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Tuesday
Jul292014

10 Delicious Drinks You’ll Find Overseas

 

Some drinks--think bubble tea, Guinness, acai--have made their way around the world, but there’s still a vast assortment of beverages that you probably can’t find at home.  Here are 10 great excuses to plan your next trip abroad:

 

1. Pisco Sour (Peru, Chile)

The liquor pisco is the base for this refreshing cocktail.  Though Peru and Chile both claim the pisco sour as their national beverage, both country’s versions are equally tasty.  The Peruvian pisco sour includes pisco, lime juice, syrup, egg white and bitters, while the Chilean version excludes the last two ingredients.  Either option is a great choice!

 

2. Masala Chai (India)

While you may find Chai tea in your home country, it likely differs from the ubiquitous drink sold by chai-wallahs at Indian roadside stands and hole-in-the-wall delis.  Authentic masala chai is made from whole-leaf tea and spices, which are added to a boiling mixture of water and milk.  It’s frothy, rich, flavorful, and utterly delicious.

 

3. Einspänner (Austria)

Austria is known for its historic coffee houses or cafes, which serve decadent variations of traditional coffee beverages.  The Einspänner consists of strong black coffee or a shot of espresso, which is served in a tall glass cup piled high with whipped cream.  Not only is the whipped cream a tasty addition, but it also adds insulation, keeping the coffee warm for longer.

 

4. Springbokkie (South Africa)

This cocktail gets its name from the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks.  Their jersey is green and gold, just like this drink which consists of creme de menthe and the cream liqueur Amarula.  Just a shot of this combo and you’ll feel patriotic too!

 

5. Apfelschorle (Germany)

The Germans, who dislike the artificial sweetness of most store-bought juices, commonly mix them with mineral water for a refreshing dose of fizz. Apfelschorle (apple juice and mineral water) is by far the most common type, and it may be purchased like any other soft drink or prepared at home.  

 

6. Raki (Turkey, Greece)

If you like licorice, you’ll love this unsweetened anise-flavored apéritif.  But watch out, it’s strong!  That’s why it’s often diluted with water, giving it a milky white appearance and the appropriate title “Lion’s Milk.”  The most common accompaniment to Raki is another Turkish classic, melon and feta cheese!

 

7. Sujeonggwa (Korea)

This robustly flavored fruit punch is a popular dessert beverage, particularly during the holidays.  The dried persimmons, cinnamon, and ginger that go into this drink give it a beautiful reddish brown color.  Though it is boiled during preparation, Koreans prefer Sujeonggwa served chilled--but it’s great either way.

 

8. Air Mata Kucing (Malaysia)

This unique drink is composed of some unique ingredients including the fruits luohanguo (aka Monk Fruit) and longan.  These are boiled with winter melon and sugar to make a naturally sweet fruity beverage that may be served hot or cold.  The most famous place to get Air Mata Kucing is Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, where it is sold by numerous street-side vendors.

 

9. Atol de Elote (El Salvador)

This thick, creamy beverage is derived from the Maya culture, and perhaps as a result there are lot of superstitious traditions surrounding it.  For example, only a single person is allowed to stir the brew or else it will taste bad.  But fear not, this combo of milk, sweet corn and cinnamon won’t disappoint, and it makes a sweet ending to any meal!   


10. Palm Wine (Central and West Africa, Southeast Asia)

This beverage is just what sounds like--wine made from the sap of palm trees (of which there are numerous varieties).  While it seems ubiquitous around most of the globe, it hasn’t come to prominence in the Western world.  Depending on the type of palm tree and the time of fermentation, the alcohol content and sweetness may vary.  Taste around and you’re sure to find your fave!

 

Tuesday
Jul292014

7 Places Featured in TV Shows that You Need to Visit ASAP

Are you wondering whether some of the jaw-dropping places you see on your favorite TV shows even exist?  Well chances are they do!  Plan your vacation to one of these 7 scenic spots around the globe and get ready to recognize and reminisce about the dramatic scenes filmed there.

 

1. Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

 This breathtaking mansion, located near the county of Hampshire in southern England, was first conceived in the mid-1800s.  However, the land around the castle has a long history and was once home to the medieval castle of the Bishops of Winchester.  The current owners still live in Highclere for part of the year, but during the summer it opens up to crowds of excited Downton Abbey fans!

