Many say that there are only 2 seasons in Canada. Winter and & construction. The good news is, construction season is also BBQ season! So let’s fire up the “Q”, as it’s affectionately referred to here in Canada and let’s look at some tips to help you make the PERFEFCT BBQ steak. Let’s call them “Q-Tips” (Do you see what I did there?) Here we go!
- To make beef great, marinate! Marinating increases tenderness and adds exciting flavour to your meat; just remember to use a glass or ceramic dish for marinating, as metal can transfer a metallic flavour.
- For perfectly grilled steaks, have one side of your grill set on high and the other side on low. This way you can sear the steaks on the hot side and then move them over to the cooler side to finish cooking in slow, moisture-retaining environment.
- To keep steaks tender, leave the meat in the vacuum pack and thaw in cold water or overnight in the refrigerator. Definitely don’t microwave to thaw; it toughens and damages the steak before it reaches the grill.
- Just say no to salt! Avoid salting your steaks before cooking as it draws out the juices and dries out your steak.
- Only turn steaks over when bubbles appear on the surface, and remember to use tongs, not a fork. Each time that bubbles appear, turn the steak over to let the juices drain back into the meat.
- Get the best-looking grill marks by rotating your steaks a half turn on the grill halfway through the cooking time. Do this on both sides.
There are tons of online blog posts and articles about keeping your vehicle in tip top operating shape. (We’ve written a few ourselves.) Here are a few lesser known facts related to your vehicle.
Did you know?…
- Washing a car at home uses five to 20 times more water than your neighbourhood car wash.
- Texting while driving increases your chances of getting into an accident by a factor of 23
- Almost half all vehicle crashes occur at intersections. Simply taking the time to look left and right will greatly reduce your risk of getting into an accident at an intersection.
- The least amount of rear-end collisions on a highway happen in the centre lane.
- Heated seats are not recommended for “wanna-be dads”. A study in Fertility and Sterility found that when healthy men sat in a temperature-controlled seat for 90 minutes, their scrotal temperature jumped as high as 99 degrees Fahrenheit, four degrees above the optimum temperature for sperm production.
- The safest vehicle colour is white.
Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! Here’s the short version of what I’m thinking about this week: spring maintenance for your vehicle. Let me elaborate.
I was traveling in May (I know, lucky me) and noticed that most of the vehicles had a lot of damage on them while walking around. I couldn’t believe it. I’m talking paint peeling, dents all over, bumpers held on with rope, the works. I kept thinking, how are these vehicles not rusting out
? This would never fly back home. But that’s just it, our winters and early spring (even late fall) are brutal for harsh condensation, salt, and cold. Where I was traveling doesn’t have to deal with that.
Spring maintenance is more than just a wash and wax. It’s checking out your vehicle for those little (or large) scratches, dents, even rust bubbles after winter. Spring and summer are the best time to get your car repaired because (touch wood) it’s usually drier and you can actually enjoy your new finish before it gets covered in salt and slush.
Canada is a beautiful place to live and we get to see all four seasons. This means that our vehicles suffer more wear and tear than other areas of the world. Staying on top of your spring maintenance checks will save you more in the long run as you’ll avoid greater damage (and bills!) caused by rust.
So…go and and give your vehicle a once over before you set out on road trips, picnics, and fun times for the summer. Bring it into any Colorworks location for a free no hassle estimate.
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Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS! (Pass Me the Star Screwdriver). There is change in the air – do you know what I’m talking about? I’ll let you in on the news…Colorworks has just revamped their complete website!
If you haven’t checked out the new and improved version, please do. It is crisp, well organized and brings a fresh new look to the site. I think this is a solid move on Colorworks’ part as it shows they are committed to growing and branding as a collective organization.
When almost everything is available online, on our phones, or through the touch of an app it is important to stay current. A website is a critical part of how you can get a feel for a business. The Colorworks website is engaging to read through and has a few new and improved pages. For example, the Locations page showcases all of their services in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and New Hampshire.
