Category: New York

Glory of the Gulf Coast Tasting Event

New York - December 18th at Café Camellia

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After a year of culinary all-stars, we knew our last event of 2023 had to be one for the TC record books.But even we could never have predicted that, shortly after confirming the scorching hot Café Camellia as our December NYC event, this gem would be named one of NY Times' "50 Best Restaurants...

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Elevated Peruvian Tasting Event

New York - April 11th at Artesano

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With a CV positively glittering with Michelin Stars, Chef/OwnerRodrigo Fernandini didn't have to ask us twice when it came to a possible collabwith Artesano. We were honored to collaborate with a chef of his caliber - and, judging byall the post-event member feedback that flooded in, he lived up...

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Edo-Inspired Omakase Tasting Series

New York - January 25th at Sushi Dojo

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We'vealways heard fantastic things about this sushimecca — and with accolades likeEater's "34 Standout Sushi Spots",Thrillist's"Best NYC Sushi", andBloomberg's"13 Top Omakase Meals in Manhattan", how could we not? But even with all the acclaim (and even after our sure-fire success with Lashevet,...

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Memories Of Guadalajara Tasting Event

New York - November 7th at Cruz Del Sur

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This new restaurant just so happensto be located literally right down the street from our old office – back before COVID arrived stateside and having an office was a thing! Needless to say, we were hit with a tsunami of incredible memories uponarriving on-site. And, once the event kicked off, the...

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Elevated Peruvian Tasting Event

New York - March 28th at Contento

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Given all of the incredible acclaim Contento has garnered both locally (NY Times "Best New Restaurants of 2021" List) and nationally (Esquire "Best New Restaurants in America 2021" List), it's safe to say member expectations were through the rooffor this event. Based on the post-event feedback...

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Cosmic Texan Tasting Event

New York - February 27th at Yellow Rose

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Chef/Owner Dave Rizo and his team at Yellow Rosehad big shoes to fill at this event, as Chef Jason Marcus and his crew at Traif are by no means an easy act to follow! But, it's safe to say Chef Rizo rose to the occasion, as attendee feedback from this two-seating event was glorious to read!60+...

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Globally Inspired Tasting Event

New York - February 17th at Traif

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Wow, what a way to kick off the year in NYC! As always, Chef Jason Marcus and his powerhouse crew put on an impeccable show for the 60 members (and their guests) who came out. The first courseinstantly brought smiles to attendees' faces, and those smiles turnedinto laughter wheneverChef Marcus...

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Nouveau Comfort Dinner Series

New York - July 8th & 10th at High Street on Hudson

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Expectations were sky-high for our first collaboration withHigh Street on Hudson, giventhe runaway success of our event series last year at the restaurant's big sister, High Street on Market, in Philly. To be frank, things got off to a bit of a bumpy start, as we were informed shortly before the...

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Quintessential French Dinner Series

New York - March 11th & 12th at Little Frog

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This event series was a breath of fresh air for us a number of ways... First off, it had been WAY too long since our last collaboration showcasing French cuisine. Second, this was our first trip to the Upper East Side in ages. And, lastly, every course at this event series came out individually...

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Christmakwanzakkah Party Series

New York - December 10th & 11th at XIXA

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Our Christmakwanzakkah Party Series at XIXA was yet another reminder of why we returning to the warm embrace of Executive Chef/Owner Jason Marcus. Chef Marcus and the whole XIXA crew totally wowed the160+ attendees that came out over the course of this two-night series!Those who attended gotto...

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Basque Cidery-Inspired Dinner Event

New York - November 28th at Brooklyn Cider House

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We don't like to pick favorites, but Brooklyn Cider House was hands down the coolest venue we've ever hosted an event in! Why, you ask? Therestaurant also doubles as a fully operational cider production facility, and there are MASSIVE cider-filled barrels directly adjacent to the dining room....

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Ode To Seoul Dinner Event

New York - September 25th at Insa

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Our first-ever event collaboration with Insa and the restaurant's acclaimed Chef/Owner Sohui Kim is in the books and attendee ratings are in! Judging by attendee post-event ratings from this one, it's safe to say that Chef Kim totally brought the house down, as feedback was across-the-board...

