Archives for March 2017

Magpies, Pizza Pies and Good Beer

Seoul’s evening rush hour had peaked and traffic was clipping along the wide avenue when our driver began to slow the taxi. He came to a stop in a gas station driveway and pointed up to a street sign affixed to a building. I’m pretty sure what he said in Korean was, “Here’s your alley.” […] Read the full article…

Soju–All So New, All So Familiar

It’s a brisk Saturday evening in March, and my husband Hugo and I are sitting in the unheated basement of a century-old building in Seoul, Korea’s historic Bukchon neighborhood. Most of the floor space in the small room is filled with large clay pots of fermenting alcohol. Across the table where we sit, a hint […] Read the full article…

Mate Brew Day

If you read last week’s post, you know that at the end of it I had committed to a mate brew with only a vague idea of what I intended to do. Meanwhile, two pounds of Brazilian mate were on their way, courtesy of Giancarlo Vigil, owner of The Maté Exchange in Durango, Colorado. I […] Read the full article…

Mate Beer Anyone?

One evening in late January, I got a phone call from 23-year-old Giancarlo Vigil in Durango, Colorado, who I hadn’t spoken with since he was a kid. At the end of an hour, we’d had a great, wide-ranging conversation, mostly about beer and yerba mate, the tea popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and other parts […] Read the full article…