We did a dry run up the west coast to Gouyave so we know what we’re getting into for Fish Friday next week. Just as we pulled into town Addie announced she was hungry, so I stopped in a little market in town to buy some snacks. I got a box of orange juice, a frycake, some coconut pone, a cream soda, and two little bags of chips for EC$10. Solo-brand Cream Soda (“High In Quality”) is manufactured in Trinidad. At first taste it hits the tongue just like cream soda, but there’s an unusual (and not entirely pleasant) aftertaste of jasmine or some other flavor which tastes kind of like soap. I give Solo Cream Soda a 3 out of 10.
We hit the market at Grand Anse for dinner fixings and I picked up a bottle of Hairoun’s Bitter Lemon soda. Manufactured in St. Vincent by St. Vincent Brewery Ltd, this carbonated lemonade is a little sweet, but immensely refreshing. There’s just a hint of bitterness (hardly more than a glass of ‘regular’ lemonade), but nowhere near enough to turn off even the sugar-jaded American palate. I give Hairoun’s Bitter Lemon a 7 of 10.