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Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

A visit from out of town guests provides a great opportunity to meet up at new locales. A few weeks ago we met some old friends at Universal’s City Walk. Unlike the theme parks, admission to City Walk is free, as is parking after 6 PM. However, we decided to beat the evening rush and pay the before 6 PM parking fee of $20.  We met our friends at NBC Sports Grill and Bar. With over 100 high definition screens,…

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access. On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years….

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

As the plane descended, we caught our first view of the Chicago skyline. The wonderful view made me forget that I had risen at 3:30 am to catch our flight. Our first introduction to Chicago was a ride on the L (CTA orange line from Midway) to our hotel, where we dropped our luggage off. Compared to a taxi, the $2 one way ticket ($10 all day) was an inexpensive and direct route to downtown. Within walking distance of our…

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I-Drive McDonalds

I-Drive McDonalds

Six years ago, we left our family and friends in Kentucky for a new adventure: life in Central Florida. With so many activities and places to visit in a state where tourism is king, we weren’t quite sure where to start. One of the first places we checked out was the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and Play Place off of International Drive in Orlando. We were sadly disappointed as the food was not that great and the restaurant was quite…

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Tusker House 

Tusker House 

Fresh from a Safari, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey are dressed in their khaki gear ready to pose for pictures and dance the day away at the African inspired buffet, Tusker House. The characters rotate to the various tables as guests enjoy food inspired from the African continent. Throughout meal times, guest may also dance with the famous characters in an impromptu dance party. Located at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, the restaurant boasts a marketplace eatery with various food…

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Momiji Japanese Restaurant

Momiji Japanese Restaurant

My favorite food is Sushi. So it should come as no surprise that I was beyond excited when Momiji Japanese Restaurant moved into the new shopping center right outside our subdivision. I was even more excited when my husband suggested that our growing boys needed the opportunity to show off their maturity by spending some time by themselves. I heartily agreed and I knew just the place for our escape. We were not disappointed in the restaurant and have visited…

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Floridian Paradise 

Floridian Paradise 

Dine on a boat in Key West. Take a stroll around St. Augustine’s Castillo San Marcos. Feed alligators amid the cypress trees of the Everglades. All of these experiences are possible when you enter the 4.5 acre glass atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The meandering waterways and prolific gardens highlight three of the most enjoyable areas of the diverse state of Florida. Our family usually travels to this amazing resort for the annual…

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Coffee and Cats

Coffee and Cats

Feline fanatics and coffee connoisseurs unite. The new Orlando Cat Cafe seemed like an ideal place to take our feline fan during our latest trip to Clermont, Florida. Located in the Town Center at Cagan Crossings on Hwy 27, North of Hwy 192, the Orlando Cat Cafe is approximately 4 miles west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When we entered the cafe we were disappointed that we had already eaten lunch, as the pastries, coffee and sandwiches looked delectable. The cafe…

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Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey’s

We were finally able to catch an open brunch reservation at Chef Mickey’s, Walt Disney World’s popular restaurant located at the Contemporary Resort. Even though my oldest has wanted to go to this restaurant for some time, the scarcity of open reservations and his fear of high ceilings have held him back from enjoying this experience. I was proud that he was able to work through his fear, so we could enjoy the restaurant together as a family.    When…

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Eaton’s Beach Bar & Grill 

Eaton’s Beach Bar & Grill 

Beach front dining with a menu inspired from Florida and Louisiana cuisine, make Eaton’s beach an entertaining and relaxing location. Situated on Lake Weir in Weirsdale, Eaton’s Beach is divided into two separate restaurants and Sand Bar with daily drink specials.   On the first level is Eaton’s Beach Restaurant, where my friends and I began our girl’s night out. We sampled some of their signatures dishes including chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes. Award winning…

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