Curious Life, Orlando

The Six Best Veggie Burgers You Must Try in Orlando

When I was a meat eater I loved burgers. I mean I was a burger connoisseur of sorts. Since becoming a vegetarian in 2013, I’ve had to find something that I would equally enjoy. I then discovered veggie burgers and was happy to find out that there was such a wonderful variety and that I wasn’t subjected to some of the nasty processed brands found in the grocery stores. When I go out to eat at different Orlando restaurants I like to try different ones. Below are some of my favorites and their descriptions:
Shroom Burger
Yummy ‘Shroom Burger from Shake Shack!!

 

Shake Shack (Orlando, Winter Park Locations)

‘Shroom Burger

Crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheered cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato, Shacksauce

 

Cheesecake Factory (Orlando, Winter Park Locations)

Veggie Burger

A Delicious “Burger” Made with Brown Rice, Farro, Mushrooms, Black Beans and Onion. Served on a Toasted Wheat Brioche Bun with Melted Fontina Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles and Mayo

Duffy’s (Various Orlando Area Locations)

Quinoa Mushroom Kale Veggie Burger

Served on a whole wheat bun, side of cilantro-cream sauce
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The best veggie burger with Quinoa I ever had!

Burger Fi  (Various Oralndo Area Locations)

VEGEFi Burger

Crispy Quinoa +Pure-Cut Veggie Burger, White Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Burgerfi Sauce on a Multigrain Bun or Green Style

Cooper Canyon Grill (Pointe Orlando)

Veggie Burger

Spiced brown rice, black beans and hominy grits with melted pepper Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, onions, mayonnaise and mustard on a toasted sesame seed bun

Super Rico Colombian Bistro (Downtown Orlando)

Portobello Mushroom Burger

This burger was the reason I fell in love with mushrooms. Grilled to perfection this burger is topped with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, shoestring potatoes, and garnished with 3 of our signature sauces (Pineapple Sauce, Rosada, and Cilantro-Garlic Sauce)
Do you have any favorite vegetarian burgers you like to eat? Shout them out and where I could get them below in the comments.
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Curious Life, CuriousLearning

How Staying Curious Makes Your Life Better

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Banff National Park Moraine Lake, Image provided by: Pascal via https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

Discover. Learn. Do. These are the essential traits of being and staying curious. These are the traits that are essential to living the curious life. What is the curious life? It is the constant pursuit of making discoveries, learning more about your discoveries, trying out what you learned, and doing new things. This can be experienced across many areas of life, travel, food, reading, health, fashion, and much more. How are you living the curious life? Let’s talk about this in detail.

Discover

Defined as finding something or someone unexpectedly or in the course of a search. There is nothing on this earth that thrills me more than a good find. It is literally the most exhilarating feeling that I get. It’s a big world out there. You should aim to make new discoveries often. What subjects have you always wanted to know more about? What kind of challenges are you facing right now that need solutions? Putting in effort to make discoveries can help these answers come to you easily and effortlessly.

Learn

What do you with the things or people you discover? Learn more, learn more. Learning is essential to one’s growth process. In fact, deliberate learning can help you not only improve in the area of study but may help you other parts of your life. For example, learning the game of chess can help you improve concentration, precise thinking, and recognition of complex patterns. Skills like these are valuable in the workplace and no doubt can be core competencies for certain kinds of careers. I have always enjoyed learning new things and love to be around people who love to learn. I make set goals annually as well as monthly for learning new things. Carve out time to learn something new, you will improve your life.

Do

Now take what you discover and learn and get out there and do it! Don’t be one of those people who learns a whole bunch of things and do nothing with it. Get busy! Additionally, go out and try new things too. Go to that new restaurant that just opened up, try a new route to work, travel to a new city. Doing things brings pleasure to the one who learned it. Not only that I think you miss opportunities to helps others with what you know. Because when you start doing something new and find that you enjoy it, why not share it with others.  I love doing new things. I do new things on regular basis. Why? To keep my life fresh, exciting, and new. I also like applying what I learn to present situations. I recently read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and based on his teachings, I’ve been applying the principles I’ve learned in the book and guess what my relationships are getting better and so am I.
What things are you going to go and discover, learn, and do? How has is made your life better? I would love to hear it. Leave a comment below.
Curious Thoughts

Where’s Your Lipstick?

