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Cascal Giveaway

Today was super busy. ¬†Here’s what I learned about moving since last time I moved here:

  1. I have way more stuff than I used to;
  2. Do-It-Yourself projects always take a minimum of five times longer than you plan for;
  3. This apartment is going to get very, very messy before it gets emptied;
  4. Henry is acting out about the change by being very bad and then sitting around looking very cute.

Isn’t that fun?

We stripped two shelves of five, count them, five layers of paint today.  This entailed lots of muscle work and Fritz going to town with a sander.  I also cleaned some seriously gorgeous wrought iron lawn furniture that I will be painting tomorrow and putting inside (you heard me!), yep, inside our next apartment.

Hopefully we’ll get everything painted tomorrow and I’ll show you some before and after pictures.

On a more fun note, I recently received an offer from Cascal to review some of their sodas and offer a giveaway if I liked them. ¬†I’m not a soda drinker, so I was all set to reject their offer, but then saw that their sodas are fermented–fun!

¬†Cascal is a “natural” soda, created with about 35% natural and fermented fruit juices for a more sophisticated (downright fancy) taste. ¬†They are low in calories (between 60-80 per 12-oz drink), and created for foodies, with suggestions for food pairing printed on each can.

Fermented but not alcoholic, by the way.  Also caffeine- and gluten-free.

I had to try it.

The cans came in a cute little bag, but they were definitely a little banged up.  Probably due to shipping?

Fritz and I loved these sodas. ¬†As I said before, I don’t often drink sodas (not a fan of those empty calories), so I probably wouldn’t buy these for myself on the reg. ¬†Fritz definitely would, though. ¬†He drank four of their flavors in one day (I tried each flavor, too), and probably have them every day if we had them around. ¬†I would definitely buy these for a party, though, or to mix with drinks or on a special occasion.

They have five flavors: Crisp White (pear, apricot, and magnolia); Ripe Rouge (cherry, rose, and chocolate); Fresh Tropical (mango, jasmine, and kaffir lime); Bright Citrus (lemongrass, tangerine, and pineapple); and Berry Cassis (black currant, tangerine, and lemon).  My favorite was Ripe Rouge, and I think Fritz almost cried tears of joy when he tasted the Bright Citrus flavor.

Aren’t those such cool flavor combinations? They were the perfect balance of refreshing and sweet without being too sweet. ¬†If you want to check them out further, go to their Facebook page¬†or follow them on Twitter.

And you can try them too!  Cascal will send a sampler package to one reader that I will randomly choose on Wednesday the 18th by 5:00 PM.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! (Sorry, only open to US residents).

Yep, that’s it.

And if you come over and help me pack, I’ll buy you a drink.

Just kidding…kind of.

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  1. Caitlin

    Those sound amazing! How do you hear about things like this??
    Also, that picture of Henry is hilarious. He looks so disgruntled. lol
    Good luck with the new place! It’ll start coming together before you know it. :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Usually a brand rep contacts me via email…wish it happened more often ;)

  2. Heidi

    Sounds yummy! count me in! Can’t wait to see pics of your new place–how’s the kitchen?

  3. Laura Cecil

    I would really love to try the soda, it sounds great! I hope everything goes smoothly with your move!

  4. Angela N

    It’s good to see some new and interesting flavors. The market lacks innovative variety. I’ve drifted away from the more popular brands after drinking the same flavors over and over. I’m excited to see a change. All of the flavors sound enticing. I can’t wait to try them.

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  6. Tricia

    Free and tasty? Yes please! :)

  7. Karen

    Did I hear lemongrass and lime!! Oh my I am in!
    Not a big soda fan but totally into the fancy tastes in a can!
    Awesome work and good luck with the move.

    The interesting thing about stuff- after loosing my home and all my belongings in a fire 3 yrs ago it was an amazing freeing feeling to be able to live more simply- however the first things that I missed the most and was desperate to have were my cooking gadgets :)

    Love all your yummy recipes!
    Karen K

  8. kayla

    sounds so yummy! love!

  9. Lauren Morton-Farmer

    I am now in an official state of food (ok, beverage) lust! These looks amazing! And what a fun giveaway – thanks for the opportunity!

    (p.s. just happened upon your blog and I’m kind of in love!)

  10. Daisy

    they sound amazing. count me in!

  11. Lisa C

    Are they organic, or just natural? I’ll try some! lol

  12. Cait

    Yum!!! Jeff always asks me to buy “healthy soda” and I never know where to get any! Also…moving?!? We MUST catch up. Today. Call you later!!

  13. Anna W.

    these sodas look so interesting! hope i get to try them soon!

  14. Maryellen

    Sounds delish!
    Wonder if they distribute up here in Canada?

  15. stephen b

    Intriguing. Always looking for something to new to try.

  16. Michelle

    Never heard of fermented sodas, but I’m intrigued! Your reviews are teaching me about new products. :)

  17. Katelyn

    I’m not a huge soda drinker (I stick to lots of water and coffee instead) but this one really intrigues me! I’ll try anything once!

  18. Jen

    Sounds like fun!

  19. Kelsey

    Yum! Looks like fun!

  20. Katie

    Wow those sound delish and fun! Saw your fam today at Boom Boom Mex Mex, good times :)

  21. Megan

    Trying that citrus one sounds like it would be worth drinking my calories!

  22. britton

    sounds awesome! would love to give them a try!!

  23. Amanda V

    I’m not really a pop drinker either but those flavors sound awesome!

  24. Michelle Sieburg

    Those sound awesome… did Henry get to taste some??

  25. Heidi Bundles Of Hugs

    Fermented soda? That sounds exciting!! I’d love to try these. We like to have fizzy drinks around the house or take to family gatherings and these would be great.

  26. Sarah O.

    These look pretty cool, gotta get me some of these. :]

  27. Raquel Guardado de Guzman

    Wow..this looks amazing..and easy too. I can’t wait to try it. I will probably add mushrooms to mine and some jalapenos.

  28. Stacey

    Sounds delicious! I would love to take one to class with me everyday!

  29. Jennifer

    Those flavors sound delicious. I love your blog and I check it often for new recipes.

  30. Megan

    Would love to try! Best of luck with the move!

  31. Carmen

    Good for you in not drinking soda. I drink too much – especially on the weekends. I would love to try Cascal but haven’t seen it around here.

  32. Cori

    I can’t decide which one I would try first!

  33. Rachel

    Those look yummy! Is it bad to say I totally want to try mixing them with vodka?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      one of my very first thoughts!

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