Last week we took a day trip to Orlando on our day off. We started off at Harry P. Leu Gardens – I had never been there before, but it’s a beautiful 50 acre botanical garden.
Luckily we got lots of walking in at the gardens because we spent the rest of the day eating & drinking. We stopped for a quick lunch at Yum-mi Sandwiches, which serves Vietnamese style banh-mi sandwiches.
It was a super casual restaurant but the food was very good. We split the Shrimp & Pork Yum-Yum Crunch Rolls, then each had our own sandwich.
Lance ordered the V.P. – with Vietnamese-style Philly steak, cheese, and 2 eggs on top. Mine was the Miss Piggy – with caramelized pork belly, lettuce, and tomatoes. I added an egg to the top since the egg on Lance’s sounded so good. It didn’t compete with Bamboozle, but I was happy with our food.
Afterwards we headed to Orlando Brewing. Surprisingly, there aren’t very many local breweries in the area – we’re spoiled with having several dozen in the Tampa Bay area. I tried a flight with a variety of beers – the best by far was the Girl Stout – which tasted like liquid Thin Mint cookies.
We picked up a copy of Southern Brew News which had a map of every brewery in the Southeast. Lance has framed it and started marking all the ones we’ve been to (we’ve got a lot to go – Florida has 104…)
We finished the day in Celebration, FL where they have fake snow every evening at Christmas time. It was really just bubbles (I don’t know why I was expecting shaved ice...guess it would melt instantly).
Our “dinner” was ice cream from Kilwins (we couldn’t resist the waffle cone smell coming out the front door).
Yum-mi Sandwiches is located at 1227 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803 and is open 10 am – 8pm Monday – Tuesday, and Thursday - Saturday, and 10 am – 6pm on Sundays (they are closed Wednesdays).
Orlando Brewing is located at 1301 Atlanta Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806 and is open 3pm – 10pm Monday through Thursday, 1pm – 12am Friday & Saturday, and 1pm – 9pm on Sunday.
Kilwins has several locations – the one we visited was located at 671 Front Street, Kissimmee, FL 34747 and is open 11am – 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am – 11pm Friday & Saturday.