Ciuc Radler Beer Raspberry and Lemon “Beer” – Taste testing

Hello everyone!

This is another taste testing … entry!

Today we’re taste testing the Ciuc Radler Beer Raspberry and Lemon “beer.” Here we have a beer with no alcohol content, but with raspberry and lemon flavor!

DISCLAIMER/WARNING! please don’t drink alcohol and drive. And please don’t drink too much either!

We went out searching for a small decoration that was supposed to be 50% off. The store did have the item, but not this promotion. They had a promotion of buy 3 themed items, pay just for 2 of them.

On our way back, we stopped by the grocery store and i suddenly wanted some beer, but nothing serious. And now you understand why this “beer” came home and onto my site.

Ciuc is a popular beer brand over here. I’m not a beer drinker, mostly because it’s bitter and it seems to mostly come in large quantities. A bit too large containers for me to drink all of it.

Ok, you might say that <beer can only be enjoyed in large quantities> … and i would agree with you if i were a fan of it.

So, speaking of the quantity of product, in this can we have 0.33 liters. Regular beer cans are usually 0.5 liters. This means my can is smaller.

Below you can see the ingredients:

As you can tell, it is 60% lemonade and 40% blond beer with no alcohol. Despite this, on the can it is (more or less) clearly mentioned that this should be consumed by people over the age of 18. You can see the warning in the image above, cut-off.

For those who don’t know, in Romania we’re allowed to drive, vote, and drink, when we turn 18. And we can drink whatever alcohol we want. We’re also supposed to only buy cigarettes starting at 18, but i’m pretty sure kids under 18 do smoke.

Also, please don’t drink alcohol and drive. And please don’t drink too much either!

If you were to read the ingredients, you’ll see the lemonade is a piece of crap, there’s also carrot (=morcov) in there. On top of it, the percentage of lemon and raspberry (=zmeura) are very, very low.

How does it taste?

Let’s open it up!

OOOh, it’s pink! And there’s a rather strong smell of what i expect actual raspberry lemonade to smell like.

The smell is close enough to fresh raspberries, and i cannot sense any beer smell. Not a bad thing.

So, the taste is also very close to that of raspberry. In fact this flavor is overpowering. I can’t tell i’m drinking a beer, i can’t tell i’m drinking a lemonade either, let alone a mix of the two.

It is also pretty sweet. But not very much so. I get the need of swallowing a few times more after ingesting it, as i feel something is stuck in my throat.

And this is what it looks like, in a transparent glass!

The color is darker than what the package and the few drops on the can suggest.

It is very blurry, as you can see, it’s not just the angle or position or bad lighting.

The drink itself is quite fizzy. I’d compare the level of fizzyness to 7up i guess? (i didn’t have it in some time). Definitely not as much bubbles as in Cola or Pepsi.

The fizziness went pretty fast. After the fizzy effect is gone, the beer taste can be felt a bit more. Especially if you drink it fast. -I kept a bit in the glass so i can properly write this taste review.

At the same time, the raspberry flavor felt more fake and was definitely not overpowering anymore. I couldn’t feel any carrot and any lemon before or after the fizz.

Rating

Hmm, i’m not sure. Maybe 3 glasses out of 5 glasses with the fizz? LOL

Without fizz, i’d say 2.5 glasses out of 5 glasses.

I’d say this drink is a summery / girly drink. I don’t think many men would reach for this beer in a supermarket r even when going out to drink.

You should get it if you want to drink some beer, but you don’t really like the beer taste. Or if you like lemonades and/or raspberry.

You can also skip it and choose something else.

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The Shadowscapes Tarot – Six of Cups

I think I should be faster in posting these interpretations. After all, i still have 2 decks waiting for me. 😉

What do we see?

When i look at the card, i first see its dominant color, blue. The second color that stands out is yellow.

There is a scene inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

The cups are literal cups used for serving tea. At least 5 of them are. The 6th is separated from the others and has a different shape and color.

There are toys around a table, as well as some mystic creatures. they either observe the scene of even participate in it. 

The toys appear to have a sad expression while the creatures are either interested or curious about what is going on. 

