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DRY’s Five Best Finds: August 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

We come across a lot of amazing stuff on the internet every day and always make sure to pass it along on Twitter and Facebook. However, some of that amazing stuff really rises above the rest. With that, here are the top five things we found and shared in August, which was a particularly interesting month for food.

An Edible Chalkboard Cake Upon Which You Can Actually Write and Draw

Subtle Revelry Chalkboard Cake

Lifestyle and craft blogger genius A Subtle Revelry blew our minds this month with her dessert tribute to that back to school feeling we all get, regardless of age, as the leaves start to turn and the pumpkin spice lattes come back around. Reminiscent of (literally) old school chalkboards, this recipe includes candy chalk that allows you to write anything you want to kick of fall. Give A Subtle Revelry a follow on Twitter – she’s one of our new favorites!

World’s First “Pestaurant” Serves Up Chocolate Dipped Ants and Salty Crickets

Long seen in western culture as being gross, taboo and unpalatable, global food experts state that adopting insects as a part of our diets will help global food shortages immensely. While speaking to this larger narrative wasn’t their intent, pest company Rentokil put on this pop-up shop and offered the goods for free to anyone brave enough to embrace the crunch and sliminess. Sign us up!

Doctors Prescribe Fruits and Vegetables Instead of Pills

With much of the discussion on US healthcare focused on the cost of prescription drugs, Connecticut’s Wholesome Wave is pioneering a program named FVRx – the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program – which works with hospitals to give prescription-like coupons to use at local farmers market. The end goal of the program is to help fight childhood obesity, and the program is making steady progress.

An Illustrated Guide to Pronouncing Food Names From Various Cultures

We all know that person – or perhaps you are that person – that suggests jai-rohs (gyros) or foe (pho) for dinner. While there may not be somebody nearby with the heart to explain the mispronunciation, this handy guide provides beautifully illustrated pronunciations of hard-to-say food terms. PS if you ever want to make Seattlites cringe, pronounce it “expresso” on your next visit. Works every time.

An Eco-Friendly Packaging for Eggs That Is Made of Hay

The best ideas in the world immediately make one think “why didn’t I think of that?”, and this genius concept by Polish designer Maja Szczypek has us thinking exactly that. This packaging concept minimizes the amount of paper used to transport and sell eggs and keeps the authentic feel of the farm going all the way to your plate.

DRY Soda Cocktail of the Month: August

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

DRY Soda cocktail from Middle West Spirits


BLACK BIRD | Middle West Spirits | Columbus, OH 


2 oz. OYO Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lime
1 oz. Simple Syrup (50/50 sugar:water)
5 Fresh Blackberries
Rhubarb DRY Soda
Sprig of Fresh Mint
Serve: tall glass
Garnish: mint sprig, half of a blackberry


– In mixing glass, muddle 4-5 blackberries and 4-5 mint leaves with simple syrup
– Add lime and vodka, shake well with ice
– Double strain into tall glass over fresh ice, top with splash of Rhubarb DRY Soda
– Garnish with mint sprig and one blackberry cut in half

Congratulations to our friends at Middle West Spirits for being selected as DRY Soda’s Cocktail of the Month for August by mixing up their delectably fresh Black Bird at Franklin Park Conservatory earlier this month. Be sure to check out Middle West Spirits‘ line of delicious “grain-to-bottle” OYO Vodkas and OYO Whiskeys and get more cocktail inspiration by visiting their Twitter and Facebook pages.

DRY Listens: Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Summer Playlist

Hit the Refresh Button with the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist

This has been an incredible summer, but just like every year, we’re coming to grips with the fact that soon summer will give way to fall. However, thanks to a week’s worth of wonderful crowdsourced contributions from DRY fans, we’re pleased to bring you the perfect soundtrack to the final days of the season.

Enjoy the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist below, or with this alternative YouTube playlist.

Thank you to all the fans who submitted their picks to make this playlist possible.

