Author Archives: Kristen Manieri

Where to Eat Poutine in Orlando

Poutine in Orlando

You don’t have to be from the Great White North to enjoy poutine. With crispy fries dotted with cheese curds and then slathered in gravy, this Canadian delicacy is a savory smorgasbord of diet-sabotaging deliciousness. Lucky for us Orlando locals, there’s no need to travel northward to partake of poutine; we have plenty of nearby locales bold enough to serve this ... Read More »

Hands-On Workshops Launch at Driftwood Market in College Park

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Driftwood Market, a locally owned boutique in College Park’s main shopping district, recently launched a workshop series that’s filled with hands-on, artful experiences ideal for a date night or girl’s night out. At its Edgewater Drive locale, Driftwood instructors lead DIY classes that give guests the chance to dig into a fun and rewarding project while sipping wine and enjoying the ... Read More »

Where to Experience a Farm Stay Near Orlando

farm stay orlando

Beach getaways, Disney staycations, spa retreats and adventure-filled exploits are all possible for those planning a Florida vacation. But for those seeking a more pastoral respite, a farm stay might just be the perfect plan. Florida might not have the number of farm stays that you’d find in places like North Carolina or Vermont, but we’ve got a handful worth ... Read More »

11 Must-Eat Orlando Bites by @Dafoodie

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Truth be told, Instagram is our favorite social media platform, by a long shot. We love sharing great images but we love appreciating other local pics just as much. So, we’re launching a new series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope ... Read More »

Dine Out for Life on Thursday, April 27

Join thousands of people on Thursday, April 27, 2017 who will take up the fight against HIV/AIDS by simply dining at their favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Nine local restaurants will participate in this year’s Dining Out For Life, an annual dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. While Dining Out For Life has raised millions ... Read More »

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Presents TasteMaker Dinner Series

Celebrating food, spirits and life, Ruth’s Chris will present a series of exclusive dinners hosted at Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations across the country. Pairing fine cuisine with today’s tastemakers of wine, champagne and whiskey, the acclaimed TasteMaker Dinner Series is designed to share a passion for craft, innovation and tradition.  From iconic wines to legendary champagne to whiskey dating back 200 years, each dinner ... Read More »

Wish Upon a Star, a Disney Revue: May 11 & 12

This spring, the CFCArts’ Central Florida Community Choir and Symphony Orchestra will present the wonders of Wish Upon a Star, a Disney revue. Following up on their successful 2012 production of When You Wish, the music of Disney, the CFCArts Community Choir returns having nearly doubled in size since 2012 to over 330 voices. “This will be such an exciting ... Read More »

Toast to Spring at Harbor Nights Primavera, April 21

Harbor Nights Primavera Returns April 21, 2017 Escape to the romance of the Mediterranean under the twinkling lights of the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.  Harbor Nights Primavera will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6:30pm – 9pm when guests will enjoy select wines and sparkling wines, expertly prepared gourmet foods from each of the hotel’s superb ... Read More »

We’ve Gone National! Introducing Date Night Guide

It’s been 10 years since Orlando Date Night Guide first began sharing date ideas with Orlando couples. Since then, we’ve grown to serve more than 50,000 unique monthly visitors and have shared thousands of date night ideas. It’s been incredibly exciting and rewarding to see our Orlando site grow. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past decade.  ... Read More »

Food Truck Bazaar + Free Bowling Event Series

The Orlando Food Truck Bazaar by The Daily City and Boardwalk Bowl are partnering up for a once-a-month night of food trucks and bowling April 26 + May 24 + June 28 6-9pm at Boardwalk Bowl. Guests will enjoy 6 food trucks, a full bar plus one free game of bowling. APRIL 26 Little Blue Donut Co. Up In Smoke BBQ ... Read More »

7th Annual Science of Wine: April 29

Far from your typical wine tasting, Science of Wine takes attendees on a cerebral and culinary exploration behind the science of one of the world’s most popular beverages. Hosted on Saturday, April 29 at Orlando Science Center, this oenological odyssey features presentations on multiple aspects of wine tasting, cooking with wine and more. Guests will also have the chance to sample more than 150 ... Read More »

Ritz-Carlton Orlando to Host Sunset Beer Yoga Series in April & May

For those who like their sun salutations with a side of suds, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes now offers the best of both worlds. Beginning on Saturday, April 15th, the luxury resort in Orlando will introduce a new Beer Yoga series. Designed to take the intimidation out of practicing yoga, the Beer Yoga program enables participants to enjoy yoga in ... Read More »

Generocity Orlando, A Party with a Purpose, Kicks Off April 26

A new event kicks off this month and it’s aimed at connecting Orlandoans to each other and to local nonprofit organizations. Created and hosted by Orlando magazine, Generocity Orlando will kick off for its first event on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Orlando Science Center. Generocity guests will enjoy a “Party with a Purpose,’’ learning about dozens of Central ... Read More »

5 Must-Try Gourmet Breakfast Dishes in Orlando

Researchers say we should all eat breakfast like a king and I could not agree more. I love a lavish morning meal. So, too, does my friend Faiyaz Kara, food critic for Orlando Weekly and the author of Gourmet Breakfasts for the GENIUS, a new cookbook designed to inspire some amazing DIY breakfast eats all the while challenging your culinary savvy and ... Read More »

Velvet Sessions Featuring The Wailers Returns March 30

The award winning Velvet Sessions, a rock & roll cocktail party held in the Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, returns Thursday, March 30, 2017 with the band that put reggae on the map.  Straight from Jamaica, The Wailers will perform hits like “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “One Love” while guests enjoy specialty cocktails and ... Read More »

10th Annual Reading Between the Wines with Art Smith & Norman Van Aken

Reading between the Wines, the annual fundraising event for the Adult Literacy League, returns Wednesday, April 12, 2017 with what promises to be an unforgettable evening of culinary tastes and tales.   Attendees will enjoy delicious food and beverages from local restaurants followed by a special presentation featuring James Beard award-winning chefs and cookbook authors, Art Smith & Norman Van Aken.  Participating in a ... Read More »

Girls Night Out at DISENCHANTED! The Hilarious Hit Musical

Disenchanted

We’re ready to let lose on a slightly wicked Girls Night Out at DISENCHANTED! The Hilarious Hit Musical, on stage April 11 through 20, 2017 at The Plaza Live Orlando.  Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines ... Read More »

Grande Lakes Orlando Unveils Interactive Farm to Fare Experience

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Grande Lakes Orlando, home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, recently announced the next phase in its renowned farm-to-fork cuisine philosophy: Whisper Creek Fables, a series of farm-to-table experiences hosted on the property’s 18,000 square-foot Whisper Creek Farm. Continuing Grande Lakes Orlando’s commitment to sustainability and hyper-local culinary initiatives, Whisper Creek Fables provides guests the chance to get ... Read More »