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Fresco Y Más Grand Opening

There's a new store coming to town, and it's called Fresco y Más!

If you're not from South Florida, then you're probably not familiar with this grocery store chain. The first Fresco y Más location opened its doors on June 15, 2016, in Hialeah, Fla., providing customers an authentic Hispanic shopping experience.

On April 18th, Orlando will be home to a new Fresco y Más location! With two additional locations opening up in Tampa on April 11th!

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más location will include a brand new Latin Butcher, in-store café, an expanded selection of tropical fruits and a wide array of Hispanic baked goods. 

A new “Cocina” (kitchen) with chefs offering a range of freshly prepared, delicious dishes from scratch and daily specials, including arroz congris (rice dish), Pan con Bistec (steak), garbanzo (beans) and mojo pork.

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Refreshed produce department featuring a farmer’s market with a wider selection of tropical fruits and customer favorites like malanga root, green plantains, and salad tomatoes.

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Fresco y Más, works with more than 200 Florida and regional growers to source fresh produce.

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An all-new, full-service Latin butcher shop (Carniceria) will offer an expanded selection of fresh, custom cut meats including t-bone steak, roast beef, whole or half top round, and pork loin.

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The renovated bakery department will offer an expanded selection of Hispanic pastries and local baked goods, including flan, tres leches, croquettes, and custom tres leches cakes, made fresh daily, as well as a wider selection of local favorites.

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Fresco y Más stores will also feature new saving programs such as “Low Price Every Day,” offering savings on more than 800 popular products, an all-new Dollar Zone, that features over 600 everyday essentials for just $1 and an all-new Wall of Value! 

Fresco Y Mas

The new Fresco y Más store will feature bilingual signs through their store, offer residents an authentic Hispanic shopping experience that truly reflects the desires of the local Hispanic community.

The grand opening will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, and the first 500 customers to arrive at the grand opening event will receive a free mystery gift card valued between $5-$500! 

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Each new Fresco y Más will also be holding a competition among local schools where customers will have the opportunity to vote for the school that will win a $5,000 donation! 

Orlando Location:
April 18th
7382 E. Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32822

Tampa Locations:
April 11th
8424 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33615

4056 N. Armenia Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33607

Fresco Y Mas

Will you be attending the grand opening?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresco y MásAll opinions are 100% my own.

Posted on April 9, 2018 and filed under Around Orlando.

Fall Plaid Look at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall Plaid Dress

Fall is here and let me tell you, I'm all about it!

I love dressing up in warm colors and taking my boots out for a spin! Although it doesn't get too cold here in Florida, it's always fun getting in the Fall spirit.

I rarely wear dresses but this plaid dress was super comfy and the length is perfect! It allows you to move around without feeling restricted. I paired it with my favorite boots and headed out for some Fall fun!


Can you believe last week was my first time ever at a pumpkin patch and carving a pumpkin? I loved the whole process from picking out the pumpkin, to cleaning and carving it! I have to admit, it was much more time consuming and harder than I thought. But seeing my final carved pumpkin, made it all worth it.

If you've never gone to a pumpkin patch, I highly suggest you get to it! This particular pumpkin patch was located at Club Lake Plantation during their Fall Festival- which included games, hay rides and a corn maze. 

Such a fun experience and one I plan to do again next year!

Here are our pumpkin creations! Can you guess which one is mine?

Hint: Mine is the adorable one! ;)

Posted on October 30, 2017 and filed under Style, Around Orlando.

Fat Ones Opens in Florida Mall!

Joey Fatone's new restaurant, hilariously called Fat Ones (a play on his last name and reputation for being the "fat one" in *NSYNC) recently made it's debut inside the Florida Mall.

“It’s very exciting to see one of your dreams actually becoming a reality,” Fatone told “It’s been many years coming and I can’t believe it’s finally here.”

I was invited to their soft opening where I not only sampled a few of their menu items but also had the opportunity to meet Joey!  Every time I've run into him in Orlando, he's always been so gracious and down to earth.

Fat Ones- Florida Mall

The menu includes “Sloppy Joe” hot dog that comes with chili and nacho sauce, a pressed Cuban style dog, a signature “Fat One” that Fatone says is big enough for two or three to share, and the aptly named “Boybander” - a sampler with five mini hot dogs.

The stand also serves fries and nine flavors of Italian ice.

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Fat Ones-  Florida Mall

My favorite flavor was Piña Colada!

Fat One- Florida Mall

For now, Fat One's is a stand-alone kiosk inside the mall but Fatone has big plans for his brand. “We’re starting in Orlando but I could see branches of Fat One's expanding all over the country.”

Let's sure hope so!

In the meantime, if you're in Orlando, go check out Fat Ones at the Florida Mall and support our boy Joey!

