Mezcal y Tequila: The Tale of 2 Spirits

The Tale of 2 Spirits

First off why the hell is some alcohol called spirits. Does it open us up to demonic possession? Was the first alcohol given to us from an angelic being? I mean really what is the deal???

Well, I did a little digging and when I say “a little” I mean, I #Igoogledit and…

A “spirit” is distilled alcohol that contains no added sugar.

The term spirit comes from Middle Eastern alchemy. Dosen’t that sound sinister. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process, like in the distillation of alcohol,  was called a spirit of the original material. So there it is our experimenting forefathers deemed it to be a new creation. Now back to the topic.

What is the difference between Mezcal and Tequila?

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Immigrating To Mexico

We made it to our new country. Mexico! We are formally aliens of the Yucatan Peninsula. We livin in Merida, Mexico y’all -for the next year…. we think. The life of moving from city to city and country to country is the epitome of freedom to us. We love it! This moment in time is defined by the world wide refugee crisis, the vile actions if ICE and the cavalier, privileged attitude of #Merica. With all of the things going on we are grateful to make the moves that we make. To make the coin that we make and to have found a love to build together. This life and lifestyle suits us to the T. International friends, good drinks, and not knowing where we may be living or what experiences to even anticipate having from month to month is the shiznitz to us. Read more

Medellin’s Cable Car to Park Arvi

Medellin is a beautiful city located in the Antioquia region of Colombia. It is the only city in Colombia with a metro system (train & cablecars and we rode both today)! For us it was a day of firsts. We set out to visit Park Arvi. Park Arvi can only be reached through Medellin’s cable car system, which is connected to their metro system…which is connected to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Medellin. It was an interesting ride.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Food Tour

Southeast Asia is a kaleidoscope of experiences; night markets, rice wine, barbequed “palmetto” bugs, specialized street vendors, multiple religions worshiped as one, and an unrivaled bike culture.  This little corner of the world has been a feast of culture and Vietnam was not exception.

We decided to experience the culture by delving into the food. We found a business called Saigon Back Alley Tours and went for it! Impressed a bit by their raving reviews on Airbnb and Trip Advisor and….. the opportunity to hang with a local who knows the ins and outs of real Vietnamese flavor we decided to jump in! 

Our first stop was in District 3 to try the delicious Vietnamese pancake. 
Bánh xèo – sizzling pancake – being done in front of our eyes. It’s a crispy pancake and a huge plate of greens with a flavorful mix of herbs and sauces.

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Things To Do: In Ho Chi Minh

 

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam also known as Saigon was a good time for The Yarbro’s. It wasn’t exactly a love connection but it was a nice little get-away. The city is an orgy of sights, sounds, smells and delights. It is beautiful, seductive, compelling and alive. It was also overcrowded, dirty and brimming with poverty.  We needed to do a boarder run and decided to hit-up Vietnam just because and it was a good choice. We really enjoyed the mix of old french colonial architecture set in a modernist cityscape; lots of A+ street food stalls, open air markets,  modern malls and a shitload bevy of sassy little coffee shops ❤ . We really, really, really  enjoyed the food culture there. The local food was so f%$#’n unique and good! Their crops of spicy, broad leaf vegetables and savory herbs were the highlights of their local cuisine. The dishes were distinctive and delicious! -just pain ole good!

Honorable mentions: Check for these spots if you get the chance you will not be disappointed. We had some delicious dishes from Read more