Nouveaus Sodas; Hip Sommeliers

A roundup of "nouveau soda" places pouring fresh, house-made pop includes the Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens and Northern Spy Food Co. in the East Village. [NY Magazine]

In Arkansas, where they have been growing giant watermelons since the 1920s, a hot, dry summer could hinder the growth of the state's melons. [NY Times]

Tens of millions of dollars worth of hard plastic trays, baskets, and crates used to deliver bread, milk, and soda to grocery stores and restaurants is stolen each year. [Wall Street Journal]

Some of the youngest, hippest sommeliers in the city include Amanda Reade Sturgeon at Dovetail and Takahiro Okada at EN Japanese Brasserie. [NY Post]

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