Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Taste of the Nation

Taste of the NationWhat do you get when you combine Orlando’s top chefs and a passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida? Orlando’s Taste of the Nation on Saturday, August 27th!

Every dollar raised at this event knocks out homelessness and hunger in Central Florida. From Second Harvest Food Bank to Coalition for the Homeless, the funds will help these two local organizations as guests will have the opportunity to sample beers, cocktails, and wines.

There are also auctions and various entertainment! For instance, several students from The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program will be attending, so they will be working side-by-side with chefs. This provides them an enjoyable and informative cooking experience, while making a difference in the community.

If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with the Orlando community through delicious food and changing lives, sign up to attend Orlando’s Taste of the Nation.

Date: August 27th, 2016

Time: 6:45 pm – 10 pm

Location: Orlando World Center Marriot: 8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

Price: $150

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Go Local Wednesday – Smashburger


With National Burger Day coming around the corner on August 27th, I must provide a recommendation for one of the best burgers I ever had in Central Florida.

During one of my weekend errand runs, I was craving a burger and fries. Smashburger was the closest burger joint nearby, and boy did it satisfy my hunger!

Smashburger has a selection of burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and salads. I had the Classic Smash burger, and my favorite part was the egg bun. It was soft, tasty, and had a warm texture with every bite. I also ordered Smash fries. I thought ordering a large would be just enough for me and my significant other, but it turned out to be a bigger portion than we expected! Smash fries consist of Italian olive oil, rosemary, and garlic, and these ingredients were mixed perfectly to make the fries delicious. They also have hand-spun milkshakes, and while I did not get to try them, I definitely will the next time I stop by!

With two locations on East Colonial Drive and Alafaya Trail near Waterford Lakes Town Center, Smashburger is worth a try! Besides the food, Smashburger deserves a five star review with their friendly staff, the timeliness of our order, and modern interior design!

Image Credit: Smashburger website

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – TDPP 2 Year Anniversary Party

13736820_1085358304871951_1934340939_nImagine having dinner with seven strangers. What would you say? What connections would you make with people who know nothing about you? Dana Marie Roquemore, founder of The Dinner Party Project, began her business through her love of people and food. She knew a lot of people, but felt she did not know a lot of people really well. Her idea has connected strangers through delicious food and intimate conversations, and it has become a huge success since the business began two years ago.

In honor of the opening date, The Dinner Party Project Two Year Anniversary Party is celebrating with a five-course dinner. The event includes, music, live art, beer and wine, and cocktail hour. Admission to this special event is $75, and guests are welcome to arrive at 7:00pm tomorrow.  It helps everyone break out of their comfort zone, share enlightening information, and eat food that is good for the soul.

If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with the Orlando community, sign up to join The Dinner Party Project Two Year Anniversary Party

Date: August 20th, 2016

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Location: 1010 W Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Price: $75 GA  $100 VIP | VIP ticket includes: Priority parking, early entry at 6:30pm and $10 donated to the OneOrlando Fund in honor of Colleen Burns.

Website: www.thedinnerpartyproject.co

Image Credit: The Dinner Party Project Instagram

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Go Local Wednesday – Seed Swap


As if you needed another reason to visit the Harry P Leu Gardens, there is a Seed Swap this afternoon!  Tonight from 5-8PM you can swap seeds with others and watch your garden grow!

Participation is easy:

  • Pack your seeds in small packets and label each.
  • Labels should include botanical name and/or common name, some swappers include pictures of the plants.
  • Commercial seed packs opened and unopened are allowed.
  • Invasive plant seeds are not allowed.
  • Check in your seeds – you can trade evenly or donate to the swap.
  • Choose seed packs you want to try.

Talk to our experts during the event.  This is a free event.

Image Credit: leugardens.org

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Monday Market Report – Do Good Schools Equal Higher Home Values?

Have you ever wondered if living near a school alters the prices in the housing market? The home values surrounded by a school ranked highest by parents and teachers is $186,305 greater than a home that is not highly recognized among the community. Furthermore, 2015 test scores revealed that in areas where the home values were superior students earned test scores one-third higher than the state average. (1)

Why does the school’s ranking affect home value? Buyers are aware that schools play a valuable role in buying a home due to having school-aged children now or in the future, so living within the proximity of a school is helpful and convenient. They are also willing to buy a home above their budget for the right school, and home owners feel that being involved in a neighborhood with a variety of demographics is an appealing amenity, even if they personally do not have any children.

With home values being approximately schoolhouse$427,402 among 1,661 zip codes in a high performing school versus homes priced at only $241,096 in schools lacking high performance, the quality of the school increases the value of your home. They help isolate a home from market variations, therefore the property is a better investment. (1)

There are exceptional homes for sale in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding areas with high ranking schools. Although we as real estate agents are prohibited from describing a school based on its performance or recommending a specific location because of the school zone, you can research school rankings on various sites and determine which one is right for you.  You can find the school for a street address in Orange County  and then check out Orange County school grades based on your favorite properties currently for sale. Visiting the school and reaching out to parents in the community are additional recommendations to evaluate the sustainability of the school and your home.

Connect with me at kathryn@thinklivebe.com |407-494-2820 to find your dream home in the school district of your choice today!

1) Data provided by Attom Data Solutions 2015 report


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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Mead Botanical Garden

Mead Garden

The Mead Botanical Garden begs you to come in and take a stroll through the the winding trails and ample flora & fauna.  Nestled amidst homes, businesses and Rollins College, this sprawling 46.7 acres park offers an amphitheater, butterfly garden, bike trails and a boardwalk.  There are also facilities to hold meetings, weddings and other social functions on site.  You can schedule a guided hike with one of their expect guides.  They even hold an annual ‘The Great Duck Derby’ where adopted rubber duckies are raced in the lake.  They have a community garden, where families can rent “a bit of earth” for a full year, to grow organic fruits and vegetables.

The Mead Botanical Garden  was originally made to house Theodore Mead’s orchid after his death in 1936 by two of his friends.  The city of Winter Park has played a steady hand in the maintenance, restoration and upkeep, as well as many local volunteers and local organizations.  Their mission is to enrich the community through the discovery, enjoyment and celebration of nature and the cultural arts.

Get out there and see all that this beautiful garden has to offer.  As their website says, take only pictures and leave only footprints.  Be respectful of this natural beauty.

Image Credit: Meadgarden.org

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Go Local Wednesday – “Spend The Night with Alice Cooper”


Alice Cooper, the engineer of the theatrical hard rock band that was meant to shock!  Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.  And this Sunday, he’s coming to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center to spend the night with you!  Tickets start at just $45 with VIP experiences that include a meet and greet, exclusive keepsakes and front row seats are also available.

Come and be shocked and awed!  Don’t miss your chance to see Alice Cooper!

Image Credit: Zumic.com

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