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Mar 10, 2012 10:25 PM

I found Mexican Coca Cola at Best Yet and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is

Also Mexican Sprite and Fanta. Of course I know it's made with real sugar, but the flavor profile is very different, very refreshing.

They are selling single tall glass bottles, which cost $1.09 each. We don't drink all that much soda but think I'll pick some up and save for the summer, in case this is a one time thing. They are right by the cash register at my store in Riverhead.

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  1. Love Mexican Coke! Goes down so much easier than regular. There's a good recipe for Coca-Cola cake that I tried with Mexican Coke and it came out lighter and not as cloyingly sweet as it did with Coke with HFCS. Definitely going to stock up too!

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      I am imagining I remember it from my childhood, although who knows. But sugary sweet just doesn't do it for me. This is perfect.

      I use Coke for ham, wonder if this would not be sugar-y enough. Not that I would waste it on baking a ham!

    2. I love that Best Yet store. We get all of our produce there and I buy whatever meat they have on sale. It's a nice "neighborhood" place. The other big chain places just don't cut it in the produce and meat category. Some of our neighbors say it's not bright, big and cheery like S&S, Wald B and the King but I'll take it any day.
      Love the cane sugar Coke and other soda!!

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      1. re: Motosport

        I hardly food shop anywhere else anymore. If I had to pay normal price for produce I'd sure be eating a lot less of it. They're so inexpensive yet have so many hard to find items. I've had people tell me their produce is "dirty" and I had to explain to them that produce grows in soil, not in wax, it couldn't be more real. When you see a bit of dirt on something, it just means it was raining in California a few days ago.

        I wonder what will happen when Aldi's opens, hopefully it won't hurt them too much. Not that I really know exactly what Aldi's is......because my neighbors seem to think it's going to be like Trader Joes, but I imagine it as everything in generic black and white cans. Guess the truth is somewhere in the middle.

        1. re: coll

          Also at the top of the list is BestYet.......a complaint though their previous frozen fish ,flounder especially can be too mushy fresh but mushy. After a long bake it firms up somewhat.

          1. re: scunge

            The thing is, Best Yet also carries fresh LOCAL fish and it is always as good as any dedicated fish store. Just ask the person at the fish counter what's not frozen, they won't steer you wrong. When they have fresh flounder or fluke, it is always right on the money. I also love when they have whole striped bass in season.

            They're not cheap on seafood but not over priced either.

            1. re: coll

              Yes I do agree with that ....asking them first.

              1. re: coll

                and there is really no "real" sea food market in Riverhead since Danowski's closed.

                1. re: Motosport

                  I know, I was toying with the idea of trying the new one in Shoreham but normally I take the trip to Mastic. Meaning seafood isn't high on my meal rotation unfortunately.

                  1. re: coll

                    I got take out from that new place in Shoreham. It's called Oceans 5. The lobster rolls were ok but can't compare to Canal Cafe.
                    It looks like a nice place for dinner. It's on our list.

                    1. re: Motosport

                      Thanks for the info, I'm sure I'll get there eventually. Just picked up some frozen salmon at BJs since it's Lent, but desperately need some fresh fish in the near future.

                      1. re: coll

                        My number one choice for seafood is Cor J in Hampton bays.
                        Number two is the fish market in Southold by the boat yard.

                        1. re: Motosport

                          My number two choice is the guy that is across from the Duck in the summer. I went this Christmas and didn't realize he wouldn't be there, so kept going to Hampton Bays and paid double what I should have. Live and learn! I do love Mastic the best, but since I don't visit the reservation anymore it's sort of a ride.

              2. re: scunge

                Just saw that Best Yet has fresh Cape Cod hake fillet on sale next week for $6.99 (what they often call scrod). I see fish tacos in my future!

          2. I read an article on Yahoo a couple of months ago where they taste tested Mexican and US produced Coke side by side. They poured both samples into a variety of cups, some with ice, etc. and found that people rated whichever was served in a glass bottle higher than the others. They couldn't single out Mexican Coke as always being superior. That could be due to a number of reasons, perhaps those who participated in the study didn't have refined enough palates to discern HFCS from real sugar or are just used to American style Coke.

            At any rate, I always get a "una coca" when I'm at a taqueria or taco truck and tend not to drink sodas elsewhere. Scientific study aside, I still think it tastes better.

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            1. re: d8200

              You can hardly taste the sugar, it's so nice.

              1. re: coll

                it brings back memories of hot Summer days when we were kids. We'd all "chip in" our coins and buy a big bottle and share it. Of course we always wiped off the rim of the bottle between swigs to clean off the germs!

                1. re: Motosport

                  With your dirty hands, of course. Yes I remember.

              1. re: mswestchester

                Good to know, we have a Costco opening here in the next year or so. In the meantime, I stocked up last week, in case they only had it for Passover or something. They moved it to the soda aisle BTW.

              2. Here in central Florida, our hispanic population tends to be from Puerto Rico and South America. As such, I constantly see Mexican Coke in the remainder stores. The markdown is quite substantial. They go for $1.00 each.

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                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  I'm paying $1.09 so guess that's not too bad. And my regular supermarket bottle return machine took the Coke bottle although not the Sprite (the store where I get it doesn't have a return set up), so that's good too.