8 Reasons Everyone Needs A Hydro Flask

8 Reasons Everyone Needs A Hydro Flask

Say goodbye to your Camelbak.

It's the water bottle you see everywhere. (AKA - ultimate college water bottle). But it's more than just a trend. In fact, just because everyone has one doesn't mean it has to be trendy, but practical. I bought my first one in 2014 after seeing my lacrosse coach carry it around and swear her life on it. Needless to say, I have never used any other brand since. You too, will be tempted to buy one after reading these eight reasons why!

1. It comes in a rainbow of colors...

The first step in purchasing: choosing the right color. If you're anything like me and indecisive, this will be the hardest step. But who's complaining?! More colors for everyone! Choose the best color for you and your personality. (And if you're feeling really outside the box, you can customize your own!)

2. ...And sizes.

Depending on what you use your reusable water bottles for, the Hydro Flask has options for water, coffee, beer/wine, and tumblers! Sizes can range from 12 oz to 64 spankin' oz! You will never be without anything to drink.

3. Your ice doesn't melt.

According to the company, your drink stays cold for 24 hours. However, if you are still skeptical, I left my water bottle out on the blazing turf field during lacrosse practice for two hours. The water bottle itself was burning hot to touch, but the ice cubes were just as I left them! Magic.

4. Hot drinks stay hot.

It's getting cold. The last thing you want is to drink cold hot chocolate. (Does that mean it's just chocolate milk?). Bottom line is, your biggest problem will be trying to not burn your tongue on the beverage you poured in 2 hours ago.

5. One water bottle, multiple lids.

Forget buying multiple kinds of water bottles. If you're feeling a sippy-cup vibe, there's a cap for that! Do you like flipping your caps? Because you can get a flippy cap for easy access to your coffee. But if you're a simple screw-on and screw-off kind of guy/gal, Hydro Flask has your back. Also, a lot of the lids have handles to hold your water bottle. Think about that for a second.

6. Redbubble stickers.

Ah yes, your stickers. They will stay on! And they will look so good against a solid background color. No more see-through water bottles. Personalize your water bottle with stickers and make it a one of a kind. Your Hydro Flask will proudly wear it around without any peeling after washing!

7. It's not plastic.

Not only are you not jeopardizing the planet, but you're protecting yourself from BPA! Even if your plastic water bottle is BPA-free now, no one likes the odd taste of warm water coming from a plastic container. There's something about it that stainless steel that not only makes it easy to clean, but makes your drink taste the way they are. (And there's no odor!)

8. One word: Indestructible.

Since it's so portable, you'd obviously bring it around with you. But that also means there are more chances of dropping the water bottle, too. Unlike plastic, my water bottle has not split open or have cracks. But this water bottle will never break on you. (This is coming from a person who's water bottle flew out of my hand and bounced on the pavement and only left with a small dent!)

So now, with all that being said, which color did you have in mind?

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...

As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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5 Restaurants That Prove Pittsburgh’s Strip District Is A Foodie Destination

Eat up, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is known for its successful professional sports teams and its abundance of bridges, but these five restaurants are transforming the Steel City into a foodie paradise. From fresh fish markets to colorful island cuisine, these local restaurants will satisfy all of your food cravings in the Strip District.

1. Gaucho Parilla Argentina

You won’t find a better cut of steak in Pittsburgh than at Gaucho, a traditional Argentinian eatery that serves up wood-fire grilled meats and a variety of delicious sides at its cool location in the Strip District. Gaucho has an extended menu that features its award-winning steak sandwiches with your choice of cut served on fresh bread with grilled peppers and caramelized onions and topped with chimichurri sauce, a staple of Argentinian cuisine.

The restaurant also serves other types of meat and fish, hearty salads, and delicious sides including empanadas, provoletta, and roasted cauliflower. Don’t let the long line out the door scare you away from Gaucho—it’s well worth the wait.

2. Smallman Galley

This incubator houses four ‘restaurant concepts’ under one roof in the Strip District that change on a yearly basis. This modern space will please everyone with its wide variety of options. The current restaurants housed at Smallman Galley include IronBorn, a Detroit-style pizza joint, Brunoise, an upscale American cuisine spot, Colonia, a Latin-American concept, and Banhmilicious, a Vietnamese fusion eatery. Smallman Galley will keep you coming back to try each unique restaurant concept.

3. Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grill

This piscatorial themed seafood restaurant was started by Luke Wholey, owner and head chef, who grew up working in the kitchen of the iconic Pittsburgh fish market that bears his family's name just down the road in the Strip District.

The menu is devoted to fish and seafood and features Wholey’s original grilled salmon, Dutch Harbor Alaskan king crab legs, halibut, Baja shrimp, ahi tuna, crab cakes, cod, lobster, scallops, and a fresh catch of the day option. Seafood lovers come to this grill from around the city to try the chef’s fresh and delicious creations.

4. Kaya

The bold, exotic flavors of Kaya’s dishes are inspired by the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific, and beyond. The menu offers dishes such as conch fritters, jerk chicken, and tropical paella, along with festive tropical drinks that have made Kaya an award-winning dining destination in the Strip District for more than 20 years. The colorful atmosphere and vibrant menu keep Pittsburghers coming back time and time again.

5. Casa Reyna

This intimate, rustic restaurant and bar is located under the Reyna Foods authentic Mexican grocery store in the heart of the Strip. Casa Reyna serves up traditional, locally sourced Mexican cuisine including a variety of tacos, specialty platters, tropical beverages, and its famous homemade tortillas. This restaurant is considered one of Pittsburgh’s best spots for authentic Mexican food and is known for serving guacamole made right on the table in front of you. Visit Casa Reyna for delicious food, live music, and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere.

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