For The Weekenders: Luxury Swiss Manors, Underwater Dining, Royalty for a Weekend…

With summer fun still pressing on, I figure why not continue the trend of travel. With 7.5 billion people and a world that’s meant to be explored, planes were designed for a reason. So don’t even think about touching that TV remote, put down the junk food, get out from under your rock, and get to exploring – humans were made to travel. Let’s go.

For The Weekenders: Luxury Swiss Manors, Underwater Dining, Royalty for a Weekend…

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Museums. Remember those? You might have been to a museum in your life at least once – maybe part of a grade school trip, maybe as an adult, or maybe you pulled a Ferris Bueller at some point. I like to think of museums as a collection of snapshots in time – because well, that’s what they are. Obviously.

But what’s better than your standard museum?

Luxury Swiss Manors turned into museums. Or in this case, Charlie Chaplin‘s Manor turned museum, in Switzerland.

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I could roll around on that lawn for hours.

Ever so affectionately called Chaplin’s World, this little gem gives you a warm tour of Charlie Chaplin’s life. So if you’re a producer, director, screenplay writer, or even just a film enthusiast, you’ll feel right at home, while you’re guided through, well, Chaplin’s old home (not so fun fact: in the 40’s Chaplin was, unfortunately forced to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland).

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“They just don’t understand art, Oona.”

So here’s how to get this trip done right. You’ll book a few nights at the Modern Times Hotel, where you’ll stay in possibly a regular (read: Superior) room, or preferably a Junior suite (all mattresses have cashmere wool so you can sleep like an oversized baby).

True to their word, the floors are swathed in white oak and stone, and you can get fresh water from their spring in Les Pléiades with bubbles (bubbles optional).

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You can also grab some breakfast before heading to the museum, to be sure your energy reserves are fully topped up before venturing on to the museum.

Alright so this is where the magic begins. Things get a bit intimate here as you’ll be learning about Chaplin’s personal life; his childhood, his sense of style, taste, his family man side, so to speak…and let me tell you, the man had style.

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Having a look over his personal belongings (intended to sound waaay less creepy than it did) you can see it was a classic style nonetheless, timeless, but relatable; it’ll feel like you’re visiting an old friend, rather than a manor turned museum.

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Except this…unless running into Uncle Einstein making silly faces at himself in the mirror is your thing and reminds you of home, then that’s great too.

You’ll also get a chance to see his work…and by work I mean a taste of what it was like to work in film back in his era. From a replication of movie sets to a behind-the-scenes look into how brilliant movies are made, this is your chance to step back in time and experience it all.

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And hey, if you’re really feeling nostalgic, bring your grandma along…I mean, you know, if she’s that old.

….great grandma maybe?

If she’s alive.

Just…you get what I mean – bring someone old along if you want.

Alright so by this point you’re probably hungry – well there’s a magnificent little cafe restaurant at the centre of the park (yes, there’s a park – I’ll get to that in a minute, be patient) called “The Tramp“.

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You can grab something light at the cafe (maybe a nice hot chocolate), or something a bit more filling from the restaurant menu (I recommend the Macaronis Alpine Style – mostly because I’m 5 at heart most days and really like macaroni).

Aside from the food I’d really recommend you just take the time to soak up the decor – the old style cameras and large wooden beams make the place feel like a blast from the past.

Once you’re done chewing, and sipping, and lounging, it might be a good idea to stretch those legs in Chaplin’s estate – in simpleton terms, the park.

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With impressive views of Lake Geneva and the mountains, it’s a perfect opportunity to indulge in some nature and forget the craziness (read: unnecessary busyness) of civilisation.

Or, you could choose the less adulting type option and run through the whole thing singing like you’re in the film “The Sound of Music”.

Your choice.

One more thing – take some time to check out the Montreux Riviera region as well. You won’t be disappointed.

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If you’re not into museums, that’s fine. Maybe you have the outlook of “hey, it’s summer…and dammit, I want beaches. And sand. Sandy beaches. And underwater dining. Wait…”

Yeah. That’s a real thing. I’m gonna take you back to the maldives (but not the same place, so chill out). If you liked what Mexico had to offer last week, and Thanda Island the week before, then you’ll love what’s in store at Hurawalhi Maldives.

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Attractive travel partner not included.

First, you’ll want to charter a flight to Male’ International Airport. Then, from that airport, you’ll charter another flight (via seaplane) to Hurawalhi Maldives – scenic doesn’t even begin to describe the 40-45 minutes flight over. Hopefully you’ve picked which villa you want – there are a plethora of them to choose from.

You want a beach? Beach with sunset and pool? Ocean? Ocean with sunset? Ocean with pool? Ocean with a sunset and a pool? Am I confusing you?

Don’t worry – the main thing is you’ve got options – just like in Pitbull’s song – except, different options in this case…or maybe both – which reminds me, this is an adults only getaway, no kids, sorry.

This also means you’ve got to grab someone to tag along – start looking through that little black book.

