Friday, May 27, 2011

On the road again...with my trusty diet soda

Asheville, here I come! Well, at least that will be the case tomorrow, when I hit the road with several friends for some Memorial Day weekend fun! I'm headed to North Carolina's hippie haven for a long weekend packed with camping, good friends and good food. It's going to be a blast. But it's been at least a year since I spent the night sleeping under the stars so...what's a girl to pack?
So far we've got tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags, tarp and rain gear. Another friend is bringing a camping stove and barbecue, while yet another brings his guitar (yay for musical entertainment!) I'm also packing weather-appropriate, comfy clothes and shoes, sunscreen and plenty of water. As for food, I've been asked to contribute to the weekend meal plan. However, I'm not much of a cook so I'm thinking I will make a quick run to Trader Joe's tonight for chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, fixings for s'mores (because you can't camp and NOT eat s'mores!), beer and at least a case or two of diet soda. I'm leaning toward some Diet Dr. Pepper right now. Am I missing anything?
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweet on Fresca

After a long work week, I told myself that I would come home tonight and chill for a change, rather than going out and being social. Visions of a quiet TV night - decked out in sweats and holding a giant glass of red wine - danced in my head. For the most part, I've done just that. YAY! But instead of that glass of wine I promised myself, I went for a cocktail: raspberry-flavored vodka, peach-flavored Fresca and a splash of mango juice.'s fabulous, especially on a humid night!
By the way, if you're counting calories, diet sodas make terrific cocktail mixers. Ditch the beer, especially if it's high gravity, and grab a vodka and Sprite Zero or rum and Diet Coke. Seltzer and club soda are also good, but tonic has almost as many calories as regular soda. Here are a few other low-cal drink recipe ideas. They should definitely come in handy now that swimsuit season is upon us. Gulp.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Diet Coke and Mentos

While sitting at a festival yesterday with friends, sipping on a Diet Coke to stay cool, someone mentioned the old "Diet Coke plus Mentos" trick. Surely you've heard about that, right? How the candies cause the carbonated beverage to erupt when they're dropped into the liquid? It was always a quick and easy way to prank a colleague or friend, back in the day. So for those of you who've lived under a rock for the past decade or two, here's a crazy video featuring Mentos and some erupting diet soda.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Love that diet soda of mine...

I was feeling a wee bit froggy earlier (dang allergies!) so I hit up a local Jewish deli for a massive bowl of matzo ball soup. While there, I was thrilled to find one of my fave diet soft drinks - one that is virtually impossible to find most of the time. Dr. Brown's Diet Black Cherry Soda. Seriously y'all, I could drink gallons of it. If you live in NYC or South Florida, you likely see Dr. Brown's sodas all over the place. Sadly, it rarely graces supermarket shelves in other parts of the country. That's why I bought several cans of the sweet nectar while at the deli. Now I have enough to last me a week. Woot! Happy Sunday to me.