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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Out and About: Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart is Fun for the Whole Family!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart” is the name of this year’s Disney On Ice tour, and it was very well put together, plus a lot of fun for the family.

It’s not a Disney show without the core characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, and they not only started the show, but appeared in other portions as well.

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Out and About: The Orchestra feat. Members of ELO at Plaza Live! Orlando

The Orchestra feat. Members of ELO at Plaza Live! Orlando

It is just human nature that we are a nostalgic group of beings, it is easy for us to be carried back to memories of our childhood through TV shows, books and music.

We can sit on the couch for hours mesmerized by a “M*A*S*H” marathon on television, and how many of us get sucked in when The Godfather is on? I, for one, could listen to music from the 70’s and 80’s on an endless loop, never again tuning into hip hop or whatever they call music nowadays.

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Out and About: Chuy’s 2016 Green Chile Fest Menu is Here and It’s Delicious! #chuysgreenchilefest

Chuy's Green Chile Fest - Queso Fundido

I love all things spicy, so when Chuy’s invited me to check out this year’s Green Chile Fest menu, of course I said, “Yes!”

The fest celebrates the green chile harvest in Hatch, New Mexico. Every year Chuy’s contracts with family farmers to grow over 2 million pounds of the very best green chiles on the planet just for them.

Chuy’s then creates a special limited time menu of made-from scratch dishes to serve for three weeks during the heat of the harvest. Which happens to be right now.

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Shipt Now Delivers Alcohol in Orlando and We Tried it Out

Shipt and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits offer home delivery in Orlando

Have you ever run out of beer during a football bash? Have you ever realized you’re missing an ingredient for your special drink you’re serving at a party? Have you ever thought “Wonder who I can get to go to the liquor store for me?”

Well, thanks to a partnership between Shipt and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, you can send them to get what you need, and have it delivered to your front door.

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Out and About: House of Pho Opens in Orlando

House of Pho Opens in Orlando

We have eagerly been awaiting the opening of the House of Pho (pronounced fa) on John Young Pkwy at Sand Lake Rd. Well, at last, they are open!!

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, and at House of Pho, there is a beef version and chicken version. They are working on a vegetarian option, but haven’t perfected it yet. We love pho. It comes with broth and noodles, red and green onion and then you add things to make it your own. I add Hoisin sauce, culantro, a little bit of fish sauce, and bean sprouts. The kids add soy sauce too. My husband adds Sriracha in addition to everything else. We love it as what starts out the same, is personalized in a short amount of time.

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Out and About: Lunch at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop

A Review of Lunch at Emeril's Tchoup Chop by Michelle Snow of CitySurfing Orlando

Emeril Lagasse is known for his Cajun cuisine, but when it came time to open his second restaurant in Orlando, he looked to the South Pacific for inspiration.

The result is Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, one of the signature restaurants at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

The chef recently revamped the lunch menu, and we were invited to come check it out.

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