Thursday, June 23, 2005

In Flight Tomato Juice

What is it about airplanes that seems to compel people to drink tomato juice?

Do these tomato connoisseurs drink the stuff at home? There's always one or two people in earshot ordering tomato juice on flights. Am I missing something?

Why don't people ask this question at McDonalds? Ever look around at a restaurant and see a glasses with the red stuff on ice?

Does this calm flight nerves? Give you an antitoxin boost? Just glad American started serving Diet Dr. Pepper.

If you are a tomato juice orderer, please explain.

Best Soft Drinks [Not all available on flights -- please ask your flight attendant]
1. Diet Dr. Pepper
2. Cold Coca-Cola on ice after a day on dusty roads, but this wouldn't apply to flights, would it?
3. Bitter Lemon (similar to Fresca)
4. Diet Cherry Diet Coke at Sonic (you have to say diet twice)
5. Fresca


At 6:56 AM, Blogger Fajita said...

Diet Coke with Lemon, cold, out of the can. Don't let it sit too long, just drink about half the can in the first 30 seconds after taking it out of the fridge. Ahhhhhhh, I like it. You can sip the rest.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger dagwud said...

Vanilla Coke - only available in better restaurants (like Sonic), movie theaters, and airplanes.

Tomato juice - and V8 is the only one I ever drink - is a kick for me. In other words, I see it on a shelf, am reminded that I like it, will buy a twelve pack (the spicy is particular good), and will consume that in a week. Then I forget about it for a while.
People who like V8 don't drink it at home all the time, if the others are like me. Seeing it on the plane just reminds us that it exists.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Clarissa said...

I do as does dagwud ... every now and then I just have a consuming need for tomato juice, buy a package, and it's all mine. Then I might go a year or two with none. But I might order it on a plane just because the option is available, if the wind is blowing the proper direction.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Matt Elliott said...

Ever had a "Manzana Lift" in Latin America? It's an apple soda manufactured by Coca-Cola, and it's out of this world. My oldest son and I will spend the first week of July at a Cozumel, Mexico children's home, and I plan to drink my weight in Manzana while there.

I have NO CLUE why you can't get it in the states. Pepsi has a version, too -- "Manzana del Sol" -- but again, it's not available in the U.S.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger TCS said...

I say there is something wrong with these tomato drinkers. But what do I know, Fajita got me to give up Dr. Pepper and all other soft drinks.

Matt's comment reminded me of a candy bar from Austrialia "Violet Crumble" anyone had one of those...Man they are good.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger c said...

The tomato thing is rather odd.

I'd have to say an ice cold Dr. Pepper made with pure cain sugar (not corn syrup) straight out of the glass bottle. Jimminy Christmas thats some good stuff.

I would also add Slice to this list, toss up b'tween Grape and Orange.

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At 8:00 PM, Blogger Chan Thai Long said...

I was just about to blog on this EXACT subject and on a whim googled "flights tomato" and I got a link to your post. I was on a flight to the midwest last week on a small Dash 8 (holds like 30 people tops) and AT LEAST 3 people ordered the tomato juice! Which, as you note, is not unlike other flights. At some fundamental level it upsets me because there is NO WAY they really really want to drink it!


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