 

2. London’s Chinatown (Sherlock)

 Located in the City of Westminster, part of London’s West End, this Chinatown was the filming site for various Sherlock episodes including “The Blind Banker” (1x2).  Since the 1970s, Gerrard Street has been the heart of Chinatown, and you’ll have fun spotting the familiar buildings and shops.

 

3. To’hajiilee Reservation, New Mexico (Breaking Bad)

 Fewer than 2,000 permanent residents occupy this small section of the Navajo Nation located West of Albaquerque.  The first cook site in Season 1 was filmed in the To’hajiilee Reservation, along with sections of Season 5.  You’ll be struck by the unique beauty of this isolated terrain.

 

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia (Game of Thrones)

 This picturesque medieval town on the Mediterranean Coast was used as King’s Landing, and you’ll recognize Dubrovnik’s Fort Lovrjenac as the Red Keep.  Other areas of Dubrovnik were used for the port city of Qarth in Season 2.  You might also want to visit Split, Croatia, where other scenes were shot.  

 

5. Buntzen Lake, Canada (Supernatural)

 This 3 mile long lake near Anmore, British Columbia offers visitors many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  You’ll recognize Buntzen Lake from Supernatural’s episode “Dead in the Water” (1x3)  The lake and nearby town have also been used in many other TV shows and movies including The X-Files (episode 3x22 “Quagmire”), Smallville (episode 1x3 “Aqua”), and Roxanne (1987).

 

6. Caerphilly Castle (Dr. Who)

 Located near Cardiff, Wales, Caerphilly Castle occupies 30 acres of land, making it the second largest castle in Britain.   It was built in the 13th century, but was more recently the filming location for Dr. Who episodes like “End of Time” (special broadcast) and “Vampires of Venice” (5x6)  Make sure you visit the many other Dr. Who sites within the city of Cardiff!

 

7. Iceland (Game of Thrones)

 Visit the land of the “White Walkers” and the “Wildings” as you experience the icy beauty of this unique island. You’ll recognize sites like the Hverfjall volcano, the Godafoss waterfall, and Lake Myvatn--all of which are featured in scenes “Beyond the Wall.”

 


CLARA KERWIN

@clarakerwin

Clara is a Politics major at Princeton University focusing on international relations and global health.  She is originally from Ashland, Oregon but loves traveling whenever she can.  Clara is currently the FIND YOUR MISSION intern for MISSION.tv.

 

Tuesday
Jul292014

NIGERIA: Women on the Edge

An hour outside of Kaduna, Nigeria, we arrived in a small village to document the Bixby Girls’ Education project. It was raining, and as we waited outside a small mud structure, a few women came to sweep out the water that had accumulated on the floor and then proceeded to lay down a dry carpet. About fifteen girls appeared, and they all sat down in a big circle in the room and took turns reading from a single, soft covered book.

The girls are taught once a week in the afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM. Every group of fifteen girls has one mentor. The books consist of some folklore stories that teach the girls cultural values, and the basics of child-raising and simple ways of combating deadly diseases through vaccines, including practical details of when to get them and where they are available. Other books discuss health-related issues like oral rehydration therapy, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality.

During the Children’s Day Celebration, the girls are normally taken out for excursions to various places with Program Officers and their mentors. The girls started this program completely illiterate, but now they can read and write without much difficulty.

Some girls were removed from the program by their parents, who had arranged marriages for their daughters. Nevertheless, some of these girls later came back to continue with their studies.

I was very moved by the intensity of these girls as a single, very worn book was passed around so each girl could take a turn reading a single passage. Their attention was complete and unwavering as they were soaking up each and every word that was read aloud.

When everyone had had a turn reading, the mentor brought out a laptop computer and all the girls surrounded her, jostling with each other to be able to get a view of the computer screen. The mentor showed an image on the screen of a building in Europe (or the U.S.), and their hunger to get a glimpse of the outside world was palpable.

I have to admit that from my Western eyes, I felt very sad that these girls were unlikely to ever have a chance to achieve their potential, to become doctors, nurses, lawyers, scientists, artists; their choice was limited to getting married and to having frequent pregnancies.

I think it is wonderful that they learned how to read and write, but I could sense from photographing them that there was so much more they could achieve. Nigeria has the wealth to educate these young girls and it is very unfortunate that the government can’t provide a full education that would give them the choice and the opportunity to attend a university.

These girls’ situation is not unique; unfortunately, it is all too common. Their tragic loss of potential belongs not only to these young students who have such a desire to learn, but also to the nation of Nigeria and to the wider world.

