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SoBe Lifewater May Be In Hot Water

SoBe Lifewater is a brand of flavored waters that makes an effort to stand out from the pack by including little anecdotes on the inside of its bottle caps. However, a recent message is not eliciting as many smiles.

A recent article posted on GrubStreet.com details how some bottle caps contain a strange, somewhat creepy message: “Help me trapped in SoBe factory.” This short phrase is enough to make anyone pause, especially in light of growing human trafficking concerns all over the world.

Officials at the company quickly took to Twitter to address the issue, saying that it was a mistake that was meant to be funny. They promised not to make anymore caps with this message, but stated that the message is still in circulation and will take some time to basically die out.

Personally, I’m not sure if this was really a prank, or if there is some poor soul out there, literally trapped in a Sobe factory. Adam Sender doesn’t know either. I just hope the company gets to the bottom of this issue so that it won’t happen again.

Haidar Barbouti and his Anti-Foodie Stance

In the last decade or so, the term “foodie” has popped up into the casual English language. Basically it is in reference to someone who is considered a “trend setter” when it comes to eating the latest popular dishes. Food, like many other areas in life, can go up and down and offer different popular services. Clothing has different trends, vehicles have different trends, where to live can be trendy, and the same is true in food. However, Haidar Barbouti really doesn’t care what is trendy or not. All he cares about is providing delicious food that the customer is going to enjoy. That is why he has no intention on going with “foodie fads” and simply instead giving his customers the best taste for the money.

In recent years, chefs have kind of looked away at what the customers want and simply mandated what they would eat. In order to stand out and look original, chefs have started using special ingredients and offer up certain displays that are different than the rest. They didn’t necessarily just go on making something better than the rest of the competition they had to make something different. However, Haidar Barbouti doesn’t want to do this. After a recent trip to Europe he spoke at length to just how delicious the food had been, but the restaurants were not “trendy”. He said he didn’t want to return to the states just to eat at a tapas menu or a wine bar. He went so far as to call tapas nothing more than “leftovers on a F___ing plate.” In order to avoid this kind of lame, popular food, he simply wanted to offer delicious food that people could simply eat and enjoy.

As Haidar Barbouti points out, when someone heads out to a restaurant they want a real cooked meal and not someone painting a few lines on a plate. Often times, when eating at one of the “trendy” restaurants, a diner is going to be hungry an hour later and stop for fast food to make up for it. That should never happen, and if the food is quality and delicious, it is going to provide someone one with a reason to return back. While cooking is an art form, it does not need to be drawn out like a painting. It is how the flavors work together in order to provide a delicious meal.

The Antique Wine Company: Article About Famous Wine Merchant

The Antique Wine Company is a wine company that specializes in rare and fine wines. The merchant company is based in Europe, in the city of London. The Antique Wine Company was found in the year of 1983 by Stephen Williams and now has more than 20,000 different clients in 70 different companies. Since the beginning of the company’s founding years, it has specialized in finely produced wine and holds more than 10,000 different bottles of the world’s finest vintage collections in cellars. The merchant company is mostly known for its record breaking collections of events consisting of fine wine. Some of its range of different services include: private wine classes at a mastery level, sourcing of rare wines and proper cellar planning.

With cabinet maker Viscount David Linley, the antique-style wine company has developed and created the Grand Chateau Series. The handcrafted cabinets for wine with intricate models of some of today’s top nine chateaux in Bordeaux contain 18 different bottles, each from its corresponding estate, all of which were produced throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

In 2011, The Antique Wine Company successfully broke the world record on the month of July for selling the most valuable bottle of white wine. The bottle was the Chateau d’Yquem which was sold for £75,000. However, the buyer ultimately plans on drinking the purchase. He has stated that he will not resell it, and that he is not rich, but works very hard and plans on drinking it as that is what wine is meant for.

In the year of 2011, the Antique Wine Company had purchased the very top lot at a wine auction in France. The lot had consisted of 460 litres of red wine.