Upper East Side Finds and Fails

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I wanted to start my day off right on Saturday, so I headed to the McDonald’s on 69th and 1st Ave for my Diet Coke.  When I walked in I was optimistic.  The store was clean and had cute NYC murals along the wall.  It wasn’t too crowded.  It had just enough people for me to not have to worry if it was a McDonald’s that should be avoided.

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The wait on line wasn’t too bad either-the staff working seemed efficient.  This McDonald’s isn’t self-service, so you don’t have control over the ice/soda ratio.  The first sip didn’t blow me away – it was fine.  However, being the first sip of anything that day, I did expect the drink would wake up my taste buds, which it didn’t.  I also didn’t feel the urge to slurp the whole thing down,.

We met up with friends for a playdate, which unbeknownst to us was to include a water table. Of course within the first 15 minutes my youngest daughter was completely saturated.  I know, mommy-fail for not having brought extra clothes, but she’s almost 2 and I haven’t packed extra clothes for her in months.  My husband stayed with our kids and I went in search of a store to buy her a dry outfit.  There really aren’t many children’s clothes stores in the East 70s, so I took a cab to the Gap on 85th & 3rd.  At this point I still hadn’t finished my soda and it got that dull taste soda can get, way sooner than expected, so I just threw it out.  That was disappointing, but my spirits were soon lifted when I found the cutest Disney themed clothes at the Gap!  (I love Disney, more than a little you’ll come to see.)  I bought my daughter this cute and glittery Tinkerbell shirt and some polka dot pants.

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On the way back to to what was becoming a very expensive playdate, I picked up a can of Diet Coke at a bodega which wound up being way more refreshing than my 1st drink of the day, so that should explain my rating.

Are there any neighborhoods you’d like me to check out sooner than later?  Please post in the comments!  I’m excited to find the best soda experiences out there!

NYC Soda Girl’s Rating

McDonald’s

1286 1st Ave. @69th St, NYC

Large Diet Coke with ice, $2.39

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Dazed and Confused Soda Surprises

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It’s not just kids who get first week of school jitters – moms do too.  At least that’s what I’m going to blame this week’s bout of insomnia on.  It hasn’t been pretty. I’ve been staying up until 4am every night only to wake up 3 or 4 hours later, pretending I’m equipped to face the day.  After a week of this, I am a zombie.  I basically have been doing the bare minimum to get myself ready in the morning, then I actually get all 3 kids (2 preschoolers and a toddler) fully ready and then I sleep walk through the day.

Thursday and Friday I’m not sure how we all made it out the door.

Thankfully we all did and Thursday I was even able to meet up with a friend for a snack (you know, what most people call “let’s get coffee” but I don’t drink coffee).  I wound up ordering this…

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…only to realize later that I hadn’t eaten breakfast or lunch and just mindlessly ordered this as my first meal of the day. (I will say, the vanilla cupcake was delicious. Icing was just sweet enough and the cake was moist and tasty.  The pumpkin cookie was just too cute to pass up, but truthfully didn’t taste as good as it looked.)

I know, I know…who cares?

Well, my new zombie state led me to make a very important soda discovery.  You see, I am a diehard Diet Coke drinker – like take a blood sample from me and you will see that Diet Coke runs through my veins.  For me nothing else compares. Panera only sells Pepsi.  Truth be told, I tend to select eateries that sell Coke products over those that sell Pepsi products, but Panera was close by and I stumbled into it with my good friend.  As I mindlessly took my first sip of the Diet Pepsi, my mind lit up. Could this be? The perfectly chilled, sparkling gush of goodness that I just sipped was Diet Pepsi?  I was expecting this soda experience to be just the hydrating of my body – but no – this was good!  Each sip that followed was too!  I never thought I’d be able to say it – but I found a fountain that makes a very satisfying Pepsi product!

The next day I had another soda surprise…well maybe more like a soda “what the…?”  I was picking the kids up from a class…still sleep walking…searching for a Diet Coke.  In the distance I saw a vending machine.  “Oh thank God!” I thought.  The kids and I raced over only to find this:

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What on Earth type of vending machine selection is this?? Confused, we all just walked away.  I was too tired to use any energy trying to decide which of these 3 soda choices would do.  I’ll go back another time and try one out and report back…but really??

So there you have it. Insomnia brought me 2 new soda surprises…and truthfully all my extra time awake did help me get this blog off the ground.  So CHEERS to insomnia!

NYC Soda Girl’s Rating

Panera Bread

10 Union Sq. East, NYC

Large Diet Pepsi with ice, $2.49

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Other available options at this fountain: Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Tropicana Fruit Punch, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Mug Root Beer, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew & Raspberry Brisk Iced Tea.

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Rating & Review

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“Soda Girl,” you ask. “What are your ratings and how did you come up with them?”

It started back in middle school when they wheeled the new Coke machine into the cafeteria.  From that day forward, it was “Diet Coke and Me” for life.  Pepsi, natural soda and specialty soda fans…don’t you worry, there’s something for everyone here!

Over the years I’ve come up with a rule of thumb for soda:

Hierarchy of ways to consume NYC soda according to NYC Soda Girl:

#1- from a top rated fountain soda machine with ice

#2- from a 12 oz can

#3- from a super cold 20 oz bottle

#4- poured from a freshly opened 2 liter bottle

**Low rated soda fountain machines and previously opened 2 liter bottles are not advisable.

 

So…Here are the ratings:

 

Drink doesn’t just quench your thirst – it quenches your soul!

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Quite near perfection.

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This beverage experience will do.

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Drink it only if you must hydrate.

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Don’t waste your money, you’ll just throw it out…keep on walking.

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And …Here’s what I consider:

  • First sip experience
  • Cleanliness
  • Type of cup/straw
  • Ice
  • Ease of machine working
  • Price/refills
  • Staff
  • Ease of store flow

 

 

 

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Welcome to NYC Soda Girl!

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Welcome to NYC Soda Girl!  I’m living the NYC life, fueled by the fountain…the soda fountain!

I started living in NYC when I was in college…followed by temping, waiting tables, grad school, career, marriage, 3 children…ok, ok, so I may be more like “soda lady” than “soda girl” at this point – but one thing about me hasn’t changed- I always love to have a fresh, cold, crisp and sparkling fountain soda in my hand while living my New York City dream!

I can’t wait for you to follow along as I navigate NYC during this window of my life.  No matter where the pavement/subway/uber takes me, I’ll be sure to let you know where to find the freshest sodas to get you through your day!

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