tips, tastes and myth-busting: st. patrick's day revealed

Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated around the world each year on March 17th.  Named after St. Patrick, the popular patron saint of Ireland and originally a Catholic holiday and official feast day in honor of St. Patrick's death, the day has come to be recognized as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Everyone is just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick Himself

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beer me!

Beer, wonderful beer. Brew, brewski, cold one, draft. Whatever name or nickname you use for it, beer has a long and storied history in countries around the world from the U.S. to Belgium to Germany to China. With the big daddy German celebration of beer upon us, we thought it would be fun to take a brief peek into that history.


can you find a ferrari shot in barcelona?

One summer afternoon in Barcelona we had just walked through the beautiful Picasso Museum and found ourselves wandering the streets of Barcelona. Since we learned that the 4 Gats resturant was a hangout for the great Picasso himself we stopped in and had some of their yummy white sangria, made with sparkling Spanish Cava and lovely seasonal fruit. After that break we decided to keep wandering down to the waterfront area of Barcelona. There we found a variety of sidewalk cafes and waterfront marketplaces to keep us busy.

tropical passion and a few virgins

Even when you can't make time for a tropical vacation getaway, you can treat yourself (and your friends!) to a beach-inspired cocktail party by getting out the little paper cocktail umbrellas and adorning some of these festive drinks with fruity garnishes on colorful picks.

It doesn't matter where you live, you can enjoy these global libations, some semi-classic favorites and some newer temptations, and feel the breeze take you to distant shores. We also provide a few virgin versions so even if you don't want alcohol, you can still drink in the tropical spirit.

france's champagne region

While a trip to Paris is enough to fill many days with wonderful sights and sounds if you find yourself looking to get outside the city and explore, and you love sparkling wine, the Champagne region is a just quick train ride away. The TGV is an efficient way to travel around Europe. The trains are fast (like 200mph fast), clean and comfortable. The train can get you from Paris to Reims in less than an hour.

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