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. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Episode 126 Brooklyn Breweries

Picture from the blackout. Notice the sky!

We're in New York talking about the blackout and some breweries we visited.
The taste of this episode is Ommegang's Rosetta.
We'll also discuss FolksbierOther HalfBrooklyn Brewing, and more.
It's a little more freeform than some of our more focused episodes, but there were too many interesting Brooklyn things to choose from!
The draft list at Other Half.













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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Episode #125 The Dumps

We're Taking another 5th episode break from our normal format to bring you tales of our not-so-fun travel experiences; as, well, not everything is always perfect and amazing. But bad experiences can help you learn more about yourself and how you will travel in the future, as well as some downright funny stories.

As a way to get back to the happy after the tales of our mishaps, have a photo of Admiral Ackbar "helping" me edit this episode.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Episode #124 German Beer Halls

In today's episode we talk about Gastof's in Minneapolis, MN; and Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY
We'll also get into tasting a Bauhaus Wonderstuff
Finally, we discuss a Ratskeller and the Reinheitsgebot

We had a lot of fun reminiscing about our trips to German Beer Halls for this episode, and we would love for you to let us know what you would like covered on this podcast. Please leave a comment on our Facebook page, or send us an email to fans@travelbyproxy.com.

I couldn't find a photo to use for this episode, so I added one of my cats.

For those of you who want to see the Man vs Food from Minneapolis episode, we found it here. Go to 11:10 to see the Gasthof's challenge (which is actually a meter long bratwurst) or watch the whole thing to see the Jucy Lucy debate unfold. 

Episode #123


We're in Minneapolis, MN at The Newsroom in Downtown. Photos from google users located here

The taste of this episode is a Mezcalita, and talk about some hot sauces that Andrea brought back from her trip to Mexico.

As promised, the answer to where Tequila is from is: "primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands (Los Altos de Jalisco) of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco."

The more you know, right?

If you would like to recreate the cocktail we made on this episode, we have added the recipe and instructions below:

INGREDIENTS
For the spicy rim: Tajín Clásico Seasoning or a mix of 2 parts kosher salt and 1 part chili powder
Lime wedges, for lining the rim and garnish
1 ½ ounces mild mezcal (we recommend Del Maguey Vida)
2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3 dashes of orange bitters (optional, for extra orange flavor)
1 to 3 teaspoons orange liqueur, simple syrup or agave nectar (optional, if you prefer sweeter drinks—I don’t add any)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. To prepare your glasses: Pour some Tajín (or mix your salt/chili powder) on a small, rimmed plate. Run a wedge of lime around the top of each glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt blend at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the mezcal, orange juice, lime juice, orange bitters (if using) and sweetener (if using). Securely fasten the lid and shake well.
3. Pour the mixture into your prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

We're looking to start a run of shirts or other products with some of the things we've said on the podcast as inspiration, what would you love to see on a shirt or mug? Let us know by sending us an email to fans@travelbyproxy.com or leaving a comment on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Episode 122 Updown Minneapolis

In today's episode we talk about Updown in Minneapolis, MN
Taste a Sidecar made with local spirits
Finally, we discuss Barcades as a travel phenomenon

We had a lot of fun with this episode, as we talk about our time there for my bachelor weekend, as well as other times we've been to Updown. We would love to hear about your experiences with Barcades, as well as any suggestions that you may have for future episodes.

Please reach out to us at fans@travelbyproxy.com with any thoughts or comments you may have.

Also, if you would like to make the sidecar that we had for this episode, please look at the recipe below:

2 oz Brandy or Cognac
.75 oz Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
.75 oz Lemon Juice
2 dashes bitters

You can add the sugar rim or not, either way, we hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Episode #121 Orlando Speakeasies

In today's episode we talk about Andrea's experience with speakeasies in Orlando Florida, and taste the Orange Liqueur from Norseman Distilling; and talk about making homemade boozy sodas with our sodastreams.

We also talk about the great and not so great experiences we've had at speakeasies.

We thank you all for listening, and we want to hear about your favorite and least favorite times in speakeasies, or anything else you would like to talk about.

And for those of you wanting to see Hanson's Shoe Repair for yourselves, visit them here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Episode 120 All Inclusive Experiences

In today's episode we take a break from our normal schedule and talk about our previous and upcoming trips in All Inclusive Resorts/Cruises.

Andrea talks about her times visiting various resorts with different levels of inclusivity, as well as her upcoming trip with her spouse to a wonderful resort in Mexico.

Aaron talks about his past and upcoming Cruises, as well as the sweet shirt you can see to the left!

