Author: Stephanie Patterson

Reunion Resort Hosting Chef’s Charity Challenge Dinner Oct 4

Reunion Resort is putting a delicious spin on the usual charity dinner on October 4, 2019, when five of the resort’s chefs will battle it out in the kitchen to benefit five local charities. During the upcoming Chef’s Charity Challenge…

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Strut Your Stuff at Unique Dance and Fitness Classes

Earlier this year, a friend and I faced our fears and joined a beginner’s hip-hop dance class. By the end, we were exhilarated and totally hooked. And, despite only mastering about 30 consecutive seconds worth of choreography at the end…

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How to Do a Disney Springs Brunch Crawl

Savvy Orlandoans know how to experience Disney local style, from taking advantage of happy hour deals to checking out the live music scene and planning for the occasional date night splurge. Today we’re offering up a new experience for locals:…

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8 Unique Places to Practice Boozy Yoga

Does it take a little more than the promise of shavasana at the end of yoga class to coax you onto your yoga mat? The mind, body and soul benefits of practicing yoga are reason enough to head to the…

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See Evita at Orlando Shakes September 4 – October 6

Artsy date night alert! The Tony Award-winning musical Evita takes the stage at Orlando Shakes September 4 – October 6, 2019, retelling the story of Eva Perón’s rise to sainthood. The iconic musical is set in Argentina between 1934-1952, following…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ocean Prime Orlando

Restaurant Row is one of Orlando’s crown jewels when it comes to dining, especially during happy hour when nearly every restaurant in the area offers killer deals on drinks and eats. From casual watering holes to upscale eateries, there truly…

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Brunch Buzz: Maxine’s on Shine

A local favorite hiding in plain sight in a residential neighborhood surrounded by the Thornton Park District, Colonialtown and The Milk District, Maxine’s on Shine is no secret among Orlandoans. Especially those who love to brunch. Yet its popularity doesn’t…

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8 Awesome Places to Watch a Rocket Launch in Central Florida

Rocket launches are now a nearly monthly occurrence thanks to United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Space X missions launching regularly from Kennedy Space Center. While there’s something magical about being able to watch one from your own backyard, a little…

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Unique Date: Blindfolded Wine, Bourbon + Coffee Tastings for a Cause

You, your date, a blindfold, and some wine… Sounds like a good time, right? This August and September, local nonprofit Lighthouse Central Florida is hosting three unique tasting events around Orlando as part of their awesome Sensory Series. The out…

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4 Must-Try New Orlando Dining Experiences

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Orlando right now. Our dining scene is also turning up the heat, with a handful of local restaurants offering new dining experiences that are perfect for date night. Check out one…

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A Date Day Trip to Historic Downtown Clermont

On an impromptu day trip to Clermont several months ago, I accidentally discovered what Clermont residents already know: Historic Downtown Clermont is a delightfully charming (and rapidly growing) city not to be overlooked. With a $22 million master plan already…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ruth’s Chris Steak House Orlando

Dining at an upscale eatery doesn’t have to break the bank, as long as you’re willing to get a little creative. Many higher end eateries around town offer surprisingly affordable—and robust—happy hours allowing you to experience fine dining at a…

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5 Unique Eateries for Global Dining on I-Drive

Written by Kendra Lott Foodies in Orlando know that finding Orlando’s best restaurants often requires a bit of sleuthing. In her new book, Unique Eats and Eateries of Orlando, local author and Edible Orlando publisher Kendra Lott offers up a comprehensive guide…

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Double Date: Local Wine Tastings + Dinner

The best way to learn is by doing, and at a handful of local wine bars and spirits stores you can do just that. Learn and sip by attending one of these Orlando wine tastings paired up with dinner nearby…

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Brunch Buzz: Mia’s Italian Kitchen

What to do when you’re craving an Italian holiday but can’t spring for a pricey plane ticket? Orlando isn’t Italy, but it does have a few notable places where you can play pretend for the day, especially if it’s fresh…

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Four Must-See Shows During the Annie Russell Theatre 2019/20 Season

From Broadway shows to ballet and monthly arts events, Orlando has no shortage of options when it comes to supporting the arts. Beyond Dr. Phillips Center and Loch Haven Park, the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College is your ticket…

