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Downtown Kissimmee

Downtown is a nice spot to spend an afternoon or an evening, and it is within 20 minutes of Solivita.  The Historic Downtown District has come a long way from a Rough and Tumble Cow Town to a modern, outdoor, safe, yet fun downtown destination.  Take a walk in the park, enjoy the beautiful lakefront within walking distance to downtown, stop at one of the family owned shops or salons, shop for antiques, or visit Kissimmee Jewelers for a special gift.  If you are hungry, you have come to the right place as you can enjoy breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, dinner, a good glass of wine, and complete your downtown day with a delicious cup of coffee at Carino’s Cafe.  Downtown Kissimmee has music, fun, and a laid-back vibe.  A short walk-up Broadway leads you to food from around the world, Latin, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Sushi, Caribbean, and Good Old American Flavors can all be enjoyed within a few blocks.  Spend an afternoon or evening in downtown, it is almost as good as taking a vacation, without the need for a plane ticket.   On weekends music wafts through the streets. Embrace the history that downtown Kissimmee offers us within a short ride from our gates.  The folks from Makinson’s Hardware have retired, so shopping in this very cool old space sadly is no longer possible, but currently this old building is being reinvented into a new Restaurant for us all to enjoy.  We are looking forward to the grand opening, hope to see you there.

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Cool Down with an Ice Cream Cone

Summer is here and a great way to cool off is with a delicious ice cream cone. A short road trip to Frostbite, Florida can solve your ice cream craving, and a car ride to Frostbite is an easy, traffic free trip. The location of Frostbite Ice Cream & More is not a location you would normally pass by, as it is on a country road nestled in the farmland of central Florida.  This spot was recommended to us by two separate clients, two weeks apart, so we thought we would give it a try.

Frostbite Ice Cream & More is a true throw-back to the “Happy Days” of poodle skirts and D.A.’s , a true retro feel. You can pick a table inside or choose a table outside under the awning and revisit the happy days when eating a cheeseburger, drinking a shake, or enjoying an Ice Cream Cone did not raise your cholesterol or your glucose.

Frostbite Ice Cream and More is located at 801 N. Scenic Highway, Frostproof. FL 33843 and is Mom approved. Mom and our family friend, Marilyn were the first ones hopping in the car to try out Frostbite Ice Cream & More, and they both loved it.

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A Local Adventure to Winter Haven

Recently Lee and I enjoyed a late lunch at Tempo 1930 in Winter Haven. We were in Winter Haven shopping for vinegar at the Treasured Olive Store on 4th Street when we noticed this small, but enticing, restaurant with a curious name. After tasting and buying an interesting assortment of delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Vinegars we decided to try Tempo 1930.

The décor of the restaurant was inviting, attractive, and reminiscent of many public houses we have enjoyed. As for the name, Tempo references the sounds of Jazz and Blues that inspired the décor and 1930 pays homage to George Jenkins, the late founder of Publix. George honed his skills as a manager at the Winter Haven Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store and in 1930 George resigned from Piggly Wiggly and founded Publix Markets in the exact location of Tempo 1930, therefore the name. 

The menu at Tempo 1930 is Eclectic with a nice assortment of appetizers, including vegetarian options. We tried Fire Roasted Ahi Lettuce Wraps, a Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad, and an Amazing Cauliflower Burger. All were tasty. Tempo 1930 has a full bar and a decent wine list. Our server was friendly and helpful and told us that on Saturday and Sunday, Tempo 1930 serves brunch, the menu looked good and will be a brunch stop Lee and I will make in the future. 

Back to the Vinegar, we purchased four different flavors, but our favorite from Treasured Olive was raspberry. Yum. We drizzled a bit on our Florida Fresh Strawberries and enjoyed it with Vanilla Ice cream for dessert.