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TOP FIVE: ALCOHOL INFUSED DISHES A quintet of tasty things to try this month ‍FIRE FRIES at Thrive Cocktail Lounge & Eatery DOWNTOWN ORLANDO A flavorful mashup of beer-battered fries, kobachi sauce, spicy mayo, furikake, scallions, bonito flakes and sesame seeds. THE DRUNK BISON at The Whiskey DR. PHILLIPS A hearty serving of ground bison, topped with beer cheese sauce, smoked... Read More

Spreading the Word

As Mental Health Awareness Month arrives, local organizations want residents to know that help is available and there’s no shame in asking for it. With a lengthy career in health care, including her current role as the CEO of Central Florida Behavioral Hospital, Vickie Lewis knows as well as anyone that “mental health can touch anyone.” That is especially the case in Florida,... Read More

Into the Outdoors

Giant Recreation World is here to serve all of Central Florida’s RVing needs to make sure that your next adventure is the best one yet.  There’s never a wrong time to start enjoying the recreational-vehicle life, but there sure is no time like the present. And with Giant Recreation World making room for 2024’s newest offerings and most in-demand options by bidding adieu... Read More

Top Vets

Dedicated docs providing high-quality care for our beloved furry friends… Let’s face it, owning a pet is a joyful experience full of love and appreciation. But, just like with our beloved family members, when the time arises to see medical care, you want to find a doctor you can trust. Allow us to present our annual list of the Top Veterinarians in Central Florida, as chosen... Read More

Overcoming the Odds

Even as infertility becomes less stigmatized and more openly discussed, it’s still a difficult road to go down. But the region’s experts in reproductive medicine are here to help individuals struggling to conceive a child—even when it seems like all hope is lost. For many, the dream of growing one’s family is a natural progression building on previously checked-off personal... Read More

Leaders in Higher Education Roundtable 2024

Central Florida’s colleges and universities are well positioned to tackle today’s challenges while meeting the unique needs of their students. Leading a college or university has never been an easy job, but there is no doubt that the men and women charged with pushing institutions of higher learning forward have faced one major challenge after another over the past decade—with... Read More


TOP FIVE: FRIES A quintet of tasty things to try this month JOJO’S FRIES at JoJo’s Shakebar POINTE ORLANDO These crispy waffle fries are topped with a trio of cheeses—mozzarella, provolone and cheddar—along with bacon, chives and sour cream. ITALIAN POUTINE at the Daily Poutine DISNEY SPRINGS This unique combination of fries features mozzarella, pecorino Romano and turkey... Read More

Embarking on a New Journey

Whether you’re looking to purchase or rent, Giant Recreation World offers a wide selection of top-of-the-line RVs and a dedicated team to help you embrace a new lifestyle and community.  At Giant Recreation World, it’s not just about the destination. The journey is an equally important part of the adventure. A family-owned and –operated business since 1976, the company boasts... Read More

Orlando Family Stars

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student-athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Al Honor                                                 Lake Highland Preparatory School girls basketball coach Al Honor earned his 300th career win earlier this season in his 13th year with the program.... Read More

Your Vets for Life

A longtime leader for pet care in Central Florida, Winter Park Veterinary Hospital is always striving to do more for its clients and patients. There’s a tradition at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital in which every new hire to the team is asked to read a book by Dr. Spencer Johnson titled Who Moved My Cheese? A guide to preparing for change in the workplace—and learning how to... Read More

Nurturing Young Eyes

Florida Retina Institute’s compassionate care for pediatric retinal health…   Early diagnosis and intervention play a pivotal role in halting the progression of retinal diseases affecting infants and children. Florida Retina Institute stands as a beacon of specialized care, boasting a dedicated team of doctors proficient in pediatric retinal surgery. With a personalized... Read More

Health Care for Kids

The area of children’s medicine has seen a number of advancements in recent years, ensuring that high-quality and highly personalized care is available to the region’s youth across a range of specialties. Just as every facet of medicine benefits from modern advancements, new technologies and breakthrough discoveries, pediatrics has also seen its share of promising progress. Caring... Read More

Caring for the Whole Child

First Choice Pediatrics brings behavioral health consultants on board to fulfill the mental health needs of patients. When it comes to providing mental health care to the pediatric population, there can be many obstacles, from months-long waits for appointments to the general stigma that oftentimes accompanies this type of care. At First Choice Pediatrics, a new pilot program bringing... Read More

Making the Grade

It has been a tough past few years since the pandemic erupted, causing students to engage in alternative pathways in their learning and social journeys. Inevitably, this lapse in crucial development is coming to light in nationwide reports of students falling behind. Florida schools are distinctive in that they reopened more rapidly than other states following the pandemic, mandating... Read More


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

Getaways for a Great Day Away

Make the most of your spring break this year and cut down on travel time by checking out what other regions of The Sunshine State have to offer, whether you’re traveling solo or appealing to a multigenerational group.    Between kids’ activities, family obligations, conflicting vacation schedules and work demands, hitting pause for a week away can bring a whole new kind... Read More

Experience the Magic

The Central Florida Fair is a celebration of fun, thrills and community spirit. Nestled in the heart of Orlando, the Central Florida Fair stands as a testament to the region’s vibrant culture, community spirit and love for wholesome entertainment. Every year, this extravaganza brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the magic of community, offering myriad attractions,... Read More

Awesome Attorneys 2024

When legal needs arise, having an attorney you can rely on and trust is paramount, but you may not be aware of how or where to start your search. That is why each year we ask the region’s law firms and our readers to identify and nominate those professionals known for producing results while prioritizing their clients’ best interests. This year’s comprehensive list of attorneys... Read More

Special Treatment

Local professionals weigh in on the benefits of taking children to a pediatric dentist and the recent advancements in both dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Domenic Aloise did not exactly set out with the goal of devoting his professional life to working with children. But once he felt drawn to pediatric dentistry, it was impossible to change his mind. “Out of all the aspects of... Read More

Out & About

The latest happenings around Orlando. Now through Dec. 23 Office Holiday Party Musical Extravaganza Show, Renaissance Theatre Company, Orlando, 7 p.m. Now through Dec. 29 Holiday Friday Nights, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, 5-8 p.m. Now through Jan. 1 Fishmas, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando, varies Dec. 15-17 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships,... Read More

Looking Good

Cosmetic medical procedures continue to grow in popularity Advancements in cosmetic medicine in recent years have led to an increased number of patients seeking minimally invasive surgical procedures and non-invasive treatments to help rejuvenate their looks and bolster self-confidence. These innovations in the field have created a more positive overall experience with improved... Read More