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DRY’s Favorite Winter Recipe Pairings

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Happy holidays! We’ve rounded up a few winter recipes from our favorite food bloggers, all of which pair nicely with DRY flavors.

Pear

Pear DRY goes hand-in-hand with winter green salads and savory blue cheese dishes. We’re fans of Love and LemonsWinter Kale Salad and The Noshery‘s Roasted butternut squash with pears, onions and blue cheese.

Butternut Squash Blue CheesePhoto credit: The Noshery

Juniper Berry

Fancy a bottle of Juniper Berry DRY? Make sure to try it with your favorite warm mushroom, mussel or potato dishes. These recipes are great places to start:

Cherry

For all things decadent (specifically with chocolate and/or almonds), Cherry DRY is your flavor. Joy the Baker has dark chocolate, pistachio and smoked sea salt cookies and chocolate coconut almond scones that are the perfect match.

Dark Chocolate Cookies
Photo credit: Joy the Baker

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean DRY fans love pairing it with ice cream, but did you know that it tastes just as awesome with roasted chicken or baked apple dishes? Try Smitten Kitchen‘s buttermilk roast chicken and The Amateur Gourmet‘s apple cobbler  with your next Vanilla Bean DRY!

 

 

What foods do you like to pair with your favorite DRY flavor?

 

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.

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’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’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’s Five Best Finds: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 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.

Vine User Recreates ‘Super Mario Bros.’ With Food

Vine has brought a new form of expression – a new art form, even – to the internet, and it’s fascinating to see how creative people can get with the time constraint of six mere seconds of video. This vine combo of food and video games from Hunter Harrison is just one of the many genius ways in which users are making Vine one of our favorite new places to be on the internet. PS the gumdrop Goomba is adorable.

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

We won’t speak for you, but our adolescent, early teenage year concerns consisted of hanging out at the mall (for some reason) and not getting stuck sitting on the end at the movies with friends. However, Silicon Valley youth Kiran Sridhar has leveraged his early teen energy to think outside of himself, see others’ needs and create the program Waste No Food, which connects those in need with local restaurants. With plans to expand into San Francisco, Sridhar certainly makes us optimistic about the next generation of thinkers.

Grow Your Own Garden on a Grid with Nourishmat

Not everyone has the green thumb required to get a seed to grow and flourish, but Nourishmat helps make the process considerably easier. The 4′ x 6′ Nourishmat (not to be confused with the ‘Jump to Conclusions’ mat) is laid out in a grid consisting of 19 different, compatible plant varieties, ready to plant via clay/compost ‘seedballs’. If you’ve been meaning to get gardening again, this may just be your green ticket.

Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ Makes Cake Taste Better: How Rituals Affect Food Flavor

While personal research shows that exactly zero people know what to do with themselves while their friends and family sing ‘Happy Birthday’, professional research from the University of Minnesota has found that small ‘rituals’ such as a special song or specific preparation method makes us enjoy the taste of food more.

The Perfect Peanut Butter Jar Works Like A Push-Pop

Years ago ago, people projected that we might have flying cars, robot butlers and magical dehydrated pizzas by now. While some of these innovations have yet to be seen, the future is here, and its name is Jar with a Twist. Operating just like a push-pop or deodorant stick, this food innovation saves on otherwise wasted peanut butter, makes for better recycling, and prevents the dreaded “peanut butter knuckles” to boot.

DRY’s Five Best Finds: June 2013

Monday, July 1st, 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.

Cafe Accepts Kisses As ‘Payment’ For Coffee

In the dating world, generally coffee (dates) will lead to smooches. At Metro St. James in Sydney, Australia, the opposite is true. The cafe accepts real, legitimate loving kisses in return for a cup of coffee that must be validated by one of the cafe’s smooching experts (servers). This video made us way too happy, because if there’s anything that we love here in Seattle, it’s love and coffee.

Coffee Chain Prints Customers’ Faces on Their Lattes

As if coffee couldn’t get any better than in the video above,  a Taiwanese coffee chain has introduced the ability to print portraits onto the surface of your latte using cocoa powder. Flirty idea for your next Taiwanese coffee date: get coffee portraits printed with your sweetheart and then tell that person that they’re cute enough to drink. On second thought that sounds weird. Never mind. We’re sure you’ll figure something out.

Multnomah County Inmates Helping Raise Vegetables for Area Food Banks

Inmates at the Multnomah County jail in Oregon may be doing time, but at least they’re putting that time to good use. As a part of an effect to trim costs, improve management and help benefit local food banks, the inmates planted, tended to and are now harvesting their first crop from the jail’s garden. This program has helped dozens of inmates acquire classroom and hands-on gardening skills and cultivate positivity in a typically bad situation. Love.