I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can join me in publishing “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge”; a beautiful photo book compiled from a decade of my work documenting women and girls from all over the world.

Support the project today and become part of the growing movement of our time to take a stand for women’s rights.

THIS ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON MAPTIA

 

MARK TUSCHMAN

@marktuschman

http://www.tuschmanphoto.com

Mark is a photographer with 35 years experience. He works in international healthcare and development and has special interest in women's and girl's human rights.

Tuesday
Jul292014

10 Delicious Foreign Sweets You Didn’t Know Existed  

If you have a sweet tooth, a convincing reason to travel the world may be to sample delicious desserts that you simply can’t find in your home country.  Be it a scrumptious snack, a decadent pudding, or something else entirely, your taste buds are sure to be in heaven when you try a bite of these 10 mouth-watering treats.

 

1. Halva

You’ll have to journey to the Middle East (Morocco, Israel, Turkey, etc.) to taste this delicious concoction made of tahini (sesame paste) and sugar.  You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see dozens of flavors from mocha to white chocolate cranberry to the more traditional pistachio.  Beware, it’s addictive!

 

2. Biskvi

This delicious, chocolatey treat is ubiquitous in Sweden and nonexistent everywhere else.  Imagine a soft almond cookie topped with a dome of light chocolate buttercream, then covered with a thin chocolate glaze.  It’s so good, you’ll go into withdrawal when you have to leave Sweden.

 

3. Jamaican Coconut Drops

Though the ingredient list is short, these candies pack a punch of flavor in every bite.  It’s simple: just boil down brown sugar and add small chunks of coconut (and if you’d like ginger).  Eventually the mixture will caramelize and when it cools you won’t be able to stop munching!

 

4. de la Rosa Peanut Mazapan

If you’re a fan of peanut butter, you’ll be a fast fan of this unique Mexican candy.  It’s pretty much just peanuts and sugar, powdered down and then packed together in small individually-wrapped discs.  When you start eating, it will probably crumble into powder, but the delicious, soft, peanut buttery goodness will be sure to satisfy.

 

5. Malva Pudding

This moist, rich, spongy cake, is found on menus across South Africa.  The cake itself is flavored with apricot jam before the whole thing is soaked with a creamy vanilla sauce.  While it may sound simple enough, the sum is better than the parts in this case.  Try it and you’ll see!

 

6. Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This fudgy, chewy traybake is a childhood staple throughout Ireland.  It’s basically just a thick mixture of chocolate and condensed milk layered with digestive biscuits.  It’s a mystery why this dessert hasn’t crossed the Pacific, especially after Prince William chose it as his groom’s cake.

 

7. Kanafeh

Another Middle Eastern treat that might sound weird but tastes amazing!  Think baklava, except its filled with a sweet cheese and the phyllo dough will often be shredded, making it extra textured and crunchy.  The top may be tinted a bright orange with food coloring, making it easily recognizable and mouth-watering.

 

8. Alfajores

Popular throughout South America (including Peru, Argentina, and Colombia), alfajores consist of two soft shortbread cookies held together by dulce de leche, a creamy caramel-like confection.  While recipes vary by city and country, alfajores are always a tasty accompaniment to tea or coffee, and they’re great alone too.

 

9. Fifteens

This traybake is from Northern Ireland, and gets its name from the main ingredients: 15 digestive biscuits, 15 white and/or pink marshmallows, and 15 glace cherries (plus coconut and condensed milk).  Visually vibrant, easy to make, and hard to stop eating--fifteens are truly a delight!

 


10. Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is a staple dessert in Britain, but a rare find in other countries which is really a shame.  Rather than being an American-style pudding, picture a moist sponge cake dotted with dates then smothered with a rich molasses toffee sauce.  Served hot with ice cream, this treat is indulgent to the core!

 

 

CLARA KERWIN

@clarakerwin

Clara is a Politics major at Princeton University focusing on international relations and global health.  She is originally from Ashland, Oregon but loves traveling whenever she can.  Clara is currently the FIND YOUR MISSION intern for MISSION.tv.

Tuesday
Jul222014

8 Reasons Volunteering Makes Your Life Better

We all know that volunteering has a positive impact on those you’re volunteering for, but did you know that it’s also a great way to improve your own life?  Lend a hand without monetary compensation and you’ll be amazed at the social, emotional, and intellectual rewards awaiting you.  Here are just 8 benefits to volunteering:

 

VOLUNTEER ON BLACKFEET AND CROW INDIAN RESERVATION IN MONTANA1. It reduces stress.