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Where’s your lipstick? That’s a common question I would get from my beloved aunt ( I love you if you’re reading this). A question I found to be annoying at times. And oh! Don’t tell me it will somehow get me a man. Like they really give a care about that. Now I will be honest, I love a good lip color and I like wearing makeup. But I didn’t like wearing it all the time. My excuses usually ranged from I didn’t have time to put it on to I don’t have the right lip liner to go with the lipstick that is currently in my purse. Truthfully I was just not trying some days and being quite lazy with it. One day it dawned on me, why do I fight against wearing some form of makeup and claim to love wearing it? I’m actually pretty good at applying makeup almost like an artist of some sort. So what is the deal? I thought long and hard about this and I start thinking about how I actually feel when I am wearing lipstick. Cute and confident. To encourage me to wear it more often, I gave it meaning. To wear lipstick is to present my best and my best brings out my confidence, which is attractive. Ah! Now I get it. Everyday I make a serious effort to not leave the house without at least some lipstick or some blush on. I’m working on adding eyeshadow too. What are you fighting against? That thing you’re fighting against may make you your best self. Explore the things that make you feel your best and start adding it to your life.
Curious Finds, Curious Reads

Spring Into Reading: A Curation of Book Lists for Your Spring Reading From Around the Web

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Spring marks the season of new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to begin a fresh new set of reads. I must confess that I often have a hard time choosing what to read next. Sometimes after reading a series of books on a particular subject, my brain demands that I take a break and read something fun and refreshing. Something that gets me thinking in a different direction. But how does one select something to read? While there are many ways to select your next read, one of my favorite ways is to find a good book list with some recommendations. If I am looking for books that are funny, books for writers, books for people that love to travel, or books that are similar to your favorite book series you can surely find it. I did some digging around the web and found some good lists and am sharing my finds with you. Check them out below:

38 Books to read when you need a dose of Happiness via Bookbub

10 Great British Books That I Wish Were Available in the States via Book Riot

23 Books You Need to Read Before You Get Married via BuzzFeed

50 Books That Every African American Should Read via The Huffington Post

100 Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs of Remarkable Women via Book Riot

Books for Foodies via This Vivacious Life or this one 14 Books Every Food Lover Should Read via Buzz Feed

Books to Base Your Life On via Ryan Holiday

18 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust via Popsugar

37 Books Every Creative Person Should be Reading via BuzzFeed

30 Must-Read Books for 2017 via Dear Crissy

25 Books Every Man Must Read via The Huffington Post

16 Books That Every Introvert Needs to Read via Popsugar

If you want more, I have assembled a board of book lists on Pinterest. So check that out too. Do you have a good book list to recommend? Leave me a comment below with your favorite recommendations.

 

Curious Reads

She’s Got Grace and Grit: Nine Black Women You Should Read About

Have you seen the movie Hidden Figures? If you haven’t you most certainly should. This movie made me smile, laugh, and cry. These ladies were overflowing with black girl magic and for that I was incredibly proud. Before I hit the movie theater to see this gem, I hit the book.  After I saw the movie it got me thinking about what other black women’s stories are out there. What other books could I get my hands on. So I started to do a little digging. To my surprise and maybe not that surprising, I could not find a whole lot of autobiographies or biographies on dynamic black women. Compared with the amount of autobiographies or biographies you find on black men. My point in saying this is that we definitely need more stories on black women written. In honor of women’s history month, I want to share some of the titles I found. It’s good to read stories about successful others that have gone before us.  Here is a small list I came up with. I hope you are able to find something that you can dive into.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Life In Motion