I recommend the Ocean Sunset Villa. Swimming in the ocean is like, way better.

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But you’re not here to just sleep – you’re here to enjoy yourself. With loads of activities to do, there’s no excuse to be bored.

If for the first day or two you wanna recover from jet lag, and keep things chill, they’ve got a sports ground, games room (Pacman anyone?), and fitness centre, all neatly within reach.

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You will never beat my high score in pinball. Ever.

When you fee like you’re ready to delve into some adventure, grab that perfect 10 you’re with and go ahead and show off your sporting skills with things like wakeboarding, jet skiing, speed boating, or maybe just reuniting with Flipper.

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Reunited and it feeels so goood.

If you’re not that into adrenaline there’s more low key things to do, like parasailing, playing hide and seek with manta rays, or just snorkeling.

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Holy crap…is that Nemo?

Naturally, after that, you’ll probably want some protein and or carbohydrates – meaning food…but you may not want to get out of the water just yet.

Queue 5.8 Undersea Restaurant – a place where you can sit back, watch Nemo and his little school friends swim by, sip on your favourite wine, and enjoy some quality fuel before your next adventure.

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All while they look on in horror as you devour their math teacher, Mr. Shrimp (I’m KIDDING. Geez…it’s just his cousin).

Think of being in a big aquarium, except you’re the fish and everyone’s checking you out.

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Hiiii friend…would you care to talk about Jesus today?

They’ve got a great lunch menu, and options for vegetarians and vegans as well, if you’re into that; and if you’re looking to impress that special someone you brought along with you, there’s a fabulous little romantic dinner all planned out too.

If eating underwater isn’t your thing, you can always check out the Aquarium Restaurant and Bar, featuring a Teppenyaki grill for those of us who want a slice of Japan while already having a slice of the Maldives. The menu is sustainable, meaning tree huggers can have their cake and eat it too – all while enjoying a fantastic ocean view.

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After a full day of living life the way it’s supposed to be lived, there’s always the option to retire to your villa and relax with some good music, a nice wine, and maybe even go for a late night swim so you can show off that summer body you keep maintained all year round.

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Just don’t swim right after you eat…cramping up like a senior citizen can really kill the mood.

Let’s say you wanna do it up bigger though.

Bigger?” You ask.

Yes, bigger.

Ever wanted to live like royalty?

Well now you can – at Castel Porrona, in Italy.

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This is far from an overstatement – you can actually book the entire castle if you’ve got a good bit of people you fancy entertaining. With a plethora of suites and living areas to choose from, everyone can have their own space.

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There’s also a wonderful little private butler to bring you bubbly, while you’re in a bubbly bath.

So if you’ve got a family reunion you’ve been made the head of to organise, and really don’t like Uncle Carl and Aunt Sue, you can just put them in the servants quarters.

Or, to avoid being cut out of anyone’s will, you can book them a luxury suite/room in The Relais – the surrounding village – that will impress – without giving the impression that you’re not too fond of them.

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…I feel like I’m in Assassin’s Creed II.

The castle itself comes with a large kitchen, and private chef to whip up whatever your heart desires, a private butler to answer your (almost) every request, and endless panoramic views offered up by taking a short trip up to the towers.

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The rooms and suites outside of the castle and throughout the village are pretty decked out as well, with ridiculously supple bed linen, jacuzzis, and enough fine furniture to satisfy even the pickiest family member.

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If you feel like treating yourself to some pampering (or down time away from everyone), there’s an abundance of wellness options to choose from at Agua Spa at The Relais. You can enjoy a taste of Morocco while discovering their sauna, heated salt water pools, steam baths, and so much more.

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So if you decide to bring that special someone along, and want to escape the maddening 21 questions about marriage your family keeps throwing at you, you guys can always head for a Signature Agua Spa Couple treatment – where after indulging in a few bottles of wine and food bathed in olive oil during your stay, you can then bask and be massaged in said wine and olive oil…just in like, a way more scientific, homeopathic way.

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If there’s ever a perfect opportunity to excuse indulging, this is it.

Fit for a king (or queen).

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Skydiving Sandwiches, Lobster Shacks, Late Night Wings…

Lately fitness wise I’ve been getting ready for a bulking season (lost a LOT of gains due to stress) – I’m naturally slender and have always been athletic, so bulking during summer season doesn’t really hurt me in the slightest.

So all this week it’s been a grand tour of the pure deliciousness one would call food…and my God has it been delicious. When you really think about it, eating food is an actual chore, just like bathing daily or brushing your teeth – but mother of God did nature make it an enjoyable one. Enjoy.

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Just imagine for a second if eating had to be done without any enjoyment? No flavors? No aromas? It’d be pretty….boring. But alas, this is exactly why it wasn’t made so – three times a day of that would make life hellish.

So just a heads up to everyone – although fitness is discussed quite a lot over at the official site, don’t forget that eating clean doesn’t mean you have to eat bland – and on cheat days, don’t ever forget to ENJOY the food you eat to maximum extent.

