iPoll Roundup: America’s Best Hot Dogs

You can’t get through ten minutes of surfing the web without stumbling across a new “best” list. Of course, if that  list happens to pertain to food, then I’m going to put the brakes on my web surfing to see what’s what. Any time I come across a “best”foodie anything, I lock and load the top picks in my Yelp bookmarks. That way if I’m ever in that city or town I’ll know right where to go.

As summer foods go, they don’t get any better than the hot dog. We’ve all got our go-to dog preference, which usually revolves around some combination of mustard, ketchup, and/or relish. At least, that is the go-to at home and family picnics. If you were to venture out of your hot dog comfort zone, you might be in for some incredible bites. Here is the iPoll  roundup of the best American hot dog joints to dive into.

Elevated Hot Dog

Taking hot dogs to a whole new level. Image Source: Flickr user jeffreyw

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Written by Rick B.

July 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Mobile Army Monday: The Best Way to Earn from Mobile Missions

Yes, it is sad but true: life does pass you by. You notice it when you drive by your favorite restaurant and it is closed before you got a chance to go back one last time (oh, how I miss you Kenny Rogers Roasters). You notice it when you binge watch all of Breaking Bad and miss out on going to a 4th of July party (guilty). You also notice it when you miss out on an iPoll Mobile Mission. The best way to score online cash is with iPoll Mobile Missions, but if you don’t check in every day to see what’s cooking, then those missions will pass you by.

Woe Is Me

I’m ashamed to admit that I recently let a Mobile Mission slip through my fingers. There are always exciting Mobile Missions offered by iPoll. Whether it is the ongoing Micro Product Review or the recurring Bank and Convenience store missions, iPoll makes it easy to score throughout your errand-running day. After completing a survey that qualifies you for a mission, you need to be sure to check back in to fulfill that mission otherwise it will vanish for good. I qualified for a mission, saw it on my list, and said to myself, “I’ve got plenty of time to take this.” Turns out, I didn’t. It was only good for four days. By the time I clicked over, confident about earning some cash, the Mobile Mission was gone. Cut to me sitting in my car at a gas station wailing, “Oh nooooooo!” That only happened to me once and I vow to never let it happen again.

What To Drink

Ready to quench your thirst? You can earn money if you do! Image Source: Flickr user Steven Depolo

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Written by Rick B.

July 14th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

iPoll Offers Up Other Important World Wide Sporting Events

It’s not easy bringing the world together. Sure, on Christmas and New Year’s Eve you can get a vast majority of the global population to wish a “Merry” and a “Happy.” As for the rest of the time, we’re pretty much in our own borders unless of course there is some huge sporting event that features “world” in the title. In that case, we should all pay attention. In a short while, the World Cup of soccer will be decided and everyone will be heading home from Rio until the next four years. Until then, there are plenty of other world championships to keep you occupied. Are these sporting events on your list?

Soccer

Does the end of the World Cup leave you feeling like this? Here are some lesser-known sports that might brighten your day! Image from Flickr user Ryu Voelkel

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Written by Rick B.

July 11th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Proper Fan(atic) Behavior: iPoll Asks How You Support Your Team

Every sport has their dedicated fans that run the gamut between enthusiastically supporting the hometown favorite to demonstrating borderline psychotic compulsion. Of all the sports, it would seem that soccer fans are among the most demonstrative and “active.” England is the home of formalized soccer dating back to the 1800s and the Cambridge Rules. They are also the birthplace of the hooligans. These are the wild fans that care more about getting into fights with rival fans than watching the game. In fact, any time there is a game in England, the police presence is heightened and the locals brace for the worse. Fortunately, that’s not how every soccer fan behaves. We’ve seen some wonderful examples during this World Cup of how you can be devoted to a team without going over the line. Here are some examples of proper fan behavior:

Futbol Fans

Argentina fans cheer their team on to the title game. Image from Flickr user seriouslysilly

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Written by Rick B.

July 10th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Flying Down To Rio: Let iPoll Guide You Around Brazil’s First City

If you’ve been following the World Cup soccer tournaments, then you’ve caught plenty of glimpses of Rio de Janeiro. This is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest is all of South America. Not only are they playing host to the World Cup, but they’re also very busy preparing the many Olympic venues for the upcoming 2016 Summer Games. Although you might miss the World Cup Finals, it’s still a great time to visit Rio. The friends you make on this trip could be the same folks you can stay with if you go back for the Olympics. Of course, you might have to let them crash on your sofa when they come to your neck of the woods, but it’s a fair exchange. What will you do in Rio? Pretty much anything on your travel bucket list!

 

Rio

Nestled between sea and mountain, Rio is one of the world's most breathtaking cities. Image from Flickr user Riccardo Evola

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Written by Rick B.

