For The Weekenders: Lion King Lodges, Subway Station Parties, Cast Away Escapades…

There are a lot of great places to explore out there.

A lot.

So why limit yourself to your side of the world?

It’s time to get…unconventional.

For The Weekenders: Lion King Lodges, Subway Station Parties, Cast Away Escapades…

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I used to be a fan of Lion King (don’t judge), when I was a kid.

The wild life, wide open spaces, and the thought of “no worries” was very appealing at such a tender age.

I watched the movie and enjoyed spending hours of my day playing the video game on Sega with a friend (and by “playing” I mean us impatiently and quietly hoping one of us would kill off our character in hopes of our turn coming around quicker).

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Back in the day, this was the shit…also our equivalent of 1080p quality (if you think this is bad, imagine FIFA).

So naturally, when I discovered there was a luxury lodge in Botswana where you could get up close and personal with lions, zebras, and cheetahs, I was very much:

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Qorokwe Camp promises to deliver this, and more.

Fun fact: “Qorokwe” means “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water.”

You can use that to sound interesting, cultured, and suave when you’re convincing your play mate to go with you on the trip.

You’re welcome.

This is the perfect opportunity to get away from all the “busyness” of urban society, while at the same time letting that special someone know that yes, while you may be brilliant at business, money, and knowing how to make more of said money, you’re not just some boring numbers person and you do like to sometimes live dangerously.

Across 62,692 acres there’s more wildlife than you can shake a stick at, inlcuding a lion pride made up of just over a dozen lions, allowing you to step into the Lion King story – but without all the family dysfunction, treachery, and betrayal (hint: don’t invite Uncle Carl this time).

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This is a representation of the circle of life, Simba. The circle of life is way more fucked up than you think, little one.

You’ve got two choices for accommodation – a family tent suite with its own pool, or a regular tent suite, not as big, but just as nice. So if you’re the family type, obviously opt for the former…but if you’re here for a sneaky, on-emergency-call-only get together, the latter will do just fine, as you’ll probably spend more time running around the other facilities they have, thanking the architect (and landscape architect) for mixing nature with artistry.

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After going for your morning swim and having some breakfast, if you’re feeling adventurous, the camp is far from being in short supply of adventurous things to do.

For the less-adventurous-vegan-mocha-ugg-boot-triple-latte types, there’s bird watching, nature walks, and plonking yourself in a dugout canoe while being…boated around to look at the surrounding wildlife.

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Guide, to self: “I am getting damn tired of haulin’ these heavy ass-…” Tourist: “Isn’t that zebra BEAUTIFUL?!?!” Guide: “Uh, YES. Bedazzling, even.”

But for the braver among us, there are night drives. The perfect time to see those “I wear my sunglasses at night” type creatures that normally shy away during daylight hours.

This means it’s also the perfect time for those *rustle in the bush* “EEK! What was that?” *more rustling* “nothing, don’t worry, just…nestle right in here – you’ll be safe” moments.

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When you’ve had enough adventuring for the day (or night) you can retire back to your suite to freshen up, grab some food, and hit the on-site bar, before moving onto the lounge to admire the photos you took with your favourite camera of all those wonderful creatures.

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If you lost your phone in this area, good luck going back for it.

See where the wild things are, what they are, and how very much the opposite of assumed “shithole” countries they’re in.

If the call of the wild isn’t your thing, and you instead feel like settling for the “safer” (pfft…lame.) containment of the city, then this next one is for you.

Bar hopping can get pretty boring. Boring for you, boring for your friends, boring for your date.

So when your sexy someone slips into the passenger’s seat of your car with a look of “where-are-we-headed-tonight-and-it-better-be-good” you have two options:

  1. Proceed to piss her off more with a look of “I don’t know”.
  2. Ask her what she’d like to do already having a general idea of what her scene is and what she’s into…only to surprise her by saying you’ve decided it’ll be more fun to party in a subway station.

If you went with option 2, now would be a good time to catch her before she hits you with her bag and stomps off…and assure her that no, it’s not the subway station party that involves Four Loko and partying with vagabonds.

It’s this kind.

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Far less sketchy, far more artistic, Station1640 in L.A. is the mystical unicorn kind of a place that you can take a date to for an experience of a dance club, art gallery, and bar rolled into one.

