Soft Drinks

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Coca-Cola's Freestyle Machine Lets You Customize Your Drink in Amazing Ways

    The Guilty Pleasure: A new app for Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines Where to Get It: A handful of Freestyle machines, at least for now. Price: A couple of bucks, give or take. Depends on the restaurant. What it Really Costs: A potential sharp uptake in high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    How to Make Halloween Black Currant Blood Punch

    I'm more than a little excited that Halloween is almost here. Part of my excitement is that Halloween parties can be some of the most enjoyable soirées of the year. The mix of spooky kitsch and childhood nostalgia is irresistible. Of course, now that we're grown-ups, our Halloween parties are a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Starbucks Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas Don't Suck (And Now You Can Have Coffee Soda)

    The Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Fizzio Sodas Where to Get It: Test markets, including Phoenix Price: $2.45 for a Tall What It Really Costs: The shame of frequenting the Starbucks drive-thru (don't lie, you know you do it) Late last month, Starbucks unleashed its newest product on 16 states in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Mountain Dew Baja Blast Coming Soon to More Places Than Just Taco Bell

    The Guilty Pleasure: Mountain Dew Baja Blast Where to Get It: All over the place pretty soon. Price: Varies by a number of factors. Expect the same price as regular Mountain Dew. What it Really Costs: The usual soda schtick of empty calories and liquid candy. Plus loads of caffeine. It's pretty unu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Starbucks May Launch Its Own Handcrafted Soda Line

    Since last spring Starbucks has been secretly testing the market for "handcrafted sodas." The experiment has been limited to stores in Japan, Singapore, Atlanta, and Austin, Texas where baristas have been using Soda Stream-like machines to carbonate beverages. But it doesn't just stop with soda. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here are a few things to put in your mouth this week in the Valley. National Root Beer Float Day There's no reason apple pie should be the only treat to get credit for being "All-American." Root beer is just as patriotic. Did you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    The 5 Best Mexican Beverages

    A large chunk of the United States seems to be hooked on Mexican sodas nowadays, but there is a whole range of Mexican drinks beyond Coca-Cola that are made with real cane sugar. Get out the bottle opener and take a drink.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Ranch Dressing-Flavored Soda Exists. Here's Where You Can Get It.

    Because apparently people can't get enough mayonnaise-y goodness in their lives, ranch flavored soda is now a real thing. We can totally see why Lester's Fixins, a company known for creating such interesting soda flavors as chicken wing and bacon, would think people want this product. Remember the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Judge Strikes Down NYC Soda Ban

    A state Supreme Court Judge upended New York City's ban on some high-capacity sodas which was set to go into effect this Tuesday. Mayor Bloomberg, who championed the ban on some sodas over 16 ounces in size, was less than pleased and said that the judge had erred in his ruling. He also said that he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Rocket Burger & Subs Offers Soda Heaven

    The Guilty Pleasure: The Wall of Soda Where to Get It: Rocket Burger & Subs, 35th Ave and Cactus Price: $1.99 (or $9.95 for a six-pack) 
What It Really Costs: Go ahead and schedule that dentist visit now. Everyone has their preferred bad-for-you vice. Some people can't live without a pack of smok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Citizen Public House in Scottsdale Plans to Unveil Carbonated, Bottled Cocktail on New Year's Eve

    Fizzy cocktails are nothing new. The Tom Collins, gin and tonic, French 75, Champagne cocktail and good old rum and Coke have been tickling noses for decades, if not centuries. But these days, bartenders in New York and San Francisco are making house-carbonated cocktails, and to hear them tell it, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Oh, My, Bertie's of Arcadia Is Retro-Riffic!

