Go Local Wednesday – Gringos Locos

gringos-logoIf you’ve been following the blog, you know that I love to find places all over town that are unique and delicious.  Last week I found Gringos Locos.  Located near the corner of Bumby and Robinson in the Milk District, Gringos Locos  offers some delicious options for a quick lunch on their patio or to go.  I had a Street Taco and a Double Ds.  Both were very well seasoned, lots of flavor and quite filling.  But to get the full experience, you have to try their hot sauce!  It was such a great sauce I even told my friends and family about it.  It had fantastic flavor, made my lips burn, my nose run but all in such a good way.  I have already recommended Gringos Locos to coworkers and friends.  Plus with locations in Downtown Orlando, Milk District, the Amway Center and a SODO location coming soon, there’s no reason why you can’t get somewhere to try them.  Put them on your list, you won’t be disappointed.

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Monday Market Report – Do you Love Where you Live?

Love is in the air this month!  You probably love your spouse/partner and your kids, but do you love your home?  We think you should love where you live too!

If you are finding that you’ve out grown your current home, we can help you find your dream home.  If you purchased your home in the last 5-8 years you probably have enough equity to move up into a larger home or one with more amenities or upgrades!

As of December 2016, the overall median home price in Orlando was 80% higher than it was back in July 2011!(1) And with interest rates still incredibly low, you can possibly move up and keep your mortgage payment comparable to your current one.  And the best news is that as a seller you have little competition.  The year ended with the lowest number of homes for sale in the last 3 years.  No competition means you have the leverage when selling your home to ensure you get top dollar to take to your next home purchase.  Kathryn can help you assess if now is the right time to move up and how to plan a simultaneous move.

In fact, we have just added a new team member who is dedicated to working solely with buyers to help them find their dream home.  You will love working with Reanna this February to find your new home. 


Reanna Head Shot_small.jpgReanna is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.  She has over five years experience at several Orlando attractions which instilled in her a service mindset.  With this strong background of hospitality and customer service she will not only meet your expectations; she will go above and beyond in her pursuit to give you the best home buying experience possible!  As a Central Florida native she has vast knowledge of Orlando and the surrounding areas and can assist you wherever you want to live.  Her passion for people and enthusiastic attitude will ensure you receive a 5 star experience every time.

Love where you live – visit HeartOrlandoHome.com to learn more

(1) Orlando Regional Realtor Association Housing Report

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Who Say’s There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Mount Dora Arts Festival


The quiet historic town of Mount Dora, just a short drive from Orlando, which is situated on picturesque Lake Dora, hosts lots of annual festivals.  This weekend is the Mount Dora Arts Festival.  Brought to us by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, this fine arts festival brings together hundred nationally acclaimed artists to show their art along the hilly streets of Downtown Mount Dora.  It’s targeted for everyone from art enthusiasts, festival goers and families!

If you’ve never made it to Mount Dora, I highly recommended you make the trip.  Pisces Rising is a wonderful restaurant, offering fresh local flavors with breathtaking views of Lake Dora.  Or head down to the Frog & Monkey Restaurant and Pub, a quaint little dive bar with food to die for and a great selection of wines and beers.

Make a day of it!  Head out to Mount Dora tomorrow for their Arts Festival.  Get there early to get the best parking places.   For more information, check out their webpage here.

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Go Local Wednesday – Porch Therapy

Over the holiday season I wanted to buy special gifts for a couple of our clients and was directed to Porch Therapy 99 Market.  I had never been to the East End Market but had heard lots of great shops and vendors, and the rumors weren’t false!  Porch Therapy has their succulents, floral arrangements, terrarium kits, and plants greet you first in the open air sitting area and extend into their market space.

I was quickly overwhelmed by the many pieces and all the plants, but the attendant was so incredibly helpful at directing me to already put together planters or showed me how to create my own.  I chose to create my own so I could put our unique touch and picked all the succulents I wanted and placed them into a beautiful low profile vase.  After I was done the attendant took the time to pack the vase with moss to create a seamless planter.  In the end, it was pretty stunning!  I was also able to pick up a hanging plant that was really unique and in a neat holder.

I would recommend this shop for gifts or for yourself.  There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to pull away from the real world, put on your creative cap and make something unique, beautiful and all about you!  Plus, if you don’t have the time, you can special order items and let their talented team create something one of a kind just for you!

Plant some roots this spring and head over to Porch Therapy 99 Market!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Love Fest


The Mills50 district will be hosting Love Fest this Sunday, January 29th.  Love Fest is all about love.  Love for food, love for wine/drinks and love for all!  There will be arts & crafts, plants, tarot readings, chair massage, a roaming magician and live entertainment provided by DJ Cliff Tangred of REMIX, Texas Outlaw – Jerry J Beemo, Atlas Moon and Milk Carton Superstars.  You can also enjoy food from Kona Dog and Sweet City Gelato, wine from Quantum Leap, cocktails from The Guesthouse and beer from City Beverages.

In addition, there will be vendors including Gotkarma, Eclips Salon & Spa, Moonraven Apothecary LLC, Pure Barre Orlando, Martial Arts Center for Health and many more!

What’s not to love!!  For more information see their Facebook page here.

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Go Local Wednesday – DinoHunt at Leu Gardens


There are now dinosaur sculptures at Leu Gardens in Audubon Park.  The life size dinosaur sculptures will be on display from January 13th – April 3oth.  You can pick up a DinoHunt Guide from the Garden House and take yourself on a free, self-guided tour through the gardens.  Dino Day, January 28th, will be a larger kick off day offering special programs for all ages from 9AM -2PM.

This sounds like a great way to get out and enjoy our beautiful weather and our City Beautiful with the whole family.  For more information, you can click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Kathleen Ma


Standup comedy is one of my favorite arts!  Kathleen Madigan, who comes from a large Irish Catholic family from Missouri, is hilarious and one of my favorite comedians.  Her father, a lawyer, and her mother, who was a nurse, are often referenced in her stand up adding a unique glimpse into their Midwest home life.  She has been on the scene for 25 years, with many performances on late night shows like Leno and Letterman, she’s had her own comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO, and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing.  And now she’s coming to Orlando at the Plaza Live.

On Saturday night, you can see her perform her one of a kind Midwest gal comedy to the Plaza Live.  Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM.  Don’t miss your chance to laugh out loud this weekend!  Tickets are available at the Plaza Live webpage here.

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