Weekly Explorations With a Craft Beer Road Trip, Audubon Park Community Market, East End Market and More

It's funny how in most of the country February is a time to stay warm indoors. In Florida it's the month when festivals & events are in full force.

I had a busy week. We got some great news at the beginning of the week that our oldest officially made it into the University of Tampa. She's going to play on the softball team too! We are proud of her. She was homeschooled for six years. Our philosophy could be summed up by the quote by Alfred Mercier "What we learn with pleasure we never forget". She has also been awarded some scholarships. I'm only opening up about this because many people doubted our choice. She's had to persevere quite a lot since our family has moved a number of times in the last five years.

I'm thrilled that we will be doing much more exploring in Tampa over the next few years!
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

Monday evening Bryan & I walked over to the Audubon Community Market. This is the best time of year to enjoy this weekly market. It's a nice family friendly environment with food, goods and music.
Audubon Park Community Market Orlando

Wednesday I stopped by Whole Foods in Winter Park for a Chocolate, Cheese & Beer Pairing. This was a free event. It was a lot of fun pairing the foods and beer. The staff did a great job. They have some pretty cool events happening in their store including a Beer Night: Sip & Stroll this Thursday night.
Chocolate, Cheese & Beer Pairing at Whole Foods Winter Park

After a night of indulging I stopped by the East End Market to join fellow CFL Lady Bloggers for an evening at Skyebird. I've enjoyed visits to Skyebird in the past. Their juices are delicious. It was nice this visit to hear the story behind Skyebird and to learn more about what they offer.  Blog post to come!
Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen

Friday we took a spontaneous drive to Melbourne. My youngest was going to stay at my parents for the weekend. Melbourne has been our drop off point and we've been having fun exploring the area.  Bryan & I checked out Intracoastal Brewing Company. This brewery just opened last fall. Stop in for a flight, and when you do order food from nearby Steagles Pub.  
flight of craft beer from Intracoastal Brewing Company Melbourne Florida

Saturday the weather wasn't looking so good. Bryan & I decided to join some friends and drive up to Ormond Beach and check out a couple of breweries there.

Our first stop was Tomoka Brewing. They were celebrating having their own beer on tap. Remember the government shutdown last fall? Well, that had an impact on the brewery and they couldn't serve their own beer until now. I enjoy that they serve up some tasty food to go with their beers.
Tomoka Brewing in Ormond Beach

Our second brewery stop was at the Ormond Brewing Company. This brewery is in a warehouse. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised once I walked through the door. They have a great beer garden out back and I hope to visit again at night when the fire pit will be lit and the lights are all aglow.
Ormond Brewing Company Ormond Beach Florida

We capped our evening off with a visit to Oblivion Taproom. They were serving Bell's Hopslam on tap and the beer folks know this is a much-desired beer. If you're in the mood for a burger Oblivion is the place. Bryan & I always split our food here; as the flavors are so good that you don't need a lot to be satiated. 
Craft Beer & Burger at Oblivion Taproom Orlando

Sunday I needed a day to connect with nature. Going out a lot this week I was looking for a place to recharge the spirit. Bryan & I drove out to Hal Scott Nature Preserve. We wanted to go for a hike as the weather was gorgeous. We had our first encounter with a boar! It was quite an interesting visit and I will share more in a later blog post.
Hal Scott Nature Preserve

Now it's time for working out and Meatless Monday!

This week on the blog I'm stopping by a couple of my favorite eateries in Orlando. One is serving up "Southern American" food while the other is Vietnamese.

Looking for some things to enjoy this last week in February?

Monday - Running on Local at the East End Market ~ 6pm-9pm *Free

Tuesday - Rethinking the City: Take a Trip with the Transit Interpretation Center ~ 6:30pm-8:30 pm *Free

Wednesday - Charity for Chili in Winter Park ~ 5:30pm-8pm. $25

Thursday - Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing ~ 6 pm

Saturday - Bark, and Brew a Yappy Hour in Baldwin Park ~ 3pm-6pm $20

Saturday   - Spring Jazz & Art Festival in Casselberry ~ 6pm-9pm. *Free