Fri(yay) Lovin’ #9

Me, rn.

I honestly thought Friday was never going to get here. After living what could possibly have been the longest week of my life, saying goodbye to my two favorite coworkers as they move on to better opportunities (RIP Swizzle Spot), crying, and meeting my new boss, I deserve a Sleeping Beauty-type nap to recharge and prepare myself for whatever BS 2017 is going to throw my way.

From Pulse to the election results to Instagram stealing the Snapchat interface, it goes without saying that 2016 will not be remembered fondly by many.

But listen, I’m not here to drag you down and I don’t want you to think that this blog post is a cry for help. A few things in life still excite me (I’m looking at you, Chipotle burrito bowls), so without further ado, here are the things I’m loving this week.


Back in the summer of 2014, my friends and I came across a Kickstarter campaign trying to raise money for Bibliotheca, an entire biblical library separated into volumes and designed purely for reading.

According to the founder, the text is reverently treated in classic typographic style, free of all added conventions such as chapter numbers, verse numbers, section headers, cross references and notes. Basically, it reads like a book, which is perfect for someone like me who enjoys reading but goes into a catatonic state when opening the Bible. Something about how busy those pages look make me feel like I’m back in my college humanities course…

The design was simple and the collection of books cost $75 so like good little Christian hipsters, we went ahead and ordered them.

For two years we waited and I eventually forgot about the order until a Christmas miracle occurred this week and they showed up on our doorstep!

They look and feel exactly as they were advertised, so I’m thinking that my resolution for 2017 should be to read the collection of books (I don’t really care for resolutions though). It will be interesting to read the Bible in the form of a novel and I’m also a little “eh…” about someone having taken apart the Bible and rewritten it. I mean, I don’t know if he edited things out or took creative liberties with the text, so we’ll see! For now, I’m just really excited Bibliotheca finally arrived and that I’ll be able to read it.

El Churry:

El Churry food truck became one of the first food trucks to cater to the late night crowd back in 1998 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (hey, that’s where I’m from!). They were also the first restaurant in Puerto Rico to offer churrasco sandwiches.

Their fan base kept growing throug the years and they continued opening new locations to keep up with demand–which brings me to this exciting announcement: EL CHURRY IS OPENING A FOOD TRUCK IN ORLANDO!


They made the exciting announcement on their Facebook page a few days ago, making every Puerto Rican living in Orlando cry tears of joy (and all the Puerto Rican’s living in Miami green with envy).

On their menu you’ll find burgers, wraps and sandwiches. My favorite thing on the menu is the Mixto sandwich which consists of churrasco, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, potato sticks and mayo-ketchup (the only time I’ll ever willingly consume mayonnaise). All that is stuffed in Puerto Rican sweet bread known as “pan sobao.” The delicious sandwich was actually featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

The food truck is set to open in January but I won’t have to wait that long to eat at El Churry because…


For the first time in the 12 years I’ve been living in Florida, I’ll be able to spend the holidays back home. If you know me, you know that during the timeframe of Dec. 24-25 I spend hours scrolling through Facebook pictures of family parties I am not at or receiving Snapchat images and videos from my nieces. Well my friends, this year I’ll be doing the Snapchatting.

I am excited to spend time with my dad and my stepmom, to see my nieces and nephews, my friends and family, to eat all of the food and explore parts of the island I’ve never been to before (so thankfully, that means I won’t be trekking through the rainforest for a third time).

I’m counting down the minutes until I board that plane, fam!

“I am ready for Christmas food.” Instagram: @PepitaSandwich

What are you doing for Christmas? Are you going anywhere exciting or is there a gift you’re hoping to get? 

Happy Christmas, loves. 



ICE! brings holiday classic to life

Sup? Christmas Psycho here…

Over the weekend, a cold front slowly slid across Central Florida, bringing with it something us Floridians yearn for during the holidays: SWEATER WEATHER!

However, sporting my boots and scarves in 49-degree weather did not prepare me for losing complete feeling of my hands and face. Let me explain…

I was lucky enough to spend the night at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (fancy!) this week as part of a media event and check out ICE! 

The holiday classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was brought to life in two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures thanks to a team of artisans from Harbin, China! Kept at a chilly 9 degrees, this walk-through holiday attraction features four ice slides, a live carving zone, a breath-taking Nativity scene carved from crystal clear ice and tons more!


Cirque Dreams Unwrapped:

Before bundling up for ICE! make sure you carve out some time to check out the all-new Cirque Dreams Unwrapped on the Emerald Bay Stage (or more the more easily recognizable “You know. The stage in the atrium where the giant tree is.”). Jugglers, aerial contortionists and mind-blowing acrobats will entertain the entire family during this 25-minute performance.

ICE! & On The Blocks: 

Armed with a blue parka that’ll make you look like this…

and feel like this…

…You’ll find yourself transported far from sunny Kissimmee and fully immersed in a winter wonderland! Straight out of the pages of the holiday classic, the attraction walks you through six rooms, depicting different parts of the story, like “the children, nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads!”


Or chill out at the coolest bar in Central Florida: the On The Blocks ICE! Bar! Adults 21+ can upgrade their ICE! experience to enjoy a sampling of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Goose Island Beer plus a choice of a Maker’s Mark or Absolut specialty drink, or Hidden Crush Cabernet or Chardonnay, served in a souvenir glass—yours to keep! Ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities set the mood for this unique VIP experience.

But the fun doesn’t stop there…

There’s still much to do after you’ve thawed out! From building gingerbread houses to your very own stuffed friend, you will not run out of opportunities to unleash your creative side (and eat all the candy meant for the gingerbread house).

What do people do with these? Display them? Eat them?
The cutest little Build-A-Bear I’ve ever seen!

Have you been naughty or nice? If you’re unsure on where you stand with Santa this year (and would rather get the new iPhone instead of a lump of coal), make sure to stop by for a chinwag and a picture. And for the competitive souls out there–challenge your friends down the Alpine Rush snow tubing experience or see who can search the resort for the hidden Elf on the Shelf scout elves!

Free scavenger hunt books are to be found at the front desk. Pic courtesy of: Experience Kissimmee.

ICE! at the Gaylord Palms will be going through January 3, 2016. To find out more about hours and prices, click here


This post originally appeared on HypeOrlando.