I recently spent an afternoon at the New York Botanical Garden experiencing the special exhibit: "The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower". NYBG is a nice place to visit anytime but the annual Orchid Show is always on my calendar. At the close of a particularly harsh winter it is a particularly treasured event.
As you approach the magnificent Haupt Conservatory, with all its gleaming glass, you know you're about to step into an altered reality. As you enter you are immediately smacked in the face with slightly moist warm air and then you get your first tease of the show you will eventually stumble into. At once you are welcomed by a tranquil pond filled with architectural details bathed in sunlight and bursting with color.
At once I was hit with a craving for daiquiris, tostones and Musica Mambo! I don't know why I hadn't thought to make a corresponding playlist for my iPod.