Go Local Wednesday – Black Bean Deli

black-bean-deli-orlandoI am craving a Cuban sandwich, and Black Bean Deli has come to mind. Their locations near Downtown Orlando, the Amway Center, and Winter Park are ideal to satisfy your cravings for delicious Cuban dishes!

I have visited Black Bean Deli in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park, but my first experience was in the Downtown Orlando location. The parking lot was busy for a weekday lunch visit, and there a line near the front door! Once I placed my order and took a seat, the food was served within minutes. My Cuban sandwich looked similar to this image, but this image does not do justice! Every bite reminded me why Cuban sandwiches are my favorite sandwiches ever created, and filled me up for the rest of the day!

The welcoming vibe among the staff and the contemporary design of the restaurant are additional reasons why I will enjoy returning to Black Bean Deli in the future. For more information on their menu and locations, visit the Black Bean Deli website.

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – Autumn Art Festival

autumn-art-festivalI have lived in Winter Park for fourteen years, and one of my favorite spots in Winter Park is Park Avenue. Located near Rollins College, the Autumn Art Festival is returning for its 43rd year in Downtown Winter Park! This celebration brings together artists and entertainment for your entire family.

Artists are selected from across the state to present their work, so come out and support them this weekend! While you are on Park Avenue, don’t forget to stop by the shops and delicious restaurants nearby.

Image Credit: winterpark.org

Date: October 8th and October 9th, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Central Park in Downtown Winter Park – 251 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Price: FREE

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Go Local Wednesday – Pizza Bruno

pizza-brunoPizza Bruno has become a hit since its opening three months ago. Pizza Bruno’s doughy garlic knots, crispy pizza crust, and exceptional wine selection will take you on a trip to Italy.

The cozy atmosphere and modern decor brings a unique element to other notable pizza joints in the Central Florida community. The wood burning oven is a prominent feature, and all the ingredients are fresh!  Pizza Bruno keeps their pizza lovin’, garlic eatin’, beer drinkin’ customers aware of any changes made to their restaurant and service on Facebook, so I highly recommend following up with them on their current updates! Check out all of their pizza selections on their Instagram account, and visit Pizza Bruno located on Curry Ford Road to enjoy some delicious pizza!

Image Credit: Pizza Bruno Facebook

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – Historic Train Station Cleanup

historic-train-station-cleanupThe Orlando Amtrak Station has a historic feel. This landmark began its operation in 1926, and since then, a major renovation took place in 2015. On October 1st at 8am, the Orlando Amtrak Station is undergoing a clean up, and they need your help! GreenUp and Keep Orlando Beautiful have offered supplies for all of the volunteers, and we are very thankful for their assistance in making a difference!

Register for the Historic Train Station Cleanup today!

Date: October 1st, 2016

Time: 8 am – 10 am

Location: 1400 Sligh Blvd, Orlando, FL 32806

Price: FREE

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Go Local Wednesday – Valhalla Bakery

valhalla-bakeryHow are you going to celebrate World Vegetarian Day on October 1st? Located just minutes from the Lake Como neighborhood, you enjoy vegan-friendly desserts at Valhalla Bakery! According to Orlando Weekly, Valhalla Bakery won the best bakery award in Orlando!

I was advised by a friend to stop by this bakery. The donuts are huge, fluffy, and full of sweetness. Best tip I can offer: Visit the bakery as early as possible! The selections can get limited during the weekends, but once you snag a root beer float doughnut or a cookie sandwich, an early visit is understandable!

Selections of sweets vary, but other doughnut flavors include pumpkin spiced mocha, fruity pebbles, butterfinger, apple butter crisp, and orange dreamsicle. They post their selection on their Instagram account every day, so stop by Valhalla Bakery in the Market on South as soon as possible to grab your favorite doughnut or sweet treat!

Want to live near these delicious treats?  Search homes for sale in Lake Como or the Milk District and walk here every weekend!

Image Credit: Valhalla Bakery Instagram

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Monday Market Report – Need to sell your home before the end of the year? You need to read this!

There are a lot of reasons why homeowners may want or really need to sell before the end of the year.  Maybe you need to sell for tax purposes.  Maybe it’s a good time to move while the kids have some time off from school.  Maybe you just want to move when it’s actually cool outside so you don’t sweat to death!  Or maybe you see the benefit in selling while the market is hot and there is less competition, as I explained in last week’s blog post.

Whatever your reason for wanting to sell now, you need to understand that to close by December 31st you need to be listing your home NOW! 

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The average days on the market in the Orlando area is about 55 – 60 days.  That does not include the time it takes to close the transaction.  A financed transaction takes on average about 45 days.  It can be done in 30 days with some lenders, but with two major holidays between now and Dec. 31st you should expect delays.  On top of the holiday delays there is usually an increased number of closings in December with people much like yourself that really want or need to sell before the end of the year.  That rush to the finish line can cause delays or extensions.

If you want to close by the end of the year, my recommendation is to list as soon as possible.  If you go beyond November 1st and do not have your home on the market it is less likely you will be able to close as planned.  There are some scenarios where you could still close on time.  1) You get an offer quickly or 2) You get a cash offer

Both of those would be great, but since the holiday season is already a little stressful why not give yourself a little breathing room?!  If you’re interested in selling your home in the next few months call me today at 407-494-2820 or email me at kathryn@ThinkLiveBe.com to get started with your move!

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do – Halloween Horror Nights


Halloween may be over a month away, but Halloween Horror Nights has returned for its 26th year to scare guests in Orlando and around the world! Florida residents are offered a great discount, and there are numerous upgrades you can receive if you are interested in indulging yourself in the Halloween celebration.

Some of the haunted houses include American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and The Exorcist, while a few scare zones are Survive or Die Apocalypse, Dead Man’s Wharf, and A Chance in Hell. Be prepared for lots of spooky and unforgettable memories!

The event is from September 16th to October 31st on select nights, so stop by Universal Studios theme park to enjoy the haunted houses and the creatures roaming throughout the park!

Image Credit: Halloween Horror Nights Facebook


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