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Jul 11

Soda Pop-adise on Earth

“Then the angel showed [John] the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city” (Revelation 22:1-2). Or so the story goes… Turns out the throne is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop and the great street of the city is York Boulevard in Los Angeles. As for the river? It is actually sweet and fizzy. Check it out for yourself…

My boyfriend and I managed to fit in a visit to Galco’s on our most recent trip to California, in between hanging out with family and friends and tracking down TV show establishing shots. With only so much room in my luggage, I painstakingly selected half a dozen sodas I’d never encountered before. Seconds before closing time, we made our way to the cash register, where the amicable owner kindly chatted us up as the cashier scanned and packaged the chosen few.

Each drink was as deliciously crisp and refreshing as the other, but one… one stood out: Taylor’s Tonics’ Chaï Cola, made from “Select Herbs, Tea, & Fizz to Lift Your Spirits.” Indulge me as I list to you its ingredients, for you don’t often see the likes of them in most run-of-the-mill, grocery store soda pops: sparkling water infused with black tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, yerba maté, cardamom and clove, le tout sweetened with evaporated cane juice. As the sweet and spicy, dark chocolate colored elixir trickled down my throat, I couldn’t help but feel I was experiencing something… special. I resisted calling a “mere” soda this, but ultimately succumbed: Taylor’s Tonics have managed to brew a beautiful beverage. That might be a lot to say of a Cola, but there you have it!

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