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Fusilier Favorites: Central Florida Date Nights

Here are some ideas to up your date night game.

Weekly Weekday Escapes

Tasty Takeover Tuesdays in the Milk District - Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 10 PM

Taco Tuesday at Wall St. Plaza - Tuesdays from 2 PM to 2 AM

$3 Tacos, Margaritas, Coronas, Modelo, Dos XX and Tequila Shots

Unwined Wednesdays at Kasa - Wednesday's from 5 PM to 9PM

$15 Ladies $20 Gentleman - unlimited wine, select beer, champagne, house sangria and apps

Tapas Tuesdays at Ceviche Orlando

$4 hot and cold tapas $4 sangria

Wanderlust Wednesday at Ivanhoe Village - Third Wednesday of each month from 10 AM until 9 PM

$25 per person - stroll through Ivanhoe and sample drinks at different establishments

Monthly Weekend Events

Adults-Only Science Night Live 

October 7 from 8 PM - 11:30 PM 

Orlando Science Center ; 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

$15.95 per person - fun exhibits and programs + drinks

More info here

Get Your Jazz On

October 27 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Alfond Inn - 300 E New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

$65 VIP Seating

$50 General Admission

Unlimited select wine, beer, crafted cocktails, roasted chicken, roasted pig, vegetarian selections, smoking lounge, halloween attire optional, prizes for best costume, complimentary valet parking

More info here

Festivals

Artlando 2017 - September 30 11 AM - 11 PM

Orlando Loch Haven Park - 900 E Princeton St, Orlando FL 32803

Music, dance, visual arts, film and food.

Free admission 

More info here

2017 Brunch Festival

September 20 from 12 PM until 4 PM

Orlando Festival Park - 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803

50+ Cocktails & Craft Beers, tons of delicious brunch dishes starting at $4, live music and games & prizes

General Admission (11+): $16.82

Drink Sampling Admission (21+): $37.92 

VIP Admission - Early 11 am Entry (21+): $64.29

More info here

Winter Park Wine & Dine Fall Edition

October 18 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM

Winter Park Farmers Market - 200 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

3 hours unlimited sampling, live music, vip early entry

Early Bird General Admission: $39.00

Early Bird VIP with Early Entry: $75.00

Ten General Admission (Group Rate): $350

More info here

International Food and Drink Festival

September 30 from 11 AM until 2 AM

I-Drive 360 - 8445 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Free admission & free parking

More info here

Orlando Beer Festival

November 11 from 1 PM - 5 PM

Orlando Festival Park - 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803

The 3rd Annual Orlando Beer Festival is one of the largest beer festivals in Orlando, pouring 200+ craft beers from local and regional breweries.

Advance General Admission (21+) 1 PM Entrance: $40.00

Advance VIP (21+) Noon Entrance: $60.00

More info here

Fusilier Favorites: Central Florida Summer Water Activities

Wekiva Island

Beat the heat this summer in this water-lover's paradise with something for everyone. Adventurers can test their skills by canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding down the picturesque river. For those who'd like to skip the "work," lounge in a cabana and sip on a craft beer or a glass of wine from their indoor/outdoor bar. After you've finished relaxing, catch a game of beach volleyball, throw a fishing line or take a dip in the perfect 72 degree water. Visit on a "Wekiva Wednesday" and partake in signature events like Wine & Paint, Brew Review, or Wine Down Wednesday. 

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Sunday - Thursday 8 AM - 9 PM

Friday - Saturday 8 AM - 11 PM

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Lake Conway Sandbar

Although it's well-known to Conway residents, this weekly lake party is somewhat of a secret to the rest of Central Florida. Each weekend hundreds of boats gather on the sandbar to eat, drink and "waste" the day away basking in the Florida sun. Someone always supplies the music and there's no shortage of good times. Get away from the crowd for a bit and wake board, wake skate or tube on the Conway Chain. Don't have a boat to get there? Paddle board, canoe, float or even swim out!

Check out the sandbar on Lake Conway every weekend.

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Orlando Watersports Complex

This one's for the thrill-seekers. Catch a wave behind a brand new Nautique boat and earn your wakeboarding skills or fine tune your water skiing technique. The complex offer classes from beginner to advanced with a staff full of experienced pros. Not quite ready for the extreme water sports? Take a paddleboarding class or chill out on their deck space or beach area. Browse their pro shop and test out a board set up before you buy. They even offer a summer camp for kids ages 7-15 from June 5 - August 11. 

Summer Hours (March- October)

Cable: 10 AM - Dusk

Boat: 9 AM - Dusk

Paddleboarding Classes: Weekdays 6 PM - Dusk

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Fusilier Favorites: Central Florida Breweries

Something's Brewing in Central Florida

This ones not for you, wine snobs. Check out a few of the coolest places around town to grab a "cold one."

