Having fun exploring local Orlando & ☀Florida. Discovering local food ~ Enjoying craft beer ~ Wandering about theme parks & local neighborhoods. Come explore with me and see how wonderful Orlando is.....
I had another fun year exploring Orlando! There's always so much to see and do in and around the city. While my time in Orlando was cut short this year I am happy to look back on the fun I had. I'm currently back in Denver, but will be in Orlando come spring. I look forward to catching up on what I missed while I was gone.
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no child grows up hungry. Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Programs such as the Summer Campaign offers children meals at various local schools throughout the summer. Programs like this help low income families that end up spending an additional $316 for food during the summer. The children have opportunities to enjoy a free meal during the summer break just as they would the rest of the school year.
Taste of the Nation has been fighting hunger for 25 years now. There are nearly 40 Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada. The goal for these events is to raise the funds needed to end childhood hunger. 100 percent of each ticket sold for Taste of the Nation supports efforts to end childhood hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are the beneficiaries of this event.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofitfeeding programs throughout Central Florida. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance provided by Second Harvest each week.
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides services to over 600 people each night, including 150 children. The Coalition served over 300,000 meals and provided over 245,000 nights of shelter and services last year.
This year's Taste of the Nation Orlando was another amazing event. There were four hours to wine and dine your way around the event space at the Orlando World Center Marriott. With over 60 food and beverage stations offering a wonderful variety, everyone had plenty to enjoy. I ate so many delicious plates of food and drinks and I still missed out on so much! The strolling entertainment and the band added for a lively night.
The Taste of the Nation Orlando is a great way to give back to your community. The bonus is you get to enjoy an evening of delicious food and drinks from restaurants located in Central Florida. While the food is the highlight of the event, my favorite part of the evening is seeing how many in the community come together to support an important cause.
Bryan and I celebrated our anniversary this week. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Luma and thought we would cap off our evening at Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The sun was starting to set and made for a beautiful evening.
Being local one usually doesn't brave a trip to International Drive. I don't mind heading over to I-Drive and exploring a bit. There are a few hidden gems worth enjoying even if you don't have friends in town for a convention. Café Tu Tu Tango is one of those unique spots that the locals continue to frequent for 20 years now.
The first thing you notice about the restaurant is how vibrant it is not only on the outside, but in the restaurant as well. Café Tu Tu Tango is more than a restaurant it's an experience.
The restaurant is a visual delight with local art adorning all the walls. It's fascinating to watch the various in house artists working among the diners.