About philguiol

3rd Culture Kid Frenchman pursuing efficacy, traveling a lot, and starting companies.

So your MacBookPro is getting old…


Once you go Mac, you never go back.”  All new iMac or MacBookPro owners go over that sentiment, when the excitement of a new OS is still fresh, and they forget the hit they just took to their wallet.  It’s still in my opinion the best value for money, but the nominal value remains high.

However, after a few years, when the computer starts slowing down, the high performance OS is something you’re used to, and although you want to stay with Mac, buying a new Mac is for many not a financial option.  Here’s how I saved $1,600 by upgrading my 2009 Unibody MacBookPro 13″ through software and hardware purchases.

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L’Ogre


When friends travel to Paris, they always ask about the hot spots, the trendy places, and where they can get a nice traditional French meal. Recommending good restaurants was always a hassle because French food is so diverse that there isn’t really a place that epitomizes everything the country has to offer.

If you like duck, the South West region is your best bet. If you’re in the mood for cheese, fondues, raclettes, head to the Alps. Maybe you’re after something more universal, like a “steak-frite” that’s served in most bistrots. Don’t get me started on the fish. If you’ve never tried a Sole Meunière, you’ve missed out on one of the best fish recipes ever! But what I really love about France is the traditional side to cuisine.

No nutritionist in their right mind would recommend our diet, yet it works perfectly for us. So when I recommend a restaurant, that’s what I want my friends to find; a place that puts out food as good as my mother’s, and she’s a terrific cook. Continue reading

Buquebus – the best kept secret to travel from Buenos Aires to Uruguay


So you’re looking at great winter holiday destinations, and figure you might as well hit Buenos Aires or Uruguay and enjoy the summer of the Southern hemisphere.  Here’s the best kept secret to travel from Buenos Aires to Montevideo that does not show up on travel websites: Buquebus Continue reading