Do I need a vacation? Yes. Whoops. What I meant to say, was do YOU need a vacation? If the answer is an affirmative, you may just want to toddle on over and enter to win a getaway to Kissimmee, Florida. The next time you can get your hot little hands on a trip is 6/1/09, when the next names will be drawn. You might win a weekend for two, or a week long vacation for four.
What if you have three children? Have them draw straws and the loser stays home. Of course I am only joking. You could take another couple instead. If you are single, take three random strangers. That is always good for a laugh.
Kissimmee is in the heart of Central Florida, not far from the amusement parks, but far enough removed to give you more of a small town atmosphere. In otherwords, you can definitely take a short drive to say you passed by the giant Coca Cola Cup at Disney, but you can rest your head somewhere less caffeinated and sugary. Speaking of a small town, did you know that the greater Kissimmee it boasts over 145 restaurants? As far as I last checked, the last time I lived in a small town, people pressed their faces against the glass to look at the rolls on the table at the town’s first and only sit down restaurant. Everything is relative, of course. Compared to how many eateries that are in, say, New York City, that is very small and quaint.
I read the list, and there are many familiar chains, but many one of a kind mom and pop places too. As for me, I love to discover new places, but if I am not feeling too hot, I rather err on the side of the familiar and comforting. I can do that in Florida, but I would never try it again in Mexico. I tried to go to Pizza Hut there and the it was good as long as you are not expecting pizza crust and like fishbowl sized portions of soda. In the greater Orlando area, since there are many travellers, I think the chains and franchises tend to stick to their recipes. I digress.
If you have never been to Florida, I highly recommend you seek out a seafood restaurant and try some of the many shrimp dishes. The other recommendation I have is to get ahold of some good, authentic Latin food. There are many Cuban and Colombian restaurants throughout Florida that I would recommend you experiment at.
Bottom line: Enter and win!