A few weeks ago, Michael and I were forced out of our apartment for a few hours: the landlord told us there was some work that needed to be done in the apartment and we couldn't be there when it was taking place. We saw it as an opportunity to do some exploring. The weather is finally nice in NYC, we wanted to see if there were any new brunch places to experiment with, and frankly, we just wanted to stretch our legs a bit. So off we went in search of brunch. And bottle caps.
After our sub-par brunch at a too-fancy-for-its-own-good diner, we happened upon an old-school Italian grocery store. I thought that there had to be something great within the walls. I think Michael was pretty skeptical. But in we went, with a beeline towards the back refrigerator.
Lo and behold: The Sopranos Italian Soda. Yes, my friends. The Sopranos had a soda line. And not just one flavor. Chianti, Limonchello and Amaretto. The Italian grocery we were in, disappointingly, only had Amaretto, and we honestly weren't sure how long those bottles had been in there. Case in point: 1) the bottles were extremely dirty. As in, literally covered in dirt and grime -- gross enough to not want to put the bottle anywhere near your mouth. As in, we don't think anyone had opened that fridge door in at least a few months, if not longer. Maybe since The Sopranos went off the air. 2) When, after being totally grossed out and making Michael grab a bottle because they were that dirty (and I am that committed to bottle caps) the guy behind the counter looked at me like I was nutters and I think a little surprised that his store even carried this particular item, had to go to the back of the store for what seemed like 15 minutes to find out how much the beverage costs. No joke. After about 5 minutes, I turned to Michael and said, "Why don't they just charge me a dollar and be done with it. Clearly they didn't even know they had this here! It's all profit for them now!" Alas, I was charged $2 for the soda that I was afraid to drink.
But the bottle cap is, admittedly, awesome. It has a gun on it! Seriously. Someone tell me how many bottle caps have a gun on them? But I won't sell out and end this blog post with a fade to
Hahahaha! Gotcha! Have a great weekend.