For The Weekenders: The Geekend….

Sometimes, people do so much running around, it’s nice to just chill out in your own den. With friends. And snacks. Maybe some beer. And a video game. Or three.

This upcoming weekend I thought I’d share with you all some games from the vault – 3 video games to be precise that have you using more than just your thumbs. Come on, let’s make it a low key weekend, and enjoy…

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There’s nothing like a good DJ at a party or a venue – a great time in any building is 30% people, 25% atmosphere, and 45% music. I’ve reiterated this in numerous For The Weekenders articles before.

DJing is a shit ton of fun. I did it a few years back and knew not to mention socialized with many of like mind. A few months ago I finally made the decision to give DJ Hero a spin. Pun intended.

All in all it’s a pretty cool game. Though not precisely what DJing is all about (what Guitar Hero related game is, really), the bottom line is it makes for an excellent time when you’re just having a chill time with good friends.

Set yourself up with two turntables (they’re so inexpensive now) and away you go – the instructions are simple, controls easy, and all it takes is an ear for music and good hand eye coordination, then you’re good to go.

It has a pretty cool feature where if you get tired you can just hold down a button and it’ll “spin itself” so to speak – still playing the track you were on to perfection while you’re at the mini bar reloading on American Honey and playing some shot roulette (long story). For those times when you wanna be the party goer and the DJ…DJ Hero’s there to help…

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Alright it’s high time to get up off your bum and move around some. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of extreme sports and video games. Snowboarding, Sandboarding, Surfing, Racing, the list goes on and on.

When Tony Hawk first came out with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, I was one excited kid, probably more excited than the day I got my first ever skateboard…and when he came up with the brilliant idea to take skateboarding games to a whole new level with Tony Hawk Ride, it was like I was that same little kid all over again.

I know, this game has been out for practically ages now – but it still deserves recognition.

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A lot of people say this game is hard – I beg to differ. A lot of people say this game doesn’t work properly – again, I beg to differ. First off, the whole reason why noone can seem to ge the controller going, is simply because of the fact that whoever wrote up the user manual fucked up pretty bad in explaining things.

The “skateboard” (which kind of reminds me of the hover board on Back to The Future II) has a sleep function, and instead of taking the batteries in and out to get it going, you merely have to hold down the PS button on the side of it for a hell of a long time – about ten seconds – and you’re good to go.

In terms of getting your character to actually go, that’s simple too – as long as you’re playing like you’re actually skateboarding – standing there lifelessly isn’t going to help your character pop that kickflip anymore than if you were to sit there and not move your thumbs.

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The game itself is great for a workout – the first time I played it, I was sweating exactly how I would if I were actually at the park skateboarding. Every trick you pull you have to make the movements as if you’re actually doing it – it’s a great core and lower back exercise, so it’s something good for

A) if weather isn’t letting you skateboard and –

B) if you feel like getting a workout but don’t want it to feel like…working out.

Tony Hawk Ride is also multi-player – so go ahead and have fun watching your friends try and “bust a move” too.

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But let’s say you’re really, really not into those kind of simulation games and you want the real deal. That’s cool – I’m like that too sometimes. Fortunately, Rocksmith can help fulfill that gnawing desire for authenticity.

It also gives you a good excuse to go and pick up that REAL guitar you’ve been drooling over in the display window for the past two months.

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Yeah. No plastic guitars here. Billy Talent would be proud. What can I say, the game actually teaches you how to play guitar, instead of just following along to some random colored buttons and insane (not to mention non-existent) fret patterns.

Think of Rocksmith as an educational tool, more than a game. It has a really great A.I. function that creates an instruction course tailored for you and no one else. It tracks your movements, your progress, knows when you start getting a certain section of a song down-pact, then increases difficulty accordingly.

It’s like, if [insert your favorite guitarist’s name here] came to your house and said “hey, let’s play a few sets – go easy, be cool, and try and keep up.” It’s casual like that…cool.

