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TOP FIVE: ITALIAN A quintet of tasty things to try this month ‍ROASTED MUSHROOM LASAGNA at Mia’s Italian Kitchen INTERNATIONAL DRIVE  Roasted Mushroom Lasagna A vegetarian take on a traditional dish, this platter consists of mushrooms roasted in a brick oven, sungold tomatoes, ricotta, sharp provolone, mozzarella, Parmigiano and herbs. ­­COFFEE PAOLO at Mister O1 LAKE MARY A... Read More


TOP FIVE: BEEF A quintet of tasty things to try this month DUTCH OVEN BEEF BURGUNDY at Bigfire UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Slow cooked in red wine, this pot of beef is accompanied by mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions and buttered egg noodles. THE TAMPIQUEÑA at Superica WINTER PARK This Mexican-inspired dish features a marinated wood-grilled skirt steak served with two cheese enchiladas and... Read More

Destination Relaxation

As summer draws to an end and school gets underway, many residents are not quite ready to get back into their fall routines. Thankfully, there are plenty of day trip and staycation options that can provide a fun and relaxing escape from day-to-day life.   One of the great things about living in Central Florida is the close proximity to all of the amazing things that the Sunshine... Read More


TOP FIVE: SALAD A quintet of tasty things to try this month SOUTHERN FRIED SALAD at Cowboy Chicken  PROMENADE AT SUNSET WALK Paired with Cowboy Chicken’s hand-breaded and seasoned chicken tenders, this salad consists of tomatoes, red onions, avocado, corn, Monterey Jack cheese and cheese crisps. It is drizzled with honey mustard dressing.     GRILLED STEAK SALAD at... Read More

Out & About

A look at upcoming events around the Greater Orlando area   Now-Aug. 6 Dreamgirls, Garden Theatre, Winter Garden, times vary   July 24-30 American Tennis Association National Championships, USTA National Campus, Orlando, times vary   July 26 Kaleidoscope Artisan Market, Celery City Craft, Sanford, 5-10 p.m. Sam Smith: GLORIA the Tour, Amway Center, Orlando, 8 p.m.   July... Read More

Parenting Guide: Family Fun

Whether it’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon or a cloudy, rainy day, there is always something fun to do in the Orlando area. While out-of-towners may be hitting up all of the major theme parks that Central Florida has to offer, locals know that some of the best things to do and see in the area are often right around the corner or a short drive away. Here are a few of the many area... Read More

Great Escapes Without Leaving the State

There’s nothing like calling one of America’s favorite vacation destinations home. What most people travel from all over the world to cram into a vacation that never seems to last long enough or include everything to see and do, Central Floridians can enjoy any time of year. Plus, living in and around Orlando means you’re the first to know when something big happens, like... Read More

Opening Acts

While we may enjoy cooking in the comforts of our own kitchen or having our favorite takeout delivered to the front door, the truth is nothing can replace the ambiance of going out to eat. As we settle into our seats and take the first sip of our drink, we’re asked the question we’ve been waiting for: “Would you like to start off with any appetizers?” The answer is always... Read More

Season’s Greetings

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the time to make your plans to celebrate the season in style. Across Central Florida, there are a number of festive events taking place, from longtime traditions to new events sure to put a smile on your face. Check out this guide to see what’s going on in the local communities and at the theme parks. Now through Dec. 5  Pet... Read More

Sandwich Supremacy

It’s no secret that our region is full of expert sandwich makers, folks who understand that everything from the quality of the bread to ingredients used inside are of the utmost importance when constructing a memorable handheld. And so now that it’s been a few years since our last expedition to find the best sandwiches in the area, we decided it was a fine time to once again... Read More

Scenic South Florida

One of the best places to visit in the state, as the weather begins to cool, is South Florida. While only a few hours away by car, it can often feel like an escape to a tropical paradise. From its pristine beaches with relaxing days to clubs and restaurants with a vivacious nightlife to its deluxe accommodations, South Florida is an ideal vacation destination for Central Floridians.... Read More

Above Par

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening—and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” Those words from the late, great Arnold Palmer ring true for many golfers, no matter if they are on the PGA Tour or those of us who are just trying to... Read More

Parenting Guide: Family Fun

Now that school is out, many families are looking into summer vacation options. Living in Central Florida offers an abundance of choices for staycations, as well as easy access to cruising ports. Road trips and air travel allow families to explore areas outside of their everyday lives. Whatever the selection, traveling as a family has many advantages and can help create precious... Read More

One Sizzling Summer

With the summer season upon us and families across the area looking to get out and about we decided to round up some of Greater Orlando’s best outdoor events. From neighborhood gatherings and Independence Day celebrations to some of the theme park’s biggest happenings, let this be your guide to soaking up the sun in style. June 3-4 Florida Funk Fest 2022 at the Central Florida... Read More

Vacation Season

Summer is right around the corner, which means vacation plans are being finalized and a much-needed break from the daily grind will soon be on its way. While some local residents will surely be looking forward to visiting different parts of the country or even international locations, others prefer staying a little closer to home. Fortunately, there are options upon options just... Read More

Starting Lineup

Some folks subscribe to the philosophy that when it comes to dining out, it’s best not to fill up on appetizers so you can save room for the main course. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that line of thinking, for us, the truth is some of the best dishes you’ll find in the Greater Orlando area just happen to be at the top of the menu. Whether you’re sharing a... Read More

Side Dish

The Yardery, a fast casual outdoor restaurant, recently opened in Sanford. As its name suggests, it is both a yard and an eatery, with many outdoor games for guests of all ages to participate in such as cornhole, table tennis, ladder toss and billiards. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that includes “backyard food with a twist.” The pet-friendly... Read More

For the Thrill of it All

With most COVID restrictions beginning to ease and many people returning to their pre-pandemic activities, the local theme parks and other nearby attractions are more poised than ever to welcome back guests.  Over the past several months, attendance at the area theme parks has soared. Guests from near and far have returned in droves after the parks were temporarily shut down for... Read More

Grand Getaways

Now that the holidays have come and gone and 2022 is underway, it’s time to think about some much-deserved R&R. While planning a full-scale vacation still may have complications due to safety or budget reasons, we’re blessed in the Central Florida area to have a number of options for a quick escape to get refreshed, whether right in our own backyard or a short drive away.... Read More

Romantic Rendezvous

CAPA Located at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, this slick 17th floor rooftop steakhouse and bar offers exceptionally crafted cuisine with a distinct Spanish influence. Everything from the ham croquettes to the 32-ounce wagyu steak is expertly prepared, while the signature cocktails and thoughtful wine list also rise to the occasion.    RUSSELL’S... Read More

Any Way You Slice It

It’s been several years since we last traversed the area in search of the finest pizza we could find. But what better time than during a pandemic to feast regularly on one of life’s great comfort foods. And while Central Florida often flies under the radar when it comes to high-end pizza, the truth is there are many wonderful options to please your palate whether you like thin... Read More