Missing Tiger at Torrey Pines

Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images By Travelin’ Joe Passov Tiger Woods returned to Southern California this week. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for the purpose teeing it up at Torrey Pines for the U.S. Open. So many storylines are swirling around golf’s greatest competitors. So far, however, the biggest storyline has revolved around the player who’s missing—Tiger Woods. On the one hand, it was encouraging to see Tiger ambulating on his own, albeit with crutches at the Los Angeles airport. On the other, it still depresses one and all that he can’t defend the Torrey Pines U.S. Open title that he captured in unforgettable fashion in 2008. There may have been more important, historically significant U.S. Opens. None, however, was more thrilling than the 2008 edition.  Fresh off a surgical procedure to his left knee after the 2008 Masters, Tiger had taken a two-month break from competitive golf when he arrived at Torrey Pines in suburban San Diego. Fans could see him clutching his left leg and wincing in pain, yet they were mesmerized by his Saturday performance that featured two eagles and a chip-in birdie in a six-hole stretch. Little did we know—because Tiger didn’t tell us until the tournament ended—that he was actually competing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and that further, he had suffered a double stress fracture of his left tibia two weeks before the U.S. Open. Woods came to the final hole needing a difficult 12-foot putt to tie Rocco Mediate and earn an 18-hole playoff. Down went the putt, up went Tiger’s fist. The playoff was anything but anticlimactic. From three down with eight to play, Mediate pulled ahead by one after 17 holes. Time for another Tiger roar. Smashed drive, soaring 4-iron, two-putt birdie. Sudden death. A Mediate bogey ended things on the 91st hole. Tiger had his third U.S. Open crown. In a lifetime of Tiger Woods highlights, this was perhaps the Tiger Woodsiest. On the Wednesday following his Monday playoff victory, Tiger told the world of his plans to have season-ending surgery, forcing him to forego the year’s final two majors as well as the Ryder Cup. Eventually, he returned and dazzled us again and again, culminating in a win for the ages at the 2019 Masters. No one knows for sure when Tiger will next compete. We know he has a bright future in course design, as illustrated by his wonderful work at Diamante’s El Cardonal and at the Oasis Short Course, among other creations. But every one of us would love to see him come back to tournament golf one more time. Tiger is missing Torrey Pines this week, but Torrey Pines and all of his fans are missing Tiger even more.

