Out of over 500 elite athletes, Miguel placed in the top 20 in last weekend's Spartan Beast World Championship in Vermont. Top 20. Beast. Say that 5 times fast and try not to drool just a little.
If you don't know what a Spartan race is, just imagine hours and hours of running uphill in mud while carrying a million heavy things and climbing over high stuff and not lying down to cry at all.
I discovered Miguel last week while perusing Instagram in line at the bank. I came across a video repost by Spartan Race and I think I actually gasped out loud at his adorable smile:
We won't even mention that the idea of being in car on the way to anywhere with Miguel and Hunter McIntyre would inspire even the most type A personality to wish for a flat, or 4...
When we emailed Miguel about his handsomeness, he was super sweet and mentioned his interview on the Athlete on Fire podcast as a way to gather a little backstory. We recommend it, even though there is not a video portion featuring a shirtless Miguel. You'll have to close your eyes and use your imagination while sipping a delicious cocktail - we were folding laundry, but in retrospect should have done it the other way. Dang it.
Hopefully this will fill in the gaps a little for you:
I'm also going to blow your mind a little with one of the foxiest things EVER - while Googling around we discovered Miguel is BUILDING A CABIN in Vermont with his bare mountain man hands. It's ok, take a moment to catch your breath...
I guess it goes without saying that we think Miguel is pretty special. Did I mention he's SINGLE and can whisper sweet nothings in your ear in three languages? I know, I'll stop.
Since my first Spartan race a couple weeks ago was cancelled due to heat (we cried all the way to brunch while sipping lattes), I have to admit that all this video watching of gorgeous Spartan men has inspired me to register again. The idea of being slung over the shoulder of one of these gents, when I inevitably lie down in the mud to weep a bit, is enough to get me out of bed in the dark. AROOOOOOO!!!
We love pirates, and may have taken the whole thing a little far with a cocktail video (day drinking can be dangerous), but we simply couldn't resist...
Since I was too busy cracking myself up to make any sense, here's the important info :
First make a simple syrup with 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup water and a bunch of fresh grated ginger. Simmer a bit until the sugar is dissolved, then let cool. I leave the ginger in it as long as possible so it can really soak up all the goodness. You can pour the ginger into your bottle with the syrup or strain it out. Up to you, me hearties.
Ice in your shaker
Squeeze two lime wedges and toss 'em in
1 full shot spicy rum
1 full shot triple sec
half shot ginger simple syrup
bit of coconut water
dash of cayenne pepper (to yer liking)
SHAKE it up, matey!
Pour into a wee bottle or whatever ye likes.
Top with more coconut water if you feel inspired. Stick another lime wedge in the bottle if ye dares.
Drink with yer mates and swab the deck! Arrrrgggghhhhhhhhh!
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Favorite Quote (today): "You're only in your twenties for 10 years."
Can you do a cartwheel or handstand? Both!
Beach or mountains? Why? Definitely the beach. I grew up in a small beach town, and there is nothing like hopping on a bike with your friends or family and cruising the boardwalk on a long summer day. Jumping in the ocean is the cure for many things.
Most loved workout? Yoga Sculpt. I love the intention of traditional yoga mixed with weights and upbeat music.
Best date night movie? TV show, actually. "Friday Night Lights." Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.
One place you haven’t been you are dying to go: Greece. It looks awesome, and I am Greek.
Bath or shower? Shower, for sure.
Song that makes you dance every time you hear it: I am listening to music all day, every day. And I am usually dancing to it.
Favorite food to eat on a holiday/cheat day: In-N-Out Double Double, fries, with a House Beer.
What are you currently working on (professional or personal) that you are passionate about?I am constantly working on projects with my buddies at Hunt House Pictures; we are currently working on developing a pilot. I am also looking for a new class that I am passionate about, as well as a live theatre production. Philanthropically, I sit on the board of the Young Professionals Council supporting the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Check it out for upcoming fundraiser events at www.ypcla.org.
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Last week Drinks Tubeposted an insanely yummy recipe for ginger beer by Donal Skehan and we immediately knew we needed to make it into a cocktail. From the essence of a Dark 'n' Stormy comes the Dark 'n' Broody!
MAGIC INGREDIENT = 3 oz. of Donal's Ginger Beer. Watch the video!
2 whole limes worth of wedges
1 oz. dark rum
1 oz. coconut rum
coconut water to taste
bubbly water to top
Here's our cocktail video:
Mix it all up and get your handsome neighbor to BBQ you something to go with it. Knock on his door with two cocktails and say "I can't possibly drink BOTH of these!"