Let’s see if I can fit all of Orlando into a single post! First up: Friday at Orlando Studios! Haven’t been here since 1992 and I suppose that quite a lot has changed. We did all of the big kid rides and spent way too much time in Hogsmeade. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! (Books, not the movies, just to clarify to all my other HP peeps) My first butterbeer! I thought it would just taste like cream soda but it was actually uniquely sweet/salty and delicious. #magicEven though my stomach was in knots from three rounds of roller coasters, I found room for a big burger for lunch. All the fun left me famished!The Cowfish was a really cool spot. The menu has sushi and burgers, as well as burger-filled sushi?! Let’s just get up close and personal with this brioche bun for a sec:We headed back into the park for a few more hours after lunch and were totally wiped out by the evening. Canceled our dinner reservations and collapsed at the hotel instead! Romantic happy hour was in order:We picked up a pizza + salad ingredients at Whole Foods for dinner and dined in our sweatpants. It was heavenly.On Saturday Anthony and I were up bright and early for a run! We headed over to Winter Park to see what the buzz about this neighborhood was. What a beautiful area! Giant mossy trees everywhere.And giant houses everywhere, too! It’s like Georgetown meets Belle Meade plus tropical landscaping.My running buddy for life:We found a lovely eight-mile route on MapMyRun and didn’t even get lost with all of the turns. It took us around a lot of old streets and blue lakes. The perfect weather helped, too.The eight miles flew by, even though our feet were tired from all the walking on Friday. When we finished we threw on some non-sweaty shirts and met up with my parents at Briarpatch for brunch. Thanks to Stephanie for the recommendation! Those pancakes might have been the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten.We strolled around the farmers’ market, which was hoppin’! Winter Park people are clearly into farmers’ markets.Stephanie, thanks for the kettle corn recommendation. This stuff was addictive.We skipped lunch and went for an early dinner at Urbain40. They gave the ladies flowers for Valentine’s Day and we immediately reenacted The Bachelor rose ceremony:
Mary D., will you accept this rose?But unlike Bachelor people we actually ate our food instead of just posing with it awkwardly. Watercress salad with candied bacon. Yes, candied bacon.Milanese chicken:Fabulous meal to end our trip! Orlando, you were awesome and I am jealous of your “winter” weather.
Nashville was looking quite dreary when I arrived back home:Sleet was scheduled to fall from the sky around noon so I made sure to squeeze my run in as soon as possible! I dodged the bad weather by about 30 minutes I did my usual airfield route. Hardly anyone else was out running because it was freezing, windy, and ugly outside. The only spots of color were my bright yellow gloves Even though it wasn’t a very pretty run, at least it wasn’t icy! I’m grateful that I was able to run outside and avoid the treadmill for a day. Hoping that this wintery weather wears off soon!That being said, it’s time to venture out on this drizzly Monday and get this day started. Apologies for the XL-sized post today — hope you didn’t mind all of the scrolling!
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