It's amazing the quality and comparability of the Cuban style food available in Hialeah. Although they appear the same the quality of the ingrediants is vastly superior to what is available to the ordinary Cuban.
Social life in many small towns in Florida like Middleburg revolves around family. Omega Park (run by the Middleburg Athletic Association) is the central point to go to. Omega Park has tennis courts, athletic fields, a playground etc. There are a number of youth football, baseball, and soccer teams. When there is a game lots of people show up to cheer for the kids and visit friends and neighbors. If you are a member of the Board of Directors of the Middleburg Athletic Association, you have arrived socially.
In many of the small towns in Florida, the important things are God, country and family. One such town is Middleburg. According to the Internet, there are around 10,000 people in the Middleburg area. I think they are exaggerating. When they have the 4th of July Parade, however, it looks like around 15,000 people attend and or march in the parade. Middleburg, like many other small towns in Florida, is a very patriotic little town.
I found that tipping was expected for almost every service in Florida and between 15 - 20% was standard.
This is usually okay as service is generally very good - those "Have a nice day" cliches are actually a genuine wish on behalf of your waitress or whoever that you enjoy your meal, experience or just your day.
On the rare occasion when service was poor I didn't tip and this felt okay too.
Although Florida has many dry areas, it is still a land of water. With lakes, rivers, swamps, the ocean, and swimming pools in many back years, many activities are based around water. For this reason you will see boats of all types and sizes. Whether you enjoy fishing boats, pleasure motor boating, sailing, and yes, even racing model boats such as those in the photo, you will find them in Florida. The models are small, but not cheap. Racing boats such as these is serious business, with clubs who sponsor weekly regattas, and eventually if you do well, you may even end up in a state tournament. New model boats such as those in the photo sell from $1,000 to $6,000. For bigger boats, Yacht brokerages and boat stores can be found in many communities, where you can purchase small used boats, or new multimillion dollar yachts, as well as all those accessories that you will be wanting to add to your boat or fishing rig. But if you are a fisherman, you don’t have to purchase a boat. You will find many fishing piers in the state that will allow you to walk out over the ocean and enjoy a day of fishing.
As stated in my second sentence, many homes also have their own swimming pools. Because of the mild climate, these are almost always outdoor pools inside of screened in closures. For cooler winter use people may heat their pools, and use solar blankets when not in use. As you drive around you will notice that some people don’t just have their pool screened in, but some even have their entire back yard screened in. This is because Florida has a lot of pesky insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Some seasons are more buggy than others, but any season can bring in a swarm of pests. Those with screened in yards, can enjoy the outdoors even when the mosquitoes and flies are present.
Florida, along with Arizona, the Carolinas, and a few western states such as Utah and Idaho are favorite places for retired people to relocate to. The sunshine, warm weather, and the lack of a state income tax, are major draws for older people who want to get away from cold climates and enjoy outside activities such as golf, shuffleboard, fishing, and boating. Because of this many popular areas of Florida have grown from small towns to larger communities with busy traffic. Housing ranges from trailer parks to manufactured or modular home communities, to luxury planned communities with their own golf courses, clubhouses, and even dockage for private boats. Even so, over the last few years the influx of retirees has slowed down some due to higher prices in of new homes, increased property values causing higher real estate taxes, expensive homeowner insurance, as well as fear of increased hurricanes. The state still expects to remain one of the more popular places for retirees to live, with new home construction geared to designs to withstand hurricane winds, and previously undeveloped areas of the state becoming more popular. In the photo you see a model boat race, with a retirement community in the background. Notice the warning sign on the small lake. Not all waters are friendly to swimmers.
Florida is populated mostly by migrants, either from within the U.S. or from other countries. One of the largest populations that have migrated to Florida are Cubans. After the Cuban revolution of 1959, people from Cuba began to leave their homes, traveling to the nearest landing in the United States, Florida. Two thirds of all Cubans who have immigrated to the U.S. live in Florida. Of these, seven out 10 live in the Miami Dade area of the state. Their influence can be easily seen in Florida, especially in Miami. Cubans have changed Florida more than any other group coming to the state. Millions of Floridians now identify themselves, as Cuban. Eighth Street in Miami has become the center of Little Havana. Only a few things such as music and food still connect Cubans to their homeland. Cuban food is a Creole cuisine, often based on onion, garlic, and pepper, with sautéed herbs and vegetables. This cuisine has influences in Spain and African cooking. Meats and legumes as well as citrus are common ingredients. Although most dishes are well seasoned, they are not overly spicy. El Pub has been a landmark for more than 40 years, and is decorated with Cuban items, including a map of Cuba that covers one wall. El Pub is very casual. The food is authentic Cuban, and you will find a lot of Spanish speaking customers in the Pub.
Besides Cubans, there are a number of other Hispanics that have migrated from such countries as Colombia to Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. You will also find people who have come from Caribbean Islands. For this reason, when Little Havana has its annual street festival, it represents many different Hispanic communities and countries. All though I have never attended this festival, I recently read a magazine article about it, and it sounds like a lot of fun, with street food and music such as reggae, salsa, bachata, and merengue. The festival, usually held sometime in March, is located between 27th Ave. and 4th Ave. along Southwest 8th street, and is the largest street festival in the country.
There are 67 counties in Florida.
