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The Daily Grog

I'm Skylar, a writer and photographer from Seattle, WA.

I started The Daily Grog to tell stories about interesting people from around the world - the chefs, the distillers, and all the makers who inhabit this world and make it such an extraordinary place to explore.

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In Bogotá, Prudencia makes its own rules

On a peckish, food-driven walk through the La Candelaria neighborhood in Bogotá, I came across two tall, sturdy wooden doors. The type of doors that are asking for a knock. So I did. When the doors of Prudencia opened, the staff greeted us and asked if we had a reservation.

Mario Rosero, chef and owner of Prudencia in Bogotá, Colombia
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In Chile, progress might have to come from chefs

It was the most rain the city had seen in weeks, maybe months. It was unrelenting, but so was my hunger. Braving the downpour, we make our way up and down the network of hills on which the city of Valparaíso, Chile, is built. Just about every street is lined

Bruno and Ignacia, chefs and owners at El Peral
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Re-Defining Grain to Glass in the San Juan Islands

Recently I took a trip up to the San Juan Islands, northwest of Seattle in the Salish Sea. Despite growing up in the Pacific Northwest, a journey to the islands has eluded me over the years.

Flat Hat Distillery in San Juan Island, Washington
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An Interview with Snorri Jónsson of 64° Reykjavík Distillery

A conversation with Snorri Jónsson about Iceland, drinking culture, and the environment.

Crowberry Liqueur from Reykjavik Distillery in Iceland
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Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot Review [2023]

Summary Lems Waterproof Boulder Boots are a great option for minimalist travelers or barefoot enthusiasts looking for a barefoot hiking boot. Buy Now at LemsBuy Now at ProConFully waterproofNot great tractionLook like regular boots for the most part.Weird rash happened on my leg near the top of

lems waterproof boulder boots
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The Ultimate Ultralight Packing List [2023]

Designed for indefinite travel across all climates.

Ultralight Travel Packing List

Recent Posts

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TDG #018: The Guatemalan Hangover Cure

One of the best damn hangover cures around.

A picosita from Hugo's in Antigua
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TDG #017: Death by Francesinha

The best thing to do in Porto is to walk. Though I think the best thing to do in most cities is to walk. But Porto is one of those cities exceptionally well equipped for bipedal meandering. And I do mean just walk. Walk aimlessly, without intention, sans agenda, absent

The reflection of a church in Porto
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City Guide: Porto [Updated: 2023]

A field guide on where to eat and drink around Porto, Portugal.

A view of the Luís I Bridge and the waterfront in Porto
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TDG #016: A Photo Walk through San Cristóbal de las Casas

Welcome to another edition of The Daily Grog newsletter. We're taking a photo walk through San Cristóbal de las Casas this week. Typically I'd start with a few establishing pictures of the city and attempt to weave a narrative through the imagery. But this time around, I think two images

A view of San Cristóbal de las Casas
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TDG #015: A conversation with Prudencia in Bogotá

Hey folks, This is Skylar and The Daily Grog newsletter. Last week I was out sick again. But this week, I have something special for you. During my trip to Colombia last summer, I got to talk to Mario and Meghan, chefs and owners of Prudencia restaurant in Bogotá. Prudencia

Mario Rosero in the Prudencia kitchen