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Pepsi is not okay.

raracokeI’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.

or

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*

No, waiter.  Pepsi is NOT okay.
No, waiter. Pepsi is NOT okay.

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. 😉

Do what you want. It's your mouth.
Do what you want. It’s your mouth.

* It’s a joke! I’ve never slapped someone before.

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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…

 

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I’m almost afraid to know– are you team Coke or team Pepsi?

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170 comments

  1. Bahaha, I’m a coke gal too. Nothing worse than ordering a Diet Coke and being served a Diet Pepsi. It is just NOT RIGHT! How can you not TELL the DIFFERENCE?!! Arglfarble.

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    1. 🙂 Ah, no worries. You’ve been here since the beginning of my blogdom, and I appreciate all your readership and support– so I hope you know all you ever have to do is ask and I’ll do what I can to support your cause!

      I just hope it sends votes your way. My kittens love the pictures of Pixels, and my hubby loves the name. I hope she wins!!

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  2. We’re a Coke family, my husband especially. Finally, when a waitress asked him once if Pepsi was ok, he answered, “Is monopoly money ok?” He got the strangest look from the waitress and then ordered a root beer. We all cracked up on the other hand.

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    1. 😀 It’s okay, I love you still. It makes me laugh to think that Pepsi drinkers have the same troubles/stories, just in reverse. They probably get cranky when waiters say that Coke is the same… 😀 It’s a funny thing for sure.

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  3. I’m undecided or maybe just don’t care. I drink tea at restaurants. My wife, however, is discouraged that she can’t get draught 7-up anywhere and goes all rarasaur when some says yes we do, it’s called Sierra Mist. No! No! Not the same!! Poor waiters.

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    1. Haha, “Undecided” in the soda war. I like it! Sierra Mist and 7-up are also not the same at all! Tis a travesty totally worth rawring over. 🙂

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  4. I voted! But I also wanted to comment 🙂 I used to be a complete Coke person but then I got weird — Now, I only drink Coke out of a can but I like Pepsi if it’s in a bottle. I get stranger with age…..

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    1. Thank you for voting!! 😀 Strangely enough, I can stomach Pepsi if it’s in a bottle– but can’t stand it from a fountain or in a can. I just assumed I was nutty, but maybe it actually tastes different?! 🙂

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  5. I just don’t know what to say to this post. I left a job where they gave me a bunch of Diet Pepsi at my going away party since I was known for having one at all times.

    *sigh*

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    1. Haha, *hugs* It’s okay, I love you anyway!! Like my little gravatar profile says… I love people who love things. Even if it’s not the same things I love! 😀

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  6. I’ve actually never had either Coca-Cola or Pepsi, purely because I didn’t want to join the epic battle. However, after some quick Googling, I see that all the sodas I drink are Coke products. I think I may have accidentally chosen sides anyway.

    (I also voted for the kitty. 🙂 )

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  7. I’m in the Coke camp, but it certainly doesn’t ruin my day to receive a Pepsi. Although I think waiters should let the customers know.

    I have sometimes been asked, “Is Pepsi OK?” and been tempted to say, “No, it’s not f***ing OK! Why would you think that would be OK? Are you out of your f***ing mind??” I picture myself then getting the soda and throwing it on the waiter.

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    1. Hurrah for Camp Coke! 😀 I love it when waiters let me know. We went to a greek place the other day, and the waiter told us the specials and said, “And we’re a Pepsi place.” It made it okay because I didn’t have my heart set on a diet coke before looking at the menu…

      When waiters DON’T tell me…. well. My silence is frightening.

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  8. The only way I drink carbonated drinks is with alcohol.
    My mom never let me or my brother drink coke or pepsi or any of those, we never had them at home.
    I go for tea or Snapple.
    Thanks for supporting Saruman(Pixel)
    xx

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    1. 😀 How could I not? Look at her angel face! 🙂 I hope it sent a couple votes her way.

      We never had Pepsi or Coke at home either, but always had Coke when on road trips, hotels, or special-occassion-eating-out.

      My carbonated beverage of choice is actually diet tonic… which works lovely with alcohol!

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  9. I will drink any soda. I think coke might taste more high in sugar which is why some prefer it over others. I have been drinking more water at restaurants because I feel that the stuff is not good for you sugar or sugar fee. Very nice post!

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  10. Not one to drink either but if I were going to do down the ‘extremely bad for you, sugar packed soda’ route I’d choose coke too. Pepsi definitely tastes different. What is your stance on post mix/bottled? Also, as a small aside I have to say I was quite surprised to read this post – given your dislike of sugar in all it’s many forms for the effect it has on people.

