Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas in Tulum, Mexico

Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas

by Josh Johnson

Y’all. Take me back to Mexico, ASAP. Please and thank you. I know I just got back and all, but I could seriously use another trip somewhere tropical to do some relaxing. Who’s with me? This most recent trip was my second trip to the Tulum area, and it’s easily one of the best vacation spots I’ve been to. It’s a quick and easy trip from the States, but is just far enough way to feel like you’re somewhere else.  Best part about Tulum though? Once you’re there you really don’t need to leave. Everything you need is within walking distance, and the beach is literally right out your front door. What’s not to love? Now if you’re wondering where to stay in Tulum I’ve got you. Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas hosted me for a few days on my most recent trip down, and they are such an incredible property. They have it all, really. From delicious food to gorgeous views of the beach they are the perfect home away from home. Why? Because the staff is welcoming, the location perfect, and the rooms perfectly appointed.  Next time you’re considering a vacation I would highly encourage any (and all) of…

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Lexington Farmers Market

Before jetting off to Chicago last weekend I hit the road early one morning for a quick trip to the Lexington Farmers Market with Chef Jonathan Searle of Lockbox. Why? Mostly because I’m a glutton for punishment. But also because I’m attending a dinner he’s hosting for the Appalachian Food Summit. Seeing as how I’ve been itching to attend one of their Fork & Barrel dinners for a while now I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about this one. After spending the morning with him and seeing his love for his craft, my mouth is already watering. Plus, I always love the chance to support a good cause, especially one that’s all about Kentucky. After all that is how this blog came to be. So I’m all about paying it forward.  As I walked the market with Chef that Saturday morning I learned that 81% of Appalachian residents do not receive sufficient nutrition. So he’s bringing together some of the best chefs in the region together on July 10, 2017 for a four-course dinner and cocktail hour. Each regional chef is designing and preparing a different course of the family style dinner. Including Searle, Chef Annie Pettry of Decca (Louisville), Chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill…

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Endless Summer

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Finlandia, the vodka of choice in my house, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and remember to please drink responsibly. If you follow me on Instagram then you have more than likely seen me post about Silver Dollar at least a dozen times. What can I say I love the place. The staff is incredible, and it feels like home – in the best way possible. And their food? It’s the best kind of comfort food there is. The true star though? Their cocktail menu, and that is actually what inspired today’s cocktail post. See they rotate their cocktail menu seasonally, and while the majority of them change from year to year – the crowd favorites stick around. Today I’m sharing my riff on one of those favorites. The perfect crisp and refreshing cocktail for the remaining days of summer, aptly dubbed Endless Summer. This guy has been on constant repeat at my house lately – especially for those long days spent by the pool. It’s a refreshing lavender vodka cocktail that I simply cannot get enough of. To…

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Garlic Soy Marinated Steak Recipe

Garlic Soy Marinated Steak

Disclosure: This shop is compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KickinItWithKikkoman #CollectiveBias Now that I’m finally all settled into the new apartment I’m ready to get back into the kitchen. I’ve still got a few things left to find full-time homes for, but for the most part the kitchen is fully unpacked. Next up is restocking my pantry and fridge since I did my best to eat through everything before the move.  That’ll have to wait until next week though as I’m about to head to Chicago for the a few days. Meaning that I’ve been making what lives in my kitchen currently work for me. Kikkoman® Soy always, always, always has a place in my fridge, and when I was craving steak this weekend I found myself reaching for it. Why? Because it makes for the perfect marinade for steak. It imparts an incredible taste while helping tenderize the meat. It’s a win, win situation. Especially when the marinade is loaded with spice from red pepper flakes and sweetness from molasses.  Kikkoman® is not just Asian sauces and marinades – it’s more mainstream and versatile, perfect for summer holiday grilling occasions and day-to-day grilling…

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Coconut Protein Bites

Well, we’re officially one month post breakup. Things are starting to feel somewhat normal again. Praise be! This was my first “real” relationship (and looking back that’s a big reason why I stuck around for so long) and subsequently my first breakup. Ended up being a lot more complicated and exhausting that I ever imagined. There is a bright side to this though. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Finding the joy in little things that I had lost over the last year.  It’s crazy how you can wrap yourself up in something so tightly and then lose sight of who YOU are and what YOU love to do. My health declined, I was constantly exhausted, and workouts were a thing of the past. But now that I’ve got time to focus on me and what makes me happy again – getting back into running is at that the top of that list. As always with me time and longer than life to-do lists make that hard. But quick and easy recipes like today’s for Coconut Protein Bites make it easy to fuel up post run or grab a…

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