May 26, 2011 |
The fact that we have a word in Korean, anju , specifically for types of food that one eats with alcohol, should give a good indication of how much Koreans love to drink. The drink of choice can be mekju (beer) or makgeolli (a cloudy unrefined rice wine), but it's usually soju , a clear distilled alcohol, traditionally made from rice and most often compared to vodka. I'm not sure which came first, the drinking or the snacking, but Koreans never drink without having something as an accompaniment.
May 3, 2004 |
To the unsuspecting person looking for a refreshing treat, a 16-ounce frozen coffee confection or frothy coffee drink can sure beat run-of-the-mill java. But although that unadorned cup of coffee has no calories before the addition of milk, cream or sugar, the same can't be said of its fancier cousins. Hot and cold lattes, espressos, mochas, cappuccinos and spiced teas known as chais can pack a hefty caloric punch. They may also supply a hefty chunk of the day's fat, carbohydrates and sugar.
October 30, 1990 |
When American League club presidents voted to nix champagne for post-season clubhouse celebrations, the pennant-winning Oakland A's needed a palatable substitute. They didn't have to look far. It was Martinelli's Gold Medal Sparkling Cider to the rescue. Made since the 1920s in Watsonville, about 120 miles south of Oakland, the bubbly pure apple juice in the green champagne bottle has found its way onto many a Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinner table.
October 6, 2009 |
The United States needs a healthcare sweet spot -- a way to raise revenue for needed programs now and a way to lower healthcare costs in the future. Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages -- those with added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or so-called fruit juice concentrates -- would answer that need, and California could be the test case that proves it once and for all. There is arresting logic to the numbers. There are already minor surcharges on soda in many states -- fractions of a cent per ounce in most cases.
September 13, 2012 |
The war on fat-making, sugar-rushing sodas has begun. New York City's Board of Health, acting on the wishes of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has adopted a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other venues. The regulation puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other such bad-for-you beverages. Those needing an intense glucose fix can still obtain big-gulp-size drinks at supermarkets and convenience stores.
October 7, 2009 |
While summer's still a living memory, one more fruit-scented wheat beer. Pyramid Breweries calls this one Audacious Apricot Ale and fills the label with sketchy but clearly reckless surfing figures, presumably so nobody will think it's some kind of frivolous soda pop. It certainly isn't. It's a much-decorated brew that goes back 15 years (even before Pyramid was calling itself Pyramid) and helped create the fruit beer phenomenon in this country. So Pyramid knows what it's doing.
November 18, 2007 |
McDonald's Corp. said it would start selling sweetened iced tea, smoothies and bottled beverages to build on U.S. sales gains from specialty coffees. The addition of the new beverages in the next two years would increase annual sales by $125,000 a restaurant, Donald Thompson, McDonald's U.S. chief, said during a meeting with analysts. Average revenue per restaurant is $2.2 million a year. "We call our iced-tea business money in a cup," Karen King, eastern U.S.
April 12, 2007 |
Cocaine is a drug, federal health officials say. So what's the news? This Cocaine is an energy drink produced by a Las Vegas company. It contains no actual cocaine but is being marketed as "The Legal Alternative" to the illegal drug, according to its website. Its logo appears to be spelled out in a white powder that resembles the drug.
April 22, 1986 |
The government increased the price of liquor Monday by more than 14% to curtail the dramatic rise in drinking. The National Office for Materials and Prices said the populace spends 10% of its income on alcoholic beverages, more than the total spent on meat, milk and other dairy products.
July 22, 2002
Re Michael Ramirez's July 18 editorial cartoon suggesting that John Walker Lindh's association with the Taliban was in some way influenced by not having "good parents": I wonder if he would suggest the same thing about Noelle Bush's drug addiction, or Jenna and Barbara Bush's illegal behavior with alcoholic beverages. It's the parents? Jay Stevens Long Beach