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10 Things We Love About Colorado | #9 – Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sharelle Klaus and Mario Batali - Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Most foodies swoon over their obsession at home watching the Food Network and learning tips and secrets from their favorite chefs. Others say, “Why not go meet them?” Enter Aspen.

This weekend, we were lucky enough to attend the premier food and wine event of the year, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Featuring dozens of the world’s best chefs and sommeliers, this event is truly every foodie’s dream. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Aspen’s rolling green hills, the three day event features speaking/instructional engagements from the likes of Mario Batali (featured above with DRY’s CEO Sharelle Klaus), Emeril Lagasse, Ming Tsai, Michael Chiarello and many more. In addition, the food, wine and DRY Soda were as bountiful as the conversation and camaraderie.

In fact, chef Cormac Mahoney, one of Food & Wine’s Top Chefs 2012, joined in letting foodgoers know all about DRY Soda.

With all of the amazing people, delicious food and unbeatable scenery, it’s no wonder the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is one of the many things we love about Colorado.

10 Things We Love About Colorado | #10 – Sandsports at Great Sand Dunes

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sandboarding in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado -- Glenn Oakley

(Photo credit: Glenn Oakley)

Colorado is famous for its skiing and snowboarding, but the action isn’t reserved solely for the snowy slopes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve offers winter’s downhill thrill with sandy summer warmth as thrillseekers can shred down one of the countless mountains of sand. Boasting the tallest dunes in North America, it was only a matter of time before somebody dreamt up this idea. As if that weren’t enough, nearby Medano Creek offers the perfect spot for a post-shred cooldown. Set all of this against a backdrop of rangy mountaintops and you’ve got a picture perfect way to spend a few hours or an entire day. Now, if we could only put some of this action near Seattle…

Learn more about Colorado’s sandy paradise here.

DRY’s Memorial Day Grilling Guide of Greatness

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Photo credit: Pillsbury

Memorial Day holds different kinds of significance to different people; to some it’s a day of reflection and memories, to others a day to enjoy time with family and relax.

For many, however, Memorial Day is a monumental change in the foodie calendar - the official start of grilling season.

So, foodie friends, it’s time to take the cover off, turn the heat up, and get ready to kiss the cook with these tips to make the best of your reintroduction into grilldom.

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Sips of the Truly Unique – Unique LA Spring Show

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

What do you get when you combine independent design, local philanthropy, an inspirational internet sensation and bubbly DRY goodness? Why, Unique LA of course.

DRY Soda had the pleasure of hanging with 15,000 of our shopping friends at Unique LA - the largest independent design show in Los Angeles - over Mothers Day weekend. Shoppers were treated to a wide array of amazing wares by local designers, sips of DRY Soda and other US-made beverages, all while supporting philanthropic efforts as 10% of ticket sales were directly donated a local nonprofit.

One of the most exciting part of the event, however, was visiting Caine’s Arcade. Not familiar with Caine’s Arcade? Check it out for yourself: it’s one of the internet’s most inspiring stories from one of the coolest kids imaginable.

Unique LA’s “goals are to help designers and small businesses grow and become sustainable, to support the local economy, and to teach shoppers the value of conscious consumerism,” and this is exactly why DRY is so perpetually excited to support this and other Unique events.

Watch the video below to get a quick recap of DRY’s Unique LA experience.

Instant Cinco de DRYo – Just Add Good Company

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Instant Cinco de Mayo: just add friends

Our favorite parts of any holiday are food and friends, and here’s our guide to help your Cinco de Mayo 2012 have no shortage of the former. You’ll have to take care of the latter yourself this May 5th, though with this spread it shouldn’t be too hard to persuade people over.

Sip on:  DRY-rita

A new take on the classic margarita, using our new all natural Wild Lime DRY Soda instead of the green, overly-sugared margarita mix. This bit of mixology means a better tasting and better for you marg choice.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Wild Lime DRY Soda
Instruction:
- Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well
- Salt rim of glass if desired
- Pour contents, with ice, into glass
- Garnish with a lime wedge

Serve up: Betty Crocker’s Cinco de Mayo Skinny Shrimp Tacos - recipe featured on Foodista

These easy to make shrimp tacos, flavored with citrus marinade and topped with yogurt crema and cucumber salsa, are delicious enough to keep you coming back for more, yet light enough on calories to make those extra helpings a little more permissible.