The red ribbon also makes an appearance. It can be seen in the girl’s hair, at the back of her dress, on one of the toys. Or maybe even on 2 of the toys. (I can’t decide if both rabbits wear red ribbons. It doesn’t really make a difference, in my opinion.)

Some gold fish swim in the river and others are flying. However, upon closer inspection, we see that the swimming fish are actually the reflection of those flying. Trees and mushrooms are also seen. 

What does it all mean?

Since the cups deal with emotions, intuition, even relationships, mystery and religion, we can see many of these elements shown in a way or another on this card.

Like most other cards in the cups suite, this one also feels sad. It shows a nostalgic scene.

We think either of ourselves when we were children pretending to be adults, or our own children pretending to be adults. Either way, it’s a time we’ll never see or have again in.

This “destiny” is pointed at through the red ribbon. Here it probably means that some things are meant to stay in the past.

Given the supernatural creatures in this image as well as the reflections of the flying fish, we can assume all this is a dream, an illusion, or even a fantasy.

Despite this scene being sad, nostalgic, or even fictional, there is something about it that makes it peaceful. Perhaps the fact that it all happens at night – the few light bulbs suggest night-time.

The river is not a river after all: it appears to be a mirror. This can explain why we can’t be sure of the direction of the river, despite the fish going in a direction away from us, and “into the card”.

However, there is something that kinda lacks in this image: balance. On one side of the river/mirror we have 1 cup with the rest being on the other side. There are more characters on one side of the table than on the other side. The river doesn’t split the image in 2 halves either.

This is a signal: we should reflect upon our lives and make sure we have a balance there. We should also make sure that our kindness is not wasted – like the tea on the toys. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should receive something in return for your kindness, but that the act itself is really needed by the recipient.

And how about the flying fish? They must be magical, right? If this is the case, you must meditate and discover what are some traits in you that make you magical as well. This is especially useful when you feel lost with almost no way out.

Like always, remember that the meaning of the card will be different, based on many things. Also, no interpretation is wrong.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

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The Shadowscapes Tarot – The Moon

The Moon is the 18th card in the Major Arcana.

This card is full of meanings and hidden messages. Of course, the meaning will depend on the reader, question that was asked, as well as the other cards surrounding it.

What do we see?

The color scheme is one of the first things we see, before we get to interpret the card. The dominant color of this card is a murky green.

The second color that pops out is yellow. And then we have some hints of orange and red.

In the center of the card, to the right, we see a female figure. She stands in a clearing and there’s a forest behind her. A crescent moon is also above her.

She wears a yellow dress, tied with a red belt. In her right hand hand she holds a devilish mask with a very long nose and 3 red ribbons hanging as well. One of the ribbons may be connected to her belt, but we don’t know for sure because her sleeve hides it.

The way she holds the mask and looks at it, reminds me of that Shakespeare “To be or not to be?” scene. I‘m not familiar with Shakespeare, so I may be wrong here. 

The other hand is lifted in the air, and a sort of wand with a red heart is tied to it, with a white ribbon. The way it is lifted in the air, reminds me of Moses splitting the sea. 

The woman also appears to wear a mask. Unless that’s a very poorly applied makeup. She seems to have a red ribbon through her blonde hair as well.  Unless those are some red beads decorating her hair.

We can also see a bird that may be a dove, mushrooms at the woman’s feet, some faeries/faes. Most of them are sitting on the grass at the woman’s feet.

On a now dead forum, they were saying the mushrooms are the kind to get you high, because of the light around them. Given that upon a very close inspection we see some little devils hidden among the mushrooms, this could be a good point. Please refer to the image below.

The moon sits like a boat, and a ray of light appears to connect it to the bird’s head. I have the impression the ray of light starts at the bird’s head and goes up to the moon and not the other way around.

What does it all mean?

Clearly, this is a mystical card. It doesn’t get more mystical and mysterious than this one. For this reason, i have a pretty difficult time understanding it.

It’s usually at night that witches cast their spells. In many movies revolving the supernatural, all such activities also happen during the night.

In some faerie tales, certain creatures were showing their true “colors” (or faces) only at night.

