In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with coffee connoisseur and barista Kaia, in the Backyards of Key West Gallery.

We talk about how she got into coffee, why she does everything by hand with no electricity, and why she only uses the best natural ingredients to get the best coffee.

More on Kaia’s Coffee Cart

Love for coffee and sustainability brought this amazing idea together. All off-grid cart, delicious organic coffee, environmentally-friendly supplies, plant-based ingredients. Kaia’s passion for healthy living transformed into something magical.

Coffee here takes time. Every cup is prepared by Kaia with love and care. Manually made espresso, delicious pour-over, daily made iced coffee or iced latte with choice of organic Oat milk or organic Soy milk. Option of organic syrups. Doesn’t matter which one you pick, you will love them all.

Kaias-Coffee-Cart

Website: https://kaiascoffeecart.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaiascoffeecart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaiasCoffeeCart

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Shay Spence, the traveling food editor for people magazine. We talk about how he got this dream job, how he went viral on TikTok, why he moved to Key West, and his future podcast 😎.

More on Shay Spence

People Magazine: https://people.com/author/shay-spence/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@theshayspence

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshayspence

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chezspence

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shay.spence1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shay-spence-6873bb31

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the musically talented husband and wife dynamic duo, Cole Michael Porter and Kendra Porter.

We talk about how they got started in the business, how they met, and how they are able to separate music and their career from everyday life.

More on the Porter Union Band

Porter Union, led by husband and wife, Cole Michael Porter and Kendra Porter, is the result of the two old souls spending the better part of the last decade traveling the country together to play their music everywhere from the dive bars and honky-tonks to festivals and theaters. When you hear the story of Cole and Kendra meeting in a hometown bar, falling in love while writing and playing together, it sounds like a fairy tale built by corporate music row. Luckily, that’s where the comparison stops – you won’t find overproduced, cliche-filled songs here. Their honest approach to songwriting combines raw emotional themes with a traditional country sound to bring the listener into the story. It’s no surprise they’ve shared a stage with a variety of notable artists including many of their own heroes.

Porter Union was recently selected by Travis Tritt as a contestant on REAL COUNTRY on USA Network. 

Website: https://www.theporterunion.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/porterunion/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/porterunion

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PorterUnion

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laurent, one of the owners of Le Creperie. We talked about how he got started in the restaurant business, how he made it to Key West, and all of the amazing French specialties served daily.

More on La Creperie French Cafe

Just logged back into Yelp, realizing I forgot to finish this review. I spent two and a half months there earlier this spring from March to mid-May and I absolutely loved this restaurant. There is one other (Russian)Creperie in town, but La Creperie blows that place out of the water. This restaurant is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 breakfast/brunch restaurants in Key West. Deserves multiple visits for anybody staying more than a week. I really hope this place didn’t close permanently due to any damage from the recent string of hurricanes. Cant’ wait to go back.” Jon T 10/15/17 (after Hurricane Irma).

Life is Organic!

We think that life is nature rather than marketing, so we prepare food from scratch that is fresh, as much as possible organic, natural, and non-GMO. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly, ask for these options, we have plenty! 

Ask for your needs…and drink biodynamics wines!

La Crêperie French Café Key West is located in Bahama Village, come to experience authentic traditional French Cuisine.

300 Petronia St #1,
Key West, FL 33040
+1 305 440 2240

Dine-in & Pick-up from 7.30am to 3pm.

Website: https://www.lacreperiekeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lacreperiekw/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Soapmaker and connoisseur, Mariam Tvaliashvil.

We talk about how Mariam got started in the business, which soaps are good for what, and how she is changing lives one dirty face at a time!

More on KW Soaps

KW Soaps started from a desire to provide our friends and family a quality, natural soap gift. We slowly started trying out formulas and processes until we arrived at what is now known as the KW Soap. Our first-rate ingredients and exceptional quality led to customers wanting more and so here we are. We’re a business made up of people who believe our product should speak for itself and it should be for everyone. We take pride in our ingredients and processes and hope that you will enjoy the KW Soap experience just as much as we do!

