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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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.
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6 Money Books to Help you Slay Your Finances

April is Financial Literacy Month so in honor of this special month, I took the time to compile some serious reads that will help you out. These awesome reads will not only help you shape up your budget but help you improve your money mindset and put you on a path to growing your money. So go on and slay boo slay.

  1. Girl, Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Ya’ll remember Oprah’s Debt Diet? That was some years back but Ms. Glinda was one of the financial gurus featured on the show. Her book will help you get your financial life together. With real-life examples throughout the book Glinda shows how you can go from a hurting money situation to a hopeful one. I liked this one particularly because it gives you a whole list of ideas on ways you can increase your income.

Girl Get Your Money Straight

2. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

A quick and resourceful read that is rich in information. What I like about this book is that it teaches women financial independence and really how to “own your money.” In the back of the book there is an entire appendix section that deals with the budgeting process, investing, and real-life scenarios that include solutions.

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3. Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel

“You mean I can’t be nice about getting this money?” Well not according to Frankel. You definitely have to step up your money game on the road to wealth. There are so many money habits that we’ve carried on with for most of our lives that are poison to wealth building and financial independence. Run and get this book and start breaking those habits today.

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4. You’re Broke Because You Want to Be by Larry Winget

What a bold statement to make. But it’s true. I hear you, I hear you. I hear your excuses as you’re reading this. Whatever your excuse, Larry debunks it in this in your face read. After you’re done reading this book, you won’t have an excuse.

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5. Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

Where my six-figure ladies at? Apparently everywhere. Stanny wanted to improve her own financial situation and began speaking to other six-figure earners on how they got there and is sharing what she learned with us. Get the book and learn the secrets for yourself.

Six figure women

6. Get a Financial Life Personal Finance in your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner

Now this book right here, should be in everyone’s library that is in their Twenties and Thirties. I personally think it is a great reference book to have. You don’t have to read this cover to cover. Each chapter includes a summary or a crib sheet of sorts, so if you’re in a hurry you can still get the information you need.

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What are some other financial reads that you have found helpful? Increasing your financial knowledge is the best thing you can do for yourself. To learn more about financial literacy, check out http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/. The site features an awesome 30 steps program that gets you on the road to better financial health.

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6 Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals

It’s the second month of the year, how are you doing on your goals for the year? I know many times we enthusiastically set goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year and as the year goes on, we lose sight of them. Today, I want to share with you 6 ways you can stay focused on your goals.

Write them out in a notebook often 

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This is My Year Journal (Goal Setting Journal)-Mytaughtyou.com The Success Journal-www.lifecoach2women.com

What is written is real. There is power in writing things down. Multiply your power by writing out your goals often in your favorite notebook. I noticed that I got more accomplished when I would write things down. Up your success rate by writing your goals in present tense. For example, I produce $10,000 more in income. Now if you read that out loud, I guarantee you that your mind went to work on how to bring that statement to fruition. Give it a try.

Create a picture collage

Goal Collage
Made with PicCollage app for IPhone

As the second month began, I wanted to focus on specific goals for the month. In order to this, I came up with the idea of making a picture collage and setting it as my lock screen on my phone. You can do this too. Just use any collage making app on your phone and ta da, you have your own personal goal collage.

Make a goal card and post it up

Goal Card

These precious babies were created by life coach Stacia Pierce and are great for when you want to focus on a specific goal. It has complete instructions on how to use them on the back side and the front is where paste a goal picture and write out your goal along with a positive affirmation. Want to give these a go for yourself? You can order them here. http://lifecoach2women.com/main/product/goal-cards/

Create a Pinterest board

Pinterest Board

Oh Pinterest, how I love thee. Pinterest is a great place to pin great ideas and is a wonderful visual tool too. You can make yourself a goal board and pin pictures that represent that goal. You can also write your goal in the description area for more focus.

Make a Goal Board

Vision Board

In addition to a digital board or if digital isn’t your thing, you can make a physical goal board that you can post up somewhere at home. To do this you will need the following:

2-5 Magazines

Scissors

Glue Stick

Foam Board (large or small)

Within the magazines, find pictures and words that align with your goals. You can do a board one of two ways. 1. For a specific goal or 2. For multiple goals.

Evaluate your goals every 30 days

Taking personal inventory on your progress is key. Otherwise, how would you know if you making progress? Ask yourself some key questions and be honest with yourself. From your answers take action, make the necessary adjustments, and you will be well on your way to success.

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How to Stay Curious: Meet New People

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If you want to lead a curious life, you must get out and meet new people. Depending on your “why” for meeting new people, this gives you the opportunity to meet people that are interesting and could change your life.

I believe that people are curiosities in themselves and are worth every bit of the effort that it takes to get to know someone. So, how does meeting new people keep you curious? I came up with a few ideas.

  1. You can learn from the people you meet- At an art festival I attended, I met a man who worked with grad students in the Health Communications field. Through conversation with him, I learned that he had a love for history and like to read books on history. Somehow the topic shifted to alcohol consumption in England and how they drunk a lot of wine because the water quality was so bad, something he learned from a historical book he read. The topic was random yes, but I learned something new.
  2. You meet more people-This always happens and it’s a good thing I think. Usually, when you make one new friend, they are kind enough to introduce to their other friends. Adding more people to your wolf pack.
  3. It makes you more interesting- Curious people are the most interesting people you will ever meet. Meeting new people gives you a chance to show off just how awesome you really are. People love meeting other appealing people like themselves.
  4. Idea Swapping-This is my favorite part of meeting new people. Trading ideas and making cool suggestions. As you get to know someone, what comes up quickly is some sort problem they have, something they are looking for, or fun things they are into. Some cool people I met recently swapped ideas with me for different vegetarian foods and how to prepare them.