Like Tiger, Take a Trip to Japan

Tiger Woods El Cardonal Diamante cabo

By Travelin’ Joe Passov Twenty-two years ago, almost to the week, Tiger Woods ventured to Japan for the first time. The occasion was the Tiger Woods Invitational, a Nike promotion that also featured Mark O’Meara, Nick Price and Shigeki Maruyama. The three days included a pro-am with baseball stars Hideo Nomo and Mike Piazza, a Skins Game on Day 2 and a match with junior golfers from Asian countries on the final day. Tiger arrived as the hottest athlete on the planet—he was the youngest Masters champion in history that year—and his Asian ancestry elevated him to the highest plateau possible here in Tokyo. His reception reminded me of what the Beatles must have felt when they landed in New York. It was my first trip to Japan as well. I was a guest of Nike, and my eyes were wide open, my grin never-ending as I soaked it up. There was Tiger at the opening press conference at Fuji TV’s massive modern studios, answering questions with all of his boyish charm. Have you tried any Japanese food yet? “No, I haven’t,” said Tiger. “Y’all got any cheeseburgers here?” Tiger delighted at every turn. Except at the final sing-along. After the event, we gathered in Tiger’s hotel room at the Hotel Nikko. A grand piano graced the suite and staff hauled up a karaoke machine. Beverages flowed and I knocked out a capable rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” alongside three-time major champion Nick Price. All good, and everybody was there—except Tiger, who was on his way to another airport, another plane, another event. Tiger is back in Tokyo this week for the first time since 2006. He battled Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a Skins Game October 21, then will play in the inaugural Zozo Championship, the first PGA Tour event ever to be contested in Japan. At the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins Game, Tiger snared the early lead, winning $20,000 with a sand save-par at the par-3 fifth hole, and $40,000 at the par-4 eighth, with a rock-solid birdie putt from just under 10 feet.  At the end of a cool autumn day at Chiba’s Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, however, it was Jason Day who grabbed overall honors, with Tiger and Rory tied for second. More golf history will be made next summer, when the Olympic Games take place in Japan. Kasumigaseki in suburban Tokyo will host. Combine Japan’s rich golf heritage, past and present, its bevy of outstanding, world-ranked courses and its cultural appeal, and it becomes abundantly clear: If you’re a passionate golfer and a seasoned traveler, you owe yourself a trip to Japan.  Golf Culture Japan’s first golf course arrived in 1901, the Kobe Golf Club on Mt. Rokko, courtesy of a Brit in the tea trade, Arthur Croom, who longed for a sip of the game he enjoyed back home. A genuine golf boom sounded in the late 1920s, when clubs sprouted around Tokyo and elsewhere in the country. The very best courses benefitted from the design genius of British architect Charles Hugh Alison, a partner of H.S. Colt and briefly, with Alister MacKenzie. Recessions and wartime eventually cooled the expansion, but in 1957, golf enjoyed another explosion. An event then known as the Canada Cup (it became the World Cup in 1967) set Japan ablaze with golf fever. The World Cup is a men’s tournament contested by teams of two players representing their country. Many different countries played host to the event in the early days, from Canada to the United States, along with England, Australia, Mexico, Argentina and France in the first 12 years. Most famous, however, was the 1957 Canada Cup at Kasumigaseki in Tokyo. It was there, over the club’s East course that the Japanese players Torakichi “Pete” Nakamura and Koichi Ono upset the heavily favored United States team of Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret. Nakamura, the individual champion and Ono became national heroes. Nearly 12,000 spectators attended, a huge golf gallery at the time. Golf soon became wildly popular in Japan and 10 years later, its appeal spread to Korea. Eventually, most of Asia fell under the golf spell that started in Japan. For many years, top clubs in Japan employed a unique, two-green system for each hole, one for winter play, the other for summer use. Many have now abandoned this concept, as the development of superior grasses has allowed for single greens to proliferate, though the host club for this week’s professional tournaments retains the old method. Still in place are the long lunches after nine holes and the hot baths, so much a part of proper club life in Japan.  Another tradition alive and well is the women caddies, who tote umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and who lug your clubs in a trolley (pull-cart). It’s all part of the Japanese golf culture. I’ve made three trips to Japan since that first one. Here’s my take. Where to Play Hirono Golf Club Situated near Kobe, less than an hour’s drive west from Osaka, Hirono has long been ranked as Japan’s top course and among the Top 50 in the world. Designed by C.H. Alison, the course unfolds over spectacular rolling terrain with deep, strategically placed bunkers, known as “Alisons.” Jack Nicklaus reached the 565-yard, dogleg left par-5 15th in two during a 1963 exhibition, a feat never before accomplished and seldom since. Expect its ranking to improve, following a significant and superb restoration by the English firm of Mackenzie and Ebert, who most recently reworked Royal Portrush and Turnberry’s Ailsa to tremendous acclaim. Kawana Hotel (Fuji) Seventy-five miles south of Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport is Japan’s most famous golf resort, Kawana, in Ito. Designed by C.H. Alison in 1930 and built in 1936, Kawana’s Fuji course is the country’s answer to Pebble Beach, with holes draped atop a rocky ledge high above the Pacific Ocean. The 11th hole, with a lighthouse in the backdrop and the

