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06 Dec 2016

Mama Loves Universal Studios Holidays

No Comments Holidays, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Theme Parks, Things To Do, Universal Orlando Resort

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10 Jun 2016

A Father’s Day Date: Hard Rock Cafe and the World Burger Tour

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Multi-generational, Orlando, Review, Sponsored

My Dad and I rarely get to spend Father’s Day together. The distance keeps us apart on most years, but not this year. My parents were visiting for a week to see the kids and I actually got some alone time with my Dad one day while the kids were at school. I decided to make a break for it and head to a restaurant that I knew he would LOVE!

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25 May 2016

Local & Legendary: Hard Rock Cafe Announces the World Burger Tour 

1 Comment Dining Out, Lifestyle, Orlando, Sponsored

Summer time makes me want to travel all over the world, wanderlusting and eating my way through every country visit. I miss the freedom of my 20’s when I made my way around Europe, dining on local foods, laughing with good people and experiencing new cultures. Hard Rock Cafe has just announced a new way to dine around the world with their Local Legendary World Burger Tour! 

Over 150 artisian chefs from all over the world, those who run the famed Hard Rock Cafes, competed in a burger creation contest to showcase their talents along with local flavor. The burgers that won over the Hard Rock culinary team would be placed on the World Tour menu- in true rock star fashion. If you like burgers and enjoy new and unique flavors you are going to want to make sure you have a ticket, I mean a reservation, at your local Hard Rock Cafe, before they are gone (June 30th.)

Some of the burgers you might find (menus vary on location) are:

Sizzling headliners featured as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour menu include:

Java Lava Burger – this American Legendary from Seattle features a Certified Angus Beef® patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Tillamook Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeno

Haggis Burger – this Scottish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with savory haggis, melted Monterey Jack cheese, golden turnip frazzles and a whisky maple glaze

Schnitzel Burger – this German Legendary features two stacks of tender pork schnitzel lightly breaded and made crispy to order, topped with crunchy sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and savory bacon

The Aussie Burger – this Australian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with caramelized onions, a fried egg, Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and beetroot

Marimba Burger – this Guatemalan Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a chipotle and jalapeno spiced layer of beans, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla straws

Banh Mi Burger – this Vietnamese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Vietnamese glaze, pickled vegetables and cucumbers accompanied by a garnish of cilantro and green onions

Sweet & Sour Burger – this Chinese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, bell peppers and grilled pineapple drizzled with house-made sweet and sour sauce

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger – this Indian Legendary features a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Date Burger – this United Arab Emirates Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with rich date chutney, diced fresh dates and a dollop of cream cheese

The Bosphorus Burger – this Turkish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with homemade eggplant salad, fresh and flavorful haydari sauce and pickle slices

Lancashire Hot Pot Burger – this English Legendary features a juicy lamb burger broiled until tender and topped with caramelized onions, crispy carrot frazzles and mint mayonnaise

The Andean Burger – this Bolivian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with tender avocado slices, a fried egg, melted Cheddar cheese and garlic mayonnaise

Chamorro Burger – this Southern Pacific Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Chamorro glaze, chili paste and spicy Pepper Jack cheese

Mango Mahi Burger – this Caribbean Legendary features blackened Mahi Mahi topped with a Caribbean-style mango salsa and citrus mayonnaise

Cuban Burger – this American Legendary from Miami features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with marinated pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese and sweet plantains

All burgers are served with the signature Hard Rock’s Savory Artisian french fries.New sauces include Chili Seasoned Fries with Chipotle Garlic Ketchup, Parmesan Romano Fries with Garlic Aioli and Herb and Garlic Fries with Chimichurri Mayo.

Along with this menu comes cocktails that are perfectly paired to go with your burger! 

Mai Tai One On – a South Pacific-inspired cocktail that features a refreshing blend of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Monin Orgeat, a splash of lime and orange juice

Pomegranate Mule – a mix of ABSOLUT® Vodka, Monin Pomegranate and ginger beer make this summertime favorite from Russia

Mezcarita – this refreshing and smoky margarita, which hails from Mexico, is a perfect combination of Del Maguey Mezcal, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Malibu® Coconut and fresh strawberries

Pineapple Ginger Caipirinha – a Brazilian blend of Agua Luca™ Cachaça and pineapple with the subtle hint of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Maple Old Fashioned – a twist on a classic American cocktail that features Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, cherries, maple syrup and orange juice garnished with a crisp bacon stir stick

I’ll be heading over to the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal Studios Orlando in the CityWalk entertainment complex for a Father’s Day date with my Dad. Sounds like the perfect place for me to tell him he’s the best Dad in the world!

Comment below and you’ll have a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack! 

Disclosure: A gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Hard Rock International. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama! 

