Soft Drinks

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    We Eat It So You Don't Have To: SURGE

    "I don't even remember what it's supposed to taste like." Like almost everyone in the 18- to 25-year-old age group this month, I was a little giddy. Surge was coming back, and it was sort of like Christmas meets Back to the Future meets 90s X-Men. It was going to be extreme. It was going to be rad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Mountain Dew Baja Blast Available In Stores Starting May 5

    Alright everyone, I know some of you really, reallllly like Mountain Dew Baja Blast, the (until now) exclusive Taco Bell Flavor of Mountain Dew. Well, I've got some good news for you: You don't have to mix blue Gatorade with anything anymore because starting May 5, you'll be able to buy Baja Blast i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Is Real!

    It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Make It: Watermelon-Sriracha Sangria

    It's the quintessential summer cocktail--with a kick! This easy recipe is from The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook: 50 Vegan "Rooster Sauce" Recipes That Pack a Punch, out on Tuesday, July 2 and available for pre-order now.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Starbucks Testing Handcrafted Root Beer

    Once focused on, well, coffee, Starbucks has evolved into a one-stop beverage empire. Its latest offering may be handcrafted sodas: lemon ale, spiced root beer and ginger ale. Starbucks Melody, an unofficial Starbucks info site, reports that the company is testing the items, which are naturally br ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Mountain Dew Online Naming Contest Was A Bad, Bad Idea

    It sounded like good plan. To promote its new Mountain Dew drink, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen launched an online contest that encouraged fans to come up with a name for the green-apple-flavored concoction. The name with the most votes would win. Now enter the world's greatest masterminds: Inter ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2012

    Dana Point Lobster Fest

    Doheny State Beach

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Taco Bell Introduces New Breakfast Drink: Mountain Dew Orange Juice

    Mixologists of the world, this has got to hurt. The newest concoction from those outside-the-bun thinkers at Taco Bell HQ is a breakfast drink called Mountain Dew A.M. As described on the sign, posted on Reddit, the beverage is a "mixology of Mtn Dew and OJ." It's only served until 11 a.m.--after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    "Soda" Vs. "Pop": A Map

    They seem to be just like us. They laugh at the same jokes. They like the same music. They, too, extol the virtues of bacon.  But then when they refer to a soft drink, you instantly know: They ain't from around here. I'm talking about folks from other states who call soda "pop," or even we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    On the Line: Lisa Fontanesi of Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Part One

    ​The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution has been parked at the Santa Ana offices of Latino Health Access this month, working with schools and families of central Santa Ana to fight the obesity epidemic spreading across the nation. The Food Revolution truck moves from city to city and faces the challenge ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012

    The Joy of Tea

    Bowers Museum

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Where to Find Dublin Dr. Pepper in Orange County

    ProfessorSalt.comThe last bottles of Dublin Dr Pepper in Orange County?​Those of you from Texas have probably heard the news from the folks back home: Dublin Dr. Pepper is dead. The bottling company in the small town of Dublin, Texas which has made a cane-sugar version of the original Dr. Pepp ... More >>

  • Food

    November 17, 2011

    Portola Coffee Lab Is OC's Temple of Caffeine

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa coffeehouse can convert anyone into the cult of coffee

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Soda Jerks (Emphasis on the Jerk): The Next Cupcake/Donuts/Pie?

    Flickr user Mark Crawley​Looks like we now know what's the next food trend hipsters out here will bring back from the dead or, conversely, hijack from the lower classes: sodas! It's no longer enough to merely stock regional brands ala Mello Yello and Cheerwine: now, you have to concoct your own se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Karl Lagerfeld Gives Diet Coke Bottles a Makeover

    ​That classic silver can is so last season, darlin'.Fashion virtuoso Karl Lagerfeld, who reportedly only drinks Pepsi Black, has given Diet Coke bottles a makeover as part of a campaign called "Love It Light." Who knew they'd look so fab in stripes?

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Diet Coke Now Outselling Pepsi--Are the Cola Wars Finally Over?

    Flickr user joyosity​AdAge is reporting (via the subscriber-only Beverage Digest) that "a historic shift for the beverage industry" has occurred: Diet Coke is now outselling longtime second-place holder Pepsi. Last year, Coca-Cola's junior product sold 9.9 percent of all sodas in the United States ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Using Coupons Smartly for Super Bowl Sunday

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ >I used to consider just shopping at Costco and Target saving money. I was wrong. So very wrong. Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for showing me the light.Anyway, if you're trying not to dash to the grocery store at the last minute, here's a deal for you. Pull the Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    It Isn't What You Think It Is: Egg Cream

    Dave Lieberman​The pride of New York's soda fountains, the egg cream, contains neither egg nor cream (despite what a woefully uninformed cook at Jerry's Famous Deli in Westwood tried to tell me 10 years ago).It is a chocolate-milk soda, and it is one of the most addicting drinks in the world.You t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2010