Let’s start with North River Lobster Co. – in short, these guys are AWESOME. Intended to be an escape from Manhattan’s hustle and bustle, North River Lobster Company accomplishes exactly that. In saying that, this isn’t your typical sit down and order restaurant. The food is beyond comparison.

For starters, it’s on a boat – scratch that, it is a boat. A boat that offers up little adventures by sailing around the Hudson. How many lobster shacks do you know that offer up that?

Secondly, the menus are dotted around the boat, on the pier, and online (aaaaand click here.)…

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….once you’ve decided on what to eat, you hit up the bartender and order. Like in tennis, a little runner delivers your food and presto – time to eat. While keeping their menu simple and to the point, lobster isn’t the only thing they offer – but I do recommend checking out their lobster roll.

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Or if you’re a big eater and want seconds, grab a North River Burger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich (don’t let the plain name fool you), or Shrimp Po Boy. Wash it all down with one of their many alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drinks and top it off with a slice of New York Style Cheesecake (obviously).

But let’s say you’re really not a seafood fan in general or just want something a little more home-style – then I’d say if you’re in Melbourne and up to party, take a gamble and check out Jafflechute’s party happening on July 19th of this year (2014).

I know, you’re probably wondering – what the f*ck is a Jafflechute? Well, if you got the awesome opportunity to try them while they were in New York, a Jafflechute, my friend, is (literally) a heaven-sent grilled cheese (with some possible suprises thrown in) sandwich delivered via parachute to an appointed location.

So here’s the formal description of how it works:

You order up a sandwich (with a twist) of your choice, pay them via PayPal, then like a Mission Impossible agent they give you a location and a time. Wherever X marks the spot is where your lunch will be delivered (somehow, this reminds me of anvils and Looney Tunes.).

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So you stand there, gazing into the blue sky (jafflechutes are only delivered during good weather – naturally) until finally you see it – a neatly packaged, carefully thought out little parachute heading your way –

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all it takes now is a bit of hand-eye coordination on your part to allow the gently falling parcel of food to fall into your palms. Look up, smile, wave, and carry on about your day as innocent bystanders look on in awe wondering what on earth just happened – and how it can happen to them.

Seriously.

If you’re in Australia go to the party.

Book your tickets.

Now.

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It’s alright though if you’re not the traveling type – or you just can’t be bothered with a long ass flight. Maybe you just want a great place to go after drinks with friends.

For more drinks with more friends.

And food. Obviously food. You’ve gotta sober up at some point.

Jify’s has got you covered.

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This is the go to place not just for late night, but all things food related. A Caribbean themed restaurant with a Caribbean roots founder, you can only expect boundless explosion after explosion of flavour from this place.

For late night eats and drinks, order up some Jerk Wings and Plantain Chips with Mango Guacamole, then pair it with an Old Friend – an Old Friend being a drink, comprising of Cachaça, Ginger, Tamarind Extract, and Angostura Bitters.

(Or, if you’ve still got that “old friend’s” number, don’t hesitate to call him or her, either…*wink*)

If that doesn’t suit your fancy they’ve got plenty of other options as well, so don’t sweat it.

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I’d also highly recommend you go there for the music as well, over at Cameo Gallery conveniently placed right behind the place. Tickets are priced reasonably and offer up a great selection, like “The Future Scares Me,” “TUTU,” and Tamara Davidson tonight at 8:00 P.M.

If that’s not enough to get you to come check out Jify’s I don’t know what is (also, you’re missing out on a very epic part of life).

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 1

Was out celebrating a friend’s birthday last night and it got me thinking…

The key to a good house party is an even better, proper stocked home bar. Often I enjoy having good friends over rather than heading out all the time. It’s a bit more of a personal experience, and really saves the headache of making sure everyone sobers up and gets home alright. Plus – you can make drinks the bar tender may have never even heard of – and not have to concern yourself with paying top dollar for them.

…because clearly, he thinks that anything original has to be worth more than your first born – either that, or he doesn’t know what to price this masterpiece you just invented on the fly.

So I thought over the next few weeks I’d do a series, starting with the first batch of essentials that are easiest to get your hands on. Ready? Let’s go.

For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 1

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First thing’s first – in the drinking world, soda matters. But what type of soda you use matters more….not everything can be mixed with cola. So these are what I have stocked at all times:

  • Ginger Beer – Great for mixing with absinthe.
  • Tonic – Excellent for when you want that “low-calorie” drink for a strict fitness regime.
  • Lemon Lime Soda – Adds a good amount of zest.
  • Club Soda – For when you wanna keep things really light – but I hardly use this one.
  • Cola – Skip the diet junk…it does more harm than good.
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This is the real deal here lads.