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Nouveau Korean Dinner Series

New York - July 22nd, 23rd & 24th at Jeju Noodle Bar

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We got a bit behind on our recap of this one but didn't want to let it slip through the cracks given that it was ourmost attended event series EVER; over 200 members + their guests turned out over the course of this three day (and 5 seating) dinner series! Based on attendee feedback cards, Chef...

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Chinese Nostalgia Dinner Series

New York - June 3rd & 4th at MáLà Project

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150+ members and guests came out for this event series with Executive Chef Zilong Zhao and Owner Amelie Kang! Chef Zhao doesn't speak English, but Ms. Kang graciously translated for him whenever they came out to share stories. Unsurprisingly given that the restaurant built their name upon this...

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Contemporary Indian Dinner Series

New York - April 22nd at Pondicheri

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This collaboration representeda huge step forward for the TC community - we're still in disbelief that a 4-time James Beard Best Chef Nominee would fly across the country to work with us! Additionally,it was our largest 2-seating event series to date, with 140+ members and their guests turning...

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Izakaya Inspired Dinner Series

New York - April 8th, 9th & 10th at Oka

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Our first collaboration with Oka turned intoa big milestone for the TC community, as we hit a record number of attendees over the course of 3 days (almost 200 tix sold!). And, the lastday of the serieswas our first-ever2-seating weeknight event, which has incredibly exciting implications for the...

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Modern French Dinner Series

New York - March 25th & 27th at Le Garage

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This was a collaboration full of firsts for us. Shockingly, it was our first event series at aFrench restaurant. And, it was our first trip to Bushwick. To put it simply, Chef Catherine Allswang showed us what we've been missing out on! Her 30+ years of professionalexperience cooking French...

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Contemporary Mexican Dinner Series

New York - February 6th & 13th at Hecho En Dumbo

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It had been over a year since our last event with at Hecho En Dumbo, so this event series wasdefinitely way over! Chef Danny Mena was eager to welcome us back, and created a special menu filled entirely with new creations to test out on us and, of course, we were beyond eager to serve as his...

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Chinese-Style New Year Dinner Series

New York - January 3rd & 7th at Nom Wah Tu

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We kicked off the new year with our all-time favorite New Year food tradition, a Chinese New Year feast! Sure, it wasn't Chinese New Year, but that didn't stop Chef Jonathan Wu from putting on a helluva show. This was our first visit to the restaurant since they reopened as Nom Wah Tu (RIP Fung...

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Taiwanese Inspired Brunch Series

New York - November 18th at Win Son

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Yep;Chef Trigg Brownand the rest of the crew at Win Son are still KILLIN' it!And, unsurprisingly, the Pan-Griddled Pork Buns with scallions and chili vinaigrette still stole the show as the top-rated course from both seatings. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Below are the top 3 courses from each...

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Basque Inspired Dinner Series

New York - November 13th & 14th at Huertas

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We had almost forgotten how much we love this place... Almost! Chef Jonah Miller and his team put together back-to-back showstoppersthis time around. And while Day 1 and Day 2 attendees did not agree entirely on thethree top-rated courses, the cream definitely rose to the top. Below are the top 3...

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Nouveau Mexican Brunch Series

New York - October 28th at Lalito

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80+ members and their guests filled up Lalito for this 2-Seating Nouveau Mexican Brunch Series with Chef Gerardo Gonzalez. This was our first brunch series with Chef Gonzalez,but it wasn't our first event series with him, as wehad previously hosted a dinner series at the restaurant. So, we knew...

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Southern Meets Italian Dinner Series

New York - October 16th & 17th at Popina

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Over 70 memberstrekked out to the border of Carrol Gardens and Red Hook over the course of 2 days for this event series, which was not asmall feat for a Monday and Tuesday night. So, we were feeling extra pressure to deliver an incredible experience this time. Things got off to an unfortunate...

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Oktoberfest Brunch Series

New York - October 7th at Freud

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A lot of members have been requesting more brunch events. So, when Chef Eduard Frauneder reached out about doing something for Oktoberfest at his newest restaurant, we suggested that we make it a brunch event. Many of ourrestaurants greatly prefer hosting dinner events over brunch events, which...

