Holiday Hours, Open House + Hot Cocoa Recipes


Wishing you a Happy Holidays from Everyone here at Willamette Intl Travel!

Special Holiday Hours

Friday, December 23: Open 8am to 1pm.
Monday, December 26: Office is closed.
Friday, December 30: Open 8am to 3:30pm.
Monday, January 2: Office is closed.

Emergency Assistance: If you have booked a trip through Willamette Intl Travel and have an emergency, call 503-224-0180 for our 24/7 assistance.

Holiday Open House

We’re hosting a holiday open house at our office!

We hope you’ll come by to meet us in person! There will be refreshments throughout the day. Everyone stopping by will receive a gift as well as the chance to win a $250 gift certificate from Delta Vacations, along with a piece of luggage! All staff will be there—you can meet our new staff members, and let us “originals” thank you personally for being so supportive for over 39 years. Several of our preferred vendors will also be dropping in, so you may have the pleasure of meeting the faces “behind the brochures.” Who knows, this may become a tradition for our next 40 years!


3 Hot Chocolate Recipes Around the World

Feeling cozy this Holiday Season? Here are a few of our favorite atypical hot chocolate recipes around the World:

Hungarian Paprika Hot Chocolate
It wouldn’t be Hungarian without some paprika! We bet you haven’t tried this interesting recipe yet. Throw in some white pepper and smoked paprika and go to town.

4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon smoked paprika or Hungarian hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon finely ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Heat saucepan on medium heat. Combine milk, paprika, white pepper, and cloves together. Head until almost boiling, then add the chocolate until its melted. Whisk to froth and serve.

Spicy Mayan Hot Chocolate
Central America is all about the piquant, and this spicy hot cocoa makes a delicious addition to the holiday table.

1 cup milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
1 cinnamon stick
2 TB dark chocolate mix
2 TB chocolate chips
3 pitches cayenne paper

Add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon to a pot on medium heat. Whisk together until frothy and nearly boiling. Add hot cocoa mix and chocolate chips, and mix until dissolved.

Indian Chai Hot Chocolate
Chai is an Indian tea drink chock full of spices—so just imagine substituting tea for chocolate!

2 TB grated chocolate chips
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp  ground cardamom
1 whole clove
1 whole black peppercorn

Heat milk and water on stove, and whisk in spices. Bring slowly to a boil, whisking occasionally.
Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and remove the clove and pepper.
Whisk more to foam. Remove from heat. Place TB of chocolate each into two mugs. Pour the liquid into the mugs and the chocolate and stir to dissolve.
Spoon a portion of the foam on top.

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