|my weekend ride|
Last weekend, Buick stopped at Dana Point’s St Regis Monarch Resort for its Discovery Tour as one of its 10 city-wide tour to promote the new 2011 Regal. Buick was so generous to drop off the brand new car at my doorstep Friday morning so I could enjoy it for the entire weekend and drive my friends and I to the event featuring mixologist Michael Green and the star of the evening, 1-star Michelin Chef Michael Psilakis.
|Chef Psilakis in action|
I had been excited all week long anticipating this event and when the day came, my food blogger friends Holly (Savored), Melissa (Alosha’s Kitchen) and photography enthusiast Mahesh packed into the Buick Regal and made our way to Dana Point. The resort is simply stunning and the views breathtaking. You feel like royalty when you’re here. We were personally escorted from the hotel’s lobby to the event’s registration area by one of the resort’s staff.
Our three hour event started with a test drive of the new car, which, I chose to sit in the back for seeing I’d already been driving it for a day and had the entire weekend to enjoy. Holly took the wheel and blasted the incredible sound system, even playing around with the equalizer so much we were late to the 2nd part of this event.
|Greek style meatballs|
It felt like this moment would never come, but when it finally came time for the cooking demo, we literally ran down the stairs into the grand ballroom and situated ourselves in the front row and listened intently to how Chef Psilakis’ passion for cooking came about and at some point, we were all teary-eyed with his incredible heart, wisdom and love for this craft. We were given the opportunity to sample his Greek-style meatballs and watched him go through how it is prepared with the help of a lucky member of the audience.
|my friends and I with Chef Psilakis|
Before this module was over, I was on my feet and as soon as Chef Psilakis jumped off the stage I was there asking for a photo op. My friends and I jumped in with Chef for this once in a lifetime experience to meet a celebrity chef who is down to earth and not at all arrogant and standoffish. It was the highlight of our evening.
Monday rolled around and the Buick was picked up, and I must say, I was a little sad to give it up. It handled superbly on turns and had a kick-ass sound system. It was a fun thing to drive around, even only for just a few days!
*** Photography By Mahesh ***