The Slam Stand LLC's Unforgettable Retreat in Cartagena, Colombia: Exploring Local Flavors, Cocktails, and Lessons in Food Handling
As part of The Slam Stand LLC, my team and I recently embarked on an incredible journey to Cartagena, Colombia. We were nine staff members in total, seeking to immerse ourselves in the vibrant local flavors and cocktails while also taking some much-needed rest and relaxation after our successful event, "A Cocktail & A Story." This first annual Slam Team Group Trip provided the perfect opportunity to experience the culinary delights of Cartagena, explore the local islands, and reflect on the importance of food handling. Join me as I recount the highlights of this unforgettable retreat.
Experiencing Local Flavors and Cocktails:
From the moment we arrived in Cartagena, we were met with an explosion of flavors. As a team of mixologists, we were eager to indulge in the local culinary scene. Our first treat was a private chef who skillfully prepared a mouthwatering barbecue feast, showcasing the best of Cartagena's cuisine. The menu featured sizzling steaks, fresh seafood, succulent chicken, and a variety of authentic sides and sauces. Each bite was a celebration of the city's unique flavors, leaving us craving for more.
Exploring Local Islands via ATV:
Cartagena is known for its stunning islands, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to explore them. We opted for an ATV tour, which allowed us to navigate the rugged terrains and discover hidden treasures. From secluded beaches to breathtaking vistas, the beauty of Cartagena's islands left us in awe. We soaked up the sun, enjoyed the cool breeze against our faces, and created memories that will last a lifetime.
Group Meditation and Workout Session:
Amidst the excitement of our trip, we also made sure to prioritize our well-being. Our very own mixologists led us in a group meditation and workout session on the picturesque beaches of Cartagena. As we practiced mindfulness and engaged in physical exercises, we felt a sense of peace and rejuvenation. The rhythmic sounds of the waves served as a backdrop, allowing us to connect with our inner selves and recharge our energies.
Lessons in Food Handling:
While our trip was filled with unforgettable moments, we also faced a challenge. Regrettably, I fell ill after consuming local seafood. This incident served as a powerful lesson in the importance of proper food handling and caution when trying new dishes while traveling. It reminded us of the significance of understanding local food practices and ensuring the safety of our cocktails.
Our retreat to Cartagena, Colombia, with The Slam Stand LLC was a remarkable journey of exploration, relaxation, and self-discovery. We savored the local flavors and cocktails, relished the beauty of the islands, and prioritized our well-being through meditation and workouts. The incident with the owner falling ill taught us valuable lessons in food handling and the importance of being mindful of local practices. As we returned to our work with renewed energy and a deeper appreciation for the culinary world, this retreat will forever hold a special place in our hearts. It serves as a reminder of the power of adventure, connection, and continuous learning in our personal and professional lives.