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Archive for December, 2012

Above the Rest: 2012′s Best Thing to Happen to FOOD

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on how wonderful these 365 days have been. We’re doing so by looking at people, trends and more in different categories that we fell in love with in 2012.

Today’s look at FOOD in 2012 is lean, green, and may just be a crucial part of many people’s New Year’s resolution diets this year. In the humble opinion of this all natural soda company, the best thing to happen to food in 2012 was…

KALE

Kale

Photo credit: Mississippi State University

Though kale is by no means new to the food pyramid, 2012 saw an explosion in kale’s popularity as more and more people sought out ways to incorporate healthier, all natural ingredients into their daily diet. The result? A million and one ways to use the green stuff. How about adding kale to a morning smoothieKale chips as a mid-day snack? Or what about a kale salad to pair with your lean dinner? If you want to get really crazy, there’s even creamy kale ice cream to top off the night.

Besides its versatility and tastiness, kale is packed with vitamins, cancer-fighting glucosinolates and antioxidant flavonoids, serving as the perfect foundation off of which to build a healthy meal. While there were many other candidates for the best thing to happen to food in 2012 (conversely, bacon comes to mind!), the all natural side of us tells us one thing: kale don’t fail.

Above the Rest: 2012′s Best Thing to Happen to CREATIVITY

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on how wonderful these 365 days have been. We’re doing so by looking at people, trends and more in different categories that we fell in love with in 2012.

Today’s look at CREATIVITY in 2012 had many people creating something out of nothing. In the humble opinion of this all natural soda company, the best thing to happen to creativity in 2012 was…

3D PRINTING

Trend of the year: 3D printing! Great, but what is it??

Photo credit: MakerBot

This technology, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 above, takes creativity and design literally into a whole new dimension. Creating physical objects out of materials such as metals, plastics and even foods, 3D printing is a re-imagining of what’s possible. And speaking of possibilities, 3D printers are becoming more and more affordable, making it possible to start creating amazing things right in your own home.

Some of our favorite things we’ve seen 3D printed in 2012?

Pasta 3D printed in Google’s cafeteria

Revolutionary prosthetics to keep a little girl playing with her toys

A little sad Keanu to brighten your day

With this technology growing and growing, we’re excited to see the heights to which 3D printing will take creativity, art, design and more. If only we could 3D print full bottles of DRY Soda…

Above the Rest: 2012′s Best Thing to Happen to MUSIC

Friday, December 28th, 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on how wonderful these 365 days have been. We’re doing so by looking at people, trends and more in different categories that we fell in love with in 2012.

Today’s look at Music in 2012 has us dreaming of hip, twistin’ 50′s summer beach parties among winter’s chill. In the humble opinion of this all natural soda company, the best thing to happen to music in 2012 was…

OBERHOFER

Oberhofer

Photo credit: Sebastian Mlynarski

Nothing got us moving in 2012 quite like Oberhofer’s debut full-length Time Capsules II. Marrying the catchiness of surf rock and the quirks of new wave with playful indie themes as the pastor, Time Capsules II could be guilty of mind control with the amount of toe-tapping progressions and singalong choruses it encapsulates. Adding in the fact that some of Oberhofer’s members are natives of our home state of Washington and you’ve got a recipe for perfection.

In several tweets we declared Oberhofer’s Time Capsules II our album of the summer, but even in winter we’ve found ourselves drowning out the cold with the album’s hip-twisting, steering-wheel-drumming warmth.

Listen to the album for yourself below, buy it on Amazon, and follow them @OBERHOFERMUSIC for more info.

Holiday Cocktail: DRY Holiday Rush

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The holidays are here. You made it! With this, you definitely deserve a little reward, so treat yo self: mix up the DRY Holiday Rush and let’s get to merrymaking.

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DRY HOLIDAY RUSH

Ice cubes
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. grenadine
2 oz. Blood Orange DRY Soda
Serve: champagne flute

- Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka and grenadine
- Shake well and strain into champagne flute
- Top with Blood Orange DRY Soda, stir and enjoy

Want more DRY cocktail and mocktail ideas? Check the recipes on our website and smart phone apps for Android and iPhone!

Holiday Cocktail: DRY Rudolph

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Raise a glass to your favorite reindeer with the DRY Rudolph. Mix this up at your next holiday gathering and let the reindeer games commence.

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DRY RUDOLPH

Ice cubes
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. dark rum
Splash of cranberry juice
4 oz. Rhubarb DRY Soda
Garnish: cranberries
Serve: highball glass

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Grand Marnier, dark rum, cranberry juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled highball glass. Add Rhubarb DRY Soda and sir. Garnish with whole cranberries and enjoy.