British Open Preview: Northern Ireland’s 6 Must-Play Courses

Photo by Atlantic Lens Photography / Shutterstock.comBy Travelin’ Joe Passov Whether you call it the British Open or The Open Championship, by any name it is golf’s oldest major, dating to 1860. This week, it returns to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, for the first time since 1951. This will be only the second occasion in history that the Open has been contested outside of Scotland or England. One mere glimpse of the host venue will surely yield this question: How did it take so long to come back? It’s remarkable to think that a course ranked in the Top 15 in world could be overlooked, but it may very well be. Diamante course architect Tiger Woods has made numerous trips to Ireland and played many of the trophy links—Waterville, Old Head and the European Club, among others. He’s even played multiple rounds at Northern Ireland’s highest ranked course, Royal County Down. Yet, he never saw Royal Portrush until this week. Tiger and the rest of the world will discover a truly outstanding test of golf in the next seven days and a truly outstanding golf destination in Northern Ireland .Here’s the lowdown on where to play in Northern Ireland, and a tip or two on where to tip one—and where to rest your head after a good meal. 6 Must-Plays Royal Portrush Golf Club Situated in County Antrim in the far northeast of Ireland, Royal Portrush dates to 1888. Its present 7,317-yard, par-72 championship layout is a 1932 redesign from British architect H.S. Colt called the Dunluce Links, named for a nearby medieval castle that you may recognize even if you’ve never been near there—it served as Castle Greyjoy in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The superb course design maximizes its setting in the high dunes along the Irish Sea. It features one of the great holes in golf, the 236-yard, par-3 16th, aptly named “Calamity.” Amid whipping winds, a fade off the tee will plunge into a 75-foot-deep chasm short and right of the hole. In 2016, two new holes debuted, the par-5 seventh and the par-4 eighth, borrowed from the club’s sister course, the Valley, a fine and much-improved test of golf in its own right.    Perhaps the most memorable hole at Royal Portrush is also the most scenic, the 382-yard, par-4 fifth. Named “White Rocks,” the fifth begins at the highest point on the course and provides glorious views of the churning sea and the limestone cliffs that give the hole its name. Beyond lies the Dunluce Castle ruins that give the course its name. On paper, this bunkerless, dogleg-right seems gettable. Sandhills adorned with shaggy rough squeeze the fairway, however, and even with the wind, you’re not quite sure whether you want to trust your driver to carry the dune ridge that hugs the right elbow. The approach plays slightly uphill to a green framed by humps and hollows, with a severe drop-off to the right. Long is wrong, as the beach awaits. While Tiger has to be a favorite to win this year’s Open Championship, native son Rory McIlroy will undoubtedly challenge. As a 16-year-old, in July 2005, Rory set the course record, an 11-under-par 61, in the North of Ireland Amateur. Royal County Down Just outside of Newcastle in County Down, this 1889 Old Tom Morris layout merges beauty with brawn as with few other courses in existence. Perennially ranked among the world’s Top 5 courses, “County Down” as it’s often called played host to the 2015 Irish Open with a design that was substantially reworked by H.S. Colt in 1926. The unforgettable par-3 fourth and the par-4 ninth, the latter with its blind drive, feature a profusion of prickly yellow-blooming gorse in spring, bewhiskered bunkers and panoramas of the Mountains of Mourne and the Irish Sea.   Portstewart The town of Portstewart in County Londonderry can boast of a course that could well rival its more famous neighbors—at least for nine holes. Portstewart’s Strand course is a somewhat schizophrenic layout that rolls out one of golf’s most stirring opening holes—and opening stretches, really—followed by an older, duller, flatter back nine. Chief among the unforgettable holes is the beach and dune vista that greets the golfer from high atop the first tee. 2010 U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell touts the front nine as among the most spectacular in golf, and the course as perhaps the most underrated in Ireland.  Jon Rahm captured the 2017 Irish Open here. Lough Erne An inland course in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh in the southwest of Northern Ireland, but one that’s worthy of your detour, Lough Erne enjoyed early fame from its association (2009-2011) with its young (and successful) Touring Professional, Rory McIlroy, but today, this 10-year-old Nick Faldo creation can stand on its own merits. As well it should, thanks to a rugged, gorgeous parkland design that juts out into its namesake lake and lodging and dining that was good enough to host the 2013 G8 Summit. Two dramatic par-4s that edge the lake, the seventh and the 10th, are worth a trip alone. Castlerock Castlerock’s Mussenden Links (named for a nearby cliff-edge temple) is another course that polarizes people due to its inconsistencies—but it’s the great holes present that make this a must-play. The course is uniquely sandwiched by the railway, the River Bann and the sea.  Located on the Causeway Coast just minutes from Portstewart, it shares many characteristics with its near neighbor, including bursting out of the blocks with memorable holes. Numbers 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17 and 18 are the ones that will linger longest in memory, notably the dune holes on the back nine. Surprisingly, the signature hole is an inland test, the 200-yard, par-3 4th, called “Leg O’ Mutton.,” It features an elevated green, a stream that bisects the hole and the railway line edging the entire right side. Your most memorable view, however, is from the tee box of the par-5 17th, which drinks in