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    1. Ah Fiona, your comment was so complimentary since it made me feel like you read all my posts. 😀 *hugs* I’m totally in the diet soda camp, since “real” coke is a killer! One of the reasons I love Coke as a company is that they donate a ridiculous amount to diabetes research and a lot of the sugar-is-bad-for-you PSAs. Their stance is that they make just as much on diet stuff, so might as well keep their clientele alive longer. 😉

      As far as if diet coke is bad for you… well, that’s a whole post I haven’t been able to write without scribing out an entire book of rants. My big points in this category are that (1) people shouldn’t believe poorly constructed research studies and (2) fake sugar does not cause cancer. Oi vey! 🙂

      Postmix is much better for the customer’s wallet, the restaurants bottom line, and our environment… it doesn’t taste as good, but that’s a negligible difference that most wouldn’t be able to taste. Still, there’s something great about drinking from a classic bottle! 🙂

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      1. For me it’s a classical sugared coke from a can, fresh from the fridge. My mouth is watering while writing this. Well, I “enjoy Coke” not that often (only a few times a month), so I believe it’s not that bad.

        Never heard of Coke engaging that much in “customer health”. Another example that not all big companies are always bad.

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      2. Of course I read all your posts! Well, probably not all but I tried to read lots of them. I love your blog!!!

        Yeh I am actually one of those people who does prefer the post mix strangely enough!

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  11. I don’t like Pepsi, not one bit. I’d rather drink seltzer water. Okay, maybe just regular water. But still, I can understand your aversion to all restaurants Pepsi. Ugh.

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  12. Lol. I don’t really like cola at all, but if I have to drink it, I choose Coke. Especially if it’s Mexican Coke with the real sugar. That stuff ain’t bad at all.

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    1. Ah, I loved that stuff when I still consumed sugar! To this day, it’s one of the handfuls of things I miss from my sugar-consumption days. (The others being: specialty pancake syrups, cereal, and yogurt)

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    1. Same! It’s diet Coke or Coke Zero for me. Pepsi tastes the same here, well… to me. It’s sickly sweet with an aftertaste. Glad to have agreement world-wide, haha! 🙂

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  13. There IS a difference. Coke is an different drink than Pepsi. And ONLY classic Coke, not the stupid imitation stuff they try to pawn off on us or any of that flavored junk. I want the original, pure Coca Cola! When I was a kid, you could get Coca Cola syrup at drug store counters. My mom used to buy it to help settle jumpy tummies. It worked, too.

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    1. That’s amazing! I want to buy Coca Cola syrup over the counter. Although I guess Soda Stream does something like that. 🙂 Yep, I’m not just anti-pepsi… I’m anti-coke-imitators, too! 🙂 I’m glad you agree there’s a difference!

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    1. Interesting! 🙂 When I drank regular coke, I was fine with can or fountain or bottle… but when I converted to the diets, I started preferring fountain sodas more, too!

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  14. Personally, I can’t stand coke or pepsi. The only brown soda I will drink (happily) is rootbeer.
    Also, this was hilarious! Thank you for making me laugh first thing in the morning — it’s not an easy accomplishment. 😀 (Because that’s totally what you set out to do when you write a post.)

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    1. Yay!! I’m glad I made you laugh in the morning… I’m not a morning person so I consider morning laughs a great feat, indeed! 😀 I like rootbeer too, but Dave can’t stand the smell so I’ve slowly stopped drinking it over the years. 🙂 He’s a weird guy! 🙂

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  15. Great litmus test!
    Diet coke is not comparable to Diet Pepsi and no one should ever pretend like it is.

    I just made a special stop in town after a particularly rough morning with the kids at the bakery. Not for the cookies (although I got one of those too) but because I know they sell Diet Coke in a can. And Diet coke is good, but Diet Coke straight out of the can, that’s the best!

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    1. Diet Coke is a wonderful thing! Though I’m more of a fan of Coke Zero, actually. 🙂 I like the idea of special cookie-and-soda stops made to reward surviving rough mornings… that should be a regular policy for everyone. 😀

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    1. Well, actually– all sugar, including those found in fruits and natural fruit juices, contribute to cancer. Sugar feeds cells, the good and the bad. Dave (my hubby) and I have been sugar-free for years now, though that doesn’t stop me from drinking diet sodas. 🙂 I love herbal teas, though!

