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Bike to Work with Buddy

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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!

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An Tobar Re-opening

An TobarIt was a sad day in 2005 when local Irish bar, An Tobar, closed at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland.

I’ve never been a huge fan of hotel bars and can’t imagine seeking one out unless I’m staying on-property. An Tobar was different … authentic, even.  Maybe that’s because, as the story goes, the whole bar was shipped piece by piece from Ireland.  Whatever it was, the place always had a good vibe, a good crowd and it was a staple for Happy Hour.

So, when a friend recently mentioned Tobar (as the regulars call it) was re-opening, a feeling of joyous nostalgia washed over me like a pint of freshly tapped Guinness.

Tobar’s re-opening next Friday (March 14) just in time for St. Patty’s Day!

See you there!

New Ikea Service

ikeaWe’re not a shopping blog, but once in a while we hear a tip worth passing along.

Did you know Ikea Orlando offers In-Store Picking?  This is the perfect service for those of us (me) who get a tiny (read: a lot!) of anxiety at the very thought of winding through the retail maze at Ikea.

For $40 you make your list with an Ikea employee, pay for your items and the service, and then the employee does all the shopping for you!  No more fighting the crowds, no more trying to figure out if you got both boxes for your new Hemnes bed, it’s all done for you while you wait.  And, if you’re smart, you’ll use that waiting time to get one of those $1 ice cream cones they sell.

Would you take advantage of this service?  I might pass if I was just going in for something small, but I can see the value on those days when you’re planning to re-do an entire room.

Big News from Will’s Pub

wills Will’s Pub, aka Will’s on Mills, announced some awesome news for those who wish not to spend their weekly salary on a dry cleaning bill.

They are now NON-SMOKING!

Will’s is such a great little bar, with an awesome draft beer selection and tons of great live music–this news is the icing on the venue’s cake!

Way to go, Will’s!

 

SWEAT Gym

Discovering a new place to burn some calories is always pretty cool. Thinking back, the last time I was this excited about a ‘find’ was when my good friend, Dena Davis, started her boot camps at Lake Eola.

This morning, I headed to the 6 a.m. spin class at SWEAT Gym in College Park.  Even though I lived right across the street for years, I never made it in until I moved 20 minutes away.  Sigh, my timing sucks, but better late than never, right?

The moment I walked in, I knew this was the type of gym where people go to get down to business.  It’s not ultra-fancy, but you get the feeling immediately that you’re about to get a killer workout.  And, even at 6 a.m. the place is bustling. Hell, there was a class even earlier than the one I attended and it was packed!  The next 45 minutes were awesome–Beth Lewis led a group of about 12 of us on a high-energy workout sure to leave your legs in noodle-mode for the rest of the morning.

Classes are $15 for dropins, but the gym also offers 6-packs and a few other options.  Wanna train?  That’s an option, too.  One look at hardbody-owner Laura Allen and you’ll be hooked.  So, if you’re looking for a way to offset all the pumpkin pie you plan to inhale over the next week or two, head on over to SWEAT.

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Out and About: Tagged

Hard to argue with this one!

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Out and About: Tagged

We LOVE reader submissions!  Thanks to friend of Pulse, Kim L., for this one.  I’m stumped.  What do you say?

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Toasted: A Review

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Today was my second trip to Toasted. I gave it another shot after my first visit because I was sure I could chalk my first go ’round up to bad ordering. But, you know what, there are 10 different grilled cheeses on their menu. Ten. Not eleventy billion. A restaurant should have no problem making 10 items superbly. Especially when said items are bread and cheese.

I know this sounds harsh, but I’m trying to save you from wasting $5 on a grilled cheese, when you’d be better off going down the street to Panera for their delicious “Big Kid Grilled Cheese.”

I wanted to like it, too.  Because even though their logo looks eerily similar to some other branding I’ve seen around town, I like it.  It’s fun, and lively, and just the sort of thing we need around town. But, Toasted just falls short.

No, this isn’t a food blog, and I haven’t Yelped it yet, but trust me on this one, save your bread for another restaurant.

Dancing on the Drive | Saturday, May 11

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