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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.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: A dedication to serving Lanson Black Label champagne in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic.
You've just settled back in the leather seat, put your smartphone on "airplane mode," and flipped open the Upper Class in-flight menu. Before you can turn to the extensive list of options "from the bar" on this Virgin Atlantic flight (and yes, there is a real bar), a flight attendant sashays your way with a tray of bubbly.
It's a scene now so signature to Virgin Atlantic service, this stylish pour of Lanson Black Label Brut accompanied by a scarlet smile, but it hasn't always been that way.
The coupe-shape glass was first introduced onboard Virgin Atlantic flights with the revamp of the A330 bar in 2012, but the glass is now part of all Upper Class services regardless of aircraft type. The long, thin stem topped with a sultry bowl evokes the glamor of old Hollywood, and champagne bubbles look damned fine in it.
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Typical Vietnamese cafe found throughout the city of Hanoi
The present value of the Vietnamese Dong will have visitors who explore the country’s capital quickly realizing that everything is extremely affordable for carriers of foreign currency. Luckily, this also includes the price you pay to kick back with a few cold ones.
In a recent study on the cost of beer around the world, Vietnam was number two on the list with an average price of 59 cents. And given that temperatures during the summer in Hanoi are in the mid-90s with maxed out humidity, beer is the drink of choice when it comes to cooling off (you'll want to stay far, far away from red wine or whiskey during the day unless you’ve got the a/c blasting full force).
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With all the unfortunate things happening in the area, lost in the shuffle is the fact that one of nature’s most spectacular events, the Great Migration, is taking place at the moment, with millions of wildebeest crossing over between Tanzania and Kenya.
If going on a safari is on your bucketlist, then seeing the Great Migration should be in parenthesis. A few months ago, we discussed what the best time of year to go on a safari was, noting that with the Great Migration comes loads and loads of crowds. That’s why this travel writer feels Africa deserves two “trips of a lifetime,” one to see the savannas at peace and the another to experience the Great Migration.