Not sure I should drink this…


45 responses to “Not sure I should drink this…”

  1. Oh, you should DEFINITELY drink that. We all need the report on what’s actually inside there!

    (Incidentally, I drank a can of ginger beer last night. No, for those of you in doubt, it’s not actually alcoholic. Yes, I enjoyed it!)

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      • I’m sure that what I drank wasn’t “real” (brewed) ginger beer, sadly. I read up a little on ginger beer, and it seems that the real stuff is hardly ever made anymore — it’s all carbonation and additives these days instead of actual fermentation. World’s going to hell in a handbasket, I tell ya!

        Somebody should get busy and brew some bathtub ginger beer!

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      • I think there’s artisanal ginger beer that the hipsters brew the old way. Can’t afford that though.

        I remembered I had a bottle of TJ’s Triple Ginger Ale! woot!

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      • @lurkertype and @contrarius — you can home-brew quite lovely non-alcoholic ginger beer, though it takes a bit of work prepping the ginger. Every so often our local CostCo big-box store would have sales on large hands of fresh ginger; my husband made some amazing brews.
        He experimented with using bread yeast first, and finally succeeded in getting a ginger “bug” started (the ginger beer equivalent of a sourdough starter).
        It wasn’t hard but it was messy; having a food processor and a juicer in our kitchen toolkit definitely helped.

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  2. Chupa Chups being fruit(ish)-flavoured lollipops (She says, not knowing whether they’ve reached Oz or not), that tin is probably filled with vaguely grape flavoured fizzy sugar water. It’s mostly harmless.

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  3. I tried it in Korea and was sorely disappointed. It’s very bland. Welch’s strawberry soda was my jam back when I lived in Korea, though.

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  4. Going by the taste of Chupa Chups vs. other suckers — like Tootsie Pops — I’d expect very mildly artificially grape flavored fizzy water. I personally wouldn’t have wasted the calories on it.

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  5. All the tins in my cellar seem to contain beer. Except for those promising the high delights of paint.

    TIMOTHY: Drink the paint! Drink it copiously! I hear it contains wondrous hallucinatory experience!
    ME: Perhaps just the IPA today. I don’t feel strong enough for the Wild Beer containing kola nuts which, alas, I cannot persuade myself is essentially different from Coca-Cola with added hops.
    TIMOTHY: [goes contemptuously to sleep, emitting only the occasional cynical burp].
    ME: I don’t think I’ll be getting an SF Encyclopedia entry out of this….

    Hey, what’s Timothy doing in Reading (Berkshire) anyway? I think we should be told.

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      • I was about to ask whether it was redding or reeding…..

        Coincidentally, there’s a well-known audiobook narrator who uses the name Kate Reading — it’s not a pen name, so what is it? a cassette name? a digital name? — and she pronounces her name Redding as well. Perhaps not coincidentally, she is sort of British (dual citizenship, raised in both UK and US).

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  6. I grew up (in the central Rockies region of the U.S.) with relatives who grew both gooseberries and black currants to make jam. I had no idea that the reason there were almost no Black Currant flavored this in the U.S. was because a bunch of states ban the plants…

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  7. I’ve eaten currents and current-flavored things and they’re… all right? Way down on my list of tasty fruit flavors so I don’t mind missing out.

    Huckleberries are yummy but expensive since they aren’t farmed.

    I have been unable to procure my regular supply of meatballs with lingonberry sauce his year, alas.

    And of course there’s the boysen, logan, marion, ollalie and other berries, which spawned lots of jam and Orange County’s second-most popular theme park.

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    • Honestly I’d try the melon & cream one. Melon soda in and of itself is pretty decent.

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      • I bought some Ramune melon soda today.

        Also some fresh mooncakes. (though I don’t know what the protocol is when the full moon is high in the sky and still looks like it’s eclipsed… all night…)

        Same store had tons of Ribena and other current-y things thanks to British adventures in Asia. Along with digestive biscuits and such.

        And matcha Kit Kats! 🙂

        I did NOT buy a durian.

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      • uugggghhhhh I looked all over for mooncakes so I could have a mini celebration of my own on the harvest moon last night! I couldn’t find them so I settled for comfort food (katsu curry, yes I know it’s Japanese and not Chinese) and Chinese music (even though as part of that one of the guzheng albums I have for some reason includes Sakura Sakura)

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      • I’m sorry you’re stuck in a tropical paradise sans mooncakes, she said sarcastically.

        But also surprised you couldn’t find them. Japanese food is fine since they do mid-autumn moon festival too.

        there wasn’t much selection left in the non-presentational boxes but I managed to get small ones without the duck egg because our cholesterol is bad enough. And a coupon for a dollar off!

        Store I was in is mostly-Chinese but they’ve expanded to be pan-Asian: Japanese, Vietnamese, South Asian, a tiny bit of Korean, and extremely West Asian to the Mediterranean. Fruit, veg, and most especially the live fish and seafood are all Chinese though, as are the burly guys standing by to make the stuff in the tanks not-alive.

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      • it sucks a bit on a personal level since the last time I celebrated it, I was living in Malaysia with my ex (we were together at the time, of course). I would’ve liked to celebrate it in a bigger way than I ended up doing, but a few of my friends got together for lunch and I insisted on telling them about the mid autumn festival, so not a total loss.

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