Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Real RED Soda: Stalinade

I open this last night after working outside:

The Real RED Soda: Stalinade


Brand: The Real RED Soda: Stalinade.

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: First of all, I didn't know what flavor this would be. You might be able to see on the far right side of the label it says "Secret KGB Flavor." (And on the left side it says "Chernobyl Brewed.") But it's pretty much a lemonade. The red color kept throwing me off and I kept wondering "wait... it's it a STRAWBERRY lemonade?" But no, I think it's just a red colored lemonade. 

It's decent! It's more on the sweet than the tart side, and it was very drinkable - many times a lemonade is made for sipping, but not this one. It's just a basic but tasty lemonade.

Score: 6 out of 10.

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Nellie's Ice Cream Sandwiches is NOW OPEN!

My son and I were out walking today, and we stumbled across Nellie's and their "open" sign all lit up! (They are in the old Izzy's Ice Cream location at 2034 Marshall Ave in St. Paul.) So we stopped in for a handmade ice cream sandwich.

The menu on the front window. We both went with an ice cream sandwich.
All the cookies up front (and the waffle cones to the left).
Four steps. We both had ours "hot pressed," and that was a good choice!
My little fella had a HUGE "sandwich:" the bottom was a big Rice Krispie bar, he had strawberry
cheesecake ice cream, a peanut butter cookie on top, and had it rolled in Oreo pieces! Wowza!!
My more "traditional" chocolate chip cookies with cookie dough ice cream.
It's nice they give you a little tray for it because they are hard to eat! Lots of ice cream!.
Their hours, and note that they are "cash only."


Yes, my son ate ALL of that. He loved it, but said it was too much. Next time, we'll split one. We saw a few people come out with the "sundae" option in a cup with the cookies on the side and 2 choices of ice cream (for just 50 cents more).

They're just a few storefronts down from Remix - my favorite local popcorn shop. So hopefully they both do well! Check out Nellie's on Facebook.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Japanese Ramuné Naruto Raspberry Soda

Yesterday my boys and I were "up north" (it's their spring break), and I brought this along: 

Japanese Ramuné Naruto Raspberry Soda
On the counter in our tiny motel kitchen.


Japanese Ramuné Naruto Raspberry Soda
Close-up of the "marble" after breaking the seal.



Brand: Japanese Ramuné Naruto Raspberry Soda.

Origin: Japan.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar.

Review: This is the second Japanese soda like this I've had in this strange bottle - if you want to see more about how to open it by forcing a marble down into the bottle, check out my review of their grape soda. It's still not a bottle that's easy to drink from as the marble tries to wash back and stop the flow of soda. It's a bit annoying.

But this flavor was pretty spot on! I opened the bottle with my boys, and we had enjoyed that process so much that I took a sip before remembering what flavor it was supposed to be. But my sip told me "raspberry... 100% raspberry." It had a nice little tartness to it, and it was decently sweet. It reminded me a bit of a liquid and carbonated blue raspberry Icee. Check it out if you're a fan of raspberry flavored drinks!

Score: 7 out of 10.


Friday, March 26, 2021

O-Zell Grape Moments Soda

I opened this last night:

O-Zell Grape Moments Soda
 
O-Zell Grape Moments Soda
A close-up of the robot Abe Lincoln (??) on the label.



Brand: O-Zell Grape Moments Soda

Origin: Silver Lake, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: I wasn't expecting much, as I noted in this post from December that I haven't had good luck with O-Zell sodas.  (Here was a lack-luster Root Beer Float soda, and a worse Vanilla Creme soda.)

BUT, this was pretty good! It wasn't super syrupy, but still slightly on the overly-sweet side (which I like). My wife took a sip, and I expected her to complain "oh that's too much like cough syrup." But instead she said "oooh, that's pretty good!" So it was sweet enough for my I-like-things-sweet taste, but still normal enough for my wife's tastes. A classic grape soda without too much sweetness!

Score: 8 out of 10.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Marilyn Monroe Lemonade

I opened this last night: 

Marilyn Monroe Lemonade


Brand: Marilyn Monroe Lemonade.

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: My wife took a sip and laughed. She said "it tasted EXACTLY like I thought it would: like 'ReaLemon' with some sugar." And of course she was right. It had a hint of lime as well which was nice, but it was far from a "lemon lime" soda. It was pretty good, pretty expected, and pretty forgettable. But not bad.

Score: 5.5 out of 10.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pepsi Delivery Truck

Someone shared this photo in a "Minnesota History" Facebook group I'm a part of.  It's her grandpa in Alexandria, MN. No date was given. I like the tag line on top of the truck: "A nickel drink worth a dime."


Pepsi Delivery Truck, Alexandria, MN

Monday, March 15, 2021

Serenity Sodas Lime and Coconut

I've had good luck with "Serenity Sodas" - they make some interesting flavor combinations, and they are "2 for 2" in my book. Last night, I cracked into my 3rd: 

Serenity Sodas Lime and Coconut


Brand: Serenity Sodas Lime and Coconut.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is another small bottler that was purchased by Blue Sun Soda, so it's now bottled there. The first sip tastes very "limey," and then it ends with the coconut hit. It's a BIT heavy on the coconut, but maybe that's because I always think of what my wife told me years ago: "everything coconut flavored tastes like sunscreen." She's not wrong. So it totally lives up to it's flavor, but I didn't totally care for the combo. It'd be better sitting on a beach somewhere... not huddled next to our fireplace on a 30 degree evening. Not bad, just not totally for me.

Score: 4 out of 10.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Twig's Diet Forget Me Not Grape

I brought this with me to class last night, and I sipped on it throughout: 

Twig's Diet Forget Me Not Grape


Brand: Twig's Diet Forget Me Not Grape

Origin: Shawano, WI.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sucralose.

Review: As I was taking my first sip, I forgot this was diet. Truly! It was one of the smoothest and richest diet sodas I've had in a long time! Yes, I tend to like grape sodas, and yes, maybe it's easy to fake sweetness with grape sodas. But they're doing it well. There was the SLIGHTEST bit of "thin" taste at the very end of each sip, but this was good and tasted like the real thing.

Also, it's great that this is called "forget me not grape" as a portion goes to the "forget me not fund" for Alzheimer's. That's what the purple ribbons are about on either side of the label.

Score: 8 out of 10.