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Today is the premier of Season Five of Queer Eye on Netflix and it’s Pride Month, so it’s the perfect opportunity to review the Naturally Tan, a memoir by the QE’s very own fashion expert Tan France. Tan is absolutely fabulous on the show. He is frank, funny, snarky, and beautiful coiffed. He’s one of my absolute favorite members of the Fab Five (but honestly they’re all my favorite) and gives me the realist Slytherin energy — me too Tan, me too. Also, catch Tan giving the fiercest Anna Wintour at the Stylish Pooch’s dog fashion show in episode 5.2.
I’m pairing this review with my newest seltzer find — and newest favorite — the Ginger Sparkling Water from 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods). On a whim, I added it to my Amazon Prime Now order (which I get free with my Amazon Prime membership!), and I don’t know how I have lived without it. You can find my review at the end of the post!
TAN, can we have the extended version of your memoir??? Please!!!
365 Everyday Value Ginger Sparkling Water
It’s seltzer time! If I do say so myself, this is the perfect seltzer-book pairing! Just like Tan, this ginger sparkling water is delightful, spicy, and a bit extra (*I LOVE extra*). Plus it pays great homage to Tan’s South Asian heritage and love for Indian cuisine (which he talks about in the book!). Plus the can matches the book cover.
Let’s start with the can design. It is adorable. It features a full ginger root, the ginger flower, and ginger leaves. I have never once thought about the ginger flower, but it’s gorgeous. It looks like there might have been recent redesign, because the only images of cans I could find on Google were hideous, as you can see in the image.
Let’s turn to the taste. Imagine brewing ginger tea straight from the root (no bags here!). Now chill it and sparkle it. That’s what we have here. It’s authentically gingery and the flavor is strong. (Not quite as strong as Starbucks new Golden Ginger Drink, which I also love, but close!). It’s crisp, refreshing, and interesting. I would drink this everyday.
Also, it doesn’t taste like ginger ale (but if you like ginger ale, certainly try Canada Dry’s Bold Ginger Ale!), because it’s not sugary or sweet. It’s super light and clean. The aftertaste is A+ and stays with you long after finishing the can, which may not sound like a positive (and it wouldn’t be for most flavors), but this just extends the pleasure for this seltzer.