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Lifestyle – Passport Therapy https://passporttherapy.com A Travel Blog by Tara & Michael Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:35:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://passporttherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-PT_logo_alt-blue-e1499713657443-1-150x150.png Lifestyle – Passport Therapy https://passporttherapy.com 32 32 128707636 Holiday Travel Gift Guide https://passporttherapy.com/holiday-travel-gift-guide/ https://passporttherapy.com/holiday-travel-gift-guide/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:35:48 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3612 Travelers can be a challenge to buy gifts for since they tend to appreciate experiences over possessions. But with the holidays around the corner, we cannot deny it’s still nice to hand over a physical gift all wrapped up in pretty paper. This travel gift guide features a wide range of thoughtful present ideas for the holiday season (or year-round)!  We have broken …

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Travelers can be a challenge to buy gifts for since they tend to appreciate experiences over possessions. But with the holidays around the corner, we cannot deny it’s still nice to hand over a physical gift all wrapped up in pretty paper. This travel gift guide features a wide range of thoughtful present ideas for the holiday season (or year-round)!  We have broken down the gifts by category: Tara’s Picks, Michael’s Picks, Frequent Flyer, and Luxe.

Tara’s Picks

Here is this list is a mix of my essential travel items (hello, skincare products!) along with things I still yearn for. Also, I threw in a wine tumbler because when you want that glass of Sauvignon Blanc to stay chill by the beach, this is the perfect item!

  1. Slip Beauty Mask / 2. Longchamp Backpack / 3. Aesop Jetset / 4. Aesop Hydrating Mist 5. Spanx Leggings / 6. Wine Tumbler / 7. iPad Mini

Michael’s Picks

Michael picked out some of his go-to travel items (Kindle Paperwhite is a must on his list) along with some smart items to always pack like rain jackets. If you can’t tell, he tends to keep things minimalist which is great for packing light.

  1. Kindle Paperwhite / 2. Rain Jacket3. Cord Roll Kit4. Herschel Duffel Bag / 5. Kiehl’s Men Set 

Frequent Flyer

If you are looking for gifts for that traveler who is always on the go, then this is it. Eye masks and travel pillows are a must when flying long distances. And, of course, don’t forget about those sound-proof earbuds!

  1. Packing Cubes / 2. Noise Masking Earbuds / 3. Cocktail Kit4. Away Bigger Carryon / 5. Luggage Scale6. Ursa Major Travel Essentials / 7. Eyemask

Luxe Gifts

And of course, we had to include the splurge items, the ones that are an investment piece. For example, a brand new Sony DSLR camera (*drool*). Is the traveler in your life into video? Maybe change their video perspective with a drone! All of these are items to help elevate their travel experiences.

  1. DJi Drone / 2. Tumi Expandable Luggage / 3. La Mer4. Shinola Duffel / 5. Sony FE 24 Lens6. Sony A7III

We hope you enjoyed this gift guide!  Please feel free to leave us comments on other items you would include in your own personal gift guide.

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Ten Ways to Exercise While Traveling https://passporttherapy.com/exercise-while-traveling/ https://passporttherapy.com/exercise-while-traveling/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 21:06:19 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3544 Go on a Run One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is to wake up early and go on a run. Not only do you get to explore the streets and get in exercise, but it is also a great way to take some time to yourself. This is especially helpful if you’re on a long-term trip …

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Go on a Run

One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is to wake up early and go on a run. Not only do you get to explore the streets and get in exercise, but it is also a great way to take some time to yourself. This is especially helpful if you’re on a long-term trip with your partner.  Trust me, this hour of sweat and endorphins will become therapeutic!  Check out Map My Run for different running routes.

Take a Yoga Class

Of all the exercise classes out there, yoga seems to be the most universal. Studios are popping up all over the place.  It is a great way to stay active and I find it beneficial after long-haul flights.  If by chance, you find yourself in a location that does not have a yoga studio, you can always do some poses in your room.