Want more DRY cocktail and mocktail ideas? Check the recipes on our website and smart phone apps for Android and iPhone!

Holiday Mocktail: DRY ‘Nilla Nog

Friday, December 14th, 2012

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DRY ‘Nilla Nog, that’s who. Mix up this mocktail at your next gathering for a new holiday favorite.

DRY ‘NILLA NOG

6 oz. eggnog
2 oz. Vanilla Bean DRY Soda
Pinch of cinnamon

Combine eggnog and Vanilla Bean DRY Soda in a rocks glass, garnish the top with a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy.

Want more DRY cocktail and mocktail ideas? Check the recipes on our website and smart phone apps for Android and iPhone!

DRY Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gifts for the Design Eye

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Have that person on your list whose eyes light up at the sight of Pantone anything? Do you catch them saying “That’s so smart!” at every new well-designed oddity they happen upon? Here are five suggestions to jumpstart your holiday gift thinking and bring a little extra design beauty to their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coolest subscription they’ve ever gotten

You know what’s better than a standard gift? A gift that keeps on giving. A subscription to something designy and fun such as Tattly temporary tattoos will have your recipient looking good and thanking you on a monthly basis. If your lucky recipient has a naked wall, a subscription to rotating art service TurningArt will fill that void and can change as quickly as their tastes. A gift that adjusts to be exactly what they want? Excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Show that you know their type

Ever notice your loved one pointing out how much they love the type on the old theater marquee in town or bemoaning the local restaurant’s use of Papyrus as their menu font? If you’ve got a typophile on your hands, you can’t go wrong with this amazing limited edition Typography Scrabble; tasty for the eyes and stimulating for the brain. On a smaller scale, these typography note cards from A Favorite Design make correspondence beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Let their mind loose on paper

In a world where we update our statuses, tweet and pin anything that comes to our minds, there’s something to say about settling down and putting one’s thoughts on paper. Well-designed blank notebooks from Field Notes or Rhodia Writing Pads are perfect for the on-the-go thinker, while books such as 642 Things to Draw or 642 Things to Write About can help foster creative thinking with quirky prompts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Give them some smarts

Whether or not the design lover on your list has a formally-trained eye for design, giving the gift of education is an extraordinarily thoughtful gesture. Have they been getting into photography? Gift them some ‘tuition’ to a local Photoshop class to pair their new passion. In Seattle, the School of Visual Concepts and Luminous Works are amazing resources for sharpening one’s design skills, while Blogshop is an amazing traveling class that could be coming to you. If none of those options work, simply look up design classes near you! Alternatively, a design book such as Mike Perry’s Pulled  is a great way to dig their brains into design at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High five their inner child

In these crazy adult lives we lead, it’s easy to leave behind the things that made us happy as kids. One of the best gifts you can give is a chance to reclaim some of that childhood innocence, and we’ve found a few things that’ll do just that. This aromatic Play Clay from Mama K’s is perfect for creativity and stress relief, featuring clay with lavender, lemongrass, cardamom and more. Alternatively, gift a grown-up coloring book like Thrill Murray, celebrating the legendary Bill Murray, or a stencil kit from Stencil1. Before long your loved one’s Sunday afternoons will be filled with coloring, clay and creativity.

 

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Delicious design

Food is wonderful. Design is beautiful. When the two are combined, the results are generally phenomenal. These Typochocolate Bars from Dynamo are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the tastebuds. If the person on your list is an avid Instagrammer, take some of their best shots and turn them into chocolate bars with Cocoagraph. Just make sure they give you a bite.

 

Also check out our other gift guides for the Eco-Global Citizen and Food Fanatic or Cocktail Crazed

DRY Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gifts for the Food Fanatic or Cocktail Crazed

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Have that person on your list who’s constantly cooking up something new or on the hunt for the best old fashioned in town? Here are five suggestions to jumpstart your holiday gift thinking and bring some joy to the kitchen and bar.

Help grow their menu

Similar to our previous gift guide, indoor gardening is an excellent way to take ownership of your meals/drinks and also flex your green thumb. There are several ways to grow ingredients in your home, including a Garden in a Bag or mushrooms from coffee grounds. This kind of gift is one that can make your recipient an even greater part of their own passion.

