Volusia County Moms celebrates 11 years!

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Volusia County Moms turned 11 years old on November 8, 2020!

Since the first post was published, the site has grown tremendously. There are nearly 7,200 pages on the Volusia County Moms website today. 

My son was only three when I started this site, my daughter was five. I've shared the story before about why I started this website. I knew there were things in this county for families to do, but I struggled to find them. I kept wishing someone would create a website where they could all be found. After a couple of years of tossing around the idea for the website (and waiting for someone else to take the leap,) I finally decided to do it myself. And I'm glad I did!

The site has grown in leaps and bounds, has a steady supply of traffic, has helped many people over the years, and continues to be the number one place in the county that parents go to for information on things to do in this county with their family. You can find so many things to do on this site, including hiking trails, paved biking trails, indoor activities, a springs guide, outdoor fun, camping spots, where to kayak, current events, school information, and so much more!

Another important thing to know about this site is that it's all local. Unlike some other sites, Volusia County Moms is not a franchise owned by a national company and run by someone local. This site is 100% local. I created this site and maintain it. When you support Volusia County Moms, you are supporting a local business. Thank you for your support over the years, both in terms of viewership, and to the advertisers who help make it possible for me to dedicate so much of my time to it.

Here's to more years ahead for Volusia County Moms! 

- Jacqueline Bodnar

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Review: 5th Element Authentic Indian Kitchen in Daytona Beach

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I am a fan of Indian food and recently discovered that there is a new Indian restaurant on International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Today, we checked it out for lunch!

5th Element Authentic Indian Kitchen, located at 1448 W. International Speedway Blvd., is part of a chain. The chain has locations in Jacksonville, Palm Coast, Sanford, and Pompano Beach. I'm not sure how long the Daytona Beach location has been there, but I just recently spotted it, as it's kind of hidden back behind other businesses (kind of behind a Wendy's). Next to the restaurant is a small Indian grocery store, too.

My husband and I stopped in for lunch and took a long time to check out the menu to decide what to order. I had seen online that they offer a box lunch special, and I went in interested in that. However, what comes in the box changes (you can't pick the items, it's already set) and on this particular day one of the items was a cottage cheese dish, which I wasn't interested in. So I went with  plan B, and ordered a dosa. 

Dosa's are like a crepe that you can get filled with things like onions, potatoes, cheese, etc. You use your hands and break off pieces to dip into one of three different sauces that you get with it, including a coconut chutney, lentil soup (sambar), and another one that I wasn't sure of. I ordered one that just had onions in it (I love onions and didn't want anything too spicy), and my husband ordered the masala one, which was spicy and had potatoes and onions in it. We also ordered a couple of samosas.

The samosas arrived and they were good. They are crispy on the outside and spicy on the inside. The dosas arrived and they looked great! They were really big, nice and crispy on the outside, and filled on the inside. I really liked the coconut chutney and lentil soup, for dipping, too.

We were both so full by the time we were done that even my husband was saying he was stuffed (and he eats a lot). It was a good and we would go back again. The place is nice inside and the customer service was good as well. When I'm craving a dosa I'll be heading back to 5th Element Indian Kitchen.

Jacqueline

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