I’m a Coca Cola girl, through and through. Whether or not a restaurant carries Coke is my litmus test that answers the question, “Do I want to eat at this restaurant or not?”
It’s not uncommon to have a conversation like this:
Dave: Want to stop in there for a sandwich?
Rara: Mmm, sounds good.
Dave: Oh, they’re Pepsi. Still want to go in?
Rara: Nah, I’m not hungry. Let’s just go home.
Little brother: Let’s go to Chinese food. There’s a new place, but I think they still use MSG.
Rara: Sounds good.
Little brother: Also, they yell at their employees a lot.
Rara: Not great, but we’ll just make sure to compliment our waiter a lot so no one is yelled at.
Little brother: You can see their kitchen, too. It’s a holy mess.
Rara: “Better the mess you see”, “can’t make an omelet”, etc. When do we leave?
Little brother: We can go now. By the way, they’re a Pepsi place.
Rara: What?! Pick somewhere else.
It could be all in my head, but I honestly feel like I have better experiences at Coke restaurants, with precious few exceptions. The food is better, the guests are nicer, the waitresses are faster, the floors are cleaner, the lights shine brighter, and the music is always my favorite song…
Well, maybe not. But it feels like all those things are true when I’m refreshing myself with a cold Coca Cola– and feeling like things are better is enough to enhance my dining experience.
Obviously I can’t avoid Pepsi places, no matter how hard I try. In those situations, I stick with water, and hope that the waiter doesn’t try to convince me that Pepsi is the same as Coke. No signage one way or the other is a giant red flag that you’re dealing with a restaurant that doesn’t understand the very big difference.
Rara: It doesn’t say on the menu. Do you guys have diet Coke?
Waiter: Yes. Well, diet Pepsi. That okay?
Rara: *terrifying silence*
It’s bad enough that you’re a Pepsi place, but why the suckerpunch, Waiter? You say you have it, and then you say you don’t. Why’d you have to crush my dreams? Look, it’s Santa Claus– oh, no, wait, it’s a serial killer.
As I age, it’s harder and harder to deal with that sort of heartbreak, and slapping people becomes less and less appropriate*, so I tend to just avoid places that don’t have signage indicating what side of the soda war they’ve chosen.
It’s a litmus test I stand by, though I try to keep my Coca-Cola decisiveness to inanimate things like restaurants and malls with vending machines.
I’m quite open-minded about people’s personal preferences. I mean, you really can’t blame someone for the faults of their taste buds. 😉
* It’s a joke! I’ve never slapped someone before.
This week’s episode of Prompts for the Promptless is all about Litmus tests. (“Episode 8“) Do you have one or two of your own? Share! Or, read submissions from this week’s cast so far…
- Hyperlocal Hero – #50
- Fish of Gold – The Litmus Personality Test
- One Starving Activist – The SEO Interview
- Serendipity – What’s a Litmus?
- Mama Bear Musings – The Litmus
- Blog of the Imaginator – Nightcap
- Cognitive Reflections – Litmus for Restaurants
- Head Full of Fluff – Deal Breakers!!
- A Way with Words – Email Litmus Test and My New Soulmate
- Repressed Expressions – Litmus Me Up, Scotty!
- Rarasaur – Pepsi is not Okay
- My Thought Exactly – If it’s a Remake I Won’t Watch It
- Breathing Space – The Litmus Test for Dogs
- Heart and a Half – You know you’re a Buffy fan when…
- The Sexy Cynic – Kissing Styles of the Dearly Dated
- Behind the Willows – Lullaby Litmus
- Indira – When Misfortune Strikes
- I Am Grayson – My Litmus
- This Typing Makes Me Look Busy … – The 16 Rules of Facebook Etiquette
- … and you?
I’m almost afraid to know– are you team Coke or team Pepsi?
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