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  • Julie Cohen of Sauce mentions Straub's for our extensive beverage selection.

    Associate Editor for Sauce Magazine, Julie Cohen, shared a blog post about her three favorite foodie items of the moment. Straub’s got a mention for our extensive beverage selection. See Julie’s comment below:

    “Forgive me, but now that I’m pregnant, I miss red wine and cocktails something fierce. Luckily, Straub’s non-alcoholic beverage offerings have proven to be excellent. From GuS’ not-too-sugary sodas to  an excessively awesome root beer selection, grabbing drinks to bring to a party is almost fun.”

     

    Julie’s right—We do offer a LOT! In addition to GuS, or “Grown Up Soda,” we also offer many varieties of sodas from local Excel Bottling Co. and our Root Beer section alone features approximately 50 different kinds. Feel free to browse our offerings at all four locations!

    See all three of her fave fixations on Sauce Magazine’s Blog!

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  • With 2013 around the corner, many people are already planning their life changing goals and resolutions…

    With 2013 around the corner, many people are already planning their life changing goals and resolutions. It’s not surprising that with the obesity statistics being so high that many New Years Resolutions include losing weight. The high count of empty carbs and sugars in a lot of gluten-free foods can mean weight problems for many of the gluten-free eating public. It can be difficult to find good replacements for favorite foods that carry the same benefits in nutrition as the gluten containing counterparts. The blog at glutenfreeworks.com offers many tips and tricks on managing a gluten free diet. No one really enjoys dieting, but it can be even more difficult when your diet is already restricted due to allergies, ethical choices, or medical reasons. Here are some tips for watching your waistline on a gluten-free diet:

    • Stop snacking! Instead, split your meals from three large ones into four or five smaller ones. The end result is that you are full all day and have no need to binge on snack foods.
    • Limit the amount of gluten-free substitutes that you buy. Put your powers to good use by having three days a week with no gluten-free substitutes. Try to look for the foods that use gluten-free whole grains rather than white rice flour.
    • Curb the Carb Cravings. One of the challenges of a gluten-free diet is that it can leave you wanting. It’s hard enough to restrict all of your eating, who really wants to fight those cravings to restrict their diet even more? Luckily for us, the L.A. Gluten Free Examiner has supplied a great article about curbing those carb cravings. Once that’s under control your will power will once again reign supreme.
    • Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Try a hot cereal like Quinoa Flakes or Cream of Rice Cereal. Another great breakfast is a smoothie made with coconut flour, fruit and yogurt.
    • Put your label reading to good use. While you are scanning to find out if what you are eating is gluten-free, keep an eye out for sugar and preservatives as well.
    • Focus on eating mostly whole foods. This includes meat, fruit, vegetables or beans. This can also help you save on the grocery budget and start saving for smaller clothes!
    • Make Friends with Your Sweet Tooth. We all know what happens when the sweet tooth is denied for too long. It takes over, possession-style and destroys everything you’ve worked hard to do. Make friends with your sweet tooth by offering some better options: keep sweet treats on hand to replace gluten-free substitutes that might work against you. Frozen bananas are super sweet and make a great dessert.
    • Get plenty of sleep. The body, gluten-free or otherwise, functions better when it is well rested. This also includes improved metabolism and digestion.
    • Exercise! There is no change in diet that will help you lose weight and keep it off without adding exercise.

    No matter what your weight loss goals are for the new year, these suggestions should help get you started on the path to success.

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  • "The Straub’s gift basket is amazing! I didn’t realize there was a bottle of Hess Select Chardonnay included. That is my favorite Chardonnay! I gave Andy the night off from cooking and I made the spaghetti with the Rigazzi’s sauce, and it was a winner. I will not share with you how many Bissinger chocolates I have eaten, but I will tell you that the Christmas tree scented candle is exactly what my house needs. It smells wonderful."

    “The Straub’s gift basket is amazing! I didn’t realize there was a bottle of Hess Select Chardonnay included. That is my favorite Chardonnay! I gave Andy the night off from cooking and I made the spaghetti with the Rigazzi’s sauce, and it was a winner. I will not share with you how many Bissinger chocolates I have eaten, but I will tell you that the Christmas tree scented candle is exactly what my house needs. It smells wonderful.”

    Order a custom basket like the one described or the one pictured below, or create your very own! Call 314.725.2121 ext 12 for more information.

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  • With 2013 on the horizon, it's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve. Ring in the New Year with Straub's.

    With 2013 on the horizon, it’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve—if you haven’t already done so! Ring in the New Year with a great Champagne or Sparkling Wine from Straub’s. Here are some of our favorites:

    Spectacular Sparkling Wines

    Domaine Saint Vincent Brut Sparkling

    Using the méthode champenoise, this entry-level sparkling wine is surprisingly close to the real deal. Displaying a fine mousse—the mark of well-made wine—and bright fruit notes, Domaine Saint-Vincent is balanced by a subtle, nutty & yeasty note. On sale December 24-31, $10.99, 750 mL.

    Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

    Its fresh, toasty nose; beautiful citrus; green apple and mineral flavors; supple, lively mouth-feel; and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own or with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes. On sale through December 31, $8.99, 750 mL.

    Saint Hilaire Brut (Blanquette de Limoux)

    France’s oldest sparkling wine was developed more than a century before champagne by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire in the Southern foothills of Limoux. Fresh, Lively, Crisp and Dry. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate says it’s “similar to top quality non-vintage champagne at one third the price.” $13.99, 750 mL.

    La Marca Prosecco

    Awarded a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator! A delicate, well balanced Prosecco showing a good blend of baked apple, sour lemon & grapefruit, with a light creamy mineral texture on the palate. $15.79, 750 mL.

    Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut

    Awarded an 87 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine! Often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly,” Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s most popular cava. It is crisp, clean and well balanced with a medium body and a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors. This sparkling wine ends with a smooth, moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. $13.49, 750 mL.

    The Real Deal from Champagne, France

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

    Awarded a 92 point rating from Wine Spectator! The high proportion of priceless reserve wines used to create this cuvée ensures the continuity of this prized champagne from Veuve Clicquot. Tightly knit, focused by racy acidity and a streak of minerality, this offers subtle notes of white peach, anise, biscuit and kumquat. The refined finish echoes a smoky note. $61.99, 750 mL.

    Don’t Forget the Kids!

    Martinelli Sparkling Juices

    Great for bubbly drinkers of all ages and those who wish to celebrate responsibly! Corked and foil wrapped in traditional bottles, Martinelli Sparkling Juices have all of the flavor and fun of champagne without the alcohol. $4.59, 25.4 oz. (On sale 2/$6 December 24-31, plus get one 25.4 oz. bottle FREE December 28-31 when you like us on Facebook!)

    Pairing ideas…

    Wild Hibiscus Flowers

    See our blog on sophisticated drink decorations and easy hors d’oeuvres for your New Year’s celebrations!

     

    **Check with stores for current pricing and availability.**

     

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