Monday, September 22, 2014

Raaw Macaw Custom Energy Bars and More By Mail

The downtown Orlando farmers market has the best location, some great vendors and a lot of not so great vendors. Sunday, we met a good vendor: the owner of Raaw Macaw (Facebook | Website), a small local company that makes custom energy bars, trail mix, cereal and smoothie mixes according to your recipe and mails them to you in boxes. 

Custom Energy Bars - Handmade with the following parts:
  • 1. Bar Base (nut butter, dates, etc.)
  • 2. Protein (hemp, whey, etc.)
  • 3. Nuts & Seeds (almonds, flax, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • 4. Dried Fruit (coconut, goji berries, cherries, etc.)
  • 5. Sweeteners (agave nectar, clover honey, etc.)
  • 6. Grains & Cereals (rice crisps, oats, etc.)
  • 7. Flavor Enhancers (cacao nibs, vanilla, coconut oil, etc.)
  • 8. Boosters (bee pollen, guarana, carab, etc.)
Custom Trail Mix - Hand mixed with the following parts:
  • 1. Nuts & Seeds (almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, etc.)
  • 2. Dried Fruit (apple, honeydew melon, mango, pomegranate, etc)
  • 3. Treats & Goodies (chocolate almonds, chocolate golden berries, etc.)
Custom Cereal - Hand mixed with the following parts:
  • 1. Cereal Base (buckwheat hearts, whole O's, flakes of corn, etc.)
  • 2. Nuts & Seeds (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios. etc.)
  • 3. Dried Fruit (banana chips, peaches, manuka raisins, etc.)
  • 4. Treats & Goodies (dark chocolate chips, sea salted cashews, etc.)
Custom Smoothie Mix - Hand mixed with the following parts:
  • 1. Smoothie Base (rice protein, hemp protein, whey isolate, etc.)
  • 2. Fruit Powders (acai, blueberry, cherry, etc.)
  • 3. Flavor Enhancers (cinnamon, vanilla powder, xylitol, etc.)
  • 4. Green & Antioxidants (wheat grass, kelp, maca, etc.)
  • 5. Boosters (vitamin C powder, guarana, agave inulin, etc.)

Round Building Downtown Demolition: Brise Soleil Panels Detached and on the Ground

The round building at the corner of Anderson and Orange in downtown Orlando has begun to be taken apart. Several of the eye-catching cement fixtures at the base of the building, known as the bride soleil, have been removed and placed behind the building. Back in 2008, there was a contest for creatives to come up with a use for the panels. These photos were taken on Sunday September 21, 2014. 

Round Building Downtown Demolition Pictures

Demolition has begun on the round building at the corner of Anderson and Orange in downtown Orlando. Several of the brise soleil panels have been removed and placed behind the building in front of the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. back in 2008, there was a contest for creatives to come up with a use for the panels. 

Below are some photos taken of the round building (officially known as the American Federal Building) on Sunday September 21, 2014. 

Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center Update: It Now Has Trees!

On Sunday, September 21, we snapped a few photos of the new trees recently planted in front of the Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Four Seasons Food Truck in Orlando October 27-28 #FSFoodTruck


After last year's successful tour, The Four Seasons Food Truck will embark on a nine-city culinary tour down the East Coast:
  • Boston: September 15–20 
  • Philadelphia: September 22–27 
  • New York: September 29–October 4 
  • Baltimore: October 6–11 
  • Washington, DC: October 13–18 
  • Atlanta: October 20–25 
  • Orlando: October 27–28 
  • Palm Beach: October 30–November 4 
  • Miami: November 6–11 
It's a 43-day, 1,037-mile journey from Boston to Miami. The chefs at Four Seasons hotels and resorts in each of the nine destinations have crafted unique menus specifically for the tour, each one designed to highlight some of the best flavors their cities have to offer.
If you're a reader of this blog, you'll visit this food truck. And when you do, use the hash tag #FSFoodTruck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all you pictures.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Halloween Horror Nights opens with screams and lots of rain

By: Denna Beena

Halloween Expert

The rain didn't stop the masses that came out last night to open Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 24. Only 27 days left to join in on the 8 haunted houses and 3 scare zones and 2 event shows of the event.

I recommend going on a weekday and or buying a Express Pass. The very best way to experience the even is a VIP ( aka RIP during the season) tour. No thinking, no planning just enjoying everything Halloween Horror Nights!

Follow everything Halloween Horror Nights by looking at the hashtag #HHN24

Check out Mike Aiello giving opening remarks about this years event.

This years event has a 4 licensed content houses and 4 original. If you don't have knowledge of the show or movie, you might not fully get the story you are experiencing but the sets are still rich in details and over all scares are delivered pretty effectively.
Here are the 4 licensed content houses:

The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s hit TV series.
This is the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Very impressive, especially for a Walking Dead fan. 

“From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV Series,

AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise
I really enjoyed this one, I did want more Predators. Maybe they were invisible. 

“Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,”based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure film.

"Halloween" Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, Il. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage.
Halloween (1978) is one of my personal favorite classic horror movies. I really enjoyed being immersed in the movie right in front of my face. 

As for the original content houses they are:

"Giggles & Gore Inc" You'll die laughing. Have you ever wondered how clowns were created? Well know you'll know.
I've always said, " The only good clown is an evil one because at least they're honest." Right?

"Roanoke – Cannibal Colony" Experience the terror of a community in cannibalistic turmoil. Creative history at it's best.

"Dollhouse of the Damned" Face the horrors within the decaying walls. By far my personal favorite.
Who doesn't love creepy doll?

Scare Zones are back at HHN24!
from the press release:
Even more horrors fill the streets of Universal Studios as guests are hypnotized by deceptive patrons of a seemingly glamorous ball in MASKerade: Unstitched and surrounded by voodoo practitioners that fill the snake and spider-infested Bayou of Blood.

"The Purge: Anarchy" scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims.

"Face Off!" Universal Orlando‘s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by season 5 Face Off winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist, Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.

Check out Laura speaking to the media about her connection with HHN24.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Beyonce and Jay-Z Eat Their Greens: Local Illustrator Illustrates Two Entertainment Titans... Lunching

We're in love with these "Beyonce and Jay-Z Eat Their Greens" products illustrated by Orlando artist Dawn Schreiner. Order here. So funny!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Orlando Indie Comedy Festival Teams Up With Southern Fried Sundays September 28 for Laughs, Lager and Foooooood

What goes better together than music and laughter? Maybe beer and BBQ? 

Sunday September 28th Southern Fried Sunday returns to Will's Pub (
1042 N.Mills Ave
Orlando FL. 32803) and is teaming up with The Orlando Indie Comedy Festival to bring Orlando an evening of music, comedy and home cooked, southern style dinner. Performances by The Dealers, Sabals and Johnny Knuckles plus live comedy sets for participating festival comedians! 

Facebook event page

Tickets are $7 and include a BBQ dinner. $5 Cover with Orlando Indie Comedy Weekend Pass. 5:30pm Doors open. 18+