Allow me to indulge my geekery if you will. As craft breweries continue to push the limits of beer in an effort to impress customers, they look to little known styles from elsewhere in the world to revitalize and call their own. In most cases, they tend to bastardize the original under the creative license of brewing.
Cape Malaya Cuisine, as the locals call it, is much like the city of Cape Town itself – a melting pot of flavors with influences from Malaysia, England, France, and the Netherlands. Each dish, of course, has an African twist that creates a cuisine that is truly unique.
While our summer navigating the hostels of Europe may lay recessed in our memories, those European cities are still brewing world-class beers steeped in a history much richer than our decade old boom. In fact, many of our own craft breweries make pilgrimages to Europe to learn from centuries old traditions.
That hunk of tin moving at warp speed through the air is my personal oasis. It’s my time to catch up on reading, writing, or, oftentimes, sleep. That is unless I’m sitting next to one of these seven passengers.
You’ve heard of Charlotte. You may have even traveled through town switching planes at the Queen City’s heavily trafficked airport. But did you know it has one of the United States’ fastest growing craft beer scenes? Charlotte’s craft brewery industry is exploding so rapidly that at last count the number of breweries in the region equals that of cross-state rival Asheville at 20.
What foodie or seasoned traveler doesn’t admire Anthony Bourdain’s culinary conquests on the road? He seems to have a pulse on the best local food. Not only does he know what foods to eat, he also knows where to eat them, miles away from tourists, alongside locals who have been frequenting the joint for generations. Then he ruins the place.
Is it me or does attending Oktoberfest sound like a cluster? I’ve heard horror stories of overcrowded beer tents, gross displays of public drunkenness, and general pandemonium. Then there’s the reservation system…