Orlando Dining Round-Up April 29, 2016: King Bao, Four Seasons Orlando, Soupa Saiyan

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, new openings, and a few closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

King Bao

King Bao has opened at 710 N. Mills in the former Raphsodic Bakery spot. Individual bao are priced between $3 to $4, but King Bao specials are 2 bao and a non-alcoholic drink for $7 or 3 bao and a non-alcoholic drink for $9.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up March 4, 2016

In this week’s dining news round-up, new openings, special menus, and a few closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Hard Rock Cafe - GUINNESS & Jameson Bacon Cheeseburger

Now through April 10, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger, paired with a GUINNESS® stout.

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Central Florida’s Seminole Towne Center Will Be Going Pink October 23-24, 2015

Sanford’s Seminole Towne Center is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awarness this month with two special events the weekend of October 23-24.

 Seminole Towne Center is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awarness

Unite against Breast Cancer for the 4th Annual Pink By Design Fashion Show and Extravaganza in Center Court on Friday, October 23, beginning at 5pm. The event will include fall fashions and a Shop Pink Extravaganza with mammography scheduling and gift basket drawings from Florida Hospital. To RSVP, call (866) 328-6417 or visit JoinThePinkArmy.com and click on the community events link.

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Seminole Towne Center Hosts Kidgits Carnival for Kids July 18

On Saturday, July 18, families are invited to get their game on at the Kidgits Carnival at Seminole Towne Center in Sanford.

Simon Kidgits Club

From 1pm to 3pm, kids enrolled in the mall’s Simon Kidgits Club can test their skills at various games for fun prizes, or explore their whimsy and super hero stealth through artistic face-painting, all for free.

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2014 Love Your Shorts Summer Rewind Airs at Wayne Densch P.A.C. in Sanford on August 22, 2014

Love Your Shorts Summer RewindEnjoy an evening at the movies as the Love Your Shorts Summer Rewind airs at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford on Friday, August 22.

The event will showcase various films from the 2014 Love Your Shorts Film Festival held in February. Each film ranges from 4 to 17 minutes and offers a variety of genres from several different countries.

Tickets are only $5 in advance or at the door, and is being held the same night at the Sanford Art Walk, which begins at 6pm. The films start at 8pm.

The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is located at 201 S. Magnolia Ave in Sanford. For more info on this Summer Rewind event, visit loveyourshorts.com.

Celebrate ZOOloween at the Central Florida Zoo on October 20

Party with the animals at the annual ZOOloween event at the Central Florida Zoo.

This 21-and-over party will feature adult potions and concoctions, bizarre foods, zombie dancing, dead music by live bands, wicked costume contest, haunted laboratory, and ghost train.

For more information please call 407.323.4450 ext 136.

The Central Florida Zoo is located at 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 in Sanford. Admission is $12.95 for age 13 and up and $10.95 for seniors 60+. Central Florida Zoo members are free.

[image courtesy Central Florida Zoo]

Seminole County to Buy Land for New Safari Park at Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo will expand thanks to land bought and donated by Seminole County.

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Nearly 17 acres were bought by the county and it will be used to build a Wild African Safari Park at the zoo.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, plans show visitors traveling by shuttle buses or trains across an area similar to an African plain to see animals native to that continent, like giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and gazelles. Animals will be separated from visitors by a natural barriers such as moats.

It isn’t a done deal, though. Zoo officials said they still need to raise nearly $6.5 million to build the open-range attraction. If they do raise enough funds, construction could start as early as 2014, with a estimated opening in 2018.

The safari park would be the largest expansion for the zoo since it moved to its current location in 1975.

River Otters Exhibit to Open at Central Florida Zoo September 1

The Central Florida Zoo is adding a new exhibit and it’s all about the river otter.

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North American river otters are native to Central Florida and this natural environment exhibit will feature a waterfall and pond to watch the otters swim and play.

The zoo will hold the grand opening on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 10am.

The Central Florida Zoo is located at 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 in Sanford. Admission is $12.95 for age 13 and up, $10.95 for seniors 60+, and $8.95 for kids age 3-12. Central Florida Zoo members are free.

[image courtesy Central Florida Zoo]

Zoom Air Opens Treetop Adventure Park in Daytona Beach

Last Saturday (July 14), a new attraction opened in Daytona Beach.

