I believe that life is about moments in time. I live for those moments, in life, that are out of my everyday routine. What better way to experience those special moments than through travel? Traveling to me, is about unique experiences in different places. That is what makes up a great vacation, to me.
I recently was able to have one of those moments while traveling to Mexico in November 2011. During my visit at El Dorado Seaside Suites, I was treated like a VIP guest. At this adult-only boutique resort, everyone is a VIP guest. I got to see, first hand, why the call it a Gourmet Inclusive® vacation experience.
When I arrived at the entrance of El Dorado Seaside Suites, I was greated with a spectacular welcoming. First a nice cold beverage, a cool and soothing towel to comfort and to relax me from my journey. Then a parade of authentic music from a Mariachi Band that played as I danced to the rhythm of their song. It was a fantastic welcoming and set the entire stage for what was in store for me.
I walked down the beautiful floral grounds of the resort, as the mariachi band followed me, onto the beach where I was in for an experience of a lifetime.
My evening began with a wine tasting and food pairing by the resort’s Executive Chef and Staff. They said that pairing food with wine is more of an art than a science. It was a great experience and learning lesson. Pairing the right wine to the right food, did make a difference in taste. I enjoyed my lesson.
After the wine tasting, the resort provided me with my very own apron with my name embroidered on the apron. That was such a beautiful and personal touch. I put on my apron and I decided that I wanted to learn how to make guacamole, so I was put in front of a table full of fresh organic vegetables that are grown on-site by El Dorado Seaside Resorts.
They have a 70,000 sq ft Greenhouse at El Dorado Royale that produces fresh fruits and veggies that are cooked and served daily throughout several of their sister properties. The Executive Chef, took time from his busy schedule to personally teach me how to make guacamole.
I made the guacamole, while others in my group made different food. To be in Mexico and get personal attention and instructions from such an awesome chef, it was a feeling that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We all sat down for great food made from a great experience. It was a good time had by all and an experience that I will never forget. A month later, as I walk by my apron that is hanging in the kitchen, I smile a little smile as mind wonders back to a time that was very unique, special and authentic.
Sitting by the pool, lying on the beach and seeing sights is awesome during vacation. I challenge all of you to do more on vacation—experience that moment that allows you to venture away from being the normal, to dive deeper into the authentic treasures that you can find, on vacation, that enrich your lives and create lasting memories.
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