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September 2, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Beer Lovers Day in Orlando


Beer and the process of brewing it are rich in history, tradition, and evolution. National Beer Lover’s Day is observed annually on September 7th, paying tribute to the tradition, and to cerevisaphiles - those who love one of the world's most popular alcoholic drinks!

BEER FACTS


  • The first President of the United States recorded a recipe for brewing beer in his notes. 
  • Many early recipes and origins of brewing in America stemmed from German immigrants.
  • Beer has been around for centuries dating as far back as the Egyptians and Romans. 
  • Women did the majority of beer brewing in ancient Egypt.
  • An ancient Egyptian document lists 17 types of beer, with names like joy-bringer and heavenly.
  • Nowadays, Craft beer is a thriving business and breweries are becoming wildly popular.
  • The beer industry in the United States turns annual profits of over 100 billion dollars.
  • In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the U.S.; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863.
  • The largest brewery in the world is Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser and Corona.
  • Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form.
  • The strongest beer in the world is Snake Venom, by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. 67.5% abv
  • Odd ingredients used by modern brewers include coffee, oatmeal, avocado, cookie dough, chipotle peppers, seaweed, oysters, candy corn, squid ink, blue cheese, pastrami, and pig brain.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
  • At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."

August 11, 2019

GUIDE - Our Favorite Orlando Area Burgers


Now more than ever, people are getting passionate about their hamburgers. Craft burgers, impossible burgers... who knew this traditional favorite would spark such epic innovation - or that there really could be so many ways to make a burger? The Orlando-area is fast becoming a haven for burger joints, and Ronald McDonald is simply not ruling the roost as he once did.

While checking out our list of favorite burgers, there are a couple things to keep in mind. For starters - I'm a Texan's Texan in the stereotypical sense. In other words, I love beef. I don't do vegan or vegetarian burgers, so this list isn't covering that option. It's just not something I am an authority on. Secondly, I won't try to claim that we've tried every burger in the area. Have we missed a few? I'm sure we have! Feel free to share your recommendations with us. More to come as we discover them!

July 27, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Chicken Wing Day in Orlando

National Chicken Wing Day was proclaimed on July 29, 1977 by the Mayor of Buffalo, New York, Stan Makowski. As the story goes, Teressa Bellissimo (co-owner of the Anchor Bar) created chicken wings when trying to come up with a quick and easy late-night snack for her son and his college pals in 1964. At the time, chicken wings were typically reserved for soup stock, but Teressa tossed them in butter and hot sauce before frying them up... an instant hit! After catching on locally and popping up to rave reviews in other local eateries beyond the Anchor Bar, the Mayor had to acknowledge the tasty morsels, declaring “thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns throughout the city each week”... and National Chicken Wing Day was born.

This July 29, you don't have to wing it on your quest to find your National Chicken Wing Day celebration spot. We're here to help point you in a few right directionS where you can properly pay tribute to one of America's best edible innovations. With options like these, you may want to plan lunch and dinner stops!

July 21, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Tequila Day in Orlando


Tequila is an alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, originating in either the 14th or 16th century, depending on which source you refer to. Today, there are well over 1,000 registered tequila brands from more than 150 producers worldwide, with the Jaliscan Highlands of Mexico generally considered to be the point of origin.

In Mexico, the tradition is to drink tequila "neat", while many of us Gringos are known to slam back a shot with salt and lime. With craft cocktails becoming such the in thing, it seems that our boozy innovations have caught flight, and tequila is no stranger to the creative party. From clever cocktails and classic margs to tasteful flights and traditional shots - here's your guide to celebrating National Tequila Day in Orlando on July 24th.

July 15, 2019

GUIDE: Reaching New Heights In Orlando

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If you're a fan of heights, or you're trying to conquer the fear of them, you'll find plenty of high-flying adventures in the Orlando area. There are many attractions that reach new heights, and they just keep topping each other. Some of the tallest and craziest attractions you'll discover in Orlando aren't even in our theme parks! So, sit back and relax with your feet on the ground (for now), and let's take a peek at where to get high in Orlando!


June 2, 2019

GUIDE: Orlando For Gamers


You know about our theme parks, airboats, and access to Florida’s best beaches - but did you know that Orlando is a fabulous destination for gamers as well? According to a 2018 WalletHub study, The City Beautiful ranked as the second-best city in the country for gamers - coming in just behind Seattle. The study analyzed 20 key factors of gamer friendliness.

Some of Orlando’s top rankings included: video-game job openings per capita, arcades per capita, and electronics stores per capita, but that doesn’t begin to reveal the real appeal behind Orlando’s gaming culture. Today, “six-in-ten Americans ages 18 to 29 and 53 percent of those ages 30 to 49 say they play video games often or sometimes," said a Pew Research Survey… and every one of them can find a new gaming challenge here in Orlando. Check out some of our favorite locations that are sure to be a win with the gamer in your group. In fact, these venues are likely to score with everyone in your travel party!

