Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path

Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path

Let me begin by imploring you to travel. Travel often, travel far, travel wide! Vacations are a great reset button. They grant us the fresh perspective and space we need to return to our daily lives with greater clarity and purpose. However, the more profound impact of traveling does not come from a week of relaxation on the beach. It’s about expanding your understanding of how others live, learning to let go of expectations, and embracing the present moment. We so vividly create an image of a destination in our mind’s eye- pieced together through the words and images of others. The mental picture becomes crystallized, expectations become precise. Then you arrive and not a thing is as you’d imagined. Gone are your expectations- now is the time for adventure! Ojochal, Costa Rica As foodie fate would have it, we began our trip in the incredible beachside town of Ojochal. Ojochal is a delightfully rare, off the beaten path destination. While the nearby town of Uvita has witnessed alarmingly rapid growth with an influx of commercial development, large hotels, and the resulting flock of tourists, Ojochal has yet to be inundated. Rather, it’s a town of locals, an international community, and an exquisite culinary enclave. Eating in Ojochal- Foodie Paradise The dining experience in Ojochal was a major highlight of our time in Costa Rica. Costa Rica can hardly be considered a food destination, with a typical meal consisting of rice and beans. The global cuisine at a bevy of four-star restaurants scattered throughout the town was a welcome delight! Our first night we enjoyed fresh sea bass in a white wine, saffron...
New Music Monday: February 2015 Playlist

New Music Monday: February 2015 Playlist

This month’s new music playlist is perfect for late night drives or long road trips. Powerful vocals, booming instrumentals, and catchy beats. The energy of these tracks is best captured with the volume up, the bass throbbing, and nothing but a vast expanse of empty roads ahead. It’s quite fitting that I compiled most of these tracks as we trekked along the Costa Rican coast last month. Raury’s debut album, Indigo Child finally made its way onto Spotify this month. Best known for collaborations on the latest SBTRKT album, the Atlanta native’s eclectic sound is captured brilliantly in his catchy beats. Florence + The Machine failed to disappoint with the release of a single, “What Kind of Man” off their upcoming album. True to form, Florence’s lyrics and vocals on the track are full of soul, depth, and unadulterated grace.     1) Dress- Sylvan Esso 2) Sadness Disease- AiYLO Remix- Urban Cone 3) Fade Out Lines- The Avener Rework- The Avener 4) Duvan- Amason 5) Cubicle- Jaded Incorporated 6) Johnny and Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)- Todd Terje 7) God’s Whisper- Raury 8) Let The Good Times Roll- J.D. McPherson 9) What Kind of Man- Florence + The Machine 10) Bassically- Tei Shi 11) Come to Me- Lily & Madeleine 12) Cigarette Song- Raury   Follow me on...