Happy Monday! What a great week in Orlando. Overall the weather was fabulous. I started my week out down at Pointe Orlando. I stopped by Marlow's Tavern to check out their new Van Gogh Specialty Cocktails.
Thursday was the Citra Hops release party at Cask & Larder. I enjoy Ron's Five Point IPA as it is, but the Citra Hops made it amazing. It was nice to see the bar packed with folks who enjoy good local craft beer.
Saturday Bryan, Miranda & I decided to take a road trip to Tampa. On our way there I thought it would be fun to stop at Parksdale Farm Market.
While my kids have enjoyed their strawberry shortcake with their grandparents her in the past; I had never made it to the market before. I wish I had been paying attention to all the mentions of the Strawberry Festival taking place in Plant City because the town was crazy! Here I thought we'd grab a treat and go! Though I heard the line moves fast we didn't have time to wait. There's always next time.
We made our way to Tampa just in time to watch the University of Tampa play Rollins College. It was a gorgeous day for softball. Miranda had an opportunity to meet some of her teammates for next year. Her team won both games against Rollins.
I watched a bit of the first game and then I left to do some exploring in Tampa. I love the downtown waterfront. There are some beautiful views of the University of Tampa.
I decided to continue my stroll on over to Ybor City. I always enjoy exploring this historic neighborhood. It's such a visual delight!
We grabbed some dinner and beers on the patio at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. It's a good spot for enjoying the action in Ybor City. They serve up some tasty food and good beer too.
Sunday was another beautiful day. I had to take advantage of the weather and go out for a bike ride. Bryan and I stopped by the East End Market and enjoyed a flight of local craft beers and ciders out on the lovely patio.
While at the Market I stopped to check out Whisk & Bowl. This kitchen shop is located upstairs. Some unique finds in the store.
After our visit to East End we took a stroll through Blue Jacket Park. Love this park! It's so nice to see folks out enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park.
Later on Sunday evening was the monthly Food Truck Bazaar at Fashion Square Mall. There are lots of food trucks to choose from. I would suggest bringing in chairs and a table, so you can sit and enjoy the tasty eats these trucks are serving. The food trucks come out to Fashion Square Mall the 2nd Sunday of each month.
The weather was so nice that we decided to cap off our weekend with a stroll down to CaddyShanks for beers on the patio.
What were your highlights from the week? Did you discover any new places in Orlando? I noticed lots of folks were out enjoying the theme parks. Did you try any new restaurants this weekend?
Looking ahead this week on the blog I'm exploring some walking trails. I love to get out and walk. It's the best way to take in the scenery.
Here are a few event you may want to check out this week:
Monday - Raglan Road Mighty Festival St. Patrick's Week through 3/17
Thursday - Events for Change - Lakeside Thursdays ~ 5:30pm $20
Friday - Casselberry Art & Music in the Park ~ 6pm-9pm
Saturday - Church Street District - The Downtown Brew ~ $20 4pm-8pm