After the Second Seminole War ended homesteads were granted in 1870 and a community south of Sanford began. Settler Edward Henck of Boston named Longwood after one of his hometown’s most attractive suburbs and in 1876 he founded the first post office and became the first postmaster.Read More
I headed to Jacksonville for a weekend with my lady gang. If you’ve not been to Atlantic Beach, then definitely put it on your list. It’s two hours from Orlando and north of St. Augustine. Outside of Jacksonville proper and a bit north of Jacksonville Beach is Atlantic Beach. A small beach town with a bustling maker culture. Mini Bar Donuts is one of the latest stops I made.
First, you have to know that these are TINY LITTLE MINI DONUTS that are just one or two bites. Fluffy cake is hand topped or filled and decorated while you wait. Order at one end of the counter and pick it up at the big orange VW Bus counter. Clever design with a step up and view window for kids to take a peek at all the kitchen work happening on the assembly line.
Puffy, flavor-packed, mini donuts and a great treat to grab for brunch, business meeting, social meet-up, date, or road-trip. The best coffee in the city, Bold Bean is served here. You cannot leave without grabbing a cup of this liquid gold. Don’t miss the mural outside. You don’t really notice it until you leave so be sure to look up.
Check out the pics to get a feel for the place.
If you’re wondering about the menu. It changes a bit seasonally. You’ll always find favorites like:
Vanilla Icing + Fruity Pebbles
Maple Icing + Bacon
Powdered Sugar + Raspberry Jelly
MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
Chocolate or Vanilla Glaze + Mint Chocolate Chips
Say that five times fast and you've got a tongue twister. The Edible Education Experience has a mission of "connecting students with seed-to-table learning experiences to build a healthy future." And they do just that. I took a walk with Garden Coordinator, Brad Jones who helped explain the mission further. He really knows his stuff.
As Garden Coordinator of Edible Education Experience, Jones handles everything related to the 1,500 sq.ft. Culinary Garden, from planning the crops and coordinating edible lessons with teachers to providing hands-on experiences for garden visitors and harvesting the garden’s produce.
Edible Education Experience
Want to help out?
Edible Education Experience is always looking for a few good volunteers. If this mission appeals to you and you'd like to get involved, you can click here.
Committed volunteer gardeners to help cultivate the Culinary Garden.
Committed volunteer kitchen helpers.
Volunteer Chefs to be involved, leading a variety of sessions for a range of programs.
Educational liaisons to help build the foundation for field trips; to connect interested educators with our Edible Schoolyard Teacher Academy.
If you haven't ventured south to Melbourne, Florida you need to put it on your day-trip list. It's about an hour and a half south of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast and I was amazed by what I found there. First, let's talk about a visit to Green Gables.
Green Gables was the winter home of William T. Wells and his family. Wells was a metallurgist who was known for his patent on the manufacturing of rustless iron. In 1894 Wells and his wife Nora, sons Stanford and Prescott, and daughter Gladys traveled from New York to find a healthier climate for Nora's health issues.
Melbourne was the perfect mix of friendly neighbors, great fishing, and outdoor activities. In 1896 Green Gables was completed on the high bluff facing the river just north of town.
This Queen Anne style house was the first of its kind and unique to a property like this, the house has remained family-owned to this day. However, after the 2004 hurricane season it was deemed uninhabitable.
The house is now used for events and parties but needs extensive repairs and restoration. You'll see some damage in the photos.
The Wells family contributed to the expansion of Melbourne both architecturally and culturally. Mrs. Wells built the first auditorium in the region and stage boasted perfect acoustics. She arranged the Chautauqua of the Tropics and had musicians, actors, poets, and lecturers come to visit and perform. The Wells' dedicated a portion of their land to the public which became Wells Park and the main branch of the Melbourne Public Library. They also provided the means for the first pubic high school. They were generous and progressive and left a legacy that remains today.
This 122 year old structure is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an unparalleled view of the Indian River. What a spot to experience the beauty and history of Brevard County.
To arrange a tour or visit, reach out by email at the address below.
Mail: P.O. Box 1086, Melbourne, FL 32902
Click below to watch the Townie Tourist walk through Green Gables. 👇👇
Probably one of Orlando's best kept secrets is Bronze Kingdom. It's located in the Fashion Square Mall and is one of the most unique finds I've come across. Over 16,000 square feet of space has been converted into a gallery-museum with 2,000 pieces of African art.
The bronze, beaded, and wooden sculptures, some of which date back thousands of years, are truly impressive. This is the largest collection of rare African bronze sculpture in the world and represents so many countries from across the continent like Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Along with a historic collection rivaling the British Museum, are local and international contemporary artists. This is a tour you won't want to miss!
3201 E. Colonia Drive, Suite M16
Orlando, Florida 32803
I'm going to be honest for a minute and tell you that I hate vegetables. I am not a great cook so they end up mushy or nearly raw and I just don't like dealing with them. I end up throwing a salad together and calling it a meal. What I learned at New Moon Market though is that I don't actually have to eat them...I can drink them.
*disclaimer* You really do have to eat vegetables. I'm just being silly. Read on...
New Moon Market is in the heart of College Park in Orlando. It's on Edgewater Drive which is the main drag through that Orlando neighborhood's center.
Jennifer Moon-Huggett, a Central Florida native herself, and her husband Paul have perfected the art of squeezing every delicious nutritious drop out of fruits and veggies. Not only that but they've got an expanded menu of toasts and grab and go salads that are rich and yummy and so so good for you.
College Park is made up of young professionals, families and dogs and kids and lots of bikes and people walking and yoga-ing. It's chill. If you're looking for a healthy stop in the middle of chill-town, this is it.
You can call ahead to place an order or just grab made-fresh-daily items from the cooler. You can also order from the menu and even set up a consultation for a juice cleanse with Jennifer herself.
What are some of my favorites?
- Green Eyed Lady - kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, romaine, celery, lemon, ginger
- Luna Lemonade - coconut water, lemon, maple syrup, activated charcoal
- Rainbow Pad Thai Salad - Spiral zucchini with a medley of red cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper with seasoned quinoa. Served with Thai peanut dressing on the side.
- Chickpea Salad Toast and the Sweet Toast with almond butter and banana.
Jennifer loves her Power Shot.
- Power Shot - beets, ginger, lemon, tumeric
Paul goes for Wheatgrass every single day.
- Wheatgrass Shot - 100% wheatgrass
New Moon Market
Note: Bring back the glass bottles and they'll recycle them for you. All juices are made with 100% organic ingredients and have not been pasteurized (No HPP). No additives or preservatives.
Watch our interview and visit to the kitchen below on Townie Tourist! 👇👇👇