Whether it’s for the amazing new foods you get to try or the to-die-for photo locations, everyone has a foodie in them waiting to break out and brunch out. Being in Orlando, we are so lucky when it comes to food. There are so many small businesses in Winter Park and in the downtown area. So many different genres of food are within our grasp, even closer than we may think. Whether it’s in the Knights territory or a thirty-minute drive away, there’s a place in Orlando for you. I’m someone who enjoys getting out there and trying places that I’ve never been to before. A disadvantage to my social life has been the lack of permanent transportation due to me not having a car, but not having a car doesn’t stop me from exploring the lovely Orlando. Many ways to expand your horizons are just at the touch of your fingertips.
- Food Accounts
All over Instagram, you can find people who post photos of delicious meals that you’ve probably never seen in your life. Some of the accounts I follow are out of this world and make me want to travel to certain areas just for the food. Many accounts are focused on specific areas, which is how they usually how they title their accounts. The location you’re looking for will usually be in the name or mentioned on the Instagram page. They might tag the restaurant’s account or put the location at the top of the post. It all comes down to research and slight stalking for food. If you look at the followers of the account and search the word ‘food,’ you could find a restaurant trail that may never end. Personally, taking the time to do this is the equivalent of sitting in place for two hours while watching Tik-Toks. Who wouldn’t want to stare at food for hours?
- Location Hashtag
There’s a lot you can get from a location hashtag on Instagram. The tagged location at the top of a photo not only leads you to an organized file of recent and past posts tagged in that same area but also shows you a map with other nearby locations on it. Looking at hundreds of strangers’ faces isn’t the point of the game, however, it can give you great insight into what’s around that area for you to do or take pictures of. Not only can you do all of this, but these hashtags could also lead you to more locations or food accounts. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- Internet Searches
If you’re like me, you’ll break down your Google searches to the most basic ideas. If I’m looking for a muffin shop that also sells plants in a certain area of Orlando, I will search exactly that. Google will always give you results on what you’re looking for, especially if you get specific. If the internet didn’t exist, I feel like I would be more sheltered than I already am from everything that goes on around me. You don’t need to only rely on Instagram and Google — you can also use other social apps, like Pinterest or Twitter, which could also lead you down many different rabbit holes.
- Word of Mouth
Discovering new food and branching out is also possible by word of mouth. When you’re around people who prefer certain restaurant atmospheres or types of food, take the chance to ask where they like to eat. Most people don’t find it offensive; it’s interesting when you ask them where they like to eat. At our point in society, we should be working harder to converse more, and getting the chance to schedule a lunch date is the best!
The next time you get an hour to yourself, jump on social media and start discovering your inner foodie. Chase after that unique eatery! Enjoy yourself and enjoy your food.