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    Pin Trading

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 25, 2015

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    I had never heard of such a thing as "Pin Trading". Liz had told me that it's a Disney custom and has become an obsession for some die hard Disney enthusiasts.

    In every Disney Park and the Market place there are pins and lanyards for sale. You start by buying a lanyard and a few pins. As you walk through the parks you can trade one of your pins for any staff members pin that you like. Certain pins are staff only issue so they are off limits (staf will normally explain that to guests). It's a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Liz used to be a pin nut but has resigned herself to just buy souveniers instead of doing the pin trading thing. I have become the pin trader in the family now.

    There are some really cool pins in the Parks that display certain locations, attractions, characters and celebrations occuring in the park. During our last visit in February 2015 I purchased several pins and a few limited edition ones to add to the collection.

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    Disney Treats

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 25, 2015

    My wife and I love the Disney themed treats available in the parks, shops and resorts. You can find everything from Mickey Candy apples, Mickey cookies, rice crispy treats, cakes, chocolates, candies, ice cream and more.

    We are fans of their candy apples; in particular their white chocolate apples which are so good and big enough to share. We always bring home some of these items for gifts for family and friends. Our most recent trip in February 2015; we brought home some Mickey themed shortbread cookies, rice crispy treats and chocolates for Valentine's day.

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    BEST RADIO STATION

    by Michael_D Updated Feb 3, 2010

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    BEST RADIO STATION
    Real Radio 104.1 FM
    www.realradio.fm

    Talk radio is usually hideous. But if you have the choice of suffering the wagging tongues of right-wing nitwit Republican pundits or Monster (truck) comedians, the latter are certainly more entertaining for your busy ears. Between the Monsters in the Morning 6AM-11AM(Russ Rollins, Tiffany, Tom Vann, Daniel Dennis, Dirty Jim), Jim Philips (and Moira!)from 3-7PM ..they added the Buckethead 11/3PM show in the afternoon and SPK(Kevin) has his own show at night.(7-11PM)

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    Pressed Pennies & Quarters

    by cjg1 Written Mar 3, 2009

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    I had seen machines that do souvenir coins in other places before so this was not a new thing for me to see. It is a custom for Liz to get pressed pennies from every Disney location when she visits. She's been doing this since she was a child and has a nice collection from all of her trips.

    A souvenir penny is $51 cents (two quarters and one penny). A souvenir quarter is $1.25 (5 quarters).

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    Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    All the Disney Parks and properties sell the Mickey Premium Ice cream bars and other Mickey themed ice cream treats. I had never eaten one before but Liz assured me that I had to have one. It's a good sized bar of vanila ice cream covered in a chocolate shell and shaped like Mickey's head. It was so good we actually had two in one day.

    The Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar is only $2.50 each so it's delicious and affordable.

    Mickey's Cookies n Cream Sandwich is $2.50 as well.

    Taking a Liz and her Mickey Bar

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    Refillable Mugs

    by cjg1 Written Dec 15, 2008

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    For only $12.49 (each) we were able to purchase a refillable mug at our resort. This enabled us to have free refills of coffee, iced tea, soda and hot chocolate for the duration of our stay. The mugs can only be used at the resorts but are worth it. We are both big drinkers of iced tea and that can add up at the end of the day.

    **The mugs also make a nice re0usuable souvenier of your trip.**

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    Orlandos best

    by Michael_D Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    BEST PLACE TO RID YOURSELF OF DEMONS
    The Labyrinth at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
    1901 E. Robinson St., (407) 898-3621
    www.fuconet.org

    The goal is to gain a greater awareness of the self and one's spiritual side.

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    No speak espanol?!

    by nick723 Written Aug 3, 2005

    When visiting southern FL, southern CA, or even West TX you mite want to brusch up on your'e spainish, because 3/4 of the pop's in theese area's speak only espanol. you wouldn't want to aciendly insult anyone, or find your'e self in spot and no one speaks english.

