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Babycakes Cafe (5/5) on Yelp

Went today for the 1st time and I can tell you that the Red Velvet Pancakes are literally the BEST thing I ever ate. And I’m a fat girl so you know I speak from experience.

I have pics but I’m…

Surf Expo

New sunscreen company who sponsored big this year.

Jet board – a motorized surf board.. giving you the “endless wave” to ride. Other handy uses include beach rescue.

They were all skinny, with the exception of Lola (got a poster, and will scan)

Appearances can be deceiving, this was the show floor containing all the action demonstrations. For a Saturday it was pretty quiet and vendors would leap out of their booths trying to snag people in to talk shop.

My land surfing self, as requested.

One of the many wakeboarding boats on display

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Trade Show Season part II: And so it begins.

Thanks to Jet Blue and their month long travel anywhere passes, we are going to have a busy fall season. We have confirmed 31 trade shows for the month of September and aren’t quite finished with the calendar.
The following is a list of what is confirmed and will be updated as we get our schedule worked out:

Oil & Sand TS
Philly Gourmet Show
Action Expo
Healthcare Facilities
CHI 2010
Hd Boutique
World Dairy
Surf Expo
Florida Food & Beverage Show
The Trade show
F & I Conf
Photoshop world
ACEP 2010
NAB Radio
HSMAI Affordable Meetings

Houston: National Business Travel Association (NBTA)

NBTA? It’s the National Business Travel Association. Topics discussed ranged from fast-tracking passports to airport security systems, hotel chain merits and demerits, corporate credit cards, Hubs We Love To Hate, and Icelandic volcanoes (delays caused by). Exhibitors were touting hospitality, transport, credit, rental cars, travel audits, in-flight entertainment, even meetings in the air. There was even comfort and advice for those burdened with guilt over their lengthening carbon footprint.

Ok that was the business synopses. Want to know the real reason we go to NBTA every year besides the big bucks they pay us for our state-of-the-industry seminars? It’s the hospitality. This year companies like Continental brought in the center section of their newest Boeing Dreamliner. And Dreamy it was.

There are hospitality areas and suites that rival Vegas casinos. Actually CyberShift had roulette and blackjack dealers flown in from Vegas to work the booth and you could win all kinds of prizes. I didn’t.

And the booze flowed on. From Martini fountains to chocolate martini fountains to the walk though the door and be handed a mimosa moment, there was toasting constantly. For an industry that is just 1 brick shy of a bailout, the booze bill alone could have eliminated those pesky baggage charges.

Some booths were really creative. Sabre (the computerized version of the AAL booking system) had large lounge areas with iPads for people to sit and get their game on. SkyTeam, the company that brings you around the world in Business class for a mere 11K per person with 18 cities in your circumnavigation among other interesting itineraries, had a trio of options with an oxygen, expresso and a wine bar with plenty of comfort seating. And finally our hosts, TRX , had a retro gaming area with a giant working joy stick (see picture), large versions of Pac-Man, Mario & that annoying pick up game that we put a lifetime of $$’s into for a 2.00 stuffed plushy.

One of the residual effects of going to this show is that every time I get on a flight and have to pay that pesky $25.00 for my bag, I can’t help think of how much of that goes to recoup that Bloody Mary I had on aisle 200.

2010 Deafnation Show

Billed as the “ultimate” show for those in the Deaf community, it was the first time in Las Vegas. There were many companies represented that were trying to do outreach to an area that is sometimes overlooked in our society. Everything from MLMs like Zango & Pre-Paid Legal to companies that are trying to create a whole new language for everyone to use. Kind of a cross between ASL & Esperanto. I wonder if he ever read the story about the Tower of Babel? We sent our 2 reps who actually know ASL which is more than we can say for some of the vendors who didn’t bother researching their intended audience.

Egg Works (4/5) on Yelp

We’ve been wanting to try this place since moving up to The Lakes over a year ago. In need of a run to Lee’s (which is in the same shopping center) on a Tuesday seemed like the perfect time.…

Vegas :ICAST 2010

It’s a joke: International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades spells … ICAST.  (“I cast …”, geddit?).  Actually amateur rod-and-line folk don’t get into this gig, it’s a trade-only event featuring products and innovations like the Yum Soft Plastic Bass Attractant.  We hope the fish appreciate all the state-of-the-art technology being lavished on them.  As an added incentive to ordering stuff, every buyer got to participate in a raffle for tickets to the Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica.  What kind of lure do you need to catch crocodiles?  Actually you just stick out a leg …