For years I have heard about the great disruption Misty Copeland is making in the world of ballet. I was captivated with her when I watched her documentary A Ballerina’s Tale on Netflix. I have no doubt that I will be captivated by her when I read her story. She is just an awesome all around person. She is a trailblazer for ballerina’s everywhere, she gives back, and she is an entrepreneur. Now she is motivating us to rock awesome bods with her brand new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Immortal Life of Heniretta Lacks

Before this hits the small-screen definitely read this incredible story. I find it incredible that this woman has helped so many people without her permission and without her knowledge. Odd right? Apparently that can happen. I think it will leave you questioning the ethics of how things are done but grateful for the strides made in human medicine as it might have helped someone you know or you personally.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes

If you’re addicted to the show Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy, then you should read about the woman behind those shows. Why did Shonda spend a year saying yes? What incredible things happened for her as a result? I know we all can get hesitant about saying yes to things so it’s nice to know that someone can encourage us in that direction.

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker by A’leila Bundles

On Her Own Ground

The world’s first African-American woman millionaire despite the times, the woman who is responsible for many of the hair practices we have on today. Definitely worth the read.

Around the Way Girl A Memoir by Taraji P Henson

Around the Way Girl

I’ve always enjoyed the various roles Ms. Henson has played throughout the years. She’s just a wonderful actress. She moved me in her role as Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. Now with her personal memoir, you get to read about her journey to stardom and the experiences that she has had being a black single mother in Hollywood.

Michelle Obama a Life by Peter Slevin

Michelle Obama A Life

Everyone’s favorite First Lady. With grace and grit, as her husband Barack Obama so eloquently put it when describing how she handled her role as America’s First Lady. This is probably the best origin story you will read all year.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

Condoleeza Rice

I have always liked Condoleezza Rice. I always thought she was such an intelligent woman and so accomplished who had unique background that I don’t hear from typical black women. In this particular book she talks about her family life and what is was like growing up. If you want to read more about Condoleezza and her account of what is was like to serve as the Secretary of State, I also recommend her book No Higher Honor.

I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina is the real deal ya’ll. Gorgeous inside and out. Full of spunk. A game-changer. Talented songstress. Read her story. There’s also a wonderful documentary on her on Netflix. Be sure to check it out.

Life is not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia

Fantasia

Fantasia Barrino this girl can sang. I remember watching her on American Idol and to see where she is now in life is just a wonderful thing. To read her story should be equally wonderful.
I do hope that you get to avail yourself to one of these incredible reads. Do you have some favorite autobiographies or biographies that are about a black woman that you’ve read? I would love to hear about it. Did you like this list? What’s missing from my list? Drop a comment below.
Friday Favorites

My Friday Favorites: Podcasts for the Curious Mind

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I love listening to podcasts. They are a great way to learn interesting and fascinating things. It just so happens that on Fridays while I am working I’ve designated it as my podcast listening day. I want to share with you some of my favorites as well as some new ones I recently discovered.

Some of My Favorites

Myleik Teele’s Podcast

This is my favorite podcast. I listed to it on a weekly basis. I first discovered Myleik from an interview she did with Farnoosh Torabi on her So Money podcast another favorite of mine. From that interview I was simply intrigued by her. I loved her hustle, business mind, how personable she was, and how she is in her thirties kicking butt. She exudes black girl magic. This lead me to her podcast. On her podcast Myleik keeps it real with you and the way she delivers is like you’re having a conversation with your best friend. She gives practical life advice on how to navigate work, relationships, success, business, health, makes the best book suggestions, and she answers listener questions. The podcasts aren’t long either so great for a car ride. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Let Myleik become your newest virtual BFF.

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

The So Money podcast is not your normal money podcast. In fact the intro says that if you’re looking for this podcast to be on how to clip coupons this is not the podcast for you. Farnoosh is an author of several books and contributes to other financial publications, so she is well-versed in this subject. On the podcast however, she mostly interviews successful entrepreneurs and authors. The interviews are great. I like them in particular because it introduces me to new people and possible books I can add to my reading list. She does cover financial subjects by answering listener questions in her Ask Farnoosh segment. This girl really knows her stuff! Check her out!

Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer

Mama Joyce! Need I say more. I like to start my day off with a booster shot to my faith and Mama Joyce does just that for me. She is an awesome bible teacher and speaks profoundly in the area of your thought life, speaking the right things into your life, and developing a true relationship with God.

Snap Judgment

I believe this is the first podcast I listened to when I wanted explore the podcast world. From that search I stumbled upon Snap Judgement. Started by Glenn Lewis, Snap Judgement is storytelling with a beat. Every Friday, they cover a story related to the week’s theme. The stories are vivid, intriguing, and stay with you well after it’s over. I started listening to this podcast a year ago, so I know I’ve heard thousands of stories through this podcast. A couple of stories that stick out to me was the story of two Jewish boys who were arms dealers and became one of the biggest arms dealers in history but got into big big trouble with the Feds and the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, “the world’s worst opera singer.” She was a very rich socialite from the 1920s-1940s. She liked to entertain friends with her not so good singing voice. The funny thing about this whole thing is that she actually sounded decent when she was pretending to sing. Go figure! Overall Snap Judgement is a great podcast. If you like intriguing life stories, this podcast is for you.

My New New Favorites

NPR’s How I Built This

Discovered this little gem a few weeks back. Let’s just I love Monday’s again. LOL! Every Monday a new episode is released. Hosted by Guy Raz, he interview prominent entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealist. He gets the scoop on how they built their business. I love the people’s stories so far. My favorite interviews thus far include Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Sara Blakely from Spanx, and Joe Gebiba from Airbnb in that order.

Bruce Lee Podcast

Growing up I remember my father being a huge Bruce Lee fan and watching the movies. Naturally I was exposed to it too. Man, I thought Bruce was the man. Well there’s a podcast about his life and philosophies. Hosted by his daughter Shannon Lee and culture analyst Sharon Ann Lee, each week the ladies dive into some of Bruce’s wisdom and personal philosophies that he was famous for. You get to learn not only who he was and how he lived but you also learn something you can take away for your own life. I also like the segment on there where they share about Asians and Hapas doing really awesome things with their lives. Learn how to “be the water” and give this podcast a listen. It will make you more wiser.

I hope that you give one these wonderful podcasts a listen. Even if you don’t, there are well over 100,000 out there to choose from.  A lot I know, It just means that there are some out there for you.  Below are some great places to find the perfect podcast for you:

iTunes

Soundcloud

Stitcher

Podcast Network (NPR, WYNC, Slate, Panoply, etc.)

Happy hunting! Do you have a favorite podcast? Share them with me in the comments below. I would love to checkout some new ones.

 

Image above by Daniel Filho via flickr.com (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Curious Reads

5 Books I’m Reading this Fall

Ahhh! Fall is among us. Although the official date isn’t until September 22, the start of school is always the start of fall for me. And with this season comes the time to revamp my To Be Read List. Thus far, I’ve read at little over 20 books. I am super proud of this because I haven’t read this many books in a really long time. And I’m determined to keep  going.

My mentor Dr. Stacia Pierce always says to read in the direction of your goals and right now I am focused on a few areas. They include:

  • Career
  • Personal Growth
  • Love and Relationships
  • Finance

Additionally, I do believe you should read for fun too. A good story always does an imagination good, so throw some fun reads on your list.

Here are a FEW tips for constructing your fall reading list:

  1. What are your current goals? Evaluate your goals and then determine the subjects you need to be reading about.
  2. For ideas on what to read check out reading suggestions on Amazon, Good Reads, or Pinterest on your selected subjects.
  3. Select your reads.
  4. Start reading and record your takeaways in a journal.

I’ve created a document where you can record your reading list for the fall. Download it here. fall-reading-list

Here are 5 of the books that I will be reading this fall. I plan on reading more but I wanted to share my top 5.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Skip the Party Start a Business by Ariana Pierce

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The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

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The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

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What’s on your reading list? Have a great book you’d like to recommend? Please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.