AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Halloween Weekend in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Halloween, October 31 through November 2 at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

Creative City Project Takes Over Downtown Orlando November 1, 2014

On November 1, Downtown Orlando will come to life with performances and interactive art installations spread across the public spaces of our city center during Creative City Project 2014.

Creative City Project 2014Best of all, it’s completely FREE to attend.

Among the performances you can catch:

  • Immerse yourself in the music of Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra.
  • Discover a collaboration between La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and Fiction.
  • Encounter Orlando Ballet like never before.
  • Interact with projection installations by new media artists from around the country including Orlando’s Nathan Selikoff.
  • Explore CityArts Factory and The Gallery at Avalon Island all night.
  • Hear the music of The Mud Flappers and dozens of other contemporary and classical musicians.
  • Enjoy the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • Brand new dance performances by Coby Project, Voci Dance and others.

All performance spaces are within walking distance, and there will be street performers along the way, too.

Here is a map showing where all of the events will be happening, along with a schedule of performers. For more information, visit the Creative City Project Facebook page.

 

Two New Restaurants Announced for Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has announced two new restaurants that will be located in their new Disney Springs project. They will be called Morimoto Asia, and The BOATHOUSE (no, I’m not sure why all caps either).

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

Morimoto Asia is named for famed Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and will be the Iron Chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant. It will feature cuisine from across that continent.

The two-story restaurant will feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall, and a cocktail lounge. Food will be cooked in exhibition kitchens, and include Peking duck carving and dim sum.

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Out and About: The Four Seasons Food Truck Tour at Four Seasons Resort Orlando #FSFoodTruck

 

Four Seasons Resorts food truck tour

Yesterday afternoon we headed out to the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World. It’s a stunning place, but we were there to check out the Four Seasons Food Truck, which made a stop at the resort as part of it’s east coast tour.

The menu was prepared by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of the resort’s Ravello restaurant, and had a distinctive Italian flair.

Arancini al Brasato - Four Seasons Resort Orlando

We tried several items off the menu. The first was Arancini al Brasato, a ball of risotto with braised short rib and peas inside, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It just exploded with flavor in my mouth. Everything was well-balanced, and I could’ve eaten these all day. Thankfully we only had two in the order, and there were other things to try.

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Out and About: Orlando Shakespeare Theater Makes The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley So Much Fun for the Family

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Introducing children to the beauty of theater can be a little difficult. Shows steered towards children tend to be boring for the parents and shows that are more for the adults are hardly able to entertain the little ones. To find a happy medium is usually difficult. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is one of those happy mediums.

My family and I were able to see the show on Saturday (10/25), and we enjoyed every moment of it. The show is based on the popular kid’s book series, Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown. It’s about a boy who becomes flat and makes the best of an odd situation. The musical does differ from the book series in how Stanley becomes flat and how he’s cured, but if you aren’t a stickler for continuity (or have never read the books like me) then it really isn’t a big deal.

The show starts with meeting the adorable Lambchop family. Instead of Stanley and his little brother, Arthur, going to bed, they stay up singing about doing great things when a shooting star flies over and Stanley makes a wish to be able to see the world while “doing things no one else has ever seen before.” The next morning, Stanley wakes up to a much flatter self. After talking to the mailman, Mrs. Cortero, Stanley decides to mail himself to visit his friend in California. Once there, he meets a Hollywood producer who sends him to France and Hawaii. After Stanley has his fill of adventures, he decides home in the best place to be.

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Carlos Mencia To Appear at Orlando Improv October 30 – November 2, 2014

 Carlos MenciaComedian Carlos Mencia returns to Orlando for a four-night engagement at the Orlando Improv October 30 through November 2.

After graduating from high school, he decided to try stand-up, performing at amateur nights at The Laugh Factory in L.A., then later showcasing at The Comedy Store. Mencia went on to be named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color”, “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “Moesha” and ‘An Evening at the Improv”.

He then went on to headline several comedy specials for HBO and Comedy Central, which lead to the debut of “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central in 2005. Since the show went off the air, Mencia has been consistently touring, and this week he brings his show to Orlando.

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Walt Disney World Announces Plans to Remove the Sorcerer’s Hat and More at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Michelle Snow

[Photo by Michelle Snow. Please don't borrow without proper credit.]

