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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Dear Buddha wondering if the afterlife includes Passionfruit Caipirinhas?

Scott and I on the beach. See my magic bracelet? LOVE all-inclusive resorts!

We’ve all arrived safely in the Dominican Republic, and are totally taking advantage of the “all inclusive” spirit of Club Med Punta Cana. This place is simply heaven, as I’m sitting here at the outdoor bar, sipping Passionfruit Caipirinha and gazing longingly at the sparkling turquoise blue sea with streaks of pure white crashing waves.

And yeah, there’s something in it for you too, my dear friends. I’ll bring back a few things from here to give away and end of Feburary I’m hosting a Blogger’s Bash in the Bahamas at Club Med Columbus Isle where I’m treating 7 of my favorite blogger friends and their mates to come with me to have some fun. So far, I’ve got 6 of them confirmed – Matt, Elise, Deb, David, Pim and Diane…and I’m going to spoil the crap out of them! (they may not want to come back home after our week)

And I’m trying to convince my sister-in-blog, RasaMalaysia to go. [Someone please tell her she's OUTTA HER MIND if she says no!] I’ll tell you more details about the Blogger’s Bash in the Bahamas if you are interested in going – I think Club Med is going to give you guys some discounts if you want to hang out with us.

No freaks or stalkers, please.

Barbeque lunch on the beach – steak marinated in rock salt and beer.

So, anyways, we arrived here last night in Punta Cana and I got to hang out with Peter Greenberg of the Today Show. We were supposed to be broadcasting live from the resort and record a segment for his radio show, but had to nix that plan since we had some technical difficulties with the lines.

Grilled pineapple and grilled steak

We’ve rescheduled my segment to Saturday instead – and it will be recorded to be aired on December 27th. He’s a great guy, though I’ve yet to see the man in shorts and toes in the sand – he’s still in his slacks and button down shirt even today when it’s super beautiful. But I guess since he’s flying out to San Francisco in a couple of hours, it would be sort of silly for him to show up in swim trunks and flip flops at the chilly SF airport.

In the meantime, I’m totally writing a letter to Buddha just to make sure that wherever I end up after my last day as Jaden the Obnoxious, that Passionfruit Caipirinhas are served (and that this guy is serving it.)

His name is “LusciousI’ve had 3 Passionfruit Caipirinhas already.

EDIT: Yay for Luscious. Nay for banana thong. PHOTO FAIL.


Thanks Washington Post!

…for the Steamy Kitchen shoutout on how to open a pomegranate!

33 Responses to “Dear Buddha wondering if the afterlife includes Passionfruit Caipirinhas?”

  1. tastyeatsathome — 12/4/08 @ 3:05 pm

    What, I’m the first one to leave a reply? I’m honored! Jaden, weren’t you JUST at a beautiful, tropical, paradise like, the other day??!!? I MUST be doing something wrong here. It’s stupid cold in Dallas…like, 45 degrees for the high today, and you’re in flip flops. I’m totally jealous.

    Anyway, drink a few more passion fruit caprihinas for me!

  2. Happy Cook — 12/4/08 @ 3:17 pm

    Looks like you are havinf so much fun.
    Can i borrow “Luscious” he might make Passionfruit Caipirinhas for me too :-)

  3. Janet — 12/4/08 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh my oh my… I’m drinking boring ‘ol coffee while you sip on caprihinas! Time for some vicarious living to go on here… keep the entertainment coming!

  4. Lindalynn — 12/4/08 @ 3:19 pm

    Caprihinas Yummy…. I’ve had my share since I’ve been in Costa Rica. Never Passionfruit though. Guess I’ll have to try! Enjoy

  5. courtney — 12/4/08 @ 3:24 pm

    Oh the bloggers bash sounds like fun. You llok like your having a blast. Enjoy!

  6. casacaudill — 12/4/08 @ 3:28 pm

    I swear I’m the only person in the known world who has been to Punta Cana and hated it. Your food & drinks sound infinitely more appetizing than the crap I was fed for 8 days at another all-inclusive earlier this year. Nearly everyone in our party – and several other guests – suffered the whole week with food poisoning from the inedible food that was presented across the whole resorts. Even the food at the “Dominican” themed restaurant was appalling. I’ll keep looking at your pictures and pretending I ate and drank like you are now. :-)

  7. Carrie Oliver — 12/4/08 @ 3:40 pm

    If I change my artisan beef blog to a recipe site, can I come to the Bahamas, too? Pretty please?

  8. Phoo-D — 12/4/08 @ 3:52 pm

    Heaven, you’re in heaven! Goodness, as I look out the window it’s 20 degrees and snowy. Are you sure you are still in this reality? Live it up for the rest of us! Can you bring back the Passionfruit caprihina recipe? Thanks for your comment on my site – you were the first one ever!

  9. Ms.Reality — 12/4/08 @ 4:10 pm

    This is a cool blog! Never had passionfruit or for that matter caprihina.
    I have to try your crispy crepes with apple, brie and prosciutto; sounds delicious.

