St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

There really is no shortage of fun things to do in Orlando all year long so it should be no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is shamrockin’ with fun parties, parades and celebrations.

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant & Irish Pub

Colonial TownPark, Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL 32746

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One of the Orlando area’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parties is happening at Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub!  This fun celebration will be hopping with DJs, Irish Dancers, music food and drink specials.  The fun begins at 11am and goes until 2am with NO cover charge!

Don’t miss the Orlando Fighter Fighter Pipes and Drums at 6pm and 8pm.

Wall Street Plaza – St. Patty’s Day Block Party

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The self-proclaimed biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Orlando is happening at Wall Street Plaza on Friday, March 17th.  The party starts at 4pm with over 7 venues and 2 city streets.  So get out something green and get down to Wall Street Plaza for drink specials, giveaways, green beer, music and tons of giveaways.

St. Patrick’s Day Disney Style

Head to Disney to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Raglan Road at Disney Springs celebrates with a big Irish party with music, authentic food, dance performances and family friendly activities.  The fun goes on all week!

The Rose and Crown Pub in the UK pavilion at Epcot honors St. Patrick’s Day with green beer or cider, food and unfortunately lines!

 

Visit Orlando’s Botanical Gardens

As the weather starts to warm you might be looking for activities to do without the influx of tourists.

Did you know that the Orlando area has some great botanical gardens that offer classes, tours and allow you to welcome spring with the fragrant scent of local flora?

Here are a few gardens near your Orlando apartment with a focus on the beautiful 200 acre Harry P. Leu Gardens located at 1920 North Forest Avenue in Orlando.

University of Central Florida Arboretum

4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

The Arboretum of the University of Central Florida is located on the main campus of the University of Central Florida and offers tours for a small fee and features Florida plants and flowers.

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Hollis Gardens

702 E Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801

This beautiful Botanic Garden is set in a neo-classical architectural environment with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains. It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon or a few hours.

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Harry P. Leu Gardens

1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL

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This gardens is open from 9am to 5pm every day with a small admission fee. Self-guided and guided tours are available where you can tour the Leu House Museum, a historical home as well as the gardens.

Dinosaurs will be roaming the gardens until April 30th with an outdoor exhibit with life-like prehistoric creatures throughout the gardens.

You can also explore the wide array of gardens including the Arid Garden with agaves, cacti, succulents, yuccas and flowering trees.  You can also explore the Aroid Collection, a tropical stream garden or the fragrant Azalea Collection and Magnolia Collection, the Bamboo Collection and the Banana Collection (not the edible kind), the Butterfly Garden and Conifer Collection.

Flowers in bloom in February:

Camellias, azaleas, gold/pink/yellow trumpet trees, orchid tree, sweet osmanthus, powderpuff, citrus

Flowers in bloom in March:
amaryllis, camellias, herbs, vines, gold/pink/yellow trumpet trees, citrus, shaving brush tree, angel trumpet, orchid tree

They also offer classes for horticulture, landscaping, fine arts, and specialties all year round for both children and adults.

Try These Orlando Breakfast Restaurants

Americans LOVE breakfast and more and more restaurants are extending their breakfast hours and adding new breakfast items to their menus to meet a growing demand.

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, here are a few interesting facts about breakfast and a few places near your Orlando apartment to eat breakfast.

Breakfast Facts

In the 1600’s breakfast would typically be a snack, a piece of bread and cheese or left overs.

In the 1800’s, eggs and bacon became the norm and as the world became more industrialized cereal was introduced.

Yogurt, now a staple for breakfast didn’t become popular until the 1980’s when low-fat yogurt options came to the market.  Greek yogurt became popular in 2007!

You can eat dessert before your meal at breakfast. Some studies have found that eating a little something sweet in the morning can help curb a sweet tooth cravings later in the day.

Breakfast Spots Near Your Apartment in Orlando

Artisan’s Table

22 E Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
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Le Gourmet Break

150 S Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

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Pearson’s Cafe

807 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

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Celebrate the Oscars in Your Orlando Apartment

It seems that your invitation to the 89th Annual Academy Awards celebration didn’t arrive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate!  You can put on the Ritz by hosting an Oscar party at your Orlando apartment.

Experts suggest that you serve smaller bite sized foods and serve Oscars inspired cocktails. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Meatball Sliders: Turn store bought meatballs in to something extraordinary by slicing them and serving them on fresh rolls with aged comté or fontina.

Oven-Roasted Shrimp: Instead of boiling shrimp, try roasting.  Roasting brings out the shrimp’s natural sweetness.  Purchase peeled gulf shrimp and serve with a tomato pesto sauce.

Bananas Foster: Easy and impressive bananas foster is a great Oscars dessert.  Simply slice a few bananas and sauté until caramelized with brown sugar and a bit of butter. Deglaze the pan with a quarter cup of rum and stand back!  Serve with a scoop of gourmet vanilla ice cream.

Oscar Cocktail: This golden cocktail will surely set the mood.  2/3 ounce of peach vodka, 2/3 ounce of peach puree (or syrup), 1 lump of sugar, 1 teaspoon of grenadine.  Place the cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, add the grenadine, peach vodka and puree, stir and top with champagne!