Next thing – juice is your friend. It doesn’t always have to be used for “fruity” or “feminine” drinks either. Juice is a really great mixer and if you know what you’re doing, can have you hitting the sauce harder than you’d expected without even realizing you’re drinking an “adult” drink. Here’s what I like to keep stocked…

  • Orange Juice – Chock full of that “vitamin C.”
  • Grapefruit Juice – Rim the glass with sugar and you’ve got a nice sweet/sour combination.
  • Cranberry Juice – A standard for the classic “Cape Codder.”
  • Tomato Juice – When you’re in the mood for a Bloody Mary.
  • Pineapple Juice – Tangy. Sweet.
  • Lemon Juice. – Common essential.
  • Lime Juice – Other common essential.

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Last thing – The seemingly unconventional but vital others go here. These are the ones that make all the difference in those drinks you like to take off the beaten path of your typical assembly line. Stock your home bar with these and you’ll start to earn your stars…

  • Water – Yes, water…and not to sober up.
  • Simple Syrup – If you haven’t already, get yourself a bar tending 101 book – this mixer is more important than you think.
  • Sour Mix – For when you don’t always want things sweet.
  • Bitters – More bitters the better.
  • Coffee – For when you want the charge with the alcohol “high”…okay I lied – for when you can’t make up your damn mind.
  • Grenadine – For when you wanna get fancy – or when you really start paying attention on how to make real drinks.
  • Half & Half – Pretty obvious.
  • Milk – For the non-lactose intolerant.
  • Tabasco Sauce – Spice things up.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Goes beyond food.
  • Tea – Now you know how grandma stayed so young.

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….and that’s all there is to it. Keep your home bar stocked with these, and before you know it a good night in will revolve around more than just vodka, jagermeister, and Pepsi. A great way to make sure your best buddies or new guests have awesome drinks, and an even better way to impress that date you invited over while giving her a brief but fascinating history lesson during the process of making his/her drink.

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Classic Cars, Little Bars, Pizza Hackers…

This For The Weekenders is all about one thing – kicking your Converse up on the table and enjoying life. No dress codes. No fancily dressed bouncers. No 35th floor city view. Nope. This weekend we’re talking novelty, nostalgia, and all things in between. Enjoy. 😉

For The Weekenders: Classic Cars, Little Bars, Pizza Hackers…

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With the arrival of spring, fine weather calls for beach outings, picnics, and road trips. Nothing’s better than a clear blue sky with full, white clouds and the sun beaming down on you while just enough breeze makes it warm, not humid. Nothing beats hitting the highway with old tunes, close friends (or your S.O./new found spring fling), and somewhere good to go.

But sporting around in a Prius just won’t cut it. No, you need something real. Something respectable. Something unforgettable.

This is where DB Autosportif comes into play.

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For those days when you just want to get away from it all and just enjoy the hum of an engine, good tunes, and the wind in your hair. What’s really cool about this company is they’re small, but take great pride in what they do. Run by a team of three, these guys decided to take their passion and turn it into something they could share with people everyday.

So here’s how it goes – you order up a car 24 hours in advance and have it delivered to wherever you want within the Bay Area of Northern California. Literally – anywhere. So if you thought about playing hooky at work tomorrow and want to pull a Ferris Bueller, you can.

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“Oh Sloane, dear, hurry along now.”

Once you order the car it’s delivered to you the next day – the question is though, which car do you want? That depends really – whether you’re a fan of convertible or standard top….but if you picked convertible, I recommend an American classic, the 1960 Chevy Corvette Roadster – also known as “Eddie.”

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There’s just some things in life that no matter how old they get, beat even the newest, most cutting edge inventions. This ’60 Corvette is one of them. It’s the perfect car for that day when you just want a little one on one time with someone that means something special to you.

I’ve always been more of a fan of standard top cars, but pieces of art like these have a tendency to change my mind and throw “preferences” out the window – because at the end of the day, it’s the fact that at some point in history, a group of people took science and art, and made something fucking beautiful…yet powerful. Take this car on one of the scenic drives DB Autosportif offers with a picnic basket (containing some choice wine) and you won’t be disappointed.

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If you’re really more of a standard top fan though, don’t hesitate to try the 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2, aka “Enzo.” A four seater instead of a two, you can bring some friends along and make a day out of cruising around to different awesome places.

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Or, you know, just cruise to the next private airport.

…so let’s say you skip the picnic for two and do decide to hit the town with friends instead? Couple things – you’ll want to start with a full stomach.

But I’m not talking about the nearest franchise restaurant…and God knows sitting in some air conditioned upscale restaurant wouldn’t exactly mesh with the kind of day you’re trying to create. Nope – remember, it’s all about casual clothes, comfortable shoes, and enjoying things most people take for granted.

So it’s gonna be first stop, PizzaHacker. Why? Because…

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LOOK AT ALL THIS DELICIOUSNESS.

Seriously. There’s pizza. Then there’s wood burning oven baked pizza. Pies like this beat your standard franchise pizza any day. Care, energy, and emotion is put into everyone of these pizzas, because when someone’s passionate about what they like, that’s exactly what happens.