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It lets you pick the songs you like, play them, play them, and play them until you master them. It feeds a passion in the most constructive, and awesome way I’ve seen any video game since Gran Turismo 3 and 4 do…

…and the best part? When you decide to get up and leave the room – your den, your living room, your bedroom – the knowledge comes with you, and you can play that same piece anywhere, anytime.

Do something fun for you this weekend.

As always…

Stay Awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Get Your Beer Fix With Healthy Beer…

This For The Weekenders I thought I’d tone things down a bit, keep it low key. While I’m constantly showing you guys great places to go and get booze, sometimes not everyone wants to spend $10 + on a single glass/bottle of alcohol. Plus I also wanted to share with you some great and healthiest beer out there that I personally drink in order to keep calories decent while still tasting great and keep the good times rolling. Like I always say, you can drink or eat anything, as long as it’s in moderation and with a bit of careful research.

So here’s a few of the healthiest beer you can bring along to or supply at the next big house party you’ve been getting stoked for. Enjoy.

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If You’re Looking for a Good Buzz, Go with Guinness Extra Stout. It packs a bit more of a punch than it’s sibling beer Guinness Black Lager (4.5%) – and also helps colds. Whenever I feel a bit of something with my immune system coming on, I take one bottle of extra stout and mix it in a blender with a single raw egg, yolk included. Blend that puppy until frothy and smooth then down the hatch.

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The taste is robust and strong, some say it’s bitter but I don’t really think so. It’s one of those beers you can drink down without having had too much on your stomach and it’ll actually fill you up. Great in the winter but not really recommended for the summer, you can’t lose with this one and don’t have to worry about it getting you sick (not calling any names here but…the perp that does begins with a “K.”). To top it all off it comes in at 6% – so if you’re alcohol tolerance has far exceeded numbers 4% and under or you just don’t wanna feel like you’re drinking carbonated water, this one’s for you.

If you really are focused on “calories” though by all means check out Guinness Black Lager, it’s a great alternative and has a smoother taste. For an even lighter beer, but in my opinion even less taste, shoot for Guinness Draught.

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If You Want Something Light and Refreshing, Go With Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This stuff is awesome. There was a time in my life when I lived in the country, and in that place there was a pizza joint. Not just any pizza joint – an amazing joint. A mom and pop, carry-out only pizza place where the ingredients were all natural with a MASSIVE array of toppings. Some of which I’ve only been able to find since then on Pizza Rustica‘s menu.

They also sold beer, which was awesome for a pizza place, and made it interesting by letting you create your own pick & mix 6-pack. This is where I discovered Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and haven’t looked back since. Citrusy aroma, surprisingly bold flavor, incredible smoothness, and an unbelievable finish. One of the few pale ales I’d drink – which is saying something.

So-so on the calorie end, around 175 which is right up there with Guinness, but hey – if you want to drink beer to feel the buzz, better to have a beer that only requires a few bottles compared to 6 or 7 light beers. If not it kind of just defeats the term “in moderation.”

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Last Stop, Newcastle…As In, The Beer. If You’re Just Looking for Something Familiar, but Smooth. Newcastle Brown Ale is the way to go. Well known over in the UK but not really favored here, nevertheless this is still a favorite of mine whenever I’m looking for a sweet tasting brew. Easy on the calories and reasonably priced, even the carb count won me over when first trying this brown ale.

What I love about this beer is the aroma – a nice nutty and caramel with a hint of coffee smell. Light carbonation, and still strong enough to feel the buzz coming on. Goes great with light foods and your classic chicken wings if you’re into watching the game. An all around winner for whenever you’re out at the bar/pub or just having a few friends over.

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The best part about all three of these? Practically no hangover. You can really tell the quality of a beer when you have your fill of it the night prior and wake up the morning after – if your head feels like it’s got a mallet that’s been pounding it all night, it’s a sure bet the ingredients that the beer was made with were of cheaper quality.

