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Obsessed with Soda Pop

I am definitely a soda pop lover. I know the dentist says it’s like giving your teeth a sugar bath but I adore it. I like real cane sugar pop, like those from Jones Soda. I am really sick of the Pepsi and Coke high fructose offerings and am grossed out by the taste of sweetener.

So where does one find good pop? Here’s where:

Obsessives: Soda Pop from CHOW.com on Vimeo.

John Nese is the proprietor of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in LA. His father ran it as a grocery store, and when the time came for John to take charge, he decided to convert it into the ultimate soda-lover’s destination. About 500 pops line the shelves, sourced lovingly by John from around the world. John has made it his mission to keep small soda-makers afloat and help them find their consumers. Galco’s also acts as a distributor for restaurants and bars along the West Coast, spreading the gospel of soda made with cane sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup if John can avoid it).

What a cool place, interesting man and a great story. The next time I am in LA I will be checking out Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

If anyone knows where to get a decent bottle of pop in Vancouver I would love to know. Please leave a comment.

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  • johnbiehler November 22, 2009, 5:27 pm

    Saw this place on Unwrapped (Food Network) awhile ago…definitely a stop to make next time I'm in LA.

  • Mike Browne November 22, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Just knowing a place like this exists makes me happy. I'm curious about something more local. I want to go out and get a case of Jones Soda now. 🙂

  • Leah January 4, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I know Killarney Market stocks Jones Soda. They are at 49th and Elliott. I know that is not precisely local for you. They are a truely independent grocery and stock all kinds of ethnic cooking supplies. I am still shopping there – I use the local Marketplace IGA as my 7-11 equivalent. I so totally don’t do soda – except tonic water. I like my tonic water in the summer. White grapefruit juice-the stuff that is sour, and tonic, with ice. Nummy. Maybe I will make a list of the sodas they have in stock for you. I think they have weird ones.