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5 Cool Things About Mexico City

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Fresh back from the holidays and my first trip of the new year, I’ve started contributing to Oyster.com and published my first piece just before the new year. It’s on Mexico City and about things you should know about the city that you might’ve not before. I was very surprised by Mexico City, especially by how massive it was and how many things there was to do there. Below are a few things I liked while I was there pulled from my article: Read the rest of this entry

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How Hard Work Pays Off for Travel-ful Life (In Partnership with Don Julio)

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“Work hard with honesty. Never judge anybody.” These are words to live by for a life of happiness, earned success and to help further explore one’s passions such as travel, photography or other life pleasures. I heard this expression in a video about Don Julio González, the man behind the well-known Don Julio Tequila brand that he established in 1942, and I can’t get the messages out of my head. This video is inspiring and uplifting, but also very picturesque that it will make you want to visit Mexico and the agave fields. The clip (which you can watch below) was shared by Don Julio Tequila in honor of Dia de los Muertos and has me reflecting on what I’ve worked for that sets me apart: being a travel journalist and blogger. More below: Read the rest of this entry

Must-Have Peruvian Dishes

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It’s funny, growing up I never liked a lot of the dishes from my Peruvian heritage. Now, whenever it’s offered I can’t get enough. I grew up with a dislike of fish, so the delicious seafood driven dishes the make up like half of Peru’s cuisine offerings never touched my lips until I reached adulthood.

Last month I wrote an article on different Peruvian dishes to know for Thrillist, and happy to share my favorites from the bunch below that are now my go-tos: Read the rest of this entry

#TreatYoSelf, Gifts to Give Yourself this Holiday

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While many of the gift ideas I’ve rolled out this season are geared towards gifting others, this collection is specifically geared to giving yourself a special treat this season while you shop for others this last week before Christmas or as those holiday gift cards come in. From a travel photo book of historical quality to stand out on your coffee table to splurges such as a new comfortable mattress to start the New Year with better sleep, find the perfect items to get for yourself this holiday and winter season. Plus a few cocktail recipes to #treatyoself to:

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Outfit: Food Truckin’ in Texas

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From my Texas road trip with Best Western, one of my favorite things we did was a food tour of Austin through its colorful and cheeky (and tasty) food trucks. For the outdoorsy dinner crawl in the Texas heat (which since it was over 90 degrees F was luckily more of a bus tour), I sported an ikat pattern top from Territory Ahead, denim shorts I made, and UGG’s lightweight Cantrell suede chukka boot style. Read the rest of this entry

Texas Road Trip: Photo Diary

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Personal and professional travels have brought me to various parts of the U.S. and over international waters, but Texas wasn’t in my travel goals this year. Then when Best Western invited me on a road trip through The Lone Star State to experience a few of their properties and attend the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, I thought there would be no better way to experience Texas and got onboard.

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Must Have: Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags

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Birchbox Man and Cool Hunting have teamed up and released a limited edition box of summer goodies. Among the items is Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags, which got me thinking of how I’m one of the few people I know who does need to drink coffee every morning, but when I do enjoy some it’s almost always iced. I’m glad to have received this box to try out a new favorite blend to up my coffee game.

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My City: Model Colby Melvin’s Los Angeles Favorites And Nightlife Picks

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Photo via Paul Boulon

Model Colby Melvin is best known for his popular work with Andrew Christian, which included video segments such as the Road Trip series and a photo session that had him drenched in paint in a collaboration with The Underwear Expert. A self proclaimed goofball, his fandom grew quickly on the web, and he’s been working on developing his own entertainment group, Colbra, with his fiancée and fellow Andrew Christian model, Brandon Brown (below). As an LGBT activist, Colby is also always sharing news and entertainment reads on his social media accounts and website, and partaking in events to raise money for gay causes.

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Photos via Facebook

He’s originally from the Deep South, but has made Los Angeles his new home the past year. If you find yourself in Colby’s neighborhood, the gay mecca of West Hollywood, he’s provides us some of his favorite spots and musts dos throughout LA:

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Eating In & Out Of The Castro: 10 Eats in San Francisco

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In The Castro

Old and new places to try when visiting the gay Mecca and its surrounding areas:

Located in the heart of The Castro, Hi Tops (pictured above),  which opened last fall and is the city’s first gay sports bar, if you can believe it,  serves up the classics (Buffalo Wings, et al.) you’d expect from a sports-centric watering hole,though with a decidedly fancy twist—including a four cheese grilled sandwich (smoked gouda, cheddar, gruyere, and jarlsberg) with dried fruit chutney. One note, this place is poppin and can at times be pretty full.

While Hi Tops of course has burgers, they’re taken a bit more seriously a few buildings southwest at SliderBar. This mini California chain (the original opened in Palo Alto) offers a variety of pint-sized sandwiches made of beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and veggies and many comes with sassy names, such as the Double Trouble (double grass-fed beef patties based sliders), the Hot Chick (fresh ground chicken with various spicy ingredients and add ons), and Italian Stallion (pork patty with Italy’s finest added).

Continuing southwest, you’ll find long-standing favorite Catch, a cozy seafood spot where Harvey Milk’s first camera shop once stood (not to be confused with his later camera shop, which is now an HRC shop). Though most of the dishes are delicious, we recommend the seared halibut, sauteed blue talapia, and linguine with clams. Eat inside or out on the heated, screened patio.

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