Tools of the trade

Whether a foodie or cocktail enthusiast, these individuals take great pride in the tools and gadgets they use to make magic happen. Even if it’s a small part of their setup, keep an eye out for tools that could stand an upgrade to something special. Does this person include zest in their dishes or drinks and have a fairly standard zester? Get them the state of the art. Do they enjoy a scoop of locally-farmed ice cream after dinner? Treat them to the best ice cream scoop around. If you really want to go all out, check out the Bar Rollup pictured above so they can take their show on the road. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the beneficiary of a few drinks along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make the mind drool

To date, 2012 has been an excellent year for food literature, with fresh releases from some of our favorites. We’d recommend Richard BlaisTry This At Home, along with the phenomenal new #2 New York Times bestselling cookbook from Smitten Kitchen (we’re still swooning over our signed copy!). Finally, for a little sweetness to your recipient’s life, sprinkle in Joy the Baker‘s cookbook. If your foodie also happens to be an entertainer, a subscription to the bi-annual magazine Gather Journal is right up their alley, a recipe-driven magazine focused on food as an occasion to gather in celebration and community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Perfect their drink with a new ingredient

In the world of craft cocktails, quality ingredients and proper execution are the two most important in preparation. To make your cocktail-crazed recipient even more dynamic, supply them with unique ingredients to expand their drink horizons. We’d recommend a fine Tait Farm shrub/drinking vinegar (or make your own!), or an array of uniquely-flavored Scrappy’s Bitters from Seattle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Help grow their brains

The best things in life often aren’t things, and a food or drink experience is an excellent way to gift literally outside the box. Aspiring cocktail maker? Bartending school can be a fun way to start out. A subscription to online cooking classes through Rouxbe is a gift that keeps on giving. Want to do something together? Do a quick search for sushi making classes and get rolling. Cloud 9 Living offers several food and drink experience gifts that may be available in your area, so check them out!

 

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Extra special sweets

Dessert tends to be a generally pleasing sugar rush meant to cater to the everyday palate. However, our friends and local chocolate makers Theo Chocolate have specially-tuned sweets that will appeal to the specific needs of your recipient’s unique tastes. The taste-seeking foodie in your life will appreciate the Mirepoix savory caramel collection. Don’t worry, the drink enthusiasts are covered too: separate specialty beer/wine and chocolate pairing kits bring some of the best things in life together.

 

Also check out our other gift guides for the Eco-Global Citizen and Design Eye

DRY Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gifts for the Eco-Global Citizen

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Not sure what to get that person in your life who always seems to look outside of themselves? Need some inspiration for the most sustainable person you know? Here are five ideas to jumpstart your holiday gift thinking and make your dollar do the most good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life-changing gifts in their name

Think to yourself: who inspires you to be a better person? Your mother? Your brother? Your significant other? Whoever they are, they’re the perfect candidate for a MercyCorps gift to be made in their honor. With options such as donating to help a woman in a developing country learn to read or provide a goat for a farmer, there’s a match for you to make in that special person’s honor.

Gift certificate to a local, sustainable restaurant

While gift cards are generally thought of as an unimaginative holiday taboo, inject some thoughtfulness into the concept by packaging up all the grass-fed, organic local lovin’ into a gift certificate to a local restaurant whose values align with your recipient’s. Seattle’s Local 360, a cafe and bar that sources most of its ingredients within 360 miles of its downtown location, is a great example to draw up your inspiration.

Fashion that gives

If your eco-global citizen has a unique style, consider gifting a bit of fashion that does good while looking good. Serengetee uses inspiration from global fabrics to make simple clothes that support a charity of the week, while Project Have Hope sells amazingly-crafted accessories and home decor made by Acholi women in Africa that empowers them and supports their community. With so many options out there, you can’t go wrong with so much right.

Liquid sustainability

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference, and those little things, like waste from paper coffee cups and plastic water bottles, can really add up. Gifting a little bit of liquid sustainability can be an exercise in creativity with such great options like fully customizable KeepCup coffee cups and MiiR waterbottles. (Bonus: MiiR forwards $1 from each purchase to provide clean drinking water to one person for one year!)

Personal growth (literally)

During the chill of winter, nothing helps cheer up a room like some indoor greenery. Gifts such as these micro-green kits from UncommonGoods or this grow-your-own Bansai tree kit from vat19 have some staying power and are perfect for the green thumb in your life.

 

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Beneficial brushing

While a toothbrush might not be the best main attraction, as a stocking stuffer the Bogo (buy-one-give-one) brush is absolutely perfect. As the name states, each Bogobrush purchase provides one to someone in need, and as an added bonus, they’re made from bamboo and nylon and are 100% biodegradable. Plus, when has a toothbrush ever looked so sexy? The design is icing on top of the feel-good cake.

 

Also check out our other gift guides for the Food Fanatic or Cocktail Crazed and Design Eye