By Sam Winston
The Camellia Grill waiter known simply as Marvin likes to call the tap water he serves "Mississippi mud water." Indeed just about every time I drink New Orleans water from the faucet, at the grill or otherwise, I can hear Marving humming, "Getchyall some of that Mississippi mud water, Hom bruh!"
Lately, of course, I've been into German water. Not Perrier or Fiji or any other foreign trendy water as one might think. As seen in the video, the Germans make their own sparkling water right from the sink (and me too). In the comfort of home, with a simple, no plug, no battery, device, you can get all of that chi chi piece of mind without all of the fuss (and money). No Brita filters, no Kentwood monthly subscription and bottle exchange, no lugging water bottles from the supermarket.
I must admit the first time I saw this, it was like a Planet of the Apes type wonderment. How in the hell did this bizarre apparatus work? The Germans laugh every time I express my amazement over this whole operation. This of course from the same group of people that think it's normal to have every taxi either be a BMW or Mercedes.
A simple, small bottle of CO2, available at any drugstore, clips in the back of the device. Then it's just a matter of attaching whatever bottle of liquid you want to carbonate and off you go. There's minerals packets, flavor packets and much more that you can add. I suppose you could also try re-juicing a flat coke or invent some new carbonated beverage. I'm still working with tap water however.
That of course raises the issue of quality tap water. I'm told Hamburg has some high quality H2O. However, when it comes to tasting water I must say it feels more psychological than anything. Which is all the more reason that this whole self-made German water thing makes sense. But could it work for Mississippi mud water?
- The New Orleanian Abroad