Steph’s Taco Blog: Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park

Ah, Winter Park. While I still have certain reservations about the area (everything is expensive, the vibe can be a little snooty) I have to admit it’s growing on me. And when you step off Park Ave. there are some real gems to be found in this foodie-friendly neighborhood north of Orlando.

One of those gems, Pepe’s Cantina, was recommended to me by my friend Arlene (who is also an Orlando blogger – check her site out) after she saw I was starting up a taco series. We decided to meet up there for lunch and, you know, “research.” Tacos: the great connectors. Continue reading “Steph’s Taco Blog: Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park”

Orlando Eats and Treats Worth the Hype

There’s a direct correlation between my struggle to stay on track with a healthy diet and the accounts I follow on Instagram. As my friend Lisandra likes to justify it for me: “Stephanie, you do eat for a living.” Thus, I attend bootcamp workout sessions during the week, and stuff my face with cookies and tacos on the weekend – all in the name of research. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Because I live in Davenport, treks to Orlando must be thought out. If I’m going to drive 40 minutes for a taco, it better be good. (Truthfully there is no time limit on how long I’d drive for a taco. #honestybox.)

For the purpose of this post, I set out to follow the culprits of my Instagram-induced drooling sessions to find out whether or not these eats in Orlando were worthy of the hype. Continue reading “Orlando Eats and Treats Worth the Hype”

50 Bucket List Things to Do in Central Florida (That Aren’t Disney)

Central Florida is an awesome place to live, but as a local trying to find new things to do in the area, it can be frustrating when Google returns list after list of Disney centric activities. I don’t have a vendetta out against Disney, I’ve just learned in my 4 years living here that Central Florida has SO much more to offer.

Whether you’re a local looking to discover new activities, or a tourist who wants to shake things up, I’ve compiled a list of 50 bucket list worthy activities – major theme parks NOT included. Continue reading “50 Bucket List Things to Do in Central Florida (That Aren’t Disney)”

6 Awesome Day Trips You Can Take from Orlando

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: day trips are my JAM! I love getting in the car early in the morning (preferably with a bag of caramel creams…gotta have snacks) and arriving to a new destination a few hours later.

This year, I’m really committed to traveling more on a local scale, especially since there is so much to be seen in Florida. This is why I love day trips – they give you that novel feeling of being somewhere new, but you can sleep in your own bed at night and will spend a significantly less amount of money than you would say, jet-setting to Bora Bora. (Still on my list though.)

Below is a list of six day trips easily accessible from Orlando. Whether you’re a beach lover, foodie, adventurer, or history buff there’s definitely something for everyone on this list. Continue reading “6 Awesome Day Trips You Can Take from Orlando”

For Orlando, With Love

Tragedies are never easy business.

At once you want to say everything you’re feeling and give into your anger, while simultaneously feeling the urge to say nothing at all.

What are the right words to say and the right actions to take when the city I call home is in such pain? What trivial problems in life actually matter, when so many innocent people enjoying a night out dancing have died for no reason?

My default response when it comes to politics, world events, and the more private parts of my life is to simply say nothing. It beats saying the wrong thing, or alienating my friends with different viewpoints, or feeling like a phony being shaken over something that happened but didn’t impact me directly.

So when I heard about the multiple shootings this past weekend in Orlando, I struggled with whether or not to speak despite the shock and hurt I felt. Continue reading “For Orlando, With Love”