Go for a Hike

Whenever we go on a trip, Michael and I love a good hike. You get some great exercise and you get out in nature, taking in the beautiful scenery and breathing the fresh air.  Just make sure you bring plenty of water with you and that you have the right shoes.

Walk vs Car

These days, ride-sharing apps have made it easier than ever to get from Point A to Point B. But if you have the option to walk versus take a car, you should always go with the former. You will be amazed at how many miles you will rack up without even noticing it.  There are tons of walking tours available in most cities – so we recommend those over the ones on buses.

Take the Stairs

If you are staying at a hotel with an elevator, opt to take the stairs every once and awhile. Your booty will thank you for that extra effort.  If you really want to feel the burn, turn this into a full-on workout.  Set a timer for 15-20 minutes and run the stairs suicide-style:

  1. Run up the first flight, then go back down
  2. Run up the two flights, then go back down
  3. Repeat this process until you hit the top
  4. See how far you make it in the time limit and then challenge yourself to beat it next time!

Find a Local Gym

Okay, sometimes you just really want to pick up some free weights or use an exercise machine. If you are staying at a hotel with a fitness center, then you’re golden.  If not, just do a quick Google search.  Chances are there is a local gym in the area that will allow you to buy a day pass.  We like to make the most of this experience by finding one that comes with a spa and/or steam room.  Another great option is to see if there are any outdoor fitness spots in the area.  We found this to be a trend in cities like Buenos Aires, where the parks are full of body-weight machines.  Make one of these parks a stop along your run and you’ve now got a full workout in!

Go Swimming

Snorkeling during our Island Hopping in El Nido

For those of you heading towards the water, whether it’s the ocean or a lake, you should always take the opportunity to go for a swim. Swimming is one of the best fitness exercises you can do because it hits all your muscle groups.

Take Up a Water or Adventure Sport

Of course, there are plenty of other options to stay active in the water beside swimming. We love to go stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking because it’s a great upper body workout and it’s fun!  If you’re not by a body of water, check out options like mountain biking or rock climbing.

Rent a Bike

If your itinerary includes getting out of the city center and heading into neighboring villages or visiting a place a few miles away, opt to make it a bike trip and not a car. Just remember to have clear directions (map, GPS, etc) and wear a helmet.

In-Room Workout

Back home, I teach fitness classes so I love to incorporate those activities into my travels. For a simple workout you can do in your hotel room, follow the steps below:

The 5-4-3-2-1 Workout

5 Minutes:

  • 1 Min: High knees
  • 1 Min: Jumping jacks
  • 1 Min: Front kicks
  • 1 Min: Jumping jacks
  • 1 Min: Run in place

4 Minutes:

  • 1 Min: Alternating lunges
  • 1 Min: Mountain climbers
  • 1 Min: Alternating lunges
  • 1 Min: Mountain climbers

3 Minutes:

  • 10 Pushups / rest
  • 15 Tricep dips /rest
  • Repeat until 3 minutes is up

2 Minutes:

  • 30 Sec: Regular squats
  • 30 Sec: Jump squats
  • 30 Sec: Regular squats
  • 30 Sec: Jump squats

1 Minute

  • Plank

Total Time: 15 minutes; For intermediates, complete 2x; For advanced, complete 3x

Pro-tip: If you’re going on a long-term trip, pack some exercise bands with you!  They are a great way to incorporate some strength training to your in-room workout.  Plus, they are lightweight so won’t add in much bulk to your backpack!

Also, if you are thinking you would like your vacation to fully incorporate a fitness program, consider booking a wellness trip!  Read our post about wellness retreats here.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Women’s Health https://passporttherapy.com/a-backpackers-guide-to-womens-health/ https://passporttherapy.com/a-backpackers-guide-to-womens-health/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:37 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3499 Word of warning – this article talks about subjects that might make some people feel uncomfortable.  But because of this very reason, there is a lack of information that discusses women’s health issues that you will likely face on the road.  So, in the words of the Boy Scouts Scouts BSA, “Always be prepared.” Periods No point in beating around …

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Word of warning – this article talks about subjects that might make some people feel uncomfortable.  But because of this very reason, there is a lack of information that discusses women’s health issues that you will likely face on the road.  So, in the words of the Boy Scouts Scouts BSA, “Always be prepared.”

