Category Archives: Adventures

Eating our Way Through Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Competition in Sanford, Florida

This past weekend my mama and I decided to have a mommy daughter day date at the Central Florida Zoo for the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown BBQ Competition. Over 40 different meat-loving teams from across the country came together to beat out the competition with the possibility of winning a $20,000 Grand Prize!

Of those 40 teams, there were over 150 competitors battling for a total of $68,000 and some serious bragging rights! These competitors came from all over the country to prove that they made the best chicken, brisket, ribs and pork, and/or a mystery meat! And we came to eat it all!

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As soon as we walked up to the park entrance, we were greeted with the intoxicating smell of smoked meat wafting through the air. There was live country music playing, people dancing, and kids drinking out of sweet tea cups as big as their heads! But after our drive from New Smyrna, all we could think about was tasting some of the food because were starving! So first things first, like the food loving gals that we are, we headed straight to the Sonny’s tent to indulge in their pit masters specialities. Continue reading

Florida Foodie Road Trip – New Smyrna Beach

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If this isn’t already blatantly obvious, I am in love with my home state of Florida! From the crisp, tropical blue water that surrounds us, to the lush and vibrant landscape that grows beneath us, Florida is pure paradise.

We’re so excited to announce that Jeremy and I partnered with VISIT FLORIDA to create some Florida Foodie Road Trips to showcase some of our favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots in various cities and small towns.  Continue reading

Our Insider’s Guide to Epcot’s 2016 Food and Wine Festival: Part 2 – Non Cheesy Dishes + Drinks

Hello again! If you read yesterday’s post featuring all of the amazing cheesy dishes from this year’s 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival but you’re still curious about all of the other delicious dishes, then get excited because this post is for you! Keep reading to see our top 10 most loved non-cheese-centric dishes, our top three favorite drinks, and some helpful insider tips to help your trip become the best it can be!

So before I ramble on any longer, let’s begin!

10 Non-Cheesy Dishes You Must Try

Epcot's 2016 Food and Wine Festival Best Dish 1 Hummus Fries

1. Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce

WHERE: Morocco near France and Japan

WHY: OMG guys, guess what? This dish was rated NUMERO UNO overall by both Jeremy and me. I’d describe this dish as the most delicious deep fried logs of a falafel-hummus hybrid topped with shepherd’s salad, fresh herbs including mint and parsley, and the most ridiculous sweet and spicy orange yogurt sauce we’d ever had. And TBH, this was the only dish we decided to buckle down and get seconds of. Seriously, if you take one word of advice from me, take this – “You cannot leave Epcot without trying this dish!” Continue reading