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Soda Pop

Posted on: January 27, 2011

Soda HaulHey there blog.  I’ve missed you! This blog post started out as a quick, “hey, how ya been?” post and run.  Drop in some html of a fun video to make you all smile and get back to my crazy life. I hurried over to YouTube and looked up the video for a favorite song on my ipod playlist called “Inspiration”.  That post turned into this:

The music video below called  “How the Day Sounds” is by Greg Laswell. I love the song and was even happier when I saw the video. You will probably recognize Elijah Wood making an appearance but what actually excited me most was when I realized that I had, in fact, been to this very filming location.

It was filmed at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles. Bobby and I visited Galco’s last summer on our way home from our anniversary trip/ Vitabath commercial shoot. It was AWESOME! They have over 500 sodas and we spent an hour perusing the aisles, pointing out funny names and interesting flavors. As you can see in the music video, they also have a wide variety of vintage candies.

Imagine my excitement when we actually got to meet the owner, John Nese and walk around the store with him. He knew where every can and bottle came from down to the geographic region and farms that ingredients were grown on. He told us about “flavoring” vs. natural oils and the incredible impact on the taste of a soda.  He kindly helped me pick out the perfect ginger ale! It’s called Jamaica’s Finest Ginger Beer, and because it is made with sugar and real ginger root oil, the flavor is beyond anything you have ever tasted. It actually burns a little going down, but one sip of this ice cold fizzy glory will make your heart sing.

Alicia @ Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Visiting Galco’s with Bobby is one of my favorite memories from 2010 because it exceeded our wildest bubbly dreams. We both felt like kids again and before I knew it, we had a clanging cart full of fizzy goodness!  $40 and 20 different types of sodas later, we hauled home our prized bottles ready to taste each one as critically as the pickiest wine coinsurer.  The Shirley Temple did not disappoint and Bubble Up had a fun citrus zing!

Left to right Top: Bubble Up, HotLips Boysenberry, Mr. Cucumber, Saranac Shirley Temple, HotLips Apple, Manhattan Special Orange Slice, Americana Black Cherry, Vavo Ginger Ale Bottom: Dublin Dr. Pepper, Jamaica’s Finest Ginger Ale, Mint Julep, Moxie, Rieme Blood Orange, Red Ribbon Root Beer, Leninade, Americana Honey Lime Ginger Ale, Blenheim Ginger Ale, Cheerwine, Berghof Root Beer, Double Cola

The web series called Obsessives on chow.com featured Galco’s and John said that he gets visitors daily because of the clip.  I guess Greg Laswell must share my affinity for all things bubbly, because he showed up there too!

Actually, I think all addiction starts with soda. Every junkie did soda first. But no one counts that. Maybe they should. The soda connection is clear. Why isn’t a presidential commission looking into this? Or at least some guys from the National Carbonation Council. – Chris Rock

3 Responses to "Soda Pop"

Love your blog – this will be on my list for my next trip to LA. Thanks for sharing. Keep the blogs coming I look forward to each post.

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