Girls’ Night Out

Wine Down at Quantum Leap Winery

Quantum Leap Winery

Unwind from your workweek at the monthly Wine Down event at Orlando’s boutique urban winery, Quantum Leap. Every second Friday from 7 – 10pm, the winery located at the crossroads of Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village invites the public to its tasting room to enjoy great local wine, live music and food truck fare. Wine Down is one of the most ... Read More »

Grande Lakes Orlando to Host Food & Pub Crawl July 31

As part of its Fun and Wine Weekend at the end of this month, Grande Lakes Orlando will be hosting an epicurean adventure across its many restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando. Located directly next door to each other on the sprawling Grande Lakes property, these hotels house a bevy of gourmet pitstops worthy of your palate. The July 31st ... Read More »

Downtown Orlando Launches Weekly Walking Tasting Tour

Passion Fruit Spoon

Orlando now has a new way for you to experience all the flavors of the downtown food scene all in one whirlwind tour. Offered by the Downtown Orlando Partnership and approved by Mayor Buddy Dyer, the new Saturday Downtown Food Tours take participants on a walking tour of the Central Business District, visiting some of downtown’s local favorites and sampling ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: What’s New at The Ravenous Pig

tapas-style versions of main menu entrees

Local foodie folk-heroes James and Julie Petrakis are transforming Monday into “funday” at The Ravenous Pig with a new happy hour menu full of craft beers, snacks, cocktails and wine. Previously only open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, this much-loved Winter Park restaurant now invites locavores to unwind and pig out after work Monday through Saturday for happy hour, served from 4:30-5:30pm. Chef owner James ... Read More »

10 Orlando Date Ideas for Adventurous & Sporty Couples

By Christopher Smith Orlando is a terrific place. Planted in the middle of the Sunshine State, saturated by dozens of lakes and within driving distance of two oceans, there’s plenty to offer the adventurous and bold. For those inclined to spend active time with significant others or dates, though, brainstorming ideas beyond kayaking, swimming or heading to the beach can ... Read More »

A Guide to Orlando Local Breweries

Plant Street Market

Updated December 2017 – Surprised to learn that Orlando is one of America’s epicenters of craft brewing? This guide to our local brew scene is sure to convince you that Central Florida has jumped on the beer bandwagon. PS – Don’t forget to pick up your free Central Florida Ale Trail map at participating breweries. Once you’ve received stamps at each brewery, ... Read More »

36 Orlando Cooking Classes for June and July

Dinner Date Night at Home

Put an interactive and educational spin on your next date night dinner out with one of these Orlando cooking classes. Whether you’re hoping to learn some new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun night out together, you’re bound to find something you love from our list of 36 local cooking classes happening this June and ... Read More »

A $50 Dinner for Two at Maxine’s on Shine

There’s a lot to love about the whimsical neighborhood eatery known as Maxine’s on Shine. For starters, at how many Orlando restaurants do the owners step up to a microphone and either sing or do improv poetry? Maxine and Kirt Earhart take hospitality to a whole new level as they wander between the tables each night saying hello to guests, ... Read More »

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery

The culmination of lots of creative gourmands as well as chefs and brewmasters with an unwavering passion for local sourcing, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery opened last month at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with a farm-to-fork experience like no other. Featuring beer from The Brewery at Grande Lakes, an in-house, first-of-its-kind nano- brewery producing house-made brews ... Read More »

The Orlando Eye Now Open at I-Drive 360

After years of planning and construction, The Orlando Eye opens today at I-Drive 360, the area’s newest attraction, dining and nightlife hub. Besides the 400-foot tall rotating wheel, I-Drive 360 also houses SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando, which both opened earlier this year. Accompanying the entertainment experiences is also a diverse array of dining and nightlife options such as ... Read More »

Wondermade Launches Marshmallow Workshops

By Autumn Sirmeyer Nestled into the quiet little town of Sanford, Fl is a small little business with a really big, squishy, gooey heart. If you are a fan of the fluffy sweetness that is marshmallows than Wondermade is the answer to all of your sugary prayers. Husband-and-wife team Nathan and Jenn Clark own and operate the business that actually ... Read More »

Limo Cycle Sanford Craft Beer Tour: Apr 23

Sanford has become a mecca for craft beer in Central Florida. For starters, there’s Wops Hops Brewery, Sanford’s first microbrewery serving fine ales, wines and craft sodas in the tasting room and dog-friendly beer garden. You’ll also find Celery City Craft Taproom and Bistro, where 51 craft beers on tap and over 100 total beers to choose from make it ... Read More »

New Name, New Menu: The Parkview Is SO Much More Than Wine

You’ve probably walked by 136 S. Park Avenue in Winter Park a few times in recent months and wondered, “what the heck is The Parkview and where did Eola Wine Co. go?” Never fear. Change is good! Last year a buy-out resulted in new ownership and a name change for Eola Wine Co. (which is still open in downtown Orlando ... Read More »

Dr. Phillips Center Announces 2015/16 Broadway Season

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, together with Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America, recently announced the lineup of shows for the 2015/2016 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. Beginning with Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella in November and ending with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical in May, 2016, this upcoming series presents a slew of spectacular shows perfect for date ... Read More »

10 Orlando Cocktails to Try Right Now

Exploring new cocktails has become such a fun part of date night because the sky is the limit in terms of what you might find on the menu these days. Today’s mixologists are taking some hints from the kitchen and adding some creative culinary panache to their drinks, and the result has been scores of cocktails that are as tasty as ... Read More »

A Winter Park Village Date Night

In January, Greg Clayton and his wife, Keeya, won the Winter Park Village – Couple at Large Giveaway, which scored them over $1,000 in gift certificates from Winter Park Village merchants and restaurants. Who knew this cute little corner of Winter Park had so much to offer?! The Claytons do now! Read on to see how they enjoyed their mega ... Read More »

Orlando Conductor Crawl Date Night

The Orlando Conductor Crawl turns Friday night happy hour into a great date night adventure. The fun new meet-up starts in downtown Orlando and takes you to a different dinner and drinks destination along the SunRail commuter rail line each month. On the second Friday of the month, crawl participants meet at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. ... Read More »

Date Night on a Paddleboard

Paddleboarding… it’s not as hard as it looks, it’s more fun than you might think and it’s an activity that seems to attract a groovy group of people who just love to head out onto the water and have a chilled out time. Perfect for date night!! For several years, Paddleboard Orlando has offered classes, beginner paddles and day trips ... Read More »

Shari Sushi’s Omakase Chef’s Table Experience

Lara Gould won the October Couple at Large giveaway, which means she and her date were sent to experience the Chef’s Table at Shari Sushi Lounge. Here’s what she said about the experience: When we arrived at Shari, we were taken to an intimate table on the upper level with only a few other tables. We could see over mostly ... Read More »