Out and About: The Weeki Wachee Mermaids Visit SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando hosting visits from the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids.

I told you earlier this month about SEA LIFE Orlando hosting visits from the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids, and last weekend, I had the chance to check it out for myself.

The lovely mermaids swam hourly throughout the day in the aquarium’s Pacific Ocean tank, to the delight of guests of all ages. The children were especially awed by the aquatic ladies, who interacted with them through the glass.

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Out and About: Sonny’s BBQ Celebrates National Pulled Pork Day 2018 with New Limited Menu Items

Sonny's BBQ, at Lee Vista

National Pulled Pork Day is October 12, and Sonny’s BBQ, which originated the food holiday, has created three limited-time menu items to celebrate.

CSO was invited this week to preview these items, and Sonny’s Head Pitmaster Bryan Mroczka has crafted some uniquely delicious dishes.

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Out and About: Catching the Premiere of Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

Read our review of Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party on the production's first show this weekend at the Amway Center. Photo by Carol Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

My family and I were invited to check out Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party for CitySurfing Orlando on the production’s first show this weekend at the Amway Center.

The premise of this new Disney on Ice production is that Captain Hook has stolen Tinkerbells magic wand and is holding her captive. Mickey and the gang must solve clues on a treasure map to fill up the Magic Meter in order to free Tinkerbell.

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Out and About: Previewing the Visit Orlando Magical Dining Menu at Urbain 40

Read the CitySurfing Orlando review of the 2018 Visit Orlando Magical Dining menu at Urbain 40 American Brasserie in Dr. Phillips by Michelle Snow.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining month is a great opportunity to try out some of the city’s best restaurants, and I was recently invited to preview the Magical Dining menu at Urbain 40.

Chef Tim Keating (formerly of The Flying Fish at Walt Disney World) has crafted a delicious menu that pays homage to America’s melting pot influences, notably Italian and French.

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Out and About: Devouring Del Frisco’s Prime Pair Menu

Read the CitySurfing Orlando review of the limited-time Prime Pair menu at Orlando's Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse, with photos.

If the carnivore in you loves a great steak, then you’ll want to head to Del Frisco’s on I-Drive (across from Pointe Orlando) to experience their limited-time Prime Pair menu.

We were recently invited to try out the menu, and walked away very happy.

The Prime Pair menu features a salad starter, an entree featuring the restaurant’s legendary crab cake plus your choice of second protein, and a side dish, all for only $59 per person.

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Out and About: A Sneak Preview of the Visit Orlando Magical Dining Menu at Bulla Gastrobar

Read the CitySurfing Orlando review of the 2018 Visit Orlando Magical Dining menu at Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park by Anna-Marie Walsh.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month presented by American Express is kicking off the celebration with a preview week beginning August 24th and continuing through September 30th.

Now in it’s 13th year, Magical Dining shows off the city’s amazing culinary scene with over 100 restaurants participating with special three-course menus, all for the fixed price of $35. There are dishes to please every palate and every diet including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

I had an opportunity to preview the menu from Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park. Bulla features Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, and the Magical Dining menu did not disappoint.

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Out and About: Sampling the Summer Menu at Marlow’s Tavern at Pointe Orlando #MarlowsSummer #MarlowsOrlando

Marlow's Tavern - Black and Blue Steak Salad

I recently joined several other bloggers to check out items from Marlow’s Tavern‘s summer menu, as well as a few guest faves, and it was a delicious afternoon.

Marlow’s Tavern is featuring a six-week Summer Celebration menu that includes:

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Out and About: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Lights Up Stage at Dr. Phillips Center

The iconic musical RENT is celebrating 20 years with dates at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, June 10, 2018, and it's a feast for senses.

The iconic musical RENT is celebrating 20 years with dates at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, June 10, 2018, and it’s a feast for senses.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. In the end, they realize the only thing that matters is love.

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Out and About: Poca’s Rock the Sauce Offered Up a Day of Great Food and Music

A recap of the 7th Annual Poca's Rock the Sauce food and music festival held at Will's Pub in Orlando.

Every year Wendy Davis, Chef/Owner of Poca’s Hottest Hot Sauces, holds a culinary competition where the contestants must use one of her hot sauces in their entry. This year was the 7th annual cook-off and it was held at Will’s Pub on Sunday, April 29.

In conjunction with the cook-off this year, Poca’s Hottest held a competition for the next band to have a hot sauce named after them.

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Out and About: Orlando Welcomes 72 Million Visitors in 2017 #VisitOrlando

Yesterday at a business luncheon at Loew's Sapphire Falls Resort, Visit Orlando announced the city had welcomed 72 million visitors to Central Florida during 2017. 

Yesterday at a business luncheon at Loew’s Sapphire Falls Resort, Visit Orlando announced the city had welcomed 72 million visitors to Central Florida during 2017.

It’s a historic milestone in the travel industry as Orlando became the first U.S. destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors.

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Out and About: Enjoying Brews and Food at The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket and Whiskey Caramel Brussels Sprouts

You might not think you can get good BBQ at Disney Springs, but thanks to the opening of The Polite Pig in April 2017, you now can.

I recently attended a beer and food pairing at the eatery, but they were nice enough to let me try a few other items, as well.

The Polite Pig is from the same people that brought you the outstanding Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, so I expected a quality selection of BBQ, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Out and About: A First Look at Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s Cottages and Construction Progress

Last July, Margaritaville Resort Orlando broke ground and we recently were invited out to see the construction progress, plus tour four different cottage styles.

Last July, Margaritaville Resort Orlando broke ground and we recently were invited out to see the construction progress, plus tour four different cottage styles.

The huge 187-room Margaritaville Hotel is still under construction, but the framework is already in place. In addition to accommodations, dining, fitness center, wedding pavilion, and 2 pools (general and adult-only), it will feature 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

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