Since it’s night, we can also assume this is a dream or an illusion. Perhaps the woman is under the influence of some drugs (magical mushrooms) or under the influence of some evil/bad person or who is comparable to the devil (from the little devil we see on this card. Actually more of them).

Perhaps she realized that someone is not truthful to her (the mask in her hand came from that someone?). If you want to know more about the meaning of the red ribbon, click here. I won’t repeat all that. She probably had to go through this as a life lesson, and wonders what’s the best course of action.

I’m not sure why the ribbon is not tied to her and why is it here…. :/ however, she has a ton of other things to worry about – see those red beads or red ribbon through her hair. Those could be more important than her discovery.

Perhaps the character knows someone who is lying to someone else, and controls that person through those lies, and now she ponders on what to do.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t think anyone should treat anyone badly or to lie. Nobody has to “teach” anyone a lesson. I don’t excuse or trying to excuse abuse of any kind. I deeply apologize if the above descriptions triggered anyone, that wasn’t my intention. I described a hypothetical situation i felt related to the card.

Maybe her pain and suffering came from her wearing hr heart on her sleeve – literally on the other hand.

She does have 2 options:

  1. despair and let all this negativity take her over and become a depressed, bitter person
  2. use the experience in a way that can benefit her AND others, by creating something – art, poetry, music, novels, self-help books and seminars.

She is also wearing a mask. Is she blind? Will she continue to be blind? I’m not sure and she also doesn’t seem to know the answer yet (see my remark above related to Shakespeare). However, it’s funny that on the card’s official page another Shakespeare play is referenced.

Maybe she ponders to take off her own mask when looking at the one in her hand. Maybe the mask in her hand was still hers, but even removed, her true self still can’t shine through.

Yellow is a color full of joy. Green usually means life, since all green plants are alive. Based on these colors alone we can assume this scene takes place in summer.

Like i said, this card doesn’t “speak” to me. If you want to learn more about this card, you can refer to this page.

© Charly Cross 2021. All rights reserved. pictures belong to Stephanie Law.

Lord Nelson Lemon Black Tea

Hello Everyone! Long time no see, huh?

It’s time to drink tea again! This time, we’ll be tasting the Lemon Black Tea by Lord Nelson.

This is not a sponsored post, and it was mother who gave me the tea.

So that’s what the box looks like. And on one of its sides, we can see the LIDL logo. I don’t have LIDL next to my place, so I don’t shop there, and I can’t remember seeing this brand of tea in other supermarkets.

I’ll go ahead and assume it’s a LIDL brand -feel free to correct me if i’m wrong.

The tea is already packaged in 20 small pyramid bags – apparently this is better for flavor diffusion. I have no idea.

So this is what the tea box looks like inside, when you open it.

According to the box, there are just 3 ingredients in these bags: tea, lemon and flavors.

This is great because you don’t want many ingredients. I’d be fine without the flavor, and have just the tea and lemon. But, what can you do….

According to the box, for the best result, you need 200ml boiling water for one pyramid of tea thing.

The 2 images here are merged into a single picture, in Paint.

In reality, i put 1 pyramid in any cup i find. The brewing time says not longer than 5 minutes, right? Sometimes i let it brew for more than 30 minutes because i forget about it. Luckily, the taste just intensifies, but not too much as not to be able to drink this anymore.

For this taste testing, i used an H&M Home cup with animal print. If i’m not mistaken, the capacity of this cup is 200 ml.

I have 2 identical cups (read more about this here), but below it’s just 1 cup from different angles. I also merged 2 images together, like above.

ACTUAL IMPRESSIONS

This tea is flavored, and the lemon can clearly be felt while drinking. I can also feel some lemon flavor when i bring the cup next to my face.

The taste is better, nicer, more flavored, when the drink is still warm. This is not a bitter tea like i used to think some years back. I have no idea what changed, but i found this tea a bit on the sweet side.

It becomes slightly bitter when left to brew for longer. This means that yes, i try to not let it brew for too long.

As it cools, the lemon flavor in the taste goes away, it can only be sniffed. As it cools, it also become a bit bitter. Even when completely cold, this drink doesn’t become bitter. If you can drink black coffee, then you can definitely drink this tea with nothing in – sugar, milk, honey.

