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Nature in Central Florida

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

Think about it. Not to get totally mystical here but nature really does connect us. With each other, creatures, the earth.

I frequent a couple of Central Florida parks fairly regularly, typically for an afternoon/evening jog or Boot Camp fitness class. I’m always enamored by the nature that’s right underneath my nose…and something I feel most ignore or don’t appreciate so much.

I snapped (no pun intended) this amazing pic one night last week while jogging around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando:

Turtles

Pretty amazing, right? I need to remind myself to take note of scenes like this way more often. How about you? Where are some of your favorite places to soak up nature? Would love for you to share some pics with us.

Wanna find out where other Pulse fans like to spend their time enjoying nature? Check out this poll we did last year.

Strike Outs Bowling at Fashion Square Mall

Fashion Square Mall is really, really trying to step up its game. And quite honestly I’m really happy to see it (the whole area could use a breath of fresh air) – although I still question what the end result will be. We already know there are plans for an Element by Westin hotel to be added into the mix of shopping and dining, and now Strike Outs–a bowling and game facility–has just opened. Check out their Facebook Page:

Not personally my cup of tea but 1) I wouldn’t mind checking things out at some point and 2) I imagine this bowling/movie package would be quite appealing to a family looking to do something fun together one evening or on the weekend.

Fashion Square bowling

You can keep up with future developments on the Fashion Square Mall website or by Liking them on Facebook.

What do you think? Excited about all of the new development in this part of Central Florida?

Jazz Tastings in Maitland

Tucked on the side of a little plaza near Lake Lily in Maitland is the unassuming restaurant/bar Jazz Tastings. I heard about it from a few friends who wanted to check it out, but none had ever been.

Not knowing really what to expect, we opted not to eat dinner there, even though I read on Yelp and their site that they offer a number of delicious food options. Instead, we decided to head there for a few drinks. Jazz Tastings is an intimate space and not at all what I was expecting. It was every bit the sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere they promote it to be.

The room is long and narrow, but has a good amount of seating and a small L-shaped bar near the kitchen. While the smaller size of the place might seem like a negative, it’s truly the opposite because you’re that much closer to the stage.

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Speaking of the stage, the whole point of the bar is to showcase phenomenal Jazz talent, and boy have they succeeded. We were there on a Friday night and the performers were ridiculously good. I was really blown away by the vibe of the place, how into it the audience was and just how well it all just “worked.”

Jazz Tastings is open six days a week, so you have no excuse not to check it out!

Olea Mezze Grill

After weeks (maybe months?) of driving past Olea Mezze Grill in Maitland, I finally decided to stop in and check it out. It’s in the same plaza as one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, Francesco’s, so I figured why not.

First of all, Olea is not at all what I was expecting. Not sure why, but I assumed this was a sit-down-and-be-served kinda place. It’s not. It’s more of a walk-through-the-line-like-Chipotle kinda place.  This was completely fine with me, and exactly what I like in a lunch/easy dinner place.

Basically, you go through the line and select the type of meal you want:  pita, bowl or salad.  Then you add spreads (GET THE ZESTY FETA, TRUST ME), protein (chicken, falafel, gyro or meatball), toppings and dressing.  There are so many possible options and combinations, each seems as delicious as the next.

I dare you to look at this and not drool:

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Olea was super-clean, the staff was lovely, and the price was right.  That delicious, fresh lunch was $7.99 + tax.  How can you go wrong? (Hint: you can’t.)

Go support this locally owned business so I can get Zesty Feta spread for life.

 

 

Out and About: Tagged

Absolutely no idea here. Any suggestions?

Te Seed (Location: Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola.)

Element by Westin at Fashion Square

You might recall the post we published a little over a week ago about the new Element by Westin hotel being developed at Fashion Square Mall. I was driving by recently and made it a point to stop and grab a photo.

Fashion Square Hotel

(New Starwood Resorts & Hotels site?)

This is pretty much dead center on the south side of the mall complex, between Panera Bread and Macy’s. Now, I didn’t see any signage specifically noting this is where the new Element by Westin (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) will be located but I can only assume.

We’ll be sure to update with any info we uncover….

Out and About: Tagged

Um, I’d have to disagree …

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World of Beer in Downtown Orlando

UPDATE 8/19:

Rather timely to our post last week (see below), Orlando Weekly just shared some info yesterday on their Facebook Page about World of Beer employee recruitment initiatives coming up both today and tomorrow. So – looks like the opening is getting closer and closer. Check it out:

If you’re on the hunt for a job, good luck!

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The World of Beer in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola has been touted as “coming soon” for well over a year now. Their last Tweet was in May of last year, and this past January Bungalower wrote an article not really stating much other than some of the major players in the development are no longer involved.

World of Beer

This seems like such a great place for a World of Beer, undoubtedly that would be successful if it ever does open its doors. Does anyone know anything about what’s going on here?

There are currently five World of Beer Central Florida locations, including Dr. Phillips, Altamonte, and Lake Mary.

New Hotel Development at Fashion Square Mall

Our friends over at Bungalower posted this (below) on Facebook earlier in the week. We’ve been hearing and reading (and now even seeing ) a bit about the overall new developments in the works at Orlando Fashion Square–including the recent opening of a new bowling alley–but are a little bit stumped about plans to build a Westin-brand property smack dab in the middle of it.

Element by Westin is apparently an eco-friendly global brand by Starwood Hotels & Resorts that will reside here.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely excited about the growth and development; however, I simply cannot figure out what type of guest (transient, business traveler, staycationer?) is being targeted. According to UP Development, who’s heading-up the project:

“…Element is a great hotel for relatives visiting Baldwin Park families, or travelers flying in and out of nearby Orlando Executive Airport.”

I mean, it’s great in theory, right? Hmmm…guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What are your thoughts?

Loving SunRail?

Well, I suppose the first question is “Have you been on SunRail?” (I was going to ask “have you experienced SunRail, but that could mean many, many things – traffic jams, loud horns!) So the second would be if so, “Are you loving SunRail?”

Orlando Magazine recently posed this question to their Facebook Fans and the feedback is, interestingly, quite positive.

“Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives.” – Robin Chase, Founder and CEO of Buzzcar

I’m personally eager to check-out SunRail at some point, but that’ll probably have to wait until they extend service into the weekends. What about you – have you been one of the first to ride?

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