Local Holiday Events in Orlando

Image result for singing trees orlando first baptist churchIt’s almost Christmas, time to deck the halls, sing fa la la, attend a Christmas show and get ready for a new year!  It is Christmas time in Orlando and while we might not have snow, we certainly have the holiday spirit.  Get out of your Orlando apartment and check out these local holiday favorites.

Singing Christmas Trees

You still have time to visit the Singing Christmas Trees at the First Baptist Church, 3000 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, 32805.  Since 1980, this Orlando holiday tradition has been delighting spectators with their singing ornaments.  This year there will be two forty-five foot trees decorated with over 300 singing “ornaments” and over 250,000 lights, all in synch with music from the choir and 50 piece orchestra!

There are still seats available for December 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Miraculous

This modern twist on the story of Jesus’ birth will have you giving a standing ovation!  Don’t miss this upbeat holiday performance on Monday, December 19th at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater.  The show starts at 7pm and the cost is $30.  Find out more.

Christmas at the Leu House

From now until January 2nd you can take a tour of the Leu House Museum which is decorated by Orlando’s best designers!  1920 North Forest Avenue, tickets are $10 and you can find more information online.  This is a great way to spend an afternoon and get in the holiday spirit!

 

Popular Restaurants to Try in Orlando, FL

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Tired of cooking at home? Get out this weekend and try some of the most popular restaurants to try in Orlando, Florida. These great spots not only have great reviews, that are local favorites!

Agave Azul

If you are a fan of authentic Mexican Food, then Agave Azul is definitely a place that you should try. Their lunch menu is packed with tasty classics such as tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas that are simply to die for. While you wait of course, you get to enjoy some delicious chips, salsa and you can wash it down with one of their popular signature margaritas.

Mediterranean Blue

For masterfully cooked Mediterranean food, Mediterranean Blue offers a delectable selection of old country and the modern Mediterranean. The food is not only fire-grilled, it is hand-crafted by loving kitchen chefs. Only the finest ingredients are used and they have everything from Mediterranean classics to traditional favorites such as the Gyro.

Now that you know a few of the great places to try in Orlando, FL. what are you waiting for? Whether you want a tasty lunch or a fun dinner, these places are definitely more fun if you go with friends or family!

 

 

Don’t Miss the Trans Siberian Orchestra this December

Image result for trans siberian orchestra orlando floridaWhen  it comes to holiday performances you might be thinking “bah humbug”, you just can’t sit through another performance of A Christmas Carol, the Nutcracker, Miracle on 34th Street, or even another magical Disney performance!  We hear you, and we think we have a suggestion that will bring holiday entertainment up a notch or two!  Why not check out the Trans Siberian Orchestra?

This holiday tradition has been selling out across the nation and brings the holiday spirit to a whole new level! The Washington Post describes their performances as “Pink Floyd meets Yes and the Who at Radio City Music Hall.”

This full orchestra brings Christmas to life with their heart pumping Christmas classics, elaborate concerts, a pyro, light and laser show, and a full string section.  The show includes video screens, moving trusses, and animated effects synchronized to music.

This is not the holiday classic of your parents generation, but if you bring them, they might be wishing it was.

Buy tickets for the December 17th showing, but don’t wait, the concert typically sells out!

 

 

Add Cauliflower to Your Thanksgiving Menu

Image result for roasted cauliflowerWhile cauliflower may not be thought of as a traditional Thanksgiving vegetable, the fact is that it is a versatile vegetable and is plentiful in the fall.

Try adding one of these delicious cauliflower recipes to your Thanksgiving menu!

Roasted Cauliflower

8 cups of cauliflower florets

5 garlic cloves (chopped)

1/4 cup of olive oil

fresh chopped thyme leaves, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and crushed red pepper to taste.

Instructions

Toss the all the ingredients together and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in a preheated 450 degree oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes.

Mashed Cauliflower

1 head of cauliflower, broken in to florets

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 clove of garlic (smashed)

1/4 stick of butter

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Instructions

Steam the cauliflower until tender (about ten minutes) In the mean time, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat, add garlic until softened. Remove from heat. Mash the cauliflower or put cooled cauliflower in a food processor and blend on high.

 

Jazz Up Your Friday Night!

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Friday has finally arrived! We’d hope that you have plans already but if you don’t, we have you covered! Orlando is one of the nation’s hubs for culture and entertainment so you know regardless your tastes you will find something worthwhile on this glorious start to the weekend.

Tonight, starting at 6:30pm, Get Your Jazz On, a live jazz concert will begin! This 21 and over event features unlimited select Wine, Beer, Spirits and Seasonal Blended Cocktails. The chef will be serving delicious roast chicken, pork and a vegetarian selection. For those who enjoy quality cigars, there will be a smoking lounge that will feature Phenom cigars. The best part? You’ll be partying for a good cause! All proceeds will go towards the Alfond Scholars Program, which awards scholarships to worthy college students. If you don’t already have a ticket never fear! They will still be selling at the door.

For more information about the event, click here.

Selecting the Right Exercise Routine

Image result for zumba classes near 32801Ever wonder why those exercise memberships go unused or those plans to run more or take a yoga class never pan out?  It might not be your will power, but instead your exercise choice.

With a plethora of exercise options to choose from the first place to start is by taking an honest assessment of your lifestyle, your goals, and your athletic prowess.

The Newbie

We all need to start somewhere, but your choice of exercise will play an important part in your exercise success.  Start with walking and work your way up to a jog or join a beginner’s class at the local YMCA.