Adding honey or brown sugar make it taste really good, especially when it’s warm. I drink it faster when i add sugar or honey.

The color in real life is closer to that in the right-side image. I took both pictures in natural day light, while the tea was still pretty hot.

As it cools, the color becomes darker as well. Maybe just slightly darker than in the left-side image.

RATING

I give this tea 4.5 stars out of 5.. Or should that be 4.5 tea bags out of 5? Look at me trying to sound funny.

I am not sure what would need a tea to make me rate it 5/5, so this should be good enough.

DO I RECOMMEND IT?

With such a high rating, you bet! i recommend it! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, send it over 😉

And this is my taste testing for Lord Nelson Black tea with Lemon

For the Curious

Besides the tea, you also saw the following items:

  • Tea cup: H&M Home – a collection from 2019 i think?
  • Saucer plate: ARPO Porcelain, vintage. This Romanian company doesn’t exist anymore.  😦 I’ll write a blog entry about my porcelains and stuff.
  • Teaspoon: Vintage, made in Japan, stainless steel from a set for 12 people i found back in 2019.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

The Shadowscapes Tarot – The Hierophant

Let’s continue with the tarot card interpretations, shall we? We have a long way to go, and I have 2 extra decks to interpret here for you.

Remember that what I’m about to say is just my opinion, and is not a set in stone interpretation. I also want to mention that I may not know or understand the meaning of all the elements on this card.

The Hierophant is the 5th card in the Major arcana.

What do we see?

The predominant color is vibrant yellow. The next color is green, and then purple or lilac.

Upon a closer look we see there is a tree with a human face and arms. He looks displeased.

This tree is the main character of the card. Its leaves are bright yellow, with a single green leaf.

There are a few other creatures in this image:

  • 3 lizards or salamanders that best resemble chameleons, all 3 being pink
    • 2 of them have halos and angel wings
  • 1 chameleon hidden in the purple rock/soil on which the tree grows
  • 1 fae-like creature in one of the roots of the tree
  • a ram or a big cat, on the staff the Hierophant holds. It is minuscule, thus we can barely make what type of animal that is.

There are many other elements and symbols to be seen:

  • a star and a sun, or 2 stars – on the elbow and in the ground
  • the Fibonacci spiral – in the tail of the purple chameleon, in some of the roots, on the shoulder,
  • a shell – in the purple ground
  • a crescent moon – in the ground
  • circles – behind the staff, in the ground
  • a 3rd eye – on the Hierophant’s forehead
  • berries – i think those are berries

We also see that the Hierophant has a big or quite long nose. His normal eyes are quite inquisitive, they seem to be judging as they’re only half-open.

The 3rd one is wide open and gives the impression it wants to hypnotize.

The roots of the Tree are buried deep in the soil beneath, but they didn’t become soil.

One element that can still be seen, but seems lost to the eye at the same time, is the little stone art behind the Tree. There seem to be 4 stones balanced one on top of the other, on the head of the purple chameleon. The stones also have some markings on them.

What does it all mean?

Stephanie wrote a lengthy story about this image and you can read it here, on the official page of the card.

One of the first things or feelings we get from this card is stability. This comes from the Tree itself, from its roots, from the rocks balanced one on top of another. The tree has a large crown and is old. This means it grew there over a long period of time. If anyone would want to remove this tree, they would have a very hard time doing so, due to its deep reaching roots.

Along with stability, we also get constancy. Something that is stable is also constant. There are many people who feel tranquil, safe, reassured, when things are stable and constant. For others, this can be scary as they might feel trapped.

Now, let’s not forget that the stones are balanced on the head of the chameleon. For now this animal stays still, allowing the stones to be balanced. But if the chameleon moves just a tiny bit, there’s a high possibility for the stones to fall over.

The Old Man we see in the tree’s trunk, represents someone wise, or maybe wiser than us. He could be an elder, a teacher, a spiritual leader (such as a priest, a rabbi, or what have you), or maybe even someone you look up to for guidance and knowledge.

