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The Editors' Table: September 2014

August 29, 2014

Root Beer

I am not a soda drinker—unless, of course, I’m out of the country. I can still vividly picture driving around the verdant Tuscan countryside on my honeymoon sipping a Coke, and quenching my parched throat with an old school glass bottle of Coke at the top of a strenuous rainforest hike in Costa Rica. Why do I suddenly gravitate to this name brand most Americans consume on a daily basis when I’m abroad? Because outside of the U.S., it’s made with sugar, not corn syrup, and it just tastes better. Enter Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value sodas, which are made with 100 percent cane sugar. As far as I’m concerned, Whole Foods’ all-natural sodas win out over the corn syrup–based name brands every time—and the root beer version seen here is perfect for making all-natural root beer floats. JGG


The Ice Age

My wife was the one who first brought zero-calorie, sparkling, interestingly flavored beverages into our home. And my typical-male, knee-jerk response was to think, “Chick drinks.” But as the gray further creeps into what’s left on my ever-balding globe, and my waistline grows ever-easier to behold (and more difficult to control), such simple-minded recriminations have ceased—all the easier for me with the rise of newer-age fortified sparkling “ice” type beverages that have found so much favor these days, like this Super Chill Ice product from SuperValu. No calories? Refreshing? Tasty? And an antioxidant boost, to boot? If this is middle age, I’ll take mine on ice. DJP



Guava Nectar

 Ahold USA’s Stop & Shop brand Guava Nectar is a perfect example of how a unique store brand can get shoppers into your store. I have to drive past Shoprite to get to Stop & Shop from my house. So, frankly, I would never bother to shop there, except for this: I don’t know where else to buy guava nectar, and it’s delicious. This one isn’t too pulpy to drink all on its own, but it’s also great mixed with sparkling water or in alcoholic drinks.  

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