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DRY’s Five Best Finds: September 2013

Monday, September 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 this month in food, design, sustainability, creativity and more.

Guys Tip Servers $200, Film Them

There has been a lot of talk recently about the possible end of tipping at restaurants. However, friends Andrew Hales and Stuart Edge had a different idea, and it’s a heartwarming one: get to know their servers, learn their stories, tip them $200 in cash, film the reactions. Though some may say it’s a selfish grab at internet stardom under the guise of kindness, it’s hard not to get a warm feeling inside seeing people react to such an act. Watch for yourself and you be the judge.

Bringing Farm-to-Table to the iPhone

Naithan Jones set out to create an app – and not just one that flings birds at pigs for fun. His app, AgLocal, aims to create a direct link between organic, sustainable meat farmers and restaurants, retailers and consumers. The app’s slogan, “Buy and sell responsibly-raised meat. Simply.” speaks to a growing connection between conscious consumers and food producers and the shrinking barriers to a more transparent food system.

RentTheChicken.com Lets You Practice Raising Backyard Chickens

Urban farming has been a rising trend in the past year or so, but not everyone is cut out for a full-fledged livestock and crops operation. However, for anyone that wants to try their hand at raising farm animals and reaping the daily eggy benefits, RentTheChicken.com enables you to try your hand at raising chickens in your backyard.

In Tokyo, Chef Uses Sushi Rolls As Canvases For His ‘Paintings’

We’re admittedly food art nerds, but this one reaches into a whole new medium as sushi chef “Tama-chan” uses his sliced, layered, delicious Japanese morsels to convey famous paintings from the likes of Edvard Munch as well as original works. All this to say, this art looks good enough to eat.

Chef Cooks With Bionic Hand

As a chef, one’s hands are one’s livelihood. After an accident left chef Eduardo Garcia without his left hand, the situation might have ended his career at any other point in history. However, thanks to Portland-based Advanced Arm Dynamics, the Montana chef has been outfitted with a high-functioning bionic hand capable of gripping in 25 different positions. While Chef Garcia may not be as efficient as he was before, the opportunity for him to continue his career after such a tragedy is truly a remarkable achievement.

DRY Soda Cocktail of the Month: September

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Chris Hopkins DRY Soda Cocktail - William of Orange

SEPTEMBER COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

WILLIAM OF ORANGE | Chris Hopkins | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Ingredients

2 oz. Bols Genever
1/2 oz. Velvet Falernum liqueur
1/2 oz. Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
1 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
Juniper Berry DRY Soda
Orange Peel
Serve: mixing glass
Garnish: orange peel

Instructions

- In mixing glass, shake first five ingredients together with a few ice cubes
- Top with Juniper Berry DRY Soda, garnish with orange peel

CHEF RICHARD BLAIS REVEALS DRY SODA’S NEW FLAVOR INNOVATION

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Since becoming DRY Soda’s Creative Director, Top Chef Richard Blais has been hard at work deciding which flavor profiles would fit best with the rest of the DRY Soda family as DRY expands to bring better soda to even more fans nationwide. Recently, Richard shared some insight into his flavor development process and collaborating with the DRY team to excitingly expand the DRY Soda flavor lineup. We’re very excited to bring Cherry and Pear DRY Soda to Kroger stores soon, so read more below about how they came to be!

Launch of Four New Flavors Led by DRY Creative Director and Top Chef All-Stars Winner

(SEPTEMBER 18, 2013) SEATTLE –  Flavor innovation has been abundant at DRY Soda Co. recently, with the introduction of new flavors spearheaded by DRY Soda’s Creative Director Chef Richard Blais, television personality, restaurateur and author.  Blais has been integral to the process of developing Apple and Ginger DRY, and most recently, Cherry and Pear DRY, which are launching in early October exclusively in The Kroger Co. stores.

According to Blais, DRY’s new offerings are inspired by the nostalgia for flavors not often seen anymore in the culinary scene, or less-sweet “riffs” on tried and true flavors in the soda world.  Blais worked with DRY to ensure each flavor is true to the specific taste characteristics of the fruit or herb. He also developed food pairings that correspond with each new flavor.

“All of DRY’s sodas are made from just four all natural ingredients,” explained Blais. “So, precision is key in finding the right balance between sweetness and acidity while preserving the aroma and intensity of the featured ingredient.  Our team tasted, tasted and tasted again to guarantee each flavor is perfect.”

During development, the DRY team had samples of fruits and herbs on hand for comparison to the natural soda flavors.  Apple DRY, at 65 calories, has a balanced sweetness and crisp finish found in Washington Braeburn apples. Blais ensured that Pear DRY was bright and captured the hint of spice that is found in the fruit’s skin.  Cherry DRY, with its luscious, rich and juicy flavor, evokes that warm, summer cherry essence.  Ginger DRY is more assertive and sophisticated than traditional ginger ales, which can be more than 130 calories (compared to Ginger DRY’s 65 calories per 12 oz. serving).