So where are some places you could meet new people to add to your wolf pack? Here are some places below. Feel free to try one or all.

  1. Special Interest Groups
  2. Networking Events
  3. Adult Sport Leagues
  4. Church Event
  5. Take a Class
  6. Annual Events
  7. Art Gallery Night
  8. Supper Club
  9. Library or Bookstore
  10. Race
  11. Volunteering
  12. Conferences
  13. Happy Hour
  14. Festival
  15. Video Game Tournament
  16. Spoken Word
  17. Karaoke Night
  18. Dance Club
  19. Trivia Night
  20. Cafe
  21. Bike Tour
  22. Hobby or Special Interest Group
  23. Maker Spaces
  24. Conventions
  25. Community Meetings

I hope this list gets you started on to making some new friends. What are some other ways you like to meet new people? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Out on the Town: Celebrating All Things Arts at Artlando

On last weekend I took an entire Saturday and celebrated all things artsy. Ever since I moved to Orlando, I’ve always wanted to attend Artlando, a 1-day festival that celebrates various forms of art, but I always had to work and this year was the first time I was off. So I was ecstatic! I love art and I love watching performances and this festival seem to have it all. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

The event was held at the beautiful Loch Haven Park, Orlando’s cultural corridor. Loch Haven Park is home to several of Orlando’s top museums such as, the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Rep Theatre and Mennello Museum of American Art.

I arrived at the park using a Juice bike. Juice Bike is the new bike-sharing program here in Orlando. I got a chance to first try this out during a city bike tour I went on a few months back. If you’re interested in touring the city by bike you can find bike stations all throughout Downtown Orlando, the Loch Haven area and in Winter Park.

Two words. Food Trucks. The festival featured some of my favorites from the Tasty Tuesday’s events so this was a definite score for my belly. LOL.

I got to attend the event VIP style. Thanks to the Orlando Weekly I won a VIP ticket to Artlando when I attended Tasty Tuesday’s in the Milk District. I was super stoked! Saturday was a scorcher and if you had VIP, you got to sit underneath a shaded tent, you received 14 drink tickets (lots of soda and water for me, Yay!), and a complimentary T-shirt. The other cool thing about having VIP is that you get to meet perfectly awesome strangers. One gentleman I met works with graduate students in the Health Communications field. Another gentleman I met is a veteran and does YouTube videos to help people relax. His friend that he was with is a former makeup artist and works for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, one of the most curious’ places in America. Conversation with these two was refreshing, inspiring, and enlightening. Needless to say, I had a blast.

The main stage is where most of the performances took place. On the main stage I watched an explosive science experiment, several ballets, and a fantastic accapella group from UCF.

The art vendors were really cool too. My favorite booth of them all was the Poetry Vending Machine. How the poetry vending machine works is that you give the writers a title for your poem and three words. After your submission, that turn your title and along with the three words given and turn into a beautiful piece of poetry in 20 minutes.

Overall, Artlando was a fantastic time. I can’t wait for next year’s event. Check out my pictures below from the event.

My guide to all things art!
My guide to all things art!
Some VIP goodies. I got to choose the design of my own shirt.
Some VIP goodies. I got to choose the design of my own shirt.
Custom shirts done on site
This artist used pastels to make his creation on the sidewalk
This artist used pastels to make his creation on the sidewalk
Graffiti Art
Graffiti Art

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Sea Lady Art
Sea Lady Art
Eye of the Tiger on a Scion
Eye of the Tiger on a Scion
Eye of the Tiger
Eye of the Tiger
The Poetry Vending Machine. My favorite booth
The Poetry Vending Machine. My favorite booth
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Out on the Town: Couture Culture at Snap! Orlando

Last Friday night, I got a chance to check out the opening gallery of Couture Culture at Snap! Orlando. It was my first time visiting since they got their own space and I must say that I am quite impressed. Couture Culture is a unique collection of art and photography that represent fashion and the beauty industry over the years. If you have an opportunity, definitely check it out it will be on display until November 7. Here are some of the moments that I captured from the evening.

The beginning of the evening
The beginning of the evening
Enjoying Photos of the late Coco Chanel. These Photos were taken by talented photographer Douglas Kirkland was tasked with capturing Coco Chanel at what she does best. These set of photos were my favorite.
Enjoying photos of the late Coco Chanel. These Photos were taken by talented photographer Douglas Kirkland was tasked with capturing Coco Chanel at what she does best. These set of photos were my favorite.
Coco Chanel Photos
Coco Chanel Photos
My favorite Coco Chanel photo out of the bunch. Looks like the models were having a blast with her.
My favorite Coco Chanel photo out of the bunch. Looks like the models were having a blast with her.

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Chic shot of attendees at a Fashion Show in NYC during New York Fashion Week
Chic shot of attendees at a fashion show in NYC during New York Fashion Week.
Foxy Lady Exhibit
Foxy Lady Exhibit
Snap! Space Outdoor Patio was one cool space
Snap! Space Outdoor Patio was one cool space
Fashion jewelry examination. Very intricately designed rings
Fashion jewelry examination. Very intricately designed rings
My favorite photo of the night. A perfect silhouette of the "Curious Gal."
My favorite photo of the night. A perfect silhouette of the “Curious Gal.”