eats and drinks

Eating in Colombia: Brunch de Salento, the Travelers’ Lair

February 10, 2014 Colombia

The first time I spotted Brunch, I knew immediately that it would become my Salento spot. Firstly, the restaurant is named after one of my favorite pastimes. Who doesn’t love leisurely late weekend mornings filled with good company, breakfast food, and mimosas (and before you know it, it’s evening)? Secondly, there was a sign in […]

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Craft Beer in Colombia: 3 Cordilleras Brewery in Medellin

January 8, 2014 Colombia
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It’s the last Thursday of the month and we’ve successfully made our way through Medellin’s rush hour traffic to the city’s craft beer oasis, 3 Cordilleras Brewery. It’s only an hour into the weekly event and it’s already packed inside. The crowd is mainly 20- and 30-somethings who look like they recently got off work […]

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Eating in Colombia: Ceviche, Arepas, and Other Foods to Try in Cartagena

November 14, 2013 Colombia
Colombia - La Cevicheria in Cartagena

As Colombia tends to be a meat and potatoes kind of country, the plus side of Cartagena being so touristy is that you can find a wider variety of culinary options there. Because of the city’s tropical coastal location, there’s an emphasis on seafood and there are all kinds of unique and delicious fruits and […]

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Music and Wine Where Summer Meets the Harvest Season

September 10, 2013 California
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The Livermore Valley has welcomed us with unexpected pastoral charm. Not too long ago we were on a busy highway, now we are surrounded by acres of grapes that look almost ready to be plucked from their vines. Beyond the fields are the golden hills of California summertime, gently rolling in the distance. There’s a […]

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Craft Beer in Colombia: Bogota Beer Company

August 15, 2013 Colombia
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In Colombia, cerveza flows freely. Typically you’ll find four ubiquitous pilsners that are all made by the same company and they go down as easy as water. Some are slightly better than others and the best of the bunch, Club Colombia, offers a bit more variety with two additional styles, an amber lager and a […]

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Eating in Southeast Asia: The Most Memorable Foods I Tried

May 16, 2013 Cambodia
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I don’t think there was one aha! moment where I transformed from a picky eater to a more open one, but travel certainly expedited the transition. Over time, I found that new worlds opened up to me when I tried unfamiliar foods and that food was often an entryway into the history and psyche of […]

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A Namibian New Year

December 30, 2012 eats and drinks
Oysters in Windhoek, Namibai

Your time in Namibia is coming to an end. The year is coming to an end. So when you’re offered a glass of champagne as you head into a New Year’s Eve dinner in the capital city of Windhoek, you take it and raise it to two weeks of exploring one of the most fascinating […]

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!Nara Melon: The Essential Fruit of Namibia’s Topnaar People

December 12, 2012 eats and drinks
!Nara Melon in Namibia

One of the first things people notice about Namibia is how clean and orderly it can look compared to other developing countries. But if you go far enough in certain directions, you’ll see people living in extreme conditions that belie the seeming prosperity. On paper, Namibia is an upper-middle income country, but the reality is […]

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