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Monday, January 1, 2018


Welcome to Across the Avenue! We love to share our thoughts, reviews and recommendations of places, products and food we love. 

 **All places and products reviewed on this blog are our own, honest opinions and may differ from yours. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando #orlandotourist #dinnershowOrlando

If you're looking for a high-energy, unique experience in Orlando, you've gotta check out Mango's Tropical Cafe! Picture a photoshoot entrance, amazing costumes, dancing and absolutely a gorgeous waitstaff that are so top-notch you can't help but be impressed. We had such a blast at their Friday night dinner show. We can't wait to come back with out-of-town guests. There's so much to say about this place...let's break it down!

Review: Lush Decor Bedding...and Giveaway! #homemakeover #bedding

This summer we've decided to begin a few simple home makeover projects to brighten up the house and give it a more modern feel. One of the easiest ways to do this is to start with the bedding! You'd be surprised how something as simple as the right bedding can do wonders for a room. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Recipe: Easy Crockpot Berry Cobbler #easydesserts #crockpotcobbler #crockpotrecipes

We love using berries in summer desserts! Even better, we love to pull out the crockpot and make a 'set it and forget it' recipe. This week we decided to make one of our favorites...berry cobbler! It makes the house smell phenomenal and it's an easy dessert to scoop and serve after dinner that requires very little effort or attention.  Check out the recipe below to give it a try!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Oreo Churros #summersnack

For our fellow Oreo addicts out there, you may have noticed that you have a lot of new Oreo products to get busy taste-testing. The new Oreo cookie flavors we've seen in the snack aisle had us very excited...until we spotted the Oreo Churros in our Safeway frozen food aisle. The idea of having Oreo Churros at our fingertips was VERY exciting. When we were offered the chance to try them, of course we jumped on it! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

5 Tips for a Great Date #MedievalTimes

My friends and I love rehashing some of the best dates we've ever been on. Whether we're comparing date nights with my single friends or listening to birthday, anniversary, or 'mommy & daddy' nights, we never get tired of sharing our stories. Often times, it's the atmosphere and uniqueness that have made these dates so memorable. Beautiful scenery, spectacular shows and creative activities seemed to rank as most memorable in our group. For these reasons, we chose Medieval Times Dinner Show as our 'Great Date' suggestion! Check out our 5 tips to create a great date:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recipe: Spicy Chocolate Crepes #easybreakfastrecipe

On weekends we like to forgo the cereal and put a little more effort into a home-cooked breakfast. This weekend I woke up to my husband's spicy chocolate crepes! Crepes are his specialty and I never get tired of them, mostly because you can put so many different filling inside to make everyone happy. Crepes may sound difficult to make, but they're actually pretty simple. Check out the recipe below.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

4 Tips To Do All 4 Disney Parks in a Single Day #Disneyworld

4 Tips To Do All 4 Disney Parks in a Single Day – yes, it can be done!
So, we treated ourselves to a couple’s getaway to Disney World, and just for the fun of the challenge thought “why NOT do all four parks?”

#1 Make a list of rides you want to go on, and then start at the park with the most. For us, this should have been Magic Kingdom. Instead we started at the one closest to our hotel (let’s hear it for AKL!), Animal Kingdom. The issue is, the Disney FastPass+ system lets you book fast passes months in advance once you buy tickets, BUT, on the day of Park Hopping, it ONLY lets you make new fast pass reservations ONCE INSIDE THAT PARK. So we rode Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari quick and easy, but once we arrived at Magic Kingdom, all the fast passes were already booked through the late afternoon and we had to wait in the regular lines for rides like Haunted Mansion.

#2 Note which rides have single rider lines, and then book fast passes for the ones that DON’T. It was cool to ride together but when time is a factor you can suck it up and ride a few cars apart. The single rider lines are at: Expedition Everest, Rock N Roller Coaster, and Test Track. Note that NONE of the Magic Kingdom rides have a single rider line.

#3 Know which rides you’re willing to cut out due to technical problems, long waits, etc. We went on Halloween and have always loved Haunted Mansion, so we were willing to wait the 60 minutes in Florida’s heat to go on it again. Ditto for Tower of Terror. Know what we weren’t willing to wait for? Toy Story Mania, Big Thunder Mountain, or Space Mountain. Nothing against them, but we were on a schedule.

#4 Buses between parks average 15 minutes drive time, and are theoretically arriving at each park every 20 minutes. Theoretically. But you can walk between Hollywood Studios and Epcot in about 30 minutes, which are good odds to have. (In order of fastness: buses, monorail, ferries.)

Disclaimer: As always, our posts are our own, honest opinions and may differ from yours.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Recipe: Classic Chicken Pot Pie #easyrecipes

Chicken pot pie is such a simple dish that's so versatile that you can make it as hardy and flavorful as you'd like. Whether we're coming home after an exhausting day of work or just want to whip up something quickly, pot pies are a great option for a fast meal that always tastes like you slaved away! Often times we vary the recipe based on whatever we have in the refrigerator since it's also a nice way to use up leftovers. For this recipe, we stuck with a traditional chicken pot pie. Don't hesitate to take liberties in substituting ingredients you have on hand. It's difficult to mess up! Check out the steps below and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Justin's Snacks #organicpeanutbuttercups #healthysnacks #snacksonthego

This week we made it out of the grocery store with really healthy choices and I have to say, it's getting a lot easier to know what to look for without feeling like we're giving up our favorite kinds of snacks. One thing that we discovered this week are Justin's products. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but I was really interested in trying it. On this trip we tried the peanut butter, snack packs and squeeze packs (great for 'snacks-on-the-go'), and peanut butter cups. All of the Justin's products are made from high-quality nut butters and the peanut butter cups are organic. As an added bonus, the snack packs are only 180-190 calories per pack. Our family did an official taste test of each product and everyone gives it a thumbs up. We're quickly creating a list of products we can note as staples to help our healthier eating habits!