Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the popular Orlando restaurant, entertainment, and shopping district inside of Walt Disney World recently underwent a facelift. Renamed Disney Springs, this area of trendy shops and restaurants centers around a man-made spring, a nod to Florida’s most precious natural resource.
I walked into Sam’s Club and got a shock- the strawberries were from Mexico. Florida’s own Plant City, host of the historic Florida Strawberry Festival was only an hour or so away…
Java. Coffee. Kaffe, Café. It doesn’t matter what you call that deliciously addictive morning brew that us mothers rely upon to help us wake up and give us the energy to keep up with our kids, as long as we have a mug of it somewhere within reach. I became Starbucks obsessive as a new mom. The coffee I knew in Greece was a tiny ceramic cup of thick sludge, bitter or overly sweet when loaded with sugar…
We were visiting the city and I decided to treat everyone to a iced slush- it was a chain fast food place, the same as our local fave, so I assumed we’d be getting the same thing. I took a slurp of my iced lemonade and received a nice mouthful of lemonade and bleach- ugh! Never again, I decided and headed home to recreate my favorite chilled drink in the comfort of our own home- with our own non-chlorinated well water.
Now that you have decided whether a foodie lives under the roof, it’s time to take their Cooking Skills to a whole new level: The Master Chef.
So, you’ve introduced your child to the kitchen, shown them around the necessary utensils and started them at the basics. What comes next? Once they (and you) are comfortable in the basic level, perhaps it is time to kick it up a notch and introduce them to the next stage: Intermediate Cooking.
“I’ll make breakfast, mom.” Those are the words I both dreaded and wanted to hear. As my daughter whipped up ham and cheese omelets for everyone, I realized my days as chef in our kitchen were numbered. When she added the spinach, “because it tastes better with spinach,” I chucked my apron into the closet and decided that maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing. But not every child has access to a resident chef, so where do you start when you want to teach your child how to cook?