The numbers correspond to the map image
1 Alachua County
2 Baker County
3 Bay County
4 Bradford County
5 Brevard County
6 Broward County
7 Calhoun County
8 Charlotte County
9 Citrus County
10 Clay County
11 Collier County
12 Columbia County
13 DeSoto County
14 Dixie County
15 Duval County
16 Escambia County
17 Flagler County
18 Franklin County
19 Gadsden County
20 Gilchrist County
21 Glades County
22 Gulf County
23 Hamilton County
24 Hardee County
25 Hendry County
26 Hernando County
27 Highlands County
28 Hillsborough County
29 Holmes County
30 Indian River County
31 Jackson County
32 Jefferson County
33 Lafayette County
34 Lake County
35 Lee County
36 Leon County
37 Levy County
38 Liberty County
39 Madison County
40 Manatee County
41 Marion County
42 Martin County
43 Miami-Dade County
44 Monroe County
45 Nassau County
46 Okaloosa County
47 Okeechobee County
48 Orange County
49 Osceola County
50 Palm Beach County
51 Pasco County
52 Pinellas County
53 Polk County
54 Putnam County
55 Santa Rosa County
56 Sarasota County
57 Seminole County
58 St. Johns County
59 St. Lucie County
60 Sumter County
61 Suwannee County
62 Taylor County
63 Union County
64 Volusia County
65 Wakulla County
66 Walton County
67 Washington County
The state seal says "In God We Trust", which is the state motto.
It has a Seminole (for heritage), the state tree (sabal palm), a ship for commerce and a sun with radiating rays to signify that the sun rises and sets on Florida.
The state flag has red diagonal strips and the state seal in the center: the stripes represent the colors of the Spanish Bourbon families.
The State Flower is: the Orange Blossom.
the State Bird is the MockingBird
the State Animal is: the Florida Panther
The state nickname is: "The Sunshine State"
The term Five Flags Over Florida refers to the five countries who have controlled the area:
Spain, France, England, Confederacy, U.S.A.
Kids really do have a great time in Orlando -they don't have to wait for Halloween to dress up.
I was most impressed with the shops - instead of the UK average " Do not Touch" everything was freely available to examine or cuddly or even just for a picture!!
Everyone does it = pose for a picture with the famous Mice - don't worry if there is a long line & you don't want to wait just go to another attraction and hey presto Mickey or Minnie will show up again sporting a different costume. Please adults be aware if there is a child in line behind you they will most definately be first after all Disney is for kids right!
Go to macdo, kfc,...everyday and eat as much fast food as possible,
if you go to restaurant make sure you get one liter of cola
dont bother with diet or light!
always drink coffee in a plastic cup!
donot use milk - use only creamer!
if you want to use milk - use only low-fat milk or skimmed milk!
Donot walk longer than 20 steps a day!
Always take your car whereever you drive!
Always take a personal id with you! - you sure look younger than 21!!!
Always take your creditcard with you!
Make sure you are always inside and the A/C is on!
Never eat outside!
Never drive faster than 55 miles!
Be as much religious as possible!
Always wear as much clothes as possible on the beach!
Drink as much as you can and always show your naked ass or your *** to everyone!
Make sure you already have a big belly!!!
Many Florida homes especially older ones are built of wood. The major hazard for a wooden house is termites. When we were first married and living in the panhandle, there was a termite swarm at the house we were renting in the evening when Bob had a night flight. The termites swarm toward the light, so I turned off the TV, and all the lights, and let them fly into the fire in the fireplace and kill themselves.
There are various more usual treatments available for dealing with a termite infestation. If the inspector suspects that a Drywood termite infestation extends into concealed areas, they may suggest a tent fumigation. A fumigation involves placing the entire structure in gas-tight tarpaulin (which resembles a circus tent), releasing the gas inside the seal, and aerating the fumigant.
Of course, first, the homeowner must removal all plants and animals, remove or place food items inside special protective bags, and stay out of the house for a three- day period. While the tent fumigation is more expensive and inconvenient for the homeowner, if done properly, it ensure the elimination all detected and undetected termites in the structure.
I took this picture of a fumigation that was done across from the children's school.
Crealdé School of Art
600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, (407) 671-1886,
There are muses flying in and around the quaint bungalows at Crealdé School of Art, the slice of artistic heaven on the shores of the lake hidden behind a Publix. Whether it's photography, drawing, painting, pottery, welding or whatever, the roster of artists/educators features some of the best talents in the area, and kids and adults have been filling up on inspiration since 1975. Not that it's a big deal or anything, but the school is well-regarded for its weekly "Life Drawing" classes (working with, ahem, live nude models).
BEST RAVE BAR FOR METALHEADS
Previously at :08, 100 W. Livingston St., (407) 839-4800,
Back around the end of last year, noted hillbilly hangout :08 attempted to resurrect the Edge's glory days by opening up Club ONX within its cozy confines. Looking to cater to the alternative/radio-rock crowd, the space hosted about two months' worth of metal shows before hastily rechristening itself the easier-to-pronounce Onyx. Apparently, people were reading a little too much into the misspelled title (like us, for instance).
Everyone knows that metalheads and cowboys do not generally mix well, but add in some manglers looking to rave all night and you've got a riot in a box. Even with a new sleek name, though, the room couldn't rebound from dismal attendance and promptly shut its doors.
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