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 ALadyCrafter.com 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.

Cheers!
Kelli

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!
Kelli

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!
Kelli

March 24, 2015

Orlando I Missed You

Last August our family of five dropped our oldest daughter off at the University of Tampa and the rest of us headed back to Denver. We were coming back to Denver for a job and to help take care of Bryan's aging father. The job we came out for didn't work, but it did open the door to another that will allow us to move back to Orlando.

I've had a great time with family and friends during our seven months in Colorado. I spent a lot of my time enjoying the abundance of breweries in the Denver Metro Area. I got inspired to start blogging about it and  I will be continuing on with it covering the craft beer scene in Florida.

While we were in Denver there were many things I missed in Orlando. Now that we are headed back I'm excited knowing I get to enjoy them again.

I've been able to get out and take in the beauty of nature in Colorado, but I really miss the palm trees, lakes, birds, wildlife and the wonderful scent of Florida.
Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park
Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park 
I miss my favorite neighborhoods. I love riding my bike over to Audubon Park and enjoy the local flavor. Grabbing a treat at Blue Bird Bake Shop, a beer at Redlight, the Monday night market or goodies at East End Market.
East End Market in Audubon Park
East End Market 
One thing I missed a lot of was my friends. I'm lucky to have wonderful people in my life. I look forward to catching up with them and having a good time doing some exploring in Orlando together. It's always fun to enjoy beers on the patio with friends at Barley & Vine or Tap & Grind. I'll be quite happy to get back to Oblivion Taproom and enjoy a tasty burger to go with my beer.
Bottle selection at Oblivion Taproom
Oblivion Taproom
I look forward to exploring some of my favorite parks again. There's nothing like a stroll around Lake Eola or a run through Blue Jacket Park. A visit to Dickson Azalea Park is always nice for the mind. It's quite peaceful to watch the wildlife at Harbor Park .
Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park
I've missed the brisket at 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the Panini's at Hot Krust Panini. I can't wait to bike over to Cask & Larder for Happy Hour or enjoy sushi on the patio at Seito Sushi. I'm looking forward to some of Sister Honey's German Chocolate Cake and a hot fudge sundae at Lu Lu's Ice Cream Shop
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Tasty Eats at 4 Rivers Smokehouse
While I can't wait to do all things local I'm looking forward to day trips to Walt Disney World. I love being able to stop by for the day and enjoy some rides or a stroll through Epcot. Many happy memories there and I look forward to many more.
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 
There's nothing like being able to take a drive to the beach for the day and enjoying the sunset. The Rocky Mountains are amazing, but I'm a beach person all the way.
St. Pete Beach at Sunset
St. Pete Beach at Sunset
I'm excited to see what it new in town. I've tried to keep up with the new restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions. I love that Orlando is a small big city with so much to see and do and all the while keep the community feel about it. 

Orlando I've missed you and I can't wait to do some more exploring.

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.

Cheers!
Kelli



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