Fat Ones - The Florida Mall Dining Pavillion

8001 Orange Blossom Trail
 Orlando, FL 32809

Posted on September 20, 2016 and filed under Around Orlando.

NYX Millenia Preview Event

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Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the preview party for the new NYX Cosmetics located at Mall at Millenia.

A few of us local Orlando bloggers were invited to take a first look at the store before the grand opening on Friday. We mingled over endless walls of makeup, cupcakes + champagne and gushed over how beautiful everything was.

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NYX Mall at Millenia
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NYX Millenia Orlando

I love how interactive the store is. There are mini screens in their beauty bar that have easy to recreate tutorials to help guide you through the makeup process.

Also visible throughout are large screens showcasing well known influencers and a live Instagram feed that rotates pictures from various looks using the NYX hashtag.  

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NX Millenia
NYX Millenia

The NYX store at the Mall at Millenia is the first Florida store.

How lucky are we here in Orlando?

I Snapchat the event and immediately got at least 3 people asking me where the store was located. I have no doubt this store will be a huge success.

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NYX Mall at Millenia
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NYX Millenia Orlando
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I left with a huge goody bag filled with amazing NYX products that I can't wait to play around with!

Make sure to check out the new NYX Millenia. They are fully stocked and ready for all you makeup lovers!


Photos by Getty Images

Posted on August 10, 2016 and filed under Around Orlando, Style & Beauty.

Orlando Sugar Factory Grand Opening with Kylie Jenner!

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The internationally renowned Sugar Factory American Brasserie recently opened it's doors in the heart of Central Florida- at the new I-Drive 360 Orlando Eye Complex.

I've been wanting to check out this fun establishement and luckily, was extended an invitation to take part of their grand opening event.

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Celebrity influencer, Kylie Jenner, hosted the VIP Grand Opening and red carpet event.

Around 3,000 people came out just to catch a glimpse of the star, and of course to preview the gorgeous new Sugar Factory.

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I've had the pleasure of meeting a few celebrities in my lifetime. But never, I repeat, never have I seen such an adoration for a public figure as I did for Kylie Jenner.

The crowd went absolutely crazy for her!

Not to mention, that day seemed liked the hottest day of the year and yet they still patiently waited in the heat in hopes to take a selfie with her.

That's true fan dedication right there! 

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sugar factory orlando

After a few selfies, the celebration proceeded inside the Sugar Factory.

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Sugar Factory Orlando
Sugar Factory Orlando
Sugar Factory Orlando

Not only is Sugar Factory's atmosphere one of a kind, but their menu is a great mix of sweet and savory items- including the legendary King Kong Sundae, Sugar Factory Burger and premium sweet cocktails like the Lollipop Passion.

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The Sugar Factory is a great place for late night drinks with friends.

I mean, how could you ever go wrong with a candy filled cocktail!

Can't wait to go back and try more of their crazy drinks and menu items!

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Sugar Factory Orlando

Sugar Factory

8371 International Dr #70

Orlando, FL 32819

Phone: 407-270-7082

Posted on June 23, 2016 and filed under Food & Entertaining, Around Orlando.

Experiencing Halotherapy at the Salt Room

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I first heard about The Salt Room a few years ago, on a friend's Instagram post. I remember thinking what a cool concept it was and that I needed to try it asap. Just the thought of sitting in a room made out of salt intrigued me.

I suffer from allergies and always seem to be stuffy. I don't bother using nasal spays because I'm afraid I'll get addicted to it or the effect will wear off after a few days. Plus, I'm about trying natural remedies instead.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Salt Room on Mills Ave, to experience halotherapy, also known as salt therapy.

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the salt room orlando

What is Salt Therapy?

For more than 20 years dry salt aerosol, administered in specially-designed halochambers, has been used to treat upper and lower respiratory conditions such as cold and flu, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema.

In addition, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of dry sodium chloride aerosol has been shown to effectively treat ear infection and conditions of the skin such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Salt acts like an expectorant, accelerating mucus clearance and improving lung function while killing harmful bacteria and soothing the respiratory system.

During the 45-minute session, you can relax, enjoy music or read in their cozy, spa-like salt covered rooms while breathing in microscopic salt particles.

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the salt room orlando

Surface areas in The Salt Room Orlando are covered with natural sea salt which creates a sterilized and negative ion environment.

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Shoe covers are provided before you enter the salt room.

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The salt air is highly-controlled and concentrated, which aids in providing improvement of symptoms after only one session.

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the salt room orlando

Benefits of The Salt Room Orlando:

Three comfortable spa-like treatment chambers.
Each has been meticulously designed to enhance the treatment experience. The quiet Relaxation Room, fun Children/Family room and a one-of-a-kind Yoga Room.

It’s an all-natural complement to your doctor prescribed regimen.
Dry salt aerosol therapy is 100% drug free and can be used safely in combination with your current medications and treatments to provide relief like you’ve never experienced before.

