Feel the Burn

Those that really know me, know that I love spicy foods and sauces. So much so, that people don’t ask me how spicy something is because, what I consider “not that spicy” is often too spicy to the person that asks. I also must be cautious about how spicy I make a meal for other people, because I tend to add a little too much crushed red pepper, or spicy element to the dish, that most people don’t like. Because of my tolerance for the heat and spiciness, I have yet to find a sauce, or dish, that is too spicy for me. I know they exist. I just haven’t come across one yet.

Spicy food for me gives me an unexplainable rush. If you’ve been on a rollercoaster, that rush is about as close of comparison as I can think of. It oddly enough makes me happy. It’s almost as if I must dedicate my focus on trying to get through the pain, and everything else becomes not as important. And not only do I get a thrill out of trying to survive the heat, I also get a strange thrill watching others trying to fight through the temporary pain, all while craving that feeling.

I recently came across a YouTube show called “Hot Ones” where the host sits down with celebrities and eats 10 chicken wings all with different sauces. These sauces range from Sriracha, which they consider mild and often start with, to insanely hot. So hot that the sauces often caution users to start off by dabbing just a little as to not overwhelm the dish or heat tolerance. The show is very unique and funny at times, because some people cannot handle the heat and must stop.

The most interesting thing about the show, at least to me and from a marketing stand point, is the influence it could have on a brand. All the sauces that are used are available across the country and when a celebrity says that they really like the hot sauce it could have a huge impact on anyone who loves hot sauces. It brings a candid side to the celebrity that is not often seen. I know I have bought a couple hot sauces that have been featured on the show, just to see how hot they really were.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Winters in Wisconsin bring not only the bitter cold and feet of snow, but loads of stress around the holiday seasons. And for non-traditional students like myself, an extra layer of stress as the semester comes to an end. While there are many ways to beat the many stresses that come around winter and the holidays, my favorite so far is to spend it on a beach in Mexico. To me, there is nothing more relaxing and unique about hearing the song “White Christmas” while sitting on a beach, or even poolside, taking in all the 90-degree weather that you can.

Since my wife is a high school teacher, there are few times that are easy, or make sense, to take vacations. Sure, she isn’t working that much at school in the summer, but her family has a lake house that we spend most of the summer at. The only time that we can take a break from the winter is around Christmas when the schools break for the holiday, and our destination of choice is Huatulco Mexico.

With Huatulco being located on the Pacific Ocean, it experiences its dry season during what we would consider the winter months, around October to February. In December the average high is about 90 degrees, but it is comfortable because the humidity is very low, and there is little chance of it raining. Because it is the dry season, much of the vegetation dies off, much like the leaves on a maple tree in the fall, but the Sierra Madre Mountain range, the wildlife that can be seen, and the quaint little towns make it a wonderful place to visit.

When we visit Huatulco, we stay at an all-inclusive resort, so we do not have to worry about anything but getting too much sun. The resort itself is secluded in its own bay so the beach is wide open for anyone from that resort alone to enjoy. All the rooms on this resort feature spectacular views of the ocean. With the resort being located on the Pacific Ocean, one would think that it would be a great place to watch the sun set. Interestingly enough, because of its location it is an amazing place to watch the sun rise.

I could go on and on about the resort and the area, but I would need to create many more blog posts to cover everything that I want to talk about. If you’re wondering what this magical resort is called, you’re out of luck because it is a secret.

Secrets Huatulco
Photo taken by Gewel Maker