Where you been? If you hang out with us here enough, you know that a couple months ago we welcomed our first little homie into the world. And as will come to no surprise to the parents reading this, it turns out raising an infant is indeed a full time job. Add that to the full time job I have to feed said infant and provide him an insane amount of diapers, it turns out hobbies like running, or reading, or writing for this blog go out the window.
But I’m back (at least for now), and happy to say Laura and I got to give the little homie his first taste of culture when we were able to attend a sneak peak of LA’s most anticipated museum opening in years: The Broad, which officially opens today, September 20, 2015.
So here’s the deal. I’m not an art connoisseur and won’t pretend to be. Turns out the little homie was actually more patient in the museum than I am in most museums. Maybe he’s getting his mama’s eye for art. But we did have a chance to really explore the museum, and so here’s what to expect from this post:
1. Visiting the Broad 101. All the basic need to knows if you’re gonna check out what I’d consider an awesome museum and the surrounding Bunker Hill area of downtown LA.
2. Tips and tricks. Yep, there are tips and tricks, and at the preview we picked up on a few of them that you REALLY need to read if you’ll visit.
3. Just a few photos of some of our favorite art because, after all, you want to go check this place out for yourself. Continue reading
I love Starwood points. I’ve mentioned this before. Of the hotel loyalty programs, I think Starwood has the most valuable currency. It doesn’t hurt that I also happen to like their hotel chains, have their American Express, and have linked my Uber account to my SPG account so I get free Starwood points for every Uber ride.
I consider my Starwood Amex my second most valuable credit card behind my Chase Sapphire Preferred. It’s the card I use for most general day-to-day purchases (unless I have a card that earns more points per dollar in certain categories like travel and gas stations).
And unrelated to my small crush on Starwood, I’m a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan. I am also one of those nerds trying to see a baseball game in every ballpark in the country. And it just so happens the Cubs, for the first time in years, have decided to grant mercy on their loyal fans and actually be competitive. Since my son was born (and yes I take full credit for this win streak) they’re winners of 9 in a row and 15 of their last 16 games.
And so when I was flying out to Chicago for a conference in June, there was one thing I knew I had to do: Use my Starwood points to get two tickets to a fancy suite right behind home plate for the Cubs vs. Dodgers.
Maybe the Cubs aren’t your thing. Here’s the not so secret, secret: That’s OK- because Starwood offers you the chance to use your SPG points for concerts with back stage access, the best seats at sporting events, and more! You just have to know where to look! Continue reading
LAN is one of my favorite airlines. Given the large amount of work I do in South America, I’m onboard a number of LAN flights. Often, I’m passing through Lima which is never any good since, well, the lounges in Lima leave something to do. But on this recent trip to Argentina, I not only had the chance to fly the LAN Dreamliner, I had a chance to stop through Santiago and visit the brand new LAN VIP lounge. Is it one of their best? Does it put Santiago on the map as far as one of the best lounges in the region? Continue reading
I’m not a sucker for most of the fancy things in life. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord I plan to drive till it stops running. I’ve lived in small apartments for most of my adult life. I’m fond of saying that I spend money on food and travel, and that’s about it.
But I do love business class when flying. It’s the lounge access, the ability to try wines I’d never ever spend my own money on, and the chance to take what’s usually the most frustrating part of the travel experience and make it something to actually look forward to.
And so our most recent international business class experience was a fun one for me: I got to try business class on a 787 Dreamliner for the first time. Not only that, we flew it on one of the fanciest carriers that fly the skies today: Qatar. How was it? In a word: Superb. Continue reading