For The Weekenders: Thanksgiving, Rego Style…

What’s Better Than Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving. Rego Style.

I won’t lie – if you’ve traveled as much as I have, you embrace all holidays – and forget about nearly two-thirds of them…and then other times, make your own twist on them.

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Most of the time I don’t celebrate them for their intended reasons – mostly because their intended reasons are historical events skewed….but that’s another story. Right now it’s all about good times with family, friends, food, and that favorite bottle of alcohol. So here’s a little insight into Thanksgiving – Rego style.

To start off – I never have been a fan of turkey – I don’t know if it’s the tryptophan or maybe the combination of foods that makes me sick, but I showed turkey the road about 7 years ago and haven’t looked back since. My (not so) new love…?

Duck.

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Which means I’ve been pissing off this guy for a while now.

…but hear me out – duck is as tasty as it is, well, cute…and there’s so many ways you can make it. Or eat it. My personal favorites are duck bacon, duck sausage, and duck breasts. So who can I depend on when I’m getting a craving for one (or all) of the three? D’Artagnan, of course.

They’ve got top quality, carefully selected meat & game, and if you’re not one to skimp on freshness – they’re your go-to guys. The way I sometimes like to start my Thanksgiving day is with Duck Bacon Wrapped Scallops – because really, the only thing better than (turkey) bacon is duck bacon…but always make sure to leave room for the main dish – and alcohol. Quality alcohol. So in what way shape or form does duck beat turkey on this day of mindless calorie indulging? Duck Breasts with Black Olives and Port Wine. Yeah – I get back to my Portuguese roots every now and then.

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When it comes to the wine – you’re on your own….I’m not sharing.

Since we’re on the subject of seasonal things like holidays and all, I figure why not introduce you guys to a seasonal bar. Hey – you’re eating all that food, you’ve gotta wash it down somehow. Even if it is like, the day after. Anyway, so get this – there’s a seasonal liquor bar at 58th and 9th in New York, and the minute you walk in it feels like something out of your own living room – providing you have good taste.

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…also providing you have a leather chair with built in lights.

Maybe you’re not one for their furniture, even if you aren’t, you’ll be sure to love their drinks….and man do they have DRINKS. Take your pick from 6 different menus – enough to satisfy even the most diverse (or picky) alcohol enthusiasts. My favorites? Glad you asked…

Cocktail: Deadly Night Shade -It’s healthy, because there’s veggies in it. Seriously. Or so I tell myself. Roasted aubergine (that’s eggplant, for you Americans), Bacardi 8yr aged rum, lillet blanc, vanilla demerara add a touch of lemon and voila – an in-between meals snack. Just kidding (not really).

Beer: Ommegang Witte – Great with that appetizer wrapped in (more) duck bacon but lemony enough for barbecue or any other tangy dish you’re served up.

By The Bottle: Dom Pérignon Rosé – I had to…I just, had to. Starts out light, ends robust. If beer treated me this nicely every time I drank it – I’d drink alcohol for sport.

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If you’re about 5 drinks in and you start seeing chairs on ceilings, you’re not drunk – the guys at Henry’s just like having a good laugh at the customer’s expense…and so do I.

They have rules, of which I couldn’t help but showcase below – numbers 2, 3, and 9 are absolutely imperative. In my opinion, if every bar had these rules – nights out would be a lot more fun…that and, if they allowed legit absinthe into the states (come on, just this once).

Henry rules

  1. Drink with an open mind. If in doubt, ask.
  2. Please refrain from using cell phones for anything other than texting, photographing our beautiful drinks, or your beautiful friends (keep the flash off – it’ll look much better).
  3. Make love, not war: no jägar bombs or cosmos.
  4. Please don’t bring anyone you wouldn’t bring home for dinner with your mother.
  5. Guys, play nice, don’t sleaze on our female patrons. Most are just here for a great drink.
  6. Drug use will not be tolerated. Rehabilitation will be recommended.
  7. In keeping with our goal of promoting temperance, we will refuse service to patrons who may have accidentally had one too many.
  8. No fighting, no name-dropping, no shenanigans. Horseplay is acceptable.
  9. Our dress code? Preserve the sexy.

