Thursday, July 28, 2022

Indefinite Hiatus

Indefinite Hiatus

Travel by Proxy is on an indefinite hiatus until we're confident in traveling again.

You can still find Andrea and Aaron on

We'll be leaving our catalog up for anyone to listen to, but keep in mind that the pandemic has had a big effect on some of the places we've covered. Many bars and restaurants are closed, and some new ones have taken their place.

Please continue to look out for each other. Mask up if you can, and make sure you're vaccinated to help other people.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Episode #147 Tin Whiskers and Gift Exchange!

Episode #147 Tin Whiskers and Gift Exchange!

In today's episode we talk about Tin Whiskers brewing in Saint Paul, MN. (Tin Whiskers is now closed)
We'll taste several brews from their taproom and a Mint Patties Double Stout in our studio
Finally, we engage in a spirited non-denominational exchange of gifts.

We tasted the Mint Patties Double Stout in studio for this episode, and while Aaron didn't ultimately enjoy the whole experience, we want you to know that it was pleasant at first for him.

With our intrepid guest Kelsey, we continued our tour of breweries and taprooms in Saint Paul, and while at Tin Whiskers, Andrea tasted the monthly Bot IPA release (Cash Bot), Kelsey tasted the Orange Dream State, and Aaron tasted a version of the Parsec Porter which had added coffee flavor and was a nitro (HE LIKED IT!!!!), and also tasted the Nut Goodie Porter, which he didn't enjoy as much. While at Tin Whiskers we ordered pizza from the downtown Saint Paul location of Black Sheep.

Andrea and Aaron were both amazed that they both gifted each other a drinking vessel and a journal to write in. Photos of these wonderful items are below:

The top photo is the pocket journal and Zelda mug that Andrea gave to Aaron, the bottom photo is the "My Adventure Book" and cactus tumbler that Aaron gave to Andrea.

Thank you all so much for listening over this past year, we thank you for letting us into your lives as we continue to eat and drink our way through the country via your favorite podcast apps. We wish you the happiest of whatever holiday you may celebrate, and hope that you're happy and safe as we come to the end of 2019

Friday, June 12, 2020

Episode #171 Do you want to play a game?

In today's episode we talk about Union 32, and a lot of random things

Sorry for how late the episode was this week. As Aaron mentioned in the intro, between going back to work unexpectedly, and having to deal with the theft of a catalytic converter on the day he usually edits the episode; this has been a week with little time to get podcast items done.

We hope you are all well, and being safe, and we hope that we as a people can move forward and overcome the obstacles that we're facing. Be well everyone.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Episode #170 The Social Distancing Social Half-Hour of Socialness. Social. 

In today's episode we talk about our lives in lock down
We'll also get into making pizza from scratch
Finally, we taste a Keepsake Cider and a Fair State Co-op Heckin' Chonker

Per Andrea's request, here is the link to the pizza dough recipe that Aaron has been using. The only recommendation we have for you is to use a pizza stone when baking, use low moisture mozzarella and fresh toppings that you enjoy (Aaron has been using pre-sliced pepperoni for the most part, but every now and again he's been using fresh salami or soppressata). Feel free to experiment with fresh veggies and meats on your own pizza.

Also, if you want to make your own pizza at home, you can check out the series Making Perfect on the Bon Appetit YouTube channel. The link goes to the first in a 7 episode series on making the "perfect" pizza. Aaron doesn't completely agree with everything that they conclude in the show, but it's a great primer on making a great pizza from scratch.

If you're looking to make your own pasta and pasta sauces from scratch, I recommend you start with Basics with Babish, as he has a great set of primers on many topics, but Aaron uses the sauces and pasta episodes as references when making food.

Check out for recipes and just to drool over all the food you can imagine.

As with our very early episode on pizza, we'll send you to check out to see if they're near you (this is the business that Aaron grew up in, and where he worked for 7 seasons).

Here is the recipe for the Ghost Pepper Glaze that Andrea sent to Aaron during the recording.

Completely aside from the normal notes on the episode, we want everyone to know that we hope you're safe. This year just keeps getting worse, and the issues coming up from the death of George Floyd aren't new. We want the healing of our nation and our world to begin, and we know that nothing will bring the victims back; but for those of us that are left, we just want to see real and actionable change to occur and justice to be served.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Episode #169 WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

In today's episode we talk about the projects and hobbies that are sustaining us as lock down continues

Aaron has been working on various projects around his home while off work due to Covid-19, and would like to share the following photos of before and after some of them:

We hope that you're finding time for your hobbies, or starting new projects in your own lives. Please share your projects with us! Send photos or a link to a blog at

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Episode #168 Date night in partial isolation

In today's episode we talk about ways to make date night with your live-in significant other special during this time of partial lock down

We'll be picking this topic back up next week, but as mentioned in the episode: check out the links below

Bon Appetit "Improved Box Macaroni & Cheese" video. Carla makes the popcorn that we talked about starting at the 13:00 mark, but you really should watch the whole video.

As for the photo comparing Jaskier and the Rooster bard from the animated Robin Hood:

Have a great week, be safe, and let us know what you're doing to keep entertained while partial lock down is winding down.

Photo credit to the original creators. We're just posting it as found.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Episode #167 Life in partial isolation

Aka: the sweatpants and comics conversation

In today's episode we talk about life in Corona times
We'll also get into how Aaron feels about wearing sweatpants in public, and our favorite childhood comics
We also taste some Irish Whisky and a weird concoction that Andrea doesn't really like

We hope you enjoyed this episode, and that you're all doing well in your own partial isolation.