Category: Wines & Spirits

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July 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

Piña Colada Recipe for National Piña Colada Day

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Wines & Spirits, USA

Tomorrow, July 10, is national piña colada day, and in honor of it we're all about piña coladas, including an authentic recipe straight from Puerto Rico. Did you know that the piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico? That much is certain, although there is still a lot of debate over who specifically invented it. Most people think it was invented at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in the 1950's, but… Read
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June 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

5 Best Things about Our New Flavors of Puerto Rico Culinary Vacation

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits, USA

We always love expanding our culinary tours into new destinations, and we could not be more thrilled with our newest culinary tours in Puerto Rico! What could be better than a top culinary destination with a European feel, a ton of history and culture, miles of coastline, and part of the US? US travelers don't even need a passport, and it's a quick plane ride away. Yes, you do currently… Read
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April 7, 2021

By Peg Kern

Beer in the Windy City

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Wines & Spirits, USA

Today is National Beer Day, and in its honor we'll be talking about beer in our hometown, Chicago. The rise in the production, sales, and quality of so-called "craft" beers in the US in the past few decades, and particularly since the 1990's, has meant a corresponding increase in craft breweries and brewpubs, not to mention a plethora of amazing brews to try. When I was young and growing up… Read
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March 24, 2021

By Peg Kern

Types of Cocktails & Mixed Drinks

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits

Happy National Cocktail Day! We don't think one really needs a reason to enjoy a nice cocktail, but we don't mind having one. So what exactly is a cocktail? A cocktail is a mixed alcoholic drink that includes one or more spirit and some type of mixer. Not very specific, is it? cocktail (noun): an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as… Read
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February 22, 2021

By Peg Kern

History of the Margarita and a Recipe for a Classic Margarita Cocktail

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Wines & Spirits, Mexico

Happy National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail is a bit like the Italian dessert tiramisú. There are many different stories for how it got invented and by whom! And there is not even consensus on how the name of the cocktail came about. One thing there is consensus on? That it is one of the world's most beloved and recognizable cocktails. So what is a margarita? It always includes three… Read
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February 4, 2020

By Peg Kern

Loire Valley Wine Tours with The International Kitchen

Filed Under  Destination Features, Wines & Spirits, France

What is there to see in the Loire Valley? Some of the world's most stunning chateaux, Renaissance art, verdant fields, and rolling vineyards. What is there to experience in the Loire Valley? Amazing wines and first class gastronomy! In fact, the Loire is known for having some of the best wines of France, even though it is perhaps less known by Americans than Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne. Loire Valley wines… Read
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