Category: Food & Drink

Recipes and ruminations on food, coffee, adult beverages, and more. Includes our “We Try it So You Don’t Have to” series.

Trader Joe’s Inspires Tribute Commercials, Cookbooks & Fan Clubs — A Chain Grocer’s Abnormal Appeal

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467,484 views on YouTube — and counting — can’t be wrong. The video in question? “If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe’s,” a love letter of sorts to, of all things, a chain grocery store. Surprising? Hardly, when you consider that the store in question is a quirky, friendly, and low-priced option that has penetrated the lifestyles and psyches of Californians for generations.

Stevia: Coming Soon to a Coffee Cup Near You?

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The face of sweeteners is changing rapidly. And never mind things that are just plain wrong, like Splenda with Fiber. Apparently, it’s a natural option, stevia, that could be the real future of non-sugar sweeteners. But can a sweetener known for bitterness and odd flavoring really be that popular?

Four Foods That Shockingly Became Food

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Food is usually readily recognizable as being, well, desirable to eat. However, there are some foods that are so objectively nasty on first sight or smell that someone must have been truly desperate to try it in the first place.

McDonald’s McCafe Mocha

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Love them or hate them, McDonald’s promotions worm their way into the consumer consciousness in a way that other corporations can’t come close to. Even the spectacular failures, like McDLT, are never forgotten. The point: not much from the Arches is forgettable. However, its latest promotion earns that rare distinction.