Kir (And More About Blackcurrant)

Last year, I visited Cassis Monna & Filles, a wine cellar and gourmet foods boutique. Located on the Île d’Orleans, an agriculture island right outside of Quebec City, they make an incredible assortment of products made from blackcurrant/cassis including wines, liqueurs, jams, syrup, vinaigrette…if you can make it out of cassis, they probably sell it…

How to Make Tereré

Last week I wrote about the importance of tereré in Paraguayan culture. This week, I want to share how you can make tereré at home! And, if you’re not curious enough about it from last week or you just want to learn more about Paraguay, check out this super fun music parody video which is…

Tereré: Not Just a Beverage, a Philosophy

There’s nothing more Paraguayan than tereré, where drinking this ice-cold caffeinated beverage is a daily ritual. It involves dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, packaged in 1/2 kilo quantities (or more), poured into a cup called a guampa, infused with ice-cold water, and drunk through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The result is…

Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…

Chocolate “Resolution” Smoothie

This chocolate smoothie has become a go-to morning beverage for me. With sweet cherries, banana, and peanut butter, it tastes like dessert, but only contains ingredients that are super healthy! That’s a win-win in my book. Click on the link for the recipe.

Homemade Stoney Tangawizi (Ginger Beer)

Update: I’ve been informed that it’s possible for a glass bottle to explode when brewing fermented beverages such as this. I strongly recommend following the directions as written, using a plastic bottle, opening it frequently to let out the carbon dioxide, and monitoring the amount of fizz – warmer temperatures can lead to quicker fermentation….

Green “Resolution” Smoothie

Have you ever kept your New Year’s Resolutions? We always start the year thinking we’ll eat healthier, go to the gym more often, or start that new project. I’m as guilty as anyone – I’ve rarely been able to keep my resolutions. I’ve been successful once. Five years ago, my resolution was to make my…