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Sometimes, rules can be pretty awesome…and with live jazz, you can’t go wrong. Henry, a Liquor Bar – check it out.

I don’t know why but I’m in a New York state of mind (see what I did there? Yeah.) and you’re gonna stick around to ask why…and when you do ask why and I point to the skies, I haven’t fallen off the wagon – I just like heights…and you should too, if you’re going to this next lounge – as in, cocktail lounge. Venue? The Skylark. Something off of Star Trek? No, and if you suggest something like that again I’ll slap you.

Kidding (maybe). Anyway, either make sure you go on Friday or prepare to book the place for the weekend (weekends it’s private events only), and if your friends are afraid of heights now’s a time to help them conquer that fear – or if you’re with a date now’s the time to “keep them close” for the sake of, you know, “safety”. Yeah – the ceiling to floor glass just can’t be trusted…better to just stay close.

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You’ve gotta love the view though..and the fact their narcissistic enough to name a drink after themselves – which somehow represents the class, quality, and atmosphere of this place. So if you’re looking to impress now’s the time to study their menu so you look extra confident when ordering drinks and want your knowledge of alcohol to seem effing magical. What is The Skylark made of, you ask? Hendrick’s gin, Zu vodka, St. Germain liqueur, Blue Curucao, fresh lemon, and to top it all off a brandied cherry. Just think Casino Royale and that’s how about half of their drinks are.

Remember when I said I was in a New York state of mind? Yeah that wasn’t a lie. I think you should be too – fortunately, The Skylark has a drink that helps with just that. Offering hints of fruitiness and spice, “New York State of Mind” is made up of pama pomegranate liqueur, ginger beer, laird’s bonded apple brandy, fresh lime, and a thin wedge of hudson valley apple. Order. Sit Back. Sip. Enjoy View. Repeat.

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So eat, be merry, and milk that Thanksgiving Buzz like it’s 1983. Minus the bad sweaters.

As always…

Stay awesome. 😉

– Rego

For The Weekenders: Thanksgiving, Rego Style… is a post from Rego’s Life

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“Knowledge will give…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays….

I’m on a Bruce Lee kick this week – woo…..

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Think of it as a well thought out quote “blast” – because you’re all so special.

Also if you’ve got the time – watch Ip Man and Ip Man 2. Seriously.

Stay awesome. 😉

– Rego

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Musings Episode 35: Strength Training – It’s Not Just Physical…

So for about 3 weeks I’ve been getting used to this new, rigorous workout that combines strength and cardio for intense muscle development and fat loss – not that the latter’s necessary but hey – never hurts to stay fit right?

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…just kidding. Sort of.

Anyway, aside from that I’ve been revamping a section of my official site – it’s mostly the online store side of it, where eventually I’ll be making it one huge place with all my e-commerce ventures neatly in one place. The whiteboard in my office is chock-full of notes, reminders, and milestones – the other one is too.

As a side note, a friend and I are looking to start a new business venture together, but lately he’s been having a bit of a tough time with his girlfriend – younger than him she’s going abroad to study for some years and he wants to make sure he can visit her often, months at a time if he can. He’s been engrossing himself in getting the venture started, you could call it a good way to keep him occupied and his mind off the whole thing. We had a long talk about it this Friday.

This got me thinking – strength training isn’t just a physical thing – besides our exteriors we’ve also gotta train our minds and fine tune our mental thinking. It took me a while to get where I finally am today in terms of thinking, but I’m glad I pushed on and came through. I respect my buddy a lot in the way he’s handling the situation, and I give serious props to him for the way he’s actually going after a solution instead of just giving up.

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Often, people start something but have a tendency to give up or not follow through with it if they don’t see immediate results. I think it’s bollocks – if you create or build something – doesn’t matter if it’s business or personal, and you’ve built it to such magnitude, it’s always better to see it through to the end, and during the homestretch remember why you started whenever you feel like quitting.

I use this thinking in business a lot – I’m not one to trade time for dollars but ideas for serious $$$ instead – and when I think up something brilliant, all it takes is a pen and paper and away I go. I’ll structure and build the concept until the end, tweaking as I go along, then get right into action.