Salt Therapy has been proven effective in multiple clinical trails
In clinical tests salt therapy (also known as “halotherapy”) has proven effective at relieving symptoms of a variety of respiratory and skin ailments.

Inexpensive, safe and effective additional therapy for patients with cystic fibrosis.
A recent paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that long-term salt treatment had a positive impact on lung function and reduced pulmonary exacerbations and did not have any negative side effects.

In addition to salt therapy, The Salt Room Orlando offers acupuncture, massages, and skin care services.

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A single session for the salt therapy costs $45. You can become a member and take advantage of the monthly discounted prices for all their services.

Check out their current specials here.

I'm looking forward to my next salt therapy session- as well as trying out more of The Salt Room's services. I've never tried acupuncture, so I'm thinking that will be my next experiment!



1804 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32803

Phone: 407-965-3065

Hours of Operation
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Posted on May 31, 2016 and filed under Around Orlando, Mind & Body.

Umi Japanese Fusion Cuisine

If there is one dish I could eat every day, it would easily be sushi.

I've tried many places around town but there are only a couple of restaurants I like and frequently visit.

Umi is definitely one of them!

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I was first introduced to Umi a year ago, when I was invited to their grand opening event. From the moment I walked in, I loved everything about their establishment. From their set up, to customer service and food- Umi does it right!

Since then, I've gone back for girls night, lunch, hosting an event, and even International Sake day.

Yes, that's an actual holiday. But to be honest, I'd find any excuse to throw down Umi's Pineapple infused sake any day of the year.

Celebrating International Sake Day at @umiwinterpark!! 🙌🏼🍍🍸

A photo posted by Fiorella // Metanoia Living (@metanoialiving) on

To celebrate their one year anniversary this month, Umi has added some fresh new menu items to present new flavors and ingredients and expand upon variety and quality to their already popular menu.

Umi graciously invited me to sample their new delectable dishes.

The delicious feast started off with a couple of refreshing cocktails, Fresh Suika and a Very Berry Mojito, edamame and a Spicy Jalapeno Roll.

Umi Winter Park

The sushi chef is very particular in the type of fish and seafood he purchases. Quality is the main criteria he looks for and will not use anything that does not meet his standards. He buys the whole fish and prepares it himself. Deliveries are done up to 3 times a week in order to maintain freshness to their guests.

The sushi rice is made using the highest grade rice grains and it's prepared in traditional methods using a large wooden rice mixing tub called a Hangiri.

Spicy Jalapeno Roll: Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, jalapeño, wrapped with spicy tuna, sliced jalapeño, spicy mayo drizzle, and side of spicy kobachi sauce.

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Umi Winter Park

After devouring the first course, the focus shifted to the next plate.

Umi's Bento Tray! Their creative twist to the typical Japanese Bento box.

There are two versions- raw and cooked. I opted to sample the cooked Bento Tray.

Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park

My Cooked Bento Tray du Jour- consisting of the chef's daily selection of assorted cooked and small dishes was exceptional!

That day, the selection had a great variety and I was able to sample a few items I probably wouldn't have ordered on my own.

  • Homestyle Bibimbap served with a perfectly poached egg.
  • Cured Salmon over vegetables with balsamic teriyaki sauce.
  • Kimchi Croquette
  • Bacon Wrapped Cherry Tomatoes
  • California Roll
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I was most excited to try out the Kyo Katsu- a dish you cook yourself on a hot rock.

Kyo Katsu: Panko breaded NY strip steak (5oz)- flash-fried, served with a side of napa cabbage tossed in house-made orange dressing and a side of katsu sauce.

All sauces at Umi are homemade, even the soy sauce (which is called "Tsukuri") is modified to create a smokey flavor.  It's made with Mirin which is a rice wine, sake and bonito flakes.

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Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park
Umi Winter Park

Another unique signature for the restaurant is the use of their Robatayaki Grill.

Umi uses Binchotan charcoal- made from White Oak. The charcoal is imported from Asia and is quite expensive.  It is as natural as can be- no chemicals. It burns odorless and smokeless and burns at over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It instantly sears and locks in the juices.  

The meats, seafood and vegetables cooked on the Robatayaki Grill are implemented into the sushi rolls and plated menu items.  There is a section of the menu that is just Robata grilled items that are ordered a la carte and served for dinner.

Umi Winter park
Umi Winter Park

Pretty much anything cooked on the Robatayaki Grill will be delicious, but my favorites so far are the pork belly, skirt steak and squid. So good!

Besides all the mouth watering food at Umi, they also carry a boutique wine list of over 40 wines, Japanese imported beer, local craft beer and Soju cocktails


Everyday: 5-6:30p
Sat & Sun: 12p-3p

Small Plates
Mon - Thu: 5p-6:30p

Umi is the perfect place for any occasion or celebration. From lunch, happy hour to dinner- Umi will be your new favorite restaurant on Park Avenue!

