I thought @lafoodie had some interesting points in this post with regards to being overwhelmed and eating well when you’re strapped for cash and experience. In particular, I resonated with their comment about wanting to discover more refreshing drinks. It’s kind of odd that in such a large, balmy city with such a diverse population, non-alcoholic drinks are so uncelebrated.
It’s understandable not highlighting drink over food in a restaurant but there are plenty of places specializing in non-alcoholic drinks even before cold pressed juice craze from a few years back. Even further confusing, bar programs frequently ARE given a nod within a restaurant review for a good wine list or dedication to mixology. And yet, even in recognized bar programs the non-alcoholic options are often overlooked as with Apotheke or Otium.
I mean, I’m not a complete idiot… I understand that food and booze in restaurants always have and always will have precedence for a lot of practical reasons but there’s nothing we don’t chivy out the nth degree in this forum, why not this? In a town like this where people abstain from drinking for all kinds of reasons we probably owe it ourselves to have as many “refreshing drink” threads as we do for good 'ol booze, right?
As expected, FTCers already deliver in specific instances, whether that’s a dedicated sugar cane thread and shout-outs to particularly notable aguas frescas, coconut drinks, Vietnamese coffee, etc. Still, in a world where water alone comes in all types of minerality, carbonation, temperature, etc. you’d think we’d be shouting our favorite bebidas from the rooftops. So with that, any thoughts? Recommendations? Cross links?