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The guy Jeff who crafts these things is no cheapskate when it comes to ingredients either. He’s all about organic ingredients, “fancy” salts, choice toppings, and carefully crafted dough. I have ALWAYS been a fan of pizza, so whenever someone comes along and shares that same passion, I’ve no choice but to tip my hat to them and say “well done sir/madam.”

I admire this guy for what he does – how he started. Entrepreneurship at it’s best. So if you’re in SF be sure to check out his website and his food. You won’t regret it – but you will regret not doing so.

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So you and a few friends have loaded up on pizza, checked out one of the great scenic drives recommended by DB Autosportif, and now you’re looking for someplace to rest your Ray-Bans and have a good drink.

But you don’t just want a standard beer. Naa, you want something different. That’s what this weekend is all about. So you all agree to hit up SRO, cleverly hidden in OddJob over on Mission St…and once you get there, you realize you couldn’t have made a better choice.

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The place is similar to that of some Japanese bars I’ve been in. So small it’s not like your standard bars where you can sit back, lounge, and relax – but it’s that same smallness that adds intimacy on a great date or closeness with friends when you all feel like really bonding.

SRO stands for well, Standing Room Only, and rightfully so – it’s only got a few stools. So don’t expect to be all sprawled out – this is the kind of place you have to feel comfortable being close to strangers in, in order to truly enjoy it.

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While the mixologist here will make you a drink on request, it’s best just to let these guys do their thing and use their imagination. After all, there are hundreds if not thousands of bars, lounges, and restaurants that you can go to and simply tell someone what drink you want. The treat at SRO is, these guys will mix something up for you, and see if it’s to your liking. Look for Joey, and he’ll be sure to take care of you.

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One last thing, no plastic allowed here – cash only. Quit your whining though – you wanted the classic experience.

Plus, driving a 1960’s sports car while paying for everything with plastic is a little goofy to say the least.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Three Liquors You Should Know About…

Every once in a while, it’s nice to share some of your favorite things with other people. In particularly, people whom you enjoy having a small gathering with.

Often the trend nowadays is for everyone to bring their own alcohol, and share it around – but if you’re looking to share something more than just beer or wine, considering that’s what most usually bring, here’s three kinds of alcohol that will be sure to make a great night for everyone. Enjoy.

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Let’s start off with my favorite….Jagermeister. More of a digestif liqueur, this stuff is amazing. Good God…there’s so much you can do with it – so many drinks you can make. The most well known being Jagerbombs – Red Bull and Jager (formerly Jager and beer)…but there are many, many more mixes than that.

I really enjoy the taste of this stuff, not to mention the fact it’s made of 56 herbs and spices. Usually when I drink I try and drink clean, and am very particular about the type of alcohol I take into my system. Hence why if for example, if anyone were to hang out with me, it’s more than likely you wouldn’t see me mixing alcohols.

So besides the ever-so-famous Jagerbomb what are two more drinks that are worthy of mentioning? Read on…

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The Bob Dylan. – Fairly simple, with a decent proof. You’re gonna need a blender for this one – it was originally made with Surge…but that was discontinued. Then I used to make it with Vault…and that was discontinued. Now, I used Mountain Dew. Take 12 oz. Mountain Dew, 4 oz. Jagermeister, and 16 oz. ice. Put all this in a blender, throw the top on, and blend until smooth. Careful though – this is soda you’re blending, after all.

Serve it in a highball glass and what do you get? One chilling, refreshing drink with a nice aftertaste. The ice M.D. taste hit you first, with a nice finish of jager once it warms up as it goes down. Try it out, and if you have already, comment below.

Reservoir Dog. Named after one of my favorite movies, this one’s quick and simple to make, as all it takes is one part Bailey’s Irish cream and one part Jager. Mix both over ice cubes, strain, and before you know it you’ve got one excellent drink that didn’t takes years of mixology to perfect.

Jager, depending on your alcohol tolerance, is one of those alcohols that give you a nice buzz without the terrible hangover. Quite honestly, what causes a terrible hangover is one of two things:

A) Cheaply made alcohol
B) Not enough oxygen to the brain – not drinking enough water after you’ve had your fill of alcohol

Next up…New Amsterdam Gin. Usually, I’m a bit of a gin snob. I like Beefeater London Dry Gin all the way – but sometimes, just sometimes, I like to change things up. New Amsterdam Gin is (suprisingly) something that caught my attention one day while I was out with a few friends getting some spirits for a small pool party.

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It’s a bit lacking in Juniper, but it does quite well in fruity drinks, due to its citrusy flavor. It’s also one of the better gins if you’re looking to pay less than $20.

Personally, when it comes to gin I have one favorite drink. It’s very simple, and sometimes boring – but with my fitness regime and again, conscientious nature, it’s something I don’t mind. Sometimes, the best things are the simplest – one of which is your classic G&T, or Gin and Tonic.

