Monthly Archives: November 2015

Jazmin Rodriguez – N.Y. Times Travel Section Assignment

How to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

By Stephanie Rosenbloom

This article is great for those who opted to drive or just do not have the funds for flying, a better and almost stress free commute. I would have never thought of making coffee, nevertheless espresso, from your car without stopping for refills.  All you need is to plug it to the cigarette lighter plug; the cost of the espresso machine is $199.99. A portable stove to heat up precooked or frozen food for everyone for just $33.06. It even suggest a see-through organizer to keep all items from bouncing all over the car. It has 10 storage pockets for books and toys on the outside and it costs $40. For those that wants to nap, there is a Trunk Travel Pillow, Hooded. The pillow rolls up into a hood for easy storage $39.95. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, Sheepskin was recommended. Sheepskin Wrap Car Seat Cover will cost you $189.99 but they also offered a more versatile and machine washable down blanket at $79.99 from Eddie Bauer. For entertainment you might appreciate travel board games with no loose pieces ranging from $12.99-$19.99 from Melissa & Dough. And let’s not forget to help power-up the gadget with a PowerCup Inverter, which looks like a coffee cup and lets you charge through your car’s outlet for $27.08. For those quiet moments where a headphones are required, the Bose, around your ear Wireless for just $279.95 per person. If you are planning to travel about 15 times a year, it would be cost efficient, $939.99 (if only purchased 1 headphone) but most families don’t travel so much in that given time so it isn’t as cheap as the article stated but it does give me food for thought.

Christine Delva – Chapter 10 Summary

Chapter Summary

Chapter 10 focus on the different types of recreations which allow people to have time on restoring, resting and relax their mind and bodies. There are recreational activities such as museums, theaters and amusement parks that the public views and entertains around the United States. In today’s world the government is increasing facilities to provide more things for the community to utilize. In addition, the chapter explains and expresses all historic places, museums, and many more places where members gather for social, recreational, professional or fraternal reason. National parks are preserve land for the public and has historical honor such as: the Walt Disney world, the Magic Kingdom, the Universal Studios and many more.

Key Words & Concept

1)City Clubs- Majority of city clubs are 21 and older to enter the club and party.
2)Club Management- Club Management are required to have a liquor license in order to sell or service liquor at their club.
3)National Park- Virginia Beach and Kings Dominion are the two famous national park in Virginia, New York.
4)Commercial Recreation-Every year a group of my friends and I always plan a trips to attempt to visit all commercial recreations, at twice a month during so we can enjoy each and everyone of them.
5)Recreation Management- Hans has his degree in recreation management which he can either start his own business or be a manager at a commercial recreation facility.
6)National Park Service-National Park Service provides protection and safety resources for the people in order to have safe environment.
7)Theme Park- Sesame Street Place is a well known theme parks for families to take their children during the summer.
8)Country Clubs- Terry decide he wanted to be in an elite environment, he join one of the first country clubs in his town.
9)Heritage Tourism-Leah truly enjoyed herself during the heritage tourism. She was able to learn and explore the different landmarks in her neighborhood where she grew up.
10)National Register of Historic Places- Travelers or Tourists are advice to use the National Register of Historic Places to know all of the most popular places to visit in the states.
11)Volunteer Organization- Sonia is trying get a merit for school and she is required to community service.. She decide to sign at volunteer organization named The Boys and Girls Club.
12)Recreation for Special Population-Timothy is an autistic 10 year old, he requires special recreation that carters to his needs.
13)Government Sponsored Recreation-Government is allowed to raised tax on income, property and sales taxes where recreation services are provided.
14)Transient Occupancy Taxes- Brenda went to California for a family reunion. She had to stay at hotel, she was unaware the charges for her stay would be expensive due to TOT.
15)Leisure- Workers are entitle to leisure time especially if they work more than five per shift in the state of New York City.
16)Noncommercial Recreation- Carter and his fellow soldiers donated money to an mentoring charity. They often volunteer their services on special holidays.