This person could also indicate someone stubborn, stuck in the old ways. This is not always something bad. Think of it this way: we learn how to do a certain thing. Then, we discover there are more ways of doing that thing. At times, when we try a new method, the result is not the same, and we revert to the way we got used to, for good results.

Yellow and green are colors that give or bring joy and hope. Purple is a color usually reserved for royalty. On this card, i interpret these colors as ‘one could find more joy and hope is they return to the old ways.’ Here, purple is reserved for the ground. The ground is filled with mysteries, some are long forgotten, others are not fully understood, even if they’re still present in our lives.

The Tree can still bear fruits, despite its age. It can still bring forth new life. This is hinted at by the berries and the green leaves we see on it. The catch is that the leaves and fruits are actually the knowledge accumulated by the Hierophant. This knowledge can usually come forth if we ask for it and we apply it in our lives – and that is the fruit.

The person’s knowledge is hinted at by all the symbols in the purple area – moon, star, sun, Fibonacci spirals. He sits on all these symbols, therefore his insight is solid, steady, and to be trusted. You can’t go wrong by listening to the advice or stories this Elder has to share.

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.

What’s going on in Yashahime?

Many people must remember the manga and anime, Inuyasha that ran from late 1990s until late 2000s.

It now has a sequel called Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon that just started airing. And this sequel makes almost NO sense. AT ALL.

At this point, there are plot holes and many, many questions awaiting an answer.

I came up with some ideas and will present them here. Along with the questions and plot holes.

Now, this is where spoilers will come into place so read on at your own risk.

Who and Where are the Parents?

This anime has 3 main characters: Moroha, Setsuna, and Towa. Moroha is the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, and possesses bothdemonic and spiritual powers. Setsuna and Towa are the twin daughters of Sesshoumaru with a human woman.

The identity of the woman is not known. Some people speculated it was Rin. But it can’t be. Rin was maybe 7 or 8 years in Inuyasha. The events in the original series happened over the course of a year. Kagome returned after 3 years. This made Rin 10 or 11 years old and she was living with Kaede.

The events in Yashahime take place at least 10 years after Kagome’s return and the 3 girls are about 14 years old. Rin was still a child, therefore she couldn’t have birthed Sesshoumaru’s twins. In the first episode of Yashahime, it was revealed that Shesshoumaru “just dropped his twin children at Kaede’s place” meaning the mother is just some random woman.

The 2 girls are definitely his daughters because Setsuna looks just like him, except she has black hair and keeps her hair in a ponytail, reminiscent of Sesshoumaru’s father’s hairstyle.

None of the girls seems to know OR remember their respective parents. Setsuna is the only one with an explanation for this: a butterfly-demon stole her dreams, ability to sleep, AND memories of her past.

Some of the other characters in the show seem to know at least who is the mother of Moroha, but nobody mentions her father.

In the 4th episode, we get a glimpse of a teenage Rin suspended in the Tree of Ages/Sacred Tree. There’s also a short glimpse of another girl standing by “Kikyo” – i’m almost sure that was Kagome. The image of Rin is clearer and longer than that of the 2nd girl/woman who also talks to “Kikyo”.

Only Kaede seems to remember Kagome, as well as her parents back in modern times.

In the 5th episode of Yashahime, Myoga the flea-demon appears. He seems not to know anything about Sesshoumaru’s daughters. Kohaku and Hisui were mentioning a Traveling Monk (which is obviously Miroku, who is Hisui’s father), but they seem not to now who the monk is.

No mentions whatsoever of: Sango, Miroku, Jaken. We know Sango and Miroku had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Where are the girls?

Some people or items shouldn’t really exist anymore

Kaede: she was over 50 years old in Inuyasha. Se was most likely about 60-something. In Yashahime she would have been around 75. I wonder how long did people live back in those days.

Kagome’s grandfather: He was probably older than Kaede and he’s still around. Nowadays, people in Japan live very long lives, thus him still being around is not that odd.

Izayoi’s lipgloss: It’s maybe not a lip gloss, but it looks like one to me. Inuyasha’s father bought this makeup for the lips, for Inuyasha’s mother. Inuyasha gave it to Kikyo some 50 years before the events in Inuyasha. It was shown how Naraku destroyed this item. However, it made a reappearance in Yashahime, in the possession of Moroha. How?

