Exploring Orlando Like a Tourist

As an Orlando local, the abundance of tourism in the area can sometimes be exhausting. No matter where you go, you can expect it to be packed. I-4 is a perpetual hot mess. And if I had a dollar for every time I spotted a mini van with 5 too many people inside, I’d be a rich woman.

Yet, there’s also so much to love. New attractions are being built all the time. You’ll never run out of things to do. And many places offer generous resident discounts – who doesn’t like to have a good time and save some cash money?

So, with the added benefit of living here and thus being able to explore at my leisure, I’ve made a point to explore this great city tourist style. (No mini van in my future, though – I’m not that dedicated.) Here are some of my favorite touristy attractions that are even more fun as a local: Continue reading “Exploring Orlando Like a Tourist”

Shortcake or Biscuit? Foods to Love at the FL Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Shortcake Booth at the FL Strawberry Festival - a must visit if you're in Central Florida in March!

Shortcake or biscuit?

Visit the Florida Strawberry Festival and you’ll be asked this question at least once (twice or three times if you’re doing it right). Personally, I’m a shortcake kind of gal but I’m no biscuit hater.

The Florida Strawberry Festival takes place in Plant City every March, overwhelming the small town for a little over a week. Parking is difficult, traffic can be intense, but for the shortcake, I power through.

The festival is 90% fair and about 10% strawberry, but that 10% is tasty and worth driving for. Each year I load up on strawberry flavored goodies and, always up for a challenge, this year I was prepared to sample more than ever before. The post-festival strawberry food baby was, as always, completely worth it. The festival continues through the end of this weekend, so read up on my favorite treats and then sample for yourself. Continue reading “Shortcake or Biscuit? Foods to Love at the FL Strawberry Festival”