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Proper & Wild

Proper & Wild

The prestigous artful town Winter Park, FL just gained a new plant based eatery Proper & Wild that was birth by the owners of The Sanctum Cafe located near the Mills 50 district. I had no clue what to expect when I walked into the […]

Eola General

Eola General

Today I got a chance to experience the soft opening of the Eola General that was once the Handy Pantry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a fantastic experience. I purposely arrived on an empty stomach to hopefully try something that would […]

Pumpkin Spice Soap Has Arrived

Pumpkin Spice Soap Has Arrived

The Pumpkin spice craze has been on a roll for years and it all started with Starbucks famous pumpkin spice latte. Now you can almost find just about any popular food item annually that has a little pumpkin flavor, but what if you could shower in all those wonderful spices that create such a magical autumn aroma. Well now you can with the Naked Bar Soap Co limited edition pumpkin soap bar that is made with pure pumpkin puree and scented with orange, cinnamon, and clove essential oils. You will go nuts as how much it really smells like a pumpkin bread or some type of confection that will water your taste buds, but unfortunately, this soap is not made for consumption. If you haven’t been in the autumn spirit, this is the perfect gift to treat yourself or a friend with a fresh clean every time with natures best scents of the season. The Naked Bar Soap Co brick and mortar is located in Orlando, Fl but if you are not located in the Central Florida area, visit their website at nakedbarsoapco.com to purchase.

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Orlando, FL  32804

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Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

The days of driving to winter park for a nice cup of foxtail coffee or tea is no longer necessary. The coffee joint has opened a location south-east of Orlando located in the new hourglass district at 2401 curry ford road. This particular location is […]

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

Walking down the aisle of olive oils can be an intimidating experience. There are so many different types of olive oils and brands that are claiming to be the best. Over the years, there have been reports of imported olive oils not being 100% authentic […]

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Happy Saturday! This is our first indie Saturday post. Every Saturday we will feature a song by an indie artist we think you should know. Music can be so inspirational and uplifting. Plus music has a way of making us move. Whether you are a taking a jog or simply taking a walk in the park finding ways to stay active is key, and I believe music keeps us moving and is a mood booster. Our first featured song Call on Me by artist Paul McDonald. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I have and please don’t be afraid to share this post with the world. Stream it now on Spotify.

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

The most sophisticated eatery in Orlando offering the best farm to table experience. Rusty Spoon is run by two times James Beard-nominated chef & restauranter Kathleen Blake. What makes the Rusty Spoon so unique? First the food and the peaceful ambiance right in the heart […]

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Annually there are marches and festivals that are for clean energy awareness, but do you honestly know about what renewable energy really is and when it all started? You may not know as much as you think. Sure, I believe most citizens have some idea […]

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

It’s time to call it quits to the bottle of pancake syrup you may be reaching for on Sunday mornings and introduce yourself to mother natures sweet substance maple syrup. Most pancake syrups are filled with artificial caramel coloring and artificial maple flavoring. There is nothing close to healthy in all the conventional pancake syrup brands we so-called knew and trusted for years that took space in our pantries. On the other hand, maple syrup is not only natural but naturally sweet with a heavenly taste. Yes, it does cost a little more than the fake substances, but it’s worth the extra cost. In the past, there have been reports of possible nutritional benefits to consuming maple syrup, but there hasn’t been enough research to prove those claims. No matter if the nutritional claims are valid or not it’s more than what we can say about brands that are producing artificial substances in a lab somewhere trying to be natural.

If you are purchasing maple syrup for the first time, there are a few things you want to know before buying. Just because the bottle states pure, it doesn’t mean anything. There are no guidelines or rules for manufacturers to abide when it comes down to the term “pure.” It’s always best to first check the ingredients list and then look on the bottle to see where the maple syrup was produced or made. In America, the very best maple syrup comes from Vermont, and some may agree its also known as Maple Syrup country. Vermont is very serious about their famed natural product maple syrup, in fact so serious that there are laws that protect the authenticity of maple syrup itself and maple products with maple syrup used as an ingredient.

When storing maple syrup after opened for the first time you want to place the bottle in the fridge as there are not perseverative or additives that will keep maple syrup from going bad. You don’t have to consume all the maple syrup at once, but you do want to be mindful of how long syrup will stay in the fridge. But I’m sure most consumers won’t have this problem since pancakes and waffles are somewhat of a staple during the weekend and maybe during a normal work week. The pantry is only for unopened bottles of maple syrup maybe you might want to stock up for unexpected guests or a spontaneous breakfast get together. No matter what you have going on there is always a proper way to store maple syrup to keep it fresh and tasty.

Currently, there is a battle with maple syrup and the government about whether maple syrup should be labeled as an added sugar on nutritional labels. In my opinion, I say no because first and foremost, added sugar means what it means. The action of adding sugar to a product to sweeten a substance of product. There are no added sugars during the process of producing pure maple syrup because there is no need to add sugar to a content that’s already sweet naturally. Added sugars should only be accounted for if sugar is added to a product like most processed foods commonly. As for now, don’t be distracted by big food drama the next time you go to your local grocery store pick up a bottle of maple syrup and enjoy natures sweetness.

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

The best salad bar on the planet is seriously greens & grille. The greens are organic, and the dressings and vinaigrettes are housemade. You can indeed have it your way by choosing what type of protein your heart desires from beef, turkey, salmon, chicken, or […]