A company called Zoom Air has opened a “treetop adventure park” in Tuscawilla Park. Though Tropical Storm Debby caused some delays in construction, the company plans to have two-thirds of the course available, with the remainder completed by early August.

Once the entire course is completed, visitors at least 54″ tall will enjoy 52 games up in the trees, including 12 zip lines. The course is designed to graduate in height and challenge. The longest zip line will be around 500 feet, and the highest point on the course at around 55 feet.

Tuscawilla Park is located at Nova Road and International Speedway.

Zoom Air already operates another location at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.

Zoom Air Daytona Beach has special opening pricing through September 30, 2012. Rates start at $20.95. They also have package pricing for families and annual passes good for one or both Central Florida locations. For more information, visit zoomair.us.

Celebrate Fourth of July 2012 with these Orlando Events

Wondering where to take the family this Fourth of July to catch a good fireworks show in the Orlando area?

Here are some of our picks to celebrate in 2012:

Fireworks at the Fountain – Celebrate Fourth of July with the city’s annual fireworks show downtown at Lake Eola Park. Cost: Free

A Flashback Fourth of July – Enjoy fireworks and a retro movie-themed party at Celebration’s Town Center. Cost: Free

Monumental July 4th Celebration – Kissimmee’s annual festivities start with a Naturalization ceremony and live music, and end with a fireworks display over Lake Toho. Cost: Free

Red, Hot & Boom – Once again, radio station WXXLfm brings in name acts to Cranes Roost Park on July 3, to help celebrate Fourth of July. This year’s line-up includes Cobra Starship, Karmin, JoJo, Outasight, A Rocket to the Moon, Neon Hitch, and Chris Rene. Cost: Free

Star Spangled Sanford – Enjoy a night of fireworks at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford. Cost: Free

Walt Disney World – Epcot – The park’s nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” light and fireworks show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. . Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Hollywood Studios – “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration ” features fireworks and a light show backed by the sounds of the live band, Mulch, Sweat and Shears. Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” is a patriotic fireworks spectacular over Cinderella’s Castle. Cost: Included with park admission

Local Sanford Businesses Feel Sting of Trayvon Martin Controversy

Even though they had nothing to do with the current Trayvon Martin shooting controversy, local Sanford businesses are feeling the backlash just the same.

Many locals are refusing to visit these restaurants, bars and other shops, which had nothing to do with the shooting, not wanting to get caught up in the events happening in the wake of the shooting. To make matters worse, the Rev Al Sharpton has called for a boycott of local Sanford businesses.

It makes no sense to boycott local businesses because of the shooting. In fact, they need your support more than ever. WIthout customers, these local businesses have no way to pay their bills and employees stand to lose their jobs.

Do not let the shooting or Sharpton scare you off and please continue to patronize your favorite local Sanford businesses!

And if you haven’t been up to Sanford lately, the monthly Alive After 5 event is a great reason to go. It costs only $7 a person and is held in historic downtown Sanford. April’s theme is shrimp.

Upcoming Rock Shows at The Garage Bar in Sanford

Attention all 80s hard rock fans in Central Florida! If you’ve been looking for an excuse to bang your head in public, The Garage Bar up in Sanford has the bands for you.

Friday, November 5, Blandini will take the stage. The band features rock guitarist Jeff Blando, who has played with Slaughter, Vince Neil and Saigon Kick. Pure Vinyl and Megaphone are also scheduled.

Saturday, November 6, Firehouse returns to Orlando. The bill also includes Unchained Chaos, Julliett and Sixty Watt Sun.

Local band Iced Down hits the stage on Saturday, November 13. Never heard them but they seem to play a lot of the bike fests in Central Florida.

The month wraps up with an appearance by Warrant, headlining a bill with The Fugnutz and The Psycho Magnets. Jani is no longer fronting the band, but I’ve heard the current vocalist, and the band still sounds really good.

The Garage Bar is part of the Route 46 entertainment complex. It’s located on State Road 46, just east of I-4, next to BJ’s Wholesale Club.  Cover charge varies for bands, but the average, according to the club, is between $10 and $15 at the door.

[Photo courtesy of Warrant]

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