Sparkling Ice

During June I have become a fan of Sparkling Ice, a zero calorie flavored drink. I discovered this product when I limped into Katy Trail Bike Rental in Defiance one Sunday morning with a painful thigh cramp and an empty water bottle. After a bottle of  Kiwi Strawberry flavored Sparkling Ice from their cooler and a brief rest, I was on my way.

I tracked down Sparkling Ice and found it at Wal-Mart and Dierbergs. I’ve tried several of their flavors but prefer the Kiwi Strawberry. Although the Pink Grapefruit flavor is a very close second!


What I like about this stuff is the flavors are sweet but not overwhelming (unlike most mainstream diet sodas). Also, the carbonation is just enough to liven up the drink but not quite enough to make you feel bloated. My only problem with Sparkling Ice is the poor design of the bottles: they are tall and slim and tend to fall over inside my refrigerator.

If you are a diet soda drinker, you might like Sparkling Ice. Dierbergs has Sparkling Ice on sale this weekend: a 17 ounce bottle for 88 cents.







Spotted this week at the Wash U Medical School’s weekly Farmer’s Market.


The market is set up each Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the plaza, a couple of blocks south of the intersection of Forest Park Avenue and Euclid.

Since next Thursday is July 4th, next week’s market will be held on Tuesday, July 2.



prasino, St. Charles

Thanks to the folks at prasino in St. Charles for inviting me to visit and try out some of their food and drink!

Up first was a delicious Magherita Flatbread. It went well with Goose Island Nut Brown Ale.

Magherita Flatbread

Then came the Lobster Avocado appetizer. It contains chunks of chilled lobster atop an avocado. A nice looking dish with some interesting flavor combos.

Lobster avocado

The Halibut was a gorgeous and tasty chunk of fish, nicely grilled and presented.


And here’s prasino’s take on Gooey Butter Cake. Looks good, no?


FYI, prasino is located where the old Noah’s Ark used to be, at the 5th Street exit off I-70. Find them online by clicking HERE. Check their menus. They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late evening. For your Google map: 1520 S. 5th St. St. Charles, MO 63303.


Father’s Day Deal at Roadhouse

On June 16, dad can enjoy a free Sunday brunch at Highway 61 Roadhouse when you bring in dad’s ugliest tie. One tie per dad per visit. Dine in only.


Highway 61 Roadhouse is located at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue in Webster Groves. Brunch begins at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday at the Roadhouse.

Dad's Day3

If you come in after brunch, dad can enjoy a 14.99 discount off dinner in exchange for that ugly necktie.

Liquid Vacation

P Moss is the owner of Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas (“the world’s only 24/7 tiki bar”), as well as the Double Down Saloon is Vegas and NYC. P Moss is also the inventor of the Bacon Martini!

And coming soon for summertime Tiki parties, he has a new book on the way called Liquid Vacation, about those tasty drinks that are sometimes served with little paper umbrellas.

cover - liquid vacation

Along with drink recipes, the book also shares some Tiki background. According to the release, “The historical narrative behind these exotic elixirs, as told by the author, is a nostalgic romp through the origins of the Las Vegas tiki bar culture, showing direct links from gone but not forgotten iconic 1960s treasures Aku Aku and Don The Beachcomber to Frankie’s Tiki Room today.”

You can pre-order Liquid Vacation now on Amazon for 21.64 (+shipping).

Drink up!