It takes practice, learning perseverence, but it’s all worth it. It’s how successful people such as athletes, actors, or financial geniuses learn to become so good at what they do – they understand that it’s a combination of physical AND mental effort, all while learning to let go of mental restraints your brain’s gotten used to….

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…oddly enough I published a post on mental practice and awareness for Fitness Fridays last week. Give it a read if you haven’t yet, it’s definitely got some valuable information.

The more you expand on a thought or an idea and actively start growing and accomplishing it, the faster it gets done. At first it’s painful, and draining – a lot of mental energy goes into it if you’re not used to exercising your mind outside of it’s usual routine – your brain is lazy, sometimes it needs a bit of a push…but then so do your muscles when you don’t exercise them at least 3-5 days a week.

The same way you exercise your muscles 5-6 days a week (or 2-3, if you’re starting out) if you did the same thing with your brain, do you have any idea how much you could get accomplished? Yeah – a shit ton.

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This is what I mean when I say strength training goes beyond physical. There’s so many sayings out there that reinforce the message:

“When the fear of things staying the same becomes greater than the fear of failing, then you’ll be successful.”
“You have to want it more than you’re afraid of it.”
“When you’re about to quit, remember why you started.”

The list goes on and on man…and really, when you think about it, physical and mental exercise go hand in hand. When people work out, they don’t just get stronger because they lift more weights, do more pull ups, or crank out more clean and presses – it’s their thoughts that keep them going:

“You can do it.”
“Don’t give up now.”
“Last set.”
“Come on, you’ve done better before you can do your best now.”

I say these things to my fitness clients all the time. It’s why some people listen to music, to get that “pump” to steer their mental thinking in the right way – it all starts with the mind. If you believe you can do 100 sit-ups or 20 pull-ups straight off, it’s gonna make it a hell of a lot easier than the guy who thinks he can only do 50 sit-ups and 1 pull-up.

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So this week I want you all to get out there and push to be better – don’t dismiss great thoughts or ideas you have – and stop leaving projects undone. Watch how much better you’ll feel when you start acting on an idea or thought and see how motivational it is when you finally finish that project you’ve been lulling over for months.

The minute you start believing in yourself, is the minute you’re unstoppable. It’s the moment when you know no fear, and have no hesitation.

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Get out there and be a fucking legend.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Musings Episode 35: Strength Training – It’s Not Just Physical… is a post from Rego’s Life

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For The Weekenders: Welcome to The 305.

I’m feeling…beachy…and a touch flighty. Time to show you some local favorites and a newcomer to the list of the best places to go this weekend.

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Whether you’re near SoFlo, directly in Miami or not, take note of these places, as they’re something you don’t wanna pass up. Enjoy, and welcome to the 305.

Let’s sort out the flighty bit – ever just wanted to fly round the city but already done it in a helicopter? Yeah…we’ve all been there. Even if you haven’t, I highly recommend checking out Overseas Aero Tours, a Florida Keys Biplane Tour that’s (conveniently) suited for two.

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Think Top Gun…for dates

…and an older plane. Like, 73 years old. War time era. If you’re gonna be flying in anything that old, let it be the Waco UPF-7. Yeah – shit just got real. It seriously beats a movie. Or dinner. Or drinks. Any day. So instead of doing the same old same old and sitting picking from a boring menu, how about get out of the A/C and hit the skies instead. It’s refreshing. It’s new. It’s partially original….and the best part is, they break down the pricing so it’s affordable, too.

Don’t just think this is for the single dating world – if you’ve managed to be hunted and captured (…married.) it’s a great activity to add to the list of “new things I did with my spouse.” If you’re into that. Go for a run across the sky and check out Pigeon Key, or get a little more adventurous and spend more time overlooking the epic sights of Sombrero Light. Pick a day where the weather’s fine and make reservations, right around this time of the year they can get pretty busy. 1940’s style aviators and pilot caps encouraged…add the jacket if you’re feeling particularly “authentic.”

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…but let’s say you wanna go for drinks after a long afternoon of flying – well, I know just the place to wind down…recently opened if you’re into things like Colombian food, drinks, and nightlife, then you’ll wanna check out Barú Urbano…it’s like, the go-to for all things aesthetic and, well Colombian.

