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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 frappuccino2. Add choc chips3. Add extra caramel 4. Add a "little bit" of vanilla bean syrup5. 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 FloridaSunday, 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. 

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).
Guidelines:   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 intermissionGuests are permitted to bring closed, clear plastic bottles of water Restroom trailers available on site All bags and/or guests are subject to be searchedNo ATM on siteProhibited Items:ChairsWagons and cartsLarge bags or backpacksCoolersOutside alcoholGlass containersPets, with the exception of service animalsSigns/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/imagesSigns/posters must not be larger than 2x2 Large umbrellasVideo cameras, laptops, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inchesWeapons, lasers pointers, fireworksSkates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipmentUnauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaw…

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 …

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 …

"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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#BringToOrlando Giant Market Food Hall

If you can scrape together a few Euros, we suggest checking out MVRDV's architectural rethink of the food market, Markthal Rotterdam, in Rotterdam. The Netherlands made's 2015 Designs of the Year and we are adept to agree. The Market Hall basts an enormous structure which combines food, leisure, living and parking, fully integrated to enhance a bevvy of different functions. A secure, covered square emerges beneath an arc, conceived as an inversion of a typical market square and its surrounding buildings. During the day it serves as central market pass through but after hours the hall becomes a covered, artfully lit public space. (More Photos)

Former Food Truck Wako Taco to Open Restaurant in March in Longwood

The former bazaar-approved food truck Wako Taco is opening up a bricks and mortar restaurant at 480 S Ronald Reagan Blvd Longwood, FL 32750. You may remember that in September 2014, it was announced they'd open up a similar operation in Deland which ended up not happening. The opening date for the Longwood location is March 2015. 

Florida Opera Theatre brings the first opera to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Mozart's comedy, Cosi fan tutte will be presented by Florida Opera Theatre in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 27, 8PM and Sunday, March 29, 2PM Music Director Robin Stamper will conduct and Frank McClain is returning to Orlando to be the Stage Director. The production features a chamber orchestra of musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic. You will not want to miss this enduring and endearing comedy with a laugh-a-minute libretto and some of Mozart's finest arias and ensembles.

Tickets: Dr. Phillips Center Box office, 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or online at Ticket prices are $33.60, $44.80 and $67.20.

Lake Nona Nights Presents The Film "Rear Window"

On April 25, 6pm, at Crescent Park in Laureate Park (8374 Upper Perse Cir.), enjoy a showing of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window, starring James Stewart. More Info.

Lake Nona Relay 4 Life

Join the Lake Nona community as they walk overnight and raise funds for The American Cancer Society, April 11, 2pm-8am at Lake Nona High School(12500 Narcoossee Rd.) More info. 

The 5th Annual Lake Nona Pig Run

This 5K with a unique twist will be held April 4, 9am at the Lake Nona YMCA (9055 Northlake Pkwy.). This untimed race features a "Pig Pen" where you eat as many donuts as you can. "PIG RUN" and BACON Foundation work hand in hand with the Nemours Children's Hospital 'Child Life' program, a local Lake Nona charity that provides gifts such as arts & crafts, books, toys, pajamas, theme park tickets, financial grants, etc. for the children at Nemours Children's Hospital to help pass the time during their visit. More info.

Orange City's Movie in the Park Series

Each month, The City presents a free, family-friendly movie in Dickinson Park (120 E. Graves Ave.). On April 3, at dusk, check out the Robin Williams - Julia Roberts hit, Hook. More info. 

St. Cloud's Spring Fling 2015

The Rotary Club of St. Cloud presents its 32nd Annual Rotary Club of St. Cloud Spring Fling along the East Lake Tohopekaliga lakeshore, April 10-12. More info. 

Casselberry's Family Fun Nights: Movies in the Park

Sponsored by the City of Casselberry, this free monthly event is held on the first Friday of the month at dusk. Bring a blanket, chairs and enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars at Lake Concord Park (95 Triplet Lake Dr.). Food and beverages available for purchase. More Info.

Girlz of Fire Female Triathaon and 5K

It's time for the girls to have all the fun at Sommer Sports women's only triathlon, Girlz on Fire! Select from Sprint or Super Fun Sprint Triathlons and 5K on May 10, 7:30am at Clermont's Waterfront Park (300 3rd St.). More info. 

Windermere's Spring Fest 2015

This year's Spring Fest will be held April 17-19 at the Pines of Windermere (250 Rio Dr.)
Central Florida's only Luxury Lakefront Lifestyle Festival features an action-packed 3-Day lineup of community events. Check out the latest in luxury toys and more! Buy Tickets

Windermere's Garden Club

Join fellow environment enthusiasts in West Orange County at the monthly Windermere Garden Club. The next meeting is April 9, 9:30am at Windermere Town Hall (520 Main St.) More info.

6 Awesome Uses for the #deadwinndixie on Colonial

The dead Winn Dixie on Colonial in the Fashion Square Mall area could be a really neat community space. It's got free parking, can be easily seen from a busy road and has tons of air conditioned and heated space. Here are 6 ways it can be repurposed and become a hub of events and creativity: Year round makers marketIndoor food truck courtCo working space or business incubatorFree rentable civic center for small eventsIndoor shuffleboard court barRoller rink bar

Boy Kong at Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

Boy Kong will be creating an avian-inspired installation in front of guests at the Florida Bird Fest on Sunday, March 8th at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens (633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789). Admission is free. The event runs 1-4pm. 
Guests can then create their own bird-related art with free hands-on activities. At 1:30 p.m., join the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey’s interactive presentation alongside their feathered friends. Accompany Rollins College’s Dr. Leslie Kemp Poole at 3:00 p.m. as she illuminates the history of birding society and the battles of Florida wildlife conservation. Meet Winter Park’s Penelope the Peacock Princess and learn about the relationship between the peacock and Winter Park from the Winter Park History Museum. 
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Relay 4 Life in Kissimmee

Join the City of Kissimmee as they raise funds for The American Cancer Society, May 2 - 3, 7pm - 7am at Kissimmee Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Dr.) More info.

Native Plant Show at Osceola Heritage Park

At the Native Plant Show, April 9 - 10, at Osceola Heritage Park (1875 Silver Spur Lane) you'll see more varieties of native trees, palms, shrubs, vines, grasses & wildflowers than you can see at any other show, along with the largest network of native plant professionals in the nation. More Info. 

The City of Kissimmee's Easter Eggstravaganza

Meet the Easter Bunny & enjoy an Easter egg hunt, face painting, food & more at Kissimmee's Easter Eggstravaganza, April 4, 12-3pm, at Kissimmee Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Dr.)

Downtown Food + Wine Festival 2015

The 2015 Downtown Food + Wine Festival was amazing once again. Below is just a sampling of what we had the pleasure of experiencing. The weather was perfect, the live bands were loud and rocking and the wine made everything that much better. We highly recommend this fun event in 2016.