Beer is a lot like life – it’s not about how you start – but how you finish. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Korean Wings, Post Party Breakfast Clubs, Sunday Steaks & Whiskey

The weekend’s fast approaching and since I’ve been hitting the sauce less and less, it’s got me thinking more about food. Working out 5-6 days a week can make a person pretty hungry – and every once in a while, we all need a “cheat” meal. So this For The Weekenders I thought I’d change things up a bit and share some of my favorite cheat meals with you all. Enjoy.

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In travelling, there’s one thing you learn….food is awesome….and abundant. After a while, the phrase “I don’t like [insert food/ingredient here]” becomes non-existent. Because you quickly realize that there are TONS of ways to make a meal. I’ll try almost any dish once.

One food in particular I fucking love is Korean. Tried it in a few parts of the world until I finally tried it in South Korea. Then I caved and got a cookbook (the only way I know how to cook..don’t judge). Word of advice – if you ever wind up in Seoul or Busan or anywhere in South Korea for that matter – definitely, definitely try their food. Don’t stick to Western places – you’re missing out on a lot.

Now that that’s out of the way, there is one place in particular I strongly suggest you check out for some decent “junk food.” Located both globally and in the states it’s one of those go to spots you’ve gotta try at least once. If you’re a fan of fried chicken (the most consumed item during the Superbowl among others), you’re in for a treat.

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Because BonChon chicken delivers when it comes to a classic favorite. What makes BonChon stand out from the rest? The founder made sure the fried chicken coming out of his kitchen had a unique and original flavor. So what do you do when you roll up to the counter and aren’t sure what to order? Allow me to assist:

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2nd This is where it gets serious. Ironically, I’ve never been one for meat on the bone – but with BonChon I’m willing to make an exception. You’ve got three choices – wings, drumsticks, and strips. Go for the strips, or pick your own favorite. Then pick your size – as in, how much you want. It’s the weekend. You’re surrounded by hungry friends – friends you work out with, and probably eat just as much as you do. Grab the XL – you’ll thank me later. Then select a sauce – you can’t forget the sauce. Soy Garlic if you like it tangy, Hot if you’re a masochist. If you’re not in the mood for BonChon’s chicken (you crazy bastard), try out the Bulgogi. Pretty much a hot plate with ribeye beef marinated to perfection alongside some steaming veggies. You’re welcome.

3rd Don’t forget the sides and salads. I’m serious – don’t forget the salad – you need your micro-nutrients. Try out their seaweed salad and of course, not Korean dish would be complete without kimchee or daikon (pickled radish) – the latter comes complimentary anyway, though.

From there it’s just sitting back and savoring the explosion of flavors you’ve just encountered. Your taste buds will thank you and BonChon will officially be your new go-to spot for mouth watering wings.

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If you filled up on BonChon and then decided to hit the town to see what parties are going on, I can guarantee after drinks and hours of dancing you’re gonna work up an appetite again. If that’s not the case, the next place is still a great excuse to carry on conversation if you’ve met someone “interesting” and don’t want the night to end just yet.

Skip the fast food chains for late night breakfast – there’s no dignity or class in going there – instead become a part of The Breakfast Club at Stir It Up Midtown.

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Even if wings and waffles aren’t your thing or you already had your fill of chicken for the weekend, they’ve still got other great selections like Spiced Shrimp with Coconut Grits, Callaloo & Saltfish, and more. Plain and simple, The Breakfast Club over at Stir It Up is unique because it’s only server Saturday and Sunday mornings during the wee hours – 2 AM to 5 AM.

Personally, I like the spiced shrimp with coconut grits – it’s warm, it’s filling, it sticks to your ribs. If you and your friends or that certain someone still wanna ride the buzz but get some food to absorb the alcohol, make sure you get there before 3 AM while they’re still serving alcohol. If you just wanna prevent having to nurse a hangover the next morning, it’s fresh squeeze breakfast beverages between 3-5. To top it all off, breakfast isn’t the only thing they serve…

Stir it Up also has an excellent regular menu that’s a mix between home style dishes with restaurant appeal. It’s a midtown Caribbean place that knows all about what the stomach wants, even when you yourself aren’t sure. Even with late night eating, you shouldn’t settle for less. Georgia never seizes to amaze me.