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Now with three locations in Doral, Miami, and MidTown, there’s no excuse why you can’t check this place out. I highly recommend booking reservations, whether you’re going there with a date or just casually with friends. The place has various events depending on which bar you decide to hit up (check out Double Cross Thursdays tonight if you can make it), and a menu that’ll leave you coming back for more. If you’ve been hitting up the gym a lot lately I recommend the Barru Parilla – if you weren’t getting your protein before, you will with that dish.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with some quality spirits, and if you feel like being adventurous order up some refajo for a history lesson with your date, or one big toast with your best buds – as for exactly what refajo is well, I’d love to tell you but for now – I’ll let you figure out what it is when you get there (hint: it has to do with beer) 😉

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Alright last stop…but listen – we’re heading north this time. More specifically, Ft. Lauderdale. I know – “Broward county? Wtf Why?” you’re probably asking…and I know, it’s not even remotely close to Miami – but hear me out, it’s not that bad actually. Besides – would I ever send you anywhere bad? Of course not – after all, I’ve got my reputation to uphold.

Besides it’s right by the beach – and if you’ve ever been to Ft. Lauderdale, the beach there is their strong point.

That and Hooters.

Hooters by the water is just…grand.

Can’t beat a good wing.

But when you want something a little less shady than Hooters, and wanna grab a bite to eat in your swimwear, have a go at Atlantic Surf Club.

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While my favorite thing about this place is the insane view you get while eating…the menu really takes the cake – pun intended. With selections like massive tuna steak burgers, Chicago Dogs, and mouth watering Snapper Filet, you have every right to stuff your face and feel guiltless after.

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For dessert, it’s a good idea to load up on their “Adult” shakes & floats – think TGIF but waaaay better service and a wider selection. It’s a nice change up from your standard alcoholic beverage (though I do recommend the Snake Bite), too. While my favorites pretty much consist of above and beyond 50% of the 9 flavors they have, you absolutely cannot afford to pass up these:

  1. Root Beer Float – Fueling my love of bourbon even more, this shakes blends vanilla ice cream, root beer, and bourbon all into one sinfully delicious combo that’s awesome for Root Beer lovers like myself.
  2. Malted Milkshake – What can I say? I’m a fan of the classics…and this is a classic with a twist. Vanilla ice cream, Ovaltine classic malt, amaretto, kahlua, frangelico, and toasted almonds – I’ll take two.
  3. Adult Mudslide – Reminds me of a favorite flavor of mine from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream lineup, Dublin Mudslide. Comes with a swirl of vanilla & chocolate ice cream, Bailey’s and Godiva chocolate, and of course, vodka.

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Milkshakes never looked so good.

As always…

Stay Awesome.

– Rego

For The Weekenders: Welcome to The 305. is a post from Rego’s Life

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“Failure is success if…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

I try not to look at failure or mistakes as things that were a waste of time – I’m no expert on it, nor am I saying the process is easy….but the less you look at a mistake or failure as being “wrong” the more you’ll see a different way of doing things and actually, the solution becomes a little clearer.

So next time you feel you’ve “failed,” think of it like a video game – if there’s a “retry” button (there always is), allow yourself to get one step closer to the solution.

Stay awesome 😉

– Rego

Musings Episode 34: Laugh a Little…

This past Friday I wasn’t feeling too on the up and up…

…not in the dodgy sense, but I just felt dragged down, burnt out.

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I’ve been working on a new extension of my official site, and the day prior had really given it my all – almost 13 hours straight just getting objectives knocked out one by one. I get into these super charged moments at times.

The next morning I overslept, which had me waking up feeling worse. As a perfectionist, I have a tendency to be a bit hard on myself.

For the rest of the day, I couldn’t really focus. I tried getting my head in gear but it just wasn’t working. Finally, frustrated, I decided to head down to the beach and go for a swim – one problem though. The water was ROLLING…surfers were out, it was close to high tide, and the smallest swells you’d usually be able to wade right through as you walked into the ocean curled and were over my head – I’m not a short person. Heck, there wasn’t really much to wade into – just waves – and not clean sets either.

