Author Archives: Kristen Manieri

Do Good Date Night ‘Family Edition’ December 8

do good date night

Since the Do Good Date Night series launched last year, we’ve had several requests to allow kids to participate. While I love kids (got two of my own), my commitment to creating a date night atmosphere for couples seeking adult refuge has remained steadfast… until now. Next month, kiddos (ages 4 and older) are welcome at our first family-friendly edition ... Read More »

$10 Star-Studded Evenings Thru February 25, 2017 at Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center recently announced Star-Studded Evenings, a new program inviting Orlando locals to enjoy the Crosby Observatory and Digital Adventure Theater every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm – 9pm for only $10. STARGAZING Your $10 ticket gives you access to the outdoor viewing deck, which houses a 10″ Byers refracting telescope used to look at various celestial ... Read More »

ICE! is Back at Gaylord Palms… and it’s Better Than Ever!

ICE Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms kicked off this past weekend with a slew of festive experiences and attractions designed to celebrate the holiday season from November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Besides a new ICE! theme (welcome to Orlando, Charlie Brown!), this five-week event unveiled a few new additions including the Christmas Wish Light Show, an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger ... Read More »

Date Night at STK Orlando + Save $25

Last Saturday we headed out to Disney Springs, waded through the crowds, and arrived at a date night oasis: STK Orlando. One of many new restaurants to open in 2016 at this newly redesigned dining and entertainment hub, STK is truly in a class of its own. A chic modern steakhouse with a sleek veneer, it feels far more like ... Read More »

11 Pet Friendly Getaways for Orlando Couples

By Erica Thomas There is nothing quite like being greeted at the door by your four-legged friend with their tail wagging behind them. The bond between a human and their dog is unlike any other. So the next time you decide to hit the road on an overnight trip, why not bring your furbaby along with you? Roll down the ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

A mainstay at Pointe Orlando for over a decade, The Oceanaire Seafood Room has been a longstanding favorite for couples looking for a posh seafood restaurant in the Orlando area. White linens, doting service and an eye catching fresh seafood bar are all hallmarks of the Oceanaire experience, but so too is its daily happy hour, which is suitably renamed Admiral’s ... Read More »

6 Things to do Every Sunday in Thornton Park

thornton park

Downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park District is one of the city’s loveliest areas. Besides laying claim to at least one corner of beautiful Lake Eola Park, this brick street neighborhood boasts lots of quaint bungalows, walkable streets, cute boutiques, cafes and a slew of really great restaurants. Next time you’re making plans for a lazy Sunday, be sure to steer your ... Read More »

25th Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase: Nov 19/20

The 25th Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase takes place November 19 & 20, 2016 and will feature 59 films representing 11 different Florida film schools and spanning four unique programs: Program #1 Saturday, November 19 at 11am Total Running Time: 90 min Program #2 Saturday, November 19 at 1:15pm Total Running Time: 87 min Program #3 Sunday, November 20 at ... Read More »

Beer Dinner Experience at Streamsong Resort with $100 Overnight Rate: Nov. 18

Craft beers are flowing across the country, especially in Florida, the nation’s 5th largest producer of craft beer. Streamsong Resort invites beer fans of all levels to get a taste of the craze sweeping the state and the nation with a craft beer tasting dinner at Streamsong Novemberfest. On Friday, November 18, 2016, Streamsong’s Chef Michael Ford will create a mouthwatering ... Read More »

Five Must-See Shows Coming Up at Dr. Phillips Center Nov/Dec

Dr. Phillips Center

A slew of stellar performances are headed to the Dr. Phillips Center in the coming weeks. Closing out what was a terrific line-up of events in 2016, these final shows top our list of must-go events for November and December. Here’s what’s on deck… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time November 1 – 6, 2016 Adapted from Mark Haddon’s ... Read More »

