San Juan and Vieques, Puerto Rico Vacation

I just came back from an amazing week-long vacation in Puerto Rico. For the first three nights Kevin and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The hotel was really nice, and time flew by while we were there. On Saturday Kevin and I went on an all-day snorkeling excursion. The snorkeling actually wasn’t that great; there weren’t many coral reefs and fish, but overall the experience was fun. We had a really great boat crew that was a lot of fun and had a good sense of humor. We were basically on a party boat because even though we were there to snorkel and we went to two different spots, the majority of the people just hung out on the boat drinking rum punch and pina coladas.

On Saturday night, Kevin had a really sweet, romantic dinner scheduled for us. We had dinner on the beach and he planned ahead of time to work on a 4-course vegetarian dinner for us. The food was delicious, champagne was flowing, and Kev and I had a good time together.

On Monday afternoon we flew about 25 minutes East to a small island in Puerto Rico, Vieques. The plane ride in itself was a really cool experience. We flew with Cape Air from the main San Juan airport to the tiny Vieques airport (You don’t even have to go through security at the Vieques airport!) on a little 10 person plane. On the way there it felt like it was our own private flight because it was only Kev and I and one other couple along with the pilot. It was such a tiny plane that you could literally reach out and touch the pilot.

For the rest of the week in Vieques we just hung out and relaxed. We stayed at the W Hotel, and it was really nice. There were two large pools and easy access to the beach. It seriously felt like our own little paradise because there weren’t many people there.

Besides being lazy and ordering a lot of room service and sipping on drinks poolside, we played tennis one afternoon and on our second to last day on the island we rented a car to explore the rest of Vieques. Unfortunately we weren’t able to check out the Bioluminescent Bay because apparently the bay hasn’t been glowing as much so they’ve limited trips to the bay to weekends only, but we still had a good time driving around exploring the island. We went to the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge down a narrow trail to a secluded beach. It was quite beautiful. We also saw the 300 year old Ceiba tree. It’s cool because wild horses just roam around freely. We passed many horses while driving around. For lunch we stopped at a little spot for fresh, delicious veggie tacos and frozen daiquiris.

I’m really happy I got to stay on Vieques. The W Hotel there is fabulous. Though, if you want a little more action then you might want to stay in San Juan. I was very pleased with the Ritz. After an entire week-long vaca, I can say I am thoroughly relaxed, but I was definitely ready to get back to work by the end of our trip. Puerto Rico is only a short four hour flight from NYC, so if you’re looking for a quick getaway to a warm destination, I recommend Puerto Rico.
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Cabaret on Broadway and Other Summer Fun

I had another fun-filled weekend this past weekend. On Friday night Kevin and I saw Lucy starring Scarlet Johansson. Funny story–I saw the trailer for Lucy a long time ago and immediately wanted to see it, so when the other recent movie Johansson stars in, Under the Skin, came out, I went to see it thinking it was Lucy. At first I was like WTF is this, but it ended up being pretty good if you’re into artistically bizarre films. Anyway, I finally saw the movie I originally wanted to see, and I liked it. I actually recommend everyone see Under the Skin and Lucy. Johansson has taken two very interesting parts in these two films. They both make you think afterwards which I like. After seeing Lucy, me and Kev were pondering over what it actually would be like to use more of our brains and why we haven’t evolved yet to use more.

On Saturday we slept in and then went to Bikram yoga. It was a great class. It has been a few months since I’ve last been to a Bikram class, so I felt really great afterward. Later that night we went out to a nice dinner at Hangawi which is one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in the city. It’s pretty special to us because it’s a little gem of a Korean vegetarian restaurant in Korea town with a far east, zen atmosphere.

On Sunday Kevin and I stopped by Broadway Bites in Greeley Square for a Korean veggie burrito (clearly I was in the mood for Korean food) and a coconut, nutella, banana crepe. It was delish. From there we walked uptown to see a Broadway show. We saw Cabaret starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams. It was at the Kit Kat Klub at Studio 54 and we sat at an actual table. The whole experience was super neat. Luckily we got there a little early to scope everything out. Our table was super close to the stage. It was the best view I’ve ever had at the theater. For anyone living in or visiting NYC, I highly recommend seeing this show. Alan Cumming was particularly exceptional.
I ended the weekend getting drinks and catching up with one of my girlfriends. We checked out Vu Bar. It’s a little rooftop bar in Korea town. It was awesome because it wasn’t very crowded and there was live music, but the drinks weren’t the best, so maybe that’s why it wasn’t very crowded on a nice Sunday evening. After that we went to Dos Caminos where we had delicious frozen margaritas and chips and guac.
It was such a great weekend that I was sad on Monday morning that it was over, but I’m very thankful for the fun times I had.

First Ski of the Year in Tahoe

I went skiing for the first time this winter season over MLK Jr. Day weekend. I stayed in Tahoe in a house that Kevin and several of his co-workers rented. I skied the first day there, relaxed, had a spa day, and watched the 49ers vs. Seahawks Championship game on the second day, and skied again on the third day. The snow wasn’t that great, so we only skied at Heavenly which apparently had the most runs open. I didn’t mind though since it was my first time skiing at Heavenly and I’m still new to the sport.

I’ve come to really enjoy ski weekends because it’s rare that I just lounge around in sweats with no makeup, and I like taking a break from NYC by being more chill. I also felt a lot more confident skiing this time around and I had a great time skiing. I’m looking forward to my next ski trip already!

Here’s a little clip from Kevin’s new GoPro. Look at the great view of Lake Tahoe:

And I may or may not have danced by myself in Taco Bell while waiting for our food…

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2014 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

Kevin and I attended the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala at the New York Public Library for our fourth year last Friday. By this point, we knew what to expect, but we were still looking forward to getting dressed up. Plus, this year some of Kevin’s friends/co-workers came, so it was nice having people to drink with. My favorite part of the Gala this year was the Grey Goose ballroom. Unfortunately we got down there after they stopped serving alcohol, but we still had a fun time dancing on the mirrored ballroom floor to the DJ’s beats.
As a MCC Gala veteran, I also knew better than to finish every drink I picked up, so this year I think I tried many more drinks. I would just have a sip or two to taste. My favorite cocktail by far was a sort of punch with Disaronno, called Stoned, that I’d definitely like to make again.
Stoned Disaronno Ingredients:
2 oz Disaronno
1 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz apricot preserves
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
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