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They were in such quick succession, sometimes one instantly after the other, I got pushed back about twice – remember, I was going for a swim, not surf, so no board to break the swell.

Now I believe that you should never mess with mother nature when you’re pissed off – and that goes double for the ocean…but stubborn as I sometimes am, I decided to go against my own rule, and the third time the water tried to push me back, I ran right into it and dove…right into a sandy rip curl.

Broke past it, only to have another, this time far less sandy one come at me, dove again, and again, and again. Finally got to a point where the swell didn’t curl, then the pattern changed again. So I dove again – slapped a fish (unintentionally), and while I was underwater noticed just how quickly the sand was being disturbed.

The current was strong, and just when I stabilized and was wading in all the turmoil, once the current pulled back, I started to feel it take my feet with it – and this is where it happened….

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I started laughing, put my hands behind my head, and literally laid back as it pulled the lower half of my body. So there I was, underwater eyes open, leveled out as if I were just casually laying back in bed. The ocean pulled me under, and then like those wet roller coaster rides I had a rip curl thrown into my face with such force and speed it was one of the loudest things I’d heard in a while.

Shortly after I got pushed back on the sand, and as I got up to leave the water, found myself laughing harder than I had all week. That force of water beating down on my head knocked me back to my senses. Mother nature literally slapped me silly.

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I picked up my towel and hit the shower, drove home. All the tension was gone. All the stress. The classic thoughts of “push harder” every perfectionist feels at some point. That pounding feeling at my forehead, and the stiffness in the back of my neck…and there I was, driving home in complete silence, smiling, and laughing to myself.

Usually, hitting up the beach just clears my head, get my thoughts in line…but that day – it reminded me that there are bigger things out there going on than stressing out – humans are just one small speck of this world, even if they hold responsibility to take care of it.

The ocean still moves.

Birds still fly.

Grass still grows and fruit still ripens.

Even if people get stuck in their own frustrations, the show must go on, and it does. Without thinking twice. People create their own problems, and their own paradise. The solution is going through the menu and ordering up which one you want.

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You decide whether or not to just let go. To step away from a problem and come back to it. I’m not saying shirk responsibility, but sometimes when you just take a breather, you end up being more productive and creative. People who take frequent breaks between stressful tasks and try different things than the “norm,” actually achieve their goal and come out successfully, much easier than those who don’t.

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So laugh a little. When things get stressful, it always helps to laugh a little. If you can’t figure out how to laugh then and there, do something stupid or simple, something that’ll knock the frustration right out of you, and laugh a little.

Sometimes, the easiest way to laugh is embarrass yourself.

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Show a little humility. Dance in public. Be a little light-heartedly sarcastic. Hit up a park and run towards the swings like you’re 5 again (I can honestly say I’ve done this more than enough times)…

…and watch the stress fade.

Laugh a little.

It’ll keep you on the right track…

…and as always…

Stay awesome 😉

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Hyde and Seek, Ice Driving, Chalet Igloo

I’m thinking this winter I hit up a 4 season climate.

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  1. Because I love layering.
  2. Because I look good in layered clothing…and
  3. Well…pretty much the same thing as 2.

Aside from that – I really dig cold climates because of all the great things you can do with ice…and snow. But like any good way to start something off, I like to hit up a good lounge. Read on and pay attention carefully – because for the next 5-7 minutes you’re gonna find out the best places to be when it gets cold outside and you’ve run out of things to do with all that snow – or heat, if you’re somewhere that somehow still has 87 degree days.

For starters, let’s get a bit luxurious – and, exclusive, for that matter. You deserve it…and because of that, I invite you to come and check out Hyde Lounge – the epitome, of exclusivity. The minute you step into this place, you feel like it was made for you and you only. This isn’t like your ordinary night life scene – no sir/ma’am. The place screams luxury and sophistication, and quite frankly will make you wonder what the hell you’ve been missing out on all this time.

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Hyde Lounge is home to elite profile personalities including athletes and artists – so don’t be surprised if you rub elbows with someone from your favorite basketball team – just don’t have a fan girl/boy freak out moment. That’s creepy. Nobody likes creepy. If you must, maintain composure, excuse yourself from their presence, make your way to the bathroom or a nearby corner, and then squeal like the little 4 year old girl you are (yes, that includes the bros – don’t lie, you’ve done it) in/over there.