Periods

No point in beating around the bush.  It comes and goes every month and if you’re heading out on an extended trip, your period is likely going to make an appearance.  While there are contraceptive options out there that will make your period disappear altogether, that’s a conversation for your gynecologist or women’s health professional. For the rest of you, your monthly cycle is something you need to think about before packing that 40L backpack. This is especially true if you plan to visit Latin America or South Asia, where women’s health products can be tricky to find.

Let’s go over your options:

  • Pads: The good news is, these are available basically everywhere. But be aware that you need to plan ahead for your disposal strategy!
  • Tampons: If you’re traveling through Europe or Australia, you can pop into most drug stores and pick these bad boys up. However, in many places across Latin America, Asia, and Africa, they simply don’t exist — anywhere. So, think twice about your itinerary and whether it makes sense to pack 100+ tampons into your backpack.
  • Menstrual Cup: For those that don’t know, a menstrual cup is a small, reusable cup made from healthcare-grade silicone that can be worn for up to 12 hours. Yes, there is an initial ick-factor but when you’re on an overnight bus ride with questionable toilets, you get over it pretty quickly. Plus, it’s much more environmentally friendly than your run-of-the-mill pad. Two of the most common brands are Diva Cup and Lily Cup.

 

UTIs

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) might be my three least favorite words. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty common issue faced by female travelers. Long bus journeys or frightening bathrooms may mean that you don’t use the toilet when nature calls. “Holding it in” is a leading cause of UTIs, along with poor hygiene, a lowered immune system, and not peeing before and after sex.

Here are a few quick tips:

  1. Drink LOTS of water! This is both a prevention technique and will help significantly if you do catch a UTI.  Mild cases of UTIs may clear up on their own, but water is key to making that happen.
  2. Pee when you need to.  If the toilets are nasty, I often found that mother nature was a wonderful choice. Just bring some wet wipes with you and dispose of them when you can.
  3. Cranberry pills. Think about stocking your first aid kit with some of these. Cranberry juice works as well, but it is often loaded with sugar. Plus, it’s not as easy to carry around as the pills!
  4. Antibiotics. Pay attention to your symptoms!  If you develop a fever, pain in your back, or notice blood in your urine, you’ll need to get some antibiotics.  The last thing you want is a kidney infection. While some countries have antibiotics available over-the-counter, you may want to consider consulting a doctor before your trip so you have some readily available.

Yeast Infections

At this point, you’re probably thinking, damn it sucks to be a chick.  Just be thankful that we live in a day and age where so much of these women’s health issues are addressable.  Which leads me to yeast infections.  Symptoms include an itchy vagina and thick white discharge (how pleasant!).  While it is super common to get at least one in your life, there are lots of travel-related factors that can increase your chances of getting one:

  • Antibiotics & Anti-Malaria Meds: These meds will kill the healthy bacteria in your body
  • Weak immune system: This happens a lot when traveling due to irregular sleep patterns and too much partying
  • Hot & humid climates: Wearing a wet bathing suit, not drying off properly after swimming, and not wearing breathable cotton underwear can lead to a prime breeding ground for yeast

 

If you happen to take one of the above-mentioned medications, then an easy way to prevent an oncoming yeast infection is to eat or drink something with active cultures, such as yogurt.  That said, if you do get one, there are over-the-counter treatments available, usually in the form of a pill or cream.

Sex

If you’ve chosen to live a life of abstinence while traveling, then read no more.  For the rest of you, let’s talk about sex.  Whether you’re traveling with your partner or heading out on the road solo, we all want to feel safe and prepared for those intimate moments.

