Iceland in 8 Days, 2016

Iceland: vast, rugged, clean, safe, and simply magical. (Guest post by Wyman) Each year, my wife and I dedicate one vacation as the BIG trip in terms of exoticness, time, and cost.  This year, that trip was to Iceland, from April 9th to 17th.   We spent 8 full days driving 1400+ miles around the entire …

Dominique Ansel’s Unlimited Possibilities (U.P.)

Domnique Ansel’s Kitchen launched a passion project called Unlimited Possibilities, or U.P. For their first iteration, they are focusing on a dessert tasting of “firsts,” as in the first moments of your life that evoke memory and emotion. I will try to give you all a taste without revealing too much, since this is as …

Food Highlights from China

Our recent trip to China involved many discoveries and rediscoveries, not the least of which included foods from our childhood. There were special nostalgic moments, but also moments reshaped by our new understanding of the world and American viewpoints. First, we have to start at the hotel. Shangri-la is a five star hotel chain that …

Marco Polo (Netflix)

The new Marco Polo show on Netflix is addictive in an undeniably enjoyable way, but it is almost universally hated by critics. Netflix and the comments sections seem to agree that the show is excellent and worthy of the 90 million dollar production cost, so what’s up with the critics? Given the recent popularity of …

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

Kayla Itsines is an Instagram phenomenon. She has over 2 million followers including models and celebrities. The Australian native takes regular pictures of her perfect abs that look somehow the same every day, foods she eats, inspirational quotes, and most interestingly of all – transformations. The transformations aren’t from some magazine, but are from real Instagram …

Whiplash

Whiplash is a low budget film about a boy who wanted to be the best drummer. He was noticed by a well known teacher who pushed him to his limits. **** 5/5 stars. Please watch this movie. This movie was brought to our attention because Kobe mentioned it in an interview, and it was nominated …

Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn is possibly the most beautiful hotel in the United States. Situated at the top of the cliff in Big Sur, half the lodges at Post Ranch have breathtaking views of the ocean. The word that comes to mind when I think about Post Ranch Inn is “tranquility.” Isolated tree and cliff houses blend …

Open Letter to the New England Patriots

(anonymous guest post)   Dear New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady,   I believe enough facts are out for me to write this open letter, even though the NFL has not announced the severity of your punishment yet.   Let me begin by first telling you how much I love you.  I cannot say …

Things to watch 2015

Due to a catastrophic failure of my phone, I am not doing the “best of 2014” post… because the photos are GONE FOREVER INTO THE ETHER So I will instead look forward into the future. Things that I’m excited about: Snowdays with its color changing spoons! Fluffy shaved desserts for everyone!! Yes this photo is …

Otafuku

Otafuku is a tiny little place by Saint Marks. As far as I can tell, they only sell 4 things: – Yakisoba: egg noodles that they sautee on the grill – Takoyaki: Balls of octopus and dough – Okonomiyaki: Cabbage pancakes with delicious sauce – Mentadai: Chewy dessert batter with red bean paste inside… that …