Category Archives: Drinks

Keurig Special Edition Brewing System, reviewed

Keurig Special Edition Brewing System, reviewed

I drink a lot of coffee and I also bake with it on a regular basis. I have more than one coffee maker and this is for good reason: each of them has its own purpose, even though they all make coffee. Traditional pots brew enough for a crowd, or multiple cups when you know that you’re going to need that extra caffeine. Espresso machines ... Read More »

The Camera Lens Mug

The Camera Lens Mug

This is another post for foodies who like photography, hot on the heels of my quick review of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. It’s The Camera Lens Mug, which is one of the only ways I’ve ever seen photography and food literally combined. The mug is not made out of a real lens – which is good, because that would bump the price way up and ... Read More »

Starbucks Via Flavored Coffee, reviewed

Flavored Via

Fans of Starbucks’ ultra-convenient instant coffee, Starbucks Via, are definitely going to take note of the brand new flavored versions of Via that Starbucks has just released. These instant coffees are flavored with natural flavorings and sweetened with a little bit of sugar. This makes them more of an all-in-one product that regular Via, which comes plain and unsweetened, although it is available in different ... Read More »

Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Root Beer Soda Syrup, reviewed

Fresh Root Beer

Root beer is one of my favorite soda flavors, so I couldn’t walk by the bottles of Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Root Beer Soda Syrup in Williams Sonoma without picking one up to try (they had cola and lemon-lime, too). I like a lot of the other products from Sonoma Syrup Co, including their vanilla bean crush, so I had fairly high hopes for the root ... Read More »

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Smoothie

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Smoothie

It doesn’t take much to put me in the mood to make some smoothies. A warm day and the motivation to pull out the blender are all I really need – and the warmer the day, the more likely I am to want to pull out that blender! Once it’s out, of course, you still need to figure out what to throw in there. Fortunately, ... Read More »

Layer Cake Shiraz 2008, reviewed

Layer Cake Shiraz 2008

  “My old grandfather made and enjoyed wine for 80 years. He told me the soils in which the vines lived were a layer cake. He told me the soil in which the vines lived were a layer cake. He said, the wine, if properly made,was like a great layer cake, fruit, mocha, chocolate, and hints of spice — and rich, always rich. ‘Never pass ... Read More »

How to make spiced apple cider

Spiced Apple Cider

Apple cider is a type of unfiltered apple juice made from pressing ripe apples to remove the liquid from them. It looks quite different from regular apple juice, which is filtered and is completely clear, because it is cloudy as a result of having apple particles still suspended in it. Many fans of cider will tell you that it has more flavor to it than ... Read More »

Baking with Starbucks Via

Baking with Starbucks Via

Anyone who has been in a Starbucks lately has seen Starbucks Via. The coffee company has been promoting their new instant coffee like crazy, so it’s pretty hard to miss. If you were lucky, you might have even gotten a free sample or two in a promotional taste test. I say “lucky” because Via is actually excellent for an instant coffee (and quite a bit ... Read More »

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