If you’re looking for more flavor though, these two should do the trick:

Classic Clover Club. – Another classic, but with a twist. Created in the 1800’s, this is one of those classics that everyone should try at least once.

All it takes is 2 oz. gin, half a lemon’s worth of juice, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. sugar, and lastly 1/4 raspberry syrup. Pour everything in to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake like your life depends on it. This is so the sugar and egg mix well, and properly. Strain it into a cocktail glass and you’re good to go. Many people replace the raspberry syrup with grenadine but to be quite honest, without the syrup the drink is nothing to brag about. Raspberry syrup is key.

If you like mint, Caruso is for you. This one is both old-fashioned and cocktail glass worthy, and is simple enough for even the novice bartender to make.

The ingredients? 1 oz. gin, 1 oz. dry vermouth, and a touch of green creme de menthe. Pour them into a mixing glass with ice, stir, and stir well, strain into a glass and presto – you’ve just found a drink for the upcoming St. Patty’s day.

…but maybe you’re not a gin fan. Some people hate it. Maybe you don’t even like Jager – some say it smells like medicine….but everybody loves honey, right?

Cue Wild Turkey American Honey. What can I say about this stuff…except for the fact it’s effing awesome. You can drink it straight, on the rocks, or mixed. It’s got a sweet start and robust finish. The honey is so thick, it coats the glass quite easily even if you’ve accidentally let the ice melt. Interesting fact: Whiskey back in the day used to actually be considered medicinal, and was the preferred drink over water due to a safety point of view – considering the filtration process a few hundred years ago wasn’t exactly…effective.

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Sometimes I like to make Masala Chai (mixed spice tea) and spike it with an ounce or two of American Honey, makes for a real nice nightcap.

But if you prefer your drinks cold and not warm, here’s two recipes that’ll knock your socks off:

Let’s start simple, with American Honey and Ginger Beer. – Just as the name says all you really need is a large tumbler glass, limes, ginger beer, and about 30 ml of American Honey.

Pour the A.H. in the tumbler glass, slice the limes up into wedges, squeeze four over ice in that same tumbler glass, and top up with ginger beer. Keep in mind I said ginger BEER, not ginger ale – big difference. You can usually find the ginger beer in the “ethnic” aisle of your local grocer. No Canada Dry here folks.

Nothing like a little Lo-Fi THC. – If you’re looking for something a little more rewarding to make – as in, complex, then you’ll really enjoy Lo-Fi THC. I love making this whenever friends are over. I don’t care what anyone says, the way in which you mix a drink determines the flavor, so follow these instructions closely…

First, you’ll need the following:

30ml Wild Turkey Bourbon
30ml American Honey
30ml Campari
Dissolved sugar cubes
Dash of whiskey bitters
An orange rind twist for garnish

Throw all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker GLASS. Stir 3 times clockwise, then ONE time anti-clockwise. Place your ice in a tumbler glass and start pouring the ingredients through a strainer over the aforementioned ice. Top it off with the orange rind in the glass and voila – you just became 50x more impressive to that date you invited over.

You’re welcome…and I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Create Your Weekend…

This weekend, it’s all about you. What you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to see, and where you want to be. Figured it’d be a good idea to change things up a bit from the regular For The Weekenders and put you, in the driver’s seat this time. So here’s three great apps I personally use whenever I wanna just wing it. They’ve been around for a while now, and I’m surprised not as many people have them considering that fact.

Bottom line, when you’re looking to make a choice on a whim, the last thing you need is something slowing down that impulse or snap decision. Fortunately, these apps help you avoid encountering such a clutchy mishap. Enjoy.

Create Your Weekend. Starting Now.

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So your friends decided to drop in on you by surprise and now you guys are out on the next plane to [insert awesome city here]. The minute you touch down you all have no fucking clue where to go, but you know you’re hungry, thirsty, and ready to party. What do you do? Casually reach for your smartphone and tap that little app called “Yelp.”

Yeah I know. Yelp’s been around for a while now…but surprisingly, its app is underused and underrated. Sure, you can search for restaurants, bars, etc the typical, boring way…but what about when you’re out walking around downtown and have no sense of direction and no idea where you’re going? Cue Monocle.

What is monocle exactly? Oh you know, just a bundle of awesomeness. That utilizes augmented reality. Remember all those futuristic shows you used to watch when you were a kid? Oddly enough without even realizing it we’ve reached the future all short of flying cars. Computers with touch screen capability that fit in the palm of your hand, voice to text, A.I., use of Wi-Fi in airplanes, robot vacuum cleaners, you name it most of it’s been done….then comes along this sweet ass app.

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If virtual reality and actual reality had a baby, they’d name it Monocle. Or simulated reality – but honestly, Monocle sounds way cooler.

Long story short, you simply open the Yelp app, select “Monocle,” hold your phone up in front of you, and away you go – a screen of what’s right in front of you, with access to information on restaurants, lounges, bars, and any other activity you can imagine, reviews included. You get the name, the hours, the review ratings, pricing, and most importantly distance, of any restaurant within your GPS‘ close radius all at quite literally, your fingertips.