“Richard’s insight and guidance has been invaluable to our flavor innovation approach,” said DRY Soda CEO Sharelle Klaus. “He is an ardent supporter of DRY because living a healthy lifestyle is so important to him. I’m excited that DRY’s newest flavors bring together Richard’s expertise in flavor development and DRY’s commitment to offering customers a healthier alternative to traditional sodas.”

Blais is the 2011 winner of Top Chef All-Stars. In February 2013 his debut cookbook released, “Try this at Home: Recipes from My Head to your Plate,” which features a simplified approach to adventurous cooking, much like DRY’s approach to flavors.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Blais has learned from some of the masters in the field including Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud and Ferran Adria.  In 2000, he relocated to Atlanta to oversee a local seafood concept.  His creative approach led to the establishment of Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operated some of Atlanta’s most popular eateries including Flip Burger Boutique’s multiple locations, The Spence and HD-1.  He is working on his newest restaurant project, Juniper & Ivy, in San Diego.

DRY Soda was launched in 2005, well before low sugar products were part of the national conversation. Klaus saw the need for a less sweet, all-natural soda and created the first soda line with significantly less sugar and made with just four ingredients. DRY, the better for you soda, contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional sodas, and is only 45-70 calories per 12oz. bottle or can.

DRY’s new flavors, in addition to its current flavors Vanilla Bean, Blood Orange, Cucumber, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber and Wild Lime, are available across the United States and Canada. To find a complete list of where DRY is available, please visit www.drysoda.com or download DRY’s mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Back to School Reading List: Home + Lifestyle Blogs to Follow this Fall

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones doing some learning. Check out these three handpicked home + lifestyle blog suggestions, add them to your Back to School reading this fall, and make the season that much better.

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Oh Happy Day!

Twitter: @ohhappyday

Jordan of Oh Happy Day! is an absolute bundle of joy in text form. Her blog oozes positivity, creativity and craftiness, with tons of projects that you can do at home right now. Follow her if you’re looking to add more design inspiration to your life and want to spice up every occasion to turn it into a mini party.

The Tiny Twig

The Tiny Twig

Twitter: @thetinytwig

Hayley of The Tiny Twig is all about living with passion and intention while finding out how to minimize the fuss. Follow her if you’re seeking ways in which to infuse passion into and/or diffuse stress from your life.

 

Parent Pretty

Parent Pretty

Twitter: @parentpretty

Simply put, Crissy Page of Parent Pretty makes parenting seem like a pretty amazing gig. With plenty of recipes (and delicious photos), DIY ideas, fashion pointers and tips on how to live life better and inspire happiness, she’s a whirlwind of brilliant ideas. Follow her if you’re looking for inspiration in any department of your home life.

 

Back to School Reading List: Food + Drink Blogs to Follow this Fall

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones doing some learning. Check out these three handpicked food + drink blog suggestions, add them to your Back to School reading this fall, and make the season that much better.

Fearless Homemaker

Fearless Homemaker

Twitter: @fearlesshomemaker

Amy of Fearless Homemaker is truly the do-it-all food and entertaining blogger, serving up incredible family recipes all with martini in hand. Follow along for a fresh perspective on how to make your house a better-fed home this season.

DrinkHacker.com

DrinkHacker.com

Twitter: @drinkhacker

The fine folks at DrinkHacker.com takes the legwork out of discovering things in the mixology world, because we don’t all have the time, budget or liver to do as much experimentation as we’d like. Follow along for in-depth reviews of beers, wines, spirits and mixers (such as DRY Soda!) and to discover new ingredients for your next concoction.

5 Dollar Dinners

$5 Dollar Dinners

Twitter: @5dollardinners

Erin Chase of $5 Dinners falls in a class of her own as she balances smart food budget spending with high quality ingredients and recipes. Give her a follow if you’re looking for smart ways to expand your recipe repertoire.

DRY SODA INTRODUCES ITS FIRST EXCLUSIVE FLAVOR OFFERINGS

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

We’re incredibly excited to announce that DRY Soda will be carried in over 1,350 Kroger Co. stores come early October. To add to the excitement, Cherry and Pear DRY Soda – developed by Richard Blais, Top Chef and DRY Soda Creative Director – will be joining the flavor family exclusively at Kroger Co. stores! More DRY retailer locations. More flavors. More DRY occasions.