The Socialite

You love to do things in groups, so why not find a group that can combine both exercise and social interaction.  Join a softball team or a cycling group. a walking club or a class near by.

The Dancer

If you like to shake it or rock out, then choose an exercise routine that lets you shake things up a bit.  Maybe it is pole dancing, ballet, Zumba, or dancing in your Orlando apartment, however you do it incorporate dance in to your exercise routine.

The Gym-Hater

If the idea of going to the gym is enough to have you plopping back on your couch with a bag of tortilla chips and a beer, then a gym membership isn’t for you.  Instead choose biking instead of riding to the store or work.  Another option is to join a league and play softball, touch football or fun activity that doesn’t fell like exercise.  Adding 20 minutes of some aerobic or cardio-healthy activity can go a long way to maintaining your health.

 

Check Out These Fun Orlando Events

Image result for fall fiesta orlandoStill don’t have plans for the weekend?  Tired of watching news about the elections?  Why not check out these fun events near your Orlando apartment this weekend.

Fall Fiesta in the Park – November 5th and 6th

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 46th Fall Fiesta at Lake Eola.  The event features over 600 artisans and some great live entertainment and tasty food!

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Food & Wine Weekends  through November 13th

There are still a few weekends left to enjoy Waldorf Astoria’s Food & Wine Weekends.  Indulge in finely prepared foods paired with the perfect wine.  Enjoy an evening or stay for a weekend.

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Orlando’s Best Halloween Events

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In a city of magic and make believe, it is no wonder that Orlando residents go crazy over Halloween!  Here is a guide to the best Halloween events in Orlando!

Orlando’s top attractions go all out for Halloween

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  • SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
  • LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick or Treat
  • Orlando Zoo Boo Bash
  • Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

Not to be outdone, many other spots have some great Halloween options.

A Petrified Forest

1360 E Altamonte Dr,
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

On weekends through October you can visit a Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs for a scary haunted experience.  Enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, and oh yes, monsters and zombies strolling around.

More information and tickets.

Church Street Halloween Block Party

Located right near your Orlando apartment you will find one of the best parties in all of Orlando, on Saturday, October 29th (starting at 8pm) with drink specials, costume contests, music by DJ John Campisano and DJ Jay Mac

Join us for Downtown Orlando’s BIGGEST Halloween Celebration on Church Street!  This one is going to be FUN!!!

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University of Central Florida – Nightmare 2016

4000 Central Florida Blvd
RWC Park
Orlando, FL 32816
If you haven’t had enough Halloween over the weekend, visit the University of Central Florida on Monday, October 31st for UCF’s annual outdoor costume carnival.  This year the RWC fields will be turned into a movie with outdoor stages, a light show, and music, food, and fun!

The 6th Annual Black and Orange Ball

Don’t miss out on Orlando’s premier Halloween event on Friday, Saturday 28th at the 6th Annual Black and Orange Ball.  This upscale event is the place to be this Friday.  Tickets include costume contest, live entertainment, celebrity guests and a night of fun.

Get more details and tickets here … but don’t wait!

 

Stylish Halloween Decorating Ideas

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When thinking about decorating your Orlando apartment this Halloween think outside of the pumpkin and decorate with black and white!

Decorate your table with a black table cloth or placemats and black and white candles and pumpkins.  Use a cake stand to display a skull or other Halloween fright!

Another idea is to use a white table cloth and then add a spider webbed table cloth on top.  Bed, Bath, & Beyond has a great one with webs and spiders.

Purchase scary plates for your table or for appetizers.  Williams-Sonoma and Pier 1 have some great and elegant ones, but Target and Walmart have some as well.

Add sparkle to your pumpkins by painting them with glittery silver or gold and then add a black and white polka dot bow on the stem.

Welcome guests with a haunting message on a chalk board displayed on a table or in your entry way.

These unusual Halloween decorating ideas will look great in your apartment in Orlando.

Check Out These Spooktacular October Events

Image result for black and orange ball orlandoOctober is that spooky month where we welcome ghosts, goblins, zombies, graveyards and gore. From haunted houses, to pumpkin patches, haunted tours, and costumes, dancing, parties, Orlando has it all. Check out these events in Orlando this Halloween.

October is a great month to visit the pumpkin patch at Green Meadows Farm in nearby Kissimmee.  Visit for a free pumpkin between October 1 and  November 6, 2016.  If you are looking for something a bit more spooky, the Trail of Jack-O’-Lanterns and Ooky Spooky Haunted House are sure to please.  This year’s haunting activities are on the following weekends:

October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30, 2016

The Thorton District is throwing its 4th Annual Thornton Park Halloween Block Party in  Orlando’s most haunted district this Halloween and not far from your Orlando apartment.  The fright begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.  This haunted party includes a Costume Contest, Live Music by The Sh-Booms, DJs, Food Trucks, and more …  Must be 21 years of age. Tickets are available on Event Brite and entry is by Dexter’s Thornton Park.

Don’t miss out on  Orlando’s premier Halloween event, The 6th Annual Black and Orange Ball. Tickets include costume contest, live entertainment, celebrity guests and a night of fun. Tickets are available from $15 and $20 at the door!  VIP tickets are already sold out, don’t miss the party of the season.  Click Here for More Details.

American Ghost Adventures offers a variety of haunted tours near your Orlando apartment that are a perfect for a group of friends on a weekend night.