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Being a Travel Agent!

I love traveling! And I love writing! So it is a win/win to combine both loves. However I want to make sure that those reading my blog are not confused since the name of my blog is different than the travel agency where I work!

Once Upon A Time Vacations is the agency where I work. I am what is called an Independent Contractor but it is through Once Upon A Time Vacations. I specialize in luxury travel plus Disney, cruise and group travel.

Long before I became a Travel Agent I started a blog called Disney with Children. And when I began my career in early 2014 as a Travel Agent most of my bookings were Disney World. As I have expanded to bookings all over the world I realized I needed two blogs-one for Disney, and one for everything else.

So bbvoyages.com was born. BB stands for my initials, and voyages invokes, at least to me, the allure of travel: culture, new experiences, romance and amazing adventures.

My hope is bbvoyages.com will entice you to explore the world. There is a great big world out there with so much to see, learn and experience. And I make it easy for you-all you have to do is email me at beth@onceuponatimevacations.com or call me at 917-494-1343 so we can start planning your next adventure wherever it may take you!

 

 

Americas Cake Fair Coming To Orlando October 13-15, 2017!

 

ORLANDO, Fl. (April 7, 2017) – Sweet news for dessert lovers. Tickets are now on sale for highly-anticipated return of The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) to the Orange County Convention Center on October 13-15, 2017.

 

Cake Fair is the largest trade and consumer show in North and South America dedicated to cake, chocolate, sugar arts and more. The inaugural Cake Fair in 2015 became an immediate sensation among professionals and consumers, alike.

 

This year, more than 10,000 baking professionals, industry buyers, pastry chefs, cake artists, retail bakers, hobbyists and everyday foodies from around the world are expected to attend the three-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry.

 

“Consumer interest in baking is at an all-time high,” said Kevin O’Reilly, founder of Satin Fine Foods and Cake Fair. “There’s an enormous hunger among professionals and hobbyists, alike, for new products, services and ideas. Our show delivers that and much more.”

 

Building on the enormous success of the 2015 show, The Americas Cake Fair 2017 promises to be bigger, bolder and even more spectacular. “It’s the largest opportunity in the Americas to become completely immersed in the world of cake, and to learn from the very best in the business,” O’Reilly added.

Due to popular demand, show producers have added an extra day of hands-on classes and demonstrations on Thursday, October 12, one day prior to Cake Fair’s official opening. From the art of airbrushing to mastering chocolate modeling, all classes and demonstrations will provide instruction on the latest techniques from the world’s most knowledgeable cake decorating experts. All classes are three hours in duration and must be booked in advance online.

Internationally-popular pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman, star of Food Network reality shows Ace of Cakes, Duff Till Dawn and Holiday Baking Championship, will delight attendees during his stage appearances on Saturday and Sunday. Other world-renowned cake industry celebrities scheduled to present throughout the weekend include: Mich Turner, whose clientele includes The Queen of England, Madonna and David Beckham; and pastry genius Ron Ben-Israel, named “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” by The New York Times.

 

In addition to the featured stage presentations, the show’s jam-packed schedule will include:

–  The Sugar Art Fashion Show sponsored by Cake Central, with models strutting the runway adorned by cake costumes and edible ensembles

–  Live Global Cake and Chocolate Challenges, where international teams and individuals will battle for top honors

–  Traditional cake competitions offering cash prizes for contestants across all skill levels

–  More than 100 hands-on classes, demonstrations and business seminars taught by the world’s best cake decorators

–  An exhibit hall overflowing with products and services, including some items for cash and carry.

Rounding out the expo are four themed “zones” sprinkled around the show floor, including:

  1. A wedding zone, where attendees can “engage” in the latest cake and wedding trends
  2. A chocolate zone, exploring the finest in gourmet chocolate making and modeling
  3. A kids’ zone, for a yummy interactive experience for budding cake artists
  4. A cake zone for a delectable introduction to fondant and other skills

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers of America seminars.

 

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers Association seminars.

 

Cake Fair is hosted by Satin Ice, which is made by Satin Fine Foods, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer distributing its premium range of cake decorating products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Partners and sponsors of The Americas Cake Fair include American Cake Decorating; Ateco; Cake Central; Cake Masters, DecoPac; Domino Sugar; Pillsbury; Retail Bakers of America; and Sterling Bank.

 

Stay up to date on Cake Fair event updates, special offers and exclusive contests by following the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@cakefair). For those who want to present their work during live challenges and competitions, registration and information about themes and rules is now available. For more information about exhibitor opportunities, exclusive, customizable sponsorship packages, visit www.cakefair.com.

 

About Satin Ice / Satin Fine Foods, Inc.

Satin Fine Foods, Inc. is a world-leading rolled fondant manufacturer. Established in 2001, Satin Fine Foods developed the Satin Ice range of products to satisfy the demands of the world’s best cake artists. Known for its superior workability, consistency and taste, Satin Ice has become the premium fondant of choice for professional cake artists around the globe. For more information please visit www.satinice.com

No Post Since January?

Back in January I had all these great intentions, and look what happened. No posts since January. That is unacceptable. And the thing is I really do want to post 1-3 times a week. I have so much to share!

I am going to really work at posting at least 1 time a week. Here are some of the things I want to be sharing with you!

