Starbucks Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas Don't Suck (And Now You Can Have Coffee Soda)

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Lauren Saria
Starbucks new sodas are refreshing -- and caffiene-free -- summer drinks.
The Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Fizzio Sodas
Where to Get It: Test markets, including Phoenix
Price: $2.45 for a Tall
What It Really Costs: The shame of frequenting the Starbucks drive-thru (don't lie, you know you do it)

Late last month, Starbucks unleashed its newest product on 16 states in the southern US including our own. And if you've been paying close attention, you won't be that surprised to know that the new addition to the coffee chain's menu is handcrafted sodas.

The company has been testing a line of carbonated drinks in certain markets for some time now but still hasn't announced when the drinks will be available nationwide. I'll admit I had reservations about the prospect of fancy Starbucks sodas (especially since I usually stay away from soda unless it's paired with vodka or tequila).

But after a few tries, I have to admit, they're pretty good.


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Irish Reuben Egg Rolls at Rosie McCaffrey's: The Perfect Mess-Less Drunk Food for an Irish Pub

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Lauren Saria
The Guilty Pleasure: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls
Where to Get It: Rosie McCaffrey's
Price: $9
What It Really Costs: A few hours of sauerkraut breath

It's practically scientifically proven than when you're drunk you crave food that involves two things: cheese and a deep fryer. In most situations a good plate of cheese sticks will do, or maybe a greasy slice of cheesy pizza.

But when you're at an Irish pub drinking Irish beer, only one thing will do: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls.


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Churros Rellenos de Cajeta de Cabra: Who Needs a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich?

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Lauren Saria
The Guilty Pleasure: Churros Rellenos de Cajeta de Cabra
Where to Get It: Barrio Cafe
Price: $12
What It Really Costs: Who cares? It's delicious

Ok, Phoenix. Last week we told you about the awesome-est sounding thing ever, the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. In case you missed it, they're really happening right now in Los Angeles, specifically at Churro Burrough, where you can fill you churro sandwich with an ice cream flavor of your own choosing.

At first we were thought, "What? I can have a horchata ice cream sandwich with deep fried cinnamon sugar dough as the bread? Amazing!"

Then we realized we didn't need to make a pilgrimage to the City of Angels because we've got the best churro-ice cream combo right here in our own city.


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Filiberto's Burritos Might Not Be the Best, But They're 24/7 -- and Not as Unhealthy as You Might Think

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Heather Hoch
Sometimes reliability is all you need in your burrito.
The Guilty Pleasure: Bean and Cheese Burrito with Sour Cream, Rice, and Potatoes
Where To Get It: Any Filiberto's location
Price: $7.01
What It Really Costs: Strange Glances at the Drive-Thru Window

It's nice to eat local and organic, but after one too many drinks on a Friday night, the prospect of going home to a near-empty fridge and assembling something from fig jam and kale and whatever else you have yet to eat in there is just sad. If you can just swallow your food snob pride for a minute, Filiberto's will make sure that you never have to go home alone after a party.


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The Taco Bell Quesarito: Get Ready for a Letdown

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Lauren Saria
Behold, the Taco Bell Quesarito.
The Guilty Pleasure: Quesarito
Where to Get It: Taco Bell
Price: $2 to $3
What It Really Costs: 300 calories of fat per Quesarito and regret . . . lots of regret.

On Monday, Taco Bell introduced its newest creation, the Quesarito. For those who can't figure out what the menu item entails based on the name, it's a combination of a quesadilla and a burrito -- or a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla rather than a plain tortilla.

Where did this crazy, novel idea come from, you ask? Well, Chipotle, which has been serving this hybrid dish for some time now -- though only on a "secret" menu. We've tried the Chipotle version and told you about the experience. Now it's Taco Bell's turn.


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Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreos: We Tried Them So You Don't Have To

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Lauren Saria
They may look pretty, but don't let that deceive you.
The Guilty Pleasure: Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreos
Where to Get It: Walmart, of course!
Price: About $3
What it Really Costs: A few hours of your taste buds' ability to actually taste.

We wish we were joking but no, these fruit punch flavored Oreos are a real thing. Like the watermelon Oreos you may or may not remember from last summer, they're a "limited edition" variety of cookie that will only be available at Walmart while supplies last.

Luckily for those fruit punch Oreo fans out there, we have a feeling that's going to be for a long while.


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Taco Bell's Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos: You're Going To Want Some Water

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Lauren Saria
The new Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell.
The Guilty Pleasure: Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos
Where to Get It: Taco Bell
Price: About $2
What It Really Costs: Try saying "Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco" without feeling ridiculous. Just try.

It seems Taco Bell is incapable of leaving the whole "Doritos Locos" line of menu items alone for more than a few months at at time. I can't blame them because people really do go loco over this stuff. This time around they've switched out the ground beef in the Doritos Locos Tacos for shredded chicken and spicy ranch sauce.


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Ben & Jerry's Hazed and Confused Ice Cream Will Blow Your Nutella-Loving Mind

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Lauren Saria
Nutella + ice cream = perfection.
The Guilty Pleasure: Ben & Jerry's Hazed and Confused Ice Cream
Where to Get It: The freezer aisle of your local grocery store
Price: About $5
What It Really Costs: A whooping 1,120 calories if you finish the whole pint.

It's been few months since Ben & Jerrys released their new line of Core ice creams. But of course, if you're an ice cream addict (guilty), you seldom stray from your tried and true favorite flavors. (Half Baked, anyone?!)

Well, I finally decided to risk a five spot on trying out on the new creations. If you haven't already heard, Cores combine two flavors of ice cream in every pint and offers a core of filling that runs down the center of the entire container. There are four different varieties, but the one I was most excited to try was Hazed & Confused, which combines chocolate and hazelnut ice cream with a hazelnut fudge core.


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Carne Asada Fries: A Southern California Classic Available Right Here in Tempe

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Lauren Saria
Carne asada fries at Taco Nazo in Tempe.
The Guilty Pleasure: Carne Asada Fries
Where to Get It: Taco Nazo in Tempe
Price: About $6
What It Really Costs: At least an extra hour at the gym

If you're from southern California then you're probably already familiar with carne asada fries. According to reliable sources (read: Wikipedia), this Mexican-American dish originates from San Diego and becomes increasingly difficult to find as you travel farther from the city.

Luckily for us, there's at least a few places in town doing their own versions of this finger food -- though, realistically you're going to want a fork. The version at Taco Nazo in Tempe is a pretty solid rendition, delivering on the necessary greasy fries and abundance of shredded cheese. Is it authentic Mexican cuisine? Nope. But it is a near-perfect blend of two favorite dishes: nachos and fries.


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Mountain Dew Baja Blast Coming Soon to More Places Than Just Taco Bell

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Twitter/@mtn_dew
Yes.

The Guilty Pleasure: Mountain Dew Baja Blast
Where to Get It: All over the place pretty soon.
Price: Varies by a number of factors. Expect the same price as regular Mountain Dew.
What it Really Costs: The usual soda schtick of empty calories and liquid candy. Plus loads of caffeine.

It's pretty unusual for a massive food and beverage company to have something that one could call a cult favorite. That's exactly what Pepsico has with its Taco Bell-exclusive Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

In case you aren't familiar with Baja Blast, it's a product of the longstanding association between Taco Bell and Pepsico, which once owned the restaurant chain. Pepsico came up with a lime-flavored version of Mountain Dew to pair with the vaguely Mexican flavors of Taco Bell. The combination worked, and Baja Blast was enough of a hit that it's been available at Taco Bell for the past 10 years.

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