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Weekend Outlook 11/9

This weekend is the annual Maitland Rotary Art Show at Lake Lily. This show is one of the premier art shows in the Central Florida area. While you’re there, walk over to the Maitland Public Library to check out their massive Friends of the Library […]

Weekend Outlook 11/2

Weekend Outlook 11/2

Fall is finally here in Central Florida. Get outside and enjoy these cooler temps! If anything, go for a walk. Don’t forget Sunday morning is daylight savings time so its time to remember how to turn back the clock on your car again. The Mead Gardens […]

An afternoon in the Hourglass District

An afternoon in the Hourglass District

Saturday Charlie and I stopped over in the Hourglass district for lunch and a drink just to get out of the house. For those we have not been, the Hourglass District is a new hotspot in town and is centered around the intersection of Curry Ford and Bumby. This cute little area is becoming quite popular and after our afternoon out it was clear as to why.

We started at the Hourglass Social House which is a food hall with four shops. I’ve been wanting to try out Leguminati basically since it opened and just had not had the chance so we made it happen. Leguminati, a vegan restaurant, is known for their OG Crunchwrap, a vegan take on the Taco Bell classic. I of course had to have one. It was great. Super filling, I only ate half in fact. Other shops in the food hall include a Foxtail Coffee, Tamale Co., and Le Ky Patisserie.

On our way into the Hourglass Social House we noticed a cute little Mexican restaurant next door so after I had my crunchwrap we headed over there to get Charlie some tacos.

The place, Cilantro’s, ended up being a super cute quick service little taco joint. Charlie just had their plain beef tacos ($2 each) but next time we go I want to check out their other taco options. The entire place was adorable and according to their Facebook page, they do a Taco Tuesday special of 3 tacos and a beer for $10. Can’t beat that!

Now that we were fed we headed over to Hourglass Brewing to try their new location across the street. Hourglass Brewing is from Longwood, but this summer they opened a new location in the district. Makes sense, right? Anyways, they have a nice large taproom and a great outdoor patio. Perfect for Saturday afternoon drinks. Their beer list is extensive and wine and cider are available as well. We will be back to test out that patio again in cooler weather.

I love that the hourglass district is right there, just a hop and a skip from downtown but without all the traffic and hubbub. Parking is easy as is getting there and there are many options for an outing in one location. Also, while we did not go on this trip, Peaceful Peacock Yoga is located next to the brewery and is my favorite yoga studio in town. Again, easy to get to and super relaxing.

Have you stopped by the Hourglass District yet? What is your favorite restaurant there?

Weekend Outlook 10/26

Weekend Outlook 10/26

Is it Saturday already? Here are few events happening around Central Florida this weekend. Halloween and fall events are still in full swing, but we have a few other things happening this weekend as well. Bring the kidsThe City of Maitland is holding a Fall […]

Weekend outlook 10/19

Tons of great events happening this weekend in the Orlando area. We’ve got fall, sports, art, and a chance to grab some beers. Read on to see my favorite things happening around town this weekend. View this post on Instagram A post shared by UCF […]

Tips for your first UCF Football Game

Tips for your first UCF Football Game

Have you attended a UCF game lately? With the 2019 homecoming game coming up this weekend I figured it was a great time to share my tips on how to have a great time at at UCF football game.

In 2007 UCF built their first on-campus stadium. It was originally named Bright House Networks Stadium and was renamed to Spectrum Stadium when Bright House was acquired by Charter Communications in 2017. This spot is fairly special for me as I was a student at UCF when the stadium was built and loved going to games there both then and now. What better way to spend a fall night, right?

If you’ve never been to a UCF game here are a few things you should know

Parking is free – On-campus parking is free. Some garages closer to the stadium are reserved and you will need a parking pass to enter, however there is plenty of free parking all over campus on game day. One of the nice things about UCF is that since they regularly have thousands of cars on campus, the influx of vehicles for events like games are no big deal. I like to park in a surface lot so we can hang out by the car before the game and avoid traffic jams in the garages after. Check out all the game day parking details here.