Colorworks is a home-grown local organization. They have a number of locations ready to serve you and all are committed to local values, placing customer service and satisfaction at the top of their priorities. Read more at http://colorworks.ca
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This season always reminds me of my arrival in Canada during a cold winter nine years ago. I was new to the country and everything was covered in snow, this made it even more special, more… unique. It was like I was a kid again, amazed by the novelty of a new place. I remember my first snowball fights and snowmen, rolling a snowball and being completely amazed that it actually grew larger, jut like I had seen in cartoons when I was a kid.
With this new place also came new driving rules and techniques; winter driving was not something I was used to before.
I remember my first winter driving, the nervousness; the respect for snow and ice; and the weird sensation of snow hitting your windshield on a snowy day as if I was aboard the Millennium Falcon. I failed my first driving test when I skid into the middle of an intersection because it was snowing when I first took the test (I understand now that it was a good thing I failed because I obviously was not ready for it). Today I am much more comfortable and feel safe behind the wheel during winter, with some solid years of experience behind me, I always keep in mind my first lessons learned. My speed and driving are always according to the weather conditions, I always take my time and leave enough distance between my vehicle and the car in front, and I am always aware and cautious of snow and ice on the road.
Stay safe and thanks for tuning in!
Hi there and thanks for tuning in to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]). This week I’m excited to talk about Spring…specifically Spring Cleaning.
This is usually something that I grumble about doing – but do love the end result. It can take a lot of time and work to clean up an apartment, house or yard. What if I told you that it didn’t have to take as long to clean up the winter knicks and scratches on your car – or even better – that you didn’t have to do it?
Spring cleaning applies to your vehicle, too. Winter can be tough on our cars and spring is the perfect time to spruce them up to avoid more potential damage (like rust!) throughout the spring and summer. Colorworks Express Autobody Centers are the go-to local business for your spring time spruce up for your vehicle. Check out a location near you today and call or email for a free estimate. Not only will your home and yard be looking fresh and ready for the season, but so will your vehicle.
Catch you next time and thanks for tuning in!
Hi again and thanks for tuning in to PMS! (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver]!). Spring is beginning to peep out (or has already sprung depending on where you are) and with the refreshing weather and transition also comes other points of turnover. For many, this might be switching over/out a leased vehicle.
I don’t know about you, but my car certainly has a few knicks on it (I really should get them fixed) – it’s not a lease though. If you are returning a lease in the near future you really should consider fixing up anything “new” on your vehicle before taking it back to the dealership. Why? The dealership may charge you large fees – more than what you’d pay at an autobody shop.
If you need dent repair; bumper repair; collision repair; and/or any sort of car body repairs Colorworks Express Autobody Centers is your best bet to avoid those service fees at your dealership. Consider getting a free estimate at one of their many locations sooner rather than later. If it can save you time, money and stress that seems like the surefire way to go in my opinion!
Thanks for tuning in this week and I’ll catch you next time!
Hi there! Welcome back to another edition of Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS for short. This week I’ve been thinking about what makes me really happy during my day. With the days getting shorter the early darkness blues start setting in. To help combat this I think about one thing that happened during the day that left a positive impact.
For the most part, it’s usually the people I work with in the office and not the detailed task list. People can truly make your day. A well-placed smile or holding the door for someone can be their turning point from what started off as a crumby slog.
A few weeks ago this radio ad popped up that a Colorworks customer in Barrie provided after he received great service from Darcy and Liz. He definitely sounds pleased with his experience and mentions Darcy and Liz by name. They had a positive impact on what was a pretty rough day for this person.
If you are located in Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia and having one of those rough days because you’ve been in a minor collision or found a scratch or dent on your car, call Colorworks. Their shops and staff are ready to help you with your repair, walk you through an insurance call, and be supportive and friendly in what they know is a difficult and stressful time. Take the stress out of your life completely and call Colorworks.
Check out the radio ad attached to this note below. Thanks for tuning in and catch you next week!