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Virgil's Dr. Better

August 21, 2014 in

After failed attempts at turning up the original “Dr. Type” drinks from the early 1900s, the soda savants at Virgil’s set out to reverse engineer the recipe using their finely-honed taste buds. Leveraging their knowledge of roots, spices and fruits, they deftly discerned the key ingredients. They are not mere mimickers, however. They are libation artists. Doctoring up their findings, they created a uniquely better beverage, one they felt could rival their inimitable, micro-brewed Root Beer: Virgil’s Dr. BetterHuge fans of their root beer, we were thirsting to give Dr. Better a go. When we took our first sips, we understood the name. Dr. Better is...

Chicago is a city with style. From jazz to architecture to world-class cuisine, the third-largest city in the U.S. is an exemplar of chic civilization. It only seems fitting that a city with such panache would extend its urbanity to popcorn. Chicago Style Popcorn Mix is as out-of-the-box as jazz improvisation and as iconic as deep-dish pizza. The 7-ounce bag contains an unlikely duet of flavors. Half of the fluffy, white, kettle corn is drizzled with caramel made from brown and cane sugars, and brown rice syrup. The other half is dusted with...

Sweet Chili Chèvre

August 08, 2014 in

When we think of cheese and milk in the U.S., we think cows. However, much of the rest of the world thinks goats. And though we might not classify chèvre (from chièvre, Old French for “goat”) as exotic, we still tend not to enjoy it all that often. Consider Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Chèvre an excellent excuse to add more goat cheese into your diet! More similar to human milk (than is cow’s milk), chèvre is also easier on the digestive tract. It has are more tart taste due to a higher proportion of fatty acids (than are present in cow’s milk cheese). And...