New Cherry and Pear DRY Cans to be Available Exclusively at The Kroger Co. Stores

DRY Soda at Kroger - Cherry DRY Soda, Pear DRY Soda

(SEPTEMBER 12, 2013) SEATTLE –  DRY Soda Co. is pleased to announce its new distribution agreement with The Kroger Co. to launch its new line of cans in more than 1,350 of its stores across the United States in early October. As part of the agreement, Kroger will have the exclusive rights to sell DRY’s new Cherry and Pear flavors, developed by Chef Richard Blais, DRY’s Creative Director. Marking DRY’s largest distribution deal to date, this announcement comes on the heels of DRY Soda’s successful summer launch of new packaging and flavors in aluminum cans.

Blais, a television personality, restaurateur and author, led the development of the new flavors, which are DRY’s first exclusive flavor offerings to a retailer.  The Cherry and Pear DRY cans will feature a distinctive “created exclusively for The Kroger Co.” logo.  At 60 calories, Cherry DRY is luscious with the rich flavor of ripe, sweet cherries.  Pear DRY, at 70 calories, is refreshingly bright with the complex taste of a juicy pear.

In 2005, well before low sugar products were part of the national conversation, DRY Soda CEO and Founder Sharelle Klaus saw the need for a less sweet, all-natural soda and created the first soda line with significantly less sugar and made with just four ingredients. DRY, the better for you soda, contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional sodas, and is only 45-70 calories per 12oz. bottle/can.

“The demand for innovative, natural and less sweet beverages has exploded and Kroger, one of the largest and well known grocers, understands our mission to provide a better soda with less sugar,” said DRY Soda CEO Sharelle Klaus. “DRY is leading the less sweet beverage transformation as consumers’ changing palates demand healthier alternatives to traditional sodas.  I’m so excited that our two new flavors, Cherry and Pear, along with DRY’s additional can flavors, will be so accessible across the country and further both of our companies’ mission to provide healthy and delicious beverages.”

DRY Vanilla Bean, Blood Orange and Cucumber will also be available.  In addition to Kroger stores, DRY will be available at Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC and Ralphs.  They will be sold individually for $1.19.

About DRY Soda

DRY is better soda. Sweetened with just a small amount of pure cane sugar, DRY is made with only four all natural ingredients and contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional sodas (45 – 70 calories / 11 – 19 grams of sugar per 12 oz. can or bottle). Each of DRY’s flavors, extracted from fruits, flowers, or herbs, is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free. DRY appeals to everyone – refreshment seekers, casual sippers, fine diners, and mixologists. Available in eleven flavors – Pear, Cherry, Apple, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Lavender, Blood Orange, Cucumber, Rhubarb, and Juniper Berry – DRY is perfect to sip on its own, pair with a great meal, or mix into a signature cocktail. Seattle-based DRY Soda’s products are distributed throughout the United States and Canada in traditional and natural retail stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, and online. For more information, visit drysoda.com, facebook.com/DRYSoda, or follow @DRYSoda on Twitter and Instagram.

Churned by Seattle: Ben & Jerry’s Gets Flavorful with Local Favorites

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Ben & Jerry's Seattle City Churned Flavor

What is Seattle’s Signature Flavor?

Ben & Jerry’s is mixing up a custom flavor just for Seattlites! Just imagine: a pint of fresh-rain-on-concrete ice cream with grungy guitar string and salmon chunks. No? Just us?

But really, the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck is in Seattle as a part of their nationwide tour and is celebrating our great city with a totally customized Seattle flavor (as voted on by real Seattlites)! The special flavor includes contributions from local favorites Theo Chocolate and Caffe Vita, as well as several other delectable ingredients listed below. The name of this flavor mashup is a secret for now, but that will all change very soon!

Ben & Jerry's Seattle Flavor

DRY Soda will be joining Ben & Jerry’s as they share the first Seattle scoops with the world at the Theo Chocolate factory on Friday, September 13th.  We will be on-site pouring tastes of our cans and new flavors alongside Caffe Vita to form the ultimate ice cream + beverage pairing combo. Come by and celebrate the flavor of our wonderful city.

RSVP for the party here and, between now and Friday, tweet with the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck and it might come pay you a delicious visit! Share this invite with everyone you know and let’s make this an end-of-summer event to remember.

What: Ben & Jerry’s Seattle City Churned flavor unveiling and free scoops; DRY Soda and Caffe Vita tastings; live entertainment

Where: Theo Chocolate - 3400 Phinney Ave N  Seattle, WA 98103

When: 5-7 pm

DETAILS AND RSVP

 

DRY Soda’s Autumn Lifestyle Lookbook

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, the weather is beginning to change and a new season is nearly upon us. With this, our Autumn Lifestyle Lookbook has all kinds of inexpensive or free suggestions to help prep you for the transition and get inspired for what the next season has to offer.

