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Happy Friday. I have a lot of things today so I am jumping right in. First, I loved that the Orlando Eye went purple last night as a tribute to Prince.

The Orlando Eye tribute to Prince


Star Wars Half Marathon Beauty and the Beets

Last weekend I completed my first Disney race – the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon. It was….interesting. I will be writing up a full post soon so be on the look out for that.

Star Wars Half Marathon 2016 medal Beauty and the Beets

I also had my first Cuisine Corner presentation at the Orange County Public Library. That was so much fun- here is a full menu with recipes of everything I made for my Summer Vegetable Picnic.

Cuisine Corner April 2016 Beauty and the Beets

Then last night, Mr. Beet and I had an epic date. We started at Sea Life Orlando where we were able to preview the new Turtle Fest exhibit and learned all about Sea Turtles and their varieties and habits. They are soooo cute!

SeaLife Orlando snake neck turtle Beauty and the Beets

Black Sea Turtle Sea Life Orlando Beauty and the Beets

We also were given a behind the scenes tour of the Sea Life facility – it was pretty cool being on top of the tanks and seeing the fish and the divers from above.

Sea Life Orlando behind the scenes tour Beauty and the Beets

Sea Life Orlando Beauty and the Beets

Our next stop was to dinner at Seasons 52, one of our most favorite restaurants. I had a golden beet salad with goat cheese and basil. So yum.

Seasons 52 Golden Beets Beauty and the Beets

And my favorite dish every time we go is their Vegetable Tasting plate– I love that the ingredients change with every visit but it is always so fresh and delicious.

Spring Vegetable Tasting Seasons 52 Beauty and the Beets

Next up we headed over to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to catch the Emeril Lagasse live show, part of the center’s Publix Chef Series.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando Beauty and the Beets

But first we were treated to cooking demonstrations by the Chefs from the Publix Aprons Cooking School. This olive oil and polenta cake was amazing!!

Olive Oil Polenta Cake Publix Chef Apron Series Beauty and the Beets

The show was wonderful (look for a write up next week), we laughed and we drooled over the Andouille crusted redfish he made. (That’s a big TV screen behind me so we could see what he was doing in the kitchen)

John Rivers and Emeril Lagasse Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Beauty and the Beets

We ended the night at a fairly new restaurant in Orlando called Better Than Sex. They only serve desserts, cocktails and coffee. Sorry that both of my pics came out pretty bad because I was using a flash. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside and pretended we were in a little Paris café people watching. We had the Cookie Nookie Pie.

Cookie Nooie Pie Better Than Sex Beauty and the Beets

And the Popcorn Pimp Cheesecake. This place was amazing.

Popcorn Pimp Cheesecake Better than Sex Orlando Beauty and the Beets

Lastly, if you are thinking about attending the Food Wine Conference in Orlando this year there are a few of ways to win a free ticket. Check out the contests below (click on the images for more information):




And if all else fails, you can get $50 off your ticket by using my code BEAUTY AND THE BEETS here.


And in case you missed these Beets posts this week:

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Beauty and the Beets (1)

#RocknBlog RocknRoll Raleigh Half Marathon Beauty and the Beets (1)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding #Vegan Beauty and the Beets

That’s it for me- hope everyone has a great weekend!

I look forward to seeing you over at the Friday Favorites parties with Heather from Life in Leggings, Andrea from Momfessionals, Narci from Grace and Love Blog, Erika from A Little Bit of Everything, Angela from Happy Fit Mama and Katie from Running 4 Cupcakes.

Helen Corbin

Friday 22nd of April 2016

You do some very interesting and fun things. Love Seasons 52 as well and would love to have the desserts you had at Better Than Sex. We will have to do that when we come down to Orlando :-)


Friday 22nd of April 2016

And go next door to White Wolf again!

Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Uhm, I NEED to go to that Better Than Sex place! It looks amazing. Congrats on your half! Have a great weekend!!


Friday 22nd of April 2016

There is one in Key West also. Happy Friday!