Welcome to Vic and Stu

Ever wonder how to become a professional eater, the story behind the Siri or how the career of an Instagram Meme Curator started?  Well we have the podcast for you, Vic and Stu on the Tues mixes both comedy and interesting guests to bring you great info and a fun time. With Vic currently living in Quito, Ecuador, we are also launching Vida La Vic. A weekly blog partly about travel, and partly about adjusting to new city in a new continent.

We’re a pod of the people, so if you have any suggestions or comments regarding the podcasts give us a shout at vicandstupodcast@gmail.com and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and twitter @vicandstu.

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Vic and Stu Episode 42: Mind-Set Business Coach Taylor Dixon

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On this week’s Vic and Stu on the Tues, entrepreneur Taylor Dixon joins the pod to discuss how she became a business owner right out of college, landed clients and started a new career as a mind-set business coach. If you weren’t motivated before listening, you’ll be ready to take on life after this one. She even life coaches the boys out of their problems. Any female listeners interested in joining one of her programs check her out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/taylorloucoaching/. She still has a spot so hurry on up!

After the interview, friend of the pod Joey Levenson hops in for your favorite segments like “Beagle News” and “Weird Food Stories” along with some other topics like how to find an apartment in a new city. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to leave a review for the contest! #BabyMcBabyFace

 

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Vida La Vic #5 Otavalu, the largest market in South America

I’ve mentioned Parque La Carolina before in my first blog, but to quickly recap it is a huge park near my neighborhood where you can find any activity you’d want. There’s soccer all over the place, a dog park, a small paddleboat pond, dirt bike area, a skate park, food stands and more. One more thing they have is basketball courts, with plenty of pickup games on weekend mornings. I decided to take a run by the area Sunday morning and see if I could join a pick up game. After walking around the courts , someone on a court asked me something while signaling to group. While I didn’t know exactly what we was saying, I took that as an invitation. I had guessed correctly. I had a slow start with a mix of rust and adjusting to playing at the altitude but ended up playing for a couple hours. The Spanish I knew got me through the game as well, and ballin’ is a pretty universal language.

My big trip from this week was a tour to Northern Ecuador to visit Otavalu Market and some of the surrounding scenery. Otavalu Market is the largest outside traditional market in South America, with over 40 blocks of tents filled with colorful items to purchase. Our group arrived with over two hours to grab some lunch and shop, and it’s good to know we had a cut off time because I constantly found myself buying things. Otavalu translates to blanket of the people, to represent how warm the locals are. The tour guide let us know people are great here, just be prepared because they are salespeople. Bartering is a given, and if you don’t at least try then you’re probably getting ripped off. There were some gifts I’d been planning on grabbing, and some stuff I took home I had no intention of buying….people here are convincing. I also knew of one item I knew I had to get in Ecuador, the Panama Hat.

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Vida La Vic #4: Into the Clouds

It is crazy to think I have been in Quito for around a month. Parts of me do feel settled in, and parts of me feel like I just arrived. The food continues to be amazing, and I keep finding new things to try. One of my highlights of this week was an Ecuadorian staple, Shrimp Ceviche. If watching Anthony Bourdain taught me anything on Ecuadorian food, it’s the focus on stews. With their fresh seafood and knack for soups, the ceviche I had their blew me away. It even comes with some almost popped popcorn kernels and popped ones as well to give it a great texture and soak all the sauce. It’s a meal I’ll be going back to find. I’m also continuing to notice some improvement in my Spanish thanks to the classes I’m taking in the mornings and through speaking with the people here. The conversations still have speed bumps, like when you’re at bar or concert and someone is trying to tell you something but you can’t hear them. So after they repeat themselves a couple times, you just smile and say “yeah”.