1) Oberhofer – “You + Me (Still Together in the Future)” / DRY staff pick
2) And So I Watch You From Afar – “Ka Ba Ta Bo Da Ka” / DRY staff pick
3) Le Loup – “Morning Song” / submitted by @misobrien
4) Anamanaguchi – “Prom Night” / DRY staff pick
5) Metric – “Synthetica” / submitted by @mallowtree
6) Poolside – “Harvest Moon” / submitted by @kt1123
7) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “Summertime” / submitted by Denise Wright
8) Shovels & Rope – “O’ Be Joyful” / submitted by Kacie McKinney
9) Quadron – “LFT” / submitted by @rassypoo
10) Major Lazer feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors – “Get Free” / DRY staff pick
11) Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – “Latch” / submitted by @lovelyyrita
12) Bahamas – “Lost in the Light” / submitted by @homemayde
13) Polica feat. Mike Noyce – “Lay Your Cards Out” / submitted by @nealthea
14) Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folks” / submitted by @brittneecamp
15) Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans” / submitted by @the_human_illusion




Get Your Song Featured on the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Summer Playlist - DRY Soda

Get your favorite summer song featured on this crowdsourced playlist

It’s mid-August and the annual realization that summer does not last forever is slowly creeping its way into reality with fall just around the corner. Not to worry though – the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist is here to hit refresh on the summer vibes and make sure the good times stay.

What songs have made your summer better? What tunes have fueled your summer’s adventures? Tweet or comment on Facebook and Instagram your submissions for this special crowdsourced playlist before it gets released via Spotify/YouTube Friday, August 23. Your submission could make it into the playlist and earn you a special shout on our blog! Happy listening.

Submit your song suggestions by 9AM Pacific on Friday, August 23 to be considered

Check out some of our past playlists for inspiration:

- Rhubarb Hearts Aflutter Valentine’s Day Playlist

- Lavender Winter Gathering Playlist

- Blood Orange Halloween Playlist

Busy Summer = Lots of New DRY Soda Retailers

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Find DRY Soda at new retailers in MO, IL, CA, WA, OR and ID.

We’ve been busy bees this summer, and that means that there are a lot more places where you can buy better soda. Find DRY Soda at the following new locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, California, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri! As always, check our DRY Soda Store Locator to find the DRY retailer nearest you.


– 94 Crossing – St Peters, MO
– Arnold Commons – Arnold, MO
– Bogey Hills Plaza – St. Charles, MO
– Brentwood Pointe – St. Louis, MO
– Clarkson/Clayton – Ellisville, MO
– Des Peres Market – Des Peres, MO
– Edwardsville Crossing – Edwardsville, IL
– Fenton Crossing – Fenton, MO
– Florissant – Florissant, MO
– Green Mount Crossing – Shiloh, IL
– Lemay Plaza – St. Louis, MO
– Mackenzie Pointe – St. Louis, MO
– Market Place – Chesterfield, MO
– Telegraph Plaza – St. Louis, MO
– Wentzville Crossing – Wentzville, MO
– West Oak – Creve Coeur, MO
– Wildwood Town Center – Wildwood, MO


– Hood River, OR
– Meridian, ID
– Moscow, ID
– Bozeman, MT
– Kalispell, MT
– Walla Walla, WA
– Yakima, WA
– Ellensburg, WA
– North Division – Spokane, WA
– East Sprague – Spokane, WA
– South Monroe – Spokane, WA

Nugget Market

– Covell – Davis, CA
– Florin – Sacramento, CA
– Roseville – Roseville, CA

Mollie Stone’s Markets (Twin Peaks) – 635 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA

Draeger’s (Blackhawk) – 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle Danville CA, 94506

Alfalfa’s Market – 1651 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302

Bread Garden Market/Deli – 225 S. Linn St. Iowa City, IA 52240

Benz Beverage Depot – 501 7th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Lincoln Wine Bar – 117 1st St. NW Mt. Vernon, IA 52314

Campbell’s Nutrition (2 locations)

