In the early '80s, Pepsi had begun seriously encroaching on sales of Coca-Cola, even outselling the latter in supermarkets. In an effort to rejuvenate sales, Coke outright replaced its formula with what would be known as "New Coke" -- an "improved" version of the formula that would replace the ori ... More >>
Coke and Pepsi are deeply ingrained into the world's diet. From the United States to the deepest reaches of Kenya, there's one thing for certain -- wherever you'll find civilization, you'll find someone selling these caramel-hued refreshments. That caramel coloring, by the way, is so iconic that w ... More >>
At some point this week, you realized that Friday would come a little sooner than usual because most had Monday off. However, it's still rough trying to fit five days worth of work into four. Like fitting a square into a circle -- not gonna happen until you've got some magic beans or something. ... More >>
Happy National Rum Day! Sure, it's another made up holiday, but when there are cheap rum drinks involved do you really care? If you want to get technical, since sugar cane is a major Florida crop...and since rum is distilled from sugar and/or molasses, you could say that rum should be the "officia ... More >>
Red with beef, white with chicken, root beer with bacon cheeseburgers ... wait, what? You're familiar with wine pairings, and you may even be familiar with beer pairings, but we're willing to bet that soda pairings is a foreign concept. Burger King introduced soda pairings as a concept a while bac ... More >>
The Miami Science Museum in Coconut Grove turned its focus on food this past weekend as kids and grownups alike got an education in healthy eating and just what it takes to get the food we eat onto our table. Interactive displays were scattered through the museum and its grounds as museum guests t ... More >>
Soft drink powerhouse PepsiCo has announced the launch of a new breakfast beverage by Mountain Dew.Kickstart is being touted as an "entirely new beverage," which is sort of not true. The beverage, which blends juice and the favorite soda of hyped-up children and frat boys everywhere, actually starte ... More >>
You read about the Great Twinkie Extinction here on Short Order (and everywhere else) and maybe you applauded, or more than likely, felt as if yet another piece of your childhood was being torn away from you by The Man.Well, there may be a reason to rejoice, put your footie pajamas on, and couch pot ... More >>
In light of the New York ban and ensuing bruhaha, we must admit: there is no such thing as a completely healthy soda. But there are much healthier alternatives than those BPA-laden cans full of phosphate fizzies pumped full of high fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring.The ingredients in regular ... More >>
BJ's Brewhouse, a pizza and brewpub-style restaurant chain from Santa Ana, California, opened at the Falls Shopping Center yesterday.The location is the second in the Miami market for the casual-dining restaurant, having first opened in Doral on October 16. The latest restaurant opening is part of a ... More >>
For about a century, soda companies have been telling us that their products are the best way to do everything from quench your thirst to celebrate the holidays. Coca-Cola, especially, has set the tone by equating its product to happiness ("Have a Coke and a smile"); world peace ("I'd like to teach ... More >>
When it comes to our favorite brands, it seems we're more likely to remember the epic successes (Doritos Locos Tacos anyone?) than the equally epic failures. But failures, there are aplenty. Dangerous, disgusting, or just plain absurd, these gastronomic gaffes may be fun to laugh at now, but it wo ... More >>
"Mixologists" at Polar Beverages have created a Limited Edition Collection of premium seltzers with flavors inspired by the summer season. Each of five "destination flavors" come with a passport-like stamp across the label that references the port of origin.Miami is paid homage to via Mint Mojito, a ... More >>
In what I can only describe as PETA's latest inventive publicity stunt, prominent vegan and record producer Russell Simmons (in partnership with PETA) sent a letter to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Friday, congratulating him on the proposed ban on large (16 oz. or larger) su ... More >>
In a monumental strike against the obesity epidemic, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans for a city-wide ban on all sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces during an interview in the Governor's Room at City Hall yesterday.The proposed ban would affect most enterprises that pedd ... More >>
In a shameless act of pure greed, the City of Miami Beach has formed a beverage sponsorship agreement with the Coca-Cola Company.This does not mean that when exiting the MacArthur Causeway onto Fifth Street that you will drive past a sign that reads Welcome to Coca-Cola Miami Beach. It does mean ... More >>
Fueling the obesity epidemic and enabling the Young Money Maniac's sizzurp addiction, PepsiCo's toxic green nectar, Mountain Dew, has a new spokesperson and his name is Lil Wayne. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. and Mountain Dew have come together to form DEWeezy, ... More >>