Instant Take: Tiger’s Epic 2019 Masters Win

By Travelin’ Joe Passov If the tears weren’t flowing, you better have your ducts checked. On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Tiger Woods captured his fifth Masters title in dramatic fashion, and in so doing, completed the greatest comeback in the history of golf, and likely the greatest revival in the history of sports. It was shocking and comforting all at once. This was the vintage Tiger of old. For a generation of fans who had never seen him win a major, the 2019 Masters was the sweetest, most electrifying triumph in his career. His 15th major championship wasn’t easy, but it was pure Tiger. The architect of Diamante’s El Cardonal course, Oasis Short course and the upcoming Legacy course, Tiger was fresh off a phenomenal 2018 season, contending until the end at both the British Open and the PGA Championship, and then celebrating a thrilling victory, his first in five years, at the TOUR Championship in September. Only 18 months prior, Woods had entertained the possibility that he might never play golf again, due to the debilitating physical issues from four back surgeries and procedures that had extracted a terrible toll on his body. He told the past Masters winners just that in Augusta at the 2017 Champions Dinner. At the 2019 Masters, Tiger took a sledgehammer to that forecast and smashed it to bits. I was there in 1996 when Tiger arrived as the two-time U.S. Amateur champ. After playing a practice round with Woods and with four-time Masters champ Arnold Palmer, six-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus was so impressed with Woods’ talent that he couldn’t stop gushing. “Arnold and I both agreed ,” Nicklaus said, “that you could take his Masters (victories) and my Masters, and add them together, and this kid should win more than that.” No pressure, or anything. I was also there to see a 21-year-old Tiger dominate Augusta National in 1997 as no one ever had, crushing the competition by 12 shots with a record-shattering 270 total, 18-under-par. Mr. Nicklaus, you could be right! Twenty-two years later, when most of the universe had all but dismissed the idea of Tiger winning another Masters, or another major, he proved them all wrong, again. His 2019 season had been solid, if not spectacular, yet Tiger assured us that he was rounding into form just the way he wanted to. I took a lot of heat for years among media colleagues and readers for voicing my view that Tiger wasn’t through, that he had more wins and another major in him. Why did I feel that way? Just getting to know him at Diamante and elsewhere convinced me that he was a singular athlete–in focus, in thought process, in ability, in heart. If he felt he were capable of coming back and winning again, how could I not? There he was, two shots back at the 12th hole on Sunday. He had planted a brilliant iron to within a foot at the seventh and eased a long, brutal putt down the slope from the back of the ninth green to tap-in range, but otherwise, Tiger-like moments had been scarce. Then, at the 12th he watched the one player he trailed, Francesco Molinari, make a crucial mistake, splashing his tee shot on one of earth’s most iconic par-3s. Tiger then stepped up and did just what Nicklaus used to do—hit the smartest shot possible. After a difficult two-putt, he was now tied for the lead. To me, it felt just like old times. Either he crushed the field, or he let others around him make fatal mistakes. And we were off. Two perfect drives and ideal irons brought him two-putt birdies at 13 and 15. Then came the goose-bump moment, an 8-iron at the 179-yard, par-3 16th. He placed his shot perfectly, 25 feet to the right of the pin, and watched the ball slowly roll off the slope toward the hole. It missed the cup by two inches and finished three feet away, eerily reminiscent of Nicklaus’ shot at the same hole in the 1986 Masters. He was almost home. When one contender after another fell away, and then finally when Brooks Koepka pulled his 10-foot birdie putt at the final hole, we all perceived what was about to happen. Even a bogey would give Tiger his fifth green jacket. When he tapped in at the 72nd hole, he pumped his fist, thrust both arms skyward—and then he roared. It could have been a scream, or a yell, but this was Tiger Woods, and this was a deafening roar. He hugged everyone in sight, including an especially poignant embrace with his son Charlie, which brought back vivid memories of an identical moment with his father, Earl, when Tiger won in ’97. I was ecstatic. But why was I—and so many of us—so emotional? Partly, we all crave a classic comeback story—and this one might never be topped. Plus, we all seek out that moment where we prove everybody wrong. And yes, we’re older now. We look back to more youthful times in our lives, when Tiger was front and center, and realize that for one more perfect moment, we’re 15 years younger. Congratulations, Tiger. And thank you.

