Go Local Wednesdays


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If you haven’t been to this super fun local event, you are missing out! Every 2nd Thursday Thornton Park holds a wine and art walk. For $10 you get a cup, then visit the local bars/restaurants/business’ in the area to get their featured drink! Art is set up along the way and it’s a fun time had by all!

To see the full list of participating stops along with a map and parking information, click here.

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B3 has been in the Audubon Garden Dsitrict for awhile now, but recently expanded their super cosy cafe by adding a larger dining and relaxing area! The cafe is casual and inviting and serves “savory fare with a cycling flair” which includes a delicious food menu, many latte and coffee options as well as wine and beer. The staff is incredibly friendly and will answer any questions you have. Its a go to spot to watch any biking event and bikers around town are encouraged to bike on over.

Check out the B3 Website to see all their events and menus.

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

The new Mills Brewpub (used to be Bananas) had a sneak peek event Monday night and we were in attendance to see what it was all about! The interior has been hugely upgraded and has a modern industrial feel. The food menu is nice with some of the typical pub fare plus some entree options. The drink menu includes some select draft beers, many bottles, a red and white wine list as well as cocktails.

All in all Mills Brewpub seems like it’s going to be a pretty fun after work spot to eat and drink! They open up to the public next week, be sure to stop in.

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The City Beautiful is already a wonderful place to live, but what if it could be even better? That’s exactly the question the leaders of Project DTO are asking themselves and the community. Project DTO is a visioning process to create and develop the next stage of Downtown Orlando. The main objectives of the projects include a DTO Vision, DTO Marketing Strategy, and a new Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area Plan to set forth a roadmap to achieve the new vision.

The project has designated some key areas for focus: transit, parking, arts & culture, city identity and the social landscape of the community. Project DTO has a whole entire task force of 75 passionate individuals that will be movers and shakers in the cause.

The best part of all of this is that Project DTO is asking YOU, the Orlando community for ideas and input. They have made it really fun and easy to participate and here’s how you can:

1. Project DTO has an impressions survey for you to fill out and say what you think is valuable in a downtown area.

2. Oyes/Ono – See something cool in a different city that you would like to see in Orlando? Post it to social media with the hashtag #oyes, or if you see something you don’t like happening you can tag it with #ono.

3. Simply just drop an email and let Project DTO know what your ideas are.

Be sure to check out the Project DTO Facebook page to stay updated. Also, get rolling on some ideas!

Yoga is all the rage lately and we found our new favorite studio located conveniently in Audubon Park. Warrior Power Yoga is a quaint studio with a very inviting atmosphere and excellent instructors. The studio offers 40 different classes per week and offers a range of styles including hot power yoga, non-heated flow, yin yoga, power core and sculpt with weights. In addition to the regular schedule Warrior Power Yoga also offers yoga teacher training as well as specialty classes – we also heard that this summer they will be having Stand Up Paddleboard classes – fun!

You can check out the Warrior Power Yoga schedule here. The studio is located at 2822 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803. There is parking in front and back, and you can also park across the street at the clinic after 5pm.

*BONUS – you know what’s right next to Warrior Power Yoga? The super delicious cafe Bikes Beans and Bordeaux as well as Orlando’s favorite beer parlour, Red Light Red Light.

 

Want some local fun in the beginning of your week? Tasty Tuesdays will give you just that! With a rotating schedule of about 12 food trucks each Tuesday (they usually announce them on their faceboook) and a family friendly environment you can’t go wrong. Tasty Tuesdays happens in the Milk District at 2424 E. Robinson Street  in the back parking lots of the strip where The Milk Bar, Etoile Boutique and Spacebar are located (all of which have their doors open).

PS – Did you know Orlando recently was named the number one city for most food trucks per resident? Pretty cool! Be sure to get out there and get the best of all the local noms’.

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Been to 4 Rivers? If you have and you loved it, like most do, then you absolutely must check out The Coop! The Coop is the newest restaurant from John Rivers. The focus is on serving up that delicious southern comfort food. The food is made from scratch daily and features passed-down recipes that utilize seasonal ingredients. The menu includes an array of fried chicken options, meatloaf, oxtail stew, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, chicken pot pie, delicious deserts….you get it, the list goes on and on!  The Coop has been a hit since opening a couple weeks ago, make sure to stop in soon! Located at 610 W Morse Blvd, plan your visit strategically to avoid the line! 

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*Image from Vanbarry’s Facebook Page

The South of Downtown Area (Sodo) is growing rapidly and now you have a new reason to visit – Vanbarry’s Public House. Coming from the same owners of two wildly successful establishments - Finn Henry’s and Ollie’s – Vanbarry’s is the “offspring” of the two.

The environment at Vanbarry’s is super casual and relaxed. If you sit on the covered patio you have a good view of the lake nearby. There’s also a sandy fire pit area which is relaxing and fun at night. The menu is similar to Ollie’s menu (sandwiches, salads, flat-breads) with a few change-ups and the bar is full service with a good choice of drafts as well as some specialty cocktails. You also will always get a jar of their pickles to snack on. A couple nights a week there is live music to enjoy, it should also be mentioned that the entire staff is very friendly and helpful! Be sure to stop in soon.

 

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Authentic french fare may be one of the harder food groups to come by in Orlando, luckily Benjamin Frech Bakery exists! Not only can you get delicious, hand made pastry wonderfulness – you can also stop in for breakfast or lunch! The breakfast menu features croissant sandwiches and omelets, while the lunch menu features sandwiches made with baguettes, fresh salads, and the ever so popular quiches. Don’t forgot to add on a few macaroons to your order!

Benjamin French Cafe is located in the Thornton Park neighborhood at 716 E. Washington. The cafe is open Monday – Sunday but the hours very, so be sure to check the website.

 

We just read over at the Orlando Weekly that one of Orlando’s favorite taco joints is helping out local non-propfit, Zebra Coalition by donating 15% of all proceeds to them today! This is what community is all about, collaborating and supporting your neighbor.

Tako Cheena has some of the best tacos you will ever taste, who knew that Asian and Mexican food melded so well together? Apparently they did, and they do it better than anyone else. For April 2nd only, Tako Cheena will be donating 15% of all sales to the Zebra Coalition. Zebra Coalition does amazing things for the LGBT youth in the Central Florida community by providing helpful services and a safe place. Get your nom’ on and support a good cause!198206_209141909098704_5974839_n

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