Website: https://www.kwsoaps.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwsoaps/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kwsoaps

GET IN TOUCH

The Shops at Mallory Square
291 Front Street, Suite 215
Key West, Florida 33040
305-240-2660
[email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Steve Alsobrook, the chief pilot and spokesperson for Sky Dive Key West. We talk about how the business was started, the first time Steve jumped out of a plane… and some celebrity gossip.

More on Sky Dive Key West

Rated one of the top ten places to skydive in the world. With tropical views, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

After jumping from the plane, you will experience the thrill of falling at speeds of 120 mph or more. Once your parachute opens, your dive becomes peacefully quiet, and you will enjoy a five to seven-minute ride floating quietly back to earth for a soft, pinpoint landing.  You may see dolphins, tropical birds, Seven Mile Bridge, and all of the middle keys. You can assist your instructor in steering the parachute if you like or you can leave your hands free to wave to your friends as you land.

Website: https://skydivekeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Skydive_Key_west

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skydivekeywest

Address: 5 Bat Tower Rd, Sugarloaf Key, Florida, U.S.A 33040

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local artists Jasmine Jones and Katlin Spain of the amazing Ocean Blues Studio.

We talk about how each of them got started as individual artists, how they met, and how they formed Ocean Blues Studio; an amazing place where create and showcase their art, all in one place.

More about Ocean Blues Studio

Jasmine Jones

Born and raised here in Key West, Jones grew up immersed in color. From the vibrant flora and fauna that thrive on the island, to the picturesque sunsets and ocean seascapes, there was always plenty to draw inspiration from.

She creates her artwork using a combination of alcohol inks, acrylic paint and resin layers to create a body of work with a greater depth than traditional two dimensional paintings. Her paintings focus on vibrant colors, particularly the blues of the ocean, from which the name of the studio is derived.

Katlin Spain

Originally from Kansas, Spain immediately fell in love with Key West.

In her studio practice, Spain works to deconstruct familiar shapes & associations by changing their colors, textures, & patterns. She carefully curates them into landscape-like environments where these new objects can coexist.

It is in these vivid other-worldly scenes that the viewer can allow themselves to exist in a land of the sweetness & the phenomena of the ‘new.’ 

Local Artist Collective

Artist Workspace & Gallery, showcasing contemporary and abstract artists of the Florida Keys.

For the month of April, I will be showcasing all of my art (backyardsofkeywest.com) at their studio!!

Be on the lookout for my own gallery space at the Mallory Square Mall too – right across from Ocean Blue Studio!!

Website: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oceanbluesstudio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oceanbluesstudio

Studio Location
291 Front Street, Suite 114
Key West, FL 33040

Hours
Monday — Saturday
10am — 5pm
Sunday (Funday)
CLOSED

Contact
[email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the GM Daylin, and the iconic Irish Kevin’s Bar

We talk about the origin of the bar and what they did to thrive during and after COVID times.

More about Irish Kevin’s

Since July of 1998 Irish Kevin’s Bar has been inviting guests to “come on in”!

Singer, songwriter and entertainer ‘Irish Kevin’ had the vision to open his bar on Duval Street focused on live music and good times…a simple formula that has established the bar as an institution in the heart of Old Town Key West. The island city is like no other city in the world, and Irish Kevin’s is like no other bar.

There is truly something for everyone at Irish Kevin’s. We are proud to offer a full bar with unique cocktails and twenty-six beers on tap. Live entertainment is served up seven days a week from early in the morning until closing time. All are welcome to sing-along and maybe even become part of the show! Plenty of televisions ensure you won’t miss out on your favorite sporting events. Be sure to come hungry as we have a tasty food menu ranging from a light salad to a one-pound burger! Try the Rueben sandwich that is piled high with corned beef that is slow-cooked in house! Our gift shop is open all day and our staff will help you find the perfect souvenirs to remember your southernmost adventure.

Come join us and find out why our motto is: “I Came, I Drank, I Don’t Remember”!

Website: https://irishkevins.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irishkevinsbar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishKevinsBar

Location

We are open daily from 11am to 3:30am.
Our kitchen is open from 11am to 11pm
Times may vary during special events.

211 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

305-292-1262