Go Local Wednesdays

We finally had a chance to check out The Brass Tap at Mills Park and we are so glad we did!   If you haven’t been I highly suggest you go check it out, go thirsty and hungry because there are tons of food and drink options.  We went for a business happy hour and it was the perfect atmosphere, laid back, but grown up enough to actually be able to conduct a little business. It’s perfect for the Mills 50 district.

They have Happy Hour during the week, Monday – Friday from 4-7pm, Live Music on Saturdays and Trivia on Wednesdays (starting next week). Oh, and if you consider yourself serious beer drinker then you should take advantage of their Brew Crew membership, you drink beer, earn points, and get stuff.

May I suggest Cigar City Minaret Nitro and the Sriracha covered bacon.  Drool.

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Orlando is a melting pot of culture.  One of the largest Asian communities in Florida is right here in our very own Mills 50 District.  A variety of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese restaurants and shops line Colonial Avenue and Mills Avenue, some of the best Asian cuisine I’ve ever eaten is located right in my backyard!

You can learn a lot about culture through food but you can learn even more by getting out and spending the day at a cultural festival and parade. And that is why this year I’m going to spend the day celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival.  Did you know that the Lunar New Year is the most important festival celebrated in Asia?  2015 is the Year of the Goat (or Sheep, depending on who you ask), it is said that people born under this sign are the most creative, delicate, well mannered and quite charming…hmm, that sounds like me! Just kidding, I’m a Rooster, practical, observant, loyal…spot on, what are you?   Okay, back to the Dragon Parade, this year Asia Trend Magazine, Mills 50 Main Street District, REACH of Central Florida and Y.E.S.S. have come together to organize the parade.  It is expected to be so large that it was moved to The Fashion Square Mall!  The festival starts with a parade in the parking lot and is followed by 5 hours of cultural performances, food, arts and crafts, exhibitions and more.

Admission is free so there is no reason to miss this awesome event! I can not help but love where I live! Tell me, do you love where you live? 

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival

Fashion Square Mall

February 22 @ 11am

Roads. Roads. Roads.  There are a lot of them in Orlando and most of them could use a little improvement, some could use a lot of improvement.  Let’s take the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project for example.   A 21 mile make over from west of Kirkman to east of State Road 434, boasting major improvements for our economy and community, I like it, sounds awesome! But I’m lucky enough to not have to commute using I-4 because I live, work and play in the Downtown Orlando area, this will affect a lot of you in a major way. For those of you who do use it please take advantage of the I-4 Ultimate website, it is very useful and if you have time tomorrow morning go to What’s up Downtown, the entire meeting is about ‘Building A Better I-4’ and the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Now here is one that will most definitely affect me…the resurfacing of Colonial Drive from US 441 to Shine Ave.  Mills50, this is my stretch of land, my area, my neighborhood and the roads I travel most often.  I’m happy to hear that there will be improvements, I’m just hoping they choose to spruce it up a little too. Maybe some safer crosswalks, maybe some Mills50 signage, who knows!  If you are free tomorrow evening you should go the public meeting, FDOT staff will be there answering questions and showing design concepts.  It’s held at the Marks Street Senior Center between 5:30 and 7:30pm.  Share your ideas, let your voice be heard, you never know,  something might stick!

I love where I live!  Do you?

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I’ve lived in Downtown Orlando for 9 year now, how in the world have I never been to Dandelion Communitea Café?  Seriously.  And now that I’ve been I absolutely hate admitting that it took this long to go.  I want to be able to say that it has been a staple in my diet for all of these years and that I’ve tried every single thing on the menu but that is not the case.  I guess now I have something to look forward to…trying every single thing on the menu!

Located in the Mills50 District, this place is as local as it gets, sourcing locally, organic, fair trade, cruelty-free and eco-friendly products from like minded vendors as often as possible.  They live, breathe and love the local community.  They are involved, they give back, they care.  The café itself is one of the cutest little places you will ever go.  It’s fun, funky, laid back and just gives off a vibe of welcomeness.  It’s an adorable green 1920s bungalow that wasn’t gutted to fit a café’s normal needs, instead they kept the interior layout as is. So it still has the layout of a home with separate rooms and each room has multiple sets of tables and chairs.  They have a front porch with seating as well as an herb garden and edible landscape that they use in their dishes.   The menu is vegetarian, and vegan and celiac friendly, something you don’t find every day.  There are a ton of options, I went with the Polynesian Banana Fantasy over quinoa and spring mix with a side of Hummus.  Oh man, it was so good, I tried to think about one single component that I would change and there isn’t one.  It all fit so well together and that Curryous dressing was the best curry dressing I’ve ever had on a salad.  And that Hummus…oh that Hummus…I could have made a meal of it.  For drink I went with the iced tea of the day, Sunshine Daydreams, I wish I remembered exactly what it was made of! I think it was just equal parts sunshine and daydreams, maybe a splash of vanilla too.

