Tag: Sedimentality

Spanish Torrija, French toast taken to a new level

Spanish Torrija, French toast taken to a new level

Let’s talk about desserts. Specifically, Spanish desserts. And let’s do ourselves and not mention the f word (flan). The first time I tried torrija was on the biggest “fat kid” excursion of my life: when I wandered the streets of San Sebastian and tried pintxo […]

Syrupy sweet digestif: Badalona’s Anis del Mono

Syrupy sweet digestif: Badalona’s Anis del Mono

Most people probably think of Rioja or Sangria when considering the beverages of Spain, but I am on a mission to introduce the world to some of its lesser-known delicious drinks: from the incredibly affordable sparkling cava to the now-trendy (but super old school) vermut, […]

Mexico’s micheladas. Because obviously.

Mexico’s micheladas. Because obviously.

Beer, lime juice, salt, peppers, and spices. If you think that sounds delicious, read on. If you don’t, read on anyway . . . and get yourself to the best Mexican bar you can find to try a michelada. I’m obsessed with these tasty drinks after a lifetime in California and three weeks in Mexico, and feel like shouting it from the rooftops.

Finding an “authentic” recipe for a michelada is as impossible as defining the recipe for a Bloody Mary: it’s personal, and everyone has an opinion. As a guideline, a michelada is a) beer-based, b) flavored with lime juice and spices, and c) served in salt-rimmed glass. There are a myriad styles: a clamato includes clam and tomato juice; a chelada is just lime juice and salt; a cubana includes Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, chili, and salt. The list goes on and on, I’m sure.

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My FAVORITE favorite? This tamarind michelada from a bar in Guanajuato.

 

Fun fact: the word “michelada” is a portmanteau of the phrase “mi chela helada,” which translates to “my cold beer” in Mexican slang. (“Chela” is slang for “beer” in Mexico.)

If you’re heading to Mexico, make sure that you know the typical michelada of the area: the preparation tends to vary by region.

Click here for a slideshow of photos from San Miguel de Allende, a photographer’s paradise, and here for an article on how tequila is made (plus a trip to the tequila capital, Jalisco).

 

Tips for planning the perfect vacation

Tips for planning the perfect vacation

There’s no such thing as a perfect getaway, but there is still a pressure that accompanies your vacation. While planning your next escape, keep these things in mind. You will arrive prepared and ready for whatever your idea of “perfect” is! 1. Decide what kind […]

Contemplating life amongst death: a claustrophobic freakout, and perspective, in Paris’ catacombs

Contemplating life amongst death: a claustrophobic freakout, and perspective, in Paris’ catacombs

The Paris catacombs are 200 miles of small underground tunnels filled with the bones of 6 million people. If you’re claustrophobic, as I am, then this is quite literally a nightmare to visit. And yet, if you’re a bit of a curious weirdo, like I am, […]

Fizzy wine: the 4-1-1 on the cause of off-putting bubbles

Fizzy wine: the 4-1-1 on the cause of off-putting bubbles

Bubbles are great. Champagne. Cava. Fizzy water. Ocean spray. Baths. The giant bubbles kids chase in parks. Baby raspberries. Even the word bubble? Adorable. But sometimes, bubbles can be so very, very bad in wine.

But fizz in wine can sometimes be very, very bad.

Our article on fizz in wine is a permanent page. Click here to access it and learn what causes fizzy wine.

An ode to the murals of Buenos Aires

An ode to the murals of Buenos Aires

Ok, not an ode, per se: this isn’t exactly a lyrical stanza, but it does celebrate one of the things that sparked my love of photography and of things gritty, “real,” and beautiful in their imperfection and decay. Buenos Aires is the perfect place for […]

2015, beautiful “Pah-ree,” and Je Suis Charlie: my time in Paris during a terrorist attack

2015, beautiful “Pah-ree,” and Je Suis Charlie: my time in Paris during a terrorist attack

“My beautiful Holidays-in-Paris vacation ended with a terrorist attack.” Not exactly a phrase I’d ever expect to say. Our last day in Paris was supposed to have been the typical packing/cleaning day that concludes a vacation, ending with one last delicious meal at a to-be-determined restaurant. We awoke […]