Apple Pie

Apple Mix Filling Ingredients: 5 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pie Crust Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced 1/4 cup ice water Pie Crust Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Divide the ball in half, wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out the bottom crust. Place the pie crust in ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom. Apple Mix Filling Directions: In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second rolled out crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated in March!

January is also referred to as the trial month of the new year, with people signing up to the gym with the best intentions and in the end pay for a yearly membership and barely use it. We have decided to make February a trial month as well and so we will start fresh with Motivated March – pun intended. This is the perfect chance to start from ground zero, create new habits and start reaching new goals for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts. Here are some ideas: Start eating healthier, less packaged stuff: Switching to a healthier diet can be a bit hard when our surroundings include enticing junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits, which will make you feel better and perform better in every aspect of your life. Become more active: Find some time during your day where you can get in 20-30 minutes of exercise, go for a walk, get on your bike, break a sweat at the gym, maybe some yoga? ANYTHING that makes you feel better works! In order to stick to a routine, you must like what you’re doing, so figuring out which activities you enjoy the most are the big key to actually sticking to it. Get more quality sleep: Having a bad sleep may have a huge impact on your days. Your body’s reaction to insufficient recovery may lead to bad moods and feeling sluggish… So set up a nightly routine, get a nice warm shower, drink some tea, turn off any electronic device and voilà! Try to rest. Try out a new class: Give yourself a chance to try any of the classes in our schedule, either a Zumba, Barre or even a Bootcamp Class! Trying something new may seem intimidating, but it’s trying new things what will make you find stuff that you like. So, give it a shot! Do more wellness classes: Disconnect and re-connect in our early wellness sessions, take care of yourself by getting a break and clear your mind. Find mindfulness and overall well-being in any class such as Yoga, Stretching or even Pilates.

Grilled Avocado And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Grilled Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad Vinaigrette: 1 medium beet, diced 2 tbsp. plus ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper ¼ cup rice vinegar ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. honey Preheat oven to 350. Toss diced beet with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Cool. In a blender or food processor, blend the cooled beets with the rice vinegar, honey and remaining olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Salad: ½ avocado cut into 4 wedges 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 medium heirloom tomato, diced ½ cup baby carrots peeled and poached 1/3 cup baby corn Lemon Brush avocado wedges with 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 minutes. Cool, peel and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes, baby carrots and baby corn. Add the grilled avocado wedges, salt and pepper and squeeze of lemon. Toss with prepared beet vinaigrette and serve.

