Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
My Valentine’s Day Gift
This year I’m not overcompensating with a dozen roses or giving a poetic single rose. My wife is getting a single bottle of Sweet Blossom soda made with rose petals.
Unfortunately, a 12-hour drive to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles isn’t feasible at the present time, so I ordered the bottle from Galco’s website. Bottles are shipped in a custom 12-pack container, so darn it, I felt obligated to buy 11 other varieties of soda. (Did I mention I enjoy soda?)
I learned about Galco’s from the following video clip that capture’s the spirit of the store owner and his love for soda pop. He stocks more than 500 varieties in-store, and a smaller selection on the website.
At your local stores you don’t see much more than the sodas made by Coke and Pepsi because those corporations buy shelf space in grocery stores. Indie bottlers don’t have a chance because they’re going up against the buying power of Coke and Pepsi.
Anyhow, UPS delivers to our house during dinner time, so the box with ‘sodapopstop.com’ plastered on its side was a clear giveaway that I’d gone and bought something weird again.
Last night marked the impromptu start of the Twelve Days of Valentine. We will be sharing one bottle after dinner each night.
We inaugurated the holiday with a bottle of Mr. Q. Cumber. As the name implies, it contains natural cucumber flavor. It’s also made with pure cane sugar, which I choose over the abrasive assault known as “high fructose corn syrup” any day.
Upon opening Mr. Q. Cumber the smell of cucumber is immediately evident. The soda has a light flavor, not too bubbly, with a hint of cucumber. For anyone who likes cucumbers, I heartily recommend it. Myself, I hate cucumbers, but I was curious about the idea, so there we go.
Oh, and the wife likes cucumbers. She can tell the difference between them and zucchini. She felt it important that I mention this fact. What she really means to say is that I consider both green cylinders of caustic pestilence to be a plague upon this Earth. But as I said, so there we go.
We tinked glasses, gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes and sipped deeply.
My wife drank most of the bottle herself. It’s okay. I’ll make up the discrepancy when we get to the sarsaparillas.
Now, as it happens, I ordered the sodas on Thursday, Feb. 4 and the package arrived on Monday, Feb. 8th — three business days — sent via UPS ground. It’s been a decade or more since UPS delivered anything via ground to me in less than 7 business days, so if you order your Sweet Blossom today (Tuesday), there’s half a chance it might arrive in advance of Valentine’s Day on Friday. And if not, pshaw, as if you need an excuse to buy soda pop.
- Mr. Q Cumber
- Plantation Style Mint Julep
- Sweet Blossom Soda – Rose
- Manhattan Special Gassosa (lemon lime)
- Double Cola
- Hank’s Genuine Premium Philadelphia Recipe Root Beer
- Dog n Suds Root Beer
- Jeff’s Chocolate Egg Cream Soda
- AJ Stephans Old Style Root Beer
- Baron’s Boothill Sassparilla
- Frucade (German import)
Looking through Youtube’s various trip videos where people document their Galco’s experience, I also found a peculiar music video shot in the store.