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Now for the real cream of the crop. It’s Sunday. You’re all partied out, and going through that weekly “detox” phase. Water, vitamins, fruit smoothies (don’t judge), cardio, you know the drill…but at the same time, you’re getting the “itch” to finish off the whole thing with a bit of a bang. By yourself, with friends, or a date, it doesn’t matter. you just want something magnificent before you get back to eating clean the rest of the week, and goddammit you want steak.

Cue Hunter & Tails. Your one stop spot for steak and bourbon….and I’m not talking about your typical, what-the-fuck-is-in-this-thing steak either. I recommend Hunter & Tails because it’s the perfect cheat meal – for starters, they buy from farms that believe in real food – not hormone pumped or GMO infested steroid type foods.

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So when you sit down and order their 21 Days Aged Grass Fed Steak, you can rest assured you’re getting steak – and not an unhealthy combo of chocolate bars and potato chips with a little bit of meat (seriously, the mass majority of beef is fed with that).

If you’re not a fan of red meat they’ve been clever enough to come up with a vegetarian alternative as well, but I do urge you to try the Bang Mussels as a starter at least. Might as well add a decent wine to the mix, too – Steltzner Claret should get the job done…but don’t leave without first trying their Old Fashioned – can’t go wrong there. Head home, wind down with some mellow music and toast to a weekend well played.

Life’s all about experiences – one of those experiences is food.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Saloons, Bull Riding, and Dirty Laundry…

First off…Happy New Year.

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Secondly, I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve – I can certainly say I did. This For The Weekenders I thought I’d try something different from the usual pace…you know how it is – upscale lounge bars, jet set destinations, and the like…most of my readers know by now I’m not really into divey bars or anything. Though I have a small confession – a few places were able to capture my attention – call them the kind of hot spots that walk the line when it comes to aesthetic appeal and quality. So here’s the rundown on 3 places that are for that night when you just wanna go casual. Enjoy.

There’s a point in your natural adult life where going to the newest, most modern late night hot spots can get a bit, well, monotonous…you know, the same crowd, the same drinks, the same music. Sometimes it’s nice to have a change. Something where you know for a fact someone can’t really say “I was there last week too! Where were you?” Good news…Crane’s Downtown in Los Angeles serves up just that.

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…with a vault entrance saloon. Yeah. We’re getting original.

What’s the best part about this place? You wouldn’t know it exists because it’s underground. In a safe. That was once part of an old bank (obviously). The owners who bought the place decided to get creative and lo and behold – Crane’s Downtown was born. Though they don’t have a website, which they seriously should in my opinion this place is too good not to have a huge web presence (call me, I’m here to help.), don’t let that stop you from checking them out.

Why? It’s a mix between dive bar, saloon, and an upscale joint. While the three descriptions being fused together sounds odd, it’s actually a better combination than one would expect. It’s cozy. It’s vintage. It’s unique. The price is right. It’s friendly. It’s everything you could ask for. What are you waiting for – get your arse down to Crane’s Downtown this weekend. You’ll love it (and thank me later.)

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Since we’re on the topic of saloons and all, might as well bring to light another great place that mixes a nice modern but gritty feel together…but this time with extreme sports.

I won’t lie – I wasn’t always a city slicker…for a good part of my youth I lived in the country – I’m talking about country so far set in the woods the nearest, “proper” grocery store was 10 miles out and your closest neighbor farther than shouting distance. I learned about cars, wild life, and the joys of target practice….though somehow I could never get into country music. That’s another story though – the bottom line is, there’s one thing in particular that always fascinated me – bull riding. Fortunately, there is a place that can satisfy my secret shame, where no one’s to judge.

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I call it “country pleasures for city dwellers.” – A title in progress, but *shrugs*…

It’s pretty straight forward – there’s a bar. There’s a grill. There’s fire pits. There’s bourbon. Then there’s a mechanical bull that’s just waiting to take down it’s next contender – equipped with an on board camera to capture the look on your face as it tries to throw you. Go ahead and send a thank you card to PBR Rock Bar. What does PBR stand for exactly? Professional Bull Riding. Yeah – these guys mean business.