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Nouveau Hawaiian Dinner Event

New York - September 26th at Noreetuh

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This event was another return trip to one of our very first restaurant partners; Noreetuh. It had been ages since our list dinner event with Chef Chung Chung Chow, and he had some new dishes he'd been testing out that he was eager to get our feedback on. Obviously, we were more than happy to...

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Taco-Palooza Fiesta Dinner Series

New York - September 18th & 19th at XIXA

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The format of this event series was completely new to us, and we knew it wouldn't be perfect. But, we decided that it was worth taking a risk and experiment with anew event conceptbecause uncovering new ways to experience amazing restaurants is such an essential part of our mission. And there's...

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Singaporean Hawker Dinner Event

New York - September 11th at Chomp Chomp

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Our last trip to Chomp Chomp was almost 2 years ago - back when Tasting Collective was just a fun hobby for us! We figured it was time for another event, as we had completely forgotten what Singaporean Hawker Food is all about. Well, we're pleased to report that Chef Simpson Wong and the whole...

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Oceanic Extravaganza Dinner Series

New York - August 27th & 28th at Gloria

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To put it frankly, this place BLEW US AWAY! We had a good feeling about this event series from the moment we met Chef Diego Garcia and the team at Gloria. Why, you ask? Well, they had that perfect combination of experience and humbleness. They know what they're doing, but they were also eager to...

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Japanese Meets Vietnamese Collabo Dinner Series

New York - August 21st & 22nd at Bessou & Hanoi House

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Well, it's safe to say that our first-ever restaurant collaboration series was a BIG success and we're incredibly excited for many more! This was the first time that Emily Yuen (Exec Chef @ Bessou) and John Nguyen (Exec Chef @ Hanoi House) had ever worked together, but if you didn't know that you...

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Seasonal American Dinner Series

New York - August 1st, 2nd & 3rd at The Finch

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This was our first event series at The Finch, and member expectations were incredibly high given the restaurant'sMichelin Star accolade and Chef/Owner Gabe McMackin's beyond impressive resume (Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Roberta's, and Gramercy Tavern). The event series got off to a challenging...

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Vegetable Preservation Dinner Series

New York - July 17th & 18th at Hemlock

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This was our first event series at Hemlock, which opened just a few months ago. The restaurant has been getting a ton ofbuzz, and Executive Chef/Co-Owner Diego Moya has a stellarresume (Casa Mono, Kin Shop, and Dovetail). Additionally, we loved Chef Moya's concept for the series, as he wanted to...

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Nouveau Mexican Dinner Series

New York - July 9th at Lalito

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This was our first visit to Lalito and only our second time doing a 2-Seating Takeover, where we filled up the restaurant twice in one night. That's a lot of firsts for one evening so we were obviously a bit nervous and we knew that there was the possibility things could go wrong. Well, we're...

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Inventive Chinese/American Dinner Series

New York - June 20th & 27th at Fung Tu

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It had been a few months since our last event at Fung Tu, and to be frank, we were craving some time with Chef Jonathan Wu! At our last visit, we thoroughly enjoyed the food but it was Chef Wu's storytelling that really blew us away. His storytellingwas definitely still amazing during this...

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Back To Brazil Dinner Event

New York - June 14th at Nomadic Chef Series: Act 1

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This event was full of firsts for us. It was the first time wefeatured Brazilian cuisine at an event, and it was the first time we brought our own chef into a restaurant with us to put on the show (unaffiliated with the restaurant we were at). Typically, the hosts are the executive chefs at the...

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Globally-Inspired Dinner Series

New York - June 5th & 6th at Traif

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Members often ask us what our favorite restaurants are, and Traif is always on the list. Now some of you know why - 140 of you to be exact! The reason we find this restaurant to be so magical has to do with a lot more than the food, which is without a doubt incredible btw. It's about the...

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Seafood-Centric Thai Dinner Event

New York - May 22nd at Fish Cheeks

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This event just reinforced what we were pretty sure we already knew... Fish Cheeks is incredible! We were pretty blown away at our first event together a few months backbut that was a brunch event and,naturally, we had to make sure that their genius translated to dinner. Well, it 100% did. Wow....