Ocean Sun Brewery

There are quite a few details about this brewery that make it unique. For instance, it's BYOF (bring your own food) option or welcoming man's best (furry) friend to pull up a chair at their inside tables. This place proves to be rather hospitable when it comes to making you feel comfortable. Ocean Sun produces traditional ales and lagers, but sometimes they'll serve up a twist like their Big Buchi - a stout that's deep, rich and chocolately, topped with espresso. If you're not a frequent beer guzzler, not to worry. The spot arms you with a beer guide for pairing suggestions to satisfy your thirsty palate. If all this drinking makes you hungry and you forgot to BYOF you can choose from their menu of fresh local food while you enjoy their live entertainment. Have brewing skills of your own? While you're there inquire about becoming a guest brewer!

Ocean Sun Brewing is located at 3030 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806

Hours: 

Mon-Tues: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wed-Thurs: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fri-Sat: 12:00 PM - Midnight

Sun: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM       

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Orlando Brewing Company

This Orlando hangout has been around for a while, but there are probably some things you didn't know - like how they are the only U.S.D.A. certified organic brewery south of Vermont and east of Colorado, or that their home brews can be found in over 500 locations across the state of Florida. They also follow what is called "the Reinheitsgebot," the German Purity Law of 1516 which decreed that beers should only be brewed with four ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malted barely with no adjuncts or additives - in other words organic. Graeme Lay is their Brewmaster and while he is very strict on following the Reinheitsgebot, 4 times a year he releases a beer that violates the law which they have appropriately dubbed "The Violator Series."  Having a party? Pick up a 6-pack or even a keg of their in-house brews!

Orlando Brewing is located at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

Fri-Sat: 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Sun: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Sea Dog Brewing

Not only does this place have great beer, but they have great food, too. Choose from their beer-infused "creative pub fare with a flair" menu including things like "Cheesesteak "wit" Beer Wiz" (beer wiz: beer and cheese sauce, apparently) or their "Export Beer Braised Chicken Quesadilla." Originating in Maine, Sea Dog also offers a wide variety of delicious seafood options. Pair your pick with a handcrafted ale and dig in!

Sea Dog Brewing is located at 8496 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836

Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Sat-Sun: 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM

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Fusilier Favorites: Bottomless Brunches

Bottomless Brunches = Bottomless Fun

How does Orlando celebrate our two-day, weekly vacation? We brunch, of course! And the only way to do brunch? Bottomless(ly). Here are a few of our go-to's.

Avenue Gastrobar

  

This downtown hotspot is casual yet refined, with a modern feel and an innovative menu. Their brunch selection can appease even the pickiest eater, with traditional favorites like Chicken & Waffles to quirky dishes like Green Eggs & Ham. Pair your meal with $12.95 bottomless mimosas, OR the best part of all - breakfast cereal shots! That's right, childhood memories in a shot glass like Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, Honey-nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and three more original Avenue Gastrobar flavors. 

Brunch (and cereal shots) served Saturday and Sunday until 3 PM.

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The Boheme

  

This dishy little spot has much to offer when it comes to brunch. But, they'll do you one better- Jazz Brunch.  Contemporary jazz emanates from the Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano throughout the art-adorned interior. Pair that ambiance with bottomless mimosas and a superb culinary experience and you'll understand why it's award-winning. 

Brunch is served on Sunday mornings from 10 AM until 2 PM

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Santiago's Bodega Orlando

  

This colorful tapas-style restaurant offers all-you-can-eat and drink weekend brunch that includes not only mimosas, but an added bonus, sangria. As for the spread, prepare to dine royally on prime rib, crab legs, roast chicken, leg of lamb, sliced cheeses, cured meats, chorizo paella and more. Pro-tip: Santiago's regular lunch menu is also available during brunch.

Wine and dine every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM until 2:30 PM.

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Soco

  

Soco, short for "Southern Contemporary," focuses on Southern Hospitality in the kitchen and in the details. Executive Chef/Partner Greg Richie says "At Soco, we believe in the wholesomeness of food and the integrity of it's preparation." To them, Southern Contemporary means mixing the classics with some not-so-average ingredients. For example, their Crispy Duck Confit Potato Cakes or their Soco-Style "Chicken and Dumplings" infused with lobster, edamame and local mushrooms. Combine your mod meal with bottomless mimosas for a Soco-mpletely amazing brunch.

Enjoy every Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM.

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Fusilier Favorites: Family-Friendly Activities

SeaLife Aquarium

One of I-Drive 360's newer attractions, SeaLife Aquarium sits just to the right of the Orlando Eye. The 2 million-gallon aquarium is brimming with rare and enigmatic marine life, from various species of sharks and jellyfish to interactive micro-habitats containing sea anemone starfish and crabs. Catch a dive show in their ocean habitat and watch divers interact with a few of the aquarium's 5,000+ inhabitants. Ask questions to the experts and learn how they care for the sea creatures that live there. 

  

Visit the aquarium Monday - Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. 

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Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge

You might remember this one from our Fusilier Favorites: Farmer's Market post, but this animal refuge was started for much more than hosting a weekly community market. Back to Nature is a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and fosters orphaned or injured wildlife until they are healthy enough to be returned to their natural habitat. Some animals become permanent residents and are taken care of by the dedicated staff who do for the animals what they may never be able to do for themselves. The animals get plenty of visitors with all of the activities and events the refuge offers to guests. Book a guided tour and stroll down the Wildlife Walk stopping at each enclosure to hear facts and stories about some of animals that live on the property. BTN also hosts a variety of themed events that are too cute to miss like their Annual Baby Squirrel Shower or their Animal-versary. 