Here’s what I recommend – make a reservation. You’ll need it with the crowd and all. You’ll also need some quality booze and food – the food’s for after the bull ride. Knock back a few glasses of bourbon on the rocks (try for American Honey), and make sure you’ve got proper riding attire – sturdy denim and proper boots are a must.

Hopefully you’ve trained for this so you can impress that date you brought along and possibly hustle a few of your city friends who never knew you had an interest (or skill) for such things…then get out there and grab your short moment of attention and fame. If you came out alright, my guess is that date of yours will have a cold one waiting for you…among other things.

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Let’s…let’s just replace that with a Dos Equis though. There’s some things I just never could get used to.

Strut past your friends while you’re at it and collect that nice $300 or so pooled bet money and order yourself up a nice meal for the appetite you worked up while showing off your sheer awesomeness to the world – or at least most of Las Vegas…and hey, maybe if you’re daring enough after about 3 or 4 glasses of bourbon, you can even get into singing “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy.”

Just maybe.

I’ll leave that one up to you though…

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After all that I’d say you’ll pretty much work up a sweat.

Might as well not stop there and keep going – though your mother may have said never air your dirty laundry, I think you can make an exception – this is a different kind, the type that’s a whole lot more fun. Might as well finish off that weekend right with a little place back in L.A…

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Following the rough and ready style weekend I think this is a great place to kick back and wind down…known for it’s early 20th century look and feel, it’s one of those places where you know you’re some place nice but don’t have to necessarily dress for the occasion – and really, what’s better than that?

This one changes the station on that radio you have there though – Dirty Laundry (that’s the name of the place, by the way) switches to rock and hip-hop for music while keeping things interesting with their various and peculiar but eye catching décor, you’ll feel like you’re in a film intended for the modern but brilliantly mixed up kind of crowd that gets you wanting to join in all the fun. Be prepared for hot people…you’ve gotta appreciate the plethora of hot people…and drinks. Gatsby himself would probably be seen slipping into a place like this once or twice in his day.

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Dirty laundry never looked so clean.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Party Like A Rockstar…

You read right, this weekend is gonna be all about one thing – partying hardcore. With these three lineups, come Sunday you’ll be sure to have numerous stories that begin with “Remember that time when…” and end in “that was seriously the best thing ever.”

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The Warm Up

Sushi. Tequila. Rock bands. Oh how awesome it would be to have all three under one roof.

But wait – you can.

Yes, dreams really do come true.

Where…? Well, it ain’t exactly Kansas.

Try Miami.

As in, Barezzito Miami.

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Barezzito is a one of a kind, genuine, unique place to be. If you wanna kick off your weekend right – the first thing you’ll do is hit up Barezzito. With an epic menu, choice alcohol and awesome music, this is one place you want to be.

So your night will start out like this. You ring up a few friends – you start suggesting the usual spots…

Sumi Yakitori? Naa..did that two weeks ago.

Kapow Noodle Bar? Happened last Wednesday.

Ceviché? Been there more times than I can count.

Then it hits you….like a big slippery fish fresh off the boat, you see the light.

In all its glorious, liquor filled glory.

In all its glorious, liquor filled glory. Here’s a hankie for that tear of joy.

You and your friends decide it’s time to do it up big – so you rent that GT-R you’ve been eyeing all summer and tear through the highways before making your way over to the best spot in town and casually tossing your keys over to the valet.

You shuffle over to the bar, and check out their extensive, choice drink selection. Ideally, if you’ve brought the object of your desire along now would be the perfect time to order up that drink they’ve never heard of but dying to try. Instruct the bar tender carefully – you only get one shot at this.

From there you grab the menu so you can pace yourself for a slow drink marathon with live music and lively dancing henceforth. I suggest the Green Papaya Salad with Negimaki to follow – leave enough room for Ginger Creme Brulee, and when you find yourself sobering up from all the food you’ve been trying to shove down your neck, grab another 1, 2, or 5 at the bar while nibbling on some signature rolls to keep the stomach healthy and the buzz balanced.

