Create Your Nature Introduces 11 New Menu Items

Local superfood café expands smoothie bowl, oatmeal and salad offerings

The words “eat well, live well” have never rang truer than at Create Your Nature this summer. The health-conscious Winter Park café has introduced nearly a dozen new options to an already award-winning menu that features acai bowls, oatmeal blends and salads. The new menu items rolled out June 21.

 Cacao-a-Bunga bowl from Create Your Nature

When Create Your Nature opened last fall, it was just a dream project of husband-wife team Dan and Kim Dill. Now, just seven months after opening, the duo’s dream has proven reality as the store has already become a favorite destination for Winter Park residents and visitors.

“The response from locals has been nothing short of amazing,” said Kim Dill. “Having only been open a few months, we’ve been experimenting with our menu based on customer feedback to provide a diverse mix of clean eating options and introduce a variety of new flavor profiles. We believe we’ve achieved a great mix of the two with the introduction of these new menu items.”

Along with the great taste and health benefits customers have come to know and love, guests will be pleased to see the tradition of original entrée names remains with new options like C’mon Baby Do the Matcha and Obi-Wan Quinobi to name a few.

“From the very beginning, our menu has always been transparent in the products we use while bringing a creative and engaging edge,” said Julie Wilson, General Manager. “Many of the menu item names were suggested by friends and family. It’s part of our culture here, and we really aim to keep that family friendly environment going through every initiative we take on.”

The following menu items are available starting today, June 21:

Smoothie Bowls:

·         Pink Dragon
o    Blend: Organic Pitaya (Dragon Fruit), Pineapple, Banana
o    Toppings: Granola, Coconut, Pineapple, Banana, Kiwi, Local Raw Honey
·         Cacao-a-Bunga
o    Blend: Blueberries, Banana, Cacao Powder
o    Toppings: Chocolate Granola, Almonds, Coconut, Banana, Cacao Nibs
·         Hawaii 5 Ohhhh
o    Blend: Banana, Pineapple, Mango
o    Toppings: Granola, Coconut, Chia Seeds, Banana, Pineapple, Local Raw Honey
·         C’mon Baby Do the Matcha
o    Blend: Pineapple, Banana, Avocado, Baby Spinach, Matcha Tea
o    Toppings: Granola, Almonds, Hemp Seeds, Blueberries, Raspberries, Local Raw Honey
·         Little Miss Sunshine
o    Blend: Strawberries, Mango, Pineapple
o    Toppings: Granola, Coconut, Strawberries, Pineapple, Local Raw Honey

Signature Oats:

·         Monkey Business
o    Sliced Bananas, Walnuts, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Local Raw Honey
·         Thanksgiving 365
o    Diced Sweet Potatoes, Pecans, Greek Yogurt, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon
·         Blackberry Crumble
o    Sliced Blackberries, Granola, Pecans, Greek Yogurt, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon
·         Rock the Casbah
o    Cashews, Raisins, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Turmeric, Cardamom, Harissa Oil


·         Holy Frijole (1-pint mason jar)
o    Black Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Corn, Tomato, Green Bell Pepper, Cilantro
o    Dressing: Lemon Balsamic, Chipotle Olive Oil
·         Obi Wan Quinobi (1/2-pint mason jar)
o    Chilled Quinoa, Spinach, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Celery, Apples, Parsley
o    Dressing: Grilled Lemon Balsamic

About Create Your Nature
Winter Park, Fla.-based Create Your Nature is the brainchild of husband-wife team Dan and Kim Dill to bring their love for superfoods, particularly acai, to busy local professionals and families. The café features fresh takes and tasty bites, such as smoothie bowls, including its award-winning All American Acai Bowl, oatmeal blends and salads. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Tumblr. #getyourbowlon

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Drinking and Dining with a View at Paddlefish Restaurant in Disney Springs

I love Disney! I love living in Orlando where I can hop on I-4 and be down to Walt Disney World in no time. Much faster than my visits coming from Denver. 

There's so much I enjoy about Walt Disney World, but one of my favorites is hanging out and exploring Disney Springs

I am not a mall person AT ALL, so when they magically transformed Downtown Disney I was a happy lady. I love being able to shop, drink and eat and do it all at Walt Disney World.🌟

While there have been a bunch of new shops and eateries opening up in Disney Springs, One iconic restaurant has gotten a sweet makeover. 

I stopped by Paddlefish Restaurant to check out their swanky new digs and enjoy some drinks and sample some food. 

The party took place on the rooftop of this iconic Disney restaurant. This is the only Disney Springs restaurant to offer rooftop-waterfront dining👍 The live music up top on the weekends is a nice bonus.
Stairs to the Rooftop lounge at Paddlefish in Disney Springs

While making my way to the roof I couldn't get over the views from the dining room. You could sit here drink wine and watch that volcano erupt all night🌋
Dining room view of disney springs from paddlefish
Dinner with a view

The Arabian Nights Come To Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Theater brings popular magical story to life on stage for young audiences, running June 15 – July 23, 2017 in the Goldman Theater.

Orlando, FL - Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakes) kicks off its 2017-2018 Children’s Series with the celebrated Middle Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from June 15 - July 23, 2017 in the Goldman Theater. Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2016’s Beauty and the Beast and 2015’s The Frog and the Princess), the family-friendly production will feature a “Choose Your Own Journey” interactive approach, in which the audience will be able to determine the outcome of the play. Tickets ($9 - $20) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St.).

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp tells the timeless tale of a boy, a genie, and the power of pursuing your dreams. Based on Middle Eastern folktale The Arabian Nights, a young man named Aladdin seeks advice on how to meet the princess from wise genies, a powerful sultan, and his own mother. Told with help from the younger members of the audience, Aladdin learns that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression and to always follow your heart.

“We are very excited to be kicking off our Children’s Series with a different kind of fairy tale this year,” said Anne Hering, Director of Education at Orlando Shakes. “The ‘Choose Your Own Journey’ approach presented in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp will make audience members feel like they are really living the adventure like never before.”

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp features Luis Herrera as Aladdin, Henry Gibson as Genie of the Ring/Ensemble, Gemma Victoria Waldonas Vizier  Hasna/Mother, and Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp/Ensemble.

The Orlando Shakes artistic team includes Director Patrick Braillard, Set Designer Kurt Bippert, Costume Designer Mel Barger, Lighting Designer Colleen Doherty, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky, Stage Manager Paige Gober, and Production Assistant Alyssa Will Zegers.

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is presented by CliftonLarsonAllen.

Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp and Luis Herrera as Aladdin star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.
 Chelsey Panisch as Genie of the Lamp and Luis Herrera as Aladdin star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Photo by Luke Evans.