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Those of you who see me regularly will know that I drink a lot of Gerolsteiner Sprudel. I'm fond of San Pellegrino, particularly with food. I still like Calistoga, though the plastic bottles are a travesty. I once had a thing for Perrier. But first place in my carbonated mineral water sweepstakes always goes to the German bubbly. Even though Trader Joe's has raised the price twenty cents per bottle, making the Gerolsteiner more expensive than San Pellegrino, I remain as loyal as ever. And it's not because I have thing for Germany. You see, Gerolsteiner is both naturally carbonated -- I think you can tell -- and more forcefully carbonated than its competition. And its taste feels more neutral to me. Not as sour as Perrier or Calistoga, less calcium and magnesium-muted than Mendocino or Apollinaris. It actually reminds me of the water we got from our well in Pennsylvania, though that wasn't carbonated. What all this adds up to is a water that appeals to me even when it's at room temperature, that goes well with a variety of foods, and never leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. My favorite thing about Gerolsteiner, though, is the experience of opening a new bottle that has been properly chilled. I reach into the refrigerator, preferably on a brutally hot day like today, break the seal and pour a healthy quantity down my throat. The sensation is difficult to describe but totally sublime. It burns and soothes at the same time. The closest analogy I can think of is the feeling of sucking on an icicle on a very cold day. But the bubbles elevate Gerolsteiner to an even more rarified plain. If only every drink were a first drink.
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masoo From: masoo Date: July 7th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I prefer non-carbonated water, but you sure do have the pleasure of that first drink down. Whatever flavored drink is my favorite at any particular time, in the end, there's nothing like water, and sometimes a good long drink of the stuff is indeed sublime. I had a drink in your honor just now, in fact!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 8th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's the staff of life!
tpratt From: tpratt Date: July 7th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I love Gerolsteiner

It's the Super Silver Haze of water.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 8th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I love Gerolsteiner

Good to see you back. I worried after you refrained from commenting on both Kim's Romero entry and mine with a Gilman membership card I purchased in your illustrious presence.
tpratt From: tpratt Date: July 8th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I love Gerolsteiner

I've been reading my friends' LJ entries this whole time, like usual. I've been suffering from a severe case of LJ inferiority complex, I guess.
I enjoyed your entry with the Gilman card. I even wrote a response, but thought better of posting it as it was pretty dopey. Something along the lines of noting some of the club rules as being rarely followed. I just felt like I was using a dulled spork to respond to something you carved with a fresh x-acto blade.
I actually never read Kim's Romero entry because she has a nasty habit of delivering spoilers. Money's been just a little too tight to justify going to the movies, so I'll be catching Land of the Dead this weekend. I predict that reading her take on it will be one of the first things I do once I get home. Yeah, I know, what's to be spoiled about a fucking zombie movie...lemme guess, someone's guts will be spilled in a feeding frenzy. Heads will pop, zombies will groan and shuffle about. Still, though, one ill-placed comment can spoil lots. Just saw Audition and felt lesser for already knowing one of the things that was going to happen, thanks to my big brother.
Maybe today's the day I bust loose and write a little bit about some stuff in the LJ.
Have a great trip!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Damn carbonated water to hell forever.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 8th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hmmmmmmmmm. You seem to share my daughter's aversion to "bubble water."
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: July 8th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 8th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! I spent a long time on the Gerolsteiner website. Turns out it has more calcium and magnesium than I thought. But it doesn't taste the way other waters with that concentration taste. I like its neutrality.
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