need to try this for myself.

Mouthwatering Shepherd’s Pie that needs to get in my tummy

We all know that Gordon Ramsey knows his stuff so trust me when I say that I’m sure this pie is a delicious dish.

A pretty Strawberry Pie that probably tastes as good as it looks

Just look at that beautiful thing! It’s impossible not to want anything that looks so good. Chef Laura Vitale makes it and makes it well. I’m left here wanting pie even more.

Cottage Pie that’s a legitimate family heirloom

Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone shares his grandmother’s delicious-looking Cottage Pie recipe and I’m instantly in need of this in my life right now.

A special pie from none other than Hogwarts!

Binging with Babish is a YouTube channel that recreates food as seen in movies. In this episode, Babish shows us how we can make the same Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter because why not!

A familiar-looking pie, but better 

Last on the list is another classic: McDonald’s Apple Pie. This time, even better because you can (probably) make it yourself, with help from this video, of course.

Happy baking, and eventual eating!

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Sound on with Mikme: An easy way to record good audio

Even better if you’re on an iPhone

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I’ve always been a writer and my journey into content creation has been a curious one. These days, I’ve ventured into creating video — a new exacting but fun medium. One thing I’ve learned though: You may think you’re mostly dealing with visuals, but sound quality adds a whole lot to each video.

That being said, and me being the furthest from being an audiophile, I set out to find the easiest and simplest way I could record great audio without all the wires and gadgets and gizmos that I’ve seen other people work with.


Enter this godsend mic in a box which fits the palm of my hands and solves all my audio woes: The Mikme.

It’s simple enough to use; press the leftmost button that serves as a power button…

L-R: Power button, Bluetooth pairing button, micro-USB port, audio port, volume buttons

… and hit record which is that big button up top. Literally, nothing could be easier.

And despite it being pretty straightforward, there are a lot of other things it can do, too. Tapping the record button twice in a row will play your last recording and pressing and holding will allow you to soundcheck — provided you plug in some earphones. Each Mikme has storage built in and you can choose between 16GB, 8GB, or 4GB options. All that means is you need not worry about SD cards or microSD cards ever again.

It’s not just the ease of use, though. The sound quality on this thing is very good, as it should be. Inside that black case, the Mikme is basically a condenser mic — the type usually used in studios for hardcore recordings (my way of saying it’s one serious mic). Even with my untrained ears, I hear the difference, especially because I don’t record in sound-proof rooms most of the time.

Honestly, I now use this tiny thing to record all my voice-overs. I’m not even going to attempt to explain or describe it, you just have to hear it yourself. You can do that by listening to the voice-overs here and here.

I have all good things to say about this tiny device and in so many ways, I consider it my audio lifesaver. But, there’s one caveat.

This mic also has Bluetooth capabilities which is a great thing in itself. It literally connects to a Mikme app that will allow you to shoot video with your phone with audio from the Mikme. Mindblowing stuff, really, except it only works for iPhones. 😢

As we hear the collective, agonized screams of Android users the world over with the collective sighs of what great sounding videos could be shot with a Mikme-iPhone partnership, I take it as a testament of how good this mic is. Even without the Bluetooth connectivity feature and despite sticking with my Android for now and the foreseeable future, I’ll probably still be rocking the Mikme. That says a lot.

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The Vivo x Benefit Cosmetics blossom pink V15 box set is here and I want it

Making blooming selfies possible

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Vivo has just announced a partnership that I am so here for and the resulting phone is oh so pretty!

 

The smartphone company unveiled a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics, a makeup brand we all know and love, to release a phone/makeup box set that will definitely excite the ladies.


The highlight of the kit: Vivo’s blossom pink V15 — the phone color I’ve always wanted but rarely got!

Yes girls, this special kit does not only have this beautifully colored handset, it also includes Benefit box o’ powders in two shades: Dandelion Twinkle and the Gold Rush.

I am all for this partnership and the blooming selfies I will most definitely be able to shoot with this.

The Vivo x Benefit Kit will retail for PhP 17,999 starting May 25.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I love how extra it is.

The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”


There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration; not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion-tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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