Eat. Drink. Rest..... Repeat.

Everyone has their ideal recipe for the perfect vacation.  Think of it like chocolate chip cookies if you will.  Chocolate chip cookies are good no matter what. And you will eat them simply for the fact that there is sugar and chocolate and tasty carbs involved. But there is THE cookie. The one made up with just the right ratio of chocolate chips and walnuts, that is gooey in the center but crisp at the edges, and that somehow has half the calories as any other chocolate chip cookie in the world so therefore you can eat twice as many of them and not feel guilty.  This, my friends, is the ideal recipe.  

I think of my vacations like that as well. Sure, there are times when there is a lot to do, and I find myself with an itinerary jam packed with all the things I must see and have to experience. Those are great trips as well because they allow you to expand your mind and learn about all there is in the world we don’t know much about. But many times I need a vacation to push the reset button, and to simply allow myself to just be. I do this by eating anything my heart desires, having cocktails at any time because it truly is 5o’clock somewhere, and giving myself the opportunity to rest and relax without the itching notion that there should be something else I need to do and see. Personally, I prefer this last part to be done in front of an ocean where I can catch as many sunsets as possible. 

During my recent vacation to Mexico, I hit the reset button with fervor.  Here is a little glimpse into my perfect recipe..

EAT

If you don’t like Mexican food, we probably can’t be friends. I have lived in Southern California my whole life and so my palette has been rewarded with some very decent mexican food and I am grateful for it.  But in Mexico, you obviously step it up a notch.  With my group of friends, food is important. First air, then food. 

Tacos… You don’t need a fancy restaurant, you just need a little taco stand on the side of the street with some sizzling meat, some homemade tortillas, and some fresh salsa. Let your nose lead you, I promise it won’t let you down.

Tacos… You don’t need a fancy restaurant, you just need a little taco stand on the side of the street with some sizzling meat, some homemade tortillas, and some fresh salsa. Let your nose lead you, I promise it won’t let you down.

We also had an up-and-coming chef in our group. When I tell you his meals make you want to slap your mama, I mean it. The great thing about renting a villa is that it allows you to have meals in and break bread right at home. It also means someone has to do the dishes, so subtract one point for that.

We also had an up-and-coming chef in our group. When I tell you his meals make you want to slap your mama, I mean it. The great thing about renting a villa is that it allows you to have meals in and break bread right at home. It also means someone has to do the dishes, so subtract one point for that.

DRINK

Mimosas for breakfast. Margaritas for lunch. Cervesa with tacos. A wine tour in the Guadaloupe Valley courtesy of Valley Girl Baja Wine Tours.  My liver is probably glad I am home, but hey, that is what vacation is for!

REST

I was lulled to bed by the sound of crashing waves and woken up to the same beautiful sound. Every morning I would make my coffee and then just sit on the deck and have my quiet time, and every evening I would make my cocktail and sit in the hot tub to watch the sunset.  Most of our time here was spent with nothing really scheduled to do, and that was absolutely perfect. Watching the ocean is doing enough in my book.

REPEAT

When you experience how good a vacation like this can be for your soul, the important thing to do is figure out when you’re going to do it next.  My friends and I have committed to once a year. It’s going to be difficult. People are going to think they’re too busy. Schedules aren’t going to line up. But when we make it happen, it will be worth it.