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Wining & Dining Updates

Due to Hurrican Irma, a few events that were featured in the Wining & Dining article in the September/October issue have been rescheduled.  Duckhorn Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – rescheduled to September 29 These exquisite wines will paired with a mouth-watering, five-course menu at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Park in Read More…

Magical Dining Indeed!

One of the perks of publishing is getting to preview food and wine events – and Magical Dining month is definitely a foodie happening you don’t want to miss. For my sneak peek I visited DoveCote, a brasserie located downtown in the Bank of America building, that I have fallen in love with in the Read More…

Girlfriends Getaway

It was one of the most glorious 28 hours on record…. A group of girlfriends (all moms) and I headed to The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores for an annual “moms” retreat. We started the tradition in 2016 with a weekend getaway in Ormond Beach. But when it came time to plan Read More…

Makeover Madness!

This past week we pampered our Back-to-Class Teacher Makeover winner with a wardrobe consultation with Lisa Maile, Lisa Maile Seminars, a $500 shopping spree at The Mall at Millenia, new hairstyle by Ana Yebba, Jim Boone & Co. Salon, makeup by Leslie Christin, Studio CARA, and a special photo shoot for the upcoming September/October issue Read More…

Master of Mixology

I just earned a new degree – well maybe just a designation – and have the paper to prove it. The Alfond Inn’s Food & Beverage Manager Alicia Kuhlmann invited a few guests to witness her bartenders, Alex Tsintzas and Sarah Zapata, concocting some curated and signature cocktails, including the new Saturday and Sunday Brunch “Punch Bowls.” After participating in the prep, I was presented with the “Alfond Inn Master of Mixology” certification – Read More…

Going Coastal

If you’ve had a chance to read the JUL/AUG Orange Appeal you know a Florida getaway was on my agenda. Driving to South Florida and the Keys provided lots of moments for nostalgia as I recreated many scenes from my younger days. A lot has changed in some areas but there are still plenty of Read More…

#BlogHer17

This past weekend (June 22 – 24, 2017), we were thoughtfully invited to check out the national #BlogHer17 conference, presented by SheKnows Media, which took place at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. Last year the conference was held in LA, but SheKnows Media President and Chief Revenue Officer Samantha Skey explained there was demand Read More…

It’s official….

Summer is here (first official day being June 21), but I think it starts mid-May with the anticipation of the long Memorial Day weekend. We are now already into late June and the July 4th holiday is hovering nearby. So breathe. You still have some time to relish in the most relaxed season of the Read More…

Orlando Love: Remembering Pulse Victims

Unfortunately, everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news of the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. And in the following days and weeks, many special events and gatherings occurred. The City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse, have jointly Read More…

Summer Staycation: New and Notable in Orlando

Looking for something fun and different to do this summer? There’s plenty to discover here in the City Beautiful with lots of updated and new attractions, entertainment hotspots, dining destinations and family-friendly resorts. Here’s a listing of some the latest from our friends at Visit Orlando.  NEW ATTRACTIONS: THEME PARKS AND MORE Universal Orlando Resort: Volcano Read More…