Jazmin Rodriguez – Chapter 10 Summary

Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on all aspects of Recreation. Makes a distinction between commercial and noncommercial recreation and names various types of recreational clubs. Describes the origin of government sponsored recreation in consideration of the origin and purpose of national parks and explains the concept of recreation for special populations.  It also talks about national parks, and introduces Walt Disney.

Key Words and Concepts

  1. City Clubs. My example: The Women’s City Club is a women’s club that offers a number of classes and recreation programs for women.
  2. Club Management. My example: The golf club management must make sure the workers do a thorough inspection of the golf course.
  3. Commercial Recreation. My example: Every Summer I like to visit new commercial recreational parks.
  4. Country Club. My example: George Clooney belongs to one of the most expensive and prestigious country clubs along with many rich individuals.
  5. Government-Sponsored Recreation. My example: New public libraries are opening throughout the city under the government sponsored recreational programs.
  6. Heritage Tourism. My example: An example of heritage tourism is The Punta Cana Ecological Foundation in the Dominican Republic.
  7. Leisure. My example: Jose doesn’t know how to relax really, and usually spends his leisure time working around the house.
  8. National Park. My example: An example of a national park is Yellowstone National Park which encompasses over two million acres.
  9. National Parks Service. My example: The Statue of Liberty National Monument is managed by the National Parks Service.
  10. National Register of Historic Places. My example: Statistically each year approximately 30,000 properties are added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  11. Noncommercial Recreation. My example: “I’m Too Young For this” is a noncommercial recreation organization that has been able to do for young adults who are living with cancer.
  12. Recreation. My example: Every now and then, I play tennis for recreation.
  13. Recreation for Special Populations. My example: The recreation for special populations provide year round recreational and leisure opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
  14. Recreation Management. My example: The average salary for people with degrees in recreation management is $36,000 to $40,000 for entry level positions.
  15. Theme Parks. My example: My favorite theme park is Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida.
  16. Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). My example: Airbnb will begin collecting transient occupancy taxes for San Francisco bookings next month.
  17. Voluntary Organizations. My example: “Fathers Heart Ministries” is considered, one of the top ten voluntary organizations in NYC.

Deven G.- Chapter 10

Chapter 10 teaches us of the recreational environments, attractions, and clubs in the U.S and around the world. Government taxes are invested into some of these locations for people to have a sense of recreation in order to enjoy their lives. One benefit of constructing these locations is that it produces more money for that specific surrounding, for example, a restaurant would benefit from a new amusement park or recreation nearby. People who attend these activities will also attend the restaurant that’s nearby whenever they get hungry. This chapter discusses the use of national parks and how these parks are kept conserved and clean through recreation managements. Last but not least, this chapter discusses international recreation outside of the U.S.
Recreation: the basics to living and enjoying our surroundings through art, activities, nature, and social environments.

Government sponsored recreation: Environments constructed by government through taxes for people to have fun and enjoy their time recreationally, such as an amusement park, museum, etc.

Transient occupancy taxes: revenue from taxes invested in hotel accommodations by government

National Parks service: founded by Congress for people enjoy parks and conserve park resources.

Recreation Management: management where recreation and social programs were offered as community service credit

Commercial recreation: gives people the opportunity to explore clubs, outdoor activities, and parks for a service fee.

Theme park: location where structures are created for thrill and fun, such as roller coasters, water slides, etc.

Heritage tourism: recreational location with background history and interesting artifacts, such as pyramids, statues, etc.

National Register of Historic Places: the U. U.S list of locations considered as significant icons and worthy of preservation.

Country Clubs: Club where people pay monthly for services. Many Country clubs have lounges, restaurants, and banquet facilities such as dances, weddings, etc.

City clubs: clubs in the city that involves music and alcohol, mainly for guests whom are over the age of 21.

Leisure: use of free time for recreational activities

National Park: park where guests can attend and enjoy themselves with the surroundings of nature, beaches, pools, fields for sports, etc.

Non commercial recreation: non for profit recreational activities and facilities provided for public.
Recreation for special populations: Organization that serves recreational activities and facilities for those whom are mentally and physically ill.

