Totally, totally agree with this. My daughter & I have been on Weight Watchers since last September (and are both doing real well, thanks). After we weigh in, we traditionally go for our "high points" meal, usually at a diner. As that’s my boyfriend’s only night off (Mondays), he usually joins us. First of all, he is addicted to Pepsi, but it must be Diet Pepsi. Must be. My offspring started drinking diet sodas & her preference is the same as his. If the waitperson says they don’t have Pepsi, my boyfriend actually becomes momentarily depressed! My daughter rolls her eyes! Such drama, but having grown up with a brother addicted to Pepsi (and the other brother addicted to Coca Cola), I guess I understand. I don’t even drink soda if I don’t have to. I never did. I order unsweetened iced tea and I put Equal in it. I always carry it in case they don’t have it. Yes, it makes a difference, I think, what they serve. Sometimes I do drink water, but sometimes the water tastes gross! I just do what I can…
I drink water in most restaurants because of the price mark-up on drinks. But in general:
coke or pepsi? Makes no difference to me.
sweet tea or unsweetened? either is fine.
coffee? I’m very particular and if someone in the restaurant business thinks that the type of coffee they serve isn’t important…oy vey. I drank a cup of coffee once at a diner in Ogden, Utah and I still have nightmares about it.
In general, I want soda pop with salty & crunchy or salty & greasy,
coffee with sweet stuff, milk with plain midwestern cooking, and lots of good fresh water with anything that I actually want to taste. If the food has a lot of complex flavors, I don’t want to wreck it with a strong cup of coffee or a glass of carbonated sugar. The exception is that if I’m eating food from another culture, I often want to drink something from that same culture, even if it doesn’t go with the meal. Thus, watermelon-flavored water with tacos, thai iced coffee with their phad thai, beer with bar-b-cue.
I like it all,but I’m suprised that no one said Water.
I know this is one of the problems on the road,you can’t always trust the water.
Usually I drink soda or iced tea too.
I find myself asking for green tea lately,if they have it iced that’s even better.
Wine and beer are sometimes required too,at dinner.
Another vote for unsweetened iced tea—but never from a soda fountain. We find it increasingly hard to find brewed tea on the road, what with the advent of twenty spigot fountains in many roadside venues. It’s easier for us to make tea each morning and keep a cooler in the back of the truck!
I am also a big ice tea drinker, just slightly sweetened with lemon. When I do have cola, it’s Coke only… Persi’s too sweet for me, although I do like the new vanilla Coke.
I have to say that my drink of choice is Diet Pepsi. I wouldn’t refuse Diet Coke if that we’re the only diet drink choice, but if a place has Diet Pepsi, I will actively choose it over a place that has Diet Coke.
It makes me a bit eccentric, but we all have our certain quirks. That’s what makes us interesting. [8D]
I like unsweetened iced tea or hot black coffee (or water) with any food. Have more trouble getting my unsweetened iced tea (a number of places have only sweetened tea) than with getting any preferred brand of cola. At times I like a cola (and am not really that specific as to brand) with a sandwich or burger, but generally prefer colas (or other soft drinks) just to drink alone rather than with any food.
All I can say LS is that I hope they have sweet tea in DFW next week, cause I’ll be there. I’ll save the beer for the evenings. Masseys, Angelos, Sonny Bryans, Snuffys, etc., here I come!
You are right Eric, must be a regional/cultural thing. I don’t ever drink it with anything else.
You’re dead on – Big Red just ain’t right. ;0)
I don’t understand Red soda at all – I ordered one when I moved to the south, clearly expecting cherry or berry flavor. No such luck. Ptuii. I’d rather drink from the spittoon.
My Pet Peeve is restaurants that have one diet soda selection among 12 regular sodas; I get really bored with diet cola, and would love a diet 7up; it’s cold, crisp, food-friendly, and a lot more exciting than Yet Another Tap Water. When I still drank sugared soda as a matter of course, I’d drink Tonic Water or Collins Mix like a man possessed. I like strong flavors and lots of bright fruit acids without a lot of corresponding sugar.
I like wine with dinner, usually lighter reds (Rhones, anyone?), roses and whites. Big Chewy Californian Cabs and Merlots are overpriced, sold too young, and generally uninteresting to me. Restaurants with "Unusual Whites" on their wine lists get big kudos from me (and lots of repeat business).
The only time one specific drink will do, is with barbeque. Have to have Big Red or it just ain’t right. [:D]
I’m a (Diet) Pepsi person, as I wrote on another topic, but I’ll often take Diet Coke if that’s what’s offered, as it more often is, in my experience. I often like wine with dinner, depending on what I’m having, but rarely order it out due to the insane markups. I suppose Bass is my favorite mass-marketed beer, but I’ll drink most anything happily – I’m not too picky with beer! I don’t typically drink it with dinner, though. Mostly, if there is something interesting offered – a local cream soda or root beer – I’ll go with that.
I typically don’t do coke or pepsi, and when I have to I don’t care. when it comes to beer and wine? Well there’s an important decision!
So much here about Coke vs Pepsi. When I go out I usually order water. At home I drink what ever was on sale at the store that week, be it Pepsi or Coke. I read where the author Alexie Sherman described Indian tribes as being either Pepsi tribes or Coke tribes. There was a study I saw that was interesting and showed by state what people call their carbonated beverage, whether it was "soda," "pop," or "a coke." Growing up we always called it "pop."
I rarely drink any sort of alcohol, so for me it’s Coke, good cold milk or water. No Pepsi…COKE.
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