  • Get Tested: Before you embark on your journey, just go get it done. Period.
  • Use Protection: Ladies, if you’re on the pill or have an IUD then you know these only protect against pregnancy. Pack some condoms in your luggage because you shouldn’t rely on someone else to bring them. And if you decide to buy them on your travels, make sure they are a trustworthy brand that you’re familiar with because not all are created equal.
  • Accidents Happen: If you suspect you’ve exposed yourself through unprotected sex, be sure to get tested at the earliest possible opportunity – and don’t have unprotected sex with anybody else!

 

 

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post only shares my personal experiences and opinions with regards to women’s health issues that may arise when traveling. The information provided (or through links to other sites) is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use this article in place of a visit to, or advice from, your doctor or other healthcare providers. Passport Therapy is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this article.

 

For other helpful tips on long-term travel, check out our post on which apps to use!

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Why You Should Consider a Wellness Retreat https://passporttherapy.com/wellness-retreat-vacation/ https://passporttherapy.com/wellness-retreat-vacation/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:29:45 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3222 As health nuts, it might surprise you that until recently, we had never gone on a wellness retreat.  This is even more surprising given that we hail from San Francisco, where yoga studios are constantly offering up packages all over the world.  But when we have traveled in the past, we preferred to do things on our own schedule and …

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As health nuts, it might surprise you that until recently, we had never gone on a wellness retreat.  This is even more surprising given that we hail from San Francisco, where yoga studios are constantly offering up packages all over the world.  But when we have traveled in the past, we preferred to do things on our own schedule and not be confined to one area.  That was, until, we discovered Santani.

Personalization

Santani Poolside

Like many wellness resorts, Santani offers yoga and spa treatments. What makes them unique is the complete customization of their packages.  No two people are alike. As such, Santani personalizes packages based on body composition, current lifestyle, stress, fitness, emotional state, and future goals.  The Head of Wellness, your personal Wellness Concierge, and an Ayurvedic doctor will use the assessment to customize your bespoke Santani program. Whether you are recovering from an addiction or simply want to de-stress, a wellness retreat may be your answer.

Fitness

Infinity Pool at wellness retreat in Kandy

One of the most challenging parts of traveling, especially long-term, can be staying in shape.  Having the opportunity to practice yoga twice a day gave me that sense of accomplishment that I did not realize I missed so badly.  While we did our best to visit local gyms and fitness studios along our travels, having yoga built directly into our stay was so convenient.

Santani primarily focuses on Hatha Yoga and is available for guests to practice twice daily.  With this built into our schedule, I found myself eagerly anticipating the next class.  And if you are on the fence about yoga, you should know that it has shown to provide long-term benefits not only for body alignment but also to patients of respiratory problems, anxiety, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

Cost

Personalized breakfastInside the Yoga Shala in SantaniRelaxing at the Spa

Many of you might be thinking that a wellness retreat sounds like a great idea but is too pricey.  And while it is true that they can get very expensive, depending on the package it can actually be more economical than a regular vacation. During regular vacations, you make your own spending decisions, which can result in money leakage. We all know how easy it is to go over budget!  However, retreats are pre-planned and include exclusive features, in addition to all the facilities of a simple vacation. Thus, they can actually be more financially reliable. 

So, for your next holiday, pick a retreat that will actually give you the vacation your mind and body needs.

Santani invited us to stay as guests. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.

 

Find out why Santani Wellness Resort is one of the hotels we love!

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Keep Calm and Travel On: Our Favorite Apps for Life on the Road https://passporttherapy.com/keep-calm-travel-favorite-apps-life-road/ https://passporttherapy.com/keep-calm-travel-favorite-apps-life-road/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:35:38 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=2348 Technology is inextricably linked to everyday life, a truth made even clearer when you are living out of your backpack. These are the services and apps that we found absolutely essential to our life on the road.  Entertainment Netflix Easily our favorite subscription service on the planet. Some of the best shows and movies are being produced by Netflix, and …

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Technology is inextricably linked to everyday life, a truth made even clearer when you are living out of your backpack. These are the services and apps that we found absolutely essential to our life on the road. 

