Author Archives: Stephanie Patterson

Orlando Restaurants with New Menus and New Chefs

Orlando Restaurants with New Menus and New Chefs

Written by Kristen Manieri and Stephanie Patterson It’s hard to resist the siren call of a new restaurant opening in Orlando, further fueled by star-struck reviews from friends and delectable images littering your Instagram feed. We love the constant evolution of our local food scene, but the steady stream of openings makes it difficult for any food lover to keep ... Read More »

#KeepDancingOrlando at Orlando Come Out With Pride October 14

Orlando Come Out With Pride 2017

Strong, welcoming, resilient…these words all come to mind when I think of Orlando and its amazing, diverse community. We have faced incredible challenges as a city over the past several years, but despite those setbacks, we’ve proven relentless in remaining strong and unified. Now, it’s time to come together again and stand united for a celebration of love in all ... Read More »

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Written by Kristen Manieri and Stephanie Patterson A notable bar is more than just a place to have a drink—it’s an experience. Just as our local chefs are well versed in crafting delectable dishes, our local bartenders are continuously utilizing their creativity to mix quality libations. While we love Orlando’s local dives and unique bars, we’re thrilled to see an ... Read More »

Reader Tips: How to do the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Like a Pro

2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Now in its 22nd year, Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival has returned for 75 days of foodie fun from August 31 to November 13, 2017. This year, there are bites and beverages to savor from over 35 marketplaces located throughout the World Showcase. Whether this year will be your first visit or you’ve made the festival an annual tradition, there’s ... Read More »

Create Your Own Fluid Painting with The Dirty Pour Project

As a lover of artsy date nights, I’m no stranger to local paint night events. The combination of a lively local venue, adult beverages, and creativity certainly makes for an enjoyable date night. Yet the downfall of most paint nights is the fact you’re often painting the exact same thing as the rest of the class. The Dirty Pour Project, ... Read More »

Brunch Buzz: The Strand

The Strand Orlando Brunch

Inviting, cozy, and positively delicious all come to mind when I reflect on a recent brunch enjoyed at The Strand. This community-oriented neighborhood restaurant nestled in the Mills 50 District has an atmosphere that welcomes you whether you’re a regular or first time visitor. The servers are jovial, there’s a constant buzz in the kitchen, and the light, earthy interior, ... Read More »

14 Over the Top Orlando Desserts to Blow Your Mind on Date Night

Over the Top Orlando Desserts

Written by Erica Thomas The only thing that could sweeten a date with your honey more is to end it with a delectable dessert. These final course options are so spectacular they can make even the most simple date seem special and extraordinary. Splurge on one of these over-the-top desserts in Orlando and end your date on a sweet note. ... Read More »

Rumor Orlando Event Series: Live Jazz, Comedy & Spoken Word

Rumor Orlando event series at The Abbey combines spoke word, live jazz, and comedy on the First Sunday of each month

In Orlando, we have a variety of venues for enjoying live jazz, comedy, and spoken word. What we’ve been lacking is an event that combines all three—until now. RUMOR Orlando, a new event series occurring on the first Sunday of each month at The Abbey, is a fresh, upscale evening event featuring live music, comedy, and spoken word. The event ... Read More »

Magical Dining Month Returns Aug 25 – Oct 12 with 100+ Restaurants

Magical Dining Month 2017

Update 9/20: Magical Dining Month has been extended through October 12, 2017! A majority, but not all, of the restaurants are participating in the extension. The Magical Dining Month website has been updated with a note found at the bottom of each restaurant menu containing details on whether or not the restaurant is participating in the extension. For over a decade, ... Read More »

Taverna Opa Orlando Celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10 Days of Deals

Taverna Opa Orlando

International Drive is so much more than a tourist hot spot. While you’ll certainly find tourists out and about, I-Drive is also a go-to for locals complete with fun attractions like the Orlando Eye, quality dining, and endless options for nightlife. It’s truly a date night hot spot. Known for excellent Greek fare, nightly belly dancing entertainment, and an incredibly ... Read More »

Guide to Viewing the August 21 Solar Eclipse in Orlando

Guide to Viewing Solar Eclipse in Orlando 2017

If you haven’t already heard, August 21, 2017 marks the date of the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast in the United States in a whopping 99 years. So yes, this eclipse is kind of a big deal! While Orlando is not in the path of totality (meaning we will see a partial solar eclipse), we will ... Read More »

Must Do: Hop On Orlando Brewery Tour

Hop On Orlando Brewery Tour

When I heard the news that a new brewery tour company was launching in Orlando, I could hardly contain my excitement. Beer lovers in Orlando have dozens of beer experiences and craft breweries to choose from, most of which are listed on the new Central Florida Ale Trail, and an Orlando brewery tour is just what our local beer scene ... Read More »

Our Guide to a Dr. Phillips Happy Hour Crawl

Dr. Phillips Happy Hour Crawl Guide

Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips certainly lives up to its “Restaurant Row” nickname with its impressive stretch of amazing restaurants, most of which offer excellent happy hours. Happy hour hopping is the perfect opportunity for a progressive date night experience that will also allow you to acquaint yourself with a handful of Restaurant Row’s best eateries, all in the ... Read More »

10 Orlando Dessert Places You Must Visit by @wanderwithred

10 Orlando Dessert Places you Must Visit

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched 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 you will too!! This month, we’re featuring @wanderwithred who puts a spotlight on all things local in Orlando. A University of ... Read More »

Brunch Buzz: Canvas Restaurant & Market

Brunch Buzz: Canvas Restaurant & Market

Make the 30-minute drive to Lake Nona from Orlando and you’ll land at Canvas Restaurant & Market, a bustling New American restaurant well-poised to become a brunch favorite. The peaceful waterfront setting, outdoor herb garden, and indoor market draw you in while the globally-inspired menu and creative cocktails invite you to stay. Served on Sundays from 11am-3pm, the brunch menu ... Read More »

Staycation: Spend the Night in a Romantic Yurt in Geneva

The Yurt at Danville in Geneva, FL

Orlando is home to incredible sprawling resorts where lazy rivers, luxurious spas, and award-winning restaurants are all part of the five-star experience. Sure, any one of them is more than suitable for a weekend staycation, but there’s another option for couples who thirst for a more off the beaten path experience. Part of the Danville Bed & Breakfast in Geneva, ... Read More »