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The Daytona Beach area isn't exactly a cuisine scene, but any visitor willing to venture further than the nearest pizza place will quickly find that it should be. And now that we've shared when to go to Daytona Beach, it's time to discuss the food situation.
Most of our favorites ended up being outside the central downtown area, but easily reachable by rental car.
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As you gaze across from Porto to Gaia, the "wine caves" will stand out for two reasons. The first, as we discussed yesterday, is that many of their terracotta-tiled roofs have turned black. The second is a bit more obvious. Regardless of where you are on the Porto side of the river, you will be able to see the huge signs on top of the wineries that announce their respective brands.
Despite the fact that the wine-producing region of the Douro Valley has always been culturally associated with Portugal, many of the vineyards have British roots that go back to the 1700s. Although most have changed hands over the course of time, there is still one brand, Taylor’s, that has remained owned by its original British family since it opened its doors in 1692.
Aside from its continued role as one of the region’s top port producers and a continued innovator within the style, its history also lends itself as a good place to start for some perspective on Port.
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Last week, we recommended grabbing a seafood dinner in Matosinhos before heading back into Porto proper for some nightlife. But where does one find the drinking crowds? Porto is a blue-collar town at heart, and the best place to take in its glory is in a neighborhood known as "The Galeria."
It is here that you will find a high concentration of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, and where you will experience firsthand the lax laws that allow for a regular night out to feel like a full-blown festival. Even when seats inside are available, large crowds pour out into the streets, a tradition that locals will tell you trace back to times when Portuguese houses did not contain proper living rooms. Instead, porches, front steps, and sidewalks served as venues for social gatherings.
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In the same way that only sparkling wine from Champagne in France can be sold under that name, only dessert wine made in Porto’s Douro Valley can be labeled as “Port.” Later this week, we’ll take a walk through one of the region’s most famous wine lodges to get a sense of its varieties and history, but today we want to take a glance at how Port is being consumed in the present.
You’ve all no doubt seen the small after-dinner sipper glasses used when it is drunk in the traditional way, but did you know that Port has gone trendy? It has found new life in Portuguese bars, restaurants, and homes as the base ingredient in cocktails.
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Tequila and summertime lagers dominate the drinking scene in Mexico so much so that, unless you're hitting up fancy cocktail bars in Mexico City, variety is not something you expect to experience. Because of that, we get very excited anytime we come across a liquid vice that allows us to do a margarita differently.
In Cabo and Baja California, keep your eye out for Damiana, a herb-based liqueur produced from the locally grown plant by the same name, which is considered to be a strong aphrodisiac in itself. So, you can imagine the potential it holds when fermented. As a funny footnote, a Mexican bride is sometimes given a bottle of Diamana as a wedding present to foster fertility.
Video travel logs - especially those created by major media organizations trying to check the online travel journalism box - almost always fall somewhere in between annoying and really annoying. Most of the time they're simply uninteresting, and then watching one is the equivalent of being forced to sit through a slideshow about somebody's family vacation. Every once in a while they're fascinating, and then you end up feeling the same kind of wanderlust envy that you get when your friends post Facebook pictures from the Caribbean.
So we were kind of surprised when the recent New York Times video on Copenhagen travel turned out not to suck. The spot - and the attached article - are part of the Times' "36 Hours" series, which mixes straight travel reporting with - and now we're quoting their press release - "three-day itineraries for exploring cities worldwide." We've embedded it below.
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Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.
Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lagerthe brewery's flagship beerbut popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.
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One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.
We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":
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Oktoberfest in Munich begins September 20 and ends October 5. Looking at the calendar, that's a scant 10 days until the tapping of the first keg! Despite what you may be thinking, it's still not too late to make the decision to finally "do" Oktoberfest this year.
During the festival, the city's Theresienwiese event grounds (or simply "Wiesn" for short) will be teeming with tens of thousands of revelers daily, traveling from beer tent to champagne tent, to schnapps booth. Champagne tent?! Schnapps booth?! Yes, there are special zones and kiosks for all traditional German alcohols, but beer is the chief interest and, as such, the big-name beer tents fill up early in the day.
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Everyone knows that Chile makes one hell of a Pisco Sour, and last year, we told you how you can put a twist on it by adding in some of the Atacama's medicinal plant, Rica Rica. But did you know that the most common way the locals drink Pisco is in soda? When you're ready to go beyond the country's famous cocktail, here's what you should be drinking in Chile:
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Given that Guatemala has about two dozen volcanoes to explore, you'll definitely be thirsty when it comes time to rest your bones for the day. Look for these local favorites that are not only made within the country, but carry interesting backstories sure to kick off your happy hour in style.
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“Cacique” is the Spanish and Latin American term for Indian chief, which is why you will see one on the label of the liquor bottle. "Guaro" is a more common word to describe a clear liquor from Central America that's made from sugar cane. It also has a nickname within its logo, “cuatro plumas,” referring to the four-feathers worn by the tribe's most powerful member.