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Mid-Atlantic Roots Dinner Series

New York - May 9th & 10th at Delaware and Hudson

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We had a feeling this event series was going to be one for the ages, and based on the feedback we got from members, it lived up to the hype. Chef Patti Jackson showed us what a seasonal-inspired menu is all about with this one, as each course brilliantly incorporated allof the bright green...

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Filipino Test Kitchen Dinner Series

New York - May 2nd & 4th at Maharlika

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This test kitchen series was a total blast! Co-owners Chef Miguel Trinidad and Nicole Posecawelcomed us with open arms and an incredible music playlist that made these events feel incredibly warm and comfortable. Chef Miguel and Nicole shared so many stories with us, but we particularly enjoyed...

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Ode To Earth Day Dinner Series

New York - April 23rd at Denizen

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We’re not gonna lie, this event was particularly nerve-racking for us, as it was our first time doingtwo seatings in one night - with the first seating at 5:30 and the second at8pm. We’re pleased to report that there were no major catastrophes! It wasn’t perfect, as the time constraints made the...

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Modern Japanese Soul Dinner Series

New York - April 11th & 16th at Bessou

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Our first feasting foray into the beautiful world of Japanese cuisine was a blast. We had just figured that Japanese would not be an option for our feasts, as we always thought of sushi as being an essential component of the cuisine and that would undoubtedly be way over our price point. How much...

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East Meets West Dinner Series

New York - April 4th & 5th at Tuome

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This event series was unique for us in many ways… For starters, it was our first-ever two day takeover, where we completely filled up the restaurant on both Tuesday and Wednesday! This is something we’re extremely excited about, and you can definitely expect more multiple day restaurant takeovers...

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Basque Inspired Brunch Event

New York - March 25th at Huertas

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We kept the “brunch at restaurants that don’t serve brunch” train rolling at this event, and man are we glad we did! This was not our firt visit to Huertas - in fact, it was our 3rd event together - but, it was our first brunch event with them. It definitely won’t be our last though. Chef Jonah...

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Ode To Mexico City Dinner Event

New York - March 19th at Xixa

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This event was by far our largest ever, with 95 attendees, and as a result it was a bit chaotic when everyone first arrived (but a great learning experience none-the-less!). However, once everyone got settled in and the food started coming out, it didn’t take long to see why we’re always raving...

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Nouveau Nordic Dinner Event

New York - March 8th at N'eat

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Wow! To put it simply, we were completely blown away by this place… Chef Yelena Del Mundo and her team are doing incredibly special things in this tiny kitchen (with all-electric appliances btw), and it really felt like we stumbled upon a secret treasure. In terms of the narrative, we...

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Modern Chinese Dinner Event

New York - February 28th at Fung Tu

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What did we think of Fung Tu, you ask? Well, before we get to the food, it should be recognized that Chef Jonathan Wu deserves a TV show ASAP! This man is a walking encyclopedia of culinary knowledge, and he graciously shared incredibly interesting stories with us all night night. We found it...

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Thai Seafood Dinner Event

New York - February 19th at Fish Cheeks

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We had a feeling this event would be a good one, as Fish Cheeks has been the talk of the town lately and Thai cuisine is a perfect match for the type of dining experience we aim to create at our events. Well, Chef Chat Suansilphong did not disappoint! The food was bursting with flavor and spice,...

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Japanese/Jewish Fusion Dinner Event

New York - February 8th at Shalom Japan

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Our second visit to Shalom Japan was a pleasant reminder of just how unique this place is. It had been over a year since our first event at the restaurant, and we had totally forgotten what Jewish/Japanese food tastes like. While we did find several of the courses to be a bit too confusing for...

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Authentic Caribbean Dinner Event

New York - January 31st at Miss Lily's 7A

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To put it simply, this event had it all. The atmosphere was electric, the food was delicious, and Chef Andre Fowles was full of stories! As soon as we walked into the restaurant, we were hit with a warm breeze reminiscent of a Jamaican beach. The Caribbean vibes continued for the next 2+ hours,...

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