Entertainment

Netflix

Easily our favorite subscription service on the planet. Some of the best shows and movies are being produced by Netflix, and they have made them all available worldwide. Add in the fact that you can download any original content directly to your tablet, making Netflix & Chill a reality anywhere.

Spotify Premium

A huge library of songs, the ability to share playlists, and offline listening sealed the deal for us. We snagged a family plan and split the cost with our siblings. Worth its weight in gold when you find out your Airbnb is located above a bar.

Security

NordVPN

When connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks, use protection people! At least, that is the boring, official reason to use NordVPN. Others might point out that it offers unlimited bandwidth and video optimized streaming technology, making it a great way to grab a US IP address to unlock access to most major streaming services.

Photo Editing

Snapseed

So you’ve taken a photo on your phone and you’re ready to upload it to Instagram, but you feel like it could use some enhancing – what’s your answer?  Snapseed. We use it with every photo we take with our iPhones and the best part is it’s free.

Put plainly, Snapseed’s general editing tools are excellent. Typically, all of our photos get the brightness and contrast lifted, while slightly lowering the saturation.  We also play with the shadows and highlights as well, depending on the shot.  Lastly, we like to play with the ambiance setting.  This acts almost like a filter of sorts. If you lift it, the photo turns lighter, brighter, and the colors are more saturated.  And if you lower the ambiance, you’ll tend to get a darker/moodier shot.

Adobe Light Room CC

Truthfully, We’ve only recently been using Lightroom to edit our photos, but man, it has made a HUGE difference! It is available for purchase via subscription form, and in our opinion, is totally worth it. At first, it can be a little overwhelming (as there are so many settings) but there’s plenty of YouTube tutorials out there to get you started.  Another great way to get your feet wet is to download some presets (from VSCO, for instance) and start fidgeting with the settings from there until you find a style/aesthetic that you like.

Travel Resources

XE Currency

Great for those traveling in regions with multiple currencies, the XE Currency app is free and functions without an internet connection. Intuitive UI that shows you live mid-market exchange rates for up to 10 currencies at a time, XE helped us stay on a budget between shifting currencies and gave us a baseline rate to make sure we weren’t getting ripped off at the cash register.

Google Maps

With offline features added in 2016, and its ability to work with capped or slow data speeds, Google Maps is our go-to navigation app. We’ve started out using Maps.me but found the business listings to be very limited, and sometimes just absolutely wrong. Google Maps also syncs with your Gmail account and auto-loads reservation locations and times into its interface.

Rome2Rio

Our first stop when researching how to get from point A to point B, Rome2Rio shows the quickest route between two points for multiple types of transportation. We’ve found that the prices and operators they show aren’t always accurate or the best deal, so make sure to shop around before booking.

Google Translate

Translate works with or without an internet connection and can utilize your camera to become a visual translation tool. Can be hit or miss, but it does an admirable job of giving you a general idea of what you are reading. Great for menus or beefing up your vocabulary on the go. Make sure to download necessary languages before disconnecting from wi-fi, as they are large files.

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Cafayate: Exploring Argentina’s Lesser Known Wine Region https://passporttherapy.com/cafayate-exploring-argentinas-lesser-known-wine-region/ https://passporttherapy.com/cafayate-exploring-argentinas-lesser-known-wine-region/#respond Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:00:20 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=2276 A meal without wine is breakfast.  We wholeheartedly live by this slogan.  Being from the Bay Area, we have been spoiled by the close proximity to Napa Valley and the wonderful wines it produces.  Because of this, when we first arrived in South America, we admittedly were disappointed with the limited selection that was available.  We remained optimistic, however, because …

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A meal without wine is breakfast.  We wholeheartedly live by this slogan.  Being from the Bay Area, we have been spoiled by the close proximity to Napa Valley and the wonderful wines it produces.  Because of this, when we first arrived in South America, we admittedly were disappointed with the limited selection that was available. 

