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Cocktail Party Challenge and Success

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I am on Day 7. On Day 6, Friday night, we had a cocktail party to attend. I really wanted to go as there were some good friends there and possibly some new friends, which is always nice. But I was concerned, of course.

 

To prepare, I ate dinner just before going so I wouldn't be actually hungry. That was a good move. And I was prepared to just drink water.

 

After greeting and being greeted, we all moved toward the bar set up in the back yard. Soda, wine, and booze. I found one lone bottle of Indian tonic water. Okay. Water. Perfect. Poured it, added lemon, took a sip. Not sure. Took one more, quizzically, but wasn't sure if the sweetness was the lemon or what. Checked the bottle. Sugar. I had no idea there was such as a thing as sweetened tonic water. My sips were miniscule. This week I've learned that my first bites of something I didn't make myself or buy myself need to be like testing for the king himself -- just little tiny bits to let my tastebuds tell me what I need to know. 

 

Went to the kitchen and poured tap water. 

 

The table had the usual array of snacks at parties in India and a few nods to the Americans tastes of the host and guests: samosas (nope), little hamburgers (maybe, if I take off the buns), dips (too unclear), watermelon (okay), raw veg (okay), paneer (nope), various deep fried pasty covered things (nope, nope, and nope), and an appetizer sized quiche thing (nope. 

 

So, table assessed, and loaded with tap water with lemon, I visit, chat, and nibble on carrots. Tried the hamburger sans bun only to realize I had a mouth full of potato (it was some Indian kind of "hamburger" thingie). Spat it out without swallowing, delicately, in the kitchen, where no one could see me. Barely avoided that one. went back to carrot and cucumber snacking.

 

Probably should have just NOT snacked. Probably should have just relied on my very own water bottle, which I carry with me everywhere in part because of safe drinking water issues in India, and in part because of Whole 30, as I like to have flavors all day, so I carry flavored water (ginger, mint, lemon grass -- more or less weak, iced cold tea).

 

So it was a success, but for the two very tiny tester sips of the tonic water.  But what a MINE FIELD! OMG. 

 

Ironically, the host was our doctor and his wife. And all I could eat drink was veg sticks and tap water :-)

 

 

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good job sticking to the plan!

 

For the record: ALL tonic water has sweetener of some sort. It doesn't taste sweet (well, it does to me, now) but the sweetener is offsetting the bitterness in the quinine.

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Now I have a can of Canada Dry Club Soda in front of me. I look at the ingredients and there actually are a few and I don't know if there's any trouble in those. They are: carbonated water, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium sulfate, disodium phosphate. 

 

I thought I remembered some problem with anything "-sulfate" so I guess I should check... 

 

Any advice on those ingredients?

 

Dang. It's hard to find water!

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