Exploring Orlando with visits to Leu Gardens, Animal Kingdom, Day Trip to Tampa, Enjoying Craft Beer & more

I started off last week with a lovely stroll through Leu Gardens. Bryan and I took advantage of the free admission offered the first Monday of each month. I like to visit later in the afternoon when the crowds aren't too busy.
The rose garden at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando
Tuesday my youngest and I stopped by Gigi's Cupcakes for some Ice Cream For Breakfast.  In support of Give Kids the World's fundraiser, Gigi's is offering Cupshakes.  These delicious treats are made with their cupcakes blended in shakes. You can enjoy these shakes throughout the rest of July. For each Cupshake sold Gigi's will donate $3 to Give Kids The World.  A fun way for you to get involved and support Give Kids The World is to host your own Ice Cream For Breakfast Social.

That afternoon CK and I did some exploring at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Harambe Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Thursday Bryan & I enjoyed Happy Hour at Cask & Larder.  Always enjoy Happy Hour at the bar.
Craft beer & boiled peanuts at Cask & Larder restaurant
Roasted Peanuts - Roasted IPA - 5 Points Tahoma IPA
Saturday Bryan and I tried braving I-Drive for an event.  Traffic was a nightmare. We decided to bail on the event and head back home in more traffic.  We took a little detour to enjoy an afternoon beer at Orlando Brewery would be more fun. The Hoppy Couple joined us for a couple of pints.
Craft beer at Orlando Brewing
Paradise Vanilla Almond K├Âlsch & Ron Burgundy
Later that evening we headed over to Audubon Park to enjoy the Bastille Day festivities.  We grabbed a bite with friends at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux.  Their new expansion is awesome. 
Baked Brie and a Kronenbourg Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux
Baked Brie and a Kronenbourg 
Sunday I enjoyed a day trip with my friend Amanda over at Where's Amanda.  We had a fun time exploring Carnival's Cruise Ship Legend.   
Carnival Cruise Ship Legend docked in Tamap
Before did some exploring of the ship we celebrated with the folks from Cigar City Brewing.  You will now be able to enjoy Cigar City beer on your Carnival Cruise.  We had a great time and I'll have a blog post to follow.
Craft Beers from Cigar City Brewing
Invasion Pale Ale & Florida Cracker

Downtown Tampa skyline
After the fun on the cruise ship Amanda & I met up with Denise and Jeff from Mousesteps for some tasty pizza.  Jeff had recommended that we grab some slices from Eddie & Sam's Pizza in downtown Tampa.  The pizza here is delicious! Looking forward to coming back when my daughter's in school at the University of Tampa this fall.
Lasagna pizza slice & Bianca pizza slice from Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza
Lasagna pizza slice & Bianca pizza slice 
We capped off our afternoon with a visit to Cigar City Brewing where the four of us enjoyed a brewery tour and some tasty Florida craft beer.  It was a great Sunday Funday with friends.
Beer Flight from Cigar City Brewing
Cucumber Saison-Peach American Sour Ale-Cinnamon Apple IPA-Cubano Style Espresso Brown Ale

This week on the blog I'm visiting a local favorite up in Sanford.  I'll also be recapping my adventure in Tampa.

A few local events worth checking out this week:

15th  Tunes in the Terminal Summer Concert Series with Food Trucks ~ 11:30am

16th  Unibroue Beer & Cheese Pairing at Rogue Pub ~ $30 7pm

17th  Craft Beer Tasting at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Clermont 

18th  Jake's Beer Dinner with Oskar Blues at the Royal Pacific Resort ~ $75 7 pm

19th  Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Perfectly Paired ~ $48 7pm-8:30 pm

20th  Film Slam at the Enzian Theater ~ $5 1 pm

Have a great week!