Thursday, February 26, 2015

Order the Ariana Grande at an Orlando Starbucks

We loved this buzzfeed post in which the writer orders an "Ariana Grande" and asks the barista to create whatever they think a drink with this name should be. So, we did our own, Orlando style! 

Stopping in at the Starbucks at 3011 E Colonial Dr, Suite A, Orlando, FL 32803, we gave Courtney the task. In hindsight, we should have asked if she knew who the pop singer was, because she did not. (!!!) 

We described her and she came up with this recipe:
  • 1. Start with a Caramel Flan frappuccino
  • 2. Add choc chips
  • 3. Add extra caramel 
  • 4. Add a "little bit" of vanilla bean syrup
  • 5. Topped it with whip and caramel.
So there you have it: Orlando's version of the Ariana Grande. You're welcome. 

Orlando's The Pharmacy and The Table on Emeril's Florida TV Show


Orlando's favorite speak-easy, The Pharmacy, and sister restaurant The Table (8060 Via Dellagio Way), are going to be featured on Emeril Lagasse's show Emeril's Florida Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30pm. Emeril will begin at The Pharmacy, an organic, culinary speak-easy, followed by a perfectly prepared and unique meal at The Table, where each dinning experience is a delicious surprise. The show highlights the Sunshine State's top restaurants and resorts, celebrating the food, cooking, events, and activities around the state. 

Sonny's BBQ Presents The 3rd Annual Central Florida's BBQ Blowout

On May 22 - 23, at Oviedo Mall (1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd.), join the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and Helpful Hands Inc. for the 3rd annual Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout. This free, Florida Bar-B-Que Association sanctioned event, presented by Sonny’s BBQ, will feature professional and amateur BBQ Grill masters, local businesses, craft brews, live music, kids activities and more. More Info. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Has Lots of Rules for the Florida Blue Free Concert Featuring Tiempo Libre

The Florida Blue free Concert Series kicks off with Tiempo Libre on Friday, February 27, 6:00 at the Dr. Phillips Center, Seneff Arts Plaza (445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801).
  •  All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched.
  • Concessions, beer and wine will be available for sale starting at 5:00 pm until after show intermission
  • Guests are permitted to bring closed, clear plastic bottles of water 
  • Restroom trailers available on site 
  • All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched
  • No ATM on site
  • Prohibited Items:
  • Chairs
  • Wagons and carts
  • Large bags or backpacks
  • Coolers
  • Outside alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals
  • Signs/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/images
  • Signs/posters must not be larger than 2x2 
  • Large umbrellas
  • Video cameras, laptops, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inches
  • Weapons, lasers pointers, fireworks
  • Skates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipment
  • Unauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaways, or sampling 
  • Any other items that could be deemed as dangerous, illegal and/or detrimental to others enjoying the show

The Civic Minded 5 Announce First 3 Orlando Concerts of 2015

On Sunday, March 1st at 7:30pm, The Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation present The Claudia Quintet +1 at Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin St.). The performance of John Hollenbeck and the Claudia Quintet, presented by EMIT in collaboration with South Florida Composers Alliance, for Subtropics and the Timucua Arts Foundation, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Free

Next up, on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30pm, The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation and Atlantic Center for the Arts presents Found Sound Nation/Bang On A Can's The Dosti Music Project at Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin St.).Free

Then, on Sunday, March 8th at 8pm, The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation and Park Avenue CDs present Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways at Park Avenue CDs (2916 Corrine Dr.). Free Orlando

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Park Avenue Garden Tour in Winter Park April 11th

Spring has sprung in the City of Winter Park and now is your chance to stop and smell the roses. On Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m., the city’s Parks & Recreation Department’s Landscape Division will host its first Park Avenue Garden Tour.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, April 3, to 407-599-3397.

An intimate glimpse into Park Avenue’s eye-catching planters, topiaries, hanging baskets and more, will be shared by a city horticulture specialist on this flowery, two-block tour. Attendees will learn about plants fit for a Florida garden which include over 30 species featuring different shapes, sizes, textures and fragrances.

The one-hour morning tour begins at Garfield Avenue (behind the Central Park main stage), continues through the meandering sidewalks in Central Park, and reaches its final destination at the blooming Central Park Rose Garden. Free public parking is available on-street or on the 4th and 5th floors of the Park Place parking garage at Park and Canton avenues.

If you’re looking for gardening inspiration, green thumb tips, or a refreshing activity to do after visiting the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, be sure to reserve a spot on the tour.

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Downtown Orlando Partnership Announce Winners of the 26th Annual Golden Brick Awards

The Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) is proud to announce the winners of the 26th annual Golden Brick Awards. More than 250 business professionals and community leaders gathered today to celebrate development and community projects that had positively impacted Downtown Orlando in 2014. Thirty five Golden Bricks and eleven Silver Bricks were awarded at the luncheon event. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Citrus Bowl, NORA Apartments and SunRail were also selected to receive the prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’. Rounding out the program, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recognized Downtowner of the Year (DOTY) winner, Jim Pugh of Epoch properties, and finalists Kelly Cohen, Joe Haleski and Philip Holt.

To download a full listing of winners or project photos, CLICK HERE.

The Downtown Orlando Partnership is a nonprofit association that seeks to advance Downtown Orlando through collaborative events and initiatives. Established in 1961, the DOP represents and serves the downtown business community through industry programming, civic engagement and strategic partnerships. Each year, the DOP conducts the Golden Brick Awards ceremony and the State of Downtown Address featuring Mayor Buddy Dyer, as well as quarterly downtown lunch & learn events. Additionally, the DOP is a key partner of the Third Thursday Orlando collaboration, which brings thousands to downtown each month for art, food, technology and business.

"Chapel in the Sky" Concert at Orlando Lutheran Towers

On March 1 at 4pm, The Orlando Lutheran Towers Foundation presents the "Chapel in the Sky" concert, featuring Ken Stoops on a manual, 85-rank Ruffatti Pipe Organ. The event is held at The Chapel at Orlando Lutheran Towers (300 East Church St.). Guests will also be able to enjoy grand views of Orlando & Lake Eola from the 18th Floor chapel.
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