New York City!

I am going to be there for 5 weeks this summer. I already have two shows booked:

Anastasia and Come From Away!

I will definitely be seeing more!

I also will be exploring activities and places in and around NYC so I will definitely be sharing all that with you!

Cruises!

I LOVE cruising. Last month my family and I went on the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis which needs a whole post!

And back in November we sailed for the second time on Celebrity’s Silhouette which also needs a whole post.

Plus I just finished a conference devoted to cruising and learned about so many great ships, and got to take two ship tours.

Summer Travel!

There are so many opportunities for summer travel all over the US and the world. I have suppliers that offer great deals all over and definitely want to share with you so I can get you booked and ready for summer!

Books!

As I have written about I love reading and nothing says vacation like a good book. I have read some great books recently and definitely want to share with you what I have read. Also would love to hear about what you are reading!

Orlando!

I do consider myself a New Yorker since I did live there for over 40 years, but Orlando is my home, and this city offers wonderful experiences from shows to restaurants to activities, and I want to share that with you as well.

I am going to be posting at least once a week, which means by the end of this week there will be a post!

I am looking forward to getting back to posting and sharing!

 

 

 

 

 

The Race to the Ladies Room on Broadway!

I grew up in NYC, and both my mom and grandmother were huge fans of Broadway shows. They started me off seeing shows at a young age-about 4. Not only did I learn to appreciate and love the theater, but I also learned early on about the race to the ladies room.

As soon as intermission was about to start we would begin to get ready-hands on our bags, bodies set in motion to pop up the minute the curtain hit the floor. It became a game to see if we could actually be the first one in the ladies room. While we might not have always been the very first one-we never had to wait more than a minute or two for a stall.

This past holiday season I had the opportunity to go almost daily to the theater. And I was once again reminded about the race to the ladies room.

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At each show I was ready when intermission was upon me (with the exception of The Humans which has no intermission). While I know a lot of women do a similar race to the ladies room I was truly reminded of it at Fiddler on the Roof.

I made it to the ladies room with just one woman in front of me. She was laughing. Her younger daughters were already in stalls. She commented to me that they were really speedy. I told her she had taught them well-speed to the ladies room is a great skill to teach one’s offspring.

So in case we are ever at the theater together-now you know-I’ll be racing you to the ladies room at intermission!

Question: Do you do the race to the ladies room at intermission when seeing a show?

Here Comes the Circus-The Greatest Show on Earth!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is Bringing XTREME to Orlando!

Tickets are on sale NOW!
The Greatest Show On Earth® Features Extreme Acts Fused with Iconic Circus Traditions for the Ultimate Family Entertainment Experience

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before.

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.

With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women.

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.
Prepare to be amazed by the unexpected. Do something extreme today, and get tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.
Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

For more information visit Ringling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Facebook (www.facebook.com/RinglingBros)
Twitter (@RinglingBros, #RinglingBros, @AmwayCenter, @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)
YouTube (www.youtube.com/RinglingBros)

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® are on sale NOW! All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Having grown up in NYC I have been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art more times than I can count. I always try to stop by at least once when I come back to NYC since I truly miss going on a regular basis.

This visit was during the holiday season which was extra special. Not only was I able to look at beautiful art-I was also able to see the Christmas Tree.

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I went when the museum had first opened so I had the luxury of viewing the tree without anyone else around.

I spent a couple of hours just wandering around the museum. I went to areas I had not been before, or haven’t been in a long time. I headed past the Christmas Tree, and found this lovely area with a collection of art. Not a soul was around other than the security guards while I was looking at the art.

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Back in high school I took Advanced Placement Art History. My teacher felt that instead of lecturing us in class she should take us to the museums around the city since we were lucky enough to have them so close.

She introduced me to one of my most favorite areas. It is located in the Asian Art area-The Astor Chinese Garden Court. There is no place more serene and peaceful.

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Fashion is art! The last area I visited was The Costume Institute. This is a definite must see for anyone who loves fashion.

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Question: If you have been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art what is your favorite area? If you haven’t been what would you most like to see when you go?

 

 

The Color Purple on Broadway

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season! I am in NYC until the beginning of January. NYC i s a great place to spend the holidays. And during this vacation I have time to indulge my love of going to see shows on Broadway.

I arrived in NYC with tickets to a number of shows which I will be writing about, but The Color Purple was not one of them.

BroadwayWorld.com is a great resource for getting reviews and opinions on shows. For the past few months there have been numerous posts about how amazing Cynthia Erivo (Celie) and Jennifer Holliday (Shug Avery) are in their roles. Ms. Erivo won the 2016 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.

On Christmas Day I was looking to see what was available on at the TKTS Discount Booth. There are four locations where there can be various Broadway and Off Broadway shows for up to 50% off. On Christmas Day only the Times Square location was open.

I saw a few shows listed that I was interested in seeing-but they had gotten mixed reviews. Then I saw The Color Purple was listed. I decided if Cynthia Eviro was going to be in it that night that was the show to see.

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It was a great decision. The whole cast is wonderful, but I have never heard a voice like that of Cynthia Eviro. The whole audience was going crazy even before the show ended.

The final performance is January 8th-it is definitely worth seeing if you will be in NYC before the show ends!