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  16. Let’s see, Coke made the “I’d like to teach the world to sing video” and Pepsi set Michael Jackson’s hair on fire. I agree–Coke only.

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  17. LOL it’s never crossed my mind whether a pepsi place is worse than a coke place but I think pepsi is the cheaper option so therefore coke places are better. Thats all ha

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    1. 😀 I was being facetious in my post, but there’s really some truth to Coke places being better. For one, Coke pays for a lot of red stuff to be put all over your restaurant if you go coke. 🙂 So maybe its not all in my mind! 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Yep, sides of this particular war are often inherited. My parents are Coke drinkers. I still love you, though, Lottie– I mean, who cares if you drink Pepsi or Coke so long as you read as much as you can, right? 😀

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  18. I voted for Pixels, who could look at that kittie and not vote?! Now for the bad news, I’m a Pepsi girl … I get that slightly devastated look on my face when I ask for a Pepsi and the waiter says, “Umhmm, Ok. It’s coke though not Pepsi.”

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    1. Yay for the vote for Pixels! Thank you! 🙂 Until I wrote this post, I never really gave thought to the idea that Pepsi drinkers are probably equally devastated by the reverse situation! 🙂 I understand it in reverse, too… because coke and pepsi are not the same thing. When someone pretends that they are, disappointment and roaring are both perfectly appropriate. 🙂

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  19. Pepsi? Can you still get that stuff? 🙂 Seriously, I know where you are coming from on this one and I have actually had that conversation too. As a bit of a fast food junkie I am constantly bemoaning KFC’s insistence on serving up that dross. Still, at least they have Krushems. 🙂 OBTW you forgot to mention how much better looking Coke drinkers are! 🙂

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    1. It’s true, us Coke drinkers are gorgeous. 😀 Plus the advertisements are much superior, and the company itself is nicer. As far as companies go. 🙂

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  20. When I hit the “Like” button, I heard a message through my ear buds –

    “Brought to you by your good friends at Coca-Cola, providing addictive substances since 1892. First, cocaine. Now, humorous blog posts.”

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    1. I never liked Dr. Pepper, but when I switched to all things diet, I realized how much I liked diet Dr. Pepper… it’s weird, but delicious. 😀 I could never do Mt Dew, though– that stuff is intense! 🙂

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  21. Is this going to come to fisticuffs? First off, I’m a Pepsi girl! I’m from the Pepsi generation! I will drink Coke if I have to, but I’ll probably get something else if they don’t have Pepsi.
    Second, I’m allergic to cats & I’m a dog person. How is it that we can relate to each other in so many ways & be so opposite?

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  22. That Batman picture is hilarious!
    Diet Coke for me. I used to drink regular Coke but after drinking Diet for a while I can’t drink the sugary one any more. However, I will drink Pepsi if that’s all they have.
    I have no standards 😉
    I’ve popped across and voted for Pixels!

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    1. Haha, thank you. I have too much time on my hands sometime. 🙂

      Yay for team Diet Coke! 😀 The same thing happened to me. I was a regular coke drinker, but now it has to be diet. Thank you for voting for Pixels! It was such a nice thing to do that I forgive you for occasionally joining team Pepsi. 😉 😀

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  23. This will look bad on my part, but I really can’t tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. >.> For the most part I just focus on the delicious food!

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  24. I completely agree with you. You should come and live in South Africa. Here, almost all places are Coca cola places 🙂 You don’t find a lot of Pepsi here. Who needs that anyway?

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    1. No one needs Pepsi, that’s who. 😉 South Africa has just made my “places to maybe move to” list… I’m assuming it’s warm there, too, right? 🙂 Double points!

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  25. Rara, I think I love you. I’m a Coca Cola girl myself; Pepsi is a thing of the Devil. If I do end up in a place with Pepsi, I’ll get water or iced tea (plain, with a slice of lemon). I can’t take diet anything, though. Nasty aspertame aftertaste.

    And now I want a kitten. Of course, I pretty much always want a kitten.

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    1. I was going to tell you that you could come by and play with my cats anytime you want… but then I think I remember that you have cats. Which are awesome, but different from kittens. 🙂 I get the plain iced tea with lemon too!

      I couldn’t handle fake sugar either, but then Dave became diabetic, and I converted. It’s funny because… the day Dave got super sick from diabetes, I accidentally opened a diet pepsi can at work (distracted because I was worried about him). I took a drink, and spit it into the trash and poured it out. It was a double whammy– pepsi AND diet. Then just 4 weeks later, I was drinking diet coke no problem. It just took some time to acclimate. 🙂

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