THIRSTY THURSDAY – Cheap Beer!

Ever wondered where the best place to have a beer at the end of a long day of work meetings is? Well if you are on a business trip hopefully you are in a “cost effective” country, otherwise you are stuck at home paying the usual prices. Here is a guide on where is the cheapest and most expensive place to order a cold one!

The Top 3 countries in the world with the highest tax rates on beer are Norway, Finland, and Canada

In Turkey between 2002 and 2009, taxes on beer increased a whopping 737%, with an additional 45% increase between 2009 and 2010

In Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, the UK, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia and Ireland alcohol has become over 50% more affordable in 2011 than it was in 1996.

Cheapest beer prices
10. Democratic Republic of Congo – $ 0.68
9. Philippines – $ 0.67
8. Rwanda – $ 0.59
7. Myanmar – $ 0.59
6. Madagascar – $ 0.59
5. Democratic Republic of Korea – $ 0.59
4. Burundi – $ 0.57
3. Bhutan – $ 0.56
2. Panama – $ 0.48
1. Tadjikistan – $ 0.41

An remember even if you do eat beforehand, the presence of food in the stomach slows the rate of alcohol absorption, BUT the amount of alcohol absorbed remains unchanged.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Tea Time

More and more tea houses are popping up around the world so if you are meeting a colleague for coffee, why not make it tea for a change.

Here are some of the best tea houses in the world, which will be sure to impress for a business meeting.

Bangkok: The Author’s Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Singapore: Raffles Hotel, TWG Marina Bay Sands
Tokyo: The Peninsula Hotel
Paris: Maison des Trois Thés
Las Vegas: Petrossian Lounge at the Bellagio
Boston: The Bristol at the Four Seasons Hotel
New York: Astor Court at The St. Regis Hotel, Alice’s Tea Cup
London: Orangery at Kensington Palace, The Modern Pantry, The Connaught
Melbourne: Hopetoun Tea Rooms

The most hard to get to tea house in the world may be this one in Anhui Province, China, which is only accessible after rappelling up a mountain (photo in post)

And while you are drinking your tea, here are some talking points to impress your guest.
After water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world. While pure tea may have more caffeine than coffee, once water is added tea contains far less than a cup of coffee.
The UK consumes about 130,000 tonnes of tea a year of which at least 95% is in teabags
On a daily basis, about half of the American population drinks tea, and Americans drink 85 percent of their tea on ice.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Wine Again!


I know this is the second wine post for the week (maybe I have a problem!!), but as it’s Thirsty Thursday I thought it was only right to give you some vino facts so you can share them at the bar over work drinks tonight. You will look like an educated wine expert in front of your boss and colleagues in no time.

A bottle of opened wine stored in the refrigerator lasts 6 to 16 times longer than it would if stored at room temperature

The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year the wine was bottled. In the northern hemisphere, white wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked.

Australia developed wine in a box in the ‘70s (aka “the cask”)

The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle

The average number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine is 600

Among the world’s fruit crops, wine grapes rank number one in the amount of acres planted

The average cost of the grapes used to produce a $20 bottle of wine is $2.64

It costs around $1 per bottle to age wine in a French oak barrel. And $3 per bottle to age wine in only new French oak barrels

Move over, Mickey Mouse…. The Napa valley has replaced Disneyland as California’s number one tourist destination, with 5.5 million visitors per year. There are 4,929 wineries in the US. California has 46% of those wineries.

And just in case someone isn’t drinking tonight, Methyphobia is fear of alcohol (although I am yet to meet anyone who has suffered from this!)

THIRST THURSDAY – Hangover


A few too many drinks on a “school night” seems like fun at the time, until the next morning when the hangover kicks in. If you need something to get you through your working day, here are some great non-alcoholic beverages that may just do the trick, and make you feel almost human again for that 8am meeting with your boss.

Coconut water is my number 1 pick
It is more Nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol!
Healthier than Orange Juice, and much lower calories
Naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk!
A Natural Isotonic Beverage – The same level we have in our blood (they used it to replace plasma in the Pacific War)
Contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks
Has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg
Has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars

Plain water
Your body is dehydrated so plain water is the next best thing if you don’t have any coconut water

Sports drinks
Even though your body has lost some electrolytes, you don’t need to replace them right away. Save your money on Gatorade as it’s no better for a hangover than water from your tap.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Drinking on the Job!

Stuck on a conference call and no time to get down to Starbucks to grab a coffee. Do not fear, there are some super cool drink accessories on the market – so you won’t ever have to leave your desk (and all for under $20!)

COFFEE DRINKERS – Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer – $19.99
A one cup personal coffee brewer using coffee pods

TEA DRINKERS – IngenuiTEA 16oz Teapot – $18.99
After the specified amount of brewing time, just rest the pot over your mug, and the spring-loaded valve empties the tea into your mug, leaving the spent leaves behind.

SODA/SOFT DRINKS – USB LED Fridge Cooler – $19.99
Simply plug in this small single-can beverage cooler into a USB port and chill a can on your desk

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Beer!

If your drink of choice is beer, here are a few facts you may not have known. So beware when you are ordering!

Low-Carb is not as “healthy” as the packaging and marketing would have you believe. Beer already contains low levels of carbohydrates (the average beer contains only 2 per cent carbohydrate (sugars) by volume, or 7.5 grams in a 375-millilitre can) compared to soft drinks/soda that contain 40 grams (eight teaspoons) of sugar in every 375-millilitre can.

Low-carb beers contain the same level of alcohol as regular beers, and the alcohol is where the kilojoule (calorie) come from, contributing to 75 per cent of the total calories

So if you really want to curb the calories, order ”light” beer not low carb beer!

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Coffee

Travelling in a foreign country and not sure what the etiquette is on how best to order your morning coffee. Stick to this example and you can’t go wrong globally.

“I would like a medium, nonfat, no whip mocha.”

1. State the number of shots of espresso you would like IF other than the typical amount in the size you are ordering.
2. Size of the cup you would like. Typically there are three sizes of hot drinks.
3. If you would like a flavor added, this would be the time to say so (example: “Vanilla”)
4. Type of milk you would like IF other than the default milk used (which varies by country)
5. If you do not want foam, say “No Foam”
6. If you do not want whip cream, Say “No Whip”
7. If you are ordering something other than a latte, state it now, “Cappuccino” or “Mocha”

Now relax and enjoy!