Hedy Goldsmith and Diet Pepsi have teamed up for a trucking excursion to the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. You can catch them at Sunday night's "Trucks on the Beach" event, where Hedy's signature chocolate chunk cookies (with a hint of Maldon salt on top) will be handed out - ... More >>
Elevation Burger, a fast casual burger chain that features 100 percent USDA-certified, organic burgers made from 100 percent grass-fed, free-range cows, has opened a restaurant in Kendall, across from Dadeland Mall.Elevation Burger is gaining cult status in the states it's in, with Yelpers in par ... More >>
Chances are you've seen or heard about Toddlers and Tiaras, the TLC show that features little children dressed like mini-hookers and the parents who push them.The show is like watching roadkill, and I admit I've spent one too many rainy Saturday afternoons with T&T marathons. After all, I was ... More >>
As another testament to the power of social media, Coca-Cola has abandoned the holiday save-the-polar-bear white Coke cans after a number of tweets and Facebook posts from confused consumers.Complaints were posted to the company's official blog, Facebook, and Twitter over how the white can resemb ... More >>
The future is upon us. Miami's own Burger King corporation is testing a high-tech, space-age, and basically just kick ass soda dispensing machine. It was developed by the Coca-Cola company, always on the cutting edge of coolness. (The Simpsons/Coca-Cola commercial during the Super Bowl, anyo ... More >>
Laine Doss Catalina Voit loves smoothies!Over 20,000 runners will take to Miami's streets this Sunday for the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Running a marathon is no easy feat - it requires months of training, mental and physical endurance and a lot of energy. Since the human body r ... More >>
"21 days to a new you!"January 1, 2011Dear diary,I'm so psyched over Pollo Tropical's new 3-week diet -- "21 days to a new you!" they say, and I can hardly wait. One can only take being called "Old Flabby" by co-workers for so long. I've already had the Day 1 lunch and dinner and so far so good! ... More >>
Lee KleinOrbs in a row.On August 1, the makers of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur unveiled its first-ever line extension via the new Chambord Flavored Vodka. Chambord Liqueur blends black raspberries with black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. Chambord Flavored Vodka features premium Fre ... More >>
If you want to be a jerk about it, summer is still 23 days away. But c'mon ... Are we really gonna wait till the sun hits its northernmost point before descending into a serious solstice drunk? Nope. And the Magic Hat Brewing Company isn't waiting either. The Vermont-based beer factory's been p ... More >>
The backlash against products with high fructose corn syrup has become more vociferous each year as food crusaders like Michael Pollan decry the artificial sweetener. While Coca-Cola stopped using sugar in place of high fructose corn syrup since the mid-'80s, there is a loophole that many soft drink ... More >>
Lee KleinCan we possibly become any more disillusioned?From The Neilsen Co.: During the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl Sunday last year, Americans purchased 49.2 million cases of beer. More cases of beer were sold in the two week period prior to July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Father's Day ... More >>
Jonathan Eismann, Chef/Owner Pacific Time and Pizza VolanteBest Squid in Ho Chi Minh City, cooked over a fire in a old steel drum in the street, Best Pork Chops in history there, too. Saigon Killer Pork Chops!Best Chinese and Dim Sum at a place right next to the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok.B ... More >>
Hugo Chávez hates America, and now he's banning a product close to our hearts: Coke Zero. A weird-tasting, chemical-laden, no-calorie substitute for an iconic soft drink we consume in order to feel a bit "healthier" is pretty much as good a symbol for modern America as anything. "The product sho ... More >>
Behold, the future of robotic beverage delivery -- Coca-Cola machines that may be able to serve up to 120 different drinks. The technology is being showcased this week at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference in Boca Raton. The machines would replace those 6-8 valve machines that mix syr ... More >>
In light of the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival, I propose a law requiring that no posted photo of any Food Network personality ever exceed the size of a postage stamp. Our fine dining establishments are much improved in terms of the quality of cuisine served, but they've still got a w ... More >>
The fair is a veritable smorgasbord... Photos by C. StilesIf there's one thing to be said about the traditional county fair, it's that they're perfect testing grounds for new foods; prime places to push the bou ... More >>
Miami is awash in power beverages. Might as well drink up!
That's a wrap! But how healthy is it? A few months back I was drawn in by the slick smoothie and sandwich-wrap marketing madness, and ditched my daily burger with fries and a Coke for a supposedly healthier alternative. I started frequenting places like Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Planet Smoothie and ... More >>
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