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Trick-or-Treat Toothbrushes? No Way! Halloween Heroes and Zeros

October 29, 2009
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Trick-or-Treat Toothbrushes? No Way! Halloween Heroes and Zeros

Halloween should be the most fun holiday of the year. The formula is easy: kids ask for candy, kids get candy. Adults go to parties, wear amusing or enchanting costumes. You slice up some squash, leave it on your porch with a candle in it. So why is it so easy to hijack Halloween?...
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Attack of the Zombie: Perfectly Potent Halloween Punch

October 23, 2009
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Attack of the Zombie: Perfectly Potent Halloween Punch

With Halloween around the corner, it's the perfect time for the Tiki drink known as the Zombie. It has an alcohol-packed punch, a quirky history, and an involved, complex sort of magic in making one. Learn all about it.
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Delicious Disguise: Dressing Up Traditional Treats for Halloween

October 19, 2009
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Delicious Disguise: Dressing Up Traditional Treats for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, we're doing our best to pepper you with ideas to enhance your celebration. A few ingredients and a few minutes can easily result in getting your spook on. Here's one recipe for the kiddies, and one for the grown-ups.
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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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Five Insidious Gateways to a Coffee Habit

May 16, 2012
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Five Insidious Gateways to a Coffee Habit

Do you drink coffee for pleasure? Do you use coffee as a caffeine delivery system? Some combination of the two? Chances are one of these five items catalyzed your coffee habit.
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Anticipating Spring

March 8, 2012
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Anticipating Spring

Spring hasn't quite sprung. Twelve days to go.
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Hot Coffee from Outer Space

March 1, 2012
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Hot Coffee from Outer Space

It's a little bit comics (kind of Fumetti), concerns coffee, and done by our friend and OO contributor Matt Graves. Totally hits the OO sweet spot.
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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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Thanksgiving’s Transforming Traditions

November 16, 2011
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Thanksgiving’s Transforming Traditions

It’s a dilemma facing families who hold the holiday precious: how do you make each Thanksgiving better than the last without violating what people know and love? And what can take the place of a treasured recipe or practice that, owing to the passage of time, is no longer available? About three years ago,...
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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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