Dine and Drink Around the World with a Sanford Passport

Sanford Passport program

Note: This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of PLAYGROUND Magazine. Read the digital version here. Dreaming of jet setting this summer? The Downtown Sanford Small World Passport is your ticket to Germany, Belgium, The U.K., and beyond—no airfare required. Grab your passport and start globetrotting! Created by Mike Smith, a Sanford local and general manager of The ... Read More »

A Tour of Sanford’s Best Bars and Eateries by @drinksanford

A tour of the best bars and eateries in Sanford with @drinksanford

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a 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 @DrinkSanford, an account showcasing the boozy adventures of a fun-loving anonymous couple in Sanford. Along ... Read More »

12 Most Fun Ways to Get Drunk Together Around Orlando

12 Most Fun Ways to Get Drunk Together in Orlando

Orlando Magazine recently published an in-depth list highlighting five local bars hosting out of the ordinary events in addition to serving up top-notch concoctions. (Read the article here.) At breweries like Orlando Brewing, you can sip a cold pint of organic craft beer while attending the monthly drum circle. Or, head to Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge to paint yourself ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Big Fin Seafood Kitchen

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen lobster tail happy hour dish

If there is such a thing as happy hour heaven here on Earth, its location is certainly on Sand Lake Road. This stretch of restaurants, nicknamed “Restaurant Row”, is an oasis for conducting a progressive happy hour crawl just far enough away from the hordes of tourists on I-Drive. Deciding where to go (and wishing for a bigger stomach) are ... Read More »

Where to Wine and Dine Around Disney Outside the Parks

Where to Wine and Dine Around Disney Outside of the Parks

Disney World is more than a family destination. With the revitalization of Disney Springs into a hub for foodies and a new focus on adult-friendly options like late-night entertainment, Disney is also transforming into a date night hotspot.  Perhaps the most classic date for any couple is the romantic wine and dine combination. What better way to impress that special ... Read More »

Going Gatsby in Orlando: 6 Places to Have a Roarin’ Good Time

Going Gatsby in orlando

The early half of the 20th century was a quirky little time in American history. Alcohol was illegal, yet young Americans were still having fun dancing the Charleston, listening to jazz, and pushing past social and cultural expectations of the past. Despite the laws, speakeasies began to pop up for urban Americans looking to imbibe and enjoy their newfound leisure ... Read More »

Three Things to Know About Foxtail’s Farmhouse

Foxtail's Farmhouse Coffee Cone Latte

The latest addition to Foxtail Coffee Co.’s rapidly growing mini-empire in Orlando, Foxtail’s Farmhouse is more than a craft coffee shop. An expansion of the original Foxtail Coffee Co. location next door, the Farmhouse provides solutions to two main customer requests: more seating and a food menu. This newly-opened date night friendly space is the perfect place to unwind with ... Read More »

Better Together: Wine and Beer Pairing Events in Orlando

Wine and chocolate, beer and doughnuts, you and your partner…some things really are just better when they’re together. At these wine and beer pairing events in Orlando, two is most definitely better than one. Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Wine, cheese, and chocolate are delightful on their own, but they truly shine when paired together for the ultimate indulgence. Get a ... Read More »

Disney Monorail Pub Crawl: A Guide to the Best Date Night Spots

Disney Monorail Pub Crawl

The Best Bars & Lounges for a DIY Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Written by Stephanie Patterson and Hannah Green Confession: despite living in Orlando for six years, I’ve still never visited the Disney theme parks. I know, I know; please don’t judge me! But say the words “Disney monorail pub crawl” and my Mickey Mouse ears are suddenly perked. While ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Prato

Prato happy hour

When it comes to Italy, I’ve got the textbook definition of wanderlust. The food, the wine, the history, the gelato…ah, I get butterflies just thinking about it. While I’m pinching pennies to get there as soon as possible, the next best thing is immersing myself in all things Italy-related right here in Central Florida. And what better place to begin ... Read More »

Orlando Cocktail Crawl from Ivanhoe Village to Mills 50

Orlando Cocktail Crawl

Across Orlando lies a broad selection of bars and restaurants inviting you to experience a variety of unique cocktails. But did you know some of the best cocktails in the area come from the Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 districts? Grab a date or a group of friends and responsibly enjoy an Orlando cocktail crawl. I’ve crafted an itinerary which ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: K Restaurant

K Restaurant happy hour test drive

I’ve always associated happy hour with blowing off steam after a long workday. But in the right setting, happy hour easily crosses over into romantic date night territory. Such is the case at K Restaurant in College Park, where light bites and libations are served in the cozy, candlelit bar, the porch, or the intimate outdoor garden patio. News of ... Read More »

Where to Enjoy Tea in Orlando for Two

Where to Enjoy Tea in Orlando for Two

Most Orlandoans know where to get a quality cup of coffee as there is no shortage of great shops to indulge your caffeine craving. Have you ever noticed that tea doesn’t get as much love? Full of antioxidants and providing health benefits such as boosting your immune system, protecting your heart, and soothing the digestive system, drinking tea will keep ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Luma on Park

Luma on Park happy hour test drive

Situated on the corner of Park Avenue and E New England Ave in Winter Park, Luma on Park is one of those restaurants you’ve got to visit for date night at least once. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Brandon McGlamery (Prato, Luke’s Kitchen & Bar), combines an upscale setting, boutique wine list, and seasonally driven cuisine working in unison to ... Read More »

Orlando Coffee Hotspots For Serious Coffee Lovers

Orlando Coffee Hotspots for Serious Coffee Lovers

Orlando coffee lovers are fortunate in that there is no shortage of places to get a quality cup of coffee. There are some places, however, that are intentional about where their coffee beans originate, ensuring they are ethically sourced and that the growers and pickers are compensated fairly. Others consider coffee a fine art and concoct unique creations beyond your ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Sanctum

The Sanctum zen hour happy hour

I know I’ve taken it a little too far with tacos and ice cream when my body actually begins to crave lettuce. Striking the right balance between wellness and indulgence is something I’m always working to achieve. Lucky for us Orlandoans we have The Sanctum to get us back on track. Unlike other vegan and vegetarian restaurants with menus comprised ... Read More »

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Updated October 2017 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 ... 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 »