July 9th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

iPoll Asks: Where Did Soccer Come From?

The question on the minds of every soccer fan on the planet is, “Who will take home the World Cup?” It’s a pertinent question since this is the year of the World Cup. Since 1930, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has organized this global tournament every four years. There was a two-tournament break during WWII, but otherwise, the World Cup has been growing strong. What started as a competition between 13 international teams has blossomed into a wide ride with 32 teams angling to score the coveted cup. As we get ready to crown a new champion, it is worth exploring just where soccer came from? Buckle up for another iPoll history ride. The Wayback machine is set for a little BC action and it’s anybody’s game!

Soccer

Is there a next generation World Cup player here? Image Source: Flickr user: terren in Virginia

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Written by Rick B.

July 8th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Mobile Army Monday: There Is No Penalty to Scoring Cash with iPoll

As we head into the finals for the World Cup Soccer, excitement has reached a fevered pitch. Even if your favorite team has been drummed out of the competition, you’ll pick a new favorite to cheer on until the final goal has sailed into the net. In a way, this is similar to participating in iPoll Mobile Missions. Too much of a stretch? Follow along my train of thought, if you will. Since starting with iPoll, I’ve had a favorite Mobile Mission: the hunt for cereal. As it happens, I had the chance to repeat that mission and score again, thus advancing my iPoll rewards account. Then the cereal mission dropped out. Was I sad? For a little while, until a new Mobile Mission came along to provide me with even more money in the bank. World Cup Soccer… iPoll Mobile Missions: same theme, different arenas.

The Quick Movie Survey

I live in an industry town. Everywhere I go, I come across evidence of this industry. If I’m not driving by the actual movie studios, I occasionally spot a movie or television show being filmed on location. Just this past weekend, I spotted a mini-crew down the block. They were filming a guy and girl walking down the street engaged in a heated discussion. Obviously, this was for one of the thousands of reality shows. Sadly, I didn’t recognize either one of the “actors.” However, last year NCIS: Los Angeles filmed just outside my house. It was pretty cool.

Hollywood History

One of the many dream factories. Image Source: Flickr user veroyama

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Written by Rick B.

July 7th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

iPoll Celebrates Independence Day: What You May Not Know about the 4th of July

For most of us, the 4th of July means fireworks, hot dog eating contests, and an extended weekend. It also happens to be the official birthday of America. This is when we declared our independence from British rule in 1776. Clearly, it’s a day worthy of celebration. In fact, one of the original signers and the man who pushed it through Congress, John Adams had this to say: “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

 

Washington 4th of July

It's not the 4th until you see the "rocket's red glare." Image Source: Flickr user Matther Straubmuller

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Written by Rick B.

July 4th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

iPoll Helps You Throw the Ultimate Summer Party

At some point during your summer staycation, you should throw a party. Why not? Part of the fun of having a staycation is being close to home. This makes it easy to have friends and family come around to share in some good times. The popular time to toss a party is the 4th of July weekend. However, just like a Christmas open house, you might find that your friends are all booked up and you’ll be stuck with pounds of guacamole wilting under the noonday sun. Instead, throw your summer staycation party on any weekend, just because. iPoll will help you throw the ultimate summer bash with these time-tested tips:

 

Fun Time In The Summer

Nothing says summer fun like a bathing suit clad jazz quartet. Image Source: Flickr user Information of New Orleans

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Written by Rick B.

July 3rd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

iPoll Brings the Sizzle: Grilling Tips from the Pros

As part of your summer staycation, you’ll be dining in a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with the same meal plan every night. It’s time to fire up the grill. Before that happens, you need to decide which grilling camp you belong in: gas or charcoal. I have to admit there is something nostalgic about cooking with charcoal. I have fond memories of starting several new blazes side by side with the old man. I was in charge of squirting the lighter fluid and I left no briquette uncoated. On the other hand, gas is fast to light and easy to control. Sorry dad, but today I’m a gas griller. Now it’s time to let iPoll show you how to grill like the pros!

Tip #1: Clean Grill = Happy Food

You wouldn’t cook with dirt pots and pans in your kitchen, right? You shouldn’t with your grill, either. All that caked on crust is going to prevent an even distribution of the precious heat. Also, if grease drippings have accumulated, they could ignite, setting off an unintended blaze. It’s always better to start with a clean canvas. The best time to clean the char is right after you’ve cooked. While your meat is resting and your grill is still hot, give it the once over with a wire brush. Then before the next session, wipe out the droppings before your fire up. Your steaks (and diners) will thank you.

Complete Meal On A Grill

Simply mouth watering. Image Source: Flickr user woodley wonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am