My pick for best Chinese takeout in Port Orange

Mei fun, sesame tofu, vegetable fried rice from Red Bowl in Port Orange.

It's always good to have a place nearby where you can consistently get good Chinese takeout. It took several years for me to find what I think is the best Chinese takeout in Port Orange. Trust me, we tried every place around that we could find. Some of the places were just okay, and others were not very good at all. 

The first time I went to Red Bowl in Port Orange I dined in with a friend. It wasn't all that good to be honest. This is because I like the idea of ordering several dishes of Chinese food and sharing them family style. Dining in person I had one dish and that was it. When I tried it take out style I was hooked. We have been getting Chinese takeout regularly from Red Bowl in Port Orange for a couple of years now, and we love it!

The dishes we like (we change up what we order each time) include the mei fun, lo mein, sesame tofu, general Tso's tofu, and vegetable fried rice. Their tofu dishes are great!

If you are looking for good Chinese takeout in Port Orange give Red Bowl a try. We always order online, which is easy, and then it's ready in about 15-20 minutes (with the exception of New Year's Eve). 

Two thumbs up for the Chinese takeout at Red Bowl in Port Orange! It's our go-to Chinese takeout restaurant.

- Jacqueline


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Thoughts on my first NASCAR and Racing Experience


I've lived in the Daytona Beach area for around 14.5 years now. While the area is known for the racing that takes place we had never went to any of the races. This is because the ticket prices seemed too much of a gamble. I didn't have interest in putting out money to see it in person when it seemed so boring on television. However, two days before the 2021 Daytona 500, one of my husband's customers (he owns Wave Window Washing) offered him four free tickets to take his family to the race. He jumped at the opportunity so that we could all check it out.

Getting in and out of the speedway was much smoother than we had anticipated. Of course, this could be because due to the pandemic the crowd was a third of what it usually is for this event. But we easily found paid parking and walked over to the speedway. I have toured the stadium before and had been there during the times that my husband has run in the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, but I noticed on this trip that it was really nice. The speedway is very clean, both in the stadium, bathrooms, and common areas. I'm sure they took extra cleaning measures due to the pandemic and it was noticeable. Our seats were in the lower area in section 177.

I loved the pre-race show that took place. Luke Combs performed, Pitbull was the grand marshall, and the jets going overhead were awesome All of that was great! Then the race started. Wow! I was blown away at how much more exciting it was to be in person with those racing cars. It was awesome! I loved the sound, how fast they were, and I was amazed at how close together they are driving at such high speeds. Much to all of our surprise, all four of us thought it was really cool. 

Then the rain moved in.

Everyone had to leave the stands, because there was a storm with lightning. We sat around for 2.5 hours trying to wait out the storm, and decided to head home. The good news it that living just 15 minutes from the track we figured we could watch the TV to see when/if it would start back up again that night. Once they announced it would be starting back up we headed over there. There was a 5.5 hour weather delay, but we ended up seeing the whole Daytona 500 race, getting home at 1 am. 

I love that you are allowed to take food and drinks into the speedway. We took a small soft sided cooler with drinks and a few snacks. We still ended up spending $30 on buying food, but it helped make it more affordable not having to buy drinks. We also took rain ponchos in case it rained, and we did end up using them when we decided to head home and it was still pouring.

It was our first in-person Daytona 500 and racing experience, but I doubt it will be our last. It was so much better in person than on TV. It was actually really exciting! Check out my video below of the final lap (you can see the orange glow in the background from that bad accident that took place).

- Jacqueline

View from lower level section 177.


My family at their first Daytona 500 race!


This is how close we were to the track. We liked it!

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