Cultured Palate: International Dishes from England


No liquor has had as much effect on England throughout its history as gin. It was inspired by the Dutch liquor jenever, which came to England when monarchs William and Mary of Orange ascended the English throne.

It was first sold in pharmacies as a cure for ailments like gout and lumbago, but eventually it caught on as a social drink when the government allowed widespread gin production and banned the import of foreign liquors. Now, there are dozens of small distilleries around England that pride themselves on making gin according to heritage recipes.

voloshin311 / Shutterstock

Pimm’s Cup

Traditionally drank at polo matches, Pimm’s Cup is the most quintessentially English summer cocktail. The base of the cocktails is Pimm’s #1, a gin-based liqueur that contains a proprietary blend of herbs and spices, and tastes vaguely citrusy with an herbal kick. The liqueur is mixed into carbonated water or lemonade, and drank garnished with cucumber, lemon, orange, or mint – depending on your mood!

jgolby / Shutterstock



8 Bizarre Ocean Phenomena

The ocean is storied, deep, and complex. Whether it is the folklore surrounding Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle, or the weird-looking fauna and flora that arise out of it, the ocean is a great source of fascination. In fact, only five percent of it has been properly explored, leaving plenty of gaps for our imaginations to fill in.

Worst Celebrity Statues from Around the World

We buy their albums, tickets to their movies, and all the products, brands, and questionable colognes that they endorse. Surely that’s enough to quell the hungry egos of some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Well, not exactly. You see, immortalization via cultural significance, world records, and millions of dollars sometimes isn’t enough. Tradition dictates that our celebrity idols need to be re-created in gold, bronze, wax, and stone, so not even the elements can dismantle the memory of their monumental rise to the top.

How to Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

If you’re an active traveler or live in a uniquely historic part of the world, chances are you’ve been exposed to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This phrase is thrown around frequently. When we first hear it, the first thing that comes to mind is that it must represent something historic and old. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are famous buildings, landmarks, or areas that are renowned because of their beauty and historical significance.