Drinks »Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles

In a town rife with nondescript strip malls, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is amongst the most nondescript and strip mally. Its bare bones appearance would never necessarily compel a visitor or local to stop by unless they had inside knowledge that this place is completely awesome (I owe this insight to my friend Shaun and this week’s book pick, LA Bizarro). The soda pop super store has been family owned and operated for over a hundred years: a wild achievement in our world of chain super-stores.

Inside you can find almost every kind of soda pop known to man. Jim guzzled a molasses Root Beer from Rhode Island while Laura and I found bliss in a cucumber soda that the owner told us would change our lives. Not surprisingly, the beer selection is also impressive and they boast quite an array of olde timey candies. Jim dared the Idaho Spud (a coconut and chocolate covered grayish marshmallow that tastes better than I just described it). I was thrilled by a plastic-wrapped tube of just the innards of my beloved Butterfinger as well as the famed (at least in my home) Cup of Gold, a coconut/chocolate cup filled with gooey marshmallow creme: the one thing my mom craved while pregnant with me.

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Posted on February 28, 2010

Drinks »SporTea

sportea My mom sent a pack of the deliciously citrusy SporTea and we've been enjoying pitchers of iced tea ever since. I?ad the energizing beverage often growing up in Colorado where a “well known herbalist” developed the special recipe.

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Posted on September 21, 2009

Drinks »Dandelion Soda

Fentimans has been making botanical brews since 1905 in the UK; their flavors include those as familiar as cola and lemonade as well as the one we tried, Dandelion and Burdock: a traditional beverage in England since the 1200's(!), the combination was exotic to me.

Aniseed, ginger, pear juice and of course dandelion burdock make for an herbal and refreshing beverage. Our friend Mike found the soda at a local super market.

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Posted on August 24, 2009

Drinks »Del’s Lemonade

dels lemonade and vodkaIf you've never heard of Del's Lemonade, you've probably never experienced a summer in Rhode Island. Though the chain has gone nation-wide, the frothy, icy, sweet and tart beverage is still considered a state tradition (even though it's lost the title of “official state drink” to coffee milk) that, like many American foods, was adopted by immigrants who brought the best of their homelands to their new shores. According to the Del's site:

“Great grandfather DeLucia made the earliest Del's Frozen Lemonade in 1840, in Naples, Italy. During the winter he carried snow into nearby caves and insulated it with straw. When summer arrived and the local lemons were ripe and flavorful, he mixed their juice with just the right amount of sugar and snow.”

Recently, on a trip to Block Island, the excellent refreshment got even more spectacular when a beach-side seafood place called Ballard's added vodka. Now that is brilliant.

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Posted on June 29, 2009

Drinks »Chinotto Soda

san pelligrino chinottoI've learned by now that when I hangout with our friend Marcus I should always consider what he orders, no matter what, because he's got great taste; some may even call his a sophisticated palette.?So if he says something called Chinotto on a menu is good, alright then, let's try it.

Don't let the cola look nor the citrus flavor definition throw you because it's not quite either. It's more likened to Campari, with a slightly bitter and not too sweet quality that's really refreshing and a welcome change to over-sugary American sodas.

Among other places, you can order Chinotto at inoteca.

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Posted on May 4, 2009