Exploring Orlando's Mills50 District, Baldwin Park, Winter Park and more

I did a lot of exploring in Orlando's neighborhoods last week. Monday I was over in the Mills 50 District enjoying some dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants.  I joined fellow Elite Yelpers for some delicious dinner at Tako Cheena. The Cod Takos are may favorite!
Takos at Tako Cheena Restaurant in Orlando
Panko Crusted Cod Tako & Pork PernilTako
After dinner I went next door to Saya Couture & Decor. A unique boutique in the neighborhood worth checking out. They have jewelry, clothes, accessories, home decor and more.

Jewelry on display at Saya Couture & Decor in Orlando
Thursday I headed downtown with some friends to celebrate Frank & Stein's 3rd Birthday. They were celebrating with free food and drinks. Frank & Steins also had some specialty taps for the event. Cheers to 3 years and much more!
Hot dog & craft beer at Frank & Steins Eatery & Pub in Downtown Orlando
Victory Brewing Wild Devil Belgium IPA & Complimentary Bites
I'm one of those folks that feel like they are going to melt in the heat. I haven't been getting out much in the day. I felt cooped up and decided to brave the heat and enjoy an afternoon walk in the neighborhood. Harbor Park is one of my favorite places to just be. I enjoy sitting and taking in the view of nature and those there enjoying the park as well.
Boardwalk at Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park
After our walk, Bryan and I decided to check out Café 906. We had stopped at their previous location in Winter Park, so we were happy to see they would be relocating closer to home in Baldwin Park. We enjoyed a baguette sandwich and need to come back for some french pastries. Café 906 is a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Baguette Sandwich at Café 906 in Baldwin Park Orlando
Champs-Élysées Baguette
Friday Bryan and I were headed over to Rogue Pub for a Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company Kick Starter Event. Before we made our way to Rogue Pub we stopped by Gringos Locos at their new location in the Milk District. Nice to have them closer making it a bit more convenient to stop by. While they do have parking in the back, this location does not have any seating inside. We ate our tasty dinner in the car before we headed over to the Pub.
Happy Hour sign at Gringos Locos in the Milk District
Rogue Pub is one of my favorite places to enjoy craft beer in Orlando. When I heard they were going to host a kick-starter event for Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company I knew I could get some Lady Crafters out to support the event. Our group really enjoyed the beer and cider that were offered from Persimmon Hollow. I wish them luck on their journey. They brew some good beer and Central Florida is in need of some more breweries. 
Orlando Lady Crafters at Rogue Pub in Orlando
Sunday I wanted to get out and do something on the cheap and close to home. I took Bryan to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. We stopped by in the afternoon and there were about a dozen other folks out enjoying the museum as well. It's nice that they offer daily free admission.
Art at Cornell Fine Arts Museum
After our visit to the museum we took a stroll and made our way over to Cask & Larder for a Happy Hour beer.  There's a nice path on the campus that runs along a side of Lake Virginia.
Walkway along Lake Virginia at Rollins College
You all know how Cask & Larder is my favorite spot to enjoy a beer for Happy Hour. Ron had one of my favorite IPA's on tap. This Five Points IPA is made with Citra Hops making it delicious. I found out the beer is named after the five-point intersection next to the restaurant.
Craft Beer at Cask & Larder
Five Points IPA with Citra Hops
We ended our afternoon with a stroll back through Rollins. It is such a visual delight walking through the campus. 
Buildings on campus at Rollins College


Check out what other local bloggers were exploring in Orlando last week:

Amanda over at Where's Amanda indulges in Our Royal Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Rickey at Tasty Chomps has a mouth watering Photo Tour of the newly opened Southern Moon Smokehouse.

Denise at MouseSteps does some exploring of the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

Jason at Orlando Fun and Food goes to Chocolate Camp at Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park

Sarah from Eating WDW enjoys Dinner at ESPN over on Disney's Boardwalk

ESPN at Disney's Boardwalk


This week on the blog I've got a beer theme going on. Fun stuff!

A few local event worth checking out this week:

Tuesday 7/29-   Belgian Beer Dinner at Cask & Larder ~ $65 6:30 pm.

Wednesday 7/30-  Charlie & Trevor's Hoppy Birthday Party at Redlight Red Light ~ 5 pm.

Thursday 7/31-  Sunshine Shop & Sip at the East End Market ~ 6pm-8pm

Friday 8/1- Date Night at Leu Gardens ~ $6 6 pm.

Saturday 8/2- Credo Market at Downtown Credo ~ 10am-5pm.

Sunday 8/3-  Cuisine Corner: The Pastrami Project Delicatessen at the Orlando Public Library ~ 4 pm

Monday 8/4 - Free admission to Leu Gardens the 1st Monday of each month.
Leu Gardens in Orlando