Monday, August 6, 2012

Hang Outs - South Eola District

By Ryann Lugo

In last month’s article, we reviewed two of the coolest night-life spots in this district, but that’s not all there is. This area is surrounded by a ton of fun things to do and places to dine, shop, or just walk around. Visit boutiques like Obsession and Zou Zou, or eat at some yummy, super chill restaurants like Shari Sushi Lounge, Mucho Tequila and Tacos, and Relax Grill. Within all great down-town areas there’s an awesome family-owned winery, like the Eola Wine Company, to lounge around, enjoy good company, and try something new.

Let’s not forget the very emblematic lake itself, with its epic fountain and swan boat rides. Without a doubt, one of the best times to be there is during the Orlando Farmers Market, held every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. What is awesome about this tradition is that all goods are locally made – arts, crafts, exotic foods, plants, candles, soaps, honey, and fresh fruits and veggies, just to name a few. You can also bring your dog and treat him to home-made, gourmet goodies.

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I showed up with my friends on one of those outlandishly warm days. We beat the heat with delicious smoothies, kicked back in the grassy shade, and listened to great live music. I indulged in some boiled peanuts, grilled corn, authentic Filipino and Hawaiian food from “Overrice,” and delicious Jamaican food from “Mobay Bakery.” And that’s the story of how I got fat. But the food was so good!

My friends and I had an awesome time, walking around and admiring all of the hand-crafted work. I was tempted to buy my very own steel drum but I couldn’t decide between the one with the hand-painted Batman symbol or Sponge Bob Square Pants. There was also a lot of really beautiful functional stuff, like pottery, leatherwork, knitted accessories, and wood-work. I settled on a pair of interesting earrings, and took home delicious blueberries. I’ll definitely be back soon for some early Christmas shopping.

If you ever have a free Sunday, you should definitely come check it out. It’s the perfect place to hang out and just enjoy the day. Check the weather thought, don’t get chased off by the 3 o’clock rain! If you have any suggestions for next month's Hang Outs let us know in the comments below.

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