Northern Virginia’s Local Beer Scene

In recent years, a handful of new brewers have come to compete with the more established breweries. The result is a good selection of locally made beer spread out across much of Northern Virginia.

Exploring Toronto’s Distillery Historic District

The Distillery Historic District is a 13-acre site with Victorian-era brick industrial buildings that now house art galleries, shops, cafés, and theaters, as well as high-end condominiums. Read more about the galleries and studios in the area, as well as some of the breweries operating in the district.

Commemorating Cachaça

September 13 was Dia Nacional da Cachaça. Just imagine an entire day devoted to the distilled sugar cane alcohol without which the world would never have known the marvelously refreshing innovation that is the caipirinha.

“Beulah, Peel Me a Drink”

In recent years, caipirinhas—the quintessential Brazilian cocktail of cachaça, sugar, crushed lime and ice—have become as synonymous with Brazil as margaritas with Mexico and sangrias with Spain.
However, long before gaining international acclaim as a refreshing and potent prelude to digging into a hearty feijoada or samba-ing the night away, the caipirinha (originally made with honey and garlic instead of sugar) was a popular home remedy that proved useful in helping to combat colds and flu (at the very least, the afflicted were treated to a nice buzz).

The World’s Biggest Cachaçaria

For those unfamiliar with cachaça, it’s Brazil’s equivalent of Cuba’s rum, Mexico’s tequila, and Russia’s vodka. Distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, it packs a wallop with an alcohol content that hovers between 38 and 48 percent.

In Praise of Culinary Differences

Expat Michael Sommers has always been amazed by Brazilians’ knack for cooking up meals for 20 at the drop of a hat. He shares his experience with hosting a dinner party at his home in Salvador, and talks about some of the cultural expectations and cuisine typical of shared meals in Brazil.