    The Temper Trap

    The Fox Theater

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Cool as a Cucumber Soda

    Last week while eating at L.A.'s Mac and Cheeza restaurant, I had the good fortune to try this cucumber-flavored soda: Mr. Q. Cumber soda by LisaBeebe on Flickr​ Lemme tell ya--while the macaroni and cheese I had for lunch was really good, this soda was amazing. To quote an old Outkast dit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Pink Elephant at Tantalum

    Jessica Ford​Sure, your parents always told you not to swallow your bubble gum because it would live in your stomach for the next 20-something years, but Tantalum in Long Beach has some bubble gum that breaks all the rules your parents gave you--and you'll like it.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    OC Restaurant Week Recommendations

    ​OC Restaurant Week starts next week (Feb. 28-March 6) and there are a bevy of restaurants and menu choices to go through. If you asked me where I would go and what I would try, here's what I'd say (in alphabetical order):

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Real Sugar Soda vs. HFCS Soda

    Dave Lieberman​As we posted at the end of last year, PepsiCo bottlers are making limited-edition "Throwback" versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew. These are made the old-fashioned way, with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While OC is no stranger to sugar soda (a lot, but not all, o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    New Study: Nearly Half of Fast Food Soda Fountains Contaminated With Fecal Bacteria

    The Upstairs Room @ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0​Not that I need to raise more alarms about food safety. We already have mercury in our sushi, unsafe airport food, and E-coli outbreaks which happen too often. We could go on for hours on the subject. But this one news item? Well, it's disturbin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009

    Noon Year's Eve

    Discovery Center

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Real-Sugar Pepsi and Mountain Dew To Hit Store Shelves​Jason Arango at the Daily Fork posted yesterday about Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, versions of the popular soft drinks that are made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, sold in the usual plastic bottles with retro labels.Not to be outdone, the Dr Pepper Sna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Wacky Snacks: Milkis

    Edwin Goei​Name: Milkis Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $2.99 for a six-pack Tax CRV Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Food Color, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, Vitamin-D, Contains M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Vegan Friendly Gel-Glow Shots

    Grace Le​ In the ultimate clash between classy and trashy, we present to you the Vegan Friendly Gel-Glow Shot. No longer must you pass up a drink because its ingredients infringe upon animal rights. This animal-free recipe allows herbivores to join in and get eff-ed up along with everyone else! Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Five Great International Sodas

    Obvious observation of the year: it's hot. Go to these place we haven't discussed in years, all fine eateries, and cool down with their native sodas:​PUPUSERIA SAN SIVAR: The hole-in-the-strip-mall takes special care with their pupusas, which have a crispy yet malleable crust encasing thick, stick ... More >>

  • Food

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    FDA Wags Finger at Diet Coke's Vitamin Claims

    The FDA has issues with Coca Cola's new Diet Coke Plus.  It sent the company a letter earlier this month about the drink, which Coke purports to have a "refreshing taste...AND several essential nutrients" with "each 8 fl. oz. serving of Diet Coke Plus provid(ing) 15% of your RDI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2008

    Fast Food Reviews: New Mountain Dew Flavors

    As you can see, I'm not fundamentalist in my definition of fast food. All mass-produced snack product is fair game, as perhaps could be noted by the fact that the first one I did involved the Dave & Busters menu. On a late night beer run, I espied a display at the 7-11 with three new kinds of Mount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Rock the Runway

    The Art Institute is seriously starting to become my favorite place to visit in Santa Ana - every time I'm there for some event or other I wonder why my USC education couldn't have had the kind of cool events these folks seem to put on on a regular basis. Rock the Runway, this past Saturday, was a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    Caffeine 'n' Cartoons

    So what's up with the dude on this coffee package? The label says "high octane," but he looks like he's just kinda chill. Maybe the motorcycle drank the coffee instead. I don't even like coffee much, but Starbucks keeps sending me stuff in the mail, like a $5 gift card recently -- II guess the make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Get Your Rocks Off

    As a frequenter of the AMC 30 at the Block every Thursday night when they show all the new releases, I've also become a fan of Cafe Tu Tu Tango, the most adjacent restaurant, and bar that seems to stay open the latest. It was only last week, however, that I realized they don't serve my usual bevera ... More >>

  • Features

    June 7, 2007

    The Return of the Drive-In

    The Star-Vu delivers the biggest screen for your buck

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    All Coked Up

    Vanilla Coke is back! You might not have realized that it went away, of course, especially if you eat regularly at Rubio's, the only major food chain to keep it on its soda fountains. But yeah, they replaced it with Black Cherry Vanilla a while back, which was decent but not as tasty. Now plain Van ... More >>

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    An Ode to Cheerwine

    The last of the Outlaw Sodas

  • Unknown

    June 2, 2005
  • Unknown

    May 30, 2002
  • Music

    November 22, 2001
  • News

    August 2, 2001


    Weirdpolitick at the OC Fair

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Success Through Snacking

    A Weekly program of glop, gunk and raising Iqs in county schools

  • Columns

    January 11, 2001
  • News

    October 19, 2000
  • News

    October 12, 2000
  • Features

    September 14, 2000
  • Columns

    August 12, 1999

    Selling Out

    Its a witness and a hoot

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