I love destination weddings aka a perfect excuse for a vacation especially if the one getting married is family. When my cousin announced that he was getting married in Costa Rica, we excitedly booked our flight and made made plans to share a condo rental with other cousins. I did not know much about Costa Rica except that it was a popular surf and nature destination and I heard that many Americans were buying property and retiring there.
Last May, we flew from San Diego to Liberia and stayed in Tamarindo which is in the Northern Pacific coast in the province of Guanacaste. My cousin booked a 2 bedroom apartment at the Diria condominiums which is across the street from the Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort. On our first night, we met with other wedding guests and walked around town. My first thought was that it reminded me of how San Diego must have been in the 60's and 70's. A laid back, casual, unpretentious family friendly beach town. I was charmed.
I love tasting menus and I love them more when they are served surrounded by glorious city views. We attended the Chef's Celebration Dinner at the Founders Room on the 34th Fl of the University Club. The past few months at work have been busy and challenging and a beautiful seven course dinner with wine pairings by six top San Diego chefs savored with good friends was a much appreciated treat.
Flashback Friday! On March 2011, I visited Cambodia to celebrate the Birthday of one of my closest friends Carmina. We were a party of nine and stayed in Siem Reap, explored the city at night and toured the Angkor Archeological Park during the day. I had read that Angkor was a vast lost city in the jungle but it exceeded my expectations. I was awed by the size of Angkor (seventeen times bigger than Manhattan), the intricate design of the temples, the beauty of the bas-reliefs and the mystery of the area. It was humid, there were many tourists (including some that were extremely pushy and cut us in line when we were trying to take a photo by a tree) but it was one of the most magical places that I have visited.
Some photos from Angkor....