The Great Southern Box Company Food Hall
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by Lindsey Thompson
4d ago
If you live near College Park or have been keeping tabs on the “Packing District” (for better or for worse), you’ve been waiting to see what would come of the new food hall - The Great Southern Box Company Food Hall. The space is in soft opening this weekend, although it’s not at 100% capacity yet. Right now, you can buzz around the open space and do a few loops before deciding what vendors you will try or how many. To its credit, there is a decent variety of cuisines to be found. the space: The 13,140-sf food hall consists of: Eleven vendor stalls An elevated outdoor patio, som ..read more
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Orlando Thrift Guide 2024
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by Lindsey Thompson
1w ago
This one for my thrifters, my treasure hunters, my trash-to-treasure refurbishers, and my collectors. These are the spots in my regular rotation locally when I want to thrift here and outside of Orlando where I've found success. It's true, thrifting isn't what it once was, and places have hiked up their prices to deal with resellers, but undoubtedly just out of greed. Despite that, give me an iced latte and a map of second-hand stores, and that's all I need for a good weekend, whether I find a treasure or not. I even found and painted a cute little shelving unit from Facebook Marketplace wher ..read more
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My Chicago Guide 2024
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by Lindsey Thompson
2w ago
My last fun, non-work trip to Chicago was back in 2011. We ate some good food (The Purple Pig, The Gage) and visited almost every museum the city had to offer. However, we stayed downtown and didn’t really venture outside of it, and that was a mistake.  On this trip we stayed in Wicker Park, limiting our time downtown to an architectural boat tour, and one museum on a rainy morning.  I liked Chicago on my previous visit, but sticking to exploring the neighborhoods this time made me love Chicago. There are so many options for food and things to do, so if you’re planning a tr ..read more
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Orlando Boba Spots (2024)
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by Lindsey Thompson
1M ago
Obviously, I like Boba Tea. And there may be no better place to live if you like Boba than the Greater Orlando area. In years past, I have created maps that tried to encompass as many boba shops as possible, but due to the vast and sprawling landscape of boba shops throughout the greater Orlando area, a map just wasn’t sufficient. Or entirely geographically accurate, as some people on Reddit made clear. I’m no cartographer; I just wanted a cute way of showing how rich we are in Boba. So, no more maps; instead, I’ve created four graphics based on locations. North, South, East, an ..read more
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The I Just Moved to Orlando Ultimate Guide
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by Lindsey Thompson
1M ago
Are you a recent Orlando transplant? In 2020 we saw an influx of people move in (and move out) and they say 1,500 are moving here everyday in 2024. Whether you moved here because it was a lifelong dream to live near Disney (sorry, no Disney content here for you) or you had to move here due to circumstance, and you are counting the days until you can leave again, this guide will prove helpful. Does Orlando suck? Well, that is relative. Would I rather live in a different city. Sure! Am I happy to live here over a lot of other places? YES! Orlando is what you make of it, and as someone who has l ..read more
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40 Spots for a satisfying lunch under $20 around Orlando
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by Lindsey Thompson
1M ago
With prices soaring and choices overwhelming, finding a satisfying midday meal that doesn’t break the bank can feel like an arduous quest that will land you in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru line with everyone else. I’m here to guide you through a local-only eating journey where delicious food meets affordable food. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty sandwich, a fresh salad, or a warming bowl of Pho, I’ve rounded up some of the best spots to enjoy a fulfilling lunch for under $20 around Orlando. My #1 hack to lessening the lunch bill will always be to bring your own beverage. My trusty Owala ..read more
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Mid Drive Dive
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by Lindsey Thompson
3M ago
I'll start by giving you my disclaimer: This was a hosted dinner for a media night. If you know me, I rarely attend these (it’s been literal years) but this was an exception as I'm a long-time fan and supporter of the East End Market (and good friends with the GM), and we wanted to celebrate the christening of Mid Drive Dive together. If one of us goes, we usually beg the other to accompany us since events are not our thing. Ok, we got that out of the way. College Park is my neighborhood and has been for over a decade. I've seen the constantly revolving doors of Edgewater Drive restaurants, a ..read more
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Places to eat around Orlando right now - February 2024
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by Lindsey Thompson
3M ago
Kook’n with Kim If you drive down West Kennedy Blvd in Eatonville on a Sunday, you will notice a small red building with a line out the door. They are all waiting for some good comfort food from Miss Kim. Eatonville is a richly historic Black neighborhood in Orlando with a couple of great spots for dining that can often get overlooked. You have Dajen Eats and Mad Crab Seafood & Wings, which I’ve patronized, but this was my first trip to Kookn with Kim. The line reached the patio on the day I visited but kept at a good pace. You need your time in line to decide entirely on what you want to ..read more
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36 hours in Savannah
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by Lindsey Thompson
3M ago
My last trip to Savannah. This was a two-night stop on our way home from Charlotte, which overlapped with Thanksgiving, so we packed as much as possible into 36 hours, going to tried and true spots and some new places. Late Air Rating: A MUST Late Air is an intimate neighborhood restaurant outside downtown Savannah's hustle, doubling as a wine bar. The menu is small and focused, delivering some of my favorite dishes of our trip through Charlotte and Savannah. We got a mix of items off the happy hour menu and their regular dinner menu, including house sourdough with butter, oysters, Yukon potat ..read more
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D.b.a. by The Strand
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by Lindsey Thompson
3M ago
I have always been vocal about my love of The Strand. It's about as old as my Orlando blogging journey (10 years), and I credit it to being one of the first restaurants that got me excited about what Orlando's food scene could be. Fast-forward a decade, and The Strand had been quietly working on expanding into the space next door, but not as additional seating for their restaurant in the height of its long overdue popularity, not to mention a Michelin Bib Gourmand, but rather a sister bar called d.b.a. Upon entering the space on their first week of soft opening, we pulled mightily on ..read more
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