Tailgating- Tailgating is a big deal at UCF. Alumni and students can reserve tailgate spots on Memory Mall the Sunday before game day via the school. I am personally not a fan of this tailgate zone as it can get loud, hot, and rowdy. If you’re looking to tailgate without the crowd, feel free to find a sport on the grass near your car and make it yours. Makes cleanup easy too. If you chose to tailgate, be sure to be aware about the rules, especially if you are on Memory Mall.

Drinking- On game day, open container rules are lifted on the UCF campus. Feel free to BYOB your beverages of choice and drink them at your tailgate, around campus, or by your car. I like to grab a few beers and a coozie, place them in a sturdy bag. I can drink them around campus then toss the bag before heading into the stadium. Beverages are also available around teh stadium, I suggest Burger U for both a beer and a burger. Just remember, all drinking must end at kickoff. Also, in the stadium beer is only sold in the club level sections so be prepared to sober up.

Be sure to get into the stadium before kickoff to see the pre-game intro. UCF has some fun traditions and they start here. Be sure to have your tickets ready and remember UCF has a clear bag policy. Don’t have a clear bag? Grab one here. This bag also works for Orlando City Soccer games.

Hungry or Thirsty? Consider brining an empty cup with you to the game. With this you can fill up at the large water coolers located inside and outside the stadium. Water in the stadium is pricy and this little hack will keep you cool and hydrated. When your stomach starts to growl head downstairs and grab something to eat. My favorite is the 4Rivers stand located near section 223. Pulled pork sandwiches are $10 and worth it.-

Customs- Just like any college team, UCF has its fair share of customs during games. Just pay attention to what everyone else is doing and play along. I will let you know, when Zombie Nation comes on, you better start jumping.

So there you have it, some tips on how to survive your first UCF Football game. GO Knights!

Weekend update 10•12•19

Weekend update 10•12•19

I’ll be out of town this weekend so I won’t be able to jump in on these fun events, but I wanted to take a moment and share them here for you. While it is still warm, the weather is getting better and better town. […]

Cocktails and Screams

Cocktails and Screams

I was downtown last night and had a chance to stop by the soft opening of the newest themed bar in Orlando, Cocktails and Screams. Yes, you read that right. This is a spooky themed bar that had tidbits of all of the best halloween […]

Weekend Outlook 10/5

Weekend Outlook 10/5

There are a bunch of cool things happening around town this weekend, but here are a few that jumped out to me as the most interesting. I’ll be hitting up a few of these so be sure to say hi if you see me!

Cocktails and Screams is hosting their soft opening Saturday night downtown. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this spooky bar and it is is opening just in time for Halloween. It is owned by the same people who created Joysticks, the downtown video game bar so I expect a high level of attention to detail and many spooky surprises. Keep an eye on my instagram stories for updates.

Palmers Garden and Goods will be holding a fall Pumpkin Party this Sunday from noon until 5pm. This little event is great for the whole family. I am going to try and make it out there to check it out. I can’t wait to see what the succulent station entails.

Looking for something to do with the kids? Check out the Audubon Park Night Market + Zombiefest. From 5-8pm there will be kids events and a costume contest plus all of the usual Night Market events until 10pm. Get a start on your holiday shopping or just grab something to eat and a gift for yourself. There will also be a free outdoor screening of Little Shop of Horrors at 7:30 pm. Details here.

Wanna see some soccer? The Orlando Pride play Saturday night at Exploria Stadium against the Washington Spirit. Game starts at 5pm. Pride games have a smaller attendance then the men’s team, but are still great games. Every seat in the stadium is a good one, and everyone has a fun time.

Where will we see you around town this weekend?

Orlando’s Best Taco Spots

Orlando’s Best Taco Spots

It is not news to anyone, but I am a huge taco fan. I will eat pretty much anything if it is in a tortilla. I feel super fortunate that Orlando has a bustling taco scene and I have had the honor of trying out […]