May 6, 2019

GUIDE: Orlando-Area Attractions for Animal Lovers

If you're the type to include animal encounters on your vacation itinerary, you've probably already visited SeaWorld and Disney's Animal Kingdom. You've probably popped into Sea Life Aquarium at ICON Park, and maybe you've even made the trek out to Busch Gardens in Tampa (which is totally worth the trip, by the way). BUT did you know that there are many other animal-oriented attractions and refuges that may offer a more intimate experience at a fraction of the cost? We've lined up a handy list of the best animal-centric adventures within one hour of Orlando that you should keep in mind when planning your next visit.

  • Gatorland (read our original review)
    A Kissimmee staple since 1949, Gatorland pre-dates the area's most notable draw - Walt Disney World. Gatorland is an affordable day of genuine Central Florida fun. "The alligator capital of the world", Gatorland is home to more than 2,000 American Alligators, including two rare leucistic gators. A wide array of birds, crocodiles, tortoises, wild cats, also reside in this 110-acre preserve, which features educational demonstrations and interactive experiences as well as the Screamin' Gator Zip Line and the Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure. This has always ranked as one of my family's unanimous favorites, and it's quite possibly the best value in the area. There are always specials, and easy add-ons to upgrade your experience. It's a very memorable, unpredictable day of learning, bonding, and pure unadulterated Florida! There's food on site and plenty of places to sit and just observe. Many extras and they just keep growing. Make sure to take your camera, because these may be some of the best photo ops of your visit!
  • Safari Wilderness (read our original review)
    Nestled within the wilderness surrounded by 870 acres of Florida's Green Swamp, Safari Wilderness is a family-owned, licensed working game ranch located between Orlando and Tampa. Safari Wilderness offers very limited, exclusive encounters with large herds of exotic game over 260 acres of pristine wilderness. Guests can choose from guided safari tours in covered vehicles, on camels, or in kayaks, as well as sunset safaris. Options upgrades allow you to add on feeding experiences for up-close-and-personal encounters. You can also check out their sister location - Giraffe Ranch, with additional tour options by Segway or llama, and even more personal interaction options with assorted species from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Safari Wilderness Ranch and Giraffe Ranch are Florida agritourism projects licensed by the USDA. 
  • Wild Florida (read our original review)
    Wild Florida is home to more than 200 animals and an assortment of "pure" Florida experiences. Incorporating an animal park with airboat rides, guests have the option of catching wildlife on land or in the water.... but of course, we recommend both! Choose from a half-hour, full-hour, or sunset airboat tours on Lake Cypress. The separately-priced animal park is only $10, and can be visited with or without the airboat tour inclusion. Add-on animal encounters include goat yoga, sloth experiences, gator training, dining with a gator, and the "keeper for a day" experience. Educational animal demonstrations go on all day long, and Wild Florida is set to open a drive-through safari experience soon (the first of its kind in Central Florida)!
  • Exotic Animal Experience
    Located on seven acres of land in East Orlando, Exotic Animal Experience is a privately-owned facility where an entirely diverse menagerie of animals cohabitate essentially as a blended-species family. More than 40 animals call E.A.E. home, including sloths, lemurs, kangaroos, muntjac deer and many more. Visits are scheduled in advance, from Thursdays through Sundays only, and groups are kept to a minimum.
  • Jungle Adventures
    Another location boasting a genuine "cracker" experience, Jungle Adventures is" the natural habitat jungle home" of a range of fascinating residents, such as Florida panthers, black bears, wolves, white-tailed deer, tropical birds, reptiles, and other critters. Enjoy hands-on animal experiences, gator feedings, a ride on the Jungle Swamp Queen Riverboat, and a re-created Native American village.
  • Brevard Zoo
    More than 900 animals call Brevard Zoo home. Attend daily "Keeper Chats" to learn all about the individual residents, and take advantage of personal encounter opportunities. There are lots of educational, hands-on possibilities... especially for children. For an additional fee, you can feed giraffe, kayak through Expedition Africa, mingle with lemurs, and more. Head over to Treetop Trek to soar through lush Florida landscapes and see the zoo from above!
  • Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
    The Central Florida Zoo is home to more than 350 animals, representing over 100 different species. Enhance your standard zoo experience with keeper chats, splash pad play, animal encounters, and a stroll through the vibrant botanical gardens. For a nominal fee, you can add-on train and carousel rides as well as a tour on the ZOOm Air aerial adventure course! Central Florida Zoo hosts many unique social and educational events throughout the year.
  • Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
    The Audubon Center works to protect land, water, and wildlife as Florida’s most influential conservation organization overseeing multiple sanctuaries and leading efforts to preserve the Everglades, coastal bird habitats, and more. Open year-round, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offers educational opportunities for all ages. The Center provides an opportunity to view up close and personal Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, Owls and Falcons, and many more of nature’s top predators.
Do you know of a worthwhile animal adventure in the Orlando-area that we have overlooked? We'd love to hear about it - drop us an email to share your suggestions!

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