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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

June 21, 2013
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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

Stevia invades your specialty-store chocolate. How do the chocolate bars measure up?
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

February 14, 2013
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

Alternate titles to this entry include: "When cardboard is a flavor profile" and "Free coffee not nearly worth what I paid."
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Zacapa XO: Delicious, Sure

December 22, 2011
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Zacapa XO: Delicious, Sure

Zacapa XO rum is good. Very good. But I'm not sure I'll ever have occasion to drink it again. Premium quality, it seems, merits premium pricing. Go figure.
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The Curious Case of Don Julio 70

October 15, 2011
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The Curious Case of Don Julio 70

A review of Don Julio 70, created in honor of the 70th anniversary of the year that Don Julio González himself began making tequila. It's presented as something of a "best of both worlds" tequila, merging characteristics of blanco and anejo all in one through a special filtering.
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Stevia Soda Sees Some Improvement with Virgil’s

May 25, 2011
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Stevia Soda Sees Some Improvement with Virgil’s

The problems with stevia-based sodas, aside from most of them tasting like stevia, is that not enough companies make them! Thankfully Virgil’s, a maker of wonderful sodas, has a small selection of stevia-sweetened sodas under the “Zero” label. How do they stack up?
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Aeropress Coffee Maker: Best of All Worlds?

May 4, 2011
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Aeropress Coffee Maker: Best of All Worlds?

Did you ever think you'd enjoy coffee from the dude that invented the Aerobie flying ring? The Aeropress is a funky little doodad that kind of looks like a giant syringe without a needle. But how's the Joe?
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Godiva Chocolate for Valentine’s? (Inebriant Edition)

February 11, 2011
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Godiva Chocolate for Valentine’s? (Inebriant Edition)

Ah, Valentine’s Day, that most cloying of celebrations where people obsess about greeting cards, dead vegetation, and–the holiday’s one saving grace–chocolate. We’re big fans of the stuff (albeit not so much the bacon-infused versions), our enthusiasm nearly approaching that we have for beverages. So naturally the half-sloshed cads here at OO decided to take...
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Kindle Phone App Shockingly Easy, Efficient, Flexible

January 3, 2011
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Kindle Phone App Shockingly Easy, Efficient, Flexible

Reading a whole book on a phone? Certainly not for everyone, but it may have more appeal than you think. How about paying for the privilege? Could be another story. Once again, We Try It So you Don't Have To.
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Q Tonic Water: Dressing Up Gin Cocktails, or Wasting a Bar Budget?

December 21, 2010
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Q Tonic Water: Dressing Up Gin Cocktails, or Wasting a Bar Budget?

Top-shelf tonic water certainly has its place--but would it be worth an outlandish price? Introducing Q Tonic water, which runs $7 (or $10, or more) for a bottle. Looks like a job for "We Try It So you Don't Have To."
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How is Starbuck’s Exclusive Digital Network Like Decaf?*

November 8, 2010
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How is Starbuck’s Exclusive Digital Network Like Decaf?*

One of Starbucks' more recent new offerings is free Wi-Fi, thanks to a partnership with AT&T, which began last summer. Now the company has rolled out the second part of its in-store Web strategy: the Starbucks Digital Network. Market share is not enough; will you give Starbucks your MIND SHARE?
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