Central Florida Breweries Worthy of Your Dollars

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I started liking beer. (I lied, it was a house party in Columbus. I was tipsy on smirnoff ice, tried some PBR, and didn’t hate it.)

I’ve come a long way since then.

Ultimately, it was a birthday weekend spent craft brewery hopping in Tampa with John a few years ago that finally solidified my love for great beer. Tampa’s beer scene is amazing – unique breweries are nearby no matter where you are – but that influence is slowly creeping further in to Central Florida.

Should you find yourself thirsty in between Orlando and Tampa, give one or all of these breweries a visit and support a local brewer in the process. Continue reading “Central Florida Breweries Worthy of Your Dollars”

6 Breweries to Love in the Tampa Bay Area

Craft beer has been having a moment all over the country and while I’m happy to see things finally picking up in Orlando, the Tampa Bay area is one of my go-tos for local, quality breweries.

Last year, John and I set out to celebrate our birthdays with a 2-day brewery tour between our home and Tampa and since then we’ve been visiting new breweries whenever we can. If you want to squeeze in a craft beer before heading home from the beach or want to plan a brewery tour of your own, check out some of my recommended spots below. Continue reading “6 Breweries to Love in the Tampa Bay Area”

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”