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#myCFLview

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).

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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….

Top “Escapes” From Our Theme Parks

A Forbes article titled “5 Great Escapes From Orlando’s Theme Parks” was circulated around the interwebs this past week, and with a title like that you know our ears certainly perked up. Actually, many of the local folks we follow posted or mentioned something about it, and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We love all of the local theme parks (it’s my bread & butter, so to speak), but one of the reasons Kim and I started this blog six years ago is to provide insight and talk about local things…living in our great Central Florida apart from the global theme parks located in our collective back yard. So referencing this Forbes article on “escaping theme parks” what are some of your favorite places, things that didn’t make the list here?

If you haven’t seen the article here are the five it mentions:

Thoughts?! Good suggestions?

To read the full article on Forbes.com click here.

* We originally caught wind of this article via a Facebook posting by Downtown Orlando. Thanks!

‘Pluto’ Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Single mother Elizabeth Miller is having a bad day. A tree has crashed through her ceiling, the fridge is on the fritz, a forceful crowd threatens to invade her family’s kitchen — and then there’s the odd new family pet! At the center of this chaos, time stands still as mother and son jump-start their relationship and try to confront reality together across the breakfast table.”

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If this doesn’t leave you a little more than intrigued, I’m sure this will:

Location deets:

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

‘Pluto’ is playing now through Sunday, March 23rd. For times and ticket prices, visit the OrlandoShakes.org.

* There are no affiliate links contained in this post, and we do not benefit from any tickets sales as a result. We have, however, been provided complimentary tickets to enjoy an upcoming show.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

I’m really excited to help spread the word about a new local Central Florida production taking place next weekend. It’s called Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and while it will no doubt entertaining, it’s meant to bring awareness of and tackle some pretty major issues.

Our goal is to bring awareness to the current epidemic of bullying, hate crimes and suicide that is running rampant amongst young people…utilizing iconic characters that we all know and love, our staging aims to push the boundaries of social identification…we’re not all “written” to be a certain way. Our production challenges what others think of us in an effort to be the best version of ourselves, even in the face of adversity, all in an attempt to become a little less… predictable.

I’m sure we all know someone who has been bullied, may have been bullied ourselves, or god help us you have been a bullier. This is a relevant, prevalent societal topic and it should be interesting to see it presented in this way.

Here’s a peek at some of the talent in rehearsal’s for next weekend’s shows:

Sounds pretty interesting, huh? We’ll be attending a preview later on in the week….

Location deets:
The Venue
511 Virginia Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

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Show dates/times:

March 14 – 16 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m.
The Venue – 511 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32801
Tickets are $10 and available now at http://www.DogSeesGodOrlando.com

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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!

The Woods in Downtown Orlando

20140105-062752.jpgThe Woods is a teeny little place–almost a gem–hidden in downtown Orlando. Actually, now that I think about it, it’s not so teeny, and it’s not necessarily hidden if you pay attention. But I only recently learned about it so I guess I don’t pay that close of attention. Regardless, now you know about The Woods and you have no excuse.

The Woods is located on the second floor of a building in the heart of downtown Orlando, just above The Lodge. Trust me, though – this place is way more classier than The Lodge. Specializing in craft beers and handmade drinks, The Woods is a rustic, open-spaced place to hang out and catch-up with some friends or even get the evening started with a date.

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Full Sail & Rob Schneider Team Up for Show Production

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Comedian Rob Schneider

Did you happen to hear the news longtime comedian and SNL alumni Rob Schneider is teaming up with Full Sail University to bring production of his latest, self-financed project to Central Florida? We stumbled across this post put out by OrlandoWeekly.com several days ago, and thought it was pretty cool.

Real Rob is the name of the project and it’s a sitcom somewhat based on Mr. Schneider’s own life:

“It centers on Rob, playing a version of himself, his Mexican wife Patricia, also playing herself, Rob’s incompetent assistant whom he cannot fire because he is his friend, and Rob’s personal stalker,” according to Deadline.com.

This sort of visibility is always a positive thing for Central Florida, not only for Full Sail and its notoriety of production capabilities and contributions to the entertainment industry, but our fair city as well. Apparently filming is set to begin next month.

You can read the entire Orlando Weekly post here. There’s also more from Full Sail’s blog, where Schneider was a guest and speak at their annual Hall of Fame week. We’ll be eager to follow more of this story, and if you’ve heard anything around it we’d love for you to share it with us!

* Photo credit: OrlandoWeekly.com

Orlando Eye on I-Drive

By now you’ve probably read, heard, or seen something about the “Orlando Eye.” It’s a massive ferris wheel installment going in on I-Drive, part of a million dollar entertainment project being developed for the heavy-tourist traffic area. Once completed, the Eye will be one of the tallest buildings in the Central Florida area (I bet it’ll look really cool for those flying into and out of the area).

We were recently in the area and caught a quick pic of the current status of the Orlando Eye project progress:

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It’s a tad tough to tell the size of this structure because there’s no context in this photo, but it’s going to be HUGE!

Here are a few fellow Central Floridians chatting about this, too:

The Orlando Eye is slated to start operation for guests sometime in 2015 (unless someone’s heard differently). We’ll be keeping an eye out for you!

While it won’t be quite as tall, do we think our Orlando Eye will reach the global iconic status of the London Eye?

Downtown Food & Wine Fest

PrintThis event at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando has almost become a staple, and is such a fun time for those of us who enjoy outdoor events this time of year. We’ve gone to the Downtown Food & Wine Fest the past couple of years, and have had a blast!

In addition to the wide variety of food and wine this coming weekend, there will be some great musical entertainment over the course of the weekend. Performances by: Matt Shenck; Matt Nathanson; Three Dog Night. Not too shabby, eh?! Check-out the complete line-up on the Downtown Food & Wine Fest website.

“Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 40 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.”

Weather permitting (and we’re crossing our fingers it does), this should be the perfect thing to do during a Central Florida weekend!

Wine Tasting at Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2014

For all things related to this event, check out the Downtown Food & Wine Fest website. See you there!

Photos from ‘The Candy Bar’ at DRIP

We snapped some great pics from DRIP’s Valentine’s Day event this past weekend. It was quite sweet. Did you happen to catch the show?

Here’s a sexy little moment we filmed as well:

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