I photo bombed Jennifer Aniston – Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Happy Friday Happy Friday! I feel like I just can’t say it enough. It’s been a fun but busy week. I feel like I’ve hardly gotten any work done- it’s just been one big party here!

Italian Sausage Party Drunken Monkey The Hungry Sprout

First Chad and I went to a coffee shop near downtown Orlando that we had never been to. We had to meet up with someone there to exchange some tickets so we decided to have some lunch. I fell in love with my Vegan Hemp Sausage Wrap with Onions and Peppers. If you ever find yourself looking for some great Vegan cuisine in Orlando- take a trip to the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar on Bumby Ave near downtown.

Kombucha Beauty and the Beets

And I told you on Wednesday how much I was loving the Kombucha. I actually found a class in Orlando where I can learn to make my own Kombucha, also known as fermented tea.

Dragon at Diagon Alley Universal Studios 3 Beauty and the Beets

I also met up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and we went to Universal Studios. It was my first time seeing the new Harry Potter Diagon Alley- WOW!

Universal Studios Diagon Alley Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice 2 Beauty and the Beets

My friend Mallory recommended that I try the Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice while at Diagon Alley. Of course everyone knows there is butterbeer- but have you seen this? It’s fizzy juice in a cup rimmed with cinnamon and sugar. I would never think to mix orange with cinnamon but it was delicious!!

Universal Studios Hogwarts Express Beauty and the Beets 3

We also rode on the new Hogwarts Express that takes you from Diagon Alley to Hogwarts (or Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure). I absolutely loved this. I can’t even describe it other than I really felt like I was on the train leaving London and into a magical mysterious place.

Universal Studios Hogwarts Express Beauty and the Beets 7

I even caught a glimpse of Harry Potter and his friends on the train. Well, I saw their shadows and heard them talking just outside my cabin.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf Universal Studios 3 Beauty and the Beets

We also played 36 holes of miniature golf- we played both the mini golf courses at Universal Citywalk. So much fun.

Menchies Frozen Yogurt Universal Studios 1 Beauty and the Beets

And then splurged on Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Also at Citywalk.

I photobombed Jen and Anne Beauty and the Beets

Last night I met my friends Jennifer Aniston and Anne Hathaway (I was severely under dressed when I photo bombed them on the red carpet as you can see) at the official lighting ceremony of The Orlando Eye.

The Orlando Eye Beauty and the Beets

It was also the first time media was invited to actually see the Orlando Eye turn.

Orlando Eye Lighting Beauty and the Beets

The entire trip to the top of the 400ft. wheel and back down is about 18 minutes. I still haven’t decided if I am doing this yet or not but the lights are sure pretty!

And that’s just a part of everything I have been loving this week- it’s all about Orlando Love this week. Thanks to Heather from Life in Leggings for hosting the Friday Favorites party.

Together We CheerBoston

And lastly, don’t forget to cheer on the runners at The Boston Marathon this coming Monday. Look for the hashtag #CheerBoston across social media this weekend and join in the fun. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Kale, Cupcakes and Vegan Sausage – WIAW

What I Ate Wednesday 4-15

So here we are- another What I Ate Wednesday. Another P-A-R-T-Y over at Peas and Crayons. Another day of bloggers sharing what they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another day for me to reflect on my eating habits- the good, the bad and the delicious!

Kale Eggs

[breakfast] Scrambled eggs with kale and cherry tomatoes.

Drunken Monkey Asparagus Cashew Soup The Hungry Sprout

[lunch] We headed over to a meeting at Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar near downtown Orlando. I have never been here before but I have heard about all the wonderful Vegan offerings. Wow. I had the Vegan Asparagus Cashew soup and it was possibly one of the best soups I have ever had. Thick, creamy, hearty and healthy.

Italian Sausage Party Drunken Monkey Beauty and the Beets

I also loved the Italian Sausage Party Wrap – Vegan hemp sausage, peppers, onions, potatoes and Vegan Mozzarella. Another big Wow.

Kombucha Beauty and the Beets

And though Drunken Monkey is a coffee house, I opted to try one of the bottled Komucha drinks. This fermented tea beverage was really delicious. Komucha is going to be my new thing.

Gigis Cupcakes Beauty and the Beets

[snack] After lunch, we made a quick stop at Gigi’s Cupcakes. I love their gluten-free cupcakes though they are not exactly the epitome of a healthy low caloric low sugar snack. However, we eat sweets so far and few between so I can justify an occasional cupcake. (Although it was our second visit in less than a week)

French Bread Arugula

[dinner] Chad had a night assignment to do I was left to fend for myself. It was easy enough to bake up some frozen French bread pizza but I topped it with fresh arugula just to get some greens into my diet for the day.

That’s it from Beetsland- thanks for stopping by!