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    "The Real Bears" Takes a Jab at the Coca-Cola Bears

    Preempting Coca-Cola's polar bear themed holiday advertising campaign, the healthy eating advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest has launched a campaign aimed squarely at the lovable ambassadors of sugary delight. Their campaign called "The Real Bears," plays on the cute imagery of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    "James Dean" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Ice Cream Sodas at MacAlpine's

    The Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream Soda Where To Get It: MacAlpine's Soda Fountain, 7th Street and Oak How Much It Costs: $3.75 What It Really Costs: Possibly hundreds or thousands more. Depends on how much you like vintage furniture. I am a shameless fan of all things retro. My closet is crammed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    The Quest For a Good Gin and Tonic

    See Also: Last Call's Gin Primer, How to Drink It and Like It There I was behind the stick a few days ago. A guest ordered a gin and tonic. I whipped up one for him, he tasted it, and pronounced that it was a darn fine one. I shrugged my shoulders, and told him there's nothing to it. But that got m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Product Review: Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry

    We never really had a problem with the original Southern Comfort. Sweet and interesting, the spiced liqueur served its purpose as the standard cola mixer, and even made its way into the occasional cocktail. Then they started coming out with new flavors, like lime and pepper, which confused us -- if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Beyond Margaritas: More Great Tequila Drinks

    This week, the mailbag fell open to reveal a message/question in a bottle: "Help! We stocked up on tequila for margarita season. Now we're already tired of margaritas and still have lots of tequila, what should I do with it?" Simple: Send it to your favorite booze blogger. Oh, you mean you want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Classic Pimm's Cup Makes a Comeback in Metro Phoenix

    In this new series, Chow Bella blogger Nikki Buchanan shares what's hot right now -- and we're not talking about the temperature. Whether it's the latest trendy ingredient or the right dish for the season, she'll give you the backstory and where in town you can find it. It's official. Our five-mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Mojito Season Is Open!

    It's that time of year when my thoughts turn away from warm, comforting Irish Coffees and Hot Buttered Rums. Balmy days like these call for a light, refreshing tipple. Few drinks can match the refreshing power of a personal favorite, the Mojito. Problem is, it's next to impossible to find a well-cra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Talking Tonic with Rancho Pinot's Travis Nass

    Image via Apartment Therapy Take a sip back in time with Rancho Pinot's gin and tonic featuring homemade tonic​When it comes to classic cocktail perfection, it's hard to beat the Gin and Tonic. Crisp, well-balanced and crystal clear, drop in a few ice cubes and a slice of lime, and you've g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Carla Logan's Olive Tapanade

    Kholood Eid​In the kitchen with: Carla Logan, aka Carly Making: olive tapenade It's a sweltering July afternoon, but inside Carly's Bistro it's dim and cool, with blinds drawn to filter out the light. And although we came during the lull between lunch and dinner, the owner's life is plenty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Hot Fudge Root Beer Float Cupcakes: Consigliere to the Cupcake Mob

    How Sweet It Is​Is there no getting out of the cupcake mob? "Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in." -- AHHHHH! CUPCAKE GODFATHER! As much as I'd like to pass this one up, I simply cannot. Seriously, a hot fudge root beer float cupcake? With root beer frosting? That's fizzy? Fizzy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Make Your Own Harry Potter Butterbeer

    Food alchemy: Trying to turn ordinary cream soda into butterbeer.​In honor of this Friday's release of the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Virgin found it fitting to try to recreate one of the most magically delicious-sounding libations from the film series: Butt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Top Five Beers for the Road

    Only one thing could improve this view -- ice cold beers ​Yes, you read that right. Beer for the road -- a.k.a. Road Sodas. Seriously, it's road trip season and what makes road trips more fun? Beer, duh. Okay before you freak out, we're not talking about drinking beer while operating a vehic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Bernie Kantak's Pan-Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn Grits

    Citizen Public House​Yesterday, we caught up with Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale. Today, the busy chef shares a recipe for a dish that's currently on tap for Arizona Spring Restaurant Week.Pan seared scallops with roasted corn grits, snow pea greens and red rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Executed Murderer Eric King's Last Meal: Catfish, Collard Greens, and Corn Bread

    Catfish, collard greens, and cornbread: yum.​If there's one good thing about getting executed, it's the food.Eric John King was put to death this morning for the 1989 murders of two men at a Phoenix convenience store -- but he didn't die hungry.According to the Arizona Department of Correcti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Pop the Soda Shop Closes and Moves to Downtown Phoenix

    ​Pop the Soda shop was always the place where you could find those rare, nostalgic beverages that seem to pre-date beverage behemoths like Pepsi and Coke. Birch beer, sarsaparilla, Moxie, and countless kinds of cola filled the shelves of the longstanding store in South Scottsdale. Now t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Caffiend: Black-Eyed Duce