Finish with: Homemade Mexican Crullers (Churros) - recipe featured on the Food Network

Saving calories in your drink and main course means you can treat yourself and your guests to a something a little sugary sweet. While traditionally served for breakfast with hot chocolate or cafe con leche, end your night with these crunchy chords of cinnamon sugary deliciousness.

DRY’s Searchable Guide to Seeking a Saucy Spring

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Photo credit: EJP Photo

With spring officially underway – though unfortunately less evident here in Seattle – it’s time to shed some layers, cycle some color into our wardrobes, turn on some AC and start rediscovering what’s out in the world since we stopped going outside in December. We’ve pulled together some wonderful spring activities and resources to custom tailor your season for maximum excellence.

So, after you’ve put away that black North Face jacket of yours, what should we seek out for spring?

Find a New Happy Hour Spot

With more light in each coming day, those precious hours of food frugality after work are becoming better and better. Spring is a great time to mix it up and find a new “spot” that you can bring your friends, coworkers and hot dates.

Tool: Unthirsty lets you search, map and filter happy hour spot near you. (Protip: use the Patio filter to embrace the newfound sun)

Find a Trail to Hike

Sometimes you’ve just got to connect with nature, and fewer activities accomplish this better than a lovely, sun-soaked hike. Just be sure you bring plenty of water, trail snacks, and good company; nothing worse than a dehydrated, hungry and awkward hike.

Tool:   Local Hikes searches for the best hiking trails in or around your city.

Find a Park to Lounge and Play In

Ah, the park. This timeless institution has enabled millions of people with space to enjoy leisure, sports, reading, gatherings, you name it, and the sun brings city parks alive. It can be nice to mix things up from your closest neighborhood park as different places offer different scenery, crowds and amenities.

Tool: Park Grades lets you locate and rate parks near you. (Protip: bring a dog, as everything in life is better when there’s a dog around)

Find a Co-Rec Sports League to Participate In

We don’t all have time to get in a 40-minute workout every day, but there can be more compelling ways to get your blood pumping in preparation for true swimsuit season. From ultimate frisbee to dodgeball and everything in between, trying a co-rec sport can get you active in a stress-free way.

Tool: this guide from Fitness Magazine has tips to find co-rec/noncompetitive sports leagues in your neighborhood.

Find and Experience the World of Food Trucks

We’re all about food truck culture, and some of the city’s best food can be found being served out the side of these mobile food havens. Since food trucks are in new locations all the time it can be hard to keep track of your favorites or find new four-wheeled flavors, but the delicious reward of seeking out a new food truck can be bigger than a taco truck burrito.

Tool: Roaming Hunger lets you search by location or vendor with an interactive map to find food trucks near you.

Cheers to a happy spring. What will you be finding first?

A Peek into School Lunchtime

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It’s no secret that I love eating delicious food – at restaurants, at friends’ houses, or at home with my family. A few weeks ago, I had lunch at a place I hadn’t been to in years … actually decades. An elementary school cafeteria. I had lunch with my youngest son and got an eye-full as to what the school lunchtime experience is for many kids. My son and his classmates had 10-12 minutes to eat their lunches before getting outside to run around the playground. Most of the kids at the table followed the adage “life is uncertain, eat dessert first” and gobbled their cookies before eating anything else in their lunches. Few kids had much protein or fruit or veg in their lunches or if they did, they didn’t eat it; and many lunches had an abundance of sugar and empty calories. And then, lickity-split, the kids were out the door to squeeze in some playtime before the bell.rethinking-school-lunch.jpg

Our country has been abuzz recently about school lunch nutrition. In December, school lunch nutrition standards were raised for the first time in 15 years, requiring more fruits, veggies, and whole grains in school lunches and reducing sodium, trans-fat, and starchy vegetables. I thought this before/after infographic from the White House was handy in understanding how the proposed changes would impact school lunches. I also read that some healthy food advocates, like Marion Nestle, think the new standards aren’t perfect but could be a step in the right direction.After my school lunch experience, I was really excited to read about the change in the air at Seattle Public Schools. Seattle’s new-ish Nutrition Director Eric Boutin worked in the nearby school district of Auburn where he led a movement to bring local wholesome food into school lunches. He’s now in Seattle and working to revamp both the composition of lunches (locally sourced, whole foods) and figure out how schools can effectively source and prepare local foods for lunch. Recently Seattle Public Schools became a recipient of a grant, which will pair chefs and operations managers from Tom Douglas’s restaurants with school cooks in order to help retrain school lunch program staff to source and prepare fresh foods. I love it!

So the only downside to this lunchtime story is that my poor son no longer gets dessert in his lunches — he has not invited me back.  But maybe I can wrangle an invite once the schools finish their lunch program revamp.

