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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 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.

#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.

Color Me Rad Race Giveaway Winner

logo_hdThanks to you guys who entered our sweepstakes to receive two (2) complimentary admissions to the upcoming Color Me Rad Race in Orlando. Randomly drawing a winner using Random.org, we’re happy to congratulate Pam!

Pam: Can you please email us at pulseofcentralflorida[at]mail[dot]com at your convenience, so we can provide you with the promo code you’ll need to redeem your tickets?

For everyone else interested, we were given a code for 20% of the purchase of any admissions. The code is: CFLT5CMR14.

We’d love to hear about your experience if you participate in the Orlando Color Me Rad Race. Have fun!

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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Color Me Rad Race Entry Giveaway

We’re giving away two (2) FREE entries to the upcoming Color Me Rad race when it hits Central Florida later this month. Not familiar with Color Me Rad yet? Well, you soon will be:

Similar to some other races we’ve seen pop-up in the past few years, but each one definitely has its own personality, and this one is no exception.

“Color Me Rad is a 5K that fires off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, color mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your boss will finally remember your name, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.”

And these guys ain’t messin’ around. Check out all of the cities throughout the country where the Color Me Rad event is being hosted:

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You can find tons of information about the event on the Color Me Rad website. And don’t forget to leave a comment in this post about why you’re looking forward to this and why you’d like to win! We’ll keep it open ’til this coming Sunday (3/9) at 6pm EST, and then randomly draw a winner. Good luck!

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Touch-a-Truck at UCF Arena

If you’re a parent looking for a great educational community event to take your child(ren) to, UCF is hosting “Touch-a-Truck” this coming weekend. May sound a little cheeky but it’s actually a neat approach to talking to kids about some of the important roles in our communities and what they do, told through their respective vehicles. Vehicles like fire trucks, police cars, etc.

The vehicle drivers/operators will be on hand to explain how these automobiles work and what purpose they serve in the community.

Touch A Truck at UCF

We’d love to hear about your time if you end-up going to this event, and of course – are always interested in seeing pics!

Location deets:

University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816

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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!

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