I’m not kidding.

The graffiti is literally done by artists – these aren’t your cheap, poorly spelled “fuk u” dick drawing street tags you see the city constantly trying to cover up. You’ll be looking at works of art from people like Obey Giant, David Flores, and King Cre8, to name a few.

Photo by Alen Lin

This is no place to go sticking gum on the walls.

Refined but nonetheless somewhere you can let your hair down, so to speak (or get her to let hers down), it reminds me a bit of Ageha and those professional male and female pole dancers (professional being a severe understatement).

They’ve got mixologists as opposed to bartenders – and if you know anything about drinking, there is a vast difference between the two. The former is the “say no more fam” while the latter is more “…so you want vodka, is that what you’re saying?” when you ask for a drink that involves setting an ingredient or two on fire.

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If you really like the place, you can book it for private hire and invite as many people as it can handle…but just remember you’ve booked it, not bought it, so while you’ve grown quite fond of it no, it’s not yours to keep and you eventually will have to let the regular people have their fun.

This is one time a good thing must sadly, come to an end.

If you like the feeling of running things though, and haven’t satisfied your appetite just yet, I’ve got something bigger for you.

Yes, bigger.

If booking a club isn’t enough for you, you can always just book an island.

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Land ahoy.

There are two types of escapades.

One that’s secret and fun, which only you and a select few friends know about.

And the other, that’s considered “shenanigans” and gets leaked to the media (depending on your level of importance – in your case, maybe not so much), turning into a…fiasco.

Either way, both are the type that with Calala Island in Nicaragua, can run along the lines of “what happens in Calala Island, stays in Calala Island”.

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And with Carlos. Carlos knows what’s up (but he ain’t no snitch).

It’s so remote you’ll need to charter a flight to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (In Managua), before (preferably) getting a chopper ride over to the island.

Better bring some friends. Including yourself and that special someone Calala accommodates 8, with 4 beachfront suites and about two rugby teams worth of staff to handle your every need (though I can’t promise they’ll help with your personal life – you’ll need a therapist for that).

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Here’s the best part – you can do whatever you want. Everything’s all inclusive.

Literally.

From the food you eat, to the activities you choose to partake in, and the drinks you choose to throw back, it’s all included in the price you’re charged – so go wild.

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I mean…I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a cheat meal or three.

Wing it.

Whatever you want to do, the staff will tailor things according to your wants. This is no cookie cutter holiday.

Get creative (creative – not weird), indulge, and rest in the satisfaction of knowing that you have a little secret that no one can take away from you (given you don’t blab about it on Facebook, genius).

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Plus starlit nights for like…miles.

You can do whatever you want – this even means playing Marco Polo naked.

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I think it’s time for a sexy party.

But if you’re unfit, for the love of god put on some clothes.

Nobody likes man titties, by default making this a pec-only zone.

What happens on Calala Island…

– Rego

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

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For The Weekenders: Ping Pong Battles, Winks and Whiskey, Korean Tacos…

I’m quite happy about this For The Weekenders. It’s like a Sound of Music moment for me – not saying that I enjoy musicals (cough). Just saying…it reminds me of childhood days and the fact that these are a few of my favorite things. Plus…I’m confident you’ll like it too. I mean really – and don’t let the ping pong battles fool you. They’re brutal. Let’s get started shall we…?

For The Weekenders: Ping Pong Battles, Winks and Whiskey, Korean Tacos…

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You take a step back…shift your weight onto your right foot. Wiggle your left hand a bit for balance, and feel a drip of sweat trickle down your brow. Eyes dilated, you place a firm grip on the paddle in your right hand…swing your arm back with elegance and…bingo – perfect play.

Ping pong just got a whole lot more fun. With DJs, drinking, and some post game dancing, hell, ping pongs gone and grown up. It just can’t get any better than Blazing Paddles. This is your go-to spot for when you’ve just completed exams, or have been studying the week through all for that Bachelor’s Degree in [insert subject here].

This is the place to go when you’re tired of conventional bars, with conventional pool tables, and slippery dance floors from all the beer spilt. This is for all those nights you spent wracking your brain on Pub Quiz but dammit, you realized you just aren’t that into pop culture.

This is the place where students, music and sports enthusiasts, and of course Ping Pong battlers, practically everyone can gather and come together on mutual ground and similar interests, and “groups” or “clicks” disappear.