Club management: manager or managers of country and local clubs.

Voluntary organizations: a non for profit organization providing and investing services for recreational locations, such as cleaning parks, etc.

Noemi Mendez Chapter #10 “Recreation, Attraction, and Clubs”

This chapter focus on the different types of recreation, attraction and clubs activities that are able to the public views and entertains around the United States. Some of theme attractions national parks are: the Walt Disney world, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Universal Studios, the Sea World, and the Hershey’s park. Some of the regional theme parks are Dollywood, Legoland, Gatorland, and Wet’N Wild. Also this chapter talked about some of the Animals attractions like the zoo and the aquariums. In addition, this chapter talked about historic places, museums, international destinations, the different type of clubs and noncommercial recreation.

Key Words and Concepts:

City clubs – Example: The Woman Club help women to empower themselves and to build new professional skills.

Club management – Example: The club management need to be very organize for the club to success.

Commercial recreation – Example: The commercial recreation provide guides to tourism in amusement parks or historic places.

Country clubs – Example: Country club are usually places near the beaches.

Government-sponsored recreation – Example: The government sponsored recreations by using the monies that are collected from taxes.

Heritage tourism – Example: The New York Culture Heritage Network is an example of heritage tourism.

Leisure – Example: In my leisure time, I love to sit in front of the beach in a bench and see the ocean view.

National park – Example: There are 397 national park in the United States with different themes.

National parks Service – Example: Is a law passed by congress that help to conserve the park natural resources and culture artifact.

National Register of Historic Places – Example:   The Old Slater Mill is an example of the first place register as a national register of historic place on 1966.

Noncommercial recreation– Example: Voluntary organization, campus, Armed forces and employment recreation are examples of noncommercial recreation.

Recreation – Example: It is important to know the recreations activities when you are planning a vacation to another states or a foreign country.

Recreation for special population – Example: Are recreations to accommodate people wit special disabilities.

Recreation management – Example: If you want to become a recreation management you need to get a degree from a college.

Theme Parks – Example: The Walt Disney world is one of the most famous theme park in the United States.

Transient occupancy tax (TOT) – Example: When I stay in a hotel, I need to pay the transient occupancy tax.

Voluntary organizations – Example: My daughter Destiny attend to a voluntary organization called a Faro Beacon after school program.

Deven G. NYT Article Assignment

In this weeks New York Times article, the travel section published an interesting and beneficial source titled ‘Into Africa, 6 Vacation ideas from out Experts’. This articles gives you an overview of locations in Africa travelers should visit/vacation in, beginning with The Victoria Falls, located and Grandeur that’s filled with friendly animals & beautiful nature. Second, the Masai Mara Reserve is highly recommended to those whom enjoy the wildlife. Staying at this location requires a lot of heart, & that’s because you’re entering the animal’s turf, under their terms. Third, one expert recommends to eat the ubiquitous grain when exploring Africa, specifically In East Africa. This grain is like rice to Asia, and similar to cornmeal. Lastly, swimming in the waters of Guinea-Bissau gives you a feeling of how Africans live in that area. According to Adam, the author of this article, you will rarely see tourist and more local people.

After reading this article, i felt ecstatic at the fascinations of these locations in Africa because it was something i wasn’t aware of. When i hear the word Africa, i envision poverty, nature, jungles, third world living, and a place that i wouldn’t want to go on vacation in comparison to other world wide attractions. In addition, i’m intrigued with involving myself in the same kind of living others live in order to get an aspect of how people in that location survive.

