A Month For Being Thankful

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NYC Soda Girl has been busy. SO much going on  – SO much to be thankful for. Of course I am always thankful for my beautiful family.  We recently moved (gotta love NYC schools rezoning our last apartment right after we moved in! So, we moved again to be zoned for the school we want). I am thankful to have a home and 60 boxes surrounding us – even when unpacking is eating at my soul.  I’m thankful to be planning my youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday party (coming up VERY soon)….and this past weekend I was beyond thankful to attend my college sorority’s reunion brunch.

This year I celebrate 20 years of Sisterhood. At the brunch women ranging from the sorority’s founders, to current undergraduates met at Forcella Park Avenue. It is very hard to put into words how much being a part of this amazing organization means to me. It is a true extended family that loves, respects and supports each other no matter what our differences are. To see this group continue to assemble, YEARS after I graduated college, and have the same spirit and love instilled in everyone, seriously makes you feel good about humanity’s potential. My words are not doing enough justice.

The brunch was delicious and a really good deal too!

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Our tables filled with the unlimited bellinis, bloody marys & mimosas…but as you’ll see…I always stay true to my Diet Coke.

(photo credit goes to an amazing sista!)
(photo credit goes to an amazing sista!)

I usually don’t like fruit garnish on my soda, but it came with a lime and a little dripped in – amazingly, I didn’t mind it!  It made me have a flashback to someone giving me a Lime Diet Coke years ago, and that time too – I was surprised I actually enjoyed it!  Lemons I HATE. As for limes, I may need to Coca Coca Freestyle myself a batch and see if it’s something I may want regularly!

As for my meal, I had the Margeritha Sandwich (their spelling) without the pesto (no tree nuts for me) and it was delicious. It also came with a cold corn salad and a side of breakfast potatoes. LOVE.  The Diet Coke was standard, no complaints. The atmosphere was perfect. We had the upstairs room which overlooks the downstairs seating and bar.  I’ll be back!

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Forcella Park Avenue

377 Park Avenue South

Diet Coke with ice, included with brunch

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Boo Brew – CocaCola Freestyle

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The husband and I got to have a night out about two weeks ago. His friend was receiving an award and we went to the gala celebration. It was a lovely night – they served Pepsi, which I forgave due to the fact that during the cocktail hour I was able to walk around with this in my hand:

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What a perfect set up – right? (I think these are similar…I may need to get some if I ever get my act together and throw a party – the handle feature is KEY!) 

Anyway, I was meeting my husband at the venue which was almost an hour away from our home. I settled into my Uber and started catching up on Facebook and emails. All of a sudden my phone made the craziest sound (ok- just different from my regular alert tone, but it did startle me). I didn’t know what was going on. I checked my texts, email,alarms … and then I saw it. My CocaCola Freestyle app had messaged me! WHAT?!?! It wanted me to know about its latest featured soda mix!

OK- I had NO IDEA it could do that. I’ve never even tried a CocaCola Freestyle machine for more than a Diet Coke, but being NYC Soda Girl, about a month ago I figured I should one day give it a more sincere try, so I downloaded the app. Holy moly.

Fast forward to this week and I finally got around to trying the BOO BREW my app had messaged me about.

(Screen shot from App)
(Screen shot from App)

I went to a local Walgreens that the CocaCola Freestyle site said had a Freestyle machine. It was decked out for Halloween – perfect for my Boo Brew!

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Let me say that I really didn’t research how to use this machine. I figured it would be simple enough. Maybe it is for others. Maybe I over think things. But this is how it went down for me:

I approach machine. I start the process. I begin to think: Oh jeez, this recipe shows percentages…I want ice…if I put ice in then I won’t be able to accurately figure out the ratio of the mix…is this cup wider at the top than the bottom…no…ok good…that helps…really they have people figuring out percentages to make the soda?…I don’t mind percentages, but how do I control the speed of the flow and stop exactly when I need to…let me just start…I won’t use ice…if worse comes to worse I’ll bring it home and add ice there…I guess after I mix it I can dump some and add the ice…no, adding ice will just splash all over…I’ll take it home…ok let me just start.

Selecting the different soda components is easy. First you choose a brand:

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Then you select the variation of the brand you want and press the pour button:

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Boo Brew had 40% Fanta Orange (ok, slightly less than half the cup – check), 35% Hi-C Orange Vanilla (ok, slightly more than half of the remaining space in cup, check) and 25% Sprite Vanilla (remaining space, check).

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I just stared at the warm-ish cup of glowing orange for a moment. I almost didn’t drink it – but I had to – for you my dear readers.  I took a sip. It had a sharp orange taste with a filmy vanilla aftertaste.  I took 2 sips and decided to bring it home to try with ice.  I wanted to give it a fair shot.

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Take two was equally as bad. DUMPED IT.

I think the idea of the Freestyle machine is cool. You can make over 100 different individual flavors and those can be combined to make even more potentially tasty beverages.  I’ve since learned that you can use the app on your smartphone to somehow scan something on the machine and that will prepare the mix for you.  Still not sure about how much ice you’re supposed to use – I messaged CocaCola Freestyle on Facebook about how much ice is suggested, but they haven’t written back. I will try a different mix soon and report back how using the app went. I wish their website had a full video showing how to use it. Maybe it does and I just can’t find it, lol.

Oh well. For now, I’d pass on the Boo Brew if I were you.

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Boo Brew – I paid $1.99

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Tale of Two Sodas

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The debate over soda is not news. NYC almost had a law passed where soda servings couldn’t be larger than 16oz??!

In October, NY Times writer, Margot Sanger-Katz wrote a piece titled The Decline of ‘Big Soda’ saying that “The drop in soda consumption represents the single largest change in the American diet in the last decade.” You can read the whole article here.

and then there’s this awesome woman:

 

That video is from ABC, but I originally learned about the 104 year old from this article by CBS (read here).

Hands down, I’m team Elizabeth!

What about you NYC Soda Girl Readers? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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