The Only Margaritas I’ve Ever Loved and Scallops with Bacon Beurre Blanc de Tocino and Cilantro

In 1993 I discovered margaritas. One week later my boyfriend, my gay travel-mate and I were spilling a pitcher of margaritas on a pool table in a crappy bar in the middle of a Colorado Winter. A few hours later I found out that my boyfriend was curious about kissing my gay friend and were I not retching I might have cared. That was the one and only week of the margaritas. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor…. as the saying goes. Almost twenty years later I was able …

Sayulita: The hippie enclave you MUST visit in Mexico

While staying at Gran Velas in Riviera Nayarit we took a few trips around the region. My favorite day was spent exploring this tiny little town called Sayulita. It was about a twenty minute scenic drive through the mountains from Riviera Nayarit to Sayulita. The roads weren’t particularly well maintained but the forest was stunning and the slow drive down the mountain where the green canopies parted to reveal azure blue seas. The town is a typical seaside town. The homes are small and low slung, the streets are cobblestoned …

Riviera Nayarit and the Gourmet Festival

Mr G and I had the incredible luxury of staying in Riviera Nayarit for the annual Gourmet Festival. I wasn’t really sure where Riviera Nayarit was other than the fact that it’s a few minutes away from Puerto Vallarta and a short plane ride from Los Angeles. Get ready because I’m going to deluge you with a series of posts about the food, spa and sightseeing in and around Riviera Nayarit. We stayed at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Take everything you think you know about All Inclusive Resorts and …

Festival Gourmet International: and the Story of How I Became Your Fat Friend

Mr. G. and I were just hosted on fabulous trip to Riviera Nayarit. The trip was centered around the Gourmet Festival. To call it incredible would be a gross understatement. This is a trip that every foodie should take. If you love meeting new people, all the better. We had just one progressive dinner but they feature them three times a week during the ten day festival. Our progressive dinner had us visiting five restaurants for eight courses and eight wine pairings (except dessert which was a cocktail pairing and …

Open Enrollment, Life Insurance and My Will

It’s time for open enrollment at Mr. G’s workplace. I spent an hour trying to figure out how much we might spend on healthcare and childcare next year so that we could contribute the appropriate amount to the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s). Life insurance is a no brainer, we get the maximum for him and the maximum for me. It’s less than $10 a month and it’s not a whole lot of insurance, but it’s something. This year I noticed something different on the life insurance options. Take a look …