Also, since we never really looked it up during the episode, the point at which a boat becomes a ship is: A ship is any vessel or conveyance that floats on or operates on the water and is equal to or larger than 197 feet (60 meters) length overall (LOA). A ship may be used for pleasure, commercial, or residential purposes.

So now you all know the difference, and can feel superior in your nautical knowledge!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Episode 119 The Rio Las Vegas

In today's episode we talk about the Rio in Las Vegas Nevada, and we find another beer that Aaron actually likes!!

We talk about the history of the Rio, a lot of  other things to do in Las Vegas, and bring it back to why you should stay at the Rio the next time you visit Las Vegas.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Episode 118

The 5-8 Club

In today's episode we talk about the wonderful 5-8 club in West Saint Paul, MN
We'll also get into a long talk about cocktails and tatertot hotdish
Finally, we discuss he history of the 5-8 and the jucy lucy in general

If you have any thoughts about the true progenitor of the jucy lucy, or just want to talk about your tatertot hotdish or wild rice recipes, please leave us a comment on our facebook page, or email us at fans@travelbyproxy.com.

Also, for any of you interested in the recipe for the "Hot Cookie," it is:

1.5 oz Fireball
1.5 oz Norseman Whisky barrel aged Rum
.5 oz dark simple syrup

Shake or stir over ice, pour into a lowball glass, and enjoy!

Thanks for listening everyone!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Episode 117 - Angel's Envy



We're in Louisville, Kentucky again, talking about Angel's Envy.
The taste of this episode is Andrea's take on a Sazerac. Enjoy the NYT's recipe or Andrea's below!
Recipe: Chill a tumbler with ice and Absinthe while you mix the rest of the cocktail.
Add 1.75 Oz Rye Whiskey, .5 Oz Dark Simple Syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice and mix well.
Discard the ice and Absinthe from your cocktail glass (or drink it!) and strain the mixed drink into it. Add a zest of lemon. Serve straight up or with ice.

Check out some tour pictures below:
The shop area contained the ingredients used to make Angel's Envy.
Our tour guide. He signed my journal!
The gift shop had great items for sale!

The oak barrels are burned and this is some of the result. You get the aroma of this when you smell Angel's Envy.





Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Episode 116 Norseman Distilling

In today's episode we talk about Norseman distilling in Minneapolis,  MN

We'll also get into the delicious and varied cocktails that Norseman have available

Finally, we discuss the options that Norseman have for learning the craft of cocktail making, as well as the tours that they have available to see their facility.

The taste of this episode is a Rye whisky from Tattersall Distillery.

We thank you for listening, and want to hear about your favorite distillery in your local area, or anything that you'd wish to have featured.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Episode 115 - Getting Social with Sociable

In this week's episode, we take another 5 episode break from our normal format and just chat about our lives and drink some cider from Sociable Cider Werks

Aaron goes a bit off the deep end talking about traffic, while Andrea discusses her knee injury; but as always, we have a great time talking with each other.
We hope you love it.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Episode 113

"Donuts N Beef"

We're in Saint Louis Missouri, talking about the best Roast Beef Sandwich Aaron has ever eaten at [O’Connell’s Pub](https://www.facebook.com/OConnells-Pub-111690412200427/), and the delectable donut selection at [World’s Fair Donut](https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worlds-Fair-Doughnuts/116424481714642)

The taste of this episode is Roast beef sandwiches with Provolone, and fresh Donuts and Kolache’s  from Cub Foods in Eden Prairie, MN

And we end with some history of the [Missouri Botanical Garden](https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Episode 109 - Lawless Distilling

We're in Minneapolis, Minnesota visiting Lawless Distilling Company.
The taste of this episode is a Scurvy Skull inspired by the Shrunken Skull and served in a glass from Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
We also explore the city's liquor patrol limits and the laws surrounding them.
The Lawless bathroom books.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Episode 108 HiLo Diner

We're in Minneapolis again checking out the Hi-Lo Diner
The taste of this episode is a Pink Plate Special, from Andrea’s test bar. Pour equal parts clear rum and honey syrup over ice, then add pink grapefruit soda until you say a Minnesotan, “Oh, that’s different.”
We get into the history of the Fodero diner company as well the history of diners overall according to The American Diner by Michael Karl Witzel.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Episode 107 Merlins Rest

We're in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Merlins Rest, a fantastic neighborhood pub.
The taste of this episode is whiskey, or whisky depending on what you’re drinking. Either way it’s good.
We learn about this neighborhood bar, and also Andrea’s unique genealogical discovery about a lost Irish relative.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Episode 106: Aaron Likes a Beer

We're in Portland, OR at the Saturday Market talking about the long history behind this thriving art institution and tourist attraction.