We remained optimistic, however, because we knew that Argentina was home to the Malbec heartland, Mendoza!  Finally – a great selection of wines to be consumed meal-in and meal-out! 

Unfortunately, despite ALL effort, we just couldn’t seem to fit Mendoza into our itinerary.  Things just don’t always go as planned.  Ah, the joys of long-term travel.  But, as they say, things happen for a reason, and this is what led us to another wine region in Argentina: Cafayate.

This small, dusty, town is about 3 hours south of Salta by bus and is the birthplace of Torrentés, a dry but fruity white wine that pairs perfectly to the hot climate.  We spent 3 days sampling wines from the various bodegas and have compiled a guide to moving through them.

Winery Bodega El TránsitoCafayate Mural of WineWinery Nanni Wine Bottle WallDrinking garden of Bodega NanniCafayate Painting of Native Wine DrinkerCourtyard of Bad Brothers Wine

Tasting Rooms in town

  • Bodega El Tránsito: We found the staff to be a bit unenthusiastic but considering how cheap the tasting was we were not affected by it that much, plus we did enjoy their Pedro Moises Red Blend enough to buy a bottle, which waived one tasting fee.
  • Bodega Nanni: We opted to skip the tasting/tour and just buy a bottle of the Torrontés and enjoy it in their courtyard because the scenery is beautiful
  • Bad Brothers Wine Experience: More of a wine bar than traditional winery but offer their own label to taste in a flight; we loved the outdoor patio area and the tapas are delicious!
  • Bodega Porvenir: This winery was closed when we were visiting, but we did have the opportunity to try their wine later in our trip. We heard positive reviews from fellow travelers about their in-person visit, so we feel confident in recommending them to others. 
Exploring the wine trail of CafayateRelaxing at El Esteco winery in CafayateSoaking up the sun at PiatelliEnjoying the wine at El Esteco Cafayate Argentina

Outside of town, there are a handful of wineries that demand either a bus, taxi, or bike.  We opted to go the bike rental route and would recommend it but be forewarned, it can get pretty challenging – especially in the heat!

We’ll be honest, this wasn’t the romantic, picturesque bike ride we had originally dreamed up in our heads.  We were on mountain bikes (not cute little beach cruisers), the ride there was a gradual incline (yay, sweat!) and it was post-harvest, so the vines were all bare.  But because of all this, the product waiting for you at the end is much more rewarding.

Recommended Winery Route

  • Dominga Molina: Tasting includes 5 wines of your own choosing (except for their sparkling, and premium labels) along with cheese/crackers; This was our favorite winery because the service was great and super private, likely because it was the furthest distance from town.
  • Bodega Piatelli: Two tastings offered, premium and standard, and must be done with a tour. The tours in English run every 2 hours starting at 11am.  Since the location here is gorgeous, we just decided to have an appetizer and drink a bottle outside.  This spot, though beautiful, is much more touristy.
  • Bodega El Esteco: Short hours on the weekend, so make sure they are open before heading out; we arrived after the tours were closed but were able to do a tasting in their courtyard (you pay based on the wine you choose).  Lovely setting and there is a hotel on the property if you want a full vineyard experience.

If you don’t have time to visit many wineries but want to try a variety of local product, head over to Chato’s Wine Bar.  Oscar, the owner, is incredibly knowledgeable about Argentinian wine and he has an extensive collection for you to choose from.  Plus, he’s adorable and provides excellent conversation.

Bonus Treat: Ice Cream & Wine

The last (and arguably most important) thing for us to mention about Cafayate is the helado de vino.  Yes, wine ice-cream.  In a wine town as hot as Cafayate, it makes perfect sense that this delicious treat would exist.  And we have Heladería Miranda to thank for this.  She was the first to create the local Torrentés and Malbec sorbets.  Make sure to get the both flavors side-by-side in a cone but be careful – these babies are like having two full glasses of wine!

