Author: Justin Braun

The Chef’s Table at Osprey Tavern is an Elegant Indulgence

Upon entry to Baldwin Park’s new restaurant The Osprey Tavern, a world of epicurean decadence unfolds around you. Achieving a unique flair of Parisian fine dining and classic pub tenor, The Osprey presents discerning diners with a gourmet selection of…

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Swooning for Swine & Sons’ New Breakfast Offering

Swine & Sons Provisions, the fast-casual love-child from the owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, is expanding its already fabulous lunch menu to include gourmet breakfast foods to either sit and savor or grab and go. At its…

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Wine Down at 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…

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Barnie’s Unveils New Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch Fare

Orlando’s hometown-headquartered national coffee brand is reinvigorating and reengineering its farm-to-table menu at its beloved CoffeeKitchen in Winter Park. Putting dinner service on the back burner for the moment, Barnie’s is extending its weekday hours until 5pm and featuring newly…

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Downtown Orlando Launches Weekly Walking Tasting Tour

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…

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6 Things We Love About Plant Street Market

Winter Garden’s new food hub, Plant Street Market, is wowing with its stellar selection of local fare, artisan goods and craft beer. Here are six reasons you should go there this weekend: Crooked Can Brewery Open from 11am to 11pm…

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SLATE Adds Modern American to Restaurant Row

Dr. Phillips’ Restaurant Row may have everything your stomach could ever desire but a new modern American restaurant is adding a handcrafted, locally sourced and seasonally-inspired menu to the mix. A notch well above the typical chain establishment, the 4,500…

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

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…

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Brunch Buzz: Mynt’s Table-Side Sunday Brunch Buffet

Winner of the 2015 OpenTable Diner’s Choice award, Mynt in Winter Park’s historic Hannibal Square district is one of Central Florida’s finest purveyors of traditional Indian fare. Now a new traditional table-side Sunday brunch buffet is making Mynt a go-to…

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Be Part of the Adventure at The Republic

If your idea of a fun night is starting a revolution to overthrow oppressive societal forces, then you’ll certainly love Orlando’s hottest new date night experience The Republic. Combining live theater with an interactive, real-life role-playing game, this reality-bending adventure…

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A Guide to Orlando Local Breweries

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…

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Saturday Lunch Date: Txokos’ Paella Party

Txokos Basque Kitchen is giving couples a great reason to spend a Saturday lunch date together. Scheduled every third Saturday of the month, the Paella Party gives this highly praised Audubon Park culinary phenomenon the opportunity to cook up heaping helpings of the traditional…

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Third Thursday Taste of Church Street

Happy hour may be the only time couples who work have for a date night out. Good thing the historic and revitalized Church Street District created Taste of Church Street, a new and exciting dinning and drinking series on the third…

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Find Great Music and Fantastic Chow at the new Tin Roof Orlando

If you and your date are lovers of great food, strong drinks and live music, Tin Roof is the joint for you. Located in the brand new I-Drive 360 complex (on International Drive), Tin Roof serves up a tasty menu of Americana inspired…

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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…

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Hard Knocks Beyond Laser Tag: Aim for the Heart

Love is a battlefield, especially at Hard Knocks Beyond Laser Tag. Touted as the nation’s first and most advanced indoor combat sports entertainment center, Hard Knocks is the perfect place for you and your partner to blow off steam by…

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iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving: Hover with your Honey

If you want to share a daredevil experience with your sweetie, iFly Indoor Skydiving is the date night for you. Specializing in simulating the weightless sensation of skydiving without you having to jump out of a plane, this gravity-defying thrill is…

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Kings Orlando Combines the Club and Bowling

By Justin Braun Going bowling is a great date night idea but decrepit and often-creepy local lanes ruin the mood. Not so at Kings, Orlando’s classiest adults-only alley, sports bar, restaurant, and lounge. This 30,000 square-foot International Drive hotspot has…

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Orlando’s Fogo de Chao “High Octane” Date Night

For the couple that loves to pair adventure with their dinner plans, Orlando’s Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chao's “High Octane” date night is a great option. Located on International Drive, the restaurant's proximity to the area's top attractions—zip lining, indoor skydiving, go-kart…

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Comedy Date Night: SAK Comedy Lab’s New Sitcom “Better Days”

If you’re a night owl who likes romantic comedy and live theater, I have just the date for you. Orlando’s funniest new show is SAK Comedy Lab’s “Better Days,” an episodic sitcom appearing Friday Nights at 11:30 p.m. Starring an ensemble…

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3D Digital Adventure Theatre Unveils at Orlando Science Center

Tired of the same old dinner and a movie date? Well, if your idea of a great date night is escaping into the fantasy of the big screen, then I have just the date for you. Orlando’s most cutting-edge cinematic…

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Roller Derby Date Night: Orlando Psycho City

If you're into hockey and NASCAR and you fondly reminisce about middle school skate nights at the local rink, then I know the place for you. Orlando's hottest unique date night attraction is attending an Orlando Psycho City roller derby…

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DRIP – A Quirky but Captivating Date Night

  Get messy at DRIP And now for something completely different… DRIP! Part dance, part theatrics, DRIP is self-described as an in-your-face explosion of color and movement backed by a live rock band in an industrial dive bar. And it's just arrived on…

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Orlando’s Funkiest Halloween Date Nights

Halloween is my favorite holiday for going out and having fun in Orlando. How can you not love a holiday when getting drunk while wearing a scandalous, silly, or scary outfit is socially acceptable? Whether you’re looking for somewhere funky…

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Date Night at the Timucua White House

Music is the language of love. Art is love’s accomplice. And wine, it’s bottled poetry. A night filled with all three is perfection.  Hosting monthly concerts and cultural events since September of 2000, Benoit Glazer, musical director for Cirque du…

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Orlando City Soccer Date Night

It's a common fact that a couple has a better chance of lasting if they enjoy watching sports together. Okay, that's just a rumor boyfriends and husbands everywhere are trying to spread, but at least some ladies out there can…

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Audubon Park Community Market Date Night

The Audubon Park Community Market Handcrafted Jewelry Who doesn’t love a good farmer’s market? At a farmer’s market you can eat, drink, and shop local, which is great for the community and makes you feel good. It’s a stimulating meeting place…

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Live Music Date Night: The Plaza Live Theatre

The Plaza’s iconic rotating spire Recent renovations included a state-of-the-art lighting and projection system. Two stages present seated and standing room performances (All photos courtesy of The Plaza Live) For many Orlando residents, the historic Plaza Live Theatre is the best place in the…

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Orlando Food Tour is a Fun Adventure Date

    Urban Flats Classic and Black & Blue flatbreads         Assorted desserts by the Dessert Lady     Bento Cafe PBJ Spicy Tuna and Gucci Shrimp rolls    Check out the whole Flickr album The Food…

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Just Drinks Date Night: Artisan Cocktails at Bar Louie

Kiss My Aztec Mongoose Daiquiri Bar Louie’s motto is “Eat, Drink, Be Happy,” and I can attest to the eclectic urban bar delivering on its promise. Sporting tasty new additions to its already extensive beverage menu (Tickled Pink, La Fresca…

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Contest: Geek & Rock Out Date Night with Beebs & Her Money Makers

Nerdy is the new cool. A rising trend in popular dating culture suggests that a majority of singles think nerds and geeks are hot. Whether you’re into anime, comic books, or star trek, the time is now to wave your…

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