This is the NO DELI drink diary,
wherein I struggle to document all of my beverage adventures,
keep my ɪŋɡlɪʃ skɪllƶ intact, and unlearn basic HTML.
◍ NO DELI ◍ NO DELI ◍ NO DELI ◍ NO DELI ◍ NO DELI ◍
From the website:
“Hairoun® Mauby or School Boy Beer is an indigenous product made from natural mauby, natural spice flavor, sugar and purified Vincentian water to give it that refreshing unique taste. It’s a true Vincentain brand that makes consumers feel good about their heritage and Vincentian traditions.”
From the lady at the corner store:
“Is it uhhhhh black people drink? Because I sell mostly to uhhhhh…” *waves hand towards unsuspecting black people standing nearby*
I don’t mean to encroach on EiT’s patch, but – anyway – Big Nick’s couldn’t even be arsed to prepare the cherry-lime rickey promised by their menu/wall, so, I hurried down my baba ganoush sandwich(?!) then rushed to the nearby drugstore to buy this instead. Ah! But can you spot the error…?
Dateline: ~six months ago. I recall a news report about a Kazakh vodka that invoked the name of ‘Allah’ on its label (written in Arabic – so it took a cadre of good citizens and their respective Imams some time to establish this terrible blasphemy with any certainty). Anyway, after literacy struck it didn’t take long for the drink to get pulled from store shelves. When neither the consumers nor (apparently!) the graphic designers knew what the little squiggles meant – everyone was happy. Then ouuut marched the schoolmarms. See? There’s a moral in this.
The original articles I read were short on photos. Eventually, RFE shot a pic, but I must admit I was disappointed. After all that hype, hysterics, and hand-wringing! I imagined it would look something more like that.