Jazmin Rodriguez – N.Y. Times Travel Section Assignment

Touring the Dark Side of Los Angeles
By Leslie Pariseau
This article will satisfy all those macabre lovers and true-crime enthusiasts with some of the secrets of the history of Los Angeles’ not so angelic city. Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, local historians, saw that there was a thirst that needed to be quenched and so they started a tour bus company called Esotouric in 2005, which takes crime fanatics into the infamous journeys of crimes of the past.
One of the many stops of the tour bus titled “Bat Man” case, dates as far back as 1922 and dives into the bizarre murder story of a housewife who hid her husband’s murdered body in the attic where her lover lived. The tour also included a visit to the oldest and most popular cold cases in their city by far; the murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947, also called “Black Dahlia” by not just telling her story but by showing her regular haunts, including where her body was found in two body parts, cut at the torso.
Another tour bus company who is also capitalizing on the arcane, The Dearly Departed does it with a sense of humor. I know, murder and laughter should not go together but it is working for them. The owner, Scott Michaels, specializes in cases such as the Mason-focused Helter-Skelter murders. For a few years they sold chunks of Sharon Tate’s fireplace as souvenirs until the supply ran out. The city has enough crime cases to keep everyone tour buses in business for years to come. Their stories will never run out of supply as long as people curiosities need to be feed. It is peeking my curiosity.

Noemi Mendez N.Y. Times Travel Section Assignment

The article “The Lure of Baseball in the Dominican Republic” by Steve Knopper published in the New York travel section talked about his experiences while he was visiting the Dominican Republic in the baseball fields. In this article, he emphasis that the Dominican Republic is known for having most of the talented baseball players in the U.S. industry. Some of the talented baseball players that he mention in this article are Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez, Albert Pujols, Miguel Tejada and many others. He also talked about the poverty that surround the country and how many young players look baseball as a way of escaping from poverty by becoming rich and famous in the U.S baseball industry. Mr. Knopper, Also talked about the poverty, the electricity problem that shut off for hours making the country more dangerous in the darkness for traveling and to be safe. He also talked about others writers that criticized how the academic system work in the Dominican Republic by taking advantages of naïve families that sign a contract at young boy turn with the manipulation of bonus and a 30% when they sign a big contract in the U.S industry. But it how the writer end the article is all about the American Dream that young baseball players want one day to achieve no matter the sacrifices that they need to face in life for them to be able to escape from poverty and provide a better future to their families.

Noemi Mendez Chapter #5 “Beverages”

This chapter focus on the different types of beverages that include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Some of the alcoholic beverages are wines, beers and spirits drinks. Some of the non-alcoholic beverages that are coffee, tea, and juice. In addition, this chapter talk about the operation of bars, hotels, and restaurants and the inventory control that is involve in the industry. To conclude this chapter, the writer talk about the liquor liability, the laws and the trends in the beverage industry.

Key Words and Concepts:

Alcoholic Beverage – Example: People love to buy alcoholic drinks for their guesses at a party or reunion.

Beer – Example: I can’t drink beer after my By-Pas surgery because the stomach could growth back to its normal size again.

Brandy – Example: Brandy is a drink that is smooth and fruity with a touch of sweetness and is considered a spirits alcoholic drink.

Champagne – Example: When we celebrate the New Year we usually drink champagne at 12 o clock to welcome the new Yew Year.

Cognac – Example: Cognac is considered to be the brandy in the world.

Dram shop legislation – Example: Bar owners need to follows the Dram shop regulation to have a successful business.

Fermentation – Example: Is the second step of making wine.

Fining – Example: Is the process were the wine is filtered and remove all type of particles that are still in the wine.

Fortified Wines – Example: Are the wines that are considered to be the sweeter among others wines because they have Sherries, ports, Madeira and Marsala.

Hops – Example: Is one of the four ingredients in making a beer. These ingredients are water, malt, yeast and hops.

Inventory Control – Example: Inventory control is a system that allow a manager to manage merchandise in a store.

Liquor – Example: People like to mix liquor with nonalcoholic drinks,

Malt – Example: Is one of the four ingredients in making a beer (grain). These ingredients are water, malt, yeast and hops.

Mashing – Example: Is the term for grinding the malt and screening out any bits of dirt.

Must – Example: Is the grape that are destemmed and crushed which make the juice that is extracted from the grapes.

Nonalcoholic Beverage – Example CocaCola, bottle water and juices are examples of nonalcoholic drinks.

Prohibition– Example: Whiskies became very famous during the prohibition time.

Proof – Example: Is the percentage that represent the alcohol level in the content of the label.

