Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Episode #133 Red Cow

Episode #133

We're in Uptown Minneapolis, MN, checking out Red Cow
We bask in their delicious menu
and enjoy a classic "Death in the Afternoon" minus the champagne (but really, it's just Absinthe on ice)

As mentioned in the episode, a Death in the Afternoon is credited to author Ernest Hemingway, and shares a name with one of his books.

As we didn't have any champagne, or sparkling wine of any kind, we simply had Absinthe over ice with sugar and water added to taste

There really isn't a recipe, but the best way to add sugar is either by adding simple syrup, or by putting a sugar cube on a slotted spoon and slowly adding water by using a dropper. There are actually Absinthe Spoons which are purpose made for adding sweetness to Absinthe.

You ever type a word so many times, that it no longer looks like a real word? That's how I feel about Absinthe right now.

We really want to shout out the delicious burgers (and food in general) at Red Cow, and we want you all to give them a try if you're in the neighborhood.

Do you have any strong feelings about fat/lean ratios in ground meats? Do you think we're right or wrong about anything we talked about? Please let us know by dropping a comment on our Facebook page, or sending an email to fans@travelbyproxy.com

Also, if you're reading this far down, would you like to buy shirts or merch with our logo or phrases on them? Please let us know, as we're starting to plan out a store with just those types of items!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Episode #132 The Great Minnesota State Fair

In today's episode we talk about the Minnesota State Fair, and all the trappings thereof
We'll also get into the food that we ate on our trip (and some that we didn't get a chance to eat)
Finally, we discuss a beer that Aaron tasted (and didn't enjoy) as well as a different beer that Aaron drank (and found palatable)

We really did enjoy our trip to the Minnesota State Fair, if  you'd like to read up on some history of the Minnesota State Fair, you can check out the Wikipedia page.

The drink we tasted in this episode was a riff on a sidecar (the original version we've featured on a previous episode of the podcast), and we decided to change the base from Brandy to Rum, and use the Tattersall Purple Reign in lieu of the Orange liqueur (or Triple Sec).

We went with:

2 oz White Rum
1 oz Tattersall Purple Reign
3/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake the Rum, Purple Reign, and Lemon Juice over ice, pour into lowball glass, add 2 dashes bitters and stir. Sip and enjoy.

We wanted to touch on the many places that we ate or drank at:

Cookies from Sweet Martha's
Cider, Beer, and Duck wings from Giggles
$2.50 cheeseburgers from Mike's
The Boozy Berries and Barb Trifle from The Hideaway Speakeasy

If you've never listened to Steven Wright and didn't understand what Aaron was talking about with the monotone pitch person portion, please avail yourself of 10 minutes of wonderful one liners

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for listening!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Episode 131 - Wursteries and German Beer

We're in Indianapolis with Maggie Schulz as she tells us about Heidelberg Haus.
The taste of this episode is beer from Bad Weather Brewing! We wanted to have something from Waldman, but they were closed on our recoding day and thus we’ll have to taste it another day. We invited Maggie on to help taste the beer! (She brought it…)
Beer and brats are a perfect combination. Here’s a GQ article on the subject!
Musical Credits:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Episode #130 The Honeymoon Experience

In today's episode we talk about Aaron's honeymoon trip on the high seas, and to Disney World.
We're also joined by not one, but two special guests this episode! Justin is back from Episode #128, and Maggie was there to record her guest spot for Episode #131, so we had her join us for the conversation during our social episode, and we are also joined by a secret third guest in the form of Wicket, Justin and Andrea's dog.
Finally, the taste for this episode is Andrea's take on a simple Zombie.

And per our instructions in the episode, you can find a few recipes for a Zombie here.

If you have not seen or heard any part of the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes live album, you can watch a short video here.

If you want to learn more about the escape room on certain Royal Caribbean cruises, check out the blurb about The Observatorium here.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Episode #129 Keepsake Cidery

In today's episode we explore Keepsake Cidery
Taste their delicious Cider
Finally, we learn about the difference between Pitching and Wild yeast

The official term for a person who makes cider is Cidermaker. There seems to be some discussion about the term, but Cidermaker seems to be the most agreed upon term. So Andrea and Aaron were both wrong in the episode.

As to back sweetening a cider, brewngrow.com has a great write up you can check out here.

There are a variety of resources to learn about ways to use yeast to ferment pretty much anything you want, the best starters we've found are beer and brewings dictionary entry for Pitching yeast, winemakermag has an article on Wild yeast that we also found very enlightening.

Thank you all so much for listening, and we hope you enjoyed our detour about meat and meat replacements. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode #128 The Thrilla from Manila

In today's episode we explore the city of Manila in the Philippines
Taste some Red Horse beer
and learn about what it's like to travel to the Philippines for work

We were super exited to have Andrea's spouse Justin join us to share his stories of travelling to the Philippines for work. We learned a lot about the area Justin visited, and it made us want to taste so many new things in the future.

We talk about items to search out like Red Horse beer (which Aaron didn't enjoy sadly), Halo Halo, Gising Gising, Jeepneys, Jollibee, and Fort Santiago.

We hope you enjoyed this episode, and would love to hear your thoughts. Please reach out to us on our Facebook page, or send us an email to fans@travelbyproxy.com

We look forward to seeing you next week, as we discuss Keepsake Cidery.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Episode #127 Japanese Candy Edition

In today's episode we explore an Anime Convention 
Taste some Japanese candy
And discover what it means to drink pure sugar water

In further reading about Kit Kats in Japan, we found that there have been over 300 varieties created for the Japanese market and you can purchase some of the different flavors in variety packs on Amazon.

Nara Dreamland seems to still have a lot of interest in it even since its closure and eventual demolition, you can read about its history in more depth on the Wiki.

And since we feel pretty bad for not remembering the name of the dog that had a statue put up in its honor, so we found the Wiki for Hachiko.

And the photo for this episode comes from Aaron's time at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and it is a view of the beautiful wooden bridge in the Japanese garden area.