November 16, 2015

Whole Foods Market For The Holidays

I've been living in Central Florida for about four years. One thing I've noticed is how much the Sunshine State loves winter holidays. Of course, most everyone enjoys this time of year, but I think because we lack the changes in temperatures we make up for it by going all out for the holidays. This is the time of year when there are even more event and activities taking place in Central Florida. It can be a bit overwhelming since we have no cold or snow to slow us down.

I'm one who likes to balance the fun festivities with some down time. It's an exciting time of year, but it can also be a bit much. If you're looking for ways to make the holidays a tad more relaxing, I would suggest checking out Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays
Whole Foods Market Holiday Menu
I stopped by Whole Foods Market Orlando and got to sample a number of tasty items they are offering this holiday season.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Menu
Whole Foods Market Thanksgiving Menu 
What I like is there are a number of menu options. You can order dinner packages or items al la carte. It works for any size gathering. They have Vegan, Vegetarian, and Organic foods to choose from as well. You can order items online or at the store.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Floral Arragement
Fall Floral Arrangement at Whole Foods
I sampled a variety of dishes offered on their Holiday Menu. You can get as fancy as you'd like or it can be a simple meal too.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Caviar
Sasanian Caviar on Blini with Creme Fresh
Perhaps you're looking for some appetizers so you can focus on your main menu.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Cranberry Walnut & Fig Stuffed Brie
Cranberry Walnut & Fig Stuffed Brie

Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Holiday Meal
Whole Foods offers a variety of Turkeys including a kosher option. If a turkey isn't your thing they have spiral ham and beef standing rib roast as well.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey
There is a Hanukkah Menu available from November 27th - December 12th.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays
Whole Foods has a nice selection of holiday desserts. From Fruit Cake to Pumpkin Cheesecake and an array of cakes and pies in between.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Desserts
Holiday Desserts

Whole Foods has you covered this holiday season. You can order, get tips, recipes and more at their Holiday Headquarters. The Servings Planner is a great tool to help plan any size gathering.

*Thanksgiving orders can be placed no later than Sunday, November 22nd.  All Orders must be picked up by Thursday, November 26th.

While you're at Whole Foods be sure to pick up their Gift Guide. This catalog is great to browse and to find some creative gifts. 
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Gift Guide
Holiday Gift Guide

The gifts they have at Whole Foods are unique and make shopping there a wonderful alternative to the crowded malls this holiday season.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Holiday Gift Guide
Holiday Gift Guide
There are some fun finds for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, little ones and more.
Whole Foods Market For The Holidays Gift Guide
Holiday Gifts at Whole Foods

Whole Foods is a nice one stopping shopping destination for the holiday season. You can get your meals, flowers, wine & beer, coffee, desserts and more. Pick up a few gifts and enjoy having more time to check out some of the many holiday events taking place this season.


*I was invited to Whole Foods for a media event to see a showcase of what foods and gifts they had to offer this holiday season. I've been shopping at Whole Foods for over twenty years. It's a store I can stand behind. 

June 13, 2015

A Lady Crafter

I've had a lot of fun Exploring Orlando for the last few years.  I got to discover local Orlando and have had fun at the theme parks too. My journey is now leading me to focus on the craft beer scene here in Orlando. I hope you will join me at and come explore the Florida craft beer scene in Central Florida. There is a lot taking place in our neck of the woods. I'm going to discover it one pint at a time.


April 27, 2015

Exploring Orlando's Parks and Enjoying a Couple of Day Trips

Happy Monday! I hope you got out and had some fun exploring Orlando. I started last week off with a run around Lake Baldwin in Lake Baldwin Park.
Lake Baldwin Park
Fishing on Lake Baldwin
I stopped by the Brass Tap in Mills Park on Monday. They had a couple of beers I wanted to check out. This was my first visit to a Brass Tap. I enjoyed the setting and they had a nice selection of beers on tap and in bottles.
Craft Beer at the Brass Tap in Mills Park Orlando
Brass Tap in Mills Park Orlando 
Thursday I went downtown to check out Catalyst the new co-working space. Bryan and I enjoyed a nice stroll around Lake Eola afterwards. I love this park. There are lots of great parks in this city, but Lake Eola Park IS Orlando.
Swans at Lake Eola Park
Swans at Lake Eola Park
Friday we stopped by Gringos Locos in the Milk District for some Friday Night take out. They have a good Happy Hour with food specials and free chips and Salsa. Their back deck will be ready this week, so no more take out!
Gringos Locos Mouth Hugger Burrito with Due South Category 5 IPA
Gringos Locos Mouth Hugger Burrito with Due South Category 5 IPA
Saturday was a fun day exploring downtown Winter Garden. This is such a charming town with a great Main Street filled with eateries and shops. Bryan and I grabbed a bite at Harry & Larry's Bar-B-Que before we went exploring the new Plant Street Market. The Market is filled with great vendors and even has a brewery! We capped our afternoon noon off at Crooked Can Brewing Company. We enjoyed beers with friends we hadn't seen in a while. 
Harry & Larry's Bar-B-Que Brisket Sandwich
Harry & Larry's Bar-B-Que Brisket Sandwich
Plant Sr. Market in Winter Garden
Plant St. Market in Winter Garden
Craft Beer at Crooked Can Brewing Company
Crooked Can Brewing Company 
Winter Garden is a great place to explore!

