Out and About: Christmas Comes to Gaylord Palms

The theme for this year's holiday program at Gaylord Palms is Christmas Around the World.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms starts today, November 21, and there is so many fun things to do for the whole family!

Last night CSO was invited to a media preview so we could experience it first hand, and it was a great evening.

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Central Florida International Auto Show Rolls Into Orlando November 23-26, 2017

Central Florida International Auto Show

If you love cars and trucks, the Central Florida International Auto Show returns to the Orange County Convention Center November 23-26, 2017.

The show will feature literally hundreds of the latest model cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrids and exotics from both domestic and import manufacturers.

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The Status of CitySurfingOrlando.com

CitySurfing Orlando is having site issues...stay tuned as we are working on them.

Hello readers!

Yesterday we experienced a database corruption on the site which took it down for a few hours. We got the site back up, but the last two months of data – stories, calendar additions, etc – are gone.

As such, we will be spending the next few days re-adding pertinent stories. So if you see them show up in your social media feeds and think, “Hey, I already saw this!” – that’s why. Not every story will make it but a good portion of them will.

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The Phantom Returns in Love Never Dies at Dr Phillips Center Nov 21-26, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Love Never Dies picks up 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island.

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Festival Of Trees Kickstarts The Holidays At Orlando Museum Of Art Nov 11-19, 2017

The halls of the Orlando Museum of Art will look a lot like Christmas when the 31st annual Festival of the Trees returns November 11-19, 2017.

The halls of the Orlando Museum of Art will look a lot like Christmas when the 31st annual Festival of the Trees returns November 11-19, 2017.

Council of 101, which sponsors the event, invites you to Jingle All the Way through the halls filled with extravagant, designer-decorated trees, breathtaking displays of wreaths and tabletop trees, gingerbread masterpieces, and appearances by Santa.

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Out and About: The Glass Knife Debuts in Winter Park

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

The name comes from owner Steve Brown’s mother and her collection of vintage 1920’s era glass cake knives, many of which are on display inlaid in the communal wood table that occupies the center of the eatery.

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Out and About: Fresh Kitchen Opens in Waterford Lakes

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Fresh Kitchen offers a streamlined menu of gluten-free items offered in a customizable bowl format. Dairy-free and even vegan combinations are possible.

Diners choose from Six bowl (two bases, two proteins, and two vegetables along with a sauce for $9.99); Four bowl (two bases with one protein, vegetable and sauce for $8.29); and a Kids bowl (one base, protein, vegetable and sauce for $6.99).

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Central Florida Foodie Events for November 2017

Italian Festival 4-Course Dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort

November 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bring Soul2Soul World Tour to Central Florida Oct 2017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bring Soul2Soul World Tour to Central Florida Oct 2017

Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 will bring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to Central Florida for shows in Orlando and Tampa in October 2017.

The husband and wife duo will play the Amalie Arena in Tampa on October 20, then thrill Orlando music fans at the Amway Center on October 21.

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Gods & Monsters Celebrates 2nd Anniversary June 17, 2017

Gods and Monsters storefront - geek shopping in Orlando

Gods & Monsters has been through a few bumps this year, but they are hosting a 2nd anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Now located at 5421 International Drive, the store will be celebrating from 11am to 10pm with sales and discounts (spin the D20 to see what you get), along with a sneak preview of their soon-to-be launched Vault 542, a post-apocalyptic craft beer bar.

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Out and About: Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Recently, we were in Cape Canaveral, Florida and decided to try Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza. Friends have mentioned this restaurant to us, and it did not disappoint us.

Their menu had a good variety listed and they also had a few off menu options that looked and sounded amazing. One dish looked especially yummy from the pictures on the iPad. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of one pasta dish. And, honestly, I couldn’t spell it even if I did remember it. I do know that it was amazing. The linguini was cooked perfectly al dente, the clams, shrimp and crab were not over cooked, and the sauce was light while having plenty of it made with butter, garlic, clam sauce.

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Out and About: 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family

139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family - photo by Kirk Garreans

The 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo was in town last weekend, and this is always a family-friendly fun event. We attended the Friday, June 2nd show. There was supposed to be a big Schools Out Bash prior to the rodeo, however, the rain and storms made that an impossibility. We need the rain, so it’s ok.

The evening began with the Junior bull riding. These kids are brave and have a great future ahead of them in rodeo.

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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