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Who am I kidding? Bostonians are chill like that anyway.

So this is the plan, you’ve got two major options – if you’re feeling low key, just slip into the establishment (conveniently located in Game On), head downstairs, and book your table – I reckon an hour or so should be good enough to work up a sweat (and thirst). If you’ve never tried Ping Pong before now would be a good time – just remember, it’s all in the wrist.

However if that doesn’t work out, you can always try out their batting cage – show of your strength. You know. That sort of thing.

As for that second option, if you wanna do it up big and hold a party, just ring Blazing Paddles up or fill out their form online – they’ll cater to your every need (all shy of helping your score with your date – you’re on your own with that one. Sorry.)

When you’ve finally had enough or just fancy a break, hit up the bar while checking out what’s on the menu – Ping Pong can be a hungry game…and if you really find you like the place, stick around a bit longer for a few more rounds until the DJ shows up – because really that’s when the fun begins. After that, it’s really all just Saturday Night Fever.

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But let’s say you hit up Blazing Paddles early, and you’re not really feeling the Pepper Jack Cheeseburger (are you crazy? Why? It’s got avocado for Christ’s sake.), or your friends and you just feel like keeping the energy rolling by getting food first, then sporting later…or maybe even your friend from Seoul just touched down and wants a bit of fusion food (improbable? Think again). What then? Well, you say adieu and shuffle on over to InBoston.

Though you may remember another restaurant I wrote on similar to this one in an earlier post, I can assure you the most certainly are not the same. While they both serve Korean wings, InBoston gets interesting and servers up some pretty epic Korean Tacos as well…and I’m sorry but – tacos.

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Think of this place as your favorite take away spot. They don’t have a lot of chairs, and reasonably so – they’re in the financial district.

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It makes them a little hard to find yeah, but if you know where Gene’s Flatbread Cafe is, you can find these guys. Just look across the street. The staff is friendly, and the food always fresh. Try the Bulgogi Taco – you can’t go wrong.Bottom line – if you like Mexican food, this is the place for you. If you like Korean food…this is the place for you. If you like both Mexican and Korean food and wish someone would combine the two – why are you still reading this? Get over there. NOW.

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Stomach full and ping-ponged out, this is the last stop. You made it – now it’s time to just kick back and relax, while you melt into supple white leather chairs, sipping on a G&T to revive your spirits. If you don’t like gin, that’s okay – the bartenders here have a knack for making spectacular, noteworthy drinks. Ask for something with whiskey and prepare to be blown away. It’s called Wink & Nod for a reason, you know.

This is the place when you want to wind down from the noise of the batting cage, or the thrill of the game at your favorite bar. This is the place where, if you’ve had enough fun with your friends, you can split and pick up that person who gave you their number while you were in line at Starbuck’s last week…for a nice quiet drink. The atmosphere? Breathtaking.

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…and I use that word very, very sparingly.

It’s the kind of place where you appreciate soft leather chairs, perfect lounge lighting, and interesting prints on furniture and floor. You can focus on conversation while keeping the palette smooth, and when you start feeling a little too warm and fuzzy, bring your buzz back down to maintainable levels with a few of their menu items. Try the Short Rib Yakitori – there’s no such thing as too much yakitori.

Oh, and when you’re really ready to get nice and cozy with that person you brought along? Head over to the seating opposite the bar.

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Because, obviously.

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. 😉

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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: Club Adoré, RedCap Chauffeurs, Sobering Up With Cookie Monster…

3:26 a.m. and I find myself sobering up after an EPIC night out. Again, just like this week’s Episodic Musing all posts this week are ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY posts for RegosLife.com. I won’t bore you with the details of dinner and the like – however I will tell you about this awesome little club me and some friends went to, and the sobering up rituals that were carried out shortly after. Enjoy.

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For starters, this was an incredibly interesting night. A few friends and I got in touch and we figured it would be fitting to celebrate this site’s one year blogging anniversary in the most appropriate way possible – taking a road trip up north and loading up on a pre-weekend cheat meal at a favourite restaurant, then heading back down south and hitting up a new scene we’d never been to before: Adoré Nightclub. And I know I don’t talk like this often, maybe it’s the booze, maybe it’s not…but my gawd, that place was effing gorgeous. We’d booked the tickets in great anticipation, and I’m happy to say it wasn’t disappointing in the slightest.

