Yum, yum: Fortuna Mezcal

“Champagne is for the rich. Fortuna is for the wise.” 


These words greet you on the Fortuna Mezcal website, and we quite agree. We had the chance to try Fortuna Mezcal during Fortuna Week a few weeks ago, at a tasting held by the creator of the brand, Don Ignacio. We sat rapt as he walked us through the making, distilling and tasting process of this alcohol and explained the differences between tequila and his sustainable, artisanal mezcal, and also the taste differences between the various types (white, dorado, reposado and añejo) and proofs of mezcal. 



Basically, most mezcal comes from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, and is created using a specific type of agave plant – the maguey, vs. the blue agave that tequila is made with. It has a strong, smooth, smokey flavour and is typically taken just straight up. We were a bit concerned about this form of tasting at first (bad university memories of cheap Jose Cuervo flooding back) but were surprised by just how smoothly and easily it went down. 

What we especially liked about Fortuna is their commitment to sustainability, responsible growing and harvesting practices, and giving back to the Oaxaca region of Mexico, in order to preserve the longstanding tradition of mezcal making in the community. More details here.



We also discovered that you can use this spirit to make delicious cocktails and in honour of it being Friday, thought we’d share one of our favourite mezcal recipes with you. As they say, “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también” – “for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.” So whether you’re celebrating the end of a great week or drowning your sorrows, kick off your weekend with a Fresco de Fortuna


¡Salud!

All images courtesy of Fortuna Mezcal.


Rave: Hot Weekend Escapes

On The Fourth Floor, we work hard, but we also know when it’s time to relax and smell the… margaritas. The colder weather already has us yearning for a place where we can explore a new city or break out our bathers and score some quality beach hair.   

There are a ton of options when it comes to warmer-weather escapes for an extra long weekend or week-long getaway. We’ve narrowed it down to a few hot spots that we’ve tried and loved (or would love to try). 

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales is the most developed island within the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory and about a three and a half hour plane ride away from Toronto.  It boasts having one of the ten best beaches in the world and the third largest reef in the world, if you’re interested in swimming with the fishes. Which we are. 


There’s a range of accommodations, from all-inclusive resorts to rental villas, with the majority being in Grace Bay – the tourist centre of Providenciales. Our dream bed? It’s at the Windsong Resort. 

Miami, Florida
We’re not going to lie, a lot of our Miami knowledge stems from our love of Dexter. We hear the nightlife is amazing, but Miami is also known for its beaches, art galleries, Little Havana and, about 30 miles away, the Everglades National ParkRide an airboat and check out some gators, or hit the beach and check out some piña coladas. Miami is a versatile city with lots to see and shop.   


There are a variety of accommodation options available, but if money was no object, we’d stay at the W in South Beach

Austin, Texas
Not only is it another great U.S. destination, Austin is also the live music capital of the world. In addition to listening to some amazing tunes, Austin has an awesome selection of vintage shopping. For nightlife, Sixth Street is the place to be and if you’re there in March, you’ll get to experience the SXSW festival. Another random perk of a springtime visit is the Congress Avenue Bridge Bats. Each night around sunset some of the approximately one million bats take flight in search of food. A definite sight to see.   


Our favourite Austin hotel – Hotel San Jose

Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas is great for a weekend escape, since it’s just long enough to get a true taste, without being so long that you’re sucked into the never-ending lights, gambling opportunities and amazing shows. Cruise the strip, take in a pool party at Tao then catch a Vegas show. There’s a lot to see and do in this desert town, but if you’re on the adventurous side, 30 minutes east you can hike up Red Mountain and zipline your way down. 


We’d love a weekend stay at the Cosmopolitan. And remember, what happens in Vegas…usually ends up on Facebook. You’ve been warned.

Los Cabos, Mexico
Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos boasts beautiful beaches, a warm climate and tons of beachside activities. From paddle boarding in the ocean to delicious Mexican food (check out Mi Casa) and stunning natural scenery, there are a myriad of options while hanging out beachside. 


If we had a chance to splurge on a luxury resort, the One& Only Palmilla would be our first choice. 

Which warm locale would you choose? Let us know @rockitpromo.

Rave: Traveling for less? Yes please!

Love to travel? Who doesn’t! Now, thanks to TeamBuy.ca, you can get ridiculously awesome offers on travel packages through their newest site TeamBuy Travel.

Take a minute to browse and purchase vacation-related offers at up to 75 per cent off. The getaway packages offered are really special. Travel has never been easier (or less expensive). Score. This is the first Canadian site of its kind.


Yep…it’s time to book some time off work and explore the world! Here is a little taste of some of the travel offers that will be available:

Seven night ‘romance package’ for two people at Recreo in Costa Rica including a five-star villa, two massages, a sunset boat tour, a volcano day trip, airport transfers and a private chef.

Gorgeous Costa Rica, with a lovely view.

One night at the Napa River Inn in California for two people including a spa credit, breakfast, chocolate strawberries, and bike rentals.
Cali isn’t all Hollywood and celebrities.

The three-bedroom ‘Hangover II Suite’ at the Tower Club in Thailand where the popular movie Hangover II was filmed. Complimentary aromatherapy massages, Hangovertinis and daily breakfast will be included.
 

Thailand for less? Bit of a no-brainer.

Other destinations that will be featured in Teambuy Travel this month include cities such as Boston, Banff, Montreal, Niagara Falls and Vancouver, and destinations like Jamaica, Aruba, Mayan Riviera and more. Some great offers are up now. Check them out.
 

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