I like my cars like I like my coffee.

I was disappointed with the free toy offerings lately. The military stuff looks cheap. And the only other car collection featured luxury SUVs: not my cup of coffee.

And now comes this!


The RUF Porsche collection! RUF is a Euro tuning house that takes a Porsche and turns it up to 11. You get a choice of 5 cars in any color as long as it is black! Actually, the RUF SCR (911) that I picked was matte black, while the RUF slantnose (930) was glossy. I am digging the matte black paint on the toy! The three other car choices are RUF THR (993), RUF RGT (996) and RUF RT 35 (991). The last of which you can still buy from the company.

The toys are big, heavy, and high quality. Guess that’s why you have to buy two bottles of coffee to get one. The body is metal. Paint is carefully done, no smudges. You even get the RUF badge on the hood. The underbody feels cheaper, plastic, but definitely has an intended pattern to it. I am still deciding whether or not to spring for the whole set. I am much more into the older models than the new ones.



Now. The coffee. It’s black! Not sure about the “Premium Aroma” mainly because it is sold refrigerated. But pretty good for a canned drink. None of that typical moussy taste. Not overly burned, just enough of a bitterness to feel it. Not sour. Quite pleasing. Oh, and the caffeine is kicking in as I write this!



Mizore Nashi (Pear) Drink

The first week of October, and what do you think of? If it’s pears and Funasshi the genderless pear mascot, then you’re right in line with Japan and this Mizore Nashi drink release.
The drink itself is pretty common in Japan, selling from a variety of companies and packages—most of which do not require an animated endorser. The taste itself is pretty much what you’d expect if you’ve ever eaten a pear before, with added pear chunks—to give that extra possibility of choking to death. Refreshing, but a little heavy with the sugar.
The main focus of this particular variety is the character Funasshi. Originally created by a citizen in Funabashi, Chiba prefecture to promote tourism in the town, the local government did not officially approve of it, so Funasshi went on to pursue greener pastures himself. Apart from looking like a Pacman hybrid with a stem, random facts are that he is 1,876 years old, listens to heavy metal, and his favorite food is peaches (kind of like if my favorite food were Japanese people).

Since his original inception, he has starred in his own YouTube videos, released a single titled, “Funa Funa Funasshi,” was interviewed by CNN, and has apparently grossed 200,000,000 yen in revenue (think $2 million). That’s pretty decent for a singing pear. The only thing left is mashing that cute face of his into a pulpy liquid and seeing what he tastes like. And with that, dear readers, I present Mizore Nashi drink!

Georgia on my mind.

This one is not seasonal, but it is one of my regular choices.


The is a lot of Georgia brand coffees around. Most of them come in a can. Most of the time you would get them from a vending machine.

So, why this one? I tell you why! It reminds me of childhood! I don’t know what kind of artificial creamer they put in this, but it tastes like coffee with ice-cream: sweet, creamy, and slightly frothy somehow (even though it does not foam up).

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Flashback: My fair lady! I am so excited!

I am so excited.

Walk into my local Conbini store and what do I see?

UCC coffee with a die-cast toy of Fairlady Z. These are the Nissan Z cars in the States. I love those cars, and I used to own a 280ZX Turbo. Actually, my father drives it now, so it’s still in the family. I am going to od on coffee now just to get all 8 different models and at least 3 models of my car!

These toys are metal top, and plastic bottom. No brand name stamped anywhere. The paint job is amazing, especially for a free toy. So cool!

The coffee itself is milk coffee, no sugar. Not bitter, but not so mild that you only taste the milk. And surprisingly good for canned coffee: no mousy flavor, and no sour taste.

I posted about these toys on my old Fairlady Z forum. Ended up cleaning out the local store of their stock just to fill all the guys’ requests.  And of course I kept a set for myself! And a couple more, to play with…

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