Orlando Adventures | Black Bean Deli

This weekend I went to a Cuban cafe called Black Bean Deli on Mills and 50.  It's been in business for roughly 15 years and I’ve driven past this place a million times yet never took the time to actually stop by.  I noticed its popularity growing and I finally decided to give it a try after a trip to the Orlando Art Museum with my friend Jonathan.

Upon walking in, I noticed they had 2 for $6 mimosa special, immediately I fell in love. As I walked in the decor was very bright and modern with industrial pieces. To be blunt I was actually disappointed by this, I thought I was walking into an old school “mom & pop” diner, not a hipster haven. Note: I have nothing against hipsters.

Nonetheless, the service was awesome, the young woman at the counter was very helpful describing the menu options. As we know, walking into any new restaurant and deciding on that first meal is a huge deal, because it can ultimately determine if you will ever go back again. I decided on the Pan con Lechon with a guava pastry and my friend Jonathan ordered the Cuban sandwich and an empanada.

Our food was served in a timely manner, considering we were starving after leaving the museum. The server brought out our sandwiches on these cute little baking pans.  To some, this may not be a big deal, but it definitely sets them apart.

Overall, I had a great experience at Black Bean Deli and I will definitely be going back. It’s honestly a great place to meet up for a quick bite to eat with some friends before heading into the heart of downtown Orlando.

Pan Con Lechon

Travel Destination | Washington D.C.

The past two months have been a whirlwind. From starting a new job, traveling, and moving. None the less, I'm still excited to share my experience while in Washington D.C. I started a new job in late February and with that transition, I also received a trip to Washington D.C. how awesome!  I should also mention this was my first time traveling to WashingtonD.C. The trip was planned during spring break so I was thrilled to dabble in the chili weather for a bit and see the cherry blossoms. Unfornuelty, the cherry blossoms didn't bloom during the expected dates due to the cold weather and snow storm.

Washington D.C. is such a historical city and it was fascinating seeing it all in person. It's overwhelming, remembering that slaves built a majority of the historical landmarks.  We went to the National of African American History and Culture which was the most memorable and breathtaking museums I have ever been to. If your name is not on the waitlist get it on there ASAP. The NMAAHC is divided into two mega exhibits, the first being the History Galleries. There is history in every crevice and it is a lot to absorb so be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster, of sadness, disgust, hope, pride and revelation.

The second exhibit screams IM BLACK & IM PROUD. Detailing all the contribution made by African American Men and Women from art, television, film, music, fashion education, theater, writing, military services, community organizations. It is all there and it will give you "Life". It took us two days to walk thru the entire museum and both days, we spent 5+ hours inside exploring everything we could.

We traveled around National Mall and visited the various landmarks like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument. In addition, we also went to Howard University, District Taco, and the cutest tea shop called Calabash, the owner was so amazing and the atmosphere, I didn't want to leave.

To end what could be a massively long post, I had an amazing time in D.C. From karaoke at Wok & Roll, late night snowball fights at the park across the street from our hotel, museum visits, the nightlife, traveling via metro. It was summed up to be a memorable experience and I excited to visit again soon.

Valentine's Day | Gift Ideas for Him

Celebrating your love should take place every day, yet there is nothing wrong with one day dedicated to showing your appreciation. With Valentine's day just around the corner, finding a gift for your significant other may not be easy.  I've always found shopping for men to be difficult regardless if it was for Christmas or birthdays and especially Valentine's day since it is typically favored towards women.  I hope you enjoy some of the gift ideas posted below. You can never go wrong an item your man can use on the regular.