– 4040 University Ave Des Moines, IA 50311

– 2749 100th St Des Moines, IA 50322

New Pioneer Food Co-op (2 locations)

– 22 S. Linn St. Unit 2A Iowa City, IA 52240

– 1101 2nd Ave Coralville, IA 52241

Gateway Market and Café – 2002 Woodland Ave Des Moines, IA 50312

John’s Grocery – 401 E. Market St Iowa City, IA 52245

Cobble Hill Restaurant – 219 2nd Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Brewed Café – 1101 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

DRY Soda + Car2Go Team Up in Seattle and Portland for a Better Summer

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DRY Soda and car2go have teamed up in Seattle and Portland!

DRY Soda and Car2Go Team Up in Seattle and Portland

If you’re a member in Seattle or Portland, you already know that Car2Go is a better way to get around the city, so in the heat of summer heat we thought we’d offer you a better soda to cool off. DRY Soda and Car2Go have teamed up to offer Car2Go members an all natural, less sweet way to beat the heat!

Look for cans of DRY’s all natural, less sweet soda the next time you hop into a Car2Go. Tweet a photo of you and your can of DRY Soda to @DRYSoda and @car2goPortland or @car2goSeattle and you’ll receive 10 free minutes of drive time! And remember: DRY Sodas are best sipped chilled, so get yours in the fridge before enjoying. Promotion runs through 8/31/13.



Interested in becoming a Car2Go member? Register on their website, download the app for Android or iPhone and get going. And while you’re at it, download the DRY Soda app for Android and iPhone to find DRY while you’re zipping around town in your Car2Go.

DRY is Better… for Summer Camping

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

5 ways to make camping better

DRY Soda makes any occasion better, and camping is no exception. We’re halfway through August, but there’s still plenty of time to get in a camping trip before summer ends. Before you pack up your bag and head out, check out how DRY Soda is better for camping as well as four other ways to make your trip to the outdoors better.

5 Ways to Make Camping Better

1) Better Post-Hike RefreshmentVanilla Bean DRY Soda 12-can pack

While you’re spending quality time connecting with mother Earth on your camping trip, make your meals and time in the sun better with the earthy smoothness of Vanilla Bean DRY Soda. It’s a surefire way to please you and your little campers at dinner or after a long day of hiking.

2) Better PackingSea to Summit X Bowl from REI

When packing for a camping trip, space efficiency is key. Bringing along some of these collapsible bowls will make packing that much better, leave more space in your pack for other essentials (such as more of item #1) and make mealtime a much more domesticated experience.

3) Better MorningsTable Top French Coffee Press from REI

Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you have to forego that ever-so-sacred part of your morning routine. This handy camping French Press, combined with a ground bag of Caffe Vita beans and a pot of just-below-boiling water, will get your mornings off to a much better start.

4) Better S’moresSummer Fun Pack Marshmallows from Wondermade

Like DRY Soda, Wondermade makes their delicious handcrafted marshmallows in culinary flavors with pure cane sugar and none of the extra/bad stuff. The Summer Fun Pack gets you a beautiful box each of Orangesicle, Lemonade, Sangria and Root Beer-flavored marshmallows. Pairing these beauties with this homemade graham cracker recipe from Kitchen Simplicity will make camp life complete.

5) Better RelaxationDoubleNest Hammock from Eagle’s Nest Outfitters

Among all the hiking, swimming and campfires that go on during a camping trip, the art of hammocking is often forgotten. Make relaxing among nature’s majesty better by enjoying it with horizontally, swinging slowly from side to side.

Summer Sips and Scoops: DRY Soda Ice Cream Float Recipes (with flavor twists!)

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

DRY's CEO Sharelle Klaus joined the Q13 morning crew to make DRY Soda floats

DRY’s CEO Sharelle Klaus was on set with Q13 FOX to talk about DRY Soda as a less sweet, better soda and mix up an ice cream float using one of Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s many great flavors. Watch Sharelle’s DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Ice Cream Float video and try one of the recipes below!

