I like to order sparkling water at restaurants, but all too often the not-so-tiny, not-so-natural, overly carbonated bubbles leave me bloated. Recently while cocktailing at Absinthe in San Francisco, I got into a conversation with Howard Case, who, amongst other things, imports Lauretana mineral water. Case waxed on about it, but I remained suspicious of the sales pitch. When I finally tried it, Lauretana did not disappoint—it stood out in a sea of, well, waters. It was clean and pure, with petite bubbles and a low sodium content, and it still left me hungry for my pâté and toast.

Lauretana Mineral Water, $176 for 6 bottles (also available in restaurants)

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