Prato in Winter Park

I love when you find a restaurant that you can continue to dine at and the meal taste better every visit.  Prato delivers every time; from the food, service and atmosphere. I've found a gem along Park Avenue in Winter Park.


Bryan and I have dined at dinner twice and have enjoyed lunch on the patio as well. During each visit the service was wonderful; going over the menu and answering any questions and making recommendations.  We've gone with their suggestions since so many dishes on the menu sound tasty.
Prato Winter Park
Prato has a large wraparound bar in the center of the dining room. There's a bit of a rustic charm, but stylish look about the place. I prefer to enjoy my meal on their small storefront patio; taking in the view along Park Avenue.

The Rusty Spoon

I've wanted to try The Rusty Spoon ever since I first heard about their fresh from the farm concept.  I appreciate restaurants that value local farmers and create a connection between farm to table dining.

We had stopped by The Rusty Spoon a couple of times.  Our first visit in the fall I was wowed when we walked in.  Space is lovely with a simplistic feel about it.  The pictures on the walls are beautiful and make the restaurant.  The natural clean look adds to the ambiance.
The Rusty Spoon Patio Entrance

Universal Orlando - Happy Hour

Here are a few places to check out for Happy Hour when you are at Universal Orlando.

*Lone Palm Airport

*Emeril's Orlando

*Confisco Grille

*NASCAR Sports Grille

*Emeril'sTchoup Chop

Croissant Moon Bakery & Beverly Hills Boulangerie Universal Orlando

Croissant Moon Bakery

While one usually doesn't have high expectations for theme park food, I think you may be pleasantly surprised to find you can get some tasty eats while wandering around Universal Orlando.


When looking for a bite to eat for breakfast or lunch while visiting Islands of Adventure, be sure to check out Croissant Moon Bakery. It’s located at the Port of Entry section, so it makes it an easy stop to grab something when you first come into the park.
Croissant Moon Bakery at Island's of Adventure
Croissant Moon Bakery is a favorite spot of mine when grabbing a breakfast pastry and some coffee in the morning.  I find the chocolate croissants are quite good and they are large enough to split between two.  

Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

The more I explore Islands of Adventure  at Universal Orlando the more I enjoy it. Having said that, it all depends on when I do my exploring.  If I'm there to take a stroll around in the morning or night I'm fine, but mid-day forget it.  This park out of the two Universal Theme Parks seems a bit crowded on the walkways.  There's a lot of meandering throughout the different themed islands. To get to one island you have to walk through one or two along the way.  The paths are narrow for a theme park, so crowds are bound to happen.
Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
When you first enter Islands of Adventure you will notice the enchanting music being played throughout the Port of Entry.  There are a handful of shops along the way.  You will find some fun props for photo opportunities in this exotic location.  One of my favorite things to do, when I visit Islands of Adventure, is to stop at the Croissant Moon Bakery, grab a pastry and coffee sit back to listen to the music and watch the crowds wander in.

Goofy's Candy Company in Downtown Disney

I have this love-hate relationship with Goofy's Candy Company. It's a fantastic confectionary treat, but it's a little pricey and I don't need all those extra calories. The flipside is that I just can't help myself, and I'm drawn into Goofy's Candy Co. every visit we take to Downtown Disney.
Goofy's Candy Co. in Downtown Disney storefront
Just walking into the store is a visual delight. Everyone in your group should find something to splurge on. Take a look around look at all the Disney themed sweets as that's half the fun, and if you happen to be there during a holiday season you will find treats themed for the upcoming holiday.

Downtown Disney Marketplace

Downtown Disney is a fun shopping, dining and entertainment destination for vacationers as well as the locals.  The district is split up into three different sections; West Side, Pleasure Island and Market Place.