The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

In case you didn’t know, I’m a little tiny bit of a Harry Potter nerd. As in, one of the biggest things I miss about having cable is Harry Potter weekends on ABC Family. On those weekends, I love turning on the TV, watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the millionth time, and doing my laundry/dishes/writing/photo editing/etc done.

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Needless to say, I’ve been DYING to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter since it opened at Universal Orlando.

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Universal Studios Florida

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As I previously said, we went to Universal Studios in Orlando over the weekend. I hadn’t been to Universal since I went to Halloween Horror Nights years ago with Sonja (for the record, I was over HHN about 35 seconds after we got there). Before that, I hadn’t been since I was a kid. Anyone else remember when Universal had the Nickelodeon area? I totally do. That was also when SNICK was the coolest and Clarissa was a fashion icon. But I digress.

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Bongos Cuban Cafe

While in Orlando a couple of weeks ago, I also gave Gloria Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Cafe in Downtown Disney a try. Or rather, Stephanie made us reservations & said we were going. Cool with me. Being the one to always pick the restaurant gets old, so its nice to have someone else do the picking for you.

Naturally, since it was a Cuban restaurant, I had to start out with a mojito:

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I may or may not have a mojito problem. I love the subtle sweetness, the hint of mint & the refreshing lime. To me, a good handmade mojito is the perfect summer drink. This mojito was miles above the one I’d had earlier at the pool.

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Graffiti Junktion

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Situated in the adorable Orlando neighborhood of Thornton Park is modern burger joint Graffiti Junktion.  Being the home of Mickey Mouse & a massive tourist trap, Orlando has an overabundance of crappy chain restaurants, so I was really excited when Stephanie’s friend Carla suggested a local restaurant. Their website boasts that they are “An American Burger Bar Like No Place Else”, so I had to find out what the fuss was all about.

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Earl of Sandwich

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When we walked into Downtown Disney for lunch yesterday, I was completely expecting to pay $20 for a salad & $5 for a Diet Coke as Disney is known for slightly outrageous prices.

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