Old San Juan
Just got back from a Caribbean cruise. If you're ever in Old San Juan (Puerto Rico), definitely eat at Deaverdura (get the pork, fish and fried chicken). Also plan to stop by La Factoria for a few drinks (a couple blocks away; short walk; listed as one of the world's top 50 bars). They filmed "Despacito" at the bar. Super cool place.
The Beachfront Suite
A look back at my trip to Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas) in February 2022. I planned our annual sales recognition event (was at Grand Velas, prior... before Covid), so they took good care of me. I was there in December 2021 (to scout it out), January 2022 (to plan), and February (for the event itself). 33 lucky reps, their significant other (or friend), and our C-suite execs. I stayed a couple extra nights after everyone else had flown home and they moved me to a two bedroom beachfront suite. It was unreal.
Bright Lights, Big City
Taking a last minute (3-nights, comped) trip to...
Camping in the Rain
Love this guy's videos. Aussie couple and their dog, Ted.
This was years ago. Ritz-Carlton Beaver Creek
Pacific Coastal Cruise
Just got back from a 7-night cruise (San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Ensenada). Great spa onboard (weekly pass). Won money in the casino. Had the best dim sum ever at Palette Tea House in San Francisco. Picked up a ton of Recchiuti chocolates at the Ferry Building. Walked State Street in Santa Barbara. Had lunch in Little Italy in San Diego. Finished with a phenomenal 90-minute massage in Ensenada (inexpensive place downtown). The highlight, though, was being at a covered bar on the top deck as we were leaving San Francisco. Foggy night. A little mist in the air. We passed directly under the Golden Gate Bridge. It was surreal.
Cabo San Lucas
I had to go to Cabo last week. Stayed at Pedregal for a couple nights (work-related; scouting trip; comped) and then moved to Mar Del Cabo (on my dime).
I was in Cabo a week ago (site visit for work). Stayed at a few different places (The Cape, Chileno Bay, Le Blanc, and Viceroy). Had amazing dinners at Manta (The Cape), Seared (One & Only Palmilla) and Don Manuel (Pedregal; El Farallon was closed due to rain). We're doing a big event down there in February (65 people). My job is to do recon and scout out the resorts. Anyway... here's a clip from The Cape.
Cabo San Lucas
I haven't traveled anywhere since February of 2020... which was to Los Cabos. As fate would have it, I'm headed right back down there next week for 4 nights. While I'm not exactly thrilled with traveling during a pandemic, I am looking forward to seeing these resorts. I'm also having a dinner at one of my bucket list places.
Here's a Spotify playlist I'll be listening to while I'm there. See below.
One of my guilty pleasures. I watch these at night to relax (especially winter camping). There's something about fire pits and falling snow. My favorite channels are Drew Simms, Go4x4, TrailRecon, and Matthew Posa.
Oh, and... I'm definitely getting this tent.
I know... we can't go anywhere, but we can take a virtual trip. I started us off on our way down to Mexico (oh I miss Cabo)... then to South America, up through Africa and into Europe (and so on). I didn't cover every country, but close your eyes and imagine your suitcase and passport in hand. So many places to see and experience.
Sam the Cooking Guy
I first came across Sam Zien when I was researching places to eat in London. He's a Canadian transplant (currently living in San Diego) who has an entertaining YouTube channel where he cooks at home (tons of comfort food). His son, Max, does all the filming and Max's wife (Jilli) helps produce the show. Anyway, you need to watch this guy. Yes, he makes great food... but he's fucking hilarious. He and Max are always going at each other, playfully... with Max constantly taunting him.
He's clumsy, foul-mouthed and screws up half the time... which makes for great fun. He's amassed over 2 million subscribers and is constantly posting new videos. Next time you're bored, check him out. I watch more of his videos than anything else.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
Just got back from a week in Cabo. Amazing.
Le Blanc Resort - Cabo
Spent a week in Cabo. Beautiful property.
Site Visit - Cabo San Lucas
Where I’ll be this week (Tuesday-Saturday).
My weekend getaway...
Just some musings from an old guy...