Sparkling Wine Example: People at night club love to drink Moet that is considered a sparkling wine.

Spirit – Example: Brandy is an example of distilled drinks.

Vintage – Example – Are red wine that is stronger that white wine and take more years to reach their peak. .

White Spirits – Example: People love to drink vodka, rum and tequila at Hispanic party that are considered white spirits alcoholic drinks.

Wine – Example: My Favorite wine is called Manischewitz that contained a varieties of grapes wine no less than 51% Concorde.

Wine and Food Pairing – The sommelier suggested appropriate pairings of wine with food.

Wine Tasting – Example: Is when a person determine the favor of a wine by tasting and smelling.

Wort – Example: Is the liquid that is obtained after the mashing process in making a beer.

Yeast – Example: Is the skin of the grapes that helped the wine to convert to sugar that controlled the sweatiness or dryness in the wine. Also it help to determine the taste of the beers.


Jazmin Rodriguez – Chapter 5 Summary

Chapter Summary

Through chapter 5 we learn a lot about beverages.  It breaks them down into alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. It discusses the history and making of different types of wine, including sparkling wine, and fortified wine. It teaches how to read wine labels and talks about healthy  drinking habits. The chapter also explains the brewing process of beer and identifies various types of beers. Then it moves on to liquor, listing some of the most popular whiskies such as Canadian, and Irish.  In the section of the nonalcoholic beverages it talks about coffee, tea, carbonated drinks,  energy drinks, and bottled water. It discusses inventory control, bar set up, and liquor liability with the law. The chapter also suggested the pairing of wine and food.

Key Words and Concepts

  1. Alcoholic Beverage. My example: Maria can’t serve alcoholic beverages in her new restaurant until she receives the license to do so.
  2. Beer. My example: John blames his weight gain to beer consumption.
  3. Brandy. My example: They drank more brandy than us at the party.
  4. Champagne. My example: David poured champagne and made a toast.
  5. Cognac. My example: A French brandy distilled from wine in the area of Cognac, France.
  6. Dram Shop Legislation. My example: Laws and procedures that govern the legal operation of establishments that sell measured alcoholic beverages.
  7. Fermentation. My example: The process of fermentation turns the grapes into wine.
  8. Fining. My example: A fining agent was added to the wine to reduce its bitter flavor.
  9. Fortified Wines. My example: The original reason for fortifying wines was to preserve them.
  10. Hops. My example: Hops are one of the basic ingredients in beer brewing.
  11. Inventory Control. My example: Management needs to use effective inventory control to ensure profit results.
  12. Liquor. My example: I drink wine, but not hard liquor like whiskey or vodka.
  13. Malt. My example: Usually barley, that has been allowed to sprout, used chiefly in brewing and distilling.
  14. Mashing My example: The mashing process will directly determine the concentration of unfermented sugars in the beer.
  15. Must. My example: A mixture of grape pulp, skins, seeds, and stems.
  16. Nonalcoholic Beverage. My example: We have a vodka punch for the adults as well as a nonalcoholic punch for the kids.
  17. Prohibition. My example: The prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933.
  18. Proof. My example: Is equal to twice the percentage of alcohol in the beverage.
  19. Sparkling Wine. My example: Champagne is my favorite sparkling wine.
  20. Spirit. My example: A spirit is an alcoholic beverage that is distinguished by the distillation process.
  21. Vintage. My example: This year’s vintage is expected to be of higher than average quality, due to the excellent weather.
  22. White Spirits. My example: Some of the white spirits served at the annual gala were gin, rum, vodka, and tequila.
  23. Wine. My example: We bought a case of wine for the party at the winery.
  24. Wine and Food Pairing. My example: The sommelier was present at the restaurant making food pairing recommendations for the guests.
  25. Wine Tasting. My example: They like to attend a wine tasting event every year.
  26. Wort. My example: Is the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer or whisky.
  27. Yeast. My example: The yeast is responsible for the converting of sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide in the fermentation stage, and is also the final component that determines the flavor of the beer.