12 May 2016

Tampa Mama Loves: Disney Family Vacation

1 Comment Disney, Family Travel, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Orlando, Things To Do, Travel

My recent trips to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida have made a Disney believer. Read more

19 Apr 2016

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 19}

No Comments Disney, Orlando, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Tampa Tuesday: Things To Do {Week of April 19th, 2016}

  1. EcoFest- April 23- Lowry Park- Tampa, Florida

EcoFest Earth Day Tampa Bay

The City of Tampa has partnered with Learning Gate Community School for a fun Earth Day celebration! Look for fun eco-friendly vendors, food trucks, drum circles and more!  Celebrate Earth Day this year and make sure to bring the kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Disney on Ice: Amalie Arena- Downtown Tampa, Florida- May 12-15th, 2016

Disney on Ice Tampa Florida

Tickets are on sale now for this show May 12-15th, 2016 at Amalie Arena! We have a giveaway going on here so be sure to enter the Tampa Mama Giveaway! Follow along with everyone going to the show using #DisneyOnIce

 

 

 

3. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival- Orlando, Florida

Epcot

Going on in Orlando at Walt Disney World, this amazing event lasts 90 days and will end May 30!

4. Sugar Sand Festival- Pier 60- Clearwater, Florida

The 10-day beach celebration goes on at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach!

04 Apr 2016

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Topiary Pictures 

No Comments Disney, Family Travel, Kids, Lifestyle, Orlando, Photography, Travel

I’ve been around the world a time or two in Epcot and my most favorite time of year is Spring!  It’s an amazing time to see all the characters recreated as life-like topiaries!  Here’s a quick trip around the World! If you haven’t been, there still time to visit!  

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

29 Jan 2016

LEGOLAND Florida: World Premiere of The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure

1 Comment Adventures, Family Travel, Movies, Orlando, Travel, Travel Tuesday

January 28th is not just any day…especially to a die-hard Lego fan. It’s actually International Lego Day, which means we are celebrating the anniversary of when the patent for the original Lego brick system was filed, in 1958. 

So how old does that make Lego? 58 years young and those little bricks continue to inspire and educate and kids each and every day. 

Living in Tampa, and only an hour away from the second largest LEGO themed park, LEGOLAND Florida in Central Florida, we often visit to explore this massive amazingly fun park, filled with rides, LEGOS, attractions, LEGOS and more LEGOS!  

Today, January 28th, is also the day of the World Premiere  movie for The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure!  

We were invited to the world premiere at LEGOLAND Florida for their red carpet Hollywood- style premiere and it was awesome (or SUPER as I should say!)

Mocktail and fancy glasses for the kids, lots of character meet and greets, kid celebrities and of course the ne movie!! 

If you loved The Lego Movie, you ar going to LOVE this short 3D film that includes Emmet, Wyldstyle and new  friends that will reunite in an all new adventure!  And who is Risky Business?!  No spoilers here but get ready to help Emitt and Wyldstyle save the day!

The 3D movie with “4D” effects like wind, water and fog, will play at LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016. 

SUPER fun new attraction you wontbwantbto miss the next time you visit LEGOLAND Florida!

   

It’s Unkitty!
  
Working the red carpet with Emitt & Wyldstyle!

   

Kid-friendly mocktails in fancy glasses!


Confetti everywhere!  


Meeting up with Jen Reyneri, a fellow Trekaroo writer! 
   
    

Abby ready to watch the show!
   

The show is about to begin!

  
We had to get a picture with Risky Business!  

More of my reviews of family friendly travel places can be found on Trekaroo– the best resources for families who love to travel! 

Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of LEGOLAND Florida for this event and as always, all opinions are my own!  

04 Mar 2015

Family Fun at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida

No Comments Adventures, Disney, Family Travel, Florida, Kids, Orlando, Review, Travel Tuesday

Updated February 22, 2016

Each year, I have the opportunity to visit the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival that takes place early March through May at Epcot in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Backyard Garden Epcot

It is by far, one of my favorite times of the year to visit Disney. The weather is beautiful and the sites are just gorgeous! The topiaries, flowers, experiences throughout Epcot are amazing and each year they bring out new bands, food and more to bring the festival to life.

Muppet Topiary Epcot

This year, 2016, marks the 23rd annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It will kick off on March 2nd and runs through May 30, 2016. A few new additions that we can report are the following: (pictures to follow)

  • The Garden Rocks concert series kicks off weekends and with a view overlooking the water, it’s just perfect! Catch The Gin Blossoms (I know, right?!) on May 6-8 and various artists every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shows will be at 5:30pm, 6:45pm & 8pm at the America Gardens Theatre and are included in admission.
  • Follow along with others on social media using the official hashtag (which hasn’t been updated as of today’s post).
  • Illuminated Gardens will have you wanting to stay into the night to visit the park while the gardens are a glow! You must stay for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, award-winning fireworks display at 9pm nightly. Have your spot picked out or purchase tickets to the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party and be ready to enjoy desserts from all around the world.
  • Butterflies on the Go Presented by Go Go squeeZ: The butterfly garden is always our favorite as you can marvel at these gentle creatures as they fly around this beautiful garden! Always a favorite with my kids, this year, the garden will have some wonderful surprises from the gang at Go Go squeeZ!
  • Of course, the famous character topiaries are always a must see! For a full line-up of who is where, visit the Disney Parks Blog here.
  • Dining our way through the World Showcase at Epcot is always on our list of things to do. Of course, you can dine with the characters at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway (make reservations here) or watch fireworks from your window side table at Tokyo Dining or on the patio at the Spice Road Table. There are so many place to choose from…what are you in the mood for!
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

    Your entire family will enjoy Epcot during this amazing time of year. Spring is even more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. And of course at Disney, it’s even better.

    What’s your favorite part of the festival?! Talk with me on Twitter throughout the festival and let me know!