In this week’s edition of 6 of the Best, Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, tells SBC about her babymoon trip to Barcelona and San Sebastian, and which John Hughes movie tops the list as her best film.
There are so many good ones, I think the best one was when I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child — our ‘babymoon.’ We went to Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain. Barcelona has always been one of my favourite cities and, if you don’t know, San Sebastian has the most Michelin stars per capita of any place on Earth… and I love food. It was my first (and only) 3 star Michelin dinner, but every meal was an experience. This holiday was a week full of great weather, art, food and lots of siestas! Perfect.
I have to say one of the books that had the most impact on my general view on life was Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. I had just moved to NY when that book came out and he was the “it” chef. It was hard for me to turn any invitation to any restaurant down — I was single, on my own in a huge city and wanting to experience it all — sometimes in one night! That booked flipped my view of the NYC restaurant scene on it’s head… I still hesitate to eat the bread from the basket. (Don’t read if you are going to Betting on Sports America!) It also opened my eyes to how sheltered most of my life had been and how privileged I continue to be. Anthony Bourdain will always be one of my favourite storytellers of all time.
So much of what I say here has everything to do with my childhood and nostalgia. Hands down, the best album is Rumours from Fleetwood Mac. I know every word to every song. It used to play on the radio station my mom listened to in the car when we were little all the time. It’s the soundtrack to so many of my memories. I still think Stevie Nicks is a total legend. (Now you also know how old I am!!)
Best Sporting Experience
My first job was working for The Jockey Club in Kentucky and every May I worked on the press team for the Kentucky Derby. In 2006, there was a horse running called Flashy Bull owned by Chris Therien — an NHL player. While sitting in the press box, everyone started buzzing around looking for their photographers. It was the first time in history, the Stanley Cup was going to be in the same room as the KY Derby Trophy — brought because Chris Therien was a Stanley Cup winner — and we had to get the shot. I sat and waited hoping for my glimpse of history. Finally a man in white gloves asked me to please get up because I was SITTING on the crate of the Stanley Cup. (For an image of said white gloved gentleman, google “keeper of the cup”)
Back to the nostalgia here and likely showing my American stripes as well… Anything directed by John Hughes but my favourite is Breakfast Club. What an iconic movie with an all-star cast!
“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club.” Cue the iconic fist pump from Judd Nelson. Classic.
I don’t gamble a lot but I’ll always get involved with an NCAA March Madness bracket. I take the University of Kentucky (my Alma mater) to win the NCAA championships every year and I always bet against Duke University during that tournament. I always bet on the Queen’s horses during Royal Ascot (if she’s got one). The best bet I ever made was a £50 bet on number 18 in roulette that came in. My friend tried to cash all my chips for me and push me out the door (take the money and run!!) after that win but the adrenaline and alcohol where no match for his voice of reason. The casino kept most of that win that night but the memory is priceless.