They had an awesome event going on tonight, and if it weren’t for the fact that I had previous engagements set up just a few hours from now, I’d have stayed longer. The place is top notch when it comes to aesthetic appeal. The music is awesome. Sexy strangers are abundant…and for a group of exceptionally good looking people such as my friends and I, that’s a win-win-win-win for everyone.

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It’s one of those places that you can go to with friends or take someone you’ve gotten past that first coffee date to – not a “romantic” atmosphere, but not a “party hard” one either. A mix of upscale and know-how-to-party. A hybrid version of a club when you take Las Vegas tastes and infuse it with Miami quality – a match made it heaven. One of those places where if you wanna order champagne feel free to, because no one gives a damn and the only excuse needed is “just because.”

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A person just doesn’t have time to get into an altercation when they’re suited up.

The next logical step after a place like this and about 4 or 5 drinks in was to get sobered up…which is where one must choose:

Be a dumbass and try to drive drunk…or be responsible and hand your keys over to a stranger.

The last part is not as idiotic as it sounds. At least if you’re using a RedCap Chauffeur.

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Let’s be honest – drinking in America can be annoying. If you’re not in a trendy little area where the nightlife and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance to each other, you’re either stuck sobering up at the club or lounge, or wind up having one hell of a long, stumbling but steady, awkward walk to the nearest food joint, and back to your car.

RedCap takes the embarrassment out of all of that – not to mention takes the pressure off who’s gonna be the “designated driver” for the night…or the dreaded cop paranoia.

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The process is simple: Download the app for your android or apple smartphone, open it up, start booking your reservation for a driver to drive you around in the next couple hours….and that’s it. It’s really that simple. There’s no fee to join, the drivers are all certified (meaning you won’t have Rapey Mc-Rape eyeing your new squeeze) and insured, and frankly, the whole concept in general is pretty damn cool. RedCap‘s one of those companies that have been around for a while now, so it’s worth giving it a spin.

So in knowing all this – where would your new found chauffeur take you? To hang with cookie monster of course. Though I doubt at 1 a.m. you’d find him on Sesame Street.

If cookie monster was an insomniac or into drinking, you’d instead find him at Insomnia Cookies – the place to go when it’s the wee hours of the morning on a Thursday and your usual sobering up hot-spots have already closed their doors.

Unless it’s Taco Bell.

The Bell never lets anyone down.

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Getting back to the point though…when you’ve got a sweet instead of a savory tooth after a night out of drinking, Insomnia Cookies is your go-to spot. Why? Well, for starters, they do both delivery and pick up. So if that little chauffeur of yours dropped you home instead of one of Insomnia Cookies stores, you can avoid the angry I’m-still-too-tipsy-to-drive fist shaking in dismay, and instead conquer the great feat of getting your fingers to go where your eyes direct – thus ordering up deliciousness online in under 5 minutes.

They don’t just do cookies either. Nope. But brownies, frozen desserts, cookie cakes and naturally, milk. Or water…for the lactose intolerant among us.

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So the next time you’re in the mood for a smorgasbord of mouthwatering goodness and you order up that S’mores cookie with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream…and a feeling of excitement overcomes you as you dig in – think of me, as you wipe those tears of joy away.

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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: Comfort Food Prescriptions, Glass House Dining, Whiskey Delivery

Yeah…I know, this one’s late. But hey, look at the bright side – it’s not too late. I mean…you’re not going to be scrambling around on Friday, that’s for sure. Plus, this one’s worth the wait. I’ve got three great spots for you to check out, each and every one tailored to fit whatever mood you’re in. As long as it’s not depressed…depressed dining is a no go…but these spots will put a smile on your face.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Transparency seems to be the new age trend, and while I generally like to keep a private life, the place I’m about to tell you about is worth being a little out in the open. Though secret, unknown, tucked away, and even underground lounges are far more thrilling to discover, 1826 Restaurant & Lounge is just one of those places that turn public party naysayers on the path of reconsideration.

Why? For the sheer fact it’s an architectural beauty. The place is comprised entirely of glass, meaning anyone outside can look in – but honestly, from the outside, it’s a pretty nice view to soak in. From the inside, make it to the top floor and you feel like you’re the observer to the outside world, instead of the observed.

