Honeydukes is the famous candy shop that all the Hogwarts students who get the privilege of visiting Hogsmeade stop at while on their weekend excursions. Many students and teachers buy treats for themselves and others at this magical sweets shop. You can buy Chocolate Frogs, Every Flavour Beans, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Fizzing Wizzbees, and Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum just to name a few. The same treats can also be bought on the Hogwarts Express as Honeydukes supplies the Honeydukes Express, a train car, with the same delicious treats.

In Orlando, Honeydukes is also a highly regarded muggle destination since you can buy all of the above mentioned sweets, plus more, including various fudges and other sweets on display inside the dessert case. Pumpkin Juice is also quite popular!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts
Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour is where all the witches and wizards got their fill of dessert while visiting Diagon Alley. This is true during Harry Potter’s first visit to the Alley with Hagrid when he tried a chocolate and raspberry ice cream with chopped nuts as well as when he did lots of homework there a couple of years later and the owner, Florean Fortescue, gave him tons of free ice cream like clockwork. In the books, Mr. Forescue was dragged off and killed by Death Eaters so it’s unclear what happened to the parlour after his dealth, but luckily for Muggles like us, a visit to Diagon Alley meant we still get a chance to try some deliciously magical ice cream. And who wouldn’t want to try some delicious ice cream when you’re in Orlando in the middle of summer?

My sister and I tried the Butterbeer swirled soft serve ice cream, which was so delicious! I just don’t understand why people don’t like Butterbeer, it’s like a better and bolder caramel! Yum!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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life of a spring roll

August 12, 2014

Recently, I’ve been working on cooking more creatively. This is difficult, especially when it’s about a billion degrees out and I don’t like the idea of using more air conditioning when I’m cooking more. This means all oven options are out! But, I did go to the Asian grocery store the other day and bought an array of ingredients that were perfect for making my version of some Spring Rolls. I call them my version because Spring Rolls are usually not fried but I did fry them even though I used the normal paper thin translucent rice paper regularly used to make Spring Rolls. I didn’t want to call them egg rolls though because I didn’t put any meat in them … maybe they were just a hybrid! Anyway, this was my first experience and the whole thing definitely took longer than I had originally anticipated, but in the end, all stir frying all the ingredients, wrapping, and pan frying turned into something delicious!

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Rolled and waiting

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Being pan fried

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Ready for consumption!

Gadzooks opened up awhile ago right near my school and not far at all from where I live. I’ve been meaning to try the place, but at first was turned off because so many people I knew told me that the place was no good. From what I can remember, that was from when it just opened because now, the place is amazing! We went for lunch the other day and the place was absolutely packed. The line was literally out the door! It was totally worth the wait though.

I will admit, walking in, the 7-step process to ordering enchiladas was a bit overwhelming. I’m glad the workers walk you through the process a little bit. Watching the people in front and behind me and having gone through the process once, I am certain next time my enchiladas will taste even better than this time. And whoever it is that decided cornbread should be served inside an enchilada was genius because I got one with cornbread and the other with short ribs and both were so yum! I am in love!

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Welcome!

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Ordering enchiladas is complicated.

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Excited to dig in!

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Salad

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2 enchiladas!

{las vegas} a bit of nyc

August 4, 2014

One of my sisters used to live in NYC and another is so desperate to move there it’s real. So while we haven’t gone to the real NYC together as a family, we have visited a funny little mini version sitting on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. New York New York is most certainly not a replica of the real one, but it’s still kind of nice and I appreciate their effort in trying to transport you to the Big Apple. I do appreciate some of the details though, like the sewer caps and Hershey’s store. Actually, I’m pretty sure those two things are my favorite parts of New York New York. And since this casino was our last stop before heading out of the city, we ate what was supposed to be a quick (but ended up not being too quick due to prep and service) meal at The Original Fulton Fish Frye — somehow, I always end up eating here while in Las Vegas …

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