Iâ€™m going to try to slowly ease back into blogging; itâ€™s been way too long.
Now, ordinarily I wouldnâ€™t even go near a drink that claims to have any kind of herb/root/leave/stalk in it, unless for medicinal purposes. Because I generally donâ€™t consider these types of drinks pleasurable.
I have memories of my grandmother giving me concoctions of neem bark, ginger and other herbs for fever, now my grandmother died when I was six so this could all be imagined (very much like our Sunday shopping and brunch dates at Macyâ€™s in Herald Square).
Anyway, so two weekends ago I was in the South Granville area when I came upon Meinhardt (an upscale specialty grocery store, much like Dean and DeLuca). Prices withstanding, Meinhardt is a great place to spot fancy unique foodstuff; a year ago I got a friend a couple bottles of shandy because he mentioned it was the closest thing to beer he liked and couldnâ€™t find any here. And they have the most amazing Rice Krispie Squares Iâ€™ve ever had!
It was while browsing the aisles that I saw it; Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock drink! Again ordinarily I would have given it a second glance but the weird thing was, just a few days ago Iâ€™d read about it, where elseâ€¦ on the internet while researching natural hair care and recipes. The section on Burdock on Anita Grantâ€™s website extols the awesomeness of this particular drink and I couldnâ€™t believe that I found it, right here in Vancouver. I grabbed a few bottles and headed on home.
Iâ€™m pleased to report that it doesnâ€™t taste anything like my grandmotherâ€™s neem concoctions (not that I thought that it would). It has a light flowery taste, a little herby but not unpleasant. The smell is floral and earthy. The initial sip isnâ€™t wowing but you find yourself wanting more afterwards.
I like that itâ€™s not too sweet; I guess you could call it refreshing. I got the sense that I wasnâ€™t harming my body, unlike the fear and trepidation with which I drink regular sodas â€“ I get this visual image of my insides being attacked by high fructose corn syrup.
As much as I like it, I donâ€™t like it enough to shell out $3.50 (plus taxes, bottle deposit fee and recycling fee!) for a 275ml bottle of soda. However, if I were in the neighbourhood and in the mood I might get a bottle or two.