This Friday, there’s only one place to be, one place to party, and one place to see – Barezzito. Attend, enjoy, and share. There’s always something to do.

The Workout

Hoping you didn’t close the bar down Friday night and are rested up and ready to go – that was just the beginning. Now it’s time to fulfill that want of yours that you were itching for weeks ago, and finally getting the chance to explore now.

So picture this:

Boats.

Casinos.

Dancing.

VIP style quarters.

It’s about time you stopped looking at this stuff in the movies and started living it in real life. Get off that couch and get into your best outfit – your Saturday night is about to get pretty insane…..ly awesome.

Mother of God....it's the holy grail.

Mother of God….it’s the holy grail.

…and by awesome I mean awesome before it was even donned a word. There’s only one way to go about this night – so read carefully.

Location: Port Miami

Transportation: Boat….okay I lied…cruise ship.

Time: 9:30. No arriving fashionably late here – unless you like trying to jump a boat only to fall straight into god knows how many feet of water.

Money: Yes. Bring about tres….cientos. Trust me – it’s worth it.

Seriously....shut up and get on the goddamn boat.

Seriously….shut up and get on the goddamn boat.

So obviously after the words “cruise ship” you can imagine how massive this “boat party” is. With just $20 round trip to get in, you get to party starting at 10 p.m. all the way until the crack of dawn. It’s like Asia all over again…except in Miami…on a boat.

Book your own cabin for a modest $60, sign up for dinner, and bring enough friends to order decent bottles of “I’ll have whatever doesn’t give me a hangover in the morning…because I’m going to get sloshed probably around 2 after dancing my ass off.” The perks and activities of Club Bimini will blow your mind probably as fast as the Kamikaze you’ll order at the bar. See now why I was trying to tell you to rest up all day Saturday? It’s good to listen to me when it comes to things like this…

With a live DJ and a casino on board, you could easily play the night out to a perfect tune – good drinks, private cabin, live DJ, casino games you’re actually good at – and the breathtaking view of Miami’s skyline not to mention the endless ocean you’ll be gazing out over.

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Never steered you wrong before…won’t steer you wrong on this one. Club Bimini aboard Bimini Superfast. It’s time to party….hard. Book your spot now – and get a better look over at World Red Eye.

The Cool Down

Well then….after all that sinfully good madness I’d say it’s time for a cool down.

Sort of.

Rego style.

…and if you know anything about me – especially in fitness – a cool down is really never a cool down…but an excuse for extending the fun. Next and final stop…w xyz….bar.

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I know – their website sucks – but don’t let that fool you , let’s move on. This place reminds me a lot – and I do mean a lot of a place I often frequented in the UK, before it unpredictably shut down. From the decor, to the lighting, it simulates it almost to the tee.

I know it’s not.

I know it’s named after the end of the alphabet.

But it just feels so at home, and that’s what I like about it.

Warm, cozy, fuzzy, and neon light filled – this is one of my many happy places…and it’s about to be yours, too.

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I’m a sucker for things like this…a smart sucker – but a sucker. I love the clean lines of this place, and the well thought out furniture and layout they implemented. If there’s one place to wind down in on a Sunday night – this is it.

Don’t get too crazy with the drinks – you’re winding down – not up. Order a simple G&T with a splash of lime, shaken & chilled, not stirred, pick a good spot to sit down and engage in intimate conversation –

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9/10 says you’re friends will probably be either at home sleeping the prior night off or too weak from hangovers too make it out here.

Located in Aloft Miami Hotel, this is the perfect time to have a seat outside on their terrace, master your charm, and stuff your face to make up for all the nutrients you lost from the sheer amount of alcohol consumed the night before…while you’re at it though don’t forget to, you know – work on your conversation skills. Obviously.