What’s with Rin and Kagome?

Rin was my favorite character, despite being a minor one overall. She did play a very important role in Sesshoumaru’s life and development.

We all know Kagome was the reincarnation of Kikyo, in the modern times. She was dragged into the past and everything unraveled. She then returned to the modern times for 3 years and then she managed to go back to the feudal era.

Rin was killed by wolves and Sesshoumaru brought her back to life. At least twice.

However, we had a weird encounter at some point, when Jaken was poisoned and he needed a special berry about which only Jinenji knew. When Rin went to him, he was in his human form and refused to see anyone. She insisted in seeing him and he said Rin reminded him of Kagome, whom he met earlier.

This made me think that Rin was also a reincarnation of Kikyo, but in the Feudal era. When Kikyo was resurrected using part of Kagome’s soul, it was said that only one of them could be alive at the same time.

Kikyo went on “living” with souls from the dead. Rin was killed but then resurrected as well. This happened after Kagome came to the Feudal times.

So, what if Kagome returning to the Feudal era after 3 years actually caused something to happen to Rin? Of course this was not on purpose and was not planned. It was only because the soul of a person can reside in just 1 body at any given time.

I hope we’ll have all the answers by the end of this new show.

©Charly Cross 2020; Pictures belong to their respective creators.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune is a rather important card, in my opinion.

It’s classic meaning refers to destiny, fate, turning points, movement, change, patterns, and cycles. This card reminds us that “what goes around comes around.”

What do we see?

The main color is yellow, with hints of blue and purple.

In the center of the card there is a big wheel/circle decorated with what seems to be Celtic knots, a sun/star right at its center, surrounded by a what looks like a stylized snowflake.

Half of the wheel looks faded, though it’s probably some mist or fog that gives this impression. The other half has better defined colors, hence it looks darker.

The wheel appears to be set on a wall, that has 2 perfectly round openings: one at the top left and one towards the bottom right. Through the top opening we can see a crescent moon and a few stars. Through the bottom opening we see a tree branch and something that looks like some star-shaped flowers, weed-like.

There is also a flower under this wheel, but in front of it. At the bottom of the image, we see a “bed” of blue roses.

There are no main characters on this card, with the exception of a few little faeries. About 10 of them. One of them, holds a skull and analyses it, in a pose reminiscent of Shakespeare’s famous “To be or not to be?” scene.

There are several squares on the wall. These squares are grouped together in 3 clusters.

If you want a good or a closer look at this card, click here.

What can it all mean?

The meaning of this card is pretty clear: everything in this world comes and goes. Only a few things are there permanently.

There are a few elements that point to this fact or reality:

  • coming/leaving:
    • The wheel, as it’s not meant to stay still, it goes round and round
    • The flowers – first they bloom, then they fade, then they die, and they bloom again
    • The moon: it has a cycle of about 28 days of waning and waxing
    • The snowflake: it melts really fast and even though there are no 2 snowflakes alike, they’re always replaced and they come back every winter.
  • constant/permanent:
    • The squares in the wall – they are just there, and nobody knows why.
    • The round holes
    • ‘The Celtic knot – following the pattern in its design, you’ll never find a way to un-knot it, thus it stays knotted forever.
    • The plants – it’s pretty difficult to get rid of them
    • The waning and waxing cycle of the moon happens every month

This card appears to remind us that any point of the wheel can only go this low or high. After that, the point will go upwards or downwards, depending on where it was. This means we should always be prepared for good and bad periods in life.

In this deck, this card has the 10th position. 10 is another good representation of the situation i just mentioned: 0=nothing, loss, while 1=something, win.

The squares on the wall seem to remind us to think outside the box when we’re low. Only like that we can find a way to go up gain.

The blue roses make me think that even when we’re feeling at our lowest, we can still find beauty in things or create beauty from our sadness and sorrow. There are, after all, many works of art, novels, songs, and poetry, that were created when the author was feeling low or even depressed.

© Charly Cross 2020. All rights reserved.