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    BEST SPANISH FOOD

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST SPANISH

    Café Aragon

    2415 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, (407) 671-
    2222,

    www.cafearagon.com

    OK, it might be best by near-default, but just because Café Aragon's menu is somewhat unique in town doesn't diminish the fact that said menu is a joy every time we eat there. The staff practically insists that you spend at least an hour with your dinner; not with slow service, but with a friendly atmosphere that's conducive to relaxed consumption of a substantial meal. Perfectly cooked meats and a variety of seafood preparations provide something for almost anybody.

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    BEST SEAFOOD

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST SEAFOOD

    High Tide Harry's

    925 N. Semoran Blvd., (407) 273-4422,

    www.hightideharrys.com

    We're very aware of the fact that there are prettier, more elegant (and more expensive) seafood establishments in Orlando. But we also know there's not a lot of class to be had when it comes to ripping into crab legs by the pound or plateloads of oysters. And Harry's serves up enormously generous portions of very fresh seafood cooked just about any way you'd want it. Couple that with a not-too-shabby beer selection (at good prices) and a supercasual atmosphere and you'll never drive to the beach just to get dinner again. Oh, wait, are we the only people who do that?

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    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

    Cedar's Restaurant

    7732 W. Sand Lake Road, (407) 351-6000

    The thing about Middle Eastern food is, well, every restaurant serves the same stuff — so you tend to just go to the one that's closest.

    Cedar's, however, adds inspired originals to the mix. The eggplant stuffed with pickled walnuts is worth the trip down to the Sand Lake Road restaurant pileup. And the usual suspects — delicate, fresh-baked pitas, silky baba ghanoush, luscious hummus spiked with ground sumac — are perfect renditions of the basics, without unnecessary embellishment.

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    BEST CEVICHE

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST CEVICHE

    Pollo Rico

    4006 S. Semoran Blvd., (407) 381-5519

    Seafood cooked in the acidic juice of citrus fruits is a glorious gift to us from the Incas.
    And the folks at Pollo Rico must be channeling the ancient deities, because their version of this essential South American dish is otherworldly. They toss big chunks of raw fish, scallops, calamari and shrimp into a vat of citrus juice (heavy on the lime) and let the acid do its thing. (South American fisherman in a hurry let the mixture sit out in the sun to cook faster.) Then they mix in tomatoes and cilantro, garnish with slices of raw red onion and corn on the cob, pile it high on a plate and put it in front of you, for the very reasonable price of about $11. And there we go slobbering again just thinking about it.

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    BEST MEXICAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST MEXICAN

    Maria Bonita

    10615 E. Colonial Drive, (407) 282-1411

    Try as we might, I can't find a better Mexican restaurant in town than Maria Bonita's. We've been there so often they know us by name, which is probably a reflection on the dearth of good Mexican in this city as much as it is a recommendation. But believe us, you're not settling for what's available when you eat here. All the standards (enchiladas, burritos, tacos) are good, and the tortilla soup is exquisite. If you're lucky, they'll even serenade you while you sip your margarita.

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    BEST LATIN AMERICAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST LATIN AMERICAN
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    Pio Pio

    5752 International Drive, (407) 248-6424

    Your first jaunt into this fabulous Colombian restaurant will be the beginning of a longtime love affair with their roasted chicken and garlic sauce. Even though Pio Pio is practically hidden in the back of an International Drive strip mall, it's clean and comfortable, and the no-frills atmosphere makes it a great lunch spot, a casual dinner joint, even a good place to dine alone. The service is friendly and even though the food choices are limited, everything on the menu could induce severe Latin-food addictions.

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    BEST KOREAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

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    BEST KOREAN

    Shin Jung

    1638 E. Colonial Drive, (407) 895-7345
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    Even your uncle from Alabama, who subsists solely on steak and potatoes, couldn't resist the bulgogi (marinated, barbecued beef) here. Every type of dieter can stuff their face on some of the tastiest meals around — meat for the low-carb crowd, chicken for the low-fat crowd. And everyone loves the array of marinated and pickled veggies provided with every meal. Try their whole menu of comfort foods and you too might be considering an early retirement in Korea.

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