So there you have it, Dandelion Communitea Café, its amazing.  Go see for yourself!  They have an awesome menu as well as a pretty packed events calendar with a lot of regularly scheduled events like art shows and live music.

Just another reason to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

Well hello ThinkLiveBe blog followers!  I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself, my name is Jess and I am the Executive Administrative Assistant for the ThinkLiveBe Property Team.  I do my best to keep this office organized and running smoothly!  One of the best parts of my job is writing blog and social media posts, I love keeping up to date on the happenings around town and sharing them with you guys.  And any excuse to go try out a new restaurant, market or bar…am I right?!

You’ll find two weekly posts from me, Go Local Wednesdays and Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando. Go Local Wednesdays is where I like to feature something local to Orlando, especially food and drink.  Sometimes local charities or events too.   Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando, I save this for Friday and I usually feature an upcoming event or sometimes multiple events in a single post if there is a lot going on that weekend.

I’ve lived in Orlando for a total of 13 years, the past 9 have been in Downtown Orlando neighborhoods.  I love this city and have loved watching it grow to what it is today! Orlando has a lot to offer, way more than I ever imagined!  We’re a growing city with a lot do and a lot of cool little neighborhoods, each with its own unique style.  So follow the blog, stay up to date on what is going on around town and keep in touch, I love feedback and hearing from you!



Do you love where you live? 

Needed a photo of a bicycle lane marking for use in a SitePoint video tutorial. This is the best I could find. Took some Photoshopping to get rid of those silly extra circles.

Great things are happening locally in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding neighborhoods!  Our little city is growing up so fast, and it is so cool to watch and be a part of it.

Last week Orlando launched Orlando Bike Share and though I haven’t had a chance to use it myself I was pleasantly surprised to see them being used around town all of last weekend.  I love the idea of hopping on a bike and just riding around for the day, Florida has the best bike weather so Orlando Bike Share will definitely continue to gain popularity.

There are currently 4 hubs in the center of Downtown Orlando, with plans to add more on the Orlando MainStreets as well as I-Drive.   Imagine hopping on a bike Downtown for coffee, then pedaling on through Mills50 and Ivanhoe Village, and if you’re feeling adventurous, all the way Winter Park! Orlando is such a bikeable city!  Ride the bike lanes on the main roads or cruise through the brick paved back roads, no matter what route you take there is plenty to do along the way. They’ve made reserving bikes super easy with the use of an app, you see where bikes are available, and where you can drop them off.  You actually don’t even have to return them to a ‘hub’, for a fee you can leave it locked on any bike rack, awesome!  It is an affordable way to spend the day and an affordable cost if you’re looking for a better way to commute to and from work.  Plans start at $5/hour and go up to $99/year.  And for your businesses out there, there are a ton of sponsorship perks and even advertising opportunities.

Spend this weekend getting to know your city from a bike’s point of view!

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

I had pie for lunch yesterday, a pumpkin hand pie to be exact and my only regret is not getting a second one to-go.  If you too would like a pie for lunch, or any other time of day, you should check out P is for Pie, your taste buds will thank you.

In their own words ‘ P is for Pie Bake Shop is a small batch artisan bakery where everything is made from scratch by hand incorporating natural, seasonal and local ingredients to every extent possible.’  Upon walking in you definitely get that vibe.  It is quaint, a little rustic and very welcoming.  Their menu is quite extensive with both savory and sweet offerings. If you have an event coming up be sure to consider them because they also do weddings and catering.  Which leads me to a second regret, I should have used them to cater my wedding!  How adorable are these set ups!

P is for Pie Bake Shop is located in the Audubon Park Garden District at 2806 Corrine Drive, enjoy!

Interested in buying or selling in APGD?  Give me a call!

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

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