Sunday was a day trip to Tampa to spend time with our oldest daughter. We had a great time exploring downtown Tampa. We walked downtown from her campus at the University of Tampa to Tampa's Riverwalk. I love walking around because it's the best way to explore and discover a city. We would have missed out on the dolphins in the bay if we weren't on foot!

Once downtown we hopped on the historic street car and wandered a bit around Ybor City. We had a fun time bonding and checking out local spots in Tampa.
Downtown Tampa
Downtown Tampa
Tampa's River Walk
Tampa's River Walk
Ybor City in Tampa
Ybor City in Tampa 
It was fun checking out a bunch of new places last week. I'm surprised at how many new things have popped up in Central Florida in the seven months we've been gone.

I'd love to hear where you went exploring last week. Did you discover new places?

Happy exploring and discovering how wonderful Orlando is to call home!

April 20, 2015

Exploring Orlando's Milk District, Parks, Local Eateries and more

My first full week back in Orlando and I had some fun exploring a few favorite spots and checking out some new spots along the way.

I enjoyed a few parks this week. Orlando has a lot of great parks worth exploring. Each one a bit different from the other. I got to check out the new F-4 Phantom at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park.
F-4 Phantom at Colonel Joe Kittenger Park
F-4 Phantom at Colonel Joe Kittinger Park
Headed over to the Mills 50 neighborhood for some lunch at one of my favorite sandwich shops in town. Banh Mi Nanh Trung makes delicious banh mi sandwiches and they're a great deal at $3.50/$4 each.
Banh Mi Nha Trang Vegetarian
Banh Mi Nha Trang #18 the Vegetarian
Tuesday Bryan and I took our son over to the Milk District for Tasty Tuesdays. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy food trucks. The two of them enjoyed Cheesesteaks from Philly's Best Cheesesteaks, while I enjoyed some tacos from Bem Bom Food Truck.  I like that you can enjoy your food in the Milk Bar and get a couple of beers to go with your dinner.
Tasty Tuesday's in the Milk District
Food Trucks at Tasty Tuesday
Bem Bom Tacos & Beer in the Milk Bar
Bem Bom Tacos & Beer in the Milk Bar 
We enjoyed some Cotton Candy from Sky Candy for dessert.
Sky Candy Cotton Candy
Sky Candy Cotton Candy
Since I've been back in town I'm trying to keep up with my running. I've been able to run through some nice parks. One park I enjoy the view with my run is Greenwood Urban Wetland. It has a nice path that goes around the lake. 
Greenwood Urban Wetland
Greenwood Urban Wetland
Thursday I headed downtown to check out The Woods for the first time. They were having a couple of Michigan beers on tap that I loved. It was a nice opportunity to check out this cool watering hole.
The Woods Orlando | Exploring Orlando
Hopslam at The Wood Orlando
Friday morning I headed over to Se7ven Bites over in the Milk District. This local eatery is quite the hot spot in town. Their food is delicious! I enjoyed a Chocolate Duffin (part muffin & part donut) and some coffee after my morning run.
A Duffin at Se7en Bites
Chocolate Duffin
Saturday I stopped the beautiful JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. I was invited to a beer pairing lunch at Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen. This was a wonderful experience. It's great that The Kitchen and The Brewery are using ingredients from their onsite farm. It was a delicious event and I look forward to enjoying more of their in house beer in the future.
Smoked Ham with fried egg, avocado, mustard frills on a honey pecan roll paired with a Lemon Grass Amber Wheat
Sunday I did a little exploring at some parks. Langford Park and Dickson Azalea Park are located next to each other. Both beautiful parks and both quite different from each other. Langford Park is great for groups and Dickson is a nice spot to sit on a bench and take in the scenery.

The lighting made for a beautiful glow among the trees at Langford Park.
Trees at Langford Park in Orlando
Langford Park
I love exploring in Dickson Azalea Park.
Dickson Azalea Park
Dickson Azalea Park

I hope you enjoyed exploring Orlando last week. I'd love to hear where you went?

Have a great week and be your best!

January 23, 2015

A Lady Crafter

Four years ago about this time our family of five was getting ready to make the move to Orlando. Orlando was our vacation destination since 2000. I always loved our visits to the Sunshine State and never thought we'd end up living there.

I didn't really know much about the "other" side of Orlando, so I thought I'd start a blog and do some exploring. I had a great time discovering the local side of the city along with enjoying the tourist fun as well.
Downtown Orlando Lake Eola
Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando
This past August my oldest started school at the University of Tampa and Bryan and I headed back home to Denver with the younger two. We went back for a job opportunity and to help out Bryan's aging parents. We weren't sure if this was going to be a long term stay or if we'd be in Colorado for just a few months.

While we've been in Denver I've been enjoying the abundance of Colorado breweries. If you've been following Exploring Orlando you saw that I enjoy my craft beer. Craft beer has become more than a hobby for me. Being in Denver and surrounded in a craft beer culture I realized I want to learn and focus as much as I can about this hoppy beverage.
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver
I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue on blogging while in Denver. I gave it some time and I soon realized how much I missed it so I started my new blog; A Lady Crafter. Right now I'm focusing on the many breweries I've been able to visit while I'm in Colorado. When our family comes back to Orlando in March I'll be writing about the Florida craft beer scene and beyond.
A Lady Crafter

I can't wait to get back to Orlando to start exploring and enjoying Florida craft beer.



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