Ketchup is a condiment that was conceived in Asia, adopted by the English, and emigrated to America. Today it is more prevalent, more popular, and arguably more American than apple pie. It’s in every restaurant, at every cookout, offered at every food stand.

But as Malcolm Gladwell stated in 2004, ketchup has a conundrum. Tomato has cornered the market. The “fregetable” (fruit + vegetable) has dominated a sauce whose base was meant to come from any fruit – all fruits! Because of this, we have denied our taste buds a world of wallop we didn’t even know existed.

“Don’t get us wrong, we love tomatoes. And we love and respect the tangy, well-rounded tomato flavor our predecessors have perfected for over a century. But we also believe in the equality of fruits — that your mouth has the right to enjoy multiple flavors of the amazing condiment that is ketchup. Where traditional tomato ketchup provides a general flavor enhancement to food, ‘Chups fruit ketchups provide the same texture and zip, with new, exciting flavors and ingredients. Find your favorite and your taste buds will thank you.”

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Letters of Love

BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS 10) – As people across the country mourn the hundreds of acts of terrorism around the world this year, one woman in Botetourt County says it’s time to fight hate with care and compassion.

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Oregon Craft Beer Truffles

Inspired by Oregon’s farm-to-glass craft brewing movement, Julian Rose, Moonstruck’s Master Chocolatier, created this distinct collection of truffles. Working closely with Oregon craft brewers Widmer Bother’s Brewing, Rogue Ales, Deschutes Brewery, and Full Sail Brewing, Julian created a collection featuring four distinct flavors, rich, nutty sweet, dark and intense, fresh and hoppy using four types of beer; Wheat, Brown, Porter and IPA!

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Live Easy

Wait for it– chocoloatepaper is featured here in this new promotional video by the Roanoke Regional Partnership… It’s about a minute in, if you can’t watch the whole video

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Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell

“Being sick can be really lonely. One major reason is because most people don’t know what to say, so they disappear, or say the wrong thing entirely. And as a friend, it IS hard to know what to say. I created Empathy Cards because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about illness and suffering. 

My goal for this collection is to help people connect with each other through truth, and to help people with illness feel seen and understood. I think these are the most important things I’ve designed so far, and they’re some of my favorites.”

–Emily McDowell

For the full story on Emily McDowell’s Empathy Cards, check out this article from her blog.

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Some say the secret to a happy relationship is separate bathrooms, but those people have never tried Poo~Pourri, the classy, sassy, ultra effective way to leave the bathroom smelling better than you found it. These award winning before-you-go toilet sprays come in several different sizes and scents. When you spray Poo~Pourri into the bowl before-you-go, the proprietary formula creates a protective barrier on the water’s surface. This barrier is designed to trap unpleasant bathroom odors beneath the surface and keep them out of the air. All you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of essential oils! All without aerosol or other harmful chemicals…

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Rifle Paper 2016 Planners

Rifle Paper 2016 Planners have arrived! These 17-month planners are both beautiful and functional, featuring monthly and weekly calendar pages, sections for notes and contacts, a pocket folder, ruler, inspirational quotes, and more. Range is from August 2015 to December 2016.

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