This is a great place to bring a date or significant other, or some friends who have a touch of class and aren’t afraid to show it. Besides their L.A. location, they’ve also got lounges set up in Miami and Vegas, baby…and you better believe each and every one of them is set up with rich leather interiors, genuine dark wood, one of a kind luxury decor, and nothing but high quality liquor with your name on it. Plus a great food menu *nods* can’t forget the great food.

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Be sure to book a reservation – this isn’t your typical walk in place.

Alright I know…that last one wasn’t even remotely located near any snow…but these next two are. I’ve just gotta say first – you know what I like more than lounges? Cars – and driving cars. On ice. As in, ice driving. in Sweden. Yes, Sweden. Here – here’s a paper bag – that should ease your excitement attack.

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WOO.

If you ever wanted to fulfill your Gran Turismo dreams – now’s your chance. Here’s a hankie – go ahead and wipe that tear of joy.

It all starts with Kall Auto Lodge. First – you get legit driver training on a frozen over lake, using Porsche 911s and other high powered, beautifully crafted cars…Second – while they “say” the whole point of the course is to make you a better, safer, more responsible and well versed driver – I’m just gonna say it straight to you and clarify that the “off the record” reason is to turn you into more of a badass.

True story.

Except the music will be way better and less cheesy. I promise.

So what kind of accommodation comes with learning to drive like a legend in the snow? Oh you know, nothing too spectacular – except epic views of local lakes and mountains and decor so carefully selected in the first half hour or so of being in your room you’ll find yourself wanting to live there.

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If you have a spare somebody laying around, like a winter fling or some close buddies – now’s the time to invite them. Kall Auto Lodge is just one of those places where you want to “bro it up” and make it a romantic getaway all at the same time. All in separate settings, of course. They’ve got everything from a sauna and full spa – not to mention a jacuzzi located on the balcony so you can soak up even more of the view.

If you get tired of zooming around on ice in a Porsche (like that’s even possible to become tired of), they also have mountain walks to take in some of that fresh, clean Swedish air. Work up enough of an appetite to hit up their restaurant and prepare to have the meal of your life with all ingredients sourced from a local farmers co-op – meaning nothing but clean eating for you while getting a taste of the local cuisine. Sweden – soon to be known as your new happy place.

But let’s say you wanna slip away from your friends – and instead get to some place more…subtle. More secluded. More cozy.

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Request granted, and cozy you’ll get at the Chalet Igloo. It’s cozy. It’s sexy. It’s unique. It’s almost like we’re describing me – or y’know, you…but let’s hold off on the narcissism for a bit. There’s still a lot to be told. First – why pick the Chalet Igloo over any other Chalet? I’m really glad you asked…

Answer me this – if you were told there was a master suite that looked fit for a king with cowhide rugs, flat screen TVs, and breathtaking mountain views, which you could wake up to in the morning and see from your super-king sized bed – would you pick some other run of the mill chalet? What if it had a soaking tub you could retreat to after a nice hot shower post-ski/snowboarding with a certain someone while they give you a shoulder rub because you ran into that tree while being too busy staring at them? Yeah – I thought so. Chalet Igloo for the win.

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After a long hot soak I personally from there would shuffle into the living area with a nice brandy and sit myself down in front of a roaring log fire, drink in one hand, book in the other…and momentarily stare out at the views up the Ardoisiere valley to Avoriaz and across Morzine to the Roc d’Enfer. If you’re not one for literature – toss the book, keep the brandy, and engage in interesting conversation with the one you came with while listening to some choice music.

If you get bored of brandy – there’s always wine. Lots of it…and if there’s a wine you want but they don’t have – don’t go running to get your snow boots on – that’s why you have a little regime of butlers running around – they’ll find it for you…and when you get tired of boozing and schmoozing, just remember there’s a 12 seater cinema area not too far off in the Chalet with a private bar – so after the 4th glass, watch that 3D movie get a little more real.

I love France.

Stay awesome ;).

– Rego

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