You can turn around full circle and see every POI (point of interest) within that range. When something piques your curiosity, you simply tap to select it, get the directions, further stats, etc, and in under five minutes you’ve just found a place you and you friends can party. Welcome to the future. Go you.

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How about those situations where you’re on a casual date, you know, just coffee, conversation, that sort of thing. Things seem to be going pretty well considering you’ve been meeting up casually, and quite honestly you like to maintain a “mysterious but observant” aura. So you both start on the subject of media, books, usual things that help humans determine similar interest that don’t go too deep, and your date mentions they’ve been figuratively dying to see that new movie that just came out.

The night is still young, it’s quite a low key, casual date, and there’s no particular plans set in stone except enjoying each other’s company…would you continue sitting there talking, or use that opportunity to do something pretty cool?

Good – I was hoping you’d pick that last option. So here’s the game plan – you get your date to elaborate a bit more on that movie they were talking about, while you, my dear friend, quickly look at your smart phone as if you’ve just received a text, and be sure to continue engaging in conversation so you don’t come off as an arse. Meanwhile, you’ll pop open your Fandango app and book tickets for two then and there at the nearest cinema available.

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It’s from here, after your date says “…and yeah, that’s what it’s about. I just can’t wait to go see it,” that you smile and say “you know, that’s funny, I had a feeling you’d like that film, so I booked us tickets. Show starts in 30 – wanna get out of here?”

Smoothness points: 10. Mystery: kept. Observance points: 50. Skip the popcorn, get the sour patch candies…or no candy at all.

Thank me later.

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Saving the best for last, this app is one I use quite often, and honestly, I’ve gotta say, it always pulls through. Let’s say you’re not out on a casual, low key date. Let’s say your friends and you are in swank mode and hopped a plane to Vegas. Let’s say you’re out with someone who’s high maintenance. Or let’s just say you feel like abusing your bank account a little bit – why shouldn’t you? You work hard at your business.

This is where Urban Daddy’s: The Next Move app, comes into play. Why do I love this thing so much? Because it’s so fucking awesome. Seriously. It’s got a nice little human touch, and points you to only the best spots in town. Scratch that – it doesn’t just point you to the best spots, but personalizes the experience and tailors it with just a few short scenario descriptions that fit whatever situation you’re in at that given moment.

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I’ve had this app since the beginning – stuck with it through the glitches, and today can honestly say the guys over at UD have expanded it into a damn fine piece of programming that they should be proud to brag about.

So the next time you’re out and about, either with your closest friends or flying solo working on your charm skills, remember this app. Get a little adventurous, forget all your usual spots (unless they’re really primo – as in, exceptional quality.), and live a little. Your friends will thank you. That 10 you’ve been flirting with for the past 10 minutes will thank you. You’ll thank me later.

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😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Valentine’s Day Ideas – Rego Style.

Valentine’s Day: A day that represents love, love of money, flighty holiday flings, and commercialism. Basically just a whole lot of definitions. Usually, there’s about 3 kinds of people up and about on this day – the lovers, the players, and the anti-valentiners (yes, I just invented a word.). Figured I’d put a spin on this For The Weekenders, and share with all three of those categories some excellent Valentine’s Day ideas – whether you love it, loathe it, or just plain don’t care about it. Enjoy. 😉

Valentine’s Day Ideas. Rego Style.

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For The Anti-Valentiner. I remember one of my anti-Valentine years. It was the year Chinese New Year fell on the same date (take a guess). A handful of my friends and I were single that year, and we decided to rock it unconventional. Before Valentine’s Night began (and things got…crazy) I hit the town during the day with a friend of mine, and we decided to go for Chinese buffet – in celebration of Chinese New Year, and a big fuck you to Valentine’s Day.

It went alright.

Besides the stares.

In retrospect, I now understand why there were so many older dudes looking on with mouths agape…considering we were in a restaurant. Eating family style. Sharing food. An interesting day indeed.

To avoid any friendly outings turning into *ahem* “misunderstandings,” I recommend bringing two or three friends to this next place I’m going to suggest. Which is also a place that both houses and serves my second two favorite things – donuts and alcohol. Everyone loves donuts. My first? Gummie bears and alcohol. Side note – is it gummy bears, or gummie bears? I’ve lost track over the years… Anyway, cue Glazed Donut Bistro. Donuts for Grown-ups – which is conveniently their slogan.

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What can I say about this place – it’s awesome.

Their menu? One of a kind.

Their donuts? Artisan quality – no, scratch that – Artisan. If you’re on the road to fitness cover your eyes – food porn alert in 3..2…

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Yeah. Three I recommend? Bourbon Pecan Pie, Tres Tres Leches, and S’more Please.

