Ethos Vegan Restaurant – Where I try to find out What’s the Dilly Philly.

Our first day in Orlando we checked out Downtown Disney, and Babycakes NYC, and did a little bit of Shopping (at the Lego store). Unfortunately, the night we arrived in Florida my camera, which I had been a constant companion for just under a year, stopped working. We started our day with a very drove over to Tiger Direct to pick up a cheap replacement that would serve me pretty well for the rest of the roadtrip, but in the process got into a bit of an adventure on Orlando highways. We learned a valuable lesson that day… critical thinking is good to use while using the GPS. Luckily, we figured things out (with the help of Google Maps.) and got where we were going. During our time in Orlando, we went to Ethos Vegan Restaurant everyday we could (which ended up only being twice). They were closed early on Christmas Eve, & closed on Christmas Day, but open for Boxing Day, which is just a regular day in the USA and Christmas Eve Eve. They’re located in Winter Park, a suburb of orlando. On our first visit we walked in all excited, because the space is HUGE, especially taking into account the relatively tiny restaurant spaces (vegan or otherwise) we’ve got in Toronto. It’s got a big sign outside including the Vegan word, but otherwise just looks like a regular ol place, with a diverse colourful art selection on the walls, a boardgame corner, a bar, a little to-go corner,…

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Orlando – BabyCakes in Downtown Disney

After our not so fun time at various airports the day before, our first real day in Orlando was spent taking it easy and planning out our next couple of days. Spending the day before at the Airport was surprisingly tiring, both with lack of food options, no fresh air, and little activity. If they ever put a mini gym past security I’ll be really excited. First on the agenda was to check out Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is on the park property, but not something you have to pay to get into. There are lots of stores, entertainment options, and food spots, but we went specifically to visit Babycakes in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Despite going to NYC and being in the area almost every time, we have never gone to the BabyCakes location in New York, so it was time to try out their treats after hearing mostly positive things from friends. We had some trouble finding BabyCakes, as it wasn’t on any maps, or signs at Downtown Disney (at least not any we could find) – we actually wondered if it was still open – but a quick check on twitter told us it was and we kept searching. In case you have trouble too – BabyCakes is located in the same building as Pollo Campero and Bodie’s, next to the LEGO Imagination Center (where we had to buy personalized mugs to add to our mug collection.) On the day we walked in, they had lots of fantastic…

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Getting to Florida – The December Roadtrip Begins in the Air

I had never been to Florida, so when JC and I started thinking about going somewhere warm for a week or two in December, I didn’t even think of it. But as the end of December came closer, and some of the vegan friendly hotels we found in fancy caribean destinations were totally booked up, we noticed there were some pretty decent flight sales heading to Florida, and the moment JC said something about DisneyWorld… I was sold. It’s funny, during VeganMofo 2010, I took a fantasy trip to Orlando, Florida, and wrote up a little guide of things to do. We actually ended up referencing that little list a few times when figuring out what to do in town. In typical fashion our vacation was almost wrecked by weather conditions (Please see: The time we went to Philly and SuperStorm/Hurricane Sandy 2012 happened.) The day we were supposed to leave for Florida, Toronto was hit by a huge ice storm, with associated power outages and related fun stuff. But we opted to go to the airport normally that afternoon and hope for the best. Moments before we left, the power at our house went out just long enough for me to get worried about leaving, but it came back on again and seemed to stay on. I think one thing that really helped is that we had a petsitter arranged that we knew we could count on. There were flights leaving the airport, depending on the destination/stop over, but after going…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Four – Orlando, FL – The City Beautiful – In honor of the shuttle launch

Well, the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS 133 was going to launch today from Kennedy Space Center, but was pushed back to Friday due to weather conditions. I’ve always wanted to see a shuttle launch, but I haven’t had the opportunity, so in fantasy internet vacation land I’m pretending to be there. Orlando, FL is reasonably close to the Kennedy Space Center so seems to be the best destination, especially since while I am an unabashed nerd, I’ve also always wanted to visit Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center. It’s one of those things I’ve never outgrown. I blame watching Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Of course, when in Orlando… there are also a bunch of other silly/fun/random things to do in addition to those two. Resources: Orlando VegGuide yelp.com Happy Cow VegBlogger – From Daytona Florida Transit Information The Central Florida Transit system is called LYNX. They have a trip planner, so that’ll make getting around easy. It’s 4.50 for a single day pass. or $2 one way. Where to stay I’m partial to these two, but they both have separate things going for them: Orlando’s Palm Lakefront Hostel (4840 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy 192 – Kissimmee, Florida) (19$/person for a dorm room or 36$ for a private room for 2) they have wifi Buses (for about 2$) out to places I’d want to see inexpensive. is a hostel Imperial Swan Hotel (7050 South Kirkman Road Orlando, FL) Has a decent location. Is not a hostel, but is…

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