Walt Disney World finally confirmed this week the long-running rumors that The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be taken down.

The Sorcerer’s Hat has often been a bone of contention among Disney fans, many of whom hated that it blocked the view of the Chinese Theatre and also wasn’t in line with that section of the park, which was dedicated to the early era of Hollywood.

Disney installed it in 2001 as the park’s new icon. It replaced the Earful Tower on the park’s advertising, which also aggravated many long-time Disney park fans.

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Enjoy the 5th Annual Food & Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort October 31-November 1, 2014

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine ClassicFeaturing more than 40 food and wine stations, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for the fifth year October 31 and November 1.

The two-night event offers an enticing array of culinary options from the hotel’s award-winning signature restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House and Todd English’s bluezoo, and more.

The food selections range from Italian arancini (Carnaroli rice, Osso Buco and spicy tomato sauce), and the Asian-inspired grilled scallops (with puffed rice, edamame and ponzu jelly); to barbeque handcrafted bacon, accented with sweet potato puree and caramelized onions. And, the hotel’s World Champion Pastry Chef, Laurent Branlard, provides the sweeter side with finishing touches like a chocolate crunch Napoleon with hazelnut daquoise and chocolate whipped cream, and a lemon peel mousse dome with blueberry cream and lemon angel food cake at its center.

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Where to Enjoy Halloween Events Around Orlando for 2014

Halloween

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in Central Florida, and whether you like your scares tame or gory, there really is something for everyone.

Here are our picks for ways to get your Halloween groove on from now until October 31:

 

THEME PARKS:

Busch Gardens Tampa – Howl-O-Scream
October 24 – 25, October 30 – November 1. Separately ticketed event.

Legoland Florida – Brick or Treat
October 24-25 from 10am to park close. Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.

SeaWorld Orlando – SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
October 25 & 26 from noon – 8pm. Included with regular admission. Kid-friendly.

Universal Studios – Halloween Horror Nights 24
October 24 – 26, October 29 – November 1. Separately ticketed event, from $45.99.

Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
October 24, 26, 27, 30, and 31. Separately ticketed event. Kid-friendly.

 

HAUNTED HOUSES/MAZES IN ORLANDO:

Haunted Nighttime Corn Maze at Tinney Farms in St. Cloud. October 24-25, October 30-November 1.
Enjoy a Children of the Corn scare experience starting at 8pm. Tinney Farms is located at 5145 E. Irlo Bronson Mem Hwy. Admission is $5.

Legends: A Haunting at Old Town at Old Town Kissimmee. Thursdays through Sundays ’til November 1.
“A Haunting at Old town” combines live actors, detailed sets and state of the art effects. Admission is $12 online/$15 at the entrance.

Orlando Haunted Yard in Orlando. October 24-25, October 30-November 1.
This is actually a maze with several different paths of scares to explore. It’s located at 3209 Calloway Dr. Admission is $10 with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s.

A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs. Open weekends through November 1.
One of the scariest haunted trails in Central Florida. There will be creatures lurking around every corner. This trail is rated PG-13. $15 for a single trail.

The Shallow Grave in Winter Haven. Open weekends through November 1.
Located at 701 42nd St NW. Tickets Start at $15.

Terror on the Lake in Clermont. Open October 24-26, and October 29-November 1.
Located at Town Center at Cagan Crossings (16729 Cagan Oaks), guests can enjoy Fear Manor, a “coffin” ride, fortune tellers, zombie shooting gallery and more. Tickets range from $7-$13 per attraction, or $21 for a pass for all attractions.

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Dumpstaphunk to Open for Jorma Kaukonen at Plaza Live on October 25, 2014

Dumpstaphunk

There’s just something right about the fusion of jazz and funk, and New Orleans-based Dumpstaphunk really does it right.

Born onstage at the city’s Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band is descended from Neville family bloodlines. Yes, those Nevilles. Ivan Neville on the Hammond B3 keyboard, and cousin Ian Neville on the guitar, join with the groove of dueling basslines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III.

On Saturday, October 25, Dumpstaphunk will bring their Big Easy sound to Orlando, opening for Jorma Kaukonen at Plaza Live. Tickets are $20 – $39.50 for this show, and are available online or at the box office. This event is 16 and over for admission.

