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I talk about food ALL the time but I do have other interests as well. I promise I’m not eating 24/7. Let’s see, some of my other interests would include music, photography, and random adventures. So, not terribly long ago I purchased a Groupon for Colors & Bottles. Colors and Bottles is a website that specializes in painting classes in select cities. What you do is, go to the website, select the city you’re closest to, pick out the art you would like to paint and purchase a ticket. The painting classes are not at a specific location but rather a few different ones depending on which date you picked. So the artwork and the location varies, also some of the classes are BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage).
You can go on the website and look at the different artwork they have up. The styles vary and the prices do too. Expect to pay around $20-35.
It’s fun because you make your own artwork. I seriously haven’t painted anything since I was in 5th grade, so it was pretty exciting to me.
The original artwork I picked out got changed at the last minute so I signed up for a different class instead. My location for the event was the Falcon Bar in Thornton Park. It was a small place and it filled up pretty quickly.
There was the artist and an assistant who helped her out. We had our little aprons on, a blank canvas and some paint. I was pretty eager since it had been ages where I painted anything for “art”. Painting the house doesn’t count! Well, since the class was at the Falcon Bar, alcoholic beverages were available. I, however, didn’t drink because I wanted to be focused. Not sure how buzzed artwork would turn out. I generally like to try things sober first. It’s…usually a good idea.
Well, our instructor would tell us what colors to blend, the direction to paint and all that good stuff. It was fun mixing the colors and at one point. she told us to get creative. You don’t have to tell me twice!
I went completely off the original path and I loved it! Colors and Bottles is great for private events! It’s just $35, you pick the date, location, and your painting. I really enjoyed it and got to explore the artistic side that I didn’t know the Feisty Foodist had in her.
I present to you…“Mango of the Night”! My first masterpiece! I may have to sign up for more classes and start a collection. It was a fun time and definitely great for groups! The prices are reasonable especially since they supply everything to you.
Go ahead, sign up, try something different and the most important thing, have fun!
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m not the biggest beer fan in the world. Terrible, I know. BUT I want to learn! Being such a food enthusiast, I do think it’s good to have some sort of understanding/appreciation for craft beers. Also, places that have craft beers tend to have ciders which I most definitely enjoy.
I recently went to the 20th Annual Florida International Beer Festival, on May 18. It was at the History Center in Downtown Orlando. An opportunity arose for this fantastic event when I won a free ticket. Let’s just say that I’m very attached to my phone and I’ve got quick fingers. Through the powers of Yelp I got a free ticket. Speaking of which, I love Yelp. If you want to get an idea of what’s going on in town, Yelp is a great resource.
So this was my first beer festival! I was actually super excited about it. So I got my beer cup and I started doing my rounds. It was even better that there was some food. One especially to make note of was Big Papa’s Sauces. The Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce had such an amazing balance between the sweet and spiciness. The spicy really came out at the end. Wow! The other ones were pretty decent but the Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce was definitely a winner.
As far as beers go, I definitely tried a lot. The Florida Avenue Blueberry was good, you could smell the beer but it wasn’t too sweet.
I liked Pilsen, nice and light.
Medalla Light, apparently this is the Puerto Rican piss beer but I didn’t think it was that bad.
I think the worst drink of the night for me was the Mango Mead. Too cough syrup-like and too sickeningly sweet. This is coming from a girl who likes her framboise and ciders.
My highlight of the festival would have to have been McKenzie’s Hard Cider Special Reserve. It’s Autumn in a bottle! I could definitely taste the cinnamon! Delicious! (Although having it cold was quite refreshing, I can see it being equally great served warm.)
For it being my first beer festival, I had an amazing time! If you haven’t been to a beer fest, you should definitely check it out. It was a fun time trying the different beers and I also saw an awesome t-shirt.
Anyone near downtown in the mood for a hot dog? How about a beer to wash it down with? At Frank & Steins, they have a variety of franks even veggie hot dogs (“the Greek Goddess”). As you step in, it’s got a warm appeal to it although it’s cold in there. Brrr… Also, the service has been on the “eh” side. Nothing spectacular and sometimes it’d be hard to flag down the server. With that being said, the hot dogs are tasty as long as you’re not in a rush to go anywhere. They have board games, which are always fun in my book. The beer list is also extensive, you’ll be sure to find something you like.
During this trip, I chose the “build your own frank”. Between drinking my Framboise, watching TV, playing a board game, my food finally came. It had a marbled rye hoagie, all beef hot dog, tomatoes, onions, corn salsa, pickles, cucumbers, fried onion strings, relish, fresh garlic, and grated cheddar cheese. Let me tell ya, there was a lot of flavor with this hot dog.
I also ended up ordering a Texas Frito Pie. Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the best. It really hit the spot. So if you’re not looking for great service and don’t mind getting a little messy, go to Frank & Steins.
On a side note when you tell friends to meet you here, make sure you say “frank AND steins”. One of my friends kept looking for “Frankenstein”. :p