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Catch Flashdance The Musical at Garden Theatre July 5 – 28

SPONSORED — Relive the romantic ’80s classic film on stage when Flashdance The Musical hits the stage at Winter Garden’s historic Garden Theatre this summer from July 5 – 28, 2019. Bringing the beloved film to life, the musical follows Alex,…

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Four Adventurous New Date Night Experiences to Try This Summer

Orlando and adventure go hand in hand. Beyond the obvious theme parks, you can get your kicks by trying something new like falconry (!!!) or glamping (glamorous camping) in a fully furnished luxurious tent at a local state park. Add…

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How to do a Walking Food Crawl Through Gaylord Palms

Hankering for a romantic getaway to Key West? How about St. Augustine or the Florida Everglades? If a romantic escape isn’t in the budget, we’ve found the next best thing. Just park your car and crawl your way through the…

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Orlando United Day: Pulse Memorials and Events

June 12, 2019 marks the 3-year anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting, a day that devastated—and united—the Orlando community.  While the pain, hurt, and confusion will never subside, we continue to remember and honor those whose lives were lost…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Tony Roma’s

International Drive’s reputation as a tourist mecca isn’t inaccurate, but locals keen to avoid the crowds are missing out. Lean in to the full “Orlando like a tourist” experience and you’ll be rewarded with dozens of restaurants, exciting attractions, live…

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Day Trip: Rainbow River Tubing at KP Hole

Ready to escape from normal life, if only for the day? You don’t have to travel far. Central Florida is a natural playground for water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and my personal favorite: tubing. From Orlando, tubing at Kelly…

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Shop Local + Live Music at Winter Garden Summer Sidewalk Sale June 8

SPONSORED – Support local businesses and enjoy free live music while strolling the streets of Winter Garden’s picturesque downtown during the upcoming Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019. From 11am-7pm, Downtown Winter Garden will be transformed into a…

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24 Free Outdoor Movies in Orlando: Spring and Summer 2019

Daytime temperatures are heating up as summer makes a fast approach. But when the sun goes down and the stars come out, outdoor movies make for enjoyable spring and summetime dates. Below, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor flicks being…

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Florida Artists + Local Eats at the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize Preview Party May 31

SPONSORED – An annual highlight of Orlando’s art scene, the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is an exciting exhibition featuring the work of 10 significant Florida artists. Art lovers won’t want to miss the celebratory Exhibition…

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An Electric Bike Taco Tour of Orlando

Do you religiously celebrate Taco Tuesday and have an affinity for exploring Orlando’s natural side via bike? Meet your dream date: an electric bike taco tour of Orlando. Bike Cubed, a new bicycle tour company in Orlando, has fused biking…

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Orlando Fringe is Back May 14 – 27! Best Shows for Couples + Festival Tips

It’s back!! Celebrate the wild, wacky and wonderful at Orlando Fringe, taking place at Loch Haven Park from May 14 – 27, 2019. If you’ve never been, the multi-day festival is an uncensored, unjuried, accessible and inclusive festival comprised of…

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7 New Orlando Restaurants to Discover this Spring and Summer

Written by Stephanie Patterson and Kristen Manieri A shipping container food truck park, Italian-inspired concepts, and tacos…oh my! Orlando’s food scene continues to surprise (and cause my waistline to expand in the name of research) with creative concepts and high-quality…

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Double Date: Nona Adventure Park + Lake Nona Food Crawl

Itinerary: Get in touch with your inner kid at Nona Adventure Park followed by a Lake Nona food crawl Lake Nona has got it going on for date night. New restaurants are constantly on the horizon, adding to the area’s…

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$5 Food and Drink Specials During Reyes Mezcaleria’s Two Year Anniversary: April 30 – May 4

Budget-friendly date night alert! Reyes Mezcaleria is celebrating their two-year anniversary and Cinco de Mayo with $5 food and drink specials from April 30 to May 4, 2019. Each day features a different drink and menu item for $5 each,…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: STK Orlando

Budget friendly and Disney Springs may not seem to be a likely pair. But with a little research and planning, there are a surprising amount of inexpensive activities to enjoy alongside affordable eats. While happy hour deals are a bit…

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