Persian Food, Mexican Beer, & How I Travel Without a Plane Ticket

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I love traveling, sampling tasty foods, experiencing different cultures, & listening to the beautiful range of languages in the world. To celebrate our travels, our families, our new entrepreneurial adventures, & our lives together, Fred & I sipped on some Estrella Jalisco, had a few snacks, listened to music, & yes, looked up flight deals. The $420 round-trip flight to Oslo, Norway was pretty tempting but ultimately, we decided not to go for it.

We look at online flight deals all the time. Even though we often joke about booking the next trip out, it's not always the most feasible option. Does Fred have a local assignment or interview he has to be in town for? Do I have a paid campaign or required purchase at a location-specific retailer? Even in Paris, it was a challenge to maintain the balance between being a tourist & finding time to work.

The good news is we don't have to leave the country to experience something new. We drove to Reno, Nevada a couple weeks ago & it was an incredible adventure. No plane ticket needed! We witnessed the landscape, the roads, the views, the food, the people, the history of another state.

The even better news is we don't have to leave our own city to experience something new. I can drive a few miles down the road to the international market & purchase some of my mom's favorite Persian nan e berenji cookies (rice cookies with poppy seeds) or head to my local grocery store for some authentic Mexican beer like Estrella Jalisco.

One of my favorite pastimes is scouring the store for international products. In fact, I literally wrote a post sharing some of my international food & beverage finds. It's cheaper than a plane ticket, right? Although Estrella Jalisco has been a legacy in Mexico for over 100 years, it's new to the U.S. market.

When I heard that, I immediately had to scope it out for myself. So, I headed to the store & picked up a couple of their glass bottle 6-packs: one for us & one to enjoy with friends. That same day, Fred & I had a flight browsing bonanza & an Estrella Jalisco tasting.

Estrella is a premium, 4.5% ABV Mexican pilsner with a pale golden yellow hue. It's refreshing & light with crisp flavor & no aftertaste, making it the perfect beer to drink on hot summer days in San Diego. A light beer like Estrella Jalisco would've made our desert camping experience a bit more bearable.

My mother's side is from Iran & Fred's family is originally from Querétaro, located in Central Mexico. Whether it's Fred's mom's freshly made salsa (the key is to roast ingredients on the cast-iron comal to create a nice char) or my mom's vegetarian-friendly fesenjan (swap chicken with mushrooms), I don't have to book a flight or even have to leave the house to learn a little bit about someone's history & culture. 

I can buy my frozen pizza & my authentic Mexican beer in the same place. Now that's something I'm grateful for! I'm going to pop open an Estrella Jalisco & call it a day. Cheers to diversity, travel, & making the most out of every moment.

How do you travel affordably? Share your tips in the comments! :]

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  1. I love Mexican beers! Hopefully I can find this somewhere around DC :)

    Midwest Darling

  2. This looks yummy! Sometimes you just want a beer with chips and salsa.
    Keri Elaine

  3. this post is so tempting for foodies like me !! and seriously you drop you trip to Oslo !! But atleast you have a good time at Nevada

  4. I want to try this! Those dips you paired with it look delicious!

  5. Ooo that's a mexican beer that I haven't tried yet. I gotta try it out!

  6. This post has so much "summer" in it. The closest thing I have is a farmers market. Still great.

  7. Yum everything looks so good! Simple and delicious :)

  8. This looks so delicious! Yummy!

  9. Jess @ Magic, Memories, MayhemJuly 4, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Amen about those flight prices, girl. Great outlook on experiencing international goodness somewhat locally. Bottoms up!

  10. Jessica BradshawJuly 4, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    That's awesome, girl! Way to go. I love finding great deals. Your photos are so pretty!!

  11. Omg all this food looks great !

  12. Gosh why am I reading this late at night!!!!! It's so easy to forget that we don't necessarily need an expensive plane ticket to gather new experiences. Love this idea of exploring international flavors locally!

  13. Road trips are definitely so underrated! Also this beer sounds great; I could always use something to pair with guac and salsa!

    xx Pia

  14. Trying new foods is definitely one of the ways we keep the wanderlust at bay in between our trips out of the country! We've been on a big international travel kick lately, but we're trying to do more U.S. travel this year since there's SO much to see and do--we just came back from AZ/UT/CO, and it looked like a completely different planet there in places. So surreal, but SO gorgeous!

  15. Madara LiecinieceJuly 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Mmm all the food and the drinks look absolutely perfect for a laid back summery weekend! Really cool article!

  16. I've never had this beer. Now I must try it!

  17. Wow!!! This pictures are making me drool!!!! Looks so good!!



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