I had "drinks" with Tim the Trainer the other night at Benders. I'm proud to say, I'm back on my barstool folks. I just have about 15 "Diet Coke with a lot of lemon"s instead of 15 Gibsons with onions on the side. Anyway, we're chatting away when Tim mentions a phrase I can't quite understand.
"Wait. What'd you say?"
So I casually responded, "What's Inca Cola."
You'd have thought I asked "What's a gay person?" or "What's Chardonnay?" Tim thought I was kidding before diving into a tirade about how Inca Cola is THE Peruvian soda of choice, the Golden Kola, the bubblegum flavored gift from our friends down south. How on God's green Earth could I have never heard of Inca Cola? On and on, he went, literally horrified at my ignorance. Disgusted, shocked, disappointed.
"Where does one get Inca Cola?" I sheepishly asked.
"Jesus, Beth. Anywhere! Peruvian Restaurants!"
No sooner had I gotten home than an e-mail from Tim popped up in my inbox with a link to Inca Cola, like he was a missionary sending me to the Gap website with the encouraging, "These are called jeans."
I've spent the past two days walking around and asking strangers, "Psst! Hey, you! Ever heard of Inca Cola?"
I've been met with an overwhelming "No."
So either I'm an ignorant American, stuck to my Fresca and blissfully ignorant of this magical tonic from South America or Tim spends way too much time hanging our in Peruvian restaurants...