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BAR X – Craft cocktails and good times among the Mormons

If you find yourself in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by the Mormons and are thinking to yourself… hmmmm…is there some place I can get a drink? Do not fear, BAR X has you covered. Salt Lake is a creative and thriving city with a surprisingly good and healthy drinking culture. Since the Olympic Games, Utah has made great strides to abolish some of its strange liquor laws and has become quite accommodating for the distinguished drinker. Bar X, a former dive bar, offers perfectly executed classic and craft cocktails, wine, and microbrews (and even the other stuff, PBR, Bud Light, etc., for those non discerning drinkers or those still living in the Frat House). The atmosphere is vibrant and comfortable, but not the slightest bit pretentious. It is a perfect spot to enjoy cocktails and conversation with friends. Rumor has it, that one Ty Burell (Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy) is an owner, who knows, maybe if your lucky you might run into him.


Cheers-Eat, Love, Live, Be Merry, and Drink Curated.

155 E 200 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-2287

La Recoleta Cemetery – Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the heart of Buenos Aires lies the architectural and historic wonder known as La Recoleta Cemetery. The first public cemetery in Buenos Aires, it was inaugurated in November 1822, and is the final resting place for many of Argentina’s most relevant historical figures, such as the most famous, Eva Peron. The cemetery houses 4,800 mausoleums ranging from the old, forgotten, and dilapidated to artistic monuments featuring a broad range of architectural styles, and crafted from some of Argentina’s most prominent artist. You will get lost in mystery, intrigue, and wonder while wondering this maze of past lives, many so close you can reach out and touch what remains.

Eat, Love, Drink, Be Merry, and Explore Curated.

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La Recoleta Cemetary
Avenida Pueyrredón
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina


Walking on Big Ice – a day on Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

You may recall the recent news about Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina—this enormous field of ice that encroaches on Lago Argentino, creating a natural damn that separates the lake into two sides—and this dam ruptured on March 2, 2012. Only missing this massive event by less than 45 days, we still, were able to experience the excitement of this glacier: ice ruptures, loud cracks echoing through the park, and large sections of ice splintering and falling to the lake. Our experience not only came with the site and sounds of this megalopolis of ice, but through the Hielo y Aventura Big Ice tour we were also able to explore the vast ice field.

We were lucky enough to join the Big Ice tour on a stunning day with crystal clear, bluebird skies. Our day started off observing the Perito Moreno Glacier from The Los Glaciares National Park observation decks. It is massive and you are quickly overcome by its size, beauty, and brilliance of blue colors. After a brief visit there, we took a short boat ride across the lake to the trailhead, where we were off trekking on the massive block of ice. Amazed by the plethora of winding rivers, crystal blue caves, massive crevasses, waterfalls, cracks, ponds and every other frozen form imaginable, we traversed the ice field with our guides for 3 hours. One interesting fact is the Perito Moreno glacier is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water, and while hiking you can drink straight from many of the available pure water sources. After many refills of fresh water and a long rewarding day of exploring this behemoth, we returned to the boat for a short cruise to get some up close views of the colossal southern wall of the Glacier, while enjoying as a glass of well-deserved whiskey.

We recommend the Big Ice if you are a moderate hiker: this was a strenuous hike and you will be tired and sore, but the views and experience of being on the ice are astonishing. If you are not up to the challenge then try the mini trekking also offered by Hielo y Aventura. You can find more technically information on the Glacier on wikipedia and at the Los Glaciares National Park website.

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and Explore Curated!

PESQUEIRA – Come Happy, Leave Edgy! Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires

While galavanting through the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires, we stumbled into PESQUIERA. The first thing that caught our attention was the design. This fashion boutique did not take itself too seriously but was modern, with a mix of sophistication, fun, and spontaneity. The space’s warm rustic elements and reclaimed fixtures provided the ideal setting for the playful, thoughtful, and spirited designs of Valeria Pesqueira. Featuring mostly designs for women, the Boutique is a delight for all, from the over-sized art on the walls to the stunning, but humorous, advertising campaigns that feature roosters and dogs alongside the models. The checkout counter at PESQUIERA says it all “come happy, leave edgy”!

Great place to keep your Wife or Ladyfriend Happy! Eat, Love, Drink, Be Merry, and Live Curated.

Come Happy, Leave Edgy  PESQUEIRA
Gurruchaga 1750, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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High West Distillery, 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan – A cocktail with style

It has been another long week-I thought Friday would never get here. It did. Let’s start this weekend in style with High West Distillery’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan. Being a huge fan of the The Traditional Manhattan, I was quite skeptical of this new spirit. There is no reason for skepticism as the barreled Manhattan is every bit as good, stylish, and classic as the original. To start, who would have thought that a distillery in Utah (of all places) was making excellent whiskey.  High West Distillery and Saloon was founded by Proprietor and distiller David Perkins in Old Town Park City. The 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan commemorates Utah’s role as the deciding vote to end Prohibition. Yes, that’s right, Utah!  High West has concocted a pre-Prohibition recipe of two parts rye whiskey to one part sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters. It is then aged in an American white oak barrel for 90 days, allowing the flavors to integrate and develop before bottling. The end result is a smooth, sexy, spicy, herbal, well-balanced, timeless cocktail, rugged enough for a man, sexy enough for a woman. High West also captured the essence of this drink with it’s understated, custom packaging. The apothecary bottle with cork topper and classic motif exudes timeless old west attitude. My favorite way to enjoy is in a cocktail tumbler with a large ice cube.

This Curated Life - Highe West Distillery, 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and have a curated weekend!

High West Distillery’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan