Out and About: Monster Jam Thrills Tampa Before Orlando Show on January 21

Monster Jam in Tampa Jan 16 2016 by Kirk Garreans

Monster Jam rolled into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa this weekend on Saturday, and we had an opportunity to watch it.

I arrived with two of my close friends who have seen the show before, and my mother who knew nothing about Monster Jam. Read more

Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Everybody knows the story of The Wizard of Oz as told from Dorothy’s point of view. But the hit musical Wicked tells the story from the witches Glinda and Elphaba (aka “The Wicked Witch of the West”) point of view.

This show has been a bucket-list item for years, and last night, I finally got to experience it at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was everything I thought it would be and more.

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Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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Out and About: Christmas at Gaylord Palms is Great Family Fun

Out and About: Christmas at Gaylord Palms is Great Family Fun

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is a great time to visit the resort, with several shows and attractions that will make you feel like it’s the holidays.

Yesterday, I told you all about this year’s ICE! attraction, featuring vignettes from the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. But that’s not the only reason to take in Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

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Out and About: ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is in full swing for the 2016 holiday season, and the centerpiece of the celebration is ICE!, which this year tells the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice by artisans flown in from China, the classic Christmas tale is told in life-sized full-color ice creations.

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Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

If you’re like me, nothing satisfies the hunger like a good brunch, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to try the new Sunday Brunch at Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

The brunch only runs from noon to 2pm, so we arrived just as they were opening the buffet area. Taking a quick spin around the room, I saw a nice selection of breakfast dishes, salads, cheeses, carved meats, savory dishes, and more.

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Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Earlier this week I got a sneak preview of this year’s Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, at the Orlando Museum of Art, and I was amazed at the creativity and beauty of the trees, each decorated by different individuals or groups.

I was also invited to be one of three judges who would decide which decorated trees would get “Most Original,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best of Show.” And let me tell you, it was a really hard decision.

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Out and About: Sampling the Biscuit Menu at Holler and Dash in Celebration

Sampling the Biscuit Menu at Holler and Dash in Celebration - Kickback Chicken

There’s nothing better than a good biscuit sandwich, and the newly opened Holler and Dash in Celebration definitely delivers in that department.

We were invited to a media tasting the weekend before the restaurant opened on Nov 3, and found out these aren’t your fast food biscuits. Honestly, Holler and Dash elevates what you think a biscuit sandwich should be.

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Out and About: Axum Market Cafe Opens at Dr. Phillips YMCA

Axum Market Cafe Opens at Dr. Phillips YMCA

Looking for a tasty and healthy place to grab a meal on the southwest side of town? Then you’ll want to check out Axum Market Cafe inside the newly renovated Dr. Phillips YMCA.

I was recently invited to visit the cafe, which does not require a YMCA membership to visit. There is indoor seating, as well as a newly opened patio area, which this time of year is nice.

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Out and About: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center

On Tuesday, November 1, I was invited to check out opening night of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time at Dr Phillips Center.

I didn’t know much about it other than it was a Tony award winning play adapted from the book of the same name, so I was intrigued when I saw the stage set up.

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Out and About: Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

On October 21, skincare brand Origins held a grand opening party for their new store at Disney Springs, and CitySurfing Orlando was invited to attend.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen a few of the photos I took of this beautiful and well laid-out store. All the product lines are arranged neatly along the walls, with testers and signs explaining what the benefits are for each.

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Out and About: The Illusionists Thrill on Opening Night at Dr Phillips Center

The Illusionists Thrill on Opening Night at Dr Phillips Center

Last night, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway kicked off the 2016-2017 Broadway in Orlando season at the Dr. Phillips Center, and CitySurfing Orlando was invited to check this enjoyable show.

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Out and About: The New Lunch Menu at Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern launches new lunch menu

Last month, The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park added a lunch menu to their offerings, and invited us to come try it out.

The restaurant was founded by Orlando restaurateurs Jason & Sue Chin, who also own the popular Seito Sushi across the street. From its opening in March 2015, The Osprey Tavern has been a favorite among local foodies.

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