About Kristen Manieri

Kristen Manieri is travel and lifestyle writer living in Orlando, FL with her husband and two daughters. A regular contributor to Orlando Magazine and Edible Orlando, she is continuously scouring the city searching for the next great person, places, or adventure to write about. Living in the Sunshine State has given Kristen an endless array of experiences as she has explored Florida from Amelia Island all the way down to Key West. But from top to tip, Orlando is still one of her favorite Florida places thanks to its ‘come as you are’ vibe, flourishing art scene, local food-focused restaurants, and myriad of gorgeous green spaces.

Chef John Rivers’ guide to Orlando’s best restaurants

With no formal culinary training or even aspirations to launch a hugely successful BBQ chain, John Rivers’ introduction into the world of making brisket and pulled pork began in his garage, home kitchen and backyard smoker. By 2009, he opened his first 4 Rivers Smokehouse … Continue reading

New Orlando: Things To Do in 2015

2014 has been a brilliant year for buzz-worthy openings at Orlando’s best theme parks. In addition to the celebrated summer unveiling of Universal Studios‘ Diagon Alley at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney completed its Fantasyland makeover with its newest ride, The Seven Dwarfs Mine … Continue reading

A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to Disney Water Rides

  The scorching temperatures of summer have officially descended on the Orlando area, which means relief from the 90-degree swelter comes in the form of water, and lots of it. You could float in your shimmering resort pool all day but we’ve got the feeling … Continue reading

Thomas Thorspecken: The Art of Urban Sketching in Orlando

In January 2009, Thomas Thorspecken made a New Year’s resolution to peel back the layers of Orlando, Florida, one daily sketch at a time. He then published each of his hand-drawn masterpieces on his blog, analogartistdigitalworld.com. Having spent years animating for Disney only to be tossed … Continue reading

Starlit Flicks: A Guide to Orlando’s Outdoor Cinemas

While much of the country shivers through the autumn and winter months, Orlando shifts into its most pleasant temperatures, making the area the ideal locale to while away warm, sundrenched days that dissolve into coolish, starlit nights with only the slightest hint of a chill … Continue reading