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In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. For this inaugural run, we zip over to Estonia for a taste of its infamous Vana Tallin.
Estonia is a relatively new country, having gained its independence from Russia just over twenty years ago in 1991. Its most wide-scale attraction, Old Town Tallinn, looks like it should be on the top of a wedding cake with its medieval castles, and our sis HotelChatter dished on some of its properties, including one where the KGB literally bugged the hell out of its guests.
We're not sure whether it's OK to file this story under celebrity travel, since the celebrity in question is quite rightly and quite accurately described by local news outlets as a "social media pariah"? We're very sure that it counts as alcohol travel, so it's not as if we're going to pass on the story. But just for accuracy's sake, what do you guys think? Yes or no on the celebrity travel part?
"Tan Mom" Patricia Krentcil - this is the one who took her daughter to a tanning facility and then was evicerated for weeks by the Internet - had a layover at MSP. She decided to leave the airport so she could have a cigarette, because of course she did. For some reason when she came back in she had trouble getting past security. Cue total melt down at TSA agents.
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Once upon a time we wrote that Spirit Airlines seemed set on becoming "the Ryanair of the United States." Then a month laterin the context of raising fees and amid moves to create non-reclining seatsthey declared that they were really proud of being the Ryanair of the United States. True story.
Fast forward to last weekend, when the Daily Mail published a synopsis of fees charged by the airline. They found 70 of them, which the airline imposed in 2011 to the sum of $76 million in profits. Spirit charges for carry-ons. It charges for printing boarding passes at the terminal.
It even charges a $2 fee each way because the Department of Transportation passed some rules that the airline didn't like. Really. The fee is called the "Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee." It exists. Douchebags.
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Here's a video clip of Seth Rogen talking about hangover flying on Conan O'Brien from earlier this month. Given the staggering number of ways that this is directly in our wheelhousecelebrity travel, booze travel, a full post we once did about hangover clauses in airline tickets, etcit's almost embaressing that we missed it when it went up.
In fairness to us, we were probably drunk.
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We love this story so much. Not just because we love all things alcohol, travel, and alcohol travel. There's definitely that, because we do dearly adore all of those things. But it's also because the investigation which busted the alcohol-theft ring was called "Operation Last Call."
The details, such as they are, involve 18 workers at JFK who managed to steal over 100,000 of those tiny 1- and 2-ounce alcohol-filled bottles distributed on airplanes. As TIME snarked in their writeup, "that's almost 4,000 grownup-sized bottles of booze."
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It's cold outside and the holidays are approaching. Naturally this means a glut of travelers getting to their destinations in less than ideal weather. This calls for a drink (though not before driving, of course).
Bon Voyage cocktails are one of those travel traditions that will never die, and luckily recipes for the standards are still very much in use today. Thus, before you or your friends and family hit the road, we'd like to share some of our favorites. Order 'em up with confidence.
Without further ado, Our favorite three cocktails for toasting "Bon Voyage":
In today's airline security/airport security post, we recommend against trying to smuggle your loaded gun through an airport and against chewing off restraints that are placed on you mid-flight. Had you asked us a few weeks ago whether such advice would be necessary, we would have expressed the belief that - no - those rules seem self-evident. And yet here we are.
Exhibit A. According to the report he would later give police, Atlanta Hartfield passenger Richard Popkin was originally going to check his loaded .22-caliber Magnum revolver into his baggage. He changed his mind at the last minute because he was concerned that the gun would push his bag over the weight limit. Instead he opted for trying to smuggle the gun through airport security.
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As a site that tracks the best in-flight cocktails on a monthly basis, we like to think that our credibility on booze travel is pretty good. While we do occasionally post the random teetotaling dispatch, on the whole you're more likely to find Jaunted posts with phases like "Avion Tequila" and "Eucalyptus Liquor". We are not uninclined toward mixing travel with fine spirits, is what we're saying.
That's why it's so frustrating to have to write about people like this douchebag, who got so drunk he threatened to stab a British Airways pilot with a shard of glass after flight attendants cut him off.
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When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
This is a rare one we have today; indeed we never knew of its existence until we saw it with our own eyes. For the over 21 group only (or any age, if you're in Italy), we're drinking Eucalyptus Liqueur from the Benedictine Trappist Abbey of Tre Fontane, in Rome. Forget the liqueur for a moment, as the area where it's made is interesting enough on its own. Tre Fontane is so named because it is believed that this is where Saint Paul was beheaded, his head bouncing three times and sprouting three fountains, where there are now three churches.
Because the monks are Trappist, it means they must make their living off the land, so this order specializes in creating chocolate and unique liqueurs, the most notable of which is the Eucalittino, made of the Eucalyptus trees that surround the abbey.
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Four Loko is making state authorities go loco. The malted alcoholic drink, nicknamed "blackout in a can," has already been banned in Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma and Utah, and now New York is next to ban it. It was announced yesterday that shipments to New York stores will end at the beginning of next month, meaning that Four Loko fanatics will have to road trip outside of the state to score some.
To decide whether or not Four Loko is even worth the hype and worth the travel to buy some, we strolled into our local bodega this weekend and sampled three flavors of the fruity drink: Orange Blend, Watermelon and Cranberry Lemonade. Only a sip of each was enough; these things taste nasty and the obvious answer is no, they are not worth the hype or road tripping to buy them over state lines like they're illegal fireworks or something.
Everyone is familiar with those giant Greek vases that were used for centuries to move olive oil and wine around to the ports of the Mediterranean Sea. We used to think that was a pretty good packaging solutionor at least as good as our preferred method of putting the bottle in the trunk for the duration of the car ride, but apparently we were wrong. It turns out that "traveling with wine, olive oil or just regular toiletries can be awkward at best, disastrous at worst." The reason we know that is because the makers of the VinniBag told us so.
The VinniBag is an empty bag, inside of which you place a bottle of liquids. Once the bottle has been so placed, the bag is sealed and inflated, thus creating a cushion of air around said bottle. The practical upshot of which is that the bottle is protected from the environment and the environment is protected from the bottle contents. Modern wine transportation technology for the modern age.
Wine tastings and brewery tours are for lightweights. Hardcore drinkers will opt for the moonshine trail in Tennessee. The state tourism bureau is trying to make the trail an attraction that allows you to see the route bootleggers used to smuggle moonshine—also called white lightning.
Just outside of Knoxville, the 200-mile White Lightning Trail winds through nine counties and celebrates the state's homemade corn whiskey past. Unfortunately you can't taste the 100-proof home-distilled alcohol on the self-guided driving trail, but you'll encounter historic sites, preserved homes, restaurants and moonshine museums.