One of the biggest benefits of living at Knights Circle is how close it is, not only to Campus, but to delicious spots to eat. Not only are there established restaurants that are ubiquitous with UCF like Huey Magoo’s and Tijuana Flats. But you can find almost any cuisine you want in a relatively small area. Below are our 3 favorite local spots within walking distance of Knights Circle:
Location: Across McCullough by Walmart; .01 Miles from Knights Circle
Food: Chicken Tenders
Huey Magoo’s is a local Orlando establishment that has had it’s main store by UCF for a long time. In 2014 the location burned down in a fire, but it reopened in 2015 to much fanfare, which really pushed home the UCF area’s love for Huey’s, and just how much they had been missed the year they were gone. Huey Magoo’s cannot be mentioned without specifically mentioning their Magoo Sauce, which, in my humble opinion, outshines any chicken tender franchise that exists today. If you are looking for a quick lunch, and you AREN’T looking to eat healthy, Magoo’s is the choice! (They do technically serve salads, but you just can’t get the full experience that way).
Location: Down University before Rouse; .3 Miles from Knights Circle (all back roads)
Lazy Moon is one of the first places mentioned when you ask someone for a good food recommendation in the area. After all, Pizza is as close to a universally loved food as something can get, and Lazy Moon gives you even more to love than other places! What do I mean by “more to love” is that the pizza sizes START at 20-inch pies, and go up to 30 INCH PIES. No matter how hungry you are Lazy Moon is sure to fill you up! (My go to pizza there is Pepperoni & Anchovies, I tell everyone if you like fish, and haven’t given Anchovies a try, you haven’t lived!). They also have unbelievable deals for 21+ patrons that I can’t mention here, just trust me;). As always, while you’re there, you live by their slogan “Eat, Drink and Be Lazy!”
Location: Across McCullough; .01 Miles from Knights Circle
Food: Vegan Doughnuts
If you’re like me, you probably often turn your nose up at “vegan” offerings. It’s mostly my perception of Vegan food being bland and boring, but Valkyrie Doughnuts takes all my preconceived notions and flips them on their head. This feels like it’s becoming a theme, but these doughnuts are HUGE, most people I know split them into two meals, just due to the size. With a constantly changing lineup, but also regular staples, they will cater to anyone looking to be adventurous, or someone who wants to get their 200th Glorius Glazed doughnut!
Knights Circle is currently working with a company that provides Smart Thermostats that will connect to WIFI. We have already installed one in our model, and we are now working on getting them installed in every apartment in Building 26 as a test. Depending how this test goes, we expect to have them installed in every apartment eventually.
We're working with a local company called Hab (www.trustHab.com) which is working on creating an easy to use electronic control system for whole apartments! The Hab thermostat can do cool things, like geofencing, where you'll be able to allow the temp to raise when no one is home, and then to lower again just by crossing over a digital threshold on your way home. You'll be able to set schedules for when you'd like the unit at various temps, and we'll be able to assess possible maintenance issues with your AC prior to anything actually happening!
This is just one more step in our commitment to Go Green, and we will continue looking for things to push the Green initiative.
March represents many different things for people. Two of the biggest things celebrated during March are the start of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day- what’s not to love about either one of those?! Below you will find some fun facts and information on both that will help you prepare for the celebrations.
Spring Time Greatness
Spring, also known as the Vernal Equinox, officially begins on March 20th
Our clocks will spring ahead for Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 12th
The term Spring or “springtime” refer to the idea of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth.
The season Spring brings with it the ability to start enjoying more outside activities that you may not be able to do in the Winter season. These can include: Camping, Fishing, Flying a Kite, Playing Mini Golf & Starting your garden! More activities can be found here!
All Things Green
St. Patrick’s Day, commonly referred to as St. Paddy’s Day, is on March 17th
Corned Beef & Cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish that originated in New York and not Ireland. Find some great Irish recipes here!
The popularity of Shamrocks and Four Leaf Clovers stems from St. Patrick using these plants to explain the holy trinity to the Irish.
St. Patrick’s Day cannot be complete unless you are wearing green and everything around you is green! When celebrating, some show their Irish pride more than others. Take a look here!