What is your best memory associated with a beverage or meal, but had little to do with the meal or beverage?
My best cup of tea was after flying 29 hours to Singapore. I was dehydrated and suffering from hangover-type symptoms so I ordered some chamomile tea and toast from room service. Sitting there, sipping my team while looking out the huge window down on this foreign city, watching the lazy morning drizzle and the city wake up, knowing I was going to explore it in a few hours was a wonderful experience.
My best cup of coffee was a lousy instant with coffee whitener and too much sugar, but it was late at night while I was in the field on an army exercise. It was cold and I was fire picket. I was hungry and that coffee just slid down my throat and coated my tummy. It warmed my hands while I held it, as I walked between silent tents and hooches, listening to the night sounds of the forest nearby.
My best coca-cola was one from the gas station near my childhood street. It was a sweltering hot day and we had driven in to get gas from the Co-op. My back and legs were sticky from the naugahyde seat and I longingly looked at the Coke machine and pushed the buttons. To my shock a Coke dropped out. The guy at the station said, “Some guy had put some money in but the machine didn’t give him one. It’s yours, kid.”
It was in the tall, skinny bottles that pop used to come in and ice-cold. I remember trying to gulp it, but I was so little that my top lip kept getting sucked in, so I had to drink it slowly.
What about you??