Tag: cocktails

Have you ever driven past a restaurant and wanted to go in purely based on their vibe?


Obviously the string lights and cactus drew me in!

That’s how it was for me when I drove past The Smiling Bison. It’s set on a sweet little side street in the Baldwin Park District of Downtown Orlando, complete with a mini cacti garden and string lights…swoon! I love to shop locally and source from my community, so I felt compelled to recap my experience for my fellow Orlando peeps! Fast forward to dinner the next week with two of my favorite gals and I quickly discovered the best part about The Smiling Bison – THE FOOD! I’m a sucker for anything locally sourced and artfully plated, so I was basically the happiest woman on earth! First up: the dranks.


Spring Thyme Sangria and The Peach Cobbler

You guys!!!! They are amazing. The Peach Cobbler was my favorite, but of course I tried everyone else’s too because I’m THAT girl. The FireBloom was my second favorite; I’m not sure how they mix hibiscus and jalapeno and make it taste good, but it’s a flavor party for your mouth, trust me. Starry Nights is their take on an Old Fashioned and has aztec cocoa bitters as a special note, which was rich and flavorful. The Spring Thyme Sangira has -you guessed it- thyme, strawberries, and other goodies in it. It was refreshing and delicious as well. I probably could have stayed there and just sucked down drinks all night, but I’m 30 now so I guess I’ll be responsible and not drink my food anymore…


New Life Mission – Make Own Summer Sausage! Or, just keep eating this!

Anywho. We were lucky enough to go during their springtime menu; they change their menu seasonally to reflect the produce of the season that they get from local growers. Each of us got an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert so we could all sample each other’s picks. I. Was. Impressed. Chef Josh is a culinary master. I choose the House Made Summer Sausage which came with cheese, grain mustard, house made pickles, and grilled bread. For a relatively simple spread, it knocked my socks off! My new mission is to figure out how to make my own summer sausage…it’s gotta be easy right? No? Moving on. I also sampled the Peach Salad (goat cheese fritters, enough said) and the Poutine (cheese curds, ditto) and both were ridiculously tasty. Apparently they have Brunch Poutine which I can’t wait to shove in my face and wash down with mimosas soon. Can you tell I’m writing this post while hungry? Never food blog while starving!


Chef Josh: Culinary and Beard Growing Master

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Have you noticed that summer always seems to belong to the kids?

They get out of school, get to go play with their friends all day, get to just lay there while you douse them all over with sunblock…and then with aloe. Being a kid in the summer is the shit!


You better make s’mores at your beach bonfire. Never waste a bonfire!

What about us?! Sure, my work is more hectic in the summer. Yeah, it’s hotter than hell and I constantly question why I ever moved to Florida. But this summer, I’m taking back a piece of it for muhself. In between chasing after my kids and screaming “put on your bike helmet!!!” and sweating in my garden while cursing the sun, I am determined to check off every single thing on my Summer Bucket List. My Starbucks name, for the record, will of course be Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. And because kids since I love basil and moscow mules, I will most definitely be trying this recipe.


Do cocktails get any more summery than this?!

What’s on your Summer Bucket List this year? Make your own, or download the free print and use mine. Don’t forget your SPF!