Ginger DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream

Garnish: fresh sprig of mint

Flavor Profile: The zesty flavor of ginger pairs perfectly with the richness of Northwest blackberries

- Crush six blackberries in glass
– Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream
– Slowly pour in Ginger DRY Soda until full
– Garnish with fresh mint sprig
– Add straw, sip and enjoy!

Lavender DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Garnish: Theo Chocolate 70% dark chocolate shavings

Flavor Profile: The warm, earthy flavors of vanilla bean and dark chocolate complement the smooth, floral flavor of lavender

- Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to glass
– Slowly pour in Lavender DRY Soda until full
– Use a microplane to grate a sprinkling of Theo 70% dark chocolate over ice cream (or garnish with a piece of chocolate stuck directly into your scoop)
– Add straw, sip and enjoy!


Other recommended float ideas:

Apple DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream – Garnish: rum whipped cream

Cucumber DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet – Garnish: mint leaf


You can find both DRY Soda and Snoqualmie Ice Cream at your local QFC, Fred Meyer, Thriftway, PCC, Whole Foods or Red Apple stores, or at Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s cafe in Maltby, WA. Additionally, find DRY’s newest flavors – Apple and Ginger DRY Soda – at Metropolitan Market. And if you want to party with us in person, join us on August 24th for Ice Cream-o-rama with Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

App Pick: Frontback

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Download the Frontback App for iPhone Frontback is the perfect photo app for summertime snaps

Historians claim that the “selfie” was first invented with the creation of MySpace back in 2003, but with the advent of front-facing cameras on smart phones, sociologists are now calling the social climate in which we now live the “Era of the Selfie”***. Even if you’re not a selfie-inclined person, admit it: when you’re Skyping with a friend or loved one, 90% of the time your eyes are focused on that little image of yourself in the corner. It’s okay, we all have a little bit of it in us.

Frontback appTry DRY Soda at Pike Place Market

With this in mind, Frontback enables you to capture the moments in front of you while showing the world who you were with, what you were wearing, how you reacted and more by capturing simultaneous photos from your iPhone’s back and front cameras, then stacking them on top of one another. After a quick registration, you can start snapping, explore the community of Frontback photographers to get inspiration for your next piece, or show your love for others’ work. Some photographers are more straightforward, others blend their front and back photos together creatively.

In all, it’s a simple concept but it’s enough to make this the perfect app for all of your summer occasions, such as music festivals, sunsets at the beach or, in the above case, DRY Soda at Pike Place Market.

Download Frontback for iPhone and get to snapping your summer today!

*** 0% true, thankfully


National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – 3 DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich Pairings (with Float Alternatives!)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Today is a big day: it’s both National Ice Cream Sandwich Day AND our friends at Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches are launching their Pasadena location. Founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller will be on hand today helping out with the ice cream sammie madness, as well as scooping ice cream for DRY Soda floats! If you’re in Pasadena, you must be there.

When you make it out to the party, be sure to try any one of these DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich pairings, or go for the liquid version of each with a float!

Vanilla Bean DRY Soda / Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookies + Root Beer ice cream

The subtle sugary spice of the Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookie/Root Beer ice cream pairs perfectly with the creamy smoothness of Vanilla Bean DRY Soda in what may otherwise be called the Reverse Root Beer Float.

Ginger DRY Soda / Coolhaus Ginger cookies + Mango Sorbet

We’ve already seen the Ginger/Ginger combo work so well before, and this Coolhaus/DRY pairing is just another example of the spicy synergism of ginger. The Mango Sorbet in the middle of the sammie rounds out this pairing with just the right amount of vegan fruitiness.

Rhubarb DRY Soda / Coolhaus Gluten Free Coconut Almond Chip cookies + Patron Blueberry Mojito ice cream

This pairing may be best described as a “cookie cocktail,” and it’s the epitome of gluten free goodness. The tartness of Rhubarb DRY Soda plays well with the effortlessly cool flavor of the GF Coconut Almond Chip / Patron Blueberry Mojito sammie.