Retro Beverages: Orbitz

I recently wrote about the revival of Clearly Canadian. I have to say that the company is doing a great job of spreading the word. Two different people reached out to me to mention this based on one article I wrote for Hubpages a few years back. I’m seeing a lot of promotion around the web so I can only assume that they’ve been reaching out to thousands of other people in the same way.

One of the places that published about them recently was The Bold Italic. And they mentioned something I didn’t know … that the same folks who made Clearly Canadian also made Orbitz, and that they’re hoping to bring that drink back as well.

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Aw, I remember Orbitz. It was a weird drink that had jelly balls in it. Kind of like Boba tea, which I don’t like at all even though everyone I know seems to be a fan. I kind of remember liking Orbitz at the time … but I was a teenager and it was newfangled and it had a kind of retro-edgy design so I imagine that was what I was drawn to. Curious to see if it does make a comeback.

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Recent Eats and Drinks

Things I enjoyed ingesting and imbibing in June:


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Farmers Market fresh peaches, Snowed Spinach omelette breakfast at Sweet Maple


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Japanese grill cooking in Japan Center West Mall, stuffed bell pepper from Mollie Stones, Chipotle chicken bun sandwich at Streatfood, salad from a FiDi pizza place, pork buns and fruit tartlet at California Academy of Sciences Nightlife, steamed broccoli and white wine at home


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Sauvignon blanc at Source SF. I also had meatless buffalo chicken, lemon Brussels sprouts and black bean soup but my dinner photos came out blurry, grapefruit mimosa at Sweet Maple.

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Clearly Canadian is Making a Comeback

Five years ago, when this blog was relatively new, I wrote an article titled My Favorite Carbonated Beverages. At the time I was doing a lot of writing on HubPages and had posted an article about the best flavored water.

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In that article, I’d named the #1 option to be Clearly Canadian. I wrote:

“I fell in love with this brand of bottled water more than ten years ago, long before the shelves were filled with so many brands of bottled water and long before I’d given up drinking soda. I think that’s why I liked it so much at the time. It’s a carbonated flavored water beverage so it tastes a bit like soda but it’s fruitier and fresher. And I think there’s something to the fact that they’re using pure Canadian water because it really does taste clean. They’ve now launched a non-carbonated version of their water which I haven’t tried yet but am interested in testing out.”

The truth is that I felt really nostalgic about this brand. We used to take these long summer road trips from Arizona to visit our grandmother in Ohio, and there was one summer when I was a teenager when I fell in love with Clearly Canadian and drank it during the whole drive. Additionally, I was involved in pen palling back then and would decorate beautiful pages in friendship books – my early stabs at art … Clearly Canadian and Snapple and other drinks were part of the ephemera I included in those pages. So I just have this fondness for those cold glass bottles and their yummy drinks. I’m sharing this now because I just received a Facebook message letting me know that Clearly Canadian is making a comeback. Note: they aren’t a post sponsor or anything; I just found the message interesting and thought I’d share. Their website says:

To all of Clearly’s loving, thirsty, demanding fans, this is where you come in to bring Clearly Canadian to life! With your help, work and commitment, Clearly Canadian will be coming to a store near you and into your hot little hands even sooner. Your pre-orders will be literally pushing Clearly Canadian into production. Please order today and please keep campaigning like its 1994!”

They are running a campaign right now to spread the word that they’re back, and they’re offering opportunities to get free cases either by purchasing some to get the free one or by spreading the word to enough people. Looks interesting. Anyone else a fan of this drink?

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May Eats and Drinks

Some of the things I enjoyed food-wise in May:


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Fresh Fruit


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Homemade Ravioli

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Drinks and Desserts

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Chardonnay and Lemon Poppy Scone from Munchery

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Wine at Fat Angel

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That Bai5 you see in the background is one of my current favorite soda alternatives
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Breakfast at Sweet Maple

One of my favorite local breakfast places is Sweet Maple, in lower Pac Heights near Japantown. Usually I order the two egg breakfast with Millionaire’s Bacon and coffee. But on this day I decided to order white ginger tea, a side of fruit, an omelette and Dixie Bacon (which is deep fried bacon). Yummy all around.

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March Meals (Recent Eats and Drinks)

Some of the things I most loved consuming and imbibing in March.


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Fruit and omelette at Sweet Maple, breakfast sammie and hashbrowns and Little Griddle, yogurt and fixings for oatmeal at home, Chia Pod “yogurt” which I’ve got mixed feelings about and French Toast at Curbside Cafe (which actually wasn’t mine, I got two eggs and bacon which was good but not as pretty for pictures)


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