Lunch: Chicken sandwich, lemonade
Hadn't had one of these in awhile. Still don't get what all the fuss is. The bun is cold, even though it was toasted. How does THAT work? I WAS going to have chicken soup with this, but that's apparently seasonal. They're building a standalone Chick-Fil-A like a block from this mall food court one I'm eating at. This is apparently a very big deal. Because it will sell the EXACT SAME FOOD THIS ONE DOES.
Cheerwine is a soda. Sort of a cherry cola. It's NOT alcoholic in any way (I don't drink). Hard to describe, really. A staple of the South and available in cane sugar form in glass bottles, I discovered it a few years ago and while it became part of my regular soda rotation immediately, it's now the official soda of me, ever since the soul-crushing fascists at Dr Pepper-Snapple Group successfully killed off the Dublin Dr Pepper brand.
Cheerwine isn't exactly distributed nationally, but they have a finder thingie on their website where fans have posted information on stores that carry it. Or you can order cases online directly from them.
So I pick up some bottles whenever I'm in an area where I can find it. Pops has it. Some of the Rocket Fizz stores have it. Jungle Jim's has it by the caseload. And honestly, I don't drink a whole lot of it (I still have several cases of Dublin on hand, and when that runs out, I have a feeling soda pop will be a fading thing with me), but I like one or two a week. Still, it's nice to have around, even if it's hard to come by.
Or so I thought.
Yesterday, Cheerwine posted this on their Facebook feed...
"Having trouble finding Cheerwine? Remember that all Cracker Barrel General Stores carry Cheerwine glass bottles!"
Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME???
This is NOT on their website finder thingie, and as far as I know, this is the first time Cheerwine has publicly mentioned this.
If you've never been to a Cracker Barrel, it's a restaurant with a general store that sells country-type stuff and some retro goodies. Think Stuckey's back in the day, but less touristy. Heck...they even have pecan logs.
I almost never go in them though. I'd completely forgotten about the 'general store' aspect of the place.
But you can bet that was my first stop after work yesterday. Or second, actually, after a failed attempt to satisfy a chicken nugget craving. You'd already know this if you followed me on Twitter, fool.
And son of a gun...they had Cheerwine. Cane sugar bottles in four-packs. For $4.44. Which is cheaper per bottle than any place I've gotten it at, except the couple of times I've gotten it by the case load at Jungle Jim's.
So if you're a Cheerwine fan and didn't know this...heads-up.
But I'm SO mad that I didn't know this previously.