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Friday, December 8, 2017


( Again, just a filler while I'm training from Vancouver to Toronto. )

I've drunk Fanta soda pop all my life.  More recently, it has been Fanta Orange.  Never thought to ask what this was until recently.  

Recently, I've had two separate Thanksgiving dinners and usually also end up with some leftovers. So this year I prepared something I've long been dreaming to do, and, actually, never before did: prepare a plate of hot turkey sandwich.

Growing up in Kakaako, aside from saimin, I never went to a real restaurant, and there were not all than many where I grew up, if any.  I remember my first meal at a diner with my brother.  He ordered hot turkey sandwich, so I did, too.  This dish has been on my mind most of my life.

After my annual Thanksgiving dinner with Betsy/Harvey Lee (left) and their family and friends, I dropped by my regular table at 15 Craigside, where they kept a chair for me.  The advantage of being there is that I can pick and choose what I want from the usual assortment, make an appearance of eating the meal, and asking them to pack the remainder.  I save $1.50, the price of take-out, and get to choose what I want, which was turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and salad, with a cup of cranberry juice that I have to control my blood pressure.

I added a slice of white onion to the sandwich doused in gravy, and made a truffle dressing for the salad.  I had opened a fabulous bottle of red wine for my dinner last night (which will be described at the end of this posting), but thought beer was more appropriate.  However, I saw a bottle of Fanta Orange in my refrigerator, so that was my choice.  The meal was fine, but I happened to read the ingredients on the back of the bottle:
  • made by Coca Cola Company
    • Pepsico is #2
    • Nestle is #3 (mostly water, but also coffee)
    • Suntory #4
  • caffeine free
  • 100% natural flavors
  • contains no juice (what???)
  • high fructose corn syrup (this is terrible stuff)
    • What happens is that a soft drink with more fructose than glucose (sucrose, or sugar, is half of each) does not provide a signal to your brain that you are satisfied or full.
    • Worse, fructose becomes visceral fat, which induces diseases.  And fructose seems to increase Low Density Lipoprotein, which is bad cholesterol. 
  • sodium polyphosphates
  • glycerol ester of rosin
  • yellow dye 6
  • red dye 40
So I looked further, and learned from Snopes:
  • this was the first new soda after Coke by Coke
  • there are more than 100 Fanta flavors
  • originated as a cola substitute in Germany during World War II (Snopes has a detailed story)
  • the drink then included the "leftovers of leftovers," whey and apple pomace
  • Fanta is Fantasie in German
  • Fanta largely went away after the war, but came back in 1955 to neutralize Pepsi, but not in the USA
  • In 2015 Germany released their 75th-anniversary version with the original taste (using whey and pomace), and said "the feeling of the Good Old Times," which was soon abandoned, for many interpreted this to mean Nazi rule.
  • How's this:  the German drink contains orange juice, in Canada tangerine juice, but in the USA, NO JUICE!
Love the Fantanas, which keeps changing, first appearing in 2002:

Incidentally, if you must:

So what should you drink?  Water.  Or wine.  Coke and Pepsi use corn sweeteners,  Not good.  Sierra Mist is goodSprite is bad.  All the common ginger ales use fructose, while Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sell this drink with sugar from cane, which, is okay, relatively.

The bottom line is that soda pop is bad for your health, and government will more and more tax it, just like alcohol and tobacco.  Why did I have a bottle of Orange Fanta in my refrigerator, anyway?

Last Friday after  golf, I dropped by Marukai, for I had a 5-50% off certificate that expired that day.  Certainly, I am aware that 99% of the winners, and probably more, only get a 5% deduction.  But the concept works, for everyone in front of me had enormous amounts of food in their cart.  I only had a slice of $99.99 Japanese Wagyu Beef and one pound of $53.99 blue fin tuna, and wanted to keep them cool, so picked up a cold Orange Fanta.  I enjoyed my hot turkey sandwich, but balanced that with a spectacular dinner the night before:

That is a 10-year old Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon from my Stanford collection.  The scotch is a Nikka Yoichi single malt, which was the one that broke the Scottish monopoly in 2009.

Okay, if you thought I was on a Trans-Canada train trip from Vancouver to Toronto, why am I tossing in these dated meal articles?  There is no World Wide Web capability on these trains, and I just happened to have this piece hanging around.


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