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  • Writer's pictureNick International

Welcome to Taurus Season

I’m back. After a long forced hiatus because I was in a creative slump and needed to take a step back from blogging to refocus and rediscover some new experiences. I’ve gotten to do some pretty amazing things over the past few months, and the content roll out is going to be exceptional. I can’t wait to show you guys how my Co-Host of the Tour De Vino, Christopher Duncombe tried to fxckin’ kill me with the “One Chip Challenge”.

It’s finally my favorite month of the year, big May energy is flowing through my veins and as my birthday gets closer I am starting to get into that ever strange period of introspection and reflection on where I am, compared to where I was – my, how far I’ve come. I’ve obviously not been blogging much lately and that’s because I’ve been bogged down doing far too many things – life lesson, don’t spread yourself too thin (you can apply that to just about every aspect of life).

The only constant in life is change, and one’s ability to shift their perspective, habits, raise your ambition and seek clarity in the direction you’re traveling are all aligned with what change means. So, what’s different in your life? I am always happy to hear from my readers but I get that sharing is best encouraged sharing, so I’ll go first. There are two big changes I’ve made in my life that I am particularly proud of.

The first is getting engaged. Easily the biggest decision I’ve had to make in my life to date, but not a hard decision. I may as well tell you, the engagement didn’t go at all how I thought it would in my mind, and not nearly the best way it could have gone in real life – but the important part is she said yes and here we are. In a world where people my age don’t give credence to marriage I kind of feel like an outlier. I will say, my friends that have gone before have for the most part been very encouraging though you have to be able to spot the bad examples even in you close friend circles. I’ll say no more on that except that I’m happy, she’s happy and that’s really what matters most. Our origin story is so very on brand for both of us, but I’ll share that in a separate post later on, perhaps.

The second thing is I finally stopped smoking. This is a moment of very extreme transparency that might be an over share but whatever, it’s a big step. I’d been a smoker for far too many years than I care to count, but I always knew a day would come where I would have to stop. As with most things, something precipitated this decision and I ought to give credit first to my fiancé for introducing me to Jay Shetty, and for Jay Shetty’s book Think Like a Monk prompting me to go deep into my mind and ask myself why I smoked in the first place? Asking yourself why you do anything is dangerous, but necessary.

Sometimes, we find things covered in dust that we really didn’t want to remember.

It was a way for me to repress and forget, to distract my mind and slow the agony of memories that I really wished I could just shake from my mind kind of like holding up a pair of trousers and dumping all the pocket change on the floor, but that’s not possible – believe me, I’ve tried. Once I dug deep and decided to be honest with myself about this habit, I realize that only was the mental toxicity linked to smoking poisoning my mind and my relationships with people, but that obviously I am doing tremendous harm to my body. I still drink alcohol, but even that comes with a level of moderation now. I don’t know how many of you are over 30 but let me tell you, hangovers are no joke at this stage of the game.

So, that’s a quick life update and now I want to get down to some fun stuff.

I recently went on a fishing trip at the behest of my good friend Richard, on board Twelve AM with my other good buddy Captain Trevor Rolle. It’s the end of Mahi season right about now but that didn’t stop us from hauling in a decent sized catch. The filets from these fish were about the length of my arm. I posted a full reel on the fishing trip on my Instagram page, so go check it out here!

I’m obviously still deep in the food scene and I have to say a special thank you to everyone that reads my blog, follows The Food & Culture Co., and in anyway takes my food reviews and advice as accreditation or condemnation of a particular restaurant. I still do a load of cooking, but I don’t have the time to try and be a celebrity chef or re-make the same basic things that every want to be foodie on the island is carbon copying. Yeah, I'm biggity like that but I could back it up. Watch this space! I’ve dug deep into my creative bag and when I tell you some of the recipes are going to have Michelin asking if I am opening a restaurant, I’m not joking. It’s been a great ride to this point and I owe all the gratitude to you. So, thank you!

Speaking of restaurants, I want to highlight a particular Western eatery that has broke the top 5 barrier for best steak on the island. To know me is to know I am a carnivore at heart and in particular I love a good steak. There are few things better, except…well, let’s just keep it PG-13 for now, lol.

Island Brothers served up a 100% Aberdeen Grass Fed Prime Rib that is to die for. You’ve got to get it medium-rare – because any other temperature is blasphemous. It has a delicate char that forms from the high cooking temperature that seals in every bit of flavor, and thankfully, unlike most Bahamian restaurants they don’t over season it – just the basics – salt, black pepper, fire and love. The burrata and the escargot were also delicately simple, and delicious.

That’s it for me for now though, I’m going to go and finish building this content and we are going to get back on track! As always, thanks for reading and sharing and following. Peace Out until next week!

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