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1826 has it all. Insanely great music, clean lines, elegant bar, and a mixed menu of cocktails and food that’s bound to get anyone who’s full hungry, and anyone that’s “not drinking this weekend” having a “sip or two.” Welcoming walk-ins and taking reservations, this is a great go-to spot for when you want to impress that high maintenance date or a few friends who are looking for a place that’s swank and modern. The key here is quality, plain and simple.

So here’s the deal – book a reservation for about 9:30 or so, you know, to give yourself enough time to hit the gym, freshen up, and put on your finest (no tennis shoes and t-shirts here, please). Ring up your friends or that date and say you’ll either meet them at 1826 or be picking them up. The former always works out better. If you’re really feeling adventurous, rent a luxury car from Lou La Vie for the evening…if you don’t already have one.

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Step inside and get ready for some fun. It’s always good to start out with drinks. Order a cocktail or simple drink while browsing the menu – they have options for vegetarians and steak lovers alike, and a unique way of making it known. Enjoy every bite of your meal (the tastes are explosive) then head upstairs to the lounge area to schmooze and booze the night away. This is Miami, after all.

But hang on – let’s say you don’t want a “fancy” night out (pfft, please). Let’s say you’ve been through a break up (*cough*postValentinesDaycliche*cough*) and instead just want to be forgotten by the world with a few bros or ace girls. You want that nice dinner to make you feel powerful and independent, but are perfectly comfortable in your “slumming it” attire.

Or, maybe you genuinely just fancy a night in with the lads/girls. Your pick.

What do you do? Where do you go?

In the Sack, of course….that being the name of the place – not your actual bed. No. No sexy parties. Not now.

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While In The Sack does encourage you to make love, not meals, they also allow you to either take out or order-in -WAIT FOR IT- gourmet food. As in, food that looks pretty…and tastes pretty damn good. Not to mention some fine wine and spirits (beer, too).

Ergo if you’re busy with your new found habit of smoking and knocking back bourbon like it’s water or crying into a pint of ice cream and watching Sleepless in Seattle, don’t worry – these guys have you covered. Meaning no dumb decisions on whether or not you’re sober enough to drive, and no concerns of your messy hair and smeared makeup.

So go ahead, order up that grilled flank steak with a side of roasted asparagus, and Guinness chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert. Just don’t forget the whiskey, and some Irish Cream to continue satisfying that sweet tooth of yours.

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Save the best for last. This next one puts a unique spin on nightlife and stay at home dining, all while carrying it out flawlessly and with perfection.

Situation: You wanna suit up, dress nice. You want nice drinks, with friends. You also want to stuff your face with comfort foods.

Solution? Now’s the time to head to Vegas and see a different doctor to get your comfort food prescription over at Rx Boiler Room. Remember that neat little underground spot I told you about a few weeks back? Well, same concept, except don’t let that stop you from reading – these guys have their own nice little spin on things.

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Like this awesome floor piece, for starters.

It’s recommended to make a reservation, although there are a plethora of seats – you still want the best ones. Besides, it’s Vegas, baby. You deserve the best and nothing less. Aesthetics wise this place has a steampunk feel to it, something that somehow, never gets old and always seems to fascinate.

So where were we? Oh right, comfort foods. Get them here, along with epic cocktails made by mixologists who really know their shit.

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Workin’ hard or hardly workin’, eh Mac?

Both their food and drink menus have been ever so affectionately renamed as well – Nourishment Charts and Libation Charts, in respective order, full of tasty and original delights from these awesome chefs. My recommendation? Get together a bunch of friends or a date who likes to eat, because you’re going to want to try everything.

Start with BBQ beef spring rolls or an Inside Out French Onion Grilled Cheese, then move on to a spin of a certain fast food chain’s famous bucket experience, with crispy fried Game Hen, or some Peking Duck Lettuce Wraps. From there, take your pick from some choice sweets with Croughnuts or a bit of Pie Americana. Throw in some fun-to-say drinks like Pizzazerac and Time Traveler’s Tea, and you’ve got yourself a night out, with the palette comforts of a night in.

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It’s been a while since your weekend looked and tasted this good.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WOO.

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

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

True story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love France.

Stay awesome ;).

– Rego

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