Decorate with gold and black, ask your friends to dress up and maybe add a red carpet to the entrance of your Orlando apartment for the perfect Academy Awards party!

Orlando’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Valentine’s Day just calls for romance.  If you have been struck by Cupid’s bow and are looking for a romantic restaurant near your Orlando apartment, these three top our list!

K Restaurant

1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

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K Restaurant seems to appear on everyone’s list of most romantic restaurants in Orlando, so we felt it needed to be on top our list!  Maybe it is the white table cloths, impeccable service, creatively plated American fare or delectable chocolate desserts, we aren’t sure, but we are certain it is a great Valentine’s Day and date night restaurant.

Le Coq Au Vin

4800 S Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806

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This quaint and cozy restaurant made it to our list because well, French food is just romantic.  With good reviews and French classics, this would make a great romantic Valentine’s day choice!

Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

125 W Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801

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Last on our list is Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant on Church Street.  When a restaurant includes the word passionate in their tag line, it has to be a great restaurant to kindle or rekindle your romance!

Orlando’s Best Super Bowl Parties

There really is nothing like Super Bowl Sunday.  Whether you tune in to catch the game, watch the commercials, marvel at Lady GaGa’s half-time performance or are just looking for a chance to eat good food and cold beer, this is the night to get out at some of the best Super Bowl parties in Orlando!

Bloodhound Brew

Bloodhound Brew throws one of the best Super Bowl parties every year!  This year you can celebrate with an all-you-can-eat buffet, drink specials, over 30 TVs, plus one super large (like we mean really large) TV, prizes and fun!  Don’t miss it!

Majesty of the Seas – 3 Day Super Bowl Cruise

Why celebrate for one night, when you can do it for 3?   Board Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas for a 3 day cruise and Super Bowl party!   With TVs and food, plus football fans, this is a party to remember.  There are still rooms available, but don’t wait!

Downtown PourHouse

20 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

With lots of TVs, great drafts and good food, this place will be hopping on Super Bowl Sunday!

 

 

Orlando’s Hottest Night Clubs

Image result for EVE OrlandoWhen the weekend comes around it is time to get out and have some fun!  Here is a short list of some of Orlando’s hottest night clubs, located not far from your apartment.

BackBooth

37 W Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801
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Located only 1/2 mile from your 420 East apartment you will find BackBooth!  With local musicians and national acts playing almost every night, it is no wonder this nightclub is one of the hottest spots in Orlando.

The Beacham

6 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
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Is it a concert hall or is it a nightclub?  The answer is yes to both!  This hot spot turns in to a late night dance hall with some of the area’s best DJs once the sun goes down.

EVE Orlando

110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
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There is so much going on here, but all of it spells F-U-N!  Choose between the lounge, the night club or the balcony!

Soar to New Heights this Weekend

Image result for sky zone trampoline park orlandoGet a jump on the weekend with this trampoline parks near your apartment in Orlando.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Artegon Marketplace, 5250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
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Part of a chain, this indoor trampoline park is so much fun!  With multiple jump areas, dodgeball, volleyball and a ball pit.  This is ideal for family and adult fun!

Outer Limitz Trampoline Arena

International Festival, 6725 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Outer Limitz is a fun, family friendly park with a two lane foam pit, an obstacle course suspended 14 feet in the air, an arcade, trampolines, and a spider zone climbing structure.

AirHeads Trampoline Arena Orlando

33 W Pineloch Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
This trampoline arena has something for kids, teens, and the entire family!  They have different zones for different age gropus and specials that make it both affordable and fun!

Ring in the New Year in Orlando

Image result for church street new years eveHave you ever wondered how the tradition of dropping a ball at the stroke of midnight began?

It began in 1904 in New York City when the new owner of the New York Times decided to celebrate the New Year and to show off their new offices.  They threw an all-day street festival culminating with midnight fireworks.  At midnight revelers cheered and celebrated with rattles and noisemakers.  The city later put a kibosh on the fireworks display and thus, the origin of the dropping of the ball began and the annual New Years Eve bash began.  In 1907, Ochs, the owner of the New York Times commissioned the building of an electric-lit ball to be lowered on a flagpole on the roof of Times Square!  The ball has been dropped ever since, with the exception of 1942 and 1943, when wartime light restrictions forced its cancellation.

The first-time ball was created using Incandescent light bulbs and wood and iron.  Today the ball has over 504 Waterford Crystals, halogen bulbs and spinning mirrors!  The ball weighs over 1,000 pounds.

People have been celebrating the start of each for over four thousand years!   Most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, and include common traditions such as parties, champagne, special foods, making resolutions, watching fireworks and the dropping of a ball at midnight!

In Orlando, we celebrate New Year’s Eve by dropping an orange! Yep, to honor our rich agricultural history as a leading supplier of citrus, oranges in particular!

So, where can you watch this orange drop?  Church Street is one of the hottest spots in Orlando on New Year’s Eve!  Head down for a lot of free events or buy tickets to one of the many celebrations!

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You can also check out the Attic Nightclub will be throwing their annual New Year’s Eve party again this year.

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