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Just when I thought I’d broken my bond with Starbucks, something pulls me back in. I pretty much curbed my tea habit during the pandemic, opting for sparkling water over my go-to iced chai on slow afternoons. I can’t tell you the last time I visited a coffee shop (shout-out to social distancing), but after seeing a recent matcha trend go viral on TikTok, I decided I needed to get into gear and find a Starbucks drive-through location. My order? An iced matcha latte with two pumps of chai.

The iced matcha order

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Church Hill recently welcomed Second Bottle Wine & Snack Shop — its name an ode to the perennial question among friends and family, “Should we pop another?” — from onetime New Yorker Erin Keene. Oenophiles can find a hefty collection of wines, including natural and low-intervention selections, Spanish reds, and Virginia vintages, in addition to a pretty bangin’ lineup of tinned fish. (Richmond magazine)

Richmond Famous

Local cookbook authors, food bloggers and YouTube chefs are sharing their culinary gifts with the masses and gaining quite the following. We check in with a nutritionist whose blog led to a book

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From washing raw chicken to throwing out bread that’s stale, there’s a lot of terrible cooking advice out there. Spanning the downright dangerous to the simply unhelpful, these are the cooking tips you should always ignore.

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If you’re using garlic, don’t ignore the recipe: if it calls for ground garlic, grind it; if it needs to be chopped, chop it. It’s important to follow instructions as the intensity and

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared indoors at a restaurant in a county where indoor dining is not allowed, but the governor’s office has said he did not dine at the restaurant. 

He was there to meet with the restaurant’s owners, who received a relief grant, Newsom spokesperson Daniel Lopez told Fox News. 

 Newsom posted a video to his TikTok account with celebrity George Lopez talking about where to look for coronavirus vaccine eligibility. Newsom and Lopez were in Fresno, Calif., and are inside Los Amigos restaurant.

A separate video of Lopez was posted to the Los Amigos restaurant’s Facebook page.

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Theory Wellness, Berkshire County’s first recreational marijuana shop, is entering the rapidly growing infused beverage category with their new project: Hi5.

The emergence of cannabis beverages on the East Coast is an extension of the booming THC-infused beverage trend at which Theory Wellness, headquartered in Stoneham, is at the forefront.

Hi5, is cannabis-infused seltzer, containing zero-calories, all-natural flavors, and rapid on-set effects, provides consumers with a new way to enjoy cannabis. Unlike other forms of cannabis, the social aspect of an infused beverage offers a direct, healthier alternative to alcohol.

Hi5, aptly named for helping you feel good in five

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Neon Zebra cocktail mixers


PepsiCo will launch a line of cocktail mixers under a new brand, Neon Zebra, next month.

The food and beverage giant started working on the products two years ago, before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered bars. Pepsi had already been tracking the at-home drinking trend, particularly by consumers between the ages of 21 and 34 years old.

“They’re really looking for convenience and high-quality ingredients in their at-home experience,” said Emily Silver, vice president of innovation and capabilities for PepsiCo’s North American beverage business. “The traditional category norm is those big jugs, like those margarita mixers

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