The taste of this episode is Rogue's HAZELUTELY CHOCTABULOUS.
We learn all about the history behind the Saturday Market, as well as the storied history behind the Rogue Nation.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Episode 105 The Pizza Experience

This one is just about pizza



This week we’re talking about one of our favorite foods: Pizza!
Andrea and Aaron both discuss their most memorable pizza experience, and favorite pizza of all time. (surprise: both favorites are ties!)
We also share a stuffed pizza from Papa Murphy’s, which we have topped a portion of with hot sauce from Grimm Brothers.
Listed in order as they appear:
Andrea’s list: 
  1. Pizza Rock Las Vegas 
  2. Carbone’s Minneapolis 
  3. Lou Malinati’s Chicago

Aaron’s List: 
  1. Pizza Luce Minneapolis 
  2. Black Sheep Minneapolis 
  3. Pizza ‘N’ Pasta

Look forward to our blog post where we eat the Sicilian at Black Sheep!
If you would like to tell us about your favorite pizza, or most memorable pizza experience, please send us a message to fans@travelbyproxy.com
We hope you’ve enjoyed the show, and as always, we wish you a look out your window.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Episode 104 The Mudd Room 

Speakeasies and Elevator Safety



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We're in Mendota Heights, MN and we're checking out the Mudd Room, a speakeasy found in the basement of Lucky's 13.
The taste of this episode is the Dark and Stormy made with special rum from Andrea's reserve collection.
We also learn about Saint Mudd and what it takes to become an elevator operator in St. Paul.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Episode 103 Tattsall Distilling

Minneapolis, MN

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This week we’re in Minneapolis once again and we’re checking out Tattersall Distilling and their dedication to craft spirits.
Andrea talks about her love for the Ramos Gin Fizz, Aaron brought in some Blackstrap rum from Tattersall for tasting, and we investigate the delightful cocktail room at Tattersall and reminisce about our favorite times spent there.
We also learn about the development of the Norden Bombsight via Atlas Obscura. The Minnesota Historical Society has some information on it, too.
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Episode 102 Goodwood Brewing

Louisville, KY



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We discuss Andrea's visit to Goodwood Brewing in Louisville, Kentucky.

Does their limestone aquifer add something unique?
The taste of this episode will tell us! We taste their Brandy Barrel Honey Ale
We also learn about the history of beer making in Kentucky!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Episode 101: Calhoun Square

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We're in Minneapolis, Minnesota for our first episode of Travel by Proxy. Join us as we talk about brunch and the quirky cocktail offerings of Libertine Social, cooking classes at Kitchen Window, the doomed restaurant corner, and more in Calhoun Square

Later on, we'll reminisce about Aaron's fond memories of the now-defunct Independent while we taste the Minnesota Nice cocktail.

Finally, we'll close on the history of Calhoun Square and the opposition leading up to it.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Up All Night to Get Hygge

Grand Marais, MN Hygge Festival

-Andrea

There's nothing that'll warm you faster than
a praying mantis breathing fire!
It all started with my husband and I looking for staycation ideas. Our normal plan in the winter is to head out to Las Vegas because January is our anniversary and we tied the knot on Fremont Street. We did that for our anniversary last year and it felt amazing to escape the cold!

This year, we thought we'd look at things we could drive to-- something that would explore our heritage or give us a new experience. So we started searching for festivals and events around Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. 

We ended up choosing something that was the antithesis of a warm getaway: a trip to the frozen north of our home state. Campfires, snowshoes, fondue, and knitting... lots of knitting.

We decided to get Danish...

We decided to...


Enter the Hygge!


When I think of hygge, I think of chic blog posts and Pinterest articles about how we need to relax more and live a healthier, more comfortable, stress-free life. In fact, hygge was the Oxford Dictionary's shortlist of "word of the year" for 2016 according to a New Yorker article. So what is hygge?

The festival page describes it as, "the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of hygge."

I'm not entirely sure this looks comfortable, but it sure looks cozy! (These are
my real relatives by the way.)
I imagine my Danish ancestors would appreciate the modern adoption of hygge and I'll be doing my best to honor them in February when I cozy up to a fire with a book and warm mug of cocoa.

We'll be staying at a boutique hotel, The Mayhew Inn. If it's good, you'll definitely be able to Travel by Proxy with me by following my Instagram.

In terms of the actual festival, though, we're going to keep it completely stress-free and attend the things we want, so keep an eye here for updates and posts after we get back. I'm definitely looking forward to sharing my experience with y'all.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Traveling by Proxy

We Leave Our House So You Don't Have To!


Our podcast launches in February. Keep on eye on this site for the exact date!