Shrimp Ceviche will be eaten several more time

Speaking of bars, I made it to La Ronda this past weekend. John, a waiter I met in Blog #2, invited me to check out the area Saturday night. There are two major nightlife areas in Quito, La Mariscal and La Ronda. La Mariscal is filled with clubs, and is definitely geared to the younger audience. The area reminds me of some college towns, like Athens, Georgia where I attended college. I’m sure I’ll have a blog on that later. La Ronda is more on the traditional side, featuring a lot of bars that have salsa dancing, street performers, and traditional street food and beverages. La Ronda is a street that goes on for around 4-5 blocks. Cars cannot pass through, and pedestrians can walk as they please (crosswalks don’t exist in Quito. Technically they do but it’s a gamble to see if a car will stop.) Some of the local drinks are great. If I had to pick a favorite then it would be canelazo. It is a fruit juice with lots of sugar then spiked with sugar cane alcohol. It is really sweet and warm, great to have at night. It’s also strong, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. I didn’t stay out too late, as I was quite tired from my hike up the Pichincha Volcano that morning.

La Ronda, Maybe Salsa dancing time?

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Vic and Stu Ep. 41 Jason Adam Katzenstein

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On this weeks Vic and Stu on the Tues, we are joined by the New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein. We get into the career of a cartoonist, the method that goes into creating, drawing cartoons in the age of Trump and even brainstorm a couple ideas. If you are interested in the book he illustrated, you can buy Camp Midnight here.

After that, the boys get into some segments. We have a listener story to follow up from our “American Vandal” conversation last week, updates on Ecuador, Vic’s weird food story of the week and a new segment “Beagle Update”. Of course we recap our contest, and we are definitely still searching for more entries to #NameTheKing.

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Vida La Vic #3: Journey to the Middle of the World

Many people reading this probably are probably aware that I ran the Boston Marathon in April, and may have even donated to the cause. Running was not a common activity of mine before training for it, but it became a hobby that I found helped me clear my mind and relax. After getting settled into my apartment and figuring out my other moving needs, I’ve been trying to go on runs to get a better feel for the neighborhood and other parts of the city. Despite the hills and altitude (which I am going to blame instead of my laziness), I managed to get through some forest and elevation to make it to Bellavista Park. It’s a little off the normal path, and provided some great views of the neighborhood I was living and working in. Also there was a dog park, and I will always enjoy a trip to a dog park.

Oh, that’s where I am.

 

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Vida La Vic #2 Quito’s Old Town

One of the things I was most looking forward to Ecuador was the food. Sampling the local cuisine is a favorite travel experience of mine, and I know in my time here I am going to eat it all. However, coming in without Ecuadorian food knowledge or a strong hold on the Spanish language has led to a couple of funny situations so far. One standout: during one of my first meals here, I mistook the Ecuadorian classic Aji sauce as a small soup….and had a couple spoonfuls. While I will say it was delicious and I have no regrets, I noticed weird looks from the wait staff and quickly put together that it was not meant to be eaten as soup. However, it is everywhere, and people put it on everything. I’m sure it wont be the last mistake I make.

I want to focus on this week’s blog on the time I spent in Quito’s Old Town, known as the best preserved historic center in the Americas. It does not take long to figure out why it was named the first ever World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The city center is booming with stores, street food and buildings that are hundreds of years old.

I started my tour in the heart of the city, La Independencia Plaza. The plaza is easy to identify from the huge monument in the middle celebrating the country’s independence. This city center was just an empty plot of land until the Spanish built churches around the 16th century. You will notice this trend a lot in Quito, because the Spanish pushed religion on native Ecuadorians when they colonized the country. In the city center alone, you are surrounded by the President’s office (Palicio de Goberino), Archbishop’s palace (which is now a bunch of restaurants), and the Cathedral of Quito (an enormous church filled with history).

Plaza De La Independencia

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Vic and Stu On the Tues Ep.40 Vic is in Ecuador

Vic and Stu Episode 40

Missed you guys last week, but this week we get back into it. We take time catching up with the boys with Stu’s move to #Atlanta and Vic’s big move to #Quito, #Ecuador. We have our first international pod to talk about adjusting to life in Ecuador.

We shake things up with some new segments including Twitter Beefs, What to Watch and odd restaurant story. Like us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and make sure to listen on our to enter our brand new content. Not to spoil anything, but this is the most important contest we’ve ever had. Here’s our iTunes link, leave a review to get entered: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vic-and-stus-podcast-network-comedy/id1189992339?mt=2

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