Go Local Wednesdays


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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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You may or may not have seen that little “Winery Open” sign near the corner of Virginia and Mills. Tip: follow it! We visited Quantum Leap over the weekend and can say these folks know what’s up! The staff is extremely friendly and super knowledgable about the many different wine offerings. You can get a “tasting” of many wines or a full glass and enjoy it inside or on the patio outside.

Quantum Leap Winery is Florida’s only sustainable winery, meaning that they focus on reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional wine production. Basically, they have found a way to bring us delicious wine that is also eco-friendly! Bravo.

The winery is open on Thursdays & Fridays 2-7pm as well as on Saturdays from 12-6pm. About once a month or so there is also a “Wine Down” event with live music. The very cool urban feel also makes the winery an ideal location for private events and parties.

We finally got to check out The Soda Fountain in beautiful College Park! The new shop with the old-timey feel has a lot of menu items including ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, ice cream floats and craft sodas.  Stop in and make it a family affair by sharing “The Zoo” -  5 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge, caramel and peanut butter sauces, chopped peaunts, and lots of cherries.

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Living in the sunshine state gives us the freedom to eat things like Popsicles on the regular, and it doesn’t get more local than this! The Pop Parlour (formally know as “Hyppo”) specializes in making delicious, natural popsicles from all local, fresh organic ingredients. The flavor combinations are pretty exciting (strawberry basil is a huge hit), and they also make a few “boozy” popsicles. New flavors come out regularly with a rotating menu.

Get out there and support local businesses! The Pop Parlour is located at 431 E Central Blvd Suite C
Orlando, Fl 32801. You can also check out their facebook page for updates.

*Image from The Pop Parlour

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A very unique story… A very special varieTEASE.  If you missed the “Hammers and Lambs” collaboration last year in Ivanhoe Village, you missed out on a unique glimpse into the talent that lives and works in our city limits.  Last year Orlando artist Patrick Fatica and  Blue Starr, producer of the varieTease shows at The Venue, combined their efforts to put on a show that was inspired by Mr. Fatica’s artwork.  The women within the frames came to life on stage.

A few shots from last year’s show!
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This year they’ve done it again, and have taken things to a new level!  “Shadows of the Waifs” is a new experiment in storytelling.  It uses visual art, performance, video production, dance and original music through multiple venues to tell one story.  Original music was written by Jef Shumard of Big Jef Special and was inspired by the artwork and words Patrick Fatica used to create the story-line.  Check out the trailer for this Orlando Event and buy your tickets today!  They do sell out so purchase them in advance.

The show times are March 7, 8 and 10.  The show kicks off at The Hammered Lamb at 8pm Sharp, and finishes at The Venue. Tickets are on sale now: $15 advanced or $18 at the door.  Call The Venue at 407-412-6895 for tickets.

The Hammered Lamb  (SHOW BEGINS HERE at 8 pm)
1235 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida 32804

The Venue Orlando
511 Virginia Drive Orlando, FL 32803

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Did you know tomorrow is National Pie Day!?  Why not spend it with Orlando’s newest bakery in the Milk District?

 

This sweet and savory bakeshop opened its doors in the Milk District in Orlando in October, and has been earning accolades ever since.  “The food is absolutely divine,” wrote a recent reviewer on Yelp.  And the space, once occupied by Spooky’s at 207 North Primrose Dr. , is described as sleek and inviting.  The name Se7en Bites was inspired by Chef Trina’s gastric bypass surgery.  The surgery requires her to eat just seven bites for each meal.

The business got its start supplying desserts to popular Orlando restaurants.  You may have had Chef Trina’s delicious treats at places like Pom Pom’s in Orlando and Fresh in Winter Park.  Chef Trina Gregory-Propst expanded her menu to offer breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee.  With tons of sweets on the menu she also offers a classic meatloaf sandwich, which sounds perfect!

I’m actually ordering some items for an upcoming baby shower for a friend of mine and I cannot wait!  All you have to do is take a look at the photos on Facebook and you’ll be sold!  Se7en Bites Facebook Page

What’s your favorite local bakery?

 

Image Credit:  “Becky’s New Art Medium” by dailyinvention via Everystock Creative Commons

If you’re looking for some holiday gifts this season, you must stop by Rifle Paper Co.   The stationery and gift brand based in Winter Park, Florida was founded by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. They create everything from note cards to journals and cell phone cases.  

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What began as a small business based out of Anna and Nathan’s 1-bedroom apartment has quickly grown into a worldwide brand over the last four years. Their products feature Anna’s whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering in a nostalgic yet timeless style.  You have probably seen their products in various stores throughout the country, but you may not have realized their shop is right here in Central Florida!

All of their paper products are printed in the USA and are inspected and assembled by hand in their studio. I love that they use FSC-certified paper stocks with recycled content, environmentally responsible printers, and high-quality materials to create beautiful products.  

There is something for everyone this holiday season!  They are available by phone M-F from 10-6pm EST at 407.622.7679., or contact them through their website at riflepapercompany.com. 

I personally love the travel themed calendars this year, what’s your favorite?

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When I started this blog several years ago I wanted to focus on the lifestyle and living in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park. This is the reason people purchase homes and live in these areas of town. So I love seeing all the local bloggers in the area sharing the great activities and events around this great city.

A new one that I recently found is The ORLANDOAN: Founded by Alex Lenhoff and Andi Perez, two urban planners with a nerdy passion for great events, unique places to hang out, and thrifty entertainment, the ORLANDOAN is your source for enjoying Orlando and Central Florida through events and outings under $20 and for discovering new places and people who are making this city great. To summarize, Andi says “Orlando doesn’t suck. And we’ll help tell you why!”

What are you favorite blogs or websites to learn about interesting and fun things happening around town?


	
	

ImageAs you know, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday.  There are so many small business and shops in the Downtown Orlando and Winter Park area.  You can certainly do all of your holiday shopping through local shops!  If you don’t know where to start, check out the Orlando main street districts and other shopping districts below.  Your best bet is to attend the Audubon Park Wine Walk this Saturday.  Shop + Sip on Saturday throughout the eclectic local shops and businesses in the Audubon Park Main Street District from 2- 5 pm.  It’s $10 in advance and $15 that day.  Buy tickets and enjoying your shopping with a little wine!

Shopping Districts:

Thornton Park
Downtown South
Audubon Park
College Park
Mills 50 
Ivanhoe Village (Facebook page shows some deals local businesses are having)

Designers Row in Winter Park
Hannibal Square in Winter Park
Park Avenue Winter Park Shopping

Or looking for other events and fun activities around Orlando this weekend?  Check out The Orlandoan’s Holiday Weekend Guide

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