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Junk: It’s What’s for Breakfast

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thanks to a nobly health-food-conscious mother, growing up I was never allowed to wake up and eat a bowl of the alluring, overly sugared cereal that I would marvel over at the grocery store — packaged in boxes adorned with cartoon characters and often containing toys.  

Party Like It's Your Birthday

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The more prominent flavor trends of the past few years have succeeded in creating buzz and profits, but often there’s a limited shelf life for seasonal tastes. Who wants a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the middle of August? Who eats “peppermint stick” anything after December?   

Around the World in Eight Items (or Less): Cold Drinks

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
In this installment of Around the World in Eight Items (or Less), an exploration of the “International Aisle” at your neighborhood grocery store, I set out to examine some cold, imported beverages from across the globe.   

Fast Food, Slow

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Except perhaps in remote rural neighborhoods, fast food restaurants are like gas stations — they are everywhere. Wherever you are right now, there is more likely than not a McDonald’s, Wendy’s or other such restaurant within a short walk or drive.   

Around the World in Eight Items or Less: Sweets

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The “International Aisles” at chain supermarkets have evolved greatly over the past couple of decades. Though they probably vary depending on what part of the country you’re in, most I’ve seen play up the “international” flavor of the designated aisle with national flags and foods categorized by country.  

Gettin' Jack'd on Snacks and Gum

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A couple of months ago, this column examined the rise of non-drinkable caffeinated products on your local supermarket shelves. It was inspired by news of two forthcoming products coming from a pair of major corporations, but they hadn’t hit local shelves yet, so I sought out other “edible speed” instead.   

The Long, Complex Ride to Superfood Stardom

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
One of the rising stars of U.S. supermarket aisles, particularly for the health conscious, is quinoa. If you browse the health food racks, you’ve certainly seen an increase in products that tout their quinoa content.  

The Need for (Edible) Speed

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Why would Ed Hardy make mints? Because these mints — King Dog Energy Mints — have a little extra party juice in them. They are “intensely caffeinated”; five mints equal (according to the packaging) a cup of coffee. (Having tried them, I can attest to those numbers.)  

A Chippy Election Cycle

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
According to an AP report, for the first time in Lay’s history, the corporation is allowing “fans” the opportunity to choose its next chip flavor.   

Yogurt Goes Greek

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here’s the big secret, for those who haven’t tasted “Greek yogurt” — while some claim it’s creamier (maybe, barely), less sweet and more sour, it really tastes practically exactly the same as regular supermarket yogurt.  

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