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Orlando’s Emily Ellyn Appears at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on October 22, 2014

Orlando Chef Emily Ellyn at Epcot Food & Wine Fest

Visitors to Epcot Center’s Food and Wine Festival tomorrow, October 22, are in for a Retro Rad treat! Emily Ellyn (“Next Food Network Star” finalist, “Cupcake Wars” winning team member, World Food Championships judge) will be on stage at the Festival Welcome Center Culinary Demonstration Stage at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets for the exclusive demonstration are $15* (admission to Epcot is required, and not included).

Guests will sample her Chocolate Tea Cake filled with Rose Water Frosting a.k.a. “I’m a Little Tea Cake”, which pairs perfectly with Banfi’s Rosa Regale. Also on “tap,” Zucchini Limoncello Curd and Ricotta “Whey” Tea Sandwiches with Avero Limoncello from Campania, Italy. Scroll down for her tea sandwich recipe to try at home.

For more information on Emily Ellyn, including upcoming appearances and her many projects, visit EmilyEllyn.com.

*tax is included, and alcohol will only be served to guests over 21.

[Photo courtesy Emily Ellyn Productions]

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Out and About: AIMExpo 2014 Offers Motorcycle Fun for the Whole Family

AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center

This weekend my family and I checked out the AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center. The convention is a showcase and playground for fans of motorcycles and other outdoor recreational vehicles.

My husband, Kirk, has a motorcycle, and I like to ride with him. I love being on a motorcycle. It’s just fun! But with the kids, it has become a family affair that is pushing me to learn to drive the bike, not just ride on the back. That’s ok, but it’s a big step for me. I do ok on a bicycle, but that is very different from a two-wheeler with a 750cc motor. So maybe a scooter for me? Something that will still be able  to keep up with my hubby’s bike? No Problem!! Come check this one out! Or try this bike! This Expo is the perfect place to get a feel of what you like, what scares-you-to-death-but-you-get-on-it-anyway, and what is comfortable for you. And it gives you a chance to see some cool stuff.

AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center

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Four Seasons Resorts Food Truck Coming to Orlando October 27 – 28, 2014

Four Seasons Resorts food truck tour

Four Seasons Resorts have been sending a food truck on a tour of the east coast, and it will arrive in Orlando October 27 and 28.

The menu will feature street-food creations by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of Ravello restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, including Italian favourites such as pressed rosemary focaccia sandwich and bomboloni doughuts.

The food truck will be at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Golden Oak) from 2pm-5pm on Monday, October 27.

On Tuesday, October 28, it will be at The Mall at Millenia in the Neiman Marcus parking lot from 11am-2pm, then move to the Winter Park Library in Winter Park from 5pm-7pm.

At each of the stops, visitors can enter to win a Food & Fashion prize giveaway, including a $250 gift card courtesy of The Mall at Millenia, paired with a $150 gift certificate to enjoy dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

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Orlando City Soccer Club Breaks Ground on New Downtown Stadium

Orlando City Soccer Club stadium groundbreaking

Thursday afternoon, October 16, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for Orlando City Soccer Club‘s new downtown stadium.

Thousands of fans attended, and joined together in a march from Church Street Station to the new stadium location further west on Church Street. It was quite a sight with everyone wearing purple and waving flags.

Orlando City’s primary color, purple, was prominent throughout the event, as a ceremonial dig took place featuring purple shovels and 24 tons of purple sand. In addition, fans were able to participate in the groundbreaking after the formal dig, receiving a commemorative jar containing a sample of the sand.

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Taverna Opa Orlando Hosts Haunted Casino Benefit for Give Kids The World October 29, 2014

Taverna Opa Orlando hosts the Lucky 7 Haunted CasinoEat great food, and enjoy a fun night out when Taverna Opa Orlando hosts the Lucky 7 Haunted Casino on October 29, with proceeds to benefit the awesome Give Kids the World.

Husband-and-wife duo Katerina and Vassilis Coumbaros will host the charity event in partnership with Where Orlando. For one-night-only the restaurant will transform into a “spooked” casino featuring live entertainment including a live magician show, a pumpkin carver and contortionists.

For a suggested $7 door donation, guests will receive tokens to revel in black jack and poker, among other casino games.

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