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Epic fail: Tropicana’s new look

Following a barrage of consumer complaints, Tropicana has decided to scrap its short-lived minimalist new look: Redesigned packaging that was introduced in early January is being discontinued, executives plan to announce on Monday, and the previous version will be brought back in the next month. Also returning will be the longtime Tropicana brand symbol, an [...]

Wandering Aengus Cider

We visited a farmer’s market in Portland last spring where we discovered Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, an artisanal cider producer located in Salem, Oregon. Their apples are organically grown, some of which are heirloom English and French varieties. In addition to three ciders (dry, semi-dry, and heirloom blend), they also make a pommeau — apple brandy [...]

Tropicana’s new look

By now you’ve probably seen Tropicana orange juice’s new design. Gone is the iconic straw stuck in an orange; it’s replaced with a semi-abstract closeup of a goblet of orange juice. The typefaces have also been modernized and the brand name relegated to a vertical treatment on the right side. It’s so minimal — generic, [...]


By now you’re probably aware of the full-scale absinthe revival happening in the U.S., but my decadent green elixir of choice is chartreuse. Like its notorious cousin, it’s anise-y, high in alcohol, and supposedly contains small amounts of thujone, the chemical in wormwood wrongly blamed for the absinthe-fueled death and dismemberment back in the day. [...]

More blood orange beverages

A while back I wrote about blood orange juice, my favorite winter beverage. If you like it a little stronger, Sepia in the West Loop offers a couple of seasonal drinks that really showcase the flavor of this delicious purple-red citrus fruit. The Blood and Stone, pictured above, is the blood and sand‘s deeper, darker [...]