Party like a rockstar.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Workouts and Wakeboarding, Tongue & Cheek Dining, Skateboarding Without the Board

If there’s anything I like more than summer – it’s summer with epic things to do…and damn am I always thinking up ideas. One in particular, being sprouted from memories of my teen years. Back then, before cars, I was a huge fan of board sports…

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….and since I still am today, after doing some shopping around Miami Beach thanks to my party bible UD, I came across something beyond epicness. I know, that’s not a word, but hear me out for a second.

I’m talking about freeline skatingIf you’re not entirely sure what that is, that’s okay – for a while I didn’t know what it was either…and then I realized this was something that absolutely needed to be a part of my life. The sport itself is so unique, yet so simple, when looking into it it leaves you with a sense of “how the fuck…did I not think of that?“.

The writers at Urban Daddy so cleverly labeled them as “mini skateboards for your feet,” a phrase which I’d have to wholeheartedly agree with. The video on how it all began will explain in detail how the genius of a man came to invent such awesomeness.

So what do you do? Well, you can either pick them up at Fritz’s Miami Beach like I did, or order them online. Hit up your nearest skate park (I recommend stretching first, if it’s been a while), and away you go. I won’t lie, it’s a bit tricky at first – but once you get it down, it’s the ultimate sense of freedom.

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You may get a few odd stares here and there for those who’ve never seen it, despite the fact it’s been out for a few years now – but that’s okay…because when you and a few friends decide to relive your youth – or maybe that date of yours is a fan of board sports, and you need something unique to do – the impressed looks will far outweigh the odd ones.

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Farrr, outweigh.

Once you’ve had your fill of freeline skating, and trusting you haven’t pulled or sprained anything – if it seems this summer is getting a little too hot, and you want even more of a workout – I recommend skipping back over to Fort Worth Texas, minus the drive-in movie this time, and instead head 14 miles Southwest, hitting up WakeSport Ranch – the name obviously implying your next move.

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…because if you’re going to wakeboard, you might as well do it big – like second largest wakeboard track in the world big. For an experienced wakeboarder, this is your happy place – your temple, your holy ground. With fun boxes, A-frames, wedges, kickers, and transfer boxes – there is no excuse to not have fun and show off.

The place is huge, and easily accommodates you bringing a large group to get in on the action – just be sure to book your hotel room(s) at Best Western and mention WakeSport Ranch for a discount – hell maybe you can even ask if they have any suites available, if you’re going with a certain someone (*wink*). The best part is they’re also conveniently located at Motorsport Ranch – the world’s first Sports Car Country Club.

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Go ahead…get your need for speed fix while you’re at it. If you won’t, I will….

….but let’s say you’re okay with just shredding concrete waves this weekend, and now you’ve worked up an appetite. The friends are tired too, and your date looks a little famished (y’know, from getting all hot and bothered by your sheer awesomeness).

Besides passing around smart comments out of good fun and having your way with words, while you’re doing that why not try something even more…Tongue & Cheek.

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…which is the name of the restaurant you’ll be going to.

Why…? Well besides the fact that the name in and of itself indicates the place is worth checking out (duh.), they happen to have very good drinks…I mean food. Also good drinks. Forget Hooters for now – their Fried Chicken with Pickled Red Cabbage and Tabasco Hollandaise is worth passing up one night of naked wings dipped in franchise hot sauce (as a side note – Hooters, your wings are amazing).

Even if you’re not a fan of fried foods and prefer to eat a little cleaner, the Long Island Scallops with Hearts of Palm and Roasted Mushrooms will be sure to leave you speechless and wanting more.

Order a Blue Moon to go with the chicken, or an after dinner Tawny Port to complement the scallops and you’ve got yourself a grand old time, with a full stomach, good friends, and relatively impressed date.

While the casual post-sport session look may fly, I highly recommend showering up and throwing on something smart casual. The restaurant will thank you. Your date will thank you. Your friends will follow suit.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Medicinal Cocktails in Miami, Water Taxi Rides in San Fran, Vino in Chicago

So there’s a certain someone you’ve been eyeing for a while and they’re back on the market. Jump in and ask them out you say? Most certainly not, I suggest.

