I Found My Sweet Spot…In Orlando!


Anyone who knows me knows…I love chocolate!
Ok, ok, ok, I love desserts…Period!
And just in case you were wondering what to get me for Valentine’s Day…well…let me help you. One of everything…Please.


On an unscheduled trip to Plant Street Market in Orlando, I had the pleasure of visiting David Ramirez Chocolate. Unfortunately, I was unable to interview Chef David, this was the week the Universe decided to unleash its weird sense of humor cutting my trip time in Florida in half. So yes, the Universe had a weird sense of humor but this did not stop from getting an amazing interview. Chef David if you are reading this…this girl is a keeper. Considering that this was not a schedule interview she was professional, courteous, and friendly.


I  absolutely had an amazing time during my visit and it was so hard for me to eat those beautiful pieces of chocolate. However, don’t let the name fool you, this upscale nirvana is not just for us chocolate lovers…there are plenty of desserts to try if chocolate is not your thing. My other weakness…



Trained at Johnson and Wales in pastry arts, Chef David Ramirez has appeared on the Food Network, worked at five-star properties in Atlanta and Orlando, and was most recently named captain of the 2009 Team USA. As captain of Team USA, Chef Ramirez will lead some of the finest pastry chefs in the internationally acclaimed Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, aka the World Pastry Cup, competition in Lyon, France. Chef Ramirez has competed against pastry chefs from all over the world and won dozens of awards from American Culinary Foundation competitions. In 2011, Chef David was inducted into the Orlando Magazine Culinary Hall of Fame.

So guys and gals if your wondering what to get your sweets for Valentine’s Day, check out this little gem inside the Plant St. Market located at 2154 Central Florida Parkway, Suite B-8 • Orlando, FL 32837 • Click here for a Google Map
(Phone) 407.816.7400 • (Fax) 407.816.7406

Chef David, if you ever need a taste tester…I’m available.


Blowing Off A Little Steam

The unseasonably high temperatures in November and December of 2015 was a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I got to show off my perfectly pedicured toes while wearing sandals and a curse because I was suffering from a combination of seasonal allergies and what I think was the flu.
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So when an opportunity was presented to me to review The Air-N-Mist Oasis Portable Humidifier in exchange for a review…Well…I jumped at the chance. The Air-N-Mist Oasis Portable Humidifier arrived at my doorstep with 48 hours and it came in a nick off time. I was at a point where breathing and talking at the same time was becoming an option.
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The Air-N-Mist Oasis Portable Humidifier is a tank-less humidifier which makes it simple to use and simply to travel with. You simply use one of the 2 bottle neck adapters with a personal size water bottle that you would normally take to the gym or stick in a back pack…please don’t try to attach a jug of water and expect this to work with the neck adapters. After you have attach the adapter to the bottle of water, attach the base and flip upside down and plug into a USB power supply. I placed the humidifier on my night stand and I was able to sleep comfortably with my cold medicine cocktail for several nights.
The only downside with this humidifier  is that the blue light is not optional. However this  did not prevent me from going to sleep, although I prefer my room to be completely dark, there were times that the humidifier light started to flash which woke me up.  Nonetheless, I am very happy with my product and I have traveled with it quite frequently in my carry on luggage. To date, I’ve had no problem with leakage, the stream is steady, the machine is quiet, and the only thing I can say bad about the humidifier is…I really wish the light was optional.
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The New York Times Travel Show 2016


The 2016 New York Times Travel Show will open its doors Friday, Jan. 8, exclusively to travel professionals and writers for its Trade Day.  The Travel Show will welcome all visitors Saturday, January  9 and Sunday, January  10 and i-netradio is giving away 10 tickets to 10 luck winners to attend the New York Times Travel Show this weekend, Courtesy of The New York Times.

The Travel Show will feature more than 500 exhibitors, representing 150 countries, with representatives who will be available to offer expert insights, booking tips and exclusive discounts.  Attendees can plan ahead for their next great getaways by viewing the Travel Show’s floor plan and guide to exhibitors in advance, here.

To commemorate the Travel Show’s 13th year, The New York Times Travel Show will ring the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell on January 6, 2016.  Recently announced special on-site deals, giveaways and sweepstakes will include, among many others:

Adventure Canada: Booth 649

Save 50% on select Adventure Canada 2016 Expeditions.  Booking must be complete by the 15th of Jan.

Affordable Asia: Booth 244

Win up to $500 toward any trip with Affordable Asia.  Visit booth 244 for complimentary gifts, travel discounts and more.

Art of Living – Shankara Ayurveda Spa: Booth 1031

At the Shankara Ayurveda Spa table, enter to win a personal cleanse with ancient treatments, a personal consultation and specialized cleansing diet in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Borough of Seaside Heights: Booth 1162

Visit the “Seaside Heights – Home of Sun ‘N Fun at the Jersey Shore” booth during the show and receive a coupon for a free weekly beach badge.

