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Greetings, readers. This is a top ten list suggested to me by Rebecca, which I find to be an excellent topic. I have loved food and drink as long as I can remember and have enjoyed many beverages throughout my life. So here is the list, in no particular order, hope you enjoy it.

#10. Fanta grape soda. [This product was a big part of my life in the 1970s, because every August at camp I would take my quarter to the old Coke machine and either get a Coke, a Fanta orange soda, or a Fanta grape.]

#9. Fanta orange soda. [Same as #10. This product is back in stores as of the last few years. I shall look to see if the grape soda is back as well.]

#8. Royal Crown Cola. [RC cola to me was an extraordinarily smooth soda. I enjoyed its taste very much. As memory serves it was a little more expensive than Coke or Pepsi, so my parents opted not to buy it very often.]

#7. Earl Grey Tea. [I must admit I am not a huge tea fan, but Earl Grey has a wonderful flavor, and for all you Star Trek: Next Generation lovers, it is of course the beverage of choice of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.]

#6. Green Tea. [Some green teas I have tried were a little on the strong side for my liking. The K-Cup green tea that my friend Marjorie gave me, however, is excellent. Much smoother, and with honey, a delicious evening time treat.]

#5. Cappuccino. [When I was younger, my family and I went to Italy where my dad taught for a few weeks. I was able to enjoy that rather strong coffee with the delicious chocolate flavoring, whipped cream, and small cookie wafer on the side. Strong, but oh, so good.]

#4. Generic soft drinks. [When I was living at another apartment building years ago, there was a grocery store across the street. They had their own brand of soda in the machines. As I recall, a quarter could get me a cola, ginger ale, lemon-lime, root beer, or cream soda. I will admit with a smile, for a store brand it was pretty darn good.]

#3. Hires Root Beer. [As a child during summer, I would always have a Hires Root Beer during our cook-outs. Mom loved that beverage with her hamburgers and watermelon. Oddly enough, when summer was over, she would switch back to either Coke or Pepsi. Until the age of 10 or so, I thought it was available only during the summer. Hires Root Beer is still available, but not at stores I shop at.]

#2. Budweiser Light Beer. [I’m not big on alcohol, and can’t have it very often anyway because of my meds, but every so often I have the craving for a cold beer. That beer of choice is Bud Light in a frosty mug. My father, born in Europe, drank his beer at room temperature. Oh, hell no.]

#1. Coffee. [I have enjoyed coffee since the age of ten. As far as I know it did not stunt my growth. After much trial and error, I have discovered that my favorite is what they call a light, morning blend, made by Ripafratta. I buy this brand, discovered by chance, and it is perhaps the best coffee I’ve ever had.]

Well, there is the list. Please chime in with comments or your own list. How about that, a three-entry week. On Wednesday, stay turned for entry #400! It will be a special one, I promise.

Until then, have a great weekend, enjoy the early summer, and happy reading.

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