Archive | December, 2011

New Brew Tuesday: Coquito

Tis the season for eggnog and holiday festivities, however in my hometown the Puerto Ricans bring their own festive drink. It is similar to eggnog but there are a few twists to it, one tropical addition is coconut, which despite its hydrating-hang over fighting powers I hate the taste. Drinkers, don’t fret because I love this drink coconut and all. I can almost deal the the coconut in a pina colada, if it is made strong enough but with Coquito there is no having to “deal with” anything because it is all a delicious pleasure to the pallet. (more…)


New Brew Tuesday: Yuengling – Traditional Lager

Type: BeerRed Lager
Name: YuenglingLager
Price: $10.80 for a 12-pack cans
Made:Pottsville, PA
Alc/Vol: 4.4%

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Ladies and Gentelmen, boys and girls of all ages….(that is according to the legal drinking age of your respective country)…It’s time for our weekly installment of New Brew Tuesday. (Cries of excitement can be heard echoing from the masses, yes I said masses dammit) (more…)


Flinging Photos: Fushimi Inari Shrine



This is a photo from my trip to Japan last year, when we visited Kyoto. Kyoto is full of amazing sites, many also happen to charge for your viewing pleasure. This wonderful shrine is free, although I did give the typical admittance fee to the monk standing near the entrance. There are various shrines  of various sizes throughout the area and are linked by a criss crossed pathway that is lined with hundreds of Torii, the orange gateways.  To see more check out my video of Japan.


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Travel Channel Perks

Travel Channel

Travel Channel

People these days tend to be enjoying a wider and wider range of television program, thanks to expanded cable options and better streaming services for shows and movies. This means that rather than being dependent on basic cable selections, and the same old shows, people can enjoy more specific preferences, such as the reality shows that are now so popular on TV, etc. Among these preferences, television that explores different traveling options and attractions around the world have become extremely popular. Whether you like watching gritty exploration shows like Man Vs. Wild, or shows more geared toward showing you beauty and culture around the world, networks like the Travel Channel may have a lot to offer you. For example, a lot of people enjoy this channel’s frequent expositions on nightlife in different spots around the world. Here are few highlights among these expositions:

– The Travel Channel has covered Jamaican nightlife before, and displays it as a unique blend of resort-style beach relaxation and beach-front night clubs. has a good deal of information that backs up this exposition, and explains some of the various highlights of a late night out on this beautiful island. Specifically, the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville bar in Montego Bay, Jamaica is mentioned as a staple of the island’s nighttime experience. This bar is situatied right by the water, and renowned for some of the best margaritas around, and is thus well worth a visit

– Travel Channel also covers some less conventional spots for nightlife around the world. For example, those unfamiliar with this region of the world may be surprised to see Reykjavik, Iceland noted for its intensely enjoyable party scene. Somewhat uniquely, Reykjavik’s night scene is made up largely of bistros and cafes that transform into bursting, popular bars at night. It is noted that nights often don’t really get started until midnight or after, but Icelanders there are known to party well into the early morning. There are a number of bars and clubs famous either for their ages or their propensity to attract great DJs and massive crowds.

Of course, these are only a few examples of a number of stories done by Travel Channel on nightlife around the world. You can also look up video and written expositions on exotic and renowned locations such as Cabo San Lucas, Barcelona, and many others. All of this represents one of the many perks of travel television, which seems to be gaining more and more fans all the time. If you’ve ever felt like you may want to see more of the world, or know more about some of your favorite places, this channel can be a great place to start, for both entertainment and information.

Meet the Author: Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson and he is one of our contributing writers for He is a travel enthusiast and enjoys exploring nightlife, among other things, around the world.


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New Brew Tuesday: Schönramer Saphir Bock

Type: BeerDoppel Bock
Name: Schönramer – Saphir Bock
Price: $3.99
Made: Schonram, Germany
Alc/Vol: 8.7%

So I would give you all an opportunity to read what Schonramer has to say for itself but well….this is what the bottle says.

Die unschuldige helle Farbe täuscht. Das intensive Sudverfahren resultiert in einem sehr hohen Alkoholgehalt, der aber durch unvorstellbare Mengen der Hallertauer Aromahopfensorte SAPHIR dezent verschleiert wird. Schönramer Saphir Bock ist daher einer der süffigsten und außergewöhnlichsten Vertreter seiner Gattung. Stark – Stärker – Schönramer Saphir Bock

This coincides with the theme of this brew, nothing in English, but that doesn’t deter me. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve consumed something and didn’t have a clue what it was. Well, OK I knew it was a beer but other than that I was in the dark. I am not even familiar with doppel bock style beer but hey there is a first for everything.

The scent of this brew gave off a lager style aroma, that touch of grassyness to it. The taste however gave off a bit of sweetness to it. The initial taste has a caramel taste, I also wrote down a light fruit taste as well but it is really hard to pick it out. Plus my wife was eating tangerines next to me at the time. The aftertaste followed through with a bitter hop filled finish. This doppel bock had a creamy texture to it with a definite strong alcohol presence. I mean that at over 8% I felt this beer but you don’t taste the alcohol in it like a cheaper beer.

This was a good tasting beer, it went down smooth had a great blend of sweet and bitter and was strong  enough to give you a little kick in your step. My only qualm is that it is a bit more pricey per bottle and I could probably find a similar style beer at a lower cost. In the end I give this brew 3.5 out of 5 bananas.

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What’s your thought on this brew?


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