Archive for June, 2012

Lehigh Valley Chipotle = OPEN!!!

The day has finally come, Chipotle’s location at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall, PA is open for business!

If you’ve eaten at a Chipotle before, you’re probably not even still reading and already on your way there, but for those that haven’t, Chipotle offers the very best burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads.

Chipotle strives to serve what they call “food with integrity”, which I’ll use their own words to describe:

“It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value.

It means that we support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care.

It means that whenever possible we use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.

And it means that we source organic and local produce when practical. And that we use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones.

Food With Integrity is a journey that started more than a decade ago and one that will never end.”

I appreciate/respect all that, but what I care about most is that their food is DELICIOUS/FAST/REASONABLY PRICED.  If you live in the Lehigh Valley, stop reading and start eating:

Chipotle Mexican Grill
837 Lehigh Lifestyle Center
Whitehall, PA 18052

Phone     610.465.9526
Fax     610.264.2560

Open:  Mon-Sun  11am-10pm

You can even order online.

I went around noon today, and the line was approx. 10 minutes long.  They’ve got seating for around 30 people inside with more seating outside.  And yes, it was delicious :)

Cheap LCD Humidity/Hygrometer and Thermometer Mod’d To Show Fahrenheit

I bought 2 of  these little digital gems from DealExtreme for $5.90/ea to keep an eye on temp and humidity in my house, basement, and root cellar.

Several reviews clearly said it only displays Celsius and is not mod’able to display Fahrenheit, but I do enjoy a challenge.  Especially  a challenge where something is dirt cheap :)

The unit arrives pre-assembled from DealExtreme.  You need only open the battery cover, remove the insulator from the battery and it powers right up.  There are indeed no buttons or controls at all, but there’s (4) tiny screws holding it together.  If you remove these (4) screws, carefully pull the LCD off the board (it’s kind of “stuck” on there), and then remove the little black foam piece, you’ll see this:

[Click the image to see the full-size]

Follow my arrows and you see R7 is labeled “C” and R9 “F”.   The resistor on R7 is marked “0″, meaning zero ohms.  It’s just connecting those two solder dots, that’s it.  I carefully pried that off with a utility knife, and soldered a tiny copper wire between the two dots on R9.

Bam!  Fahrenheit instead of Celsius :)

Note: When you put it back together, be careful to line up the LCD with the PCB so that when you apply pressure the display is complete/correct.  Once lined up, re-assemble with the (4) screws.  The pressure of the case is what keeps the LCD pressing on that PCB to maintain the display.