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Mallards Bar at Peabody Orlando

Posted on August 29, 2013 by under Food and Drink.    

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I only had a limited time to get ready between my training session and the live concert so instead of going to Pointe Orlando to eat dinner, we ended up grabbing something at Mallards. The quality of the food and drinks was good, but there are significant downsides to Mallards. The biggest one being the limited selection. Since it’s a bar, they just have a handful of options. And, it’s “bar” food. It may be upscale bar food, but it’s still bar food.

The service was also terrible that night. I don’t know what was up with our server, but she was inattentive and unhelpful. She was almost borderline rude. Immediately after she delivered our food, she brought the check over. That’s one of my pet peeves because it makes me feel rushed. Plus, I wanted to order some other stuff. It was really annoying.

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Besides that, their drinks are super expensive. Then again, that’s probably normal for Orlando. I’m so glad I live in Wichita where I can get a couple of drinks for $13. LOL.

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I think we should have tried one of the other restaurants located inside the hotel instead (there are a few inside Peabody Orlando). If only I wasn’t in a hurry. I probably would have been better off going back to B-Line Diner or grabbing something from B-Line Express (the diner’s to-go counter).

Possibly the one thing that Mallards has going for it is the march of the ducks at 11 AM and 5 PM. So just go for the ducks. Don’t bother eating or drinking. LOL. Or, save yourself the trip and just watch Brian’s video.

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Zumba Toning Training with Madalene

Posted on August 28, 2013 by under Zumba.    

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Here are some pictures from my Zumba Toning training with Madalene Aponte.

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Madalene is amazing. The Zumba Toning master class we had in the morning was fantastic. I had a great workout and it got me really pumped for the rest of training.

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My First Zumba Fitness-Concert

Posted on August 27, 2013 by under Zumba.    

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There are no words to describe the Zumba fitness-concert at the 2013 Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando. It was overwhelming in so many ways. Not just because of all of the amazing performers… It was literally overwhelming because of the mob of instructors that attended. I was sad when the fitness-concert was over because I didn’t want it to end. When it was over, the swarm of people leaving the basement of the Orange County Convention Center reminded me of a scene from World War Z. Seriously. I can’t wait until next year!

Here are some additional photos from that evening…

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Me and Christina, Waiting in the Line to Get In

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Actually Not Too Far From the Stage

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Somehow Got Closer to the Stage as the Night Progressed

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Look at All the People Who Were There

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Salsa & Merengue Mash Up with Wally

Posted on August 26, 2013 by under Travel, Zumba.    

My first ever Zumba convention session was with Walter “Wally” Diaz, a Zumba instructor based out of Coral Gables, Florida. Wally presented the history and background of various rhythms such as merengue, bachata, cha cha, mambo, pachanga, boogaloo, and salsa. He demonstrated the basic steps and variations and then we did a master class. He is amazing! And his assistants (backup dancers?) were as well. I had a fantastic workout!

Besides getting a workout, the objective of the session is to give class participants the skill to identify the various rhythms and put the steps into practice. Once we identify the rhythm, we should listen to the song several times to identify the intro, musical phrase, chorus, musical bridge, and final cut (outro) to apply the Zumba formula. Here are some of the photos I took from that amazing session.

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MERENGUE
This is a two-step dance (almost like marching), but the knees are slightly bent and hips move side to side like a pendulum.

BACHATA
The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap that is often accompanied by a “pop” of the hips on the 4th beat. Knees should be slightly bent so that you can sway your hips easily. The hip movement is an important part of the dance.

CHA CHA
Danced with two slow movements and three fast ones. It’s easier to demonstrate than describe in words. Just remember to cha cha cha.

MAMBO
Step touch three times then step back.

PACHANGA
A “happy go lucky” dance of Cuban origin with a Charleston flavor due to the double bending and straightening of the knees. Step, step, double kick (Charleston step).

BOOGALOO
You can use all rock and roll steps with the basic steps of salsa.

SALSA
There are eight beats, but beats 4 and 8 are pauses. The pattern is right-left-right-pause then left-right-left-pause.

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B-Line Diner

Posted on August 25, 2013 by under Food and Drink, Reviews.    

Brian and I ended up eating at B-Line Diner on our first night in Orlando because it rained. I had my heart set on taking the trolley to Oceanaire Seafood Room at Pointe Orlando but we didn’t want to walk outside because of the torrential downpour. It rained while we were getting some supplies at Walgreens and, by the time we arrived back at our hotel, we were both drenched.

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Anyway, B-Line is conveniently located on the first floor of our hotel so we wouldn’t have to go outside. It was a no brainer. We put some dry clothes on and off we went.

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Brian and I both love hummus so we decided to start with that. It was topped with some sort of kalamata olives tapenade, which made it really salty. I like salty stuff so it appealed to me. Brian didn’t care much for it. He would have much rather preferred a tub of Sabra. LOL.

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For dinner we just split a chicken sandwich. We didn’t want any leftovers as our room wasn’t equipped with a microwave. You could request one from housekeeping, but the Peabody charges $20 extra per day for use of the microwave so it wasn’t worth it. Anyway, back to the sandwich. It had all the fixins including apple slices and a huge chunk of avocado. It was actually pretty good.

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Splitting the chicken sandwich was actually a good move on our part because we wanted to save room for dessert. The B-Line has an extensive dessert selection. However, since Brian and I were sharing dessert, we couldn’t go too crazy. We ordered a slice of their Oreo chocolate mousse cake.

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It was just okay. It tasted like something that you could get anywhere. There really wasn’t anything special about it. The dessert was probably my least favorite part of the meal.

The food at B-Line is actually pretty good. The location is extremely convenient, specially if you are staying at the Peabody or have a conference nearby at the Orange County Convention Center. The diner is also open 24 hours a day, which is a huge plus. The only downside is that the prices are quite high. Then again, that’s typical of everything in this area of Orlando so, after considering all of the other options, B-Line is probably a bargain. I wouldn’t mind eating there again next time we’re at the Peabody.

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