  10. Susan — 12/4/08 @ 4:24 pm

    OMG, Mr. “Luscious” can serve me caipirinhas anyday! Too bad he doesn’t completely obscure the gentleman behind him. Otherwise, you would have the perfect island paradise picture. ;)

  11. veggiebelly — 12/4/08 @ 5:00 pm

    Oh my gosh! Caiprinhas and cute guys! Passion fruit and alcohol marry very well – passionfruit+rum is awesome too. Looks like you are having a wonderful time :)

  12. Lyndsey — 12/4/08 @ 5:49 pm

    “Luscious” he is! Thanks for sharing! Great photos, I feel like I’m right there with you… well almost. We had a beautiful day here back home, but no Passion Fruit caipirinha, you’ll have to share the recipe! Keep having fun!

  13. Krystal — 12/4/08 @ 5:54 pm

    Love the guy in the banana hammock behind lucious!!! tee hee!!!

  14. Baker of Pancakes — 12/4/08 @ 6:04 pm

    Your first question to Buddha before you end your Reign of Obnoxious should be “How do I avoid banana hammocks in my shots?” LOL
    Soooo jealous as I shiver in my socks.

  15. Luna Pier Cook — 12/4/08 @ 6:28 pm

    … jealous & freezing here in Michigan, so … PTHTHTHTHTHTTTTT!!! :-p

    Luvs ya’ anyhow, and hope you have a great time!!!

  16. JTang — 12/4/08 @ 6:46 pm

    So does that mean you’re bringing him home with you?
    I mean, we could all use a cabana boy. It might even be Oprah’s pick for the holidays.

  17. Dawn in CA — 12/4/08 @ 7:01 pm

    hmmm… my first attempt to comment didn’t work out, so let’s try again (hopefully it won’t post twice).

    Your sister-in-blog should really stay home… and send me in her stead! But if she refuses to allow me to be her proxy, then I suppose yes, she is OUT OF HER MIND if she doesn’t go on that trip with you. Jaden, you really do lead a charmed life — and it sure is fun for us to read about it on your blog!

  18. Veronica — 12/4/08 @ 9:20 pm

    I’ll take one “luscious” please.

    Wow, Sun really does exist. It’s gloomy and snowing here.Boo.

  19. Asianmommy — 12/4/08 @ 9:38 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip–I’d love to go, too!

  20. veron — 12/4/08 @ 11:06 pm

    I love the passionfruit caipirinhas! I order it whenever I go to a brazilian restaurant!

  21. veron — 12/4/08 @ 11:07 pm

    Oh… and have a wonderful time! Looks like a fun place!

  22. brilynn — 12/5/08 @ 1:03 am

    Sigh… I suppose I will just have to live vicariously through you, as per usual. Tell Lucious I said hello and down a few extra ones for me.

  23. finsbigfan — 12/5/08 @ 11:13 am

    Was gonna post earlier but had to bleach my eyes out from Speedo Man! Yikes. It is good to know that Florida is not the only place old men wear those. That beach looks sooooo inviting. Ya know you have your own “Lucious” (bump de de wow wow) Work those passionfruit caipirinhas baby!!

  24. Jescel — 12/5/08 @ 11:19 am

    some people just have more luck, huh? enjoy the Luscious drink! :o)

  25. Tim — 12/5/08 @ 6:33 pm

    Jaden, this is such a wonderful blog entry. It brings back wonderful memories of one of my greatest vacations to that same Club Med, but it was back in 1981 or so! It is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, so I know you’re having (or had) a blast.


  26. Rasa Malaysia — 12/6/08 @ 4:27 am

    Let me discuss with hub when I am back in the US, would love to go!

  27. sagari — 12/6/08 @ 11:28 am

    looks like u had a wonderfulllllll trip

  28. Brooke — 12/6/08 @ 5:56 pm

    Sounds amazing! And if Rasa Malaysia decides she can’t go, I’ll volunteer myself for bag carrying and in-room caipirinha duty. Though I could never match the good lucks of Lucious, I can muddle a mean drink.

  29. Kim — 12/6/08 @ 8:20 pm

    So I totally laughed out loud when I read the edit about Thong-Man… Have fun and I hope you don’t run into that guy later!

  30. David — 12/7/08 @ 2:21 pm

    Cocktails? I thought you were there mostly to take advantage of all the fitness programs!

    Can you ask luscious if he’d like to come to the Bahamas? I’m sure we can find somewhere for him to bunk ; )

  31. mysimplefood — 12/8/08 @ 12:06 pm

    Hi!! Looks like you are having so much fun…and wow! Club Med in Feb…I am officially jealous! :) Hey, I am surprising my hubby with a holiday to Hong Kong on new year!! Any must trys you wanna recommend?? :)

  32. Elena — 12/10/08 @ 1:22 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the quirky, useful information that you post on this blog. The writing is also fantastic. Staying tuned…

  33. Andrea — 12/13/08 @ 2:50 pm

    Aw, you look like you had so much fun! My boyfriend worked at Club Med Punta Cana last summer and he said it was beautiful.

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