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5k Foam Fest Orlando

You guys, friend to Pulse @ColleenBurns and I are totally doing the 5k Foam Fest next month. I mean, we’re not afraid to get a little dirty. Check it:

Doesn’t that look foamtastic?! Have any of you ever done one of these before? I myself am pretty stoked about the Death Drop, which is about 40 feet tall.


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Location deets:

Little Everglades Ranch
17951 Hamilton Road
Dade City, FL 33523

This race is a little different from others in that not only are there tons of obstacles along the three-mile excursion but there’s lots and lots of foam. I’m not even sure I know how to prepare for that, but we’ll be sure to share some pictures of everything shortly after the race on May 10.

If you’re interested in finding out more or registering (not an affiliate link), visit You can also keep up via Twitter and Facebook.

Perhaps we’ll see you there?

Trader Joe’s Opening Date Announced!

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Exciting news … Trader Joe’s announced it will open its new Winter Park store June 27!

Two-buck Chuck, here we come!

Read the full story over at the Orlando Business Journal.

Bike to Work with Buddy


Leave your car at home May 9, and bike to work along the Orlando Urban Trail!

The Strand

Have you ever been to the same restaurant twice in one day? Thanks to a great lunch last week at The Strand, I can say I have, since I decided to head back that same night for dinner.

First, let me say, I love everything about what The Strand is doing. There’s nothing fancy, pretentious or over the top about the place. It’s a small, simplistic restaurant with a modest menu in the Mills50 District of Orlando, but it just works.  Everything from the paint color to the flat screen TV disguised to be retro to the straightforward menu of something for everyone appeals to me.

In fact, The Strand’s focus is to “feature the “New Old,” contemporary interpretations of classic culinary fare” and I think they’ve done exactly that. The bar is limited to craft beer and wine, but their selections are spot-on … you don’t even miss the cocktail option.

Hope you have a chance to check it out soon–if you do, let us know what you think!

#Droolworthy Burger:


Brunch at Marlow’s Tavern

Y’all, Kim and I went to Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park recently for Sunday brunch (you know they do that, right?), and it was taste-y! It’s no secret I love to eat – anyone who’s been a follower for any amount of time is aware of that – and I’m not a terribly hard person to impress, but these guys did it!

First of all, there are many, many options of dishes to choose from. Almost too many! But I opted to go with something from their brunch menu, like I mentioned.


First of all, one of the main highlights of brunch at Marlow’s is their Bloody Mary bar. It’s quite extensive and also quite delicious! Essentially, you’re served with your choice of vodka and then head to the bar to mix your own concoction. I must say I did a pretty rockin’ job on mine (I’m a big fan of Bloody Mary’s). Maybe I’ve discovered a new talent….

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After basking in the pleasure of discovering my new talent, I enjoyed my little creation. Kim went with a Bellini, which I took to be quite delicious since she ordered another following the first.

And then this happened right in front of my face:

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Yup, threw caution to this wind and dove right in to probably some of the best chicken & waffles I’ve ever had. And I’m not exaggerating on this one. The chicken was nearly perfect, waffles were tasty, and honestly the portion size was just right. I didn’t feel that bad about my decision. I’m actually dreaming about it at this very moment.

As for my brunch date, Kim enjoyed traditional french toast which looked and smell equally appetizing. And she confirmed that for me.

Have you guys ever eaten at one of the Central Florida locations of Marlow’s Tavern, either for brunch, lunch, or dinner? If not, here are the location deets:

Marlow’s Tavern
1008 S Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

9101 International Drive, Lower Level
Orlando, FL 32819


* in fair, full disclosure, we were provided complimentary meals

Best Ethnic Eats in Orlando

We ran across a neat article published by recently talking about the best places to find ethnic food in Central Florida. We’re like, totally famous now! Interesting as Orlando’s not necessarily known for any specific type of food (is it?). And happy we’ve tried a couple of the places, including Black Bean Deli (which we’ve talked about here before). Fun, right?

Black Bean Deli

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Here’s the short list:

So, which ones have you tried? And where are you now eager to try? (Dang it…we’re hungry….)

The 29th Annual Taste of Winter Park

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The annual Taste of Winter Park is coming up on Wednesday, April 16th, and our stomachs are already growling thinking about it. Have you guys ever been to one of these events?

More than 40 of the area’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners are expected to participate including:

  • Bagel King
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  • Bungalow 23
  • Carmel Café and Wine Bar
  • Cocina 214
  • Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen
  • Italio
  • Javatino
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream
  • Marlow’s Tavern
  • Peterbrooke Chocolatier
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • The Meat House
  • The Wine Barn
  • Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
  • Tolla’s
  • Winter Park Chocolate

In addition to these and other, there will be a fun little competition where these vendor can win in seven categories including best entrée, appetizer/side dish, beverage, dessert, healthy dish, Florida-inspired dish and booth display.

Follow The Taste of Winter Park on Facebook and on Twitter.

Location deets:

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 West New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets can be purchased for $40 if you’re a Chamber member. All others can buy tix for $45 both in advance (Winter Park Chamber of Commerce) and at the event.


This past weekend we published an Instagram post (inspired by the beautiful weather) charging our fellow Central Floridians to “show us their view” with the hashtag #myCFLview – whether it’s enjoying the amazing weather, hitting up events, going places, etc. We got a few great pics and wanted to share them (with owner permission, of course).







If you’ve got a great view you’d like to share with us, post using the hashtag #myCFLview to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got….

Out and About: Tagged

Well, that sorta sounds like a personal issue to us….

Eric P
(Location: Dr. Phillips area.)

Favorite Place for Cupcakes in Central Florida?

Living in Central Florida is suh-weet. Literally! Over the past coupla years cupcakes have creamed their way into our lives whether we like it or not (and we do!), and there are a few staple places you can get your sugar fix. Being familiar with some in both presence and because we’ve tasted them, we’re curious to know where your favorite places to give in to your indulgences are?

Now, we’re in no way trying to persuade you in any direction, but here are several we’re familiar with:

What say you?


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