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Babycinos, a Drink for Babies

Photograph from t1mmyb on Flickr At the bakery/cafe/lounge Buzz in Alexandria, Virginia, babies (and baby-ish age range) can get a kick-start on their fancy $4 coffee addiction. According to a press release: Kids can now enjoy their very own coffee bar beverage with Buzz’s new Babycino. The child-friendly concoction is caffeine-free, and made with cold regular or chocolate milk served in a 12-ounce cup, and topped with frothed foam and a drizzle of homemade chocolate sauce for $1. So basically it's just milk with stuff on top. "Babycino" was new to me, but actually has entries on both Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary. Do babies really care? Don't they just want bottles and juice boxes?... More

In Virginia, Beer-Sicles Are Legal Again

Rustico executive chef Frank Morales showing off his beer pops, banned last year, but back again. Almost a year ago to the day, the beer-centric restaurant Rustico in Alexandria, Virginia had to remove "beer pops" from their menu. The grown-up popsicles, available in flavors like "Raspbeer-y," didn't jibe with Virginia legislation. According to the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately after pouring. So where does that leave the brew pops, or other items on the menu like framboise-marinated red onions in the Hearts of Romaine Salad? When does beer become less liquid and more solid food? Rustico executive chef Frank Morales challenged ABC and thanks to a... More

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