By focusing on other people, you interrupt the the stress-producing chemical reaction in your brain.

 

2. You’ll have fun by trying something new.

Take a break from your normal routine and try doing something for others. Thinking about your own life all the time can get motonous, and many volunteer programs are very exciting!

 

Explore the High Peaks region of Adirondack Park & top it off with a 1-day volunteer project, working with the nonprofit Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK).

3. Learn about yourself.

You’ll get a better understanding of your personality. Are you sympathetic? Patient? A leader or a team-player? Do you like getting your hands dirty?

 

4. Explore a potential career.

By volunteering, you can try out a field without making a long-term commitment. It's a great way to learn about the day-to-day operations of a potential career without going every day.

 

5. You can gain professional experience.

The skills you gain as a volunteer can be translated into other areas of your life. You'd be surprised how far that practical experience will go in your next job, and the skills you learn will look great on your resumé!

 

6. You’ll meet new people.

Volunteering fosters teamwork and camaraderie, so that you’re bound to come away with some great new friends.

 

Be a part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative7. It supports community goals. 

Many service projects (school tutoring, providing care to the elderly, mentoring youth, cleaning parks, etc.) directly impact and improve your local community. Improve the space you live in!

 

8. Make a difference.

In the words of Mother Teresa, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

 

What are you waiting for? Volunteer! Check out these programs:

Volunteer on Blackfeet and Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Be a part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.

Combat homelessness in NYC with Off the Street, On to the Mat.

Summit an Adirondacks Peak + Give Back.

 

CLARA KERWIN

@clarakerwin

Clara is a Politics major at Princeton University focusing on international relations and global health.  She is originally from Ashland, Oregon but loves traveling whenever she can.  Clara is currently the FIND YOUR MISSION intern for MISSION.tv.

Wednesday
Jul162014

9 On-Screen Superheroes Who Are More Super Off-Screen

We're used to seeing these celebrities fighting for good on camera, but what do they do when they're off camera? It turns out that many of the actors who play superheroes do a lot of good in everyday life too! We can definitely learn from them, so check out some of the organizations they work with and see if there's anything you can do to help. You can be a hero too!

 

1. Christopher Reeve (Superman)

Reeve made us believe a man could fly, and now look what he's doing! He started the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with his wife. The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

 

 

2. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)

Johansson served as an Oxfam Ambassador for eight years. Oxfam is a worldwide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. In 2007, Johansson even skipped the Oscars to tour India and Sri Lanka with Oxfam. She also created some video journals of her trips! Johansson is highly involved in many other organizations, including Soles4Souls and (RED).

 Connect: @oxfam, @Soles4Souls, @RED

 

 

3. Andrew Garfield (Spiderman)

Garfield and co-star/girlfriend Emma Stone have been leveraging their fame to promote causes. When confronted with paparazzi, they have been holding up signs with causes. Garfield also recently visited Kid’s City, which provides out of school activities for children, in full costume.

 

 

4. Ben Affleck (Batman)


Affleck founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. They envision an eastern Congo vibrant with abundant opportunities for economic and social development, where a robust civil society can flourish. ECI is partners with Toms and Theo Chocolate.

 Connect: @EasternCongo, @TOMS, @theochocolate, @BenAffleck

 

 

5. Halle Berry (Storm)

Berry has spoken against domestic violence on a number of occasions and started her own project, “What a Little Love Can Do,” with the Jenesse Center, which provides victims of domestic violence with a comprehensive, centralized base of support to assist them in addressing their immediate crisis and changing the patterns of their lives. Her projects goal was to completely remodel one of Jenesse Center’s transitional housing shelters to show the women in the shelter through beautiful surroundings that they can have beautiful lives.

Connect: @JenesseCenter

 

 

6. Mark Ruffalo (Hulk)

Ruffalo supported Water Defense, whose mission it is to use technology and public engagement to keep our waterways and drinking water sources free from contamination and industrial degradation, by offering the chance to spend a day with him on the set of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in exchange for donations. The campaign raised $182,096.

Connect: @WaterDefense, @MarkRuffalo 

 

 

7. Ron Perlman (Hellboy)

Perlman dressed up in full Hellboy costume for a six-year-old Make-A-Wish kid! Although he is not the only superhero to don his costume for children, Perlman set himself apart by enduring hours of makeup to make one child’s dream come true.

