In honor of the All-American weekend, I went to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, where you can find practically any kind of fizzy drink. Every time I go, I have to have a theme or I get overwhelmed with choice. This time: root beer and related spicy sodas. I left with five different kinds of root beer, two kinds of birch beer and a bottle of sarsaparilla. When I go to Galco’s, I also have to stock up on some other hard-to-find favorites: Thomas Kemper’s ginger ale and Cheerwine. (I only went wrong once there — stay away from the spruce beer!) Galco’s also features an alcoholic section, where you can get beers and ciders from all over the world, and old-school deli and “vintage” candies. It’s kind of a strange outpost in a rapidly changing part of Los Angeles — many of the other stores there do all their signs in Spanish. But the whole area is full of mom and pop stores, so maybe that is a deeper part of the Highland Park character than language.