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Pepsi Next

Product Talk by Nuffnang

From time to time we get asked to review a product on our blog. I jumped at the chance to try out Pepsi Next, mostly because I wanted to try my hand at some product photography (if I’m going to be perfectly honest). Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH If I drink any soft drink, it’s going to be sugar free. Pepsi Next is not sugar free like Pepsi Max – so that put me off from the start. But then I read the ingredient list on the back of the can, and realised the whole point of this drink. It’s not a diet cola. It’s a better-for-you cola. Diet Soft Drinkers – how many times have you had this conversation:

You: Sugar is bad, so I drink diet coke (or whatever) Annoying Person: Yeah but sugar isn’t as bad as all the chemicals that are in diet coke

Which, you know, is probably true. Whatever. All soft drink is bad for you. Moving on. Pepsi Next’s best feature (in my opinion) is that it contains no chemical sweeteners like the aspartame and acesulphame potassium that are found in other cola products like Diet Coke (and Pepsi Max). Instead, it is sweetened using the Stevia plant. You know that Natvia sweetener you see in expensive eco-bio-fairtrade-green-hippy coffee shops? Same thing. So while it’s not sugar free, if you really want to drink a soft drink, the small amount of sugar might be worth it to avoid some of those icky chemicals. Actually, come to think of it, Pepsi Next would be a great cola mixer. Scotch and diet coke just don’t go well together. Pepsi Next would do the trick quite nicely. Also: it really does taste like Coke. I can’t tell the difference. To prove it, Pepsi are doing blind taste tests around the country. Find out more on their Facebook page. Pepsi Pepsi made out of Sexy For the sake of completeness, Pepsi Next is available at most places where the Pepsi range is stocked and in a range of sizes to suit all occasions.

December, 2013

I really enjoy taking photos. I’m not particularly good at it, but I do enjoy it.

I just got a roll developed, and I thought I’d share a few that turned out. Here is a small part of our family life, this December.


We arrived in Perchtoldsdorf after being in the car for seven and a half hours. What a drive!

I’m a little ashamed of how much we’ve relied on McDonald’s during this road trip, but this post wouldn’t be complete without telling you about what can only be described as a super McDonald’s, which was our half-way lunch break.

It had 3 separate children’s playgrounds. One surrounded by tables for parents watch and eat at the same time. One with basketball hoops, an obstacle course (with a timer so you could race) and exercise bikes hooked up to some sort of game. There was free to use iPads, a fireplace, a balcony, self service machines, the works.

Enough of that. Back to Perchtoldsdorf – a suburb of Vienna, about 30 minutes drive from the centre. We checked in to a quiet B&B. It was the cheapest accommodation we could find, but it was really nice. All our bases were covered – free parking, free in-room wifi, free breakfast, our own shower (though there was a shared toilet), and a large, comfortable bed.

We went for a walk around town looking for somewhere to eat, but everything was expensive or closed, so we went back to the B&B and had dinner in the restaurant downstairs. We were the only people there.

Then came the bedtime routine, work, sleep, breakfast, more work, then we left on the last leg of our road trip – back to Budapest. Our accommodation tonight is on the Buda side, which is good because we’ve only visited there once. Then tomorrow we’re off to Russia!


Thanks for following along on our short little euro-road-trip. I’ll hand the microphone back to Talia, now.