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April 29, 2012 / John Edwards

Reflections on Soda

For the last six months, I haven’t really written about fast food for Serious Eats. Instead, I’ve penned a column on soda with my girlfriend, Carey, who happens to be the Senior Managing Editor of the site. It’s one of a few co-authored columns, but it suits us well: I cover regular soda, which she hates; she covers diet soda, which I can’t stand.

I’ve had a few ruminations brewing in my mind, and I thought I’d share them.

On Nepotism

Some of you might by crying “nepotism!” Yes, my girlfriend is the Senior Managing Editor of Serious Eats, and we co-write a column. No, it is not an example of nepotism, but rather of utilizing one’s network. I happened to be at the Serious Eats office one day, when Ed Levine proposed the column to me, and we rolled Carey into the mix to cover diet soda, because I hate diet soda. Nepotism is not ever turning your writing in on time, and never being scolded or reprimanded.

On Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup tastes like chewing on aluminum foil, if you taste it right next to sugar. It’s faint, but the difference in taste is there.

On Espresso Coffee Soda

I’m hopelessly addicted to Espresso Coffee Soda from Manhattan special. It’s so good, once it hits the lips. You do need to watch out for foam cascading out of a freshly opened bottle, though.

Here’s a list of the most recent posts on Soda that Carey and I authored:

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/04/10-combinations-you-can-make-from-the-coca-cola-freestyle-machine.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/04/soda-coco-rico-puerto-rico-coconut-soda.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/03/jones-soda-au-naturel-stevia-sweetened-soda-launch.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/03/soda-pompelmo-and-aranciata-rossa-from-san-pellegrino.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/03/soda-sanbitter-from-san-pellegrino.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/02/dry-soda-when-you-want-a-seltzer-soda-middle-ground.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/02/soda-soda-pop-shoppe-jelly-belly-flavors.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/02/manhattan-special-espresso-coffee-soda-review.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/01/soda-do-you-ever-mix-fanta-and-coke.html

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