"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.
Our climbing gear and supplies, an incredible sprawl of meticulously-chosen clothing, hardware, food and medical supplies everything that we would need to have our shot at Everest's summit was packed in 90 minutes.
Although I'd been to the Everest base camp multiple times before, I'd never actually slept there. On April 18, I woke up around 7 a.m. to a commotion. Immediately, I knew something terrible had happened.
I understood the pain caused by the ending of a dream. But to see a 12-year-old boy become aware that life was going to be a bitter disappointment was something I will never forget. My eyes were opened.