 Connect: @MakeAWish, @perlmutations

 

 

8. Jessica Alba (Invisible Woman)

Alba started the Honest Company, which guides parents away from toxic baby products and helps the environment. She is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Soles4Souls, Habitat for Humanity, and Project HOME.

 Connect: @Honest, @SaferChemicals, @Soles4Souls, @habitat_org, @ProjectHOME, @jessicaalba

 

 

9. Stephen Amell (Green Arrow)

Amell has announced plans to start his own non-profit organization in conjunction with his vineyard Nocking Point Wines. A portion of every bottle sold at Nocking Point already goes to the charity F*ck Cancer, which tries to spread awareness that 90% of cancer is curable at Stage One. Amell also set up a charity auction to raise money for Prayers for Sophie.

 Connect: @letsfcancer, @amellywood

 

 

 BONUS: Check out DC Entertainment's We Can Be Heroes campaign! @DCComics

 

 

SAMANTHA DUNCAN

@SamanthaADuncan

Samantha is an Art History and Visual Arts major at Columbia University. She is currently the Content Intern for MISSION.tv and is also interning at Matthew Studios. She has a passion for travel and improving communities.

Tuesday
Jul152014

CONSCIOUS CAPITALISTS: Sacred Commerce with Café Gratitude

Matthew & Terces Englehart, photo credit: Michael SegalBefore founding Café Gratitude, a chain of restaurants in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Venice (CA), Terces and Matthew Englehart were both entrepreneurs and working for Landmark Education. However, they soon started Café Gratitude, which always has food that is vegan, fresh, and organic and often raw. There, they started a practice called Sacred Commerce.

What led you to start Café Gratitude?

Our desire to provide transformation around the kitchen table! Actually, believe it or not, it all started with a board game. In 2003, we first created a board game called The Abounding River, out of being inspired to create a fun way for people to practice keeping their attention on how much we already have to be grateful for. Once this board game was created, there needed to be a place to play it with the community, so we started Cafe Gratitude. Noted for the affirmations on our menu, the fresh organic food and the inviting environment the corner location soon became too crowded to get a seat and the expansion began. Today, we still view our resturants as live versions of the game, where we practice with our staff and guests celebrating the greatness of our lives.

How do you define the principle of sacred commerce?

Using the work environment to practice keeping our hearts open and have love as a guiding light. We view our restaurants as environments to not only serve healthy food, but also training grounds to practice seeing our lives from a perspective of gratitude. We believe that we are the source of our experience in life, not the circumstances. We train our staff to practice putting their attention on the outcome they wish to create for themselves, whether it is work related or personal. We believe in honest and direct communication with our co-workers, and encourage our staff to support one another, make strong and clear requests, and always take 100% responsibility. Above all, we celebrate life and invite our community of guests to join us in creating a world that is sustainable, compassionate and abundant for all.

Is it difficult to integrate sacred commerce into the business structure of Café Gratitude?

People always resist and deal with being resigned and cynical around almost everything, including culturing our hearts. However, that is the work we love!

Can you explain what the clearing process is and why it’s important to your business?

The clearing is an exercise in setting aside any distractions that get in your way of being present and better able to serve others. Each day after our team members arrive at work and have punched in for the day they sit down with another co-worker and engage in a brief clearing process. This entails two questions. The first question is geared toward personal reflection. For example, “What do you say you don’t have enough of?” Each person answers this question and is then asked what they feel like when their attention is there. In other words, what is their emotional experience? After this is answered, they are thanked for sharing and then each person is asked the “question of the day”. The second question is something affirming that supports being present. For example, “What are you grateful for?” To complete the process each person acknowledges one another, and the experience is often one of deeper connection and appreciation.

What is the best thing someone looking to start their own business with a conscience can do to succeed?

Don't get so identified with success or succeeding that you make poor choices. Really develop yourself as a leader in keeping love as a guiding principle.

 

To see Terces' TEDx Talk on Sacred Commerce, click here.

To buy Matthew and Terces' book on Sacred Commerce, click here.

Connect with Café Gratitude on Twitter at @cafegratitude.

 

SAMANTHA DUNCAN

@SamanthaADuncan

Samantha is an Art History and Visual Arts major at Columbia University. She is currently the Content Intern for MISSION.tv and is also interning at Matthew Studios. She has a passion for travel and improving communities.