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!