  

Visit the furry friends Tuesday - Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

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Orlando Science Center

You may have visited this interactive playground of science and imagination before, but their exhibits are always changing and there's always something new to see and learn. Currently, OSC is hosting the Identity exhibit where children and parents alike can learn about physical, psychological, and social identity traits. Or, visit one of their Exhibit Halls and explore Our Planet, DinoDigs, Fusion: A STEAM Gallery, Engineer It, Kinetics Zone and NatureWorks. Report your own forecast at the WFTV Severe Weather Center 9 Experience station or draw our your own DNA in Dr. Dare's Lab. Whatever your interest, OSC offers tons of fun, interactive experiences to fill your day and your mind.

  

Visit them daily (excluding Wednesdays) from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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Fusilier Favorites: Farmers Markets

Orlando Farmers Market

The Orlando Farmers Market has been a Central Florida favorite for the past 30 years. The serene Lake Eola backdrop, centralized downtown location and diverse collection of vendors have certainly lent a hand in giving the market it's superstar status. Whether you're on the hunt for exotic plants, eccentric jewelry, seasonal farm fresh produce or just a cold beer, this is your place. Enjoy live music, an outdoor dining area and a brand new beer and wine garden. Bonus points: Pets are welcome! Some booths even sell homemade treats, clothes and travel accessories for your furry friends. Catch this market every Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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Back to Nature Lake Nona Farmers Market

A little newer to the game, but it's growing right along with the burgeoning Lake Nona community. Here you'll find a wide range of local products and services including free yoga demonstrations, fresh produce, raw honey and henna tattoos. Fun Fact: This farmers market benefits Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge's mission in rehabilitating injured and orphaned animals. Want to help? Donate to the cause or sponsor an animal. Visit this market every Saturday through May from 9 AM to 1 PM at Valencia College, 12350 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando.

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Winter Park Farmers Market

The self-proclaimed "number one produce and plant market in Central Florida" takes place at an old train depot, located in the heart of Winter Park, that has since become a historical landmark. The popular market serves as a gathering place for not only the Winter Park community, but surrounding areas, as well. Expect to find fine produce, beautiful plants, baked goods and lovely people. Visit the market and then take a stroll down Winter Parks' Park Avenue (home of Fusilier Favorite The Wine Room) where you'll find award winning restaurants, fine art galleries and colorful boutiques. Plan a visit any Saturday morning from 7 AM to 1 PM at 200 West New England Ave, Winter Park.  

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Audubon Park Farmers Market

This community market is comprised of local "growers, ranchers, fishermen, chefs, artists, musicians and neighbors."  The local favorite, around since 2009, offers the freshest produce, handmade soaps, vintage clothing, and fully prepared meals among other local products. Enjoy food, friends, art and live music at this pet-friendly, kid-friendly community marketplace. Visit the Audubon Park Community Market any Monday (rain or shine) from 5 PM to 9 PM in the Stardust parking lot located at 1842 E Winter Park Rd.

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Did we mention your favorite? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Fusilier Favorites: Wine Bars

There's More to Orlando than Theme Parks. 

Orlando is known as the tourist capital of the world, so it's no surprise that Disney and Universal are probably what come to mind when you think of the "City Beautiful." But what about all of us locals who need another outlet to escape the daily hustle and bustle? The answer: Wine Bars. Great for a date or a night on the town with friends, "wine downs" are the perfect wind down.

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Here are some of our favorites.

The Wine Room

Located in Winter Park, The Wine Room offers over 100 different wines, and therefore reasons, for you to pay them a visit. Swipe your wine card for a sip or a glass and taste your way through the space. Check out some of their selection here -  Menu!

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant

The Illinois-based chain is definitely not your typical restaurant. The hot-spot serves up house-labeled wine, gives you access to an all-inclusive wine club and organizes Southern California wine trips hosted by Cooper's Hawk founder, Tim McEnery. Each Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant location also features a Napa-Style tasting room and gift store to give guests an authentic experience. Take a look at their extensive list here - Menu!

Vines Grille & Wine Bar

The Restaurant Row favorite pairs sophistication with a good time for a winning combination. The upscale atmosphere is offset by the upbeat live music to create a welcoming feel. Their considerably large wine list includes over 650 selections from small boutiques to top producers from around the world. Their wine collection is ever-changing so they don't list their full menu online but you can find out more about what they stock here -  Wine List!

Carmel Kitchen and Wine Bar

Another chain that's anything but ordinary. You can "orchestrate" your experience right from your table using their MenuPad technology by customizing and pacing your meal from start to finish. The MenuPad also provides detailed menu descriptions along with their suggested wine pairing. See their full wine list here - Menu!

Eola Wine Company

With two prime locations, one Downtown and one in Winter Park, you have double the chances to enjoy this chill spot. The inviting space offers light fare and wine varieties by the glass, flight or bottle. See their menu here - Menu!