You’re Invited to Our Exclusive ICE! Sneak Peek Date Night at Gaylord Palms

ICE Gaylord Palms

SOLD OUT Christmas at Gaylord Palms returns again in just a few weeks with its annual extravaganza of holiday cheer. From November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017, this spectacular resort will showcase ICE! – its legendary frosty wonderland crafted from 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice. In addition, Gaylord Palms will host free live holiday shows, festive feasts, snow ... Read More »

The Orlando Couples Cook Off Finals: November 12

Enjoy gourmet bites and spirited sips while our finalist couples duke it out for the title of Orlando’s Top Culinary Couple! The Orlando Couples Cook-Off, a fast-paced, hands-on cooking competition, brought together some pretty awesome home cooks throughout our preliminary rounds on October 13 and 21. After two heated rounds of competition at Aggressive Appliances (with food provided by Whole Foods Market, ... Read More »

Tenth Annual Neanderthal Ball: November 5

Take a walk on the wild side at this year’s Neanderthal Ball, a unique gala taking place at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7-10pm. This one-of-a-kind fête and fundraiser for the OSC blends an elegant cocktail party with a prehistoric mixer filled with dancing, drinking, and eating with your fellow cavemen. Delicious food for the evening is provided by ... Read More »

4th Annual Eden Bar Elixir Mixer: November 5

Meet the best shakers and stirrers in the local cocktail scene at the 4th Annual Eden Bar Elixir Mixer on Saturday, November 5th from 2-4pm. A well-attended afternoon fete, the event gives guests the chance to enjoy tastes of all different types of hand-crafted cocktails, beer, and wine from Orlando hot spots. Guests will also vote on their favorite hand-crafted, creative cocktail. ... Read More »

6 New Orlando Restaurants to Discover

New Orlando Restaurants

A whirlwind of new Orlando restaurants have popped up around the city in the past month or so. Here’s a quick summary to put you in the know… Earls Kitchen + Bar Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Earls Kitchen + Bar opened at The Mall at Millenia in September, celebrating its second Florida location and 68th restaurant overall. Inside you’ll find a modern, shiny veneer with a ... Read More »

10th Annual Taste of Dr. Phillips: November 13

The 2016 Taste of Dr. Phillips is set to descend on the Dellagio Town Center on Sunday, November 13 from 1-4pm. This 10th annual foodie fete will showcase the culinary talents of chefs from 20 restaurants from Orlando’s famed ‘Restaurant Row.’ Each restaurant will feature a delicious dish to be paired with award-winning wines. Participating Restaurants Bravo Cucina Italiana Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Vines Grill ... Read More »

Photo Recap: Do Good Date Night at Second Harvest

After a summer-long hiatus, the Do Good Date Night event returned on Friday, October 14, 2016, with a fun night of volunteering, great food and good times at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Over the course of the evening, couples worked assembly-line-style to create over 1,500 High Five Kids Packs, which are given to kids in Seminole and Orange County’s ... Read More »

Photos: Orlando’s Inaugural Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

Nearly a thousand revelers made the mystery-laden trip to The Beacon in Lake Nona on Thursday, October 13, 2016 for the first edition of Le Dîner en Blanc, a new pop-up dinner series and unique experiential ‘picnic’ event. Arriving by bus with their tables, chairs, linens, gourmet picnic fare and bubbly libations, the hundreds of partygoers, all dressed in white, made quite ... Read More »

Winter Park Village Launches Free Thursday Music Series

Beginning October 13 through December 22, 2016, Winter Park Village will be hosting a weekly free music series designed to be the perfect pairing to your date night out. Held every Thursday from 6pm – 9pm, each event in the series will feature a different musical performance by local musicians and bands. From jazz and acoustic guitar to pop hits ... Read More »

Epcot’s Rockin’ Burger Block Party: Oct 14 & Nov 11

Rockin’ Burger Block Party

By Brooke Buckner Fehr Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, a special hard-ticketed event at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. The party takes place three times during this year’s festival, and it’s not too late to get tickets if you’d like to attend on Friday, October 14, or Friday, November 11 from 7pm ... Read More »