Actually it’s quite the opposite. I have made my home in Orlando mostly for the past 17 years and I’ve seen this city grow and change and become a place where I may want to stay forever. In the past I have found that Orlando was mostly a transient city where former tourists came to stay for a few months or years on their way to find someplace more permanent here in the Sunshine state. But more and more, I am meeting people who have been here almost as long as I have if not longer. And the events, weather, people and growth has made it one of the fastest growing cities in America. And a place where people can raise a family, get a decent paying job and live within an hour from some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. And I have been to plenty of beaches around the globe and it’s always nice to visit the vast open beaches of New Smyrna.
First of all let’s talk about the nightlife. Downtown Orlando has a great night time scene. You can always catch a concert or hang out at a bar on any given night and it won’t be boring. Some great places to see a show are The Beacham Theatre or it’s adjoining space The Social. For a small loud show with a great beer selection you can check out Back Booth. Of course if something more mellow is your gig and you want just a bite of food and some drinks check out Elixir, one of my favorite places for happy hour. Either way, if you head down to Orange Avenue on any given night you can find something to your liking.
Orlando has a plethora of good places to eat. My husband and I love to check out new ethnic places and we have a few favorites. Woodlands Indian Cuisine is our favorite. This gem on South Orange Blossom trail is a bit of a hike from Downtown Orlando, but worth the trip. During the day they have a splendid buffet and they specialize in South Indian thalis. You will get so full on their authentic cuisine that they will have to roll you to your car.
Another place we like to dine, especially on those cold January nights is Little Saigon located in the Mills/50 district. They serve Vietnamese Soups that can be spiced the way you like using their array of table condiments, and their summer rolls are out of this world.
We also love Korean food and Seoul Gardens in Maitland has the best Koran food in town (we’ve tried others). They also serve Hite Beer, directly from Korea. And since I spent a year living in Seoul, I am pretty critical of Korean food. They don’t have a website, but here’s the link to some reviews.
And if you can’t decide which style of Asian food to eat check out another gem Hawkers on Mills Avenue. They serve a variety of Asian street foods and beers. You can’t go wrong. Some of the items they will not make vegetarian because they don’t want to compromise their recipes, so I can respect that. But being a vegetarian has not prevented me from finding some delicious dishes on their menu.
That’s enough gloating about Orlando today. In this ongoing blog, I will discuss great places to do yoga, interesting places to shop, nature tours and fun touristy things to do that are not Disney, although I love Disney too, there’s is so much more to Orlando than the mouse!