Let’s Catch Up; Jeff’s Birthday Brunch, The Stubborn Mule & Henri Bendel

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Hi guys!  I know it’s been awhile but I promise I didn’t forget about you all.  This past weekend and week really was spent celebrating Jeff’s birthday so I was busy putting together quite a few surprises!  But I wanted to share this post with you!  I know you’re all always asking me about Brunch Spots in Orlando because obvs Jeff and I are major brunchers.  So this past Sunday I took Jeff to the Stubborn Mule for his birthday brunch!

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I ordered The Coachmen (veggie potato hash with cheese fondue) and added Maple Bacon and a side of Smoked Gouda Grits (ah-mazing!) and Jeff ordered the Cloud Nine which was Pastrami, Breakfast Potatoes and more between an Asiago Bagel (huge and delicious) We sat outside on the beautiful sunny morning and indulged in bottomless mimosas.  There was live music and we were just off Lake Eola, if you’re in Orlando I definitely suggest the Stubborn Mule for Brunch and Happy Hour!

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Some of you commented on my instagram asking about my outfit worn that day!  I love this mini cotton dress (similar here) (it’s the dress I wore the day I purchased my wedding gown!) I wore one of my favorite denim jackets (from old navy) thrown over my shoulders and the most perfect Sam Edelman sandals.  I grabbed my Henri Bendel Mini Carryall (no longer available via the brand)that Jeff bought for me the day he proposed and threw my Maison Coco NY flower strap on it! Super cute and casual – perfect for brunch!

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Anywhoo, tonight after work I’m going to my Henri Bendel store for a little Bendel Girl’s Night Out!  There will be snacks and of course champs!  They’ll be revealing the new collection and allowing us to shop it with a little discount in the air!  Gotta love those events.  I’ve got my eye on a few pieces in this new Retro collection because about a week ago I got a sneak peak AND the collection officially dropped online yesterday!  Between the Binocular Bag, the Mini Suede Bag and the Tilda (from the last collection) I am sold and the Binocular Bag is definitely in the running! I’ll be back later this week with a little bag reveal and review!

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Orlando Spotlight ; Some of My Fav Spots

 

Happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing a spotlight of a few places here in Orlando that are so great you just have to try them!  Those of you have been following me for quite some time know Jeff and I are complete and total foodies! SO much so that we have given ourselves the goal of eating at a food truck and having brunch in every state!  But that’s not what this is about.  I’m always getting questions on Instagram about the places Jeff and I frequent and I follow a ton of Orlando based Foodie pages so naturally why wouldn’t I share a few of my favorite restaurants.  So let’s get into it!

Let’s Start with Earl’s Kitchen & Bar because Brunch, Lunch and Dinner in a great atmosphere and right next to the best Mall in the city is something you can’t beat! When I want brunch close to home or a small bite with some happy hour drinks this place is my go to! Living in the part of town I live in Earl’s is convenient because it’s a cool and hip place that gives me a Downtown Rooftop feel without having to drive downtown.  Chicken and Waffles for Brunch or Wine and Sushi for Dinner, Earl’s is a place you’ll love.

Artisan’s Table is one of those places that is life changing! It’s a smaller Downtown Orlando Café with indoor and outdoor seating and there is almost always a wait.  My favorite meal of the week is brunch and I definitely look forward to our Sunday Brunch trips. I will say one thing I do not like is that they’re a scratch kitchen (which is great) however the menu is always changing ( my absolute favorite meal ever, the Pastrami Hash is no longer an option) Whenever Jeff asks me where I want to brunch I almost always say Artisan’s Table and for good reason!  With food that is filling but not tiring, this café knows exactly what they’re doing.

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Now I know earlier I mentioned how Jeff and I are completely into Food Trucks ( I mean how can you not be) Now this place isn’t exactly a food truck.. I mean it is but it isn’t. Caro-Bama BBQ is a must for some good home cooked BBQ.  Jeff and I discovered Caro-Bama at a Tuesday night food truck gathering we frequent in the Milk District and then later found out that the owners are good of friends of my good friend Vivian! (such a small world) Well they opened up a store front in Downtown Orlando in some prime real estate and if you’re in Orlando you’ve got to check them out!  I’m all about the Free Bird Sandwich which is slow smoked chicken on a toasted brioche bun topped with jalapeños, onion and bama white sauce and when I tell you it is insane, I mean it!  The menu is to die for and whether you’re stopping by the food truck or walking into the restaurant I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Now that I’ve told you some of my fav places in Orlando be sure to leave a comment and tell me some of your fav places in your city!

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Where to Eat in Orlando: 3 Spots I’m Into

Hey guys!  So today I’m sharing some places you guys HAVE to visit when you come to Orlando.  This isn’t a list of my absolute favorite places but a few places here in Orlando that I think have a great atmosphere and of course great food (and drinks!)  Let’s jump right into it!

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Let’s start with Blu on the Avenue because brunch might just be my favorite meal of the day (or at least the week) Blue on the Avenue is located in the heart of Winter Park right on Park Ave.  Surrounded by shops, restaurants and people with little furry friends this place has a killer atmosphere and great food! If you come on a weekend and more specifically a Sunday be prepared to wait but I promised the Corn Grits, with Sunnyside Up Eggs and Beef Goulash (pictured above) are so worth it!

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Everyone who know me knows I love a good drink!  The Dapper Duck is filled with the young crowd that I love!  Not younger than me of course but a fun crowd.  With a very bar feel and bar food, Dapper Duck is the perfect place to stop in for lunch, dinner, or when you need to sober up from a night of drinking; it is right on Orange Ave in the mix with all the nightlife Downtown Orlando has to offer. I’ve never been to Canada but this place makes a damn good poutine and I don’t think i’d want to try it anywhere else!

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Pig Floyd’s, Guys seriously this place is to die for!  I’m never craving BBQ but this is BBQ on steroids – because it’s BBQ with a twist!  Pig Floyds is in the Mills 50 District and is surrounded by street art and hipsters and Jeff and I absolutely love it!  From tacos, to sandwiches and everything in between, Pig Floyd’s is the perfect place to grab a beer, sit on the patio and enjoy some food!

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