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Foreign Grocery Friday: New Zealand's 'Raro' Drink Powder

April 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comment (1)

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!

Something as simple as a delicious drink can transport your imagination back to the enjoyment of an overseas vacation. So, when we grabbed a few intriguing packages of a local treat during a visit to New Zealand, we were pretty stoked to save it for a rainy day.

Kids go nuts for it, adults reminisce about their childhood with it, and expats long for the taste of it; we're talking about Raro, the powdered drink mix.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Anzac Biscuits of Australia and New Zealand

December 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

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!

Late night somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, an entire Qantas A380 full of Los Angeles-bound passengers is asleep...except for us. We're up and out of our seats, hunting for a midnight snack in the rear "snack galley" of the A380's economy class. It's here we find a little package of "Anzac biscuits," cookies so engrained in Australian and New Zealand history and flavor that Subway chain restaurants even offered them for a time.

ANZAC is an acronym for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," and this cookie is so named because of its history as a popular treat to send to soldiers stationed abroad, as early as World War I. The key to the cookie's success lies in its basic ingredients of rolled oats, flour, dry coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water. Note that there are no eggs in the recipe, a fact which helps to give Anzac biscuits an especially long shelf life.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Calafate Berries of Patagonia

December 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

Entire landscapes of Patagonia are ripe for the picking right now, awash in the bright indigo dots of juicy Calafate berries (English name: Magellan Barberry). So symbolic are these of Patagonia that an entire city in southern Argentina is named for them (El Calafate) and a local legend holds that any visitor who eats a berry will be sure to return to the region. Past years have seen small harvests due to lack of rain, but this year the getting looks good.

We mainly sampled them around Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park area in Chilean Patagonia, and our Quasar Expeditions guides were able to point out the bushes nearly everywhere we ventured over 5 days in the area (of course don't eat any berries you aren't sure of).

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10 Tasty Foreign Treats to Add to Your Halloween Candy Bowl

October 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

A good traveler always brings back a little something sweet to share. Halloween is actually the perfect time to show off your impressive foreign candy collection. Of course if you've already eaten it all (and we don't blame you), here's some ideas as to what to fill your candy bowl with next year:

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The 'Rica-Rica' Herb of the Atacama Desert

October 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

What looks like an inconsequential bush in the Atacama Desert is actually a medicinal plant you'll first smell, then taste, then fall in love with and imagine importing.

Rica Rica, which essentially translates to "yummy yummy," is a strongly aromatic local medicinal herb used to add Atacamenian flavor to everything from fish dishes to the traditional Pisco Sour cocktail (pictured below). The Puri Spa at the Hotel Alto Atacama even offers a Rica Rica massage, and homemade rica rica ice cream is a mainstay on their daily menu.

The shrub's tiny purple flowers bloom in October, which means we were in town just in time to enjoy both its flavor and beauty.

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Kangaroo and Bugs are on the Menu in Australia for Angelina Jolie's Kids

Where: Australia
September 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's one thing we know is a constant: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will bring their brood to all corners of the earth. We're cool with the idea since it exposes the kids to different cultures, gearing them up to grow into well-seasoned travelers and ambassadors for their country. Still, Angelina's tutelage is strict; she insists that the kids eat local cuisine, going so far to make it a rule when traveling abroad. Her recent trip Down Under was no different.

Jolie packed up her litter and headed to Australia to direct her latest movie, Unbroken. Making the work trip a family vacation (sans Brad), she hopped around Oz with her six little ones, showing them all of the typical tourist spots like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and Taronga Zoo. When it comes to lunch and dinner, however, the kids much be in "local" mode and walk the culinary wild side by tasting kangaroo and emu pizza and whichetty grubs.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The 'Nasi Katok' Fast Food of Brunei

August 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who goes to Brunei? Not many, in truth, since the tiny, oil-rich Sultanate in Southeast Asia only sees around 250,000 visitors every year. Make that 250,001 for 2013, as we recently ventured there ourselves to find out exactly what there is to do besides get a cool passport stamp. So Google Map it and stay tuned as we share Brunei travel tips all week.

It may not look like much, but luckily beauty is not a requirement for excellent flavor. Meet Nasi Katok, Brunei's fast food take on the Nasi Lemak and Nasi Goreng you're more likely to find around the rest of Southeast Asia.

The dish is simple, appropriate for its incredibly budget-friendly price of $1. It's a heaping helping of hot white rice, ladled over with a sweet and spicy sambal sauce, topped off with a piece of fried chicken you select (wings, thighs, drumsticks--it's up to you).

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Cheese Curds of Wisconsin

August 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

There may be many great motivations to head up into Wisconsin (like last week's Oshkosh's annual mega airshow), but no matter the reason you've got to stop for cheese curds.

Ignore the souvenir shops just off the expressway, each packed with overpriced foam hats shaped like cheese wedges, and instead take an exit and head to the town's market. Cheese curds live with other cheese products in dairy departments, but differ in that they're ideal finger foods, snacks, and tasty without the addition of anything else.

The fresher the curds, the squeakier they'll be.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Tim Tam Ice Cream of Australia

Where: Australia
August 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Now there's more to scream about if you're heading down under, with a new flavor ice cream that marries the delicious flavor of Tim Tams—the iconic, chocolatey cookie from Australia—with the creamy delight of chocolate ice cream.

We've talked about Tim Tams before, okay, maybe more than once (here and here). The moment the specialty ice cream flavor caught our eyes, we knew we had to give it a whirl, for research's sake. If you've had Tim Tams, then you know why Aussies treasure them.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: Gosling's Bermuda Gold Liqueur

June 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comment (1)

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!

Bermuda is the kind of destination where it's good manners to have a drink with breakfast, which means it's the kind of place we like to visit. And the island's best-loved local booze is Gosling's Rum, some of which is so sacred that it can't even be taken out of the country. Luckily, one of the bottles you can take home with you is Gosling's Bermuda Gold Liqueur.

The liqueur is made from loquats, a plum-like fruit that grows on the island. Since it's on the sweet side, it's not really a chugging alcohol. It mixes nicely with Coke, and locals also recommend it poured on top of vanilla ice cream. Either way sounds good to us.

[Photo: Lilit M, uncommoncaribbean]

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Snack Situation in San Juan, Puerto Rico

June 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

So, it's no secret we're obsessed with potato chips and all the fascinating flavors that we can find. Our list continues to expand with the addition of five more contenders that we picked up during a jaunt in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

To be fair, two of these are chicharrons, or pork rinds. Now if you've had these crunchy cracklings before, you know they're best eaten while drinking a cold beer. But in this case, we partook in PR's equivalent of the alcoholic Capri Sun, the aptly named Gasolina. The original flavor is a mix of rum, tequila, passion fruit and other juices.

¡Tu Madras! is a particularly lethal blend of vodka, OJ, passion fruit and cranberry juices and costs about $2.50. We liked that one when we were chomping on the mofongo-flavored Munchies.

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Can't Make It to Paris? Have the Sweetest Snacks of France Shipped to Your Door

Where: France
June 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finally travelers who miss the flavors of Paris need not wait until their next European trip to fulfill a craving for French snacks. A new company, named Try the World, seeks to deliver those yummies right to your door, or to the mailbox of any Francophile you love enough to gift such a thing.

Try the World has only recently launched, offering "The Classic Paris Box," but has plans to expand to other destination-inspired boxes and even a subscription service a la Birchbox, but for foreign snacks! The concept is simple (and genius) enough:

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