WEAR

Happy Feet - Rose Socks

Happy Socks

As the bright colors of summer shift into the earthier hues of fall, here in the Northwest that typically means wardrobes overtaken by greys, blacks and other darker colors. Mix it up by adding some color and personality to one of the least likely places with a pair of Happy Socks. We’re particularly fond of the Rose Socks as they keep the feeling of spring and summer alive in the leaf-changing season of fall. With digs like these adorning your feet, the seasonal blues don’t stand a chance.

DECORATE

Alisa Burke - Celebrate Fall

Alisa Burke: Celebrate Fall – Paint and Hang Leaves to Add Fall Color

The changing color of the leaves is one of the most beautiful things to come from the season, so do like Alisa Burke did and bring some of that color into your home (and then some). This DIY leaf painting idea adds seasonal color and a homey touch to anywhere you’d like and lets you flex your creative muscle to boot. Genius! Photo credit: Alisa Burke

ENTERTAIN

A Subtle Revelry - 10 Creative Details for the Table

A Subtle Revelry: 10 Creative Details for the Table

From planning to cooking to cleaning and beyond, there are a million details to take care of when entertaining at home. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to impress by cooking an incredibly complex meal or buying expensive decor for your home. Instead, spruce up your seasonal entertaining by focusing on the details at the table. It’s an excellent way to express your creativity, give your entertaining more personality, and show your guests that you’re one detail-oriented friend. Thanks to A Subtle Revelry, one of our favorite new discoveries, for this list of ideas!  Photo credit: A Subtle Revelry

EAT

Kevin West - Saving the Season Book

Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches with Bread & Butter Pickles by Kevin West

The expert on all things seasonal, our friend Kevin West‘s fantastic new book – Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving – has plenty to offer for the season flavor-seeker. Specifically, Kevin’s recipe for Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Bread and Butter Pickles is not only the perfect comfort food segue into autumn, it also pairs very well with our next suggestion.

DRINK

Apple DRY Soda

Though some may argue that Pumpkin Spice is king, we opine that apple is the flavor of fall. We’ll soon be bobbing for them at Halloween soon enough anyway, right?  Apple DRY Soda, one of DRY’s newest flavors, is the perfect between-seasons sipper – offering crisp refreshment for the end of summer while prepping you for your first sips of hot apple cider. Find where you can buy Apple DRY Soda and experience it for yourself. Photo credit: Tiffany Nicosia

DRY Soda on the Road (and in the Trailer) with Small Room Collective

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Small Room Collective Trailer

Photos and article by guest contributor Jessica Kaminski

At DRY Soda we love building communities. Bringing people together to share experiences is pure magic. Whether it is around food, art, music, or a charity, getting people together for a common cause is powerful stuff.

Our passion for bringing people together made partnering with the Small Room Collective a no-brainer. If you are unfamiliar with the SRC, they are a traveling pop up shop that is building a grass roots community around art, music, and vintage treasures. They are like the honeybees of the creative community—traveling from place to place and cross-pollinating ideas and inspiration from across the United States.

Small Room Collective recently made a stop in our hometown and we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to spend the evening with them. The event was a listening party for a new musical project based in Seattle, Gallowbird. The evening featured a first listen of the new album (it comes out in November), treasures from the SRC, Tito’s Vodka, and of course lots of DRY Soda.

Gallowbird even recorded a live version of one of the songs inside the SRC airstream trailer.  You can check out the video below.  The song was recorded by Vertigo Productions and is available for download. All the proceeds will go to benefit the Pablove Foundation to fight childhood cancer.

Be sure to also check out Small Room Collective on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see when the Airstream trailer might be rolling into your city.

 

Sips and Specials: September 2013

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

DRY Soda on sale at Met Market Kirkland

Want to know where you can taste DRY Soda’s flavors? What to know if your local retailer is offering special pricing on DRY? We’re updating this list throughout the month of September, so check back to see what’s happening at your local DRY retailer.

DRY Soda Tastings

Fri 9/6

Fort Collins, CO | Fall Harvest Brewfest 6-10pm (The Lincoln Center - 417 W Magnolia)

Mt. Hood, OR | Wild About Game (Timberline Lodge - 27500 W Leg Rd)

Thurs 9/12

Portland, OR | Reed College Gray Campus Center Commons 11:30am-1:30pm (3203 SE Woodstock Blvd)

Seattle, WA | Virginia Mason Hospital Tasting 11am-2pm ( 925 Seneca St)

Fri 9/13

Seattle, WA | Ben & Jerry’s Seattle City Churned Community Event 5-7pm (Theo Chocolate - 3400 Phinney Ave N)

Sun 9/29

Denver, CO | Taste of the Nation Denver 5-9pm (McNichols Civic Center Building - 144 W Colfax)

Sip Pair Mix DRY Soda for Less

Metropolitan Market

Cans of DRY Soda 10 / $10
4-packs of DRY $4.49 through Sept 10

The Fresh Market

4 packs of DRY Soda for $3.99