‘Tis the Season for Holiday Beverages – and the Big Business They Bring

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The holiday season is upon us. That means Christmas lights, menorahs, lots of shopping, long lines to sit on Santa’s lap in the mall, and last but not least, holiday beverages.

With potential customers often out and about during this time period, fast-food restaurants and coffee shops have rolled out the seasonal drinks to lure in shoppers for quick refueling stops and possible in-store purchases. The holidays mean big business for these companies. Last year, for example, Dunkin’ Donuts got 27% of its U.S. revenue from the fourth quarter, when it sold red velvet lattes and salted caramel hot chocolates. Meanwhile, Starbucks said its holiday lineup in 2013 helped boost its revenue 12% in the three months through December. Read the rest of this entry »

Santa Fe’s Bargain Bars
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San Francisco Street sliders. All photos by Juliet White.

San Francisco Street sliders. All photos by Juliet White.

Santa Fe offers a number of budget-friendly happy hour deals. These five bars will stretch your dollar a little further.

San Francisco St. Bar & Grill

Conveniently located just off the Plaza, San Francisco Street Bar & Grill is the perfect place to recover from art or museum overload. Give your feet a rest as you chomp your way through sliders balanced on fluffy pretzel buns. This is also a great way for anyone leery of Santa Fe’s infamous obsession with spicy food to sample a green chile cheeseburger. Don’t like it? No problem. There are two other sliders on your plate. Beginning of a beautiful friendship? Awesome. There are plenty of full-size GCCB options in the City Different. If this is your first GCCB, be sure to pile the accompanying shredded lettuce and tomato onto your slider, because it dials down the heat. Alternatively, try the blackened mahi mahi fish tacos, which are accompanied by a fresh salsa comprised of mango, bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Read the rest of this entry »

More than Pinot: Exploring Portland’s Urban Winery Scene
Photo courtesy of Hip Chicks Do Wine

Photo courtesy of Hip Chicks Do Wine

What do you think of when you think of Oregon and wine? Most people would say pinot noir, but Portland’s leading edge urban wine scene is a reminder that Oregon’s winemakers have more tricks up their sleeves. Port in Portland? Check. Sangria in Stumptown? Got it. Rosé in the City of Roses? Oh yeah. But let’s ditch the puns and get to tasting. While at last count there were at least 12 winemakers in the city limits, here are three special ones look for on your next visit. Read the rest of this entry »

No Chinatown? No Problem! Part V: Phoenix
Water Boiled Beef at Szechwan Palace. Photo by Alexander Cowan.

Water Boiled Beef at Szechwan Palace. Photo by Alexander Cowan.

Beginning in the 1940s, Phoenix’s Chinatown disappeared largely without a trace. Today, the US Airways arena complex sits in its stead. However, before we can dismiss the original downtown Phoenix Chinatown completely, there is one significant reminder that Chinatown survives. Sing High Café was established in 1928, and while, like its Chinatown neighbors, it vacated its original premises, it only moved a short distance to the west, and remains in operation to this day on Madison Street. Sing High continues to serve Americanized Chinese food reminiscent of mid-20th century Cantonese tastes, though it has also updated parts of its menu to current trends. In this regard, Phoenix is fortunate to have a link to the past, mere steps away from the skyscrapers of downtown Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Are We “As American As Apple Pie”?
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Photo by invisible_helicopter

When we reflect on our American heritage, images of baseball, the Statue of Liberty, bald eagles, and perhaps most often, apple pie, immediately come to mind. But apples aren’t indigenous to America, so why is our identity so inextricably tied to this flaky dessert? Read the rest of this entry »


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