Florida Life

Rocco’s Tacos Rocks!

Rocco's Tacos is a Florida original. It's fresh, it's vibrant, it totally rocks! Having found much success in South Florida, with four very popular locations including West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, owner Rocco Mangel set his sights on Orlando. I am so very glad he did. High Class Hacienda On the night of my… Continue reading Rocco’s Tacos Rocks!


Amway Center of Attention

Two years ago, the Amway Center opened to high praise and controversy over the price tag that came with it. Although I had fond memories of the Amway Arena (aka the O-rena), it was time for something new. I have had the pleasure of enjoying four events inside this state-of-the-art entertainment complex. Each offering  four… Continue reading Amway Center of Attention

My Second Homes, Orlando

Comparing New Fantasyland: Round Two – Cars Land

Is it really necessary to compare the two newest expansions at Disney's theme parks? I didn't think so at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I heard a resounding "yes!" It is only natural to make comparisons and judgements, especially amongst the Disney geekdom and blogosphere. First came Wizarding World of… Continue reading Comparing New Fantasyland: Round Two – Cars Land

Florida Life

Wonderful Wreck-It Ralph Weekend

There are so many things I love about living in Orlando and free stuff ranks pretty high on that list. Earlier in the month the Disney Parks Blog posted about the Wreck-It Ralph Meet-Up, available by RSVP only. Within a few short hours the spots were filled,and I was one of the lucky few who… Continue reading Wonderful Wreck-It Ralph Weekend


Comparing New Fantasyland: Round One – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I almost didn't want to write this comparison.   However, it is only natural that major Disney geeks, theme park junkies, bloggers, and other analytical types make some sort of comparison between New Fantasyland and Cars Land as well as Wizarding World of Harry Potter. New Fantasyland is not due to officially open until December… Continue reading Comparing New Fantasyland: Round One – Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Bummed about Bloodhound Brew

In a moment of spontaneity, I finally ventured off to visit Bloodhound Brew. There's been plenty of talk about this "pub & eatery", especially amongst the hospitality crowd. When they first opened I jumped online to view their menu and was immediately intrigued by the "frog dog", a vegetarian sausage. Plenty of other creative, seemingly elevated bar and… Continue reading Bummed about Bloodhound Brew


First Impression of New Fantasyland

It came unexpectedly. On Friday October 12, New Fantasyland opened for "dress rehearsals". Being that it was unexpected, sorry to say I could not spend as much time as I wanted and am unable to provide as much detail and thoughts as I would wish. Thankfully, I am able to participate in two upcoming previews… Continue reading First Impression of New Fantasyland


Nobility has a name: Casey Noble at Epcot

  The heat and the humidity pressed against us.  A pleasant morning of exploring the Epcot Food and Wine Festival gave way to an oppressive, heat-filled afternoon.  Off to the Chase Cardholders Lounge we went.  Although the soda machine was out of order, the water we craved, the seating our feet needed, and the charging… Continue reading Nobility has a name: Casey Noble at Epcot

The Beach

Jet Away to Jetty Park

Today I am daydreaming. I want to go to the beach.  But alas, household chores beckon.  However, just because I cannot make it to the beach this weekend does not mean I can't share one of my favorite Florida beaches with all you Florida Lifers out there. Jetty Park is located in Port Canaveral, Florida… Continue reading Jet Away to Jetty Park