Hope everyone recovered fully from last week’s St. Patrick’s Day.
You’ll need to if you really want to be in top form for the things suggested in this week’s For The Weekenders.
For The Weekenders: Rhodes to Greece, Absinthe Gummy Bears, Vinho Fuelled Polo in Argentina…
There’s so many things to do in this life it’s a wonder why people ever say they’re bored.
Even though the weather’s been pretty crappy and cold in a lot of different areas, there’s always a sun behind the clouds and warmth beyond the cold.
Like in Greece.
Ahh, Greece…despite what the EU may say about it financially, it’s one of those places that you just have to love.
Which begs the question – who’s more rich – the country with the most financial stability, or the country who’s environment nourishes your heart and soul?
I’d say both.
Why can’t we just have both in one place?
Or more accurately…can’t, or won’t?
Whichever way you want to answer that question, in the end all roads lead to Greece – Rhodes, Greece, that is (see what I did there?).
So here’s what you’ll do. Say you’re taking a personal day…which is really a week, and charter a flight to Rhodes Airport. Don’t worry about packing too much here – just comfy clothes (linen? Maybe a nice light chambray weave?), and other bare essentials.
Check-in to Casa Cook Rhodes, and be escorted to your suite with private pool and terrace that you booked prior to arrival.
Complete with outdoor rain shower, premium quality mattresses (*wink*), a minibar, and an indoor whirlpool, you’ll find it easy to melt the jet lag away so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest extent humanly possible.
I recommend having a hot shower then going for a quick soak, before refuelling after a (not really at all that gruelling) flight over.
If you can get your play date to join you then hey, the more the merrier.
You’ll probably want to rest up for what lies in store – there’s a lot to do in Rhodes.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous and athletic, play the night away – just remember to be ready in the morning.
“For what“, you ask?
A full day of sailing…duh.
Well, technically sailing…but mostly lounging, for you.
You’ll have a wonderful little skipper who’ll steer you through various bays and springs, while you lounge on the deck absorbing some seriously glorious sun waves, sipping something cool and refreshing, before convincing your play date to go for a swim, as naturally, while staying dry is great and all, things are much more fun in the water.
After an exhausting day of…relaxing, treat yourself to some locally sourced dinner.
I’m thinking maybe Feta Lagoridani with a salad to start, a mixed grill platter to share for 2, and some Kataifi for dessert…naturally, polished off with an Espresso Highball.
You’ll need a couple of hours to digest all that food you stuffed your smug face with, so feel free to lounge on your terrace, before slipping into the pool for a late night swim with someone sexy.
I recommend sharing a carafe of Pathos, consisting of Metaxa Greek Spirit, Greek dry red wine, some seasonal fruit and traditional botanicals.
A private pool is important.
You want it private.
Why? (Are you really that dense?)
Without sugar coating it…so you can have some private time, of course – without some old retired lady exclaiming, praying for you, then proceeding to throw holy water at you and your special someone.
Nobody likes holy water thrown at them.
Besides being mildly cold (the temperature, not the act), it’s also just like…really inconvenient.
Plus, it kills the buzz from those absinthe gummy bears you made with the silicon mold and absinthe you brought along, in addition to all those “essential items” you stepped out to go shopping for when you touched down.
Wait – you didn’t do that?
You’ve never HAD those?
Jesus Christ…where have you been living? The great depression?
(the 1920’s one – not the 2008 one.)
Well, let’s fix that…for starters, you don’t have to buy them anywhere – plus, they’re not really that easy to buy.
So here’s how to make your own.
Absinthe Gummy Bears
Absinthe isn’t something that just has to be enjoyed via a cocktail.
If childhood favorites, and adult indulgences had a baby, it would be this exact gummy bear treat.
You’ll need a few things, but nothing that’s too much of a hassle to acquire:
- 1 Cup of Water
- .5 Cup of Absinthe
- A quality one.
- .25 Cup of Sugar
- 1 Vitamin B2 Tab
- Food Coloring (Green)
- Silicon mold to make all this stuff into actual gummy bears
Take your water and pour it into a saucepan with no heat under it.
Now dust your gelatin into there.
You’ll have to be a little patient, allowing for your gelatin to bloom for about 10 minutes. Only after that, do you want to put some medium heat under it.
While you’re waiting for that to reach a boil, now would be a good time to take that Vitamin B2 tab I told you about and crush it into a powder.
Once you’re done with that, grab your sugar and food coloring, and dust them slowly into the mixture in your saucepan, letting it simmer until the sugar dissolves completely.
Take your saucepan off the heat, then go ahead and add your powdered B2 and absinthe. Stir everything up until it’s all mixed well and the B2 has dissolved completely.
Now for the fun part.
Take your silicon molds and get everything in there. Toss them in the fridge and be patient – considering the sheer amount of gelatin you used, they won’t take long to set.
Fair warning – these gummy bears may provide a hallucinogenic affect.
Just a tad.
(Unless that is, you’re that much of an asshole one actually flips you the bird.)
So don’t go overboard with them, and definitely don’t eat the whole batch. Everything in moderation.
Nonetheless, they’re a great treat to share with your play date when you’re outside lounging in the pool and listening to some choice music.
…and by choice music I mean this.
Not Katy Perry. Not for this mood (sorry, Katy).
If you’re tired of lounging and are up for getting into something a little more adventurous, it’s probably time to kiss Greece goodbye and head Southwest.
As in, Argentina.
If you’re more of the athletic type, then naturally you’ll want a full day of Polo in Argentina.
Not as adventurous as elephant Polo in India, but still just as fun.
Still athletic but never played polo?
No problem – Argentina Polo Day has intensive Polo lessons for you that’ll bring you up to speed in no time.
First thing’s first. Charter a flight to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport, then get the guys at Argentina Polo Day to arrange transport to get you to this Polo paradise.
It’d probably be a good idea to bring some friends or family along with you, as Polo’s a team sport.
You’ll have some pretty cushy accommodation waiting, in addition to other activities in case you don’t just feel like playing Polo during your entire stay.
Like watching the pros play the game for you. At night.
Or maybe some tango lessons to impress that person you’ve been seeing for a while now.
If you really feel like spreading your wings a little and taking in the sights, I’d opt for a bird’s eye view with a heli-tour.
Whatever you want to do these guys will do their best to accommodate (just don’t go overboard – they won’t be your therapist for that divorce you’re going through).
You may be a little nervous the first time around. Maybe you’re the shy type, and feel a little awkward when trying something new.
Especially if you’ve got someone you (feel you) have to impress.
Don’t sweat it – Argentina is known for serving up some great liquid courage, so a little vinho (that’s wine), might help before the official match.
I cannot, however, guarantee what the effects of said wine will be like during your match, though.
Either way, that counts as an energy drink, right?
Just…wing it whichever way you see fit – you get the idea.
When you’ve had your fill of polo, shower up and hit the pool.
Best way to soothe those achy muscles you (probably) haven’t used in years after such a rugged sport.
That and absinthe gummy bears.
Gummy bears for everyone.
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