Renew Your Wedding Vows in Cabo San Lucas

Many couples want to celebrate and reaffirm their love and commitment for one another by renewing their marriage vows, either privately or publicly, and by saying “I do” again. Here are ways that a renewal of your wedding vows can be both fun and meaningful. Reasons Why You May Want to Renew Your Marriage Vows  There are commonly cited reasons couples desire vow renewal ceremonies. Here are some of the reasons. It is a special anniversary, such as your fifth, 10th, 25th, 50th, etc. The two of you want to make a public statement of your love and commitment to each other. Your wedding was a small ceremony and you now want to share your vows with more people in attendance You originally had a civil wedding, and you want to have a religious ceremony You originally had a religious ceremony and now want to have a ceremony that doesn’t have restrictions that may have imposed. Whatever the reason is, commemorate your wedding day with a renewal of your vows in gorgeous Cabo San Lucas. Reminisce over the wonderful memories of your marriage, and celebrate your commitment on the warm sand and pristine beaches of Los Cabos. Diamante event planners are happy to assist you with the romantic details of your ceremony, including vow renewal packages and luxury accommodations for you and your guests. Basic Package: Specialist to assist with arrangements Wedding venue Chocolate Chivari chairs Bridal Bouquet Grooms Boutonniere Round trip shuttle to the ceremony venue Price: $885 pesos per person tax and service included. *Minimum 10 guests Eternal love: Includes Specialist to assist with arrangements Wedding Venue Chocolate Chivari chairs Non – denominational officiant Wedding Cake (One tier) Sparkling wine Round trip shuttle to the ceremony venue Price: $2,240 pesos per person tax and service included. *Minimum 10 guests I still do: Specialist to assist with arrangements Wedding Venue Chocolate Chivari Chairs Non – denominational officiant Wedding Cake Sparkling wine Round trip shuttle to the ceremony location Photographer 1-hour service Price: $3,462 pesos per person tax and service included. *Minimum 10 guests Add on Wedding Arch Floral Arrangements Live music Hors d’ oeuvres  

Kurobuta Pork Chops

Our dish of the month is Kurobuta Pork Chops a specialty of Chef Israel “Izzy” Reyes at Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Ingredients 4 double cut kurobuta pork chops 2 bunches of asparagus 6oz extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper 2lb fresh figs 1lb brown sugar 4oz chopped ginger 4oz chopped garlic 4oz Ají Amarillo paste 6 russet potatoes ½ lb butter 2 cup whipping milk Salt to taste Pork Chops Preheat the oven to 350°F. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. In an ovenproof pan, put 1oz of olive oil and on high heat, sear the pork for about two minutes on each side, until nice and brown. Add a spoon full of butter and put into the oven for 9 minutes for a medium cook. Organic Fig Chutney In a large saucepan, heat 5oz olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and cook about 4 minutes. Add the figs and stir well, cook it for another 4 minutes. Add the brown sugar and Ají Amarillo paste, let it cook at a steady simmer for 60 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Whipped Mash Potatoes Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. In a saucepan put whipping cream and ½ lb of butter, reduce to a half and reserve. Cook potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water over medium heat for 20 minutes or until it is tender. Pass through a china cap strainer, helping yourself with a big spoon. Add whipped cream reduction and salt to your liking. Asparagus Grill with olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 4 People

Pacific Tequila Shrimp With Cauliflower Puree

Chef Izzy Diamante recipes

In honor of Tequila Day (July 24th) we’re happy to share a recipe for Tequila Shrimp and Cauliflower Puree from Chef Israel Reyes at Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Tequila Shrimp: 12 jumbo Pacific shrimp peeled and deveined 3 oz butter unsalted 1 oz extra virgin olive oil 0.5 oz garlic peeled and finely diced 0.5 oz parsley finely chopped 1 lime 2 oz tequila 12 pieces of baby corn 12 pieces of baby zucchini Salt and pepper to taste. Preheat a sauté pan with the olive oil. On medium heat, add shrimp and sauté for 1.5 minutes on each side. While stirring, add garlic and allow to cook for 1 minute. Continue to stir to ensure the finely chopped garlic does not burn. Add butter and allow to cook for another minute. Keep stirring. Add the juice of 1 lime, parsley. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the tequila. Allow to cook until the alcohol has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cauliflower puree: ½ cup diced white onions 1 fresh cauliflower (florets) 1 leaf of Napa cabbage diced 1 bay leaf 1 russet potato peeled and diced 1 oz butter unsalted 1 oz extra virgin olive oil 4 oz heavy cream Salt Pinch of nutmeg Heat a pan with olive oil and butter.  Sautee diced white onions; add diced leave of Napa cabbage, cauliflower florets; continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Add heavy cream, diced potato, bay leaf and cook for about 15 minutes or until the potato dices are soft. Allow to cool down for 5 min.Blend all ingredients until the puree is smooth. Season to liking with salt and nutmeg. Enjoy!