New Addition to Seattle’s Food Scene – Melrose Market

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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(images courtesy of Dunn+Hobbes, LLC)

I was in San Francisco earlier this month, home to one of my favorite places – the Ferry Building. In addition to being a gorgeous historic building, it’s chock full of amazing regional food producers and crafts people. Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, Boccalone’s salumi, Blue Bottle Coffee, Frog Hollow Farm’s stone fruits … is your mouth watering yet? What’s inspiring to me is the community of businesses that have been cultivated in the Ferry Building – businesses that are creating products using traditional and sustainable production methods to make pure foods. inside-melrose-market.jpg

On this trip, I was thinking how lucky SF was to have the Ferry Building and its community but I know that Seattle is also very blessed, not only do we have Pike Place Market, but we have a new addition to our local food scene — Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market. This market-hall style building is home to Seattle’s own mix of food purveyors including Rainshadow Meats, The Calf & Kid cheese shop, Marigold and Mint, and delicious restaurants and bars that showcase regional food products on their menus: Sitka & Spruce, bar ferd’nand, Still Liquor, and Homegrown. 

I had the opportunity to have lunch at Sitka & Spruce a few months ago.  The food and atmosphere were amazing – they make different dishes each day and the kitchen is open so you have the opportunity to go and check out the dishes and learn about where the food is from and how it is prepared.  Another good sign that it is a great place to eat – I ran into my friends Jason and Nicole Wilson eating lunch there too (owners of Crush and Chef Jason is a James Beard winner). 

What I love most about places like Melrose Market and the Ferry Building –  the opportunity to learn about the food I’m buying and learn about the producers. The business owners are either producing their products or buying them directly from the farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers and they can tell me about the food and how best to eat or serve it.  Well… I also love that both places sell tons of DRY Soda!

The new DRY Recommends

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Amanda Hesser enjoying a Lavender DRY Soda (Amanda Hesser enjoying a Lavender DRY Soda)

Welcome to the updated version of  the DRY recommends blog.  In the past this blog has been a collaborative effort by the DRY team, sharing with you a variety of our favorite things. In our updated version the blog will be written by me (Sharelle) and I will be focusing on recommending my favorite people, organizations, farms, food companies etc. Basically, it is me writing about all of those people that inspire me daily.

So who am I – I am Sharelle,  the Founder and CEO of DRY Soda. I am also a mother of four kids and four dogs and a wife of one amazing fellow. I live in Seattle, truly the most beautiful city in the US (well it is, but of course it is grey here a lot!). Admittedly I have an amazing job, but truth be told, it can also be very challenging at times and I need inspiration. Learning and sharing about all these great Americans who are really shifting the way we eat and drink – inspires me and will hopefully do the same for you.Now I am going to ask for all of you to be patient with me as I begin this process – I am really comfortable creating soda and selling it, but am a bit more nervous writing a blog!

To get me started — I went to a potluck dinner for food bloggers last night and the guest of honor — none other than one of my favorite foodies —  Amanda Hesser!  Amanda is an amazing food writer for the New York Times, co-founder of Food 52  and she just published The Essential New York Times Cookbook!  Admittedly, I was very nervous being in a room full of professional food writers — but I decided against the intimidated freak out — and just had an amazing time eating and sharing with all of these incredible people. OK so enough about me — onto my first DRY Recommends: DRY Recommends: Amanda Hesser’s amazing food network: food52

Food52 is a Website that gives home cooks a place to showcase their recipes and to engage and be inspired by others in “lively conversation”. I love this website – It is the perfect place to go on a Saturday afternoon with glass of wine in hand and plan out some great dinner — but it is also the perfect place to go on Wednesday night — when I still have hours of work left, have three soccer practices to go and Amazon Fresh order comes tomorrow — so the fridge is empty. It is just such an engaging site – and one that provides endless inspiration and endless camaraderie with other food centrics (my new word!).

So please check out Food52 — you might just find your new favorite place on the web or an idea for dinner tonight!  And I leave you with a quote from Food 52:

We think cooking is really important…because:

  • • If you cook, your family will eat dinner together.
  • • If you cook, you will naturally have a more sustainable household.
  • • If you cook, you’ll set a lifelong example for your children.
  • • If you cook, you’ll understand what goes into food and will eat more healthy.
  • • If you cook, you’ll make your home an important place in your life.
  • • If you cook, you’ll make others happy.
  • • If you cook, people will remember you.