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.


December 15, 2014

Top Ten Blog Posts From 2014

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.

Here is a rundown of my top ten posts from 2014.











August 11, 2014

Taste of the Nation Orlando ~ A Culinary Delight for a Wonderful Cause

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 nonprofit feeding 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.
Taste of the Nation Orlando Food for Hunger
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.
Taste of the Nation Orlando Event Hall

August 08, 2014

An Evening Exploring Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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.
Entrance to Walt Disney World

The grounds at  Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

August 01, 2014

August Craft Beer Events in Orlando

Here is the craft beer scene in and around Orlando for August.


Saturday 2nd- From Hops To Homebrew  at the East End Market ~ $35 11am-1:30pm

Fight Hunger With Beer
2nd-                National Mead Day at Oblivion Taproom ~ 4pm

2nd-                Beer Tasting Event at Salamanders Sports Grill ~ 12 beers w/ food $20 8pm.

Monday 4th -  Certified Organic Anniversary at Orlando Brewing ~ 3pm-10pm

Thursday 7th-  Fight Hunger With Beer at World of Beer Dr. Phillips ~ 6pm.

7th-                 Oblivion Gets Funky ~ $60 6:30pm

Saturday 9th-   Taste of the Nation Orlando  at Orlando World Marriott Center ~ $150 6:45 pm-10pm.
Orlando Brewing at Taste of the Nation Orlando 2013
Wednesday 13th- Left Hand Brewing Movie & Game Night at Barley & Vine ~ 6pm-9pm.

Thursday 14th-    Ommegang/Duvel Beer Dinner at Café Tu Tu Tango ~ $50 7pm.

Saturday 23rd-     Kick Back & Enjoy Your Local Beer Expert's Favorite Brews Beer Class ~ $15 3pm.

23rd-                   Downtown Brew Down at Vintage Vino ~ 6pm-8pm.

23rd-                   Hops Project Beer Festival at Vineyards of the World Wine Bar & Craft                                                          Beer ~ $15 7:30pm.

Sunday 31st-      Great Hall Feast  at Oblivion Taproom ~ 4pm
Hogs Head Pub at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
*I will continue to update this list


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