But…but WHY? They’re on market now – somebody’s going to snatch them up!

Be cool, my red blooded hot-hearted friend. Do not ask out, but instead invite to chill out. Casually, gracefully, warmly. Observe:

You ring up this certain someone – not text, text is impersonal, hard to read, and a half-assed effort – and you tell them that you just discovered the fountain of life, tucked away in Miami Beach. Naturally being curious, they ask what you mean, and you explain to them that elixirs of all sorts can be found at this one special place – while instructing them to meet you in 2 hours at 1650 James Ave.

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I introduce to you Drogerie Miami’s most original Medicinal Lounge Bar. While some bartenders may suggest the poison they think is best for you after a 5 minute “heartfelt” conversation, these guys focus less on poison, and more on medicine…meaning they’ve been studying for decades learning about various herbs, alcohol attributes, and botanicals, mastering and learning what combinations go best with the body – and less on what the little misery demon inside your head is telling you you should have to drown all your problems away.

Let’s put the Xanax on ice for now.

So you both meet up and settle into a nice comfy sofa, while noticing the ultra loungey music in the background. You glance over to the bar and wonder why there are so many doctors there – maybe medical research you say – but no, those you see in white coats you soon realize aren’t doctors, but bar tenders – or more accurately, mixologists.

So what’s your next move? Well, you confidently say “hang tight one sec, I’ll be back” and make your way over to the bar. Grab one of the “Prescription Lists” – aka menus – but never use that word – then you start to use simple logic, and go for one of the drinks appropriately categorized under “Stress relievers.”

From there you order the “Miami Chiller,” a well thought out drink containing muddled celery, gin with hints of cucumber, green Chartreuse, a touch of Chardonnay vinegar, and fresh cut lime. You order two, and walk back to explain the creation of the drink and it’s purpose – being to take someone to a calming, more relaxed state of mind….and after 3-4 of those and 60 minutes in, combined with the class A ambiance of the place –  you realize it does.

So you’ve both hit up a unique lounge bar, loosened up, and now that alluring someone feels they need some air. What do you do?  While taking a stroll on the beach is all fine and fun – it’s so….standard. How about something a little different, a little refreshing, where they can feel a little bit more of that gentle open breeze brush against their face? This is where Tideline Water Taxi comes in handy.

I know what you’re thinking. A water taxi? That doesn’t sound fun at all.

Au contraire, my friend. It’s more fun than you think – just slightly more relaxing…and that’s what you were looking for, right…?

The great part about these guys is, they run a small service – up to six passengers at once. Making it far more private and personal.

Operating along the San Francisco waterfront and lower Marin County, they travel to popular locations, so every stop always has something interesting to see. Like Pier 39.

What’s better than clearing your head while having wind blow through your hair? The soft hum of a motorized boat and captivating rhythmic patterns of water being cut through and the sound of the ocean? When you’re stressed out and not sure about anything, nothing sounds like sweeter music to the ears. Plus – being an all-weather taxi, it’s a great excuse to get closer when things get chilly. Yeah, I know.

After cruising around for an hour or so, you warm bodies are a bit chilly – and sobered up at that. How do you kill those two birds with one stone? Simple – you hit up a wine bar. That has great wine…but isn’t afraid to serve other spirits.

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Like 18 year old Yamazaki Whisky.

Nothing warms the body better than wine…or whisky. I’m talking about The Twisted Vine, comfortably located in Chicago, IL. The best part? You get to cozy up in elegant and timeless leather seating, enjoy strategically placed lighting, and decked out hardwood floors. Order a bottle of your choice, ask for their menu of hors d’oeuvre, and shoot for the gourmet olive bowl or varied insanely delicious cheese and cracker platter – and no, we’re not talking Nabisco and Kraft.

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With a touch of walnuts and other delights on the side.

What’s better than polishing off a choice bottle of wine and select cheeses with someone easy on the eyes?

Have a great weekend.

– Rego

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