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Just living the dream
Well, life is good to me so I'm good to it. If I had to label myself I would be an International man of adventure, living a life that most will only dream of. If I were a song, I'd be Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. A fearless adventurer, entrepreneur, Chef, beachbum and culinary explorer. I call myself The Globetrotting Chef. Always in search of the perfect meal, my soulmate, the most beautiful beach, and my slice of paradise. After years of living a "normal life" I sold it all and retired to pursue my dream of exploring this incredible world and pay some of my good fortune back. Been on the road since September 2011 and have no plans of stopping anytime soon. I've just settled down in a sleepy little fishing village called Puerto Cayo, Ecuador where I opened my very first restaurant, called Booby's Bar & Grill. Life is amazing and my customers are great but I need more like minded people in my life. Couch surfers come share my slice of paradise, you might never leave!! Please be sure and read ALL of the details about staying with me.
"Don't worry, be happy"
"We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To meet, greet, entertain and be entertained by those of like minds. I've always loved the concept of couch surfing and have participated formally and informally all over the world. Now that I've settled down, I'm opening up my home to a new group of intrepid travelers.
Eating/Cooking or anything that has to do with food!
Drinking dark rum and craft beer (IPAs ESPECIALLY)
Drinking rum in hammocks
Drinking rum on the beach
Fishing and anything else to do with water
Mixed Martial Arts
Poker/Black Jack/Craps or gambling in general
Building race cars (Nissan and Infinti)
Music, Movies, and Books
I LOVE movies and also love to LMFAO while quoting them with people.
Cool Runnings, The Wire, OZ, Belly, Scarface, Boondock Saints, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, EZ Rider, Motorcycle Diaries, The Godfather I and II, Goodfellas, Casino, Shottas, Blow, Juice, American Gangster, KIDS, King of NY, A Bronx Tale, Once Upon a Time in America, Poseidon Adventure, Memphis Bell, Maverick, Hang em High, A Map for Saturday, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Black Sheep, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, How High, Half Baked, Trainspotting, Up in Smoke, Traffic
Thomas Keller, Kitchen Confidential, Machiavelli, The Art of War, On War, Angels and Demons, Rouge Warrior, To kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The New Mediation Handbook, The Age of Enlightenment, books on the history of war, meditation and relaxation. I don't read as much as I should but I'm slowing becoming faster and I don't like fiction, real life is much more interesting.
I enjoy all types of music, if you were to let my Ipod play on shuffle, it would be a mix of reggae, rock, old school rap, R&B, metal, blues, even some opera and monk chants. My top 5 artists/bands are Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Slightly Stoopid, Disturbed, and 2pac.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Co-Founded the DCT Foundation Inc. NGO
Our mission is to fund and raise awareness for the distribution of the opiate overdose reversal drug "Naloxone". As well as the successful lobbying of both Congress and Senate to pass 2 new laws in the last 2 years. We also fund long term substance abuse treatment for those who cannot afford it.
Flew to a country I knew little about where I didn't speak the language. Opened my first restaurant with less than $1000. A small beachfront bar & grill in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador called Booby's Bar&Grill
Lived in the house that Bob Marley was born in while working for his brother. Spent 2 months living with his family learning and teaching cooking skills.
Helped pull a woman and her child from a crashed car
Saved my neighbor from his burning house.
Swam with a family of Humpback Whales in Tonga
Went diving for and found sunken treasure in the South Pacific
Rescued a failing bar/restaurant in Seattle, Washington.
Lived on an picture perfect South Pacific island, Nomuka Iki
Lived in a rural fishing village in Jamaica (Hope Wharf) on and off for years
Went diving with a school of Bull Sharks
Burned a spliff with Mama Tosh, (Peter Tosh's Mother) in Jamaica
Hiking to the top of Jerusalem Mountain (Jamaica) on 4/20 with a relative of Bob Marley. While I "expanded my consciousness", I watched the sun go down and reflected on my life. It was a majestic experience.
3k KM road trip around SE Asia on a $400 84' Honda Bonus 150cc
Skinny dipping on Rabbit Island, Cambodia with phosphorescent allege and Austrian sisters
Skinny Dipping on Utila, Honduras watching a meteor shower with my Swedeheart
Hiking 6 days to El Mirador through the Guatemalan Jungle
Climbing La Donta and El Tigre in Guatemala
Exploring the ATM cave in Belize
Riding through the Cardamon Mountains in Cambodia
Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands
Climbing Coba ruins in Mexico
Spent 2 days alone with a seal colony in New Zealand
Bought a van, turned it into a camper and made a 14k KM road trip around New Zealand for 4 months
Countless memories from the open road
Countless amazing meals with many incredible people
Front row seats for Hurricane Paloma on a cliff over the ocean in Grand Cayman
Sun rises over the mountains across the sea in Jamaica
Sunsets from the open ocean
Wondering through Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Street Food in Penang, Malaysia and all over SE Asia
Teach, Learn, Share
I lived an amazingly crazy life and through my stories I give people an insight into a world that most would never have an opportunity to experience.
I'm like a sponge lately, I can't get enough information! I love to learn new skills and be thrown into the deep end of new challenges.
Cooking is my passion and I love to share recipes and experiment in the kitchen, among other places... :-) Sharing travel stories and life's ambitions are always fun. I love playing the "Last Meal Game"
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Cambodia, Jamaica, United States