Who Says There’s Nothing to Do In Orlando – Orlando Home and Garden Show

Imagine a room filled with every product and service you need to renovate your home. The Orlando Home and Garden Show at the Orange County Convention Center offers home improvement designs on every aisle of the exhibition. From the newest home products to healthy living advice, this event is informative yet fun! Landscaping displays, dog training seminars,  and wine tastings are also available, and if you need to bring your kids along, the Kid’s Zone is perfect to meet your needs. OrlandoHomeandGardenShow

A free tote and bluebonnet seeds will be offered to all attendees while supplies last. Celebrity Alison Victoria from DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers” will be at this event, while special guests Amber Clore and Tom MacCubbin will provide their design and gardening expertise.

Purchase your tickets and check out photos from last year’s event for more information!

Date: September 11th, 2016

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Orange County Convention Center North/South Building – 9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Price: $9


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Go Local Wednesday – The Pop Parlour

ThePopParlourEven though fall is only a few weeks away, who says the Florida heat will end? If you are taking a stroll through Lake Eola, The Pop Parlour is a must to have a cool treat.

The Pop Parlour flavors rotate, but some flavors include coconut rum, pina colada, birthday cake, and papaya mango! Are you on a diet? Their mission is to satisfy your need for a frozen treat, while using real ingredients like herbs, fruits, and vegetables! This is definitely a great way to keep customers happy and healthy!

In addition to their current Lake Eola and Winter Garden locations, their hand crafted, all-natural popsicle has recently made its way to the University of Central Florida, and it is a huge hit! They also do corporate and wedding events, so gather all of your family, friends, and coworkers to enjoy a one-of-a-kind popsicle!

Image Credit: The Pop Parlour Website

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – Disney on Ice


It’s that time to see your favorite Disney characters on ice! Disney on Ice is swimming over to the Amway Center with their newest stars – Hank and Dory from the Finding Dory movie!

This is a great event to gather your family and children together to share your love for Disney. Disney princesses like Rapunzel, Ariel, and Cinderella make a magical appearance, and Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear ignite the show. Disney favorites Anna and Elsa from Frozen are joining in the magic fun and you can also cheer with the Emotions from the Inside Out film, so this is an experience you do not want to miss!

Here are the event times: Friday, 9/2: 7:30pm, Saturday, 9/3: 3:00pm, Sunday, 9/4: 1:00pm

For more information on ticket prices, visit the Amway Center Disney on Ice event page.

Image Credit: Disney on Ice Amway Center Event Details

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Go Local Wednesday – Gideon’s Bakehouse


My love for coffee and baking is a love like no other. There is a mixed feeling between serenity and excitement as I walk into coffee shops and bakeries, and finding restaurants around Central Florida who provide a combination of both can be considered my part-time job outside of marketing.

Gideon’s Bakehouse focuses on cookies, cakes, and coffee, and it recently opened near Audubon Park! Their menu describes their chocolate chip cookie as “the foundation of their mighty empire,” and their cakes are filled with an abundance of flavor. The ability to add iced coffee to your order is the perfect touch to cool down in the Florida heat. With options like a cookies and cream cookie, red velvet cake, and so much more, this bakery is my next go-to place when I have a craving for something sweet!

Image Credit: Gideon Bakehouse Facebook

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Taste of the Nation

Taste of the NationWhat do you get when you combine Orlando’s top chefs and a passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida? Orlando’s Taste of the Nation on Saturday, August 27th!

Every dollar raised at this event knocks out homelessness and hunger in Central Florida. From Second Harvest Food Bank to Coalition for the Homeless, the funds will help these two local organizations as guests will have the opportunity to sample beers, cocktails, and wines.

There are also auctions and various entertainment! For instance, several students from The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program will be attending, so they will be working side-by-side with chefs. This provides them an enjoyable and informative cooking experience, while making a difference in the community.

If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with the Orlando community through delicious food and changing lives, sign up to attend Orlando’s Taste of the Nation.

Date: August 27th, 2016

Time: 6:45 pm – 10 pm

Location: Orlando World Center Marriot: 8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

Price: $150

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Go Local Wednesday – Smashburger


With National Burger Day coming around the corner on August 27th, I must provide a recommendation for one of the best burgers I ever had in Central Florida.

During one of my weekend errand runs, I was craving a burger and fries. Smashburger was the closest burger joint nearby, and boy did it satisfy my hunger!

Smashburger has a selection of burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and salads. I had the Classic Smash burger, and my favorite part was the egg bun. It was soft, tasty, and had a warm texture with every bite. I also ordered Smash fries. I thought ordering a large would be just enough for me and my significant other, but it turned out to be a bigger portion than we expected! Smash fries consist of Italian olive oil, rosemary, and garlic, and these ingredients were mixed perfectly to make the fries delicious. They also have hand-spun milkshakes, and while I did not get to try them, I definitely will the next time I stop by!

With two locations on East Colonial Drive and Alafaya Trail near Waterford Lakes Town Center, Smashburger is worth a try! Besides the food, Smashburger deserves a five star review with their friendly staff, the timeliness of our order, and modern interior design!

Image Credit: Smashburger website

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – TDPP 2 Year Anniversary Party

13736820_1085358304871951_1934340939_nImagine having dinner with seven strangers. What would you say? What connections would you make with people who know nothing about you? Dana Marie Roquemore, founder of The Dinner Party Project, began her business through her love of people and food. She knew a lot of people, but felt she did not know a lot of people really well. Her idea has connected strangers through delicious food and intimate conversations, and it has become a huge success since the business began two years ago.

In honor of the opening date, The Dinner Party Project Two Year Anniversary Party is celebrating with a five-course dinner. The event includes, music, live art, beer and wine, and cocktail hour. Admission to this special event is $75, and guests are welcome to arrive at 7:00pm tomorrow.  It helps everyone break out of their comfort zone, share enlightening information, and eat food that is good for the soul.

If you are interested in the opportunity to connect with the Orlando community, sign up to join The Dinner Party Project Two Year Anniversary Party

Date: August 20th, 2016

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Location: 1010 W Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Price: $75 GA  $100 VIP | VIP ticket includes: Priority parking, early entry at 6:30pm and $10 donated to the OneOrlando Fund in honor of Colleen Burns.

Website: www.thedinnerpartyproject.co

Image Credit: The Dinner Party Project Instagram

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