HGTV/DIY’s film crew followed us around while we built this awesome tiny home, The Grand, for a customer a few months back, and our episode is finally about to air – should be a lot of fun!
If you have any interest in watching, tune in here:
9 PM EST
Here are some photos of the show’s featured Modern Tiny Living build, The Grand, for your pre-show enjoyment.
Ah, the annual escape to Cabo San Lucas. I must escape the clutches of Ohio winter every January, lest I go insane, and my locale of choice for the past 6 years has been Cabo San Lucas. Why? It’s warm, it’s much like California, there are whales, and it is quiet.
I typically come down the Cabo with some of my family, and we always have a bacchanalia that would rival the ancient Romans.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know:
Now you know.
Another big happening here in Cabo was the engagement photos! I am presently engaged to Ali, the boss, as of December, and we decided to knock out our glorious engagement photos outside The Cape here in Cabo San Lucas with a local photographer. We were happy with the results.
Redheads are winning these days people, I keep telling you.
Anyways, here are a few excellent establishments you should check out when visiting Cabo San Lucas.
• Hacienda has the best pulpo (Octopus) in Cabo. Stop in for perfect guacamole and Margaritas. Stay for the view.
• Toro is high-end dining with a cool atmosphere. It is a must stop on every trip.
• There are two points of interest at The Cape, a stunningly modern hotel in Cabo. First, is The Rooftop, which for my money is the best rooftop bar in Cabo. Second, is the breakfast. The french toast is absurd, and the buffet may be the best around. Skip Manta, their ludicrously overpriced dinner restaurant (go to Hacienda again).
• Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this little taco spot is a local legend. Pick up Arrachera tacos for $2/each and some Coronas for a cheap, delicious lunch.
• The “Smallest Bar in the World” is the perfect place to stop when walking around downtown Cabo. If you don’t want the fuss of the party joints, just stop here with a friend to pick up a quick Modelo on the run.
Finally got back to the Outer Banks for my birthday. If you’ve known me for a while, you know that one of my favorite places on the planet is Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks (North Carolina). There is something simple about this place, something that always reminds me that the best times are had when we’re not rushing around. No huge parties or nights on the town. Just friends, family, local seafood and rowdy times. No McDonald’s within 3 hours, no chain restaurants. No Applebee’s polluting my space.
Anyway, this trip was special as we trucked over a dozen friends and family to a huge, oceanfront house in Frisco, a small town in the thick of Cape Hatteras. From rare tuna and margarita parties, to taking the Jeep out to The Point of the Outer Banks, I’d say it was one of the most enjoyable trips of my life.
Amazing, no? I’ve travelled all over the world, at least to some degree, and I still can’t shake how much I just love this place that I travelled to as a kid. Funny how that works.
For this month’s trip we took a few days to Atlanta for Ali’s birthday (30!). First time really diving in to Ponce City Market, and it definitely delivered. The variety, quality, and deliciousness of the food here (former Sears & Roebuck building) is awesome, and you essentially have your pick of whatever food you may desire. With that said, my favorite meal was probably off-campus at Cooks & Soldiers, a delicious tapas spot with fantastic service.
Atlanta is easily one of my favorite non-beach cities, and it’s culture is really a melting pot. In these turbulent times, we came face to face with a variety of marches and protests – but they were all peaceful. Here’s hoping everyone can come together soon…the drama is unnecessary.
Anyway, here are the must-do’s from this trip.
Must-Do Coffee: Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
Must-Do Dinner: Cooks & Soliders
Must-Do Craft Beer: Terrapin Sound Czech
Must-Do Lunch: Botiwalla @ Ponce City Market
Of all the cities I’ve frequented in the past 10-15 years, I don’t think I’ve visited many more than Dallas/Ft. Worth. I had a huge hub of business there for a good while, and as a result, some of the best friends I’d ever made. One of those great friends was this young guy, Garrett Long. Garrett is one of those once in a lifetime minds who was already an entrepreneur at age 15, so we obviously hit it off quickly.
Fast forward 5 years, he’s getting married, and I was lucky enough to be one of the groomsmen. We had a great time enjoying some beverages, a Mavs game, and donuts.
I’ll not do a full review of Dallas here since this trip was mainly for Garrett, but let me give a few must-do’s.
Must-Do Beer: Revolver Blood & Honey
Must-Do Coffee Shop: Drugstore Cowboy
Since good local coffee and beer are my main priorities in any new city, I’ll leave it there.