How Cutlery Choices Affect Your Flavor Perception

A study from the University of Oxford in the UK has shown that our tastes and perception of food can be affected by the cutlery with which we eat it. The findings are absolutely fascinating – such as yogurt tasting denser and more expensive when eaten with a plastic spoon – and could eventually lead to improvements in cutlery that encourage diners to subconsciously snack on healthier food.

Pub Shows How Bitcoin Will Work for Retail

At one particular bar in east London, you may only need to bring your phone (and probably an ID). The Pembury Tavern has adopted a bitcoin payment option which allows patrons to pay for their night out with digital currency. Might this pub be seen as a pioneer in the digital payment world once the bitcoin moves from novelty to mainstream use?

World Environment Day 2013 – 7 Green Projects That Could Change the World

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

7 Green Projects That Could Change the World - Green Sustainability

1. Seattle to Grow a One-of-a-Kind Food Forest

We’ve been keeping up with this project for quite some time, but it’s getting closer to a reality. The 7-acre public Food Forest, located on Seattle’s Beacon Hill, has plans to open this month and will be managed by a community of volunteers. Offering free fresh, local food to the community can cut down on carbon emissions from shipping and provide a greater focus on eating real food.

2. Airdrop Pulls Water From Air to Irrigate Plants

Irrigation can be a major problem for farmers and communities that exist in dry, arid conditions. With the Airdop, all you need is a plot of land and open air to generate water.

3. Window Socket: a Solar-Powered Plug That Sticks to Windows

The Window Socket, while only still a concept, allows you to turn any window into a solar-powered electricity outlet. Saving a little bit of energy at a time can make a big difference if this becomes a widespread reality.

4. Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

We as humans are full of energy just waiting to be expended. At this year’s Paris Maraton, Schneider Energy installed energy-harvesting tiles across part of the course which converted the steps and movements of the 40,000 runners into energy which powered displays throughout the marathon. Now, imagine Times Square in New York with this technology!

5. Indian Man Who Planted a 1,360-Acre Forest Now Plans to Plant Another

Starting in 1979, Jadav Payeng has dedicated thirty years of his life to planting a gigantic forest in his home country of India, and he’s now planning to dedicate the next thirty years to planting another. The forest he planted has provided shelter to animals displaced due to habitat loss as well as providing Payeng and his family with a place to raise cows and sell their milk. His work is an amazing testament to the difference a single person can make to the environment.

6. Microalgae Lamp Absorbs 150-200 Times More CO2 Than a Tree

While it looks like something that might turn baby turtles into crime-fighting, pizza-eating ninjas, these conceptual street lamps composed of microalgae could serve the dual purpose of sustainably lighting dark streets at night and absorbing harmful CO2 in the air. The microalgae is bioluminescent, meaning it produces light naturally and does not need electricity to run.

7. Carbon Buster: World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

While many organizations focus on becoming carbon neutral, Carbon Buster building blocks are made from 50% recycled material and capture more CO2 than what is emitted during their manufacturing. 

DRY’s Five Best Finds: May 2013

Friday, May 31st, 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.

Oh Joy! Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

ice cubes

For a while now, Joy Cho has been one of our go-to sources for inspiration in design, food, DIY and more, and this Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes project beautifully shows you why. Joy lays it out easily: “Simply add layers of pre-made juice, smoothies, and/or coconut milk (which I love for its color and for a creamy touch) to standard ice cube trays.” If this doesn’t get your tastebuds excited for summer, there may be something wrong with you. This is one many “why didn’t I think of this?” ideas that pop up seemingly every day on Oh Joy! Give her a follow and get inspired.

Kinetic Floor Generates Energy From People Dancing

Ever thought your footwork was so fancy that you could power a small city? Can your Dougie outwork a dam? Well, we’ve got news for you. A company in the Netherlands has created Energy Floors, a modular flooring system that harnesses the energy from the movement of people dancing atop the tiles and converts it into usable electricity. Imagine: high school dances producing sustainable energy instead of just awkwardness!

For Good Cause: Attractive Kombucha Packaging Helps Rescue Dogs Find Homes

Kombucha is generally pretty good for you, but who knew it could be good for dogs? No, we wouldn’t recommend pouring your next bottle of ‘bucha into your pooch’s water dish, but California-based KOMBUCHADOG is doing its part to help handsome shelter dogs find new homes by featuring a rotating series of dogs on each bottle’s label.

Infographic: Cocktails From Great Works of Film & Literature

Find yourself parched while enjoying your favorite novel or film? Want to emulate Don Draper but have (thankfully) come to terms with the fact that you’ll never be able to pull off the fedora? Well, pair your passion with one of the potables from this infographic and mix up the drink of choice of your favorite protagonist.

High Dining Restaurant Suspends Foodies From a Crane

High class dining just got a little higher as Dinner in the Sky combines fine cuisine with 180 feet of elevation. While it costs up to $500 to get your seat, this once in a lifetime experience could be an interesting addition to your next Europe trip. You won’t find a more perfect marriage of dinner parties and construction equipment anywhere else.