Celebrity Cruises: Booth 511

Explore various “perk up” add-on options and deals as part of a Celebrity Cruises vacation.

Downunderguru: Booth 438

At the Downunderguru booth, play “Scratch & Win” for the chance to win valuable trip discounts, free day tours and a plane ticket to Australia or New Zealand.

Dutchess Tourism, Inc.: Booth 947

Enter to win a weekend getaway to Duchess County in the Hudson Valley, NY, to explore historic mansions, culinary adventures, arts and culture, farms and markets, and natural scenic beauty.

Go North Fork: Booth 956

Enter the North Fork Getaway Raffle for prizes by Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast, Heron Suites Hotel, First & South Restaurant, Hellenic Restaurant, One Love, Harbor Pet, Burton’s Books and more.

Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board: Booth 120

Win a trip for two with Norwegian Air, and a stay at La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa.

Le Boat: Booth 417

Visit booth 417 to learn more about this European travel experience and save up to 15% off your next Le Boat vacation.

Magnetic North Travel: Booth 370

Win a 5-day spring break to visit Oslo and the fjords of Norway, including flights from JFK.

Montauk Chamber of Commerce: Booth 958

Win 3-night stay at an oceanfront resort in Montauk, and more.

Oahu Paradise Cove Luau: Booth 871

Win gift certificates valid for two adults as part of the Hawaiian Luau Buffet package at Oahu Paradise Cove Luau, valued at $198.00, which includes transportation from Waikiki select hotels.

The Parking Spot: Booth 1056

The Parking Spot will be offering discounted coupons of up to 20% off at all Parking Spot locations at JFK, LAG, EWR and PHL.  The Parking Spot will also be offering one free week of airport parking at any one of its locations at JFK, LGA, EWR or PHL airports.

Times Journeys: Booth 931

Visit the Times Journeys stand and plan a vacation that is accompanied by a New York Times journalist or Times-selected expert.  While supplies last, pick up a copy of: the 2016 Times Journeys catalogue, limited edition 2016 calendar and a selection of postcards to share your memories.

Traveling Wonk: Booth 140

Traveling Wonk is offering all guests who reference The New York Times Travel Show, 15% off all luxuriously curated trips to Sri Lanka starting Feb. 1, 2016.

Visit Florida: Booth #842

Visit booth #842 for a chance to win Visit Florida’s scratch-off game.  Prizes include Florida vacations and goodies.

Yampu Tours: Booth 543

Book any Safari, Wildlife or Eco Tour with Yampu and receive a 15% discount.

This year’s Travel Show offerings will also include:

  • Wellness Travel Feature – Showcase debuting this year for wellness travel brands that attendees may experience first-hand at the Travel Show;
  • Meet the Experts – Travel connoisseurs offer one-on-one travel advice and insider tips on a variety of travel topics;
  • Taste of the World and Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen – Culinary pavilions that provide attendees, including children of all ages, with samples of cuisines from around the globe;
  • Cultural Performances – Global destinations come to life across five different stages on the exhibition floor;
  • Book Signings – Travel book signings by your favorite travel writers.

The New York Times Travel Show will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center.  Hours for the Travel Show are:

  • Friday, Jan. 8, Trade Day: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Jan. 9, General Admission: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Jan. 10, General Admission: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Registration is available in advance and at the door.  View registration information here.

Follow the Travel Show on Facebook and Twitter for programming and speaker updates, plus highlights from this year’s show:

Facebook – Facebook.com/NYTTravelShow

Twitter – @NYTTravelShow

2016 New York Times Travel Show Sponsors

Allianz and South African Tourism are gold sponsors of The New York Times Travel Show.  Destination Canada, The Florida Keys and Key West, Liberty Travel, MSC Cruises, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Turkish Tourism and Visit Florida are silver sponsors of the Travel Show.

Ferguson and Jenn-Air are presenting sponsors of Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen.  Astor Wines and Spirits, FreshDirect, Institute of Culinary Education, Stephenson Custom Case Company and Tower Garden are supporting sponsors.

Essential Costa Rica is the Travel Show’s Trade Sponsor.

Indonesia is the Travel Show’s Green Room Sponsor.

Industry sponsors include: Adventure Cycling Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, African Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association, Cruise Planners: an American Express Travel Services Representative, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association, Family Travel Association,  I Love New York, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Society of American Travel Writers, United States Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel.

Media sponsors include: Go Nomad, Hospitality 21, The Huffington Post, Man About World, Media Kitty, NTD-TV, Off Metro, Passport, TravAlliance Media, Travel Market Report, Travel to Wellness, VVH-TV, Wander Magazine, WeBlogTheWorld.com, WhereTraveler.com and WNET-TV.

About The New York Times Travel Show (www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow)

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, and an interactive Exhibition including more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States.  In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors.  Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.  The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties.  It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model.  Follow news about the company at @NYTimesComm.