On Tuesday, we went to Hana Sushi, located at 397 E. Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Springs. As you can guess by it’s name, this is a sushi place — a strip mall sushi place. It was pretty good though. Not as good as our favorite sushi place here (Amura
D. tried the Kizakura Sake ($8.75) and I just had a house Chardonnay ($4) for drinks. We started with salads… a house Ginger Salad ($1.75) for me and the Tuna Tataki Salad ($8.95) for the Husband.
On Wednesday, we went to the Central Florida Zoo — which is definitely a great little place to visit if you are in the Orlando area. The entrance fee is $9.95 for adults and $5.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Even though they have several alligators within the zoo, we were fortunate enough to see one ‘in the wild’ as well — in a pond located on the property. Kind of ironic…
On Thursday, we went to the Magic Kingdom
For dinner Thursday, we went to Brio Tuscan Grille in Winter Park. This ‘typical’ Italian chain restaurant is a place we’ve visited a few times… as it has outdoor seating and it’s located in a “Lifestyle Center” — where we went to see Prom Night
For food, D. had a Chopped Salad ($3.95), chopped greens with tomatoes, olives, onions, cucumber, feta cheese and a red wine vinaigrette. Almost reminiscent of a Greek salad, I really liked the taste of this… as did D. I had the Field Greens Salad ($3.95), with Gorgonzola, pine nuts, Roma tomatoes and a balsamic dressing — also very good. Both were huge portions, dressed nicely and very fresh.
Our dinners arrived before we were done with our salads and we had to tell the server to bring them back to the kitchen. A few minutes later, they appeared again… so we reluctantly accepted them.
On Friday, we ventured to a local destination I had been wanting to try for a while… Wekiwa Springs State Park.
This place is really great… we will definitely be going back again. The Husband has been talking about this spring ever since we started coming down here 7 or 8 years ago. We’ve just never had the opportunity to visit.
This state park is a lush, tropical forest, teeming with wildlife, hiking trails and a crystal clear natural spring (for swimming) — where the water is a constant 72 degrees year round and the underground terrain is attractive to scuba divers.
Several historic pictures line the trails, showing the first visitors to the park and what the land looked like in it’s original days.
Wildlife is aplenty, with several signs depicting information on black bears, snakes, bugs, birds and critters… such as these little lizards (which are all over Florida):
On Saturday, we met up with my Brother and Sister-in-law, who happened to have overlapping vacations with us. We went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where the 3-yo and his two cousins (9 and 6) spent the day running around like banshees and having a blast playing in the Dino Dig area:
Then four wheeling through the Kilimanjaro Safari and eating lots of junk food. We were even lucky enough to score a “38 inches tall” bracelet for the 3-yo (even though he is barely 37 inches tall) so that we could all go on the Kali River Rapids.
All-in-all, a good day — especially because the temperature was comfortable and the skies were overcast… helping us to avoid a day of overheating and sunburn.
On a final Florida note… a picture something you won’t find in Massachusetts (thankfully). Gross, huh?