    E. Groves​The Duce, a new shopping and dining compound in Central Phoenix, offers everything from retro cocktails in the bar area to vintage French military fatigues in the shopping center. But one of the coolest components of this hub is a soda stand run by Jeff Guarino, owner of Pop the Soda Sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Caffiend: X-Drinx Kosmic Kola

    ​When it comes to high-octane sodas, few brands can compare to Jolt cola, which generally packs more than twice the caffeine of supercharged pops like Mountain Dew. But one fairly new "energy cola," X-Drinx, comes pretty darn close to Jolt-power.A 12-ounce bottle of X-Drinx Kosmic Kola contains un ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Tyler Christensen at Malee's Thai Bistro

    ​Not only is Tyler Christensen the bar manager at Malee's Thai Bistro, but he's also a musician, world traveler (where he picks up ingredients and ideas for drink creations) and public-transit advocate. Oh, and did we mention he started his own independent record label?One of Christensen's other p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Top 5 Least Fattening Cocktails

    fashiontribes.typepad.comOh to be drunk and skinny.​Last week we featured the Top 5 Cocktails That Will Make You Fat, so it's only fair to follow it up with what you may want to drink instead. Let's be frank: if you're trying to lose weight, you should probably stop drinking altogether; but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Newsflash: You Have to Be Bitchy to Make it in Beverly Hills, in this week's "TV Dinner"

    If TV has taught us anything about Beverly Hills, it's that it's full of super-rich, catty a-holes who are beautiful, own Chihuahuas, and are anti-Clampett. For once, can't somebody tell these folks where they can stick their Chanel? Hey, maybe someone on Food Network's new scripted reality show, P ... More >>

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    February 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Caffiend: Jolt Orange Blast

    E. Groves​Since it was introduced in 1985, Jolt Cola's had a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most caffeinated sodas, proudly standing by its motto of "All the sugar and twice the caffeine" -- at least until the cane sugar in the original recipe was replaced with high fructose corn s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Pop Culture: Dry Soda (Lemongrass)

    As I've mentioned a few times before, our tasting panel seems to loathe super-sweet sodas. In our last review, we made them get over it to appreciate Mountain Dew Voltage, a brilliant new Pepsi product. This week, we picked up something your dentist would like: Dry Soda's Lemongrass. With 50 calorie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Cherry 7UP with Antioxidants Reviewed

    It seems like every product on the market nowadays has to make a nod toward either being "green" or being healthy, so it is that we get the new Cherry 7Up with antioxidants. Now, if you live in Arizona you probably don't suffer from a shortage of vitamin E, the antioxidant in this bottle, but it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Pop Culture: Coke, Pepsi and RC Face Off in Cherry Form

    It's easy to forget now, when there are over a dozen flavors of Coca-Cola available, but a bottled cherry cola -- as opposed to the sort of cherry colas mixed up traditionally at drugstores and diners -- was once a revolution. Like you'd probably expect, Coke came up with it, Pepsi borrowed the idea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Pop Culture: Peñafiel Strawberry

    As I've written before, here in Phoenix we have amazing access to Mexican sodas - not to mention a store that sells nothing but soda - making this a truly great place to explore unusual soft drinks. Peñafiel Strawberry isn't quite an obscure soft drink, but it's not widely available stateside. I g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Pop Culture: Faygo Goes Fancy

    By Martin Cizmar Few sodas divide like Faygo. The Detroit soda is maligned by many because it’s cheap, super sweet and associated with Insane Clown Posse-loving Juggalos. On the other hand it’s beloved because it’s cheap, super sweet, and also associated with happy Midwestern childhoods sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Brew Review: Red Bull Cola

    By Jonathan McNamara I know, I know. Rest assured that we'll be diving back into your regularly scheduled dose of legitimate brew review next week (in fact, I'm currently securing some samples at the recommendation of Al the Pal) but this time around I'd like to focus on something that caught my at ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    December 13, 2006
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    December 2, 2004

    Meet Cute

    Dueling luncheonettes

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    September 30, 2004


    Lil' Mama's Soul Cafe

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    September 20, 2001

    Best Place For A First Date

    Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club

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    November 16, 2000

    Movie Madness

    Grand reopening at the Valley Art Theatre

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    July 14, 1993
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