Cheers!

 

Is Peru’s first hop-on hop-off bus worth the price? Read our review to find out! 

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The National Drink of Peru: Pisco https://passporttherapy.com/peru-pisco-sour/ https://passporttherapy.com/peru-pisco-sour/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:00:36 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=2234 When we travel to new places, one of Mike’s favorite things to do is seek out the local cuisine, typically from an old lady hustling from a street cart at midnight, while Tara is usually the first to order a local libation.  And Peru was no different.  Enter in, the pisco sour.  This delicious cocktail can literally be found at every …

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When we travel to new places, one of Mike’s favorite things to do is seek out the local cuisine, typically from an old lady hustling from a street cart at midnight, while Tara is usually the first to order a local libation.  And Peru was no different.  Enter in, the pisco sour.  This delicious cocktail can literally be found at every bar in PeruIf you’ve previously been traveling through Chile, you may have noticed that there is no shortage of pisco sours there either.  If you want to avoid getting into a heated discussion with a Peruvian, it’s best not to even mention the Chilean version because both Peru and Chile lay claim to its base liquor, pisco.  Peruvians are fiercely proud people and seem to have a small complex over their defeat at the hands of the Chileans in the War of the Pacific, and this long-standing dispute over pisco has become somewhat of a proxy war for righting old wrongs.

According to Peruvians, pisco was created from distilling grapes that emerged on their lands during the colonial era, after the Spanish brought over vineyards.  The first reports of the production of this grape spirit can be traced back to the start of the 17th century.  Today, Peruvian pisco is produced only on the coast with the aim of protecting the designation of origin.

While many cocktails are built from pisco, the pisco sour remains the most popular and iconic of the bunch. The pisco sour was actually invented by an American in the early 1920’s, when Victor Vaughn Morris (a bartender in Lima) was attempting to make his favorite drink, the whiskey sour, but ran out of his beloved spirit. Desperate for a drink, he used what he had readily available, giving birth to the pisco sour.  The drink’s popularity spread quickly and other bars began to experiment with their own versions.  By the end of the decade, the modern pisco sour was born.  The drink is so popular today that it even has its own holiday, celebrated by Peruvians on the first Saturday of February.

Now that you have a brief history, we’re sure you want to know where the hell to get one of these delicious cocktails. We recommend you skip a headache caused by those awful 2×1 happy hour pisco sours advertised at every bar in every town, and head to a classy establishment. If you’re in Lima, head to one of the coolest bars in town, Ayahuasca, which not only offers a delicious pisco sour, it has pages of variations on this classic. Heading straight to Cusco? The Pisqueros at Museo Del Pisco has you covered. This place is not so much a bar as it is a house of worship for all things pisco.

Or maybe you’re interested in making your own?  Below is a recipe for a classic pisco sour that can be whipped up at home.  We only ask that you invite us over to share.  Salud!

via museodelpisco.org

INGREDIENTS:

  • Simple Syrup (highly suggest making your own with 1/2 cup sugar and 3 spoonfuls of water)
  • 7 1/2 oz pisco
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 1/2 oz of lemon juice
  • ice
  • bitters

 

DIRECTIONS:

Syrup:

  • Put 1/2 cup of sugar in a small pot with 3 spoonfuls of water, just enough to dampen the sugar
  • Cook on a slow fire, stirring with a spoon until the sugar is entirely dissolved
  • Take it off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes

PISCO SOUR:

  • Add the lemon juice and the pisco to the warm syrup and beat firmly until the ingredients have been mixed well
  • Pour the mixture into a blender and add ice until the liquid volume has been doubled
  • Blend at top speed for approx. 30 seconds, until the ice has completely dissolved
  • Add an egg white and blend again at top speed for 1 minute
  • Pour the mixture into a jar and serve immediately, in “old-fashioned” glasses on in white wine glasses
  • To top it off, add a drop of bitters to each glass, in the middle of the foam
  • ENJOY!

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