As for their alcohol options…heaven sent. So this is my suggestion:

For starters, order up the 24 donut hole special with 6 sauces – y’know. to get the palette ready. Wash that down with a bit of Almond Iced Coffee or Craft Hot Chocolate. Savor this while waiting for the main course…

Fried Chicken Beignets; lightly sweetened boneless (win) chicken with a maple dip. Salty and savory in one explosive flavor. Proceed to then cleanse that from the palette with your choice of red or white wine – or if you’re really feeling fancy, some Dom Perignon, then bask in that bliss for about 5-10 minutes.

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It’s not over yet.

Proceed to dessert – because now’s the time to ready that half full stomach of yours with various donuts of your choice – shoot for the Cherry Amaretto and a dessert wine, if it suits your fancy. After all – it’s anti-Valentine’s Day – you have a right to be anti-something-healthy. Ask for the check with pride and strut out not entirely sober and readying yourself for the dentist next week.

For The Lovers. For those of you who aren’t anti-Valentine’s Day this year, you’re probably going to want to pull away from the norm of things. You know – chocolates. Typical dinner at that favorite place your S.O. always likes. Heart shaped balloons or dust collecting animals. *shrugs* Meh. Typical. Could be better. Could be worse.

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Let’s shoot for better though. Here’s a way to look adventurous without suggesting sky diving and champagne. Unless you’re into that. In which case by all means – go for it. If not, how about making this Valentine’s Day….intimate.

The place? The Place.

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No that…that’s the name of the restaurant. The Place. Christ. Keep up.

All jokes aside though – unless you purely suck at the art of seduction, you seriously can’t go wrong here. It’s a great spot to go when things are getting serious, when things already are serious, and when you want to try your hand at things getting serious.

Unlike most sterile looking “hot spot romantic restaurants” it has an aesthetic appeal that pulls you in, during any time of the day – but especially at night – and is sure to make both you and your S.O. feel like you’re in a world all your own.

Plus they’ve got great wine. *nods* if all else fails, wine prevails. The food menu is diverse enough where you can choose to eat light, or if you and your S.O. have been in it for the long haul these past [insert any number greater than 2] years you can both stuff your faces.

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Although to be fair…I’ve always been pro-stuffed face. Either with food or alcohol

The best part? It’s all organic. Meaning a truly different and non-run-of-the-mill dining experience. I recommend making a reservation now, in case you’re still running around trying to figure something out last minute.

Life lesson: Never leave things last minute when it comes to things in relationships. Apparently a Hershey’s Bar and Valentine’s Day meme is not considered funny. Plus….no one wants to be this person:

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For The Players. It’s a New Year. Meaning it’s time for a new kind of fun. Living the single life has many glorious, un-punishable benefits – like, I don’t know, not having to “remember” to tell your S.O. that you’re having a night out on the town with friends.

You answer to no one. You needn’t worry about pleasing anyone. You do whatever you want, when you want, how you want.

It’s basically awesome. Plus – it has the obvious financial benefits.

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Though this Valentine’s Day, if you really wanna treat yourself to something special, you may not be saving all that much money…but the experience ahead? Well worth it.

I won’t lie – I like awesome experiences. And traveling. And more awesome experiences. And great, tucked away, hidden spots that no one else knows about. And awesome experiences. And crazy unique parties.

But mostly awesome experiences. On which note I’d like to say Miami never ceases to deliver. The place? E11even Miami. A place where you can safely order drinks that are on fire, without being ridiculed (Cocktail Factory memories.). It also reminds me of Ageha.

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If Dionysis (Greek God) started a Nightclub, he would’ve named it this.

What makes E11even Miami so special? Oh you know, nothing to big, except it’s open 24/7. Literally. As in, it never closes.

What is E11even Miami? Well…

Let the video speak for itself. During the day it’s a day club – bars, cool mechanical roofs, unique food, a very loungesque (yes, I invented another word) feel to it. You can eat. Drink. Zone out with the big TVs. Be merry.

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During the evening? Wear your high roller outfit – you’re about to step into another world. Think DJs and center stage what looks to be hydraulic platforms, cabaret girls and contortionists twirling around on something similar to your last penthouse’s drapes. You can drink. Zone out with good music. Be on Mary (see what I did there? Yeah.)

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The place is massive – 25,000 square feet massive. They don’t just serve you drinks, but put on a show while they’re at it. This is a place you want to go to really enjoy.

Is there beauty? Yes.

Is there a certain vibe of exoticism? Yes.

Is there near borderline nudity? Find out for yourself.

I recommend bringing a few friends along – unless you really want to fly solo…but really, this place is so massive your group can split, fly solo, then meet up again if you get bored. Which I highly doubt you will but still – it pays to have figurative insurance policy.

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The main thing here is this is one experience you don’t want to pass up, if you’re currently rocking the single life. I’m all about aesthetics…and why shouldn’t I be? There’s so much beauty and sexiness in this world it deserves to be admired. Come to E11even Miami and you’ll get just that.

Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and really enjoy the moment.

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As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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