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Dry Soda Co. – New Flavor, Vanilla Bean!

May 27, 2009 5 Comments


I’ve enjoyed Dry Soda Co. pretty much since their beginnings back in 2005.  Recently, while I was at Whole Foods purchasing supplies for the beverage center, I noticed that Dry Soda released two new flavors, Vanilla Bean and Juniper Berry.  Both are excellent, however, the Vanilla Bean flavor will really suit EVERYONE’S taste buds.   Now the complete line of Dry Soda Co. flavors include KUMQUAT, LAVENDER, LEMONGRASS, RHUBARB, VANILLA BEAN and JUNIPER BERRY.  If you see these in your local Starbucks (I’ve seen them carried here in Seattle stores) or super market, expand you palette and try one or all of these flavors!

UPDATE: Apparently, I’ve been a little late to the party as a new Cucumber flavor has been released!  Can’t wait to try that one, my wife and I love cucumber water, so this must be even better!

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Pepsi Natural & Mexican Coca-Cola (Coke)

May 5, 2009 37 Comments

Mexican Coke & Pepsi Natural

I don’t drink much cola these days, my beverage of choice for the last year has been straight tea — I drink about 4-5 cups of it a day.  However, when I do drink cola it has to meet some criteria.  The soda needs to be the kind without Highfructose corn syrup (HFCS) and in glass bottles.  To my delight, while picking up my supply of mangos from Costco, I saw that Pepsi has released a new drink called, “Pepsi Natural“.  This all natural cola is made with sparkling water, sugar and kola nut extract!   I just popped open a bottle and it actually takes pretty, pretty, good!  

Now, when guests come over to the Grouse, they can have their pickings of Mexican Coke, Pepsi Natural, Dry Soda, and SPellegrino all in glass bottles which are recycled after consumption — now if only we could get the bottles refilled!?

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POLL: Has The Economy Affected You?

Offbeat, Polls
May 4, 2009 2 Comments

Hooverville 2009

I just installed a new poll system and thought I’d run a poll to gauge how the current state of the economy has affected readers of Mavromatic.  If there isn’t a poll answer that best fits, enter it in the comments.


How has the economy affected your spending habits?

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City Boy Starts Farmin’ — Farm Automation?

February 20, 2008 No Comments

I've been known to joke about getting out of technology and start a farm. But joking wasn't my buddy Ron -- you might know him from the Ron & Don Show on 710 Kiro News Radio -- he's actually bought some land (9.4 acres of it) in Maple Valley, WA and is building himself a farm. He started a blog chronicling his adventures so we can all live vicariously through him. His latest post is on building a horse shelter.

I'll try to get him to automate the farm... Ron, how 'bout some security cameras, automated gates, egg sensors, proximity sensors, or GPS on livestock for realtime tracking?

- City Boy Starts Farmin' [blogspot]

Best Fruit On The Planet?

January 16, 2008 No Comments

Mangos! Ever since our Honeymoon to Brazil, my wife and I have developed an intense love for mangos -- we'd eat them every morning. In the summertime, we try to eat them daily but they are hard to find at times and the prices are all over the board. However, last week I found out that our local Costco carries them in nine packs so I went bonkers and stocked up (total of 27 mangos). We've been eating mangos everyday for weeks! The tool that makes eating them quick and easy ('cause we all know it's a pain to cut mangos) is made by OXO. Their Mango Splitter is one of the best kitchen tools I have ever used and a must for mango eaters. At $12 it's a no brainer... get your very own OXO Mango Splitter from now and stock up on mangos from Costco!

Green & Organic Vodkas

October 2, 2007 2 Comments

I've been on this organic/natural kick lately so when I went to the liquor store I wanted to check out what types of organic libations existed. After checking all the sections, I only noticed that two Vodka's are going after the "Green" & "Organic" trends.

360 Vodka is going after the folks that are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. The Earth Friendly Distilling Co uses American Grain and recycled materials for their bottle and labels/packaging. Of course, they are also claim that their vodka is finely crafted since it's "quadruple distilled and five times filtered".

If you are on the Organic craze (like me) then the Eco-chic Square One is for you. They claim to be the first certified organic 100% American rye vodka and environmentally friendly.

Let me know if anyone has had these before... I'd love to know how they compare to the standards, like Grey Goose and Ketel One.