Staff Picks

  • Alyson Lewis
    Published 9 months ago
    Wave Soda

    Wave Soda

    Wave Soda boasts few ingredients, but the ones they use pack a punch. Before I read more about the flavors and beverage, I expected this one to be more like a natural soda (similar to Hansens), but it’s different, in a good way. For me, the definition of this drink sits between being a sparkling juice and being a soda. If I were to parallel it to another (excellent) brand on the market I’d say it’s closest to Spindrift. Sparkling juices don’t seem to have harnessed the right carbonation to juice ratio, and the fizz sparks a little more than the fruit juice does... sparkling juices haven’t been perfected yet. I’m willing to argue about this, but the facts (my opinions) remain. Across the board, in a universal sense, sparkling juices haven’t gotten the formula right. Soda has that perfect ratio, usually in part due to the devil ingredient high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is probably one of the most controversial food ingredients, and concern about it has only increased over decades. While some soda brands (like Hansens and Wave) are proud not to use it, other beverage brands (like Snapple), sneakily put it in their beverages and include it under the tricky umbrella of “natural ingredients.” Though around 2013, Snapple claims to have removed high fructose corn syrup from its beverages, there’s no way to know for sure—because of that “natural ingredient” listing. I could talk about this more, and will in a later post, but for now I’ll stick to the matter at hand.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 9 months ago
    Foods and Drinks that Came About by Accident

    Foods and Drinks that Came About by Accident

    It is amazing how many popular foods and drinks are available for consumption today that were created by accident. Little do most people know that many of those items were not invented by deliberate design but by an accident that caught the inventor by surprise.
  • Roc Travers
    Published 9 months ago
    How to Bake Away the Pain of Being a Bad Person: Brownies

    How to Bake Away the Pain of Being a Bad Person: Brownies

    We all have those thoughts that make us feel a little bit guilty. Starting to realise you don't like your children as people? Confused as to why you daydream about tax evasion and why it turns you on? Contemplating arson as a hobby? I mean, who doesn't!
  • Trish Gilmore
    Published 10 months ago
    Enjoying a Sip from Ugly Mug Coffee

    Enjoying a Sip from Ugly Mug Coffee

    Ugly Mug Coffee is a sustainable company striving to make coffee both convenient and environmentally friendly. Since Keurig flooded the coffee market, countless homes and offices embraced the ease of enjoying single serve coffee. You need that caffeine fix and Kathy in HR wants decaf? No problem! No need to brew two pots, you can just make one little cup, each serving its own particular purpose.
  • The Bronx Vegan
    Published 10 months ago
    The Future of Sazon and Adobo Is Loisa

    The Future of Sazon and Adobo Is Loisa

    Through all my memories of existing in a Puerto Rican household, there was one constant that was never questioned. It was always there in our pantries, in our foods, in every supermarket we’d set foot in. It was the secret to delicious meals that I desperately try to replicate today. The bright orange packaging of sazon and the yellow and blue bottle of adobo are as prevalent and loved in my life as for others, but how did this happen, what are we actually eating, and why?
  • Brett Tortorello
    Published about a year ago
    We Tried Cooking with GoSun's Solar Grill & Here's What Happened

    We Tried Cooking with GoSun's Solar Grill & Here's What Happened

    I can't even BEGIN to tell you the trouble I've gone through over the years in getting my family to participate in outdoor get-togethers. Whether it be picnics, cookouts, or camping trips, they just wouldn't friggen' budge off that couch. When I was a kid, my family and I did it every week. We'd typically pack up my father's van early on a Saturday morning, and hit a local park, campground, or, weather permitting, the beach. One of the staples of our little family trips was a small-little portable grill we'd bring to the majority of them. Even if we didn't use it, it would always be in the car—you know, just in case.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published about a year ago
    I Won't Go to Work Without the Cauldryn Heated Coffee Mug. Here's Why...

    I Won't Go to Work Without the Cauldryn Heated Coffee Mug. Here's Why...

    Buying a fancy coffee mug may have never occurred to you before, but that was before you knew about the Cauldryn Heated Coffee Mug. Whether you drink coffee or tea, blended protein shakes, or some other beverage, you won’t be able to live without this travel mug once you get your hands on one. The many features and different styles of this mug will give you everything you needed and then some, becoming a treasured item for your everyday use.
  • Riley Raul Reese
    Published about a year ago
    Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners

    Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners

    Vegetarians are people who should be getting a lot more praise than they typically get. It takes a special type of person to choose to stop eating meat—and not just for Meatless Mondays, either.
  • George Nekilan
    Published about a year ago
    10 Gift-Worthy Kitchen Accessories for Your Favorite Chef

    10 Gift-Worthy Kitchen Accessories for Your Favorite Chef

    When you cook for a living, it's particularly important that you have the best kitchen accessories. There are certain tools that every professional has that aren't 100 percent necessary, but just make the job that much easier and enjoyable. These are the types of things that make perfect gifts. Whether you're a cook and are looking to treat yourself, you're in search for the perfect gift for a friend or family member, or you just really like to cook at home, there are some kitchen accessories that the chef in your life would love to receive.