Umi Japanese Restaurant

525 S. Park Avenue
 Winter Park, FL 32789


Posted on March 16, 2016 and filed under Food & Entertaining, Around Orlando.

Wahlburger's Grand Opening in Orlando!

The long awaited Wahlburgers in Orlando is finally open!

I was lucky enough to score a coveted spot to their invite only VIP grand opening party held at their new Downtown restaurant- which is the first Florida location so far.

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As you can imagine, the street was shut down and filled with hundreds of fans eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of the Wahlberg brothers,  Paul and Mark.

Donnie unfortunately couldn't attend due to a prior work engagement.

A&E cameras were also present filming for the brother's reality TV show, Wahlburgers, now on their 5th season- premiering on March 9th.

The restaurant, located in the SunTrust Building at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue, was only open for the VIP guests that night. 

Among the VIPs included Johnny's House from XL 106.7, former N’Syncer Joey Fatone, attorney and billboard giant Mark NeJame, franchise investors and owners and Orlando city officials.

The grand opening red carpet event brought a lot of excitement and attention to the downtown Orlando area.

The brothers raved about Orlando saying that it was the perfect spot to start their franchise in Florida. Other locations are rumored to be in the works, including Miami and Tampa.

Owner, Manny Garcia, signed a deal that will bring 20 Wahlburgers locations throughout Florida over the next several years.

"These agreements put us closer to our vision of making Wahlburgers a happy part of people's lives across America and around the world. Donnie, Paul, and I appreciate the support of our fans and all those who love great burgers," said Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg said it’s his job to bring as much attention as possible to the brand but humbly gives all the credit to his brother Paul, who serves as the restaurant’s executive chef.

“People may come in to the restaurant out of curiosity because of myself or Donnie but the reason why they’re going to come back is because of the experience that Paul provides,” said Mark Wahlberg.

I've been to a few grand openings before but nothing compares to this one. The amount of people and love shown was incomparable.

Even though the party was inside the restaurant, both Paul and Mark made sure to say hi to everyone waiting outside.

Everybody was drawn in by the brothers... and of course the food!

All of their burgers are made with quality, fresh ingredients that are classic favorites with a few creative spins.

The Wahlberg brothers are the real deal- super talented and so down to earth. I can't say enough about them. Genuinely nice guys!

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Before the event came to an end, Mark and Paul went outside and shared a touching speech and toast with everyone from the VIP party, as well as their devoted fans that had been waiting outside for hours. 

After the toast, Mark was whisked away but Paul, being hands on, stayed behind to make sure everything ran smoothly inside the restaurant.

I stayed behind for some more food... What a shocker!

Not pictured but I highly suggest getting the onion rings- crispy fried Bermuda onions sliced thin, tossed in sea salt and parsley. They were everything!!

And this is coming from someone who hates onion rings.

Get them... and everything else on their menu!

Make sure you stop by and taste one of the best burgers in town!

Walhburgers Orlando

                 200 S. Orange Avenue                 

Orlando, Florida 32801

Telephone: 407-293-7777

Posted on February 26, 2016 and filed under Food & Entertaining, Around Orlando.

Sip & Skimm: Celebrating theSkimm's 3rd Birthday!

TheSkimm turned 3!!

In celebrating this momentous date, theSkimm, along with their brand ambassadors from all over the country, came together and organized city events to bring in our favorite newsletter's birthday!

As an Orlando Skimm'bassador, I had the honor of hosting the first ever Orlando Sip & Skimm event!

The Skimm Day event was held at the beautiful Osprey Tavern located in Baldwin Park.

It was so nice to mingle and connect with fellow Skimmers!

Everyone got into the Skimm Day spirit!

To make our celebration even more festive, we had a personalized menu created and designed just for us! 

A birthday party wouldn't be complete without fabulous food and drinks, right?

Well, The Osprey Tavern definitely didn't disappoint there!

The big hit of the night and mostly everyone's drink of choice, was our very own Skimm'tini!

Yes, that's right, A Skimm'tini!!

The Orlando Sip & Skimm doesn't play! We know how to throw a party! 

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From the service, to the menu, to our amazing Skimm'tinis, the Sip & Skimm turned out to be a huge success!

Not only did we get to showcase our love for theSkimm but everyone left full, happy, and with a new Skimm'r friend!

Great night in my book!

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's celebration and a huge thank you to The Osprey Tavern for taking such good care of us!

Now, take a quick trip down memory lane and watch the video below. It highlights the beginning of theSkimm and all their accomplishments up to date. It will leave you loving theSkimm even more!

If you're not part of the #SkimmLife yet, make sure you sign up here and get ready to transform your mornings!

Posted on July 17, 2015 and filed under Around Orlando.