How Do Bacon Mints and Bacon Soda Sound To You?

Fried bacon strips

There is almost no food that exists in America that someone has not added bacon to. Even ice cream hasn’t been safe from this savory, salty staple. But what does the bacon lover do when there’s just not enough time to fry up a batch? I headed over to Rocket Fizz, a soda and candy […]

Louisville Isn’t Just For Horses Anymore

Louisville Slugger Scratch

Every May, over two hundred thousand people gallop into Louisville for the pomp and circumstance of the Kentucky Derby. Beyond those couple of weeks in late spring, few think of Louisville, Kentucky as a prime place to go on vacation. Yet, we are here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth – […]

Which Watch: The Moto 360 Now or Apple Watch Next Year?

Moto 360 side by side

Friends, Romans, countrymen — lend me your wrists. Also, your wallets. Because if you want a smartwatch, it’s gonna cost you. The new Motorola Moto 360 runs $250 with a leather band or $300 with a steel one, while Apple’s just-announced Apple Watch will start at $349 — and heaven knows how far it’ll skyrocket […]

Ditch Your Pricey Gym Membership for These Top Alternatives

Alternatives to gym memberships scratch

Is there a way to tone your arms and legs without it costing an arm and a leg? Can you trim the fat while trimming your budget? Could this wordplay get any worse? The answers to these questions are yes, yes, and God I hope not. Here are a handful of alternatives to an expensive […]

Pizza CONSPIRACY: Are You Getting The Most Toppings for Your Money?

pizza conspiracy scratch

Is anybody looking? Ok good, we’re alone. I was tipped off to the fact that there’s a conspiracy going on amongst the major pizza brands. I decided to put my theory to the test, and I blew the lid off the whole thing. It goes all the way to the TOP(ping)! TRANSCRIPT Josh Androsky: Guys, […]

Six Smartphones That Cost Less Than the iPhone 6

Huawei Ascend G7

If you’re anything like me, well, seek therapy. Seriously, though, if you’re anything like me, you were pretty excited to see Apple unveil two new iPhones a couple days ago: Big and Bigger, otherwise known as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. You were less excited, though, about the pricing: $199 and $299 for a […]

Six Secrets of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

It’s official: the iPhone 6 exists. And so does its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple just about melted the Internet yesterday with news of the two new models, a new mobile-payments system, and the biggest attack on your wrist since the Swatch watch. Of course, with so much information flying so fast and […]

You Really Think Rochester NY is Boring? Think Again!

George Eastman House Scratch

Sure, New York City is the city that never sleeps. And Los Angeles should be named the “City of Sunshine.” Of course, Paris has that famous half-smiling painted woman on display in the crowded museum. But a real traveler, a true explorer, wants to go to places, cities, towns that others would never think of […]

Premium Green Juices: Are They Worth Their Premium Price Tags?

Green Juice Scratch

“Going green” has become the new norm. It seems like everyone I know is now a fan of organic produce, free-range eggs and sustainably manufactured yoga pants. Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the case of fancypants juices. You’ve seen them around, listed on the chalkboards of coffee shops and clutched in the […]

When To Buy Generic and When To Buy Name Brand

Name Brand Generic Scratch

When I was a child, my mother’s fridge wasn’t stocked with Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, or Dr. Pepper. We had Shasta and Mountain Lightning and Dr. Thunder (or, if we really wanted to cut loose, Ramp). And so in honor of Mother’s Day – aka the day I remembered that I forgot Mother’s Day – here’s […]

The New Moto G: Shut Up and Take My Money, Motorola!

New Moto G in hand

Earlier today, Motorola took the wraps off a bunch of new products, included a souped-up Moto X, the breathlessly awaited Moto 360 smartwatch, and the successor to one of the top-selling smartphones of 2014: the Moto G. Let me cut right to the chase. If you’re thinking of buying a new smartphone, buy the new […]

I Finally Broke Up With Farm Fresh To You

Asian business woman bored with salad bowl

We’ve all been there – you’re emotionally invested. You don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted your time and energy, so you put off your break-up thinking, “Things will change! We’ll talk it out and everything will be different!” That’s exactly how I felt every time I received my delivery from Farm Fresh To You. […]

I Didn’t Leave My Money in San Francisco

Nob Hill, San Francisco

It doesn’t take much to find the eccentric, odd, bizarre, and obscure in San Francisco. The Bay Area has always been good at being “different,” which has led to it being at the forefront of some pretty remarkable movements, new ideas, technology, and revolutions . San Francisco can also be a very expensive city and […]

How to Get Restaurant Quality Food Without Putting On Pants

Restaurant Food at Grocery Store Scratch

If you’re like me, you love eating at restaurants but often find yourself balking at that pesky, “No shirt, no shoes, no service” policy. Luckily, as part of their consistent effort to get our dollars in any way possible, more and more name-brand restaurants are bringing their flavors to the grocery store. So put on […]

Five New Tech Freebies You Won’t Want to Miss

Pixlr for desktop

Regular Scratch readers know of my affinity for all things free, whether it’s an app bundle or a Microsoft Office alternative or two months of audiobook service Audible.  Sure, sure, smiles and hugs and the smell of freshly baked bread are pretty good, too, but they’re not quite so thrilling as free stuff. With that […]

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