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One Brand of Coconut Water Destroys All Others

Ever since giving up soda a couple months back, I've been drinking a lot of iced tea and coconut water. A lot of coconut water. After having drunk, tasted, and meticulously note-taken my way through every brand of coconut water I could find, I consider myself a sort of expert on the subject, and I've got some opinions on what makes great coconut water, and who does it the best. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Pork Dumplings

Frozen dumplings can be flavorful, satisfying, and almost indistinguishable from fresh ones, especially when you cook them properly. Then again...they can also suck. That's why we set out to try as many nationally available brands of Chinese-style pork dumplings and potstickers as we could get our hands on, tasting each and every one to see which ones are worth your precious freezer space. More

2 Vegan Cheeses That Anyone Can Love

There's a dearth of good vegan cheese alternatives out there. Some are downright abysmal with tofu-like flavor or watery, grainy interiors. Others come closer to the mark. But even the very best melting-style cheeses are a far cry from the real deal. The good news is that there are two cheese-style products I've found that are not just good-for-vegan food, but are good enough that anyone should be happy eating them. More

Taste Test: The Best Fancy Drinking Chocolate

Whether or not you're suffering from winter-induced gloom, there's nothing a good, rich cup of drinking chocolate won't help. Yes, drinking chocolate—powdered hot cocoa's fancy-pants cousin, made from the finest beans and the richest ingredients, and meant to hit you hard, like a liquid-chocolate freight train. Here are three of our favorites. More

5 Occasion-Worthy Salami We Love

I've often thought that I could live on beef tartare and cured meats alone. But the true testament to my obsession is that I still think that after trying 20 of the country's most highly rated salumi. In one sitting. Here are my favorite dry-cured salami that are not only worth their salt hangover, but 100% worth going out of your way to order online if you can't find them at a specialty shop near you. More

The Best Spiced Nuts From Trader Joe's

I can't think of another snack that nails the triple C (classic, comforting, classy) trifecta as perfectly as spiced nuts. They're total crowd-pleasers that don't require any prep more than dumping 'em into pretty bowls for serving. We tried 12 varieties from Trader Joe's to see which ones to stock up on this holiday season. More

Taste Test: Who Makes the Best Natural-Casing Hot Dog in the Bay Area?

I may no longer be a New Yorker, but I am a die hard fan of the New York hot dog. Aside from a good slice of pizza, it's the thing I'll undoubtedly miss most at my new home on the West Coast. But as a recent (and permanent) Bay Area resident, I know that unless I'm making them myself, I'd better start scouring those supermarket shelves for a worthy hot dog to become my new go-to. Here's what we found. More

Who Knew Butter and Dairy-Free Cookies Could Be So Good? New Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough From Hampton Creek is Solid

Last year, Hampton Creek's Just Mayo vegan mayonnaise beat out our winning brand of traditional mayonnaise in a blind taste test. Now the company is about to release Just Cookie Dough, the vegan chocolate chip cookie dough they've been working on. Could their cookies pull off the same trick as their mayo in an informal taste test? We enlisted the help of strangers to find out. More

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