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March 22, 2019

TENNESSEE - PIRATES VOYAGE TAKING SHAPE IN PIGEON FORGE AS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES



PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 22, 2019) — Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue.

Construction on the Pirates Voyage building, located on the Parkway adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, began the first week in January.  The first – and biggest – task was to “build” the lagoon, the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place. The digging of that foundation required removing more than 281 loads of dirt via dump truck for more than a month (that’s 4,500 cubic yards or 7,500 tons of dirt!); that part of the project was completed on Feb. 22. That 15-foot lagoon soon will hold 300,000 gallons of water.  The installation and finishing of 600 cubic yards of concrete and 50,000 lbs. of steel in the 30,000 square foot arena began the week of Feb. 25.

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET® HIRING 150 FOR NEW OVIEDO STORE

Healthy grocer to open new store June 19

PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 21, 2019 – Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, today announced it will soon finish construction on its new store in Oviedo, Fla. to help meet the growing local demand for fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices.

The more than 30,000-square-foot store at 1121 Alafaya Trail will open on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 a.m. and will be the healthy grocer’s second Orlando-area location. Details about the grand opening celebration will be announced at a later date.

March 10, 2019

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts Return for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Chance for FREE Doughnuts for a Year


Fans can celebrate with Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts March 15-17 and the chance to win a Golden Dozen Pass worth FREE doughnuts through St. Patrick’s Day 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 8, 2019) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will turn its Original Glazed Doughnut® green and reward thousands of fans with FREE doughnuts for a year during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend celebration.
Krispy Kreme is bringing back its popular “O’riginal” Glazed doughnut, a St. Patrick’s Day twist on the brand’s iconic doughnut, with specially formulated green dough. The doughnut will be available throughout the three-day celebration, Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 at all shops throughout Central Florida.

March 3, 2019

MORE ARTISTS ANNOUCED FOR SEAWORLD’S SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL


All concerts included with theme park admission

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 1, 2019) – Guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment each Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.  Today, SeaWorld has announced additional performances to look forward to:

February 27, 2019

NEVADA - MAXIE’S, LAS VEGAS’ NEWEST DINING HOTSPOT, TO OPEN AT THE LINQ PROMENADE ON MARCH 15


LAS VEGAS (February 2019) – Maxie’s at The LINQ Promenade will debut on March 15, becoming Las Vegas’ newest hotspot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maxie’s menu will feature ostentatious breakfast and lunch classics, as well as a collection of contemporary deli dishes.Operated by Hospitality Boulevard, Maxie’s will be located next to the base of High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Who is Maxie? Ryan Klaasen, co-founder and chief executive officer, Hospitality Boulevard explains the idea of the name. 

“Food carries so many wonderful memories from our childhoods. The name Maxie is the idea that she’s ‘Grandma Maxie’ and her food brings back warm and happy memories. We talk about these wonderful memories as we eat the food and these memories are strong because they touch our senses of taste, touch, smell and the sense of love and happy familiarity in our hearts,” says Klaasen. 

February 26, 2019

ALL-NEW ‘TODAY’ CAFE TO OPEN AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


Guests Can Experience Studio 1A Themed Cafe With New York Inspired Menu This Spring

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2019) – The TODAY Cafe will soon make its way to Universal Orlando Resort’s neck of the woods. The cafe will bring together a highly-themed environment designed to feel like stepping onto the iconic TODAY show set along with specialty food and beverage options.

NBC’s TODAY informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for Americans. Now, guests of Universal Orlando will have the chance to start their day with America’s number-one morning show and be part of the Studio 1A experience every time they visit. Guests can step into the stage-lit set inspired by the show and catch up on top headlines from TODAY’s live broadcast, all while refueling for more theme park thrills.

February 24, 2019

REVIEW: Bokampers Plantation Did WHAT To Hamburgers??

Photo: Bokampers
I spent my adolescence in South Florida, and it's one of the places I call home. A lot has changed there over the years, like most places. Many of my favorite restaurants that were not expansive chains are now gone, but the upside to that is the chance to discover something new when I visit. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill launched in Plantation in 2008. It has grown to six locations in the south and southwest Florida areas, including Miramar, Estero, Naples, and two Fort Lauderdale outlets, with Bo's Beach now open at Fort Lauderdale Beach. If the name Bokamper sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that. The restaurant was founded by former Miami Dolphins linebacker, Kim Bokamper - a member of the team's famed "Killer B's" defense that led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl in 1982.

February 15, 2019

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT DEBUTS ADD-ON EXPERIENCES AT THIS YEAR’S MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION


ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2019) – All-new experiences are coming to Universal Orlando Resort’s 2019 Mardi Gras celebration. As part of this family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can purchase new add-on experiences including an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil and a special dessert and Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration party with an exclusive parade viewing area.

Universal Orlando’s 2019 Mardi Gras celebration will include the following new add-on experiences:

February 6, 2019

MOD Pizza in Florida to Celebrate National Pizza Day with BOGO Offer

Buy One Pizza, Get One FREE on Saturday, February 9th

FORT LAUDERDALE (February 4, 2019) – BBX Capital (“BBX Capital” or “BBX”) – the exclusive MOD Pizza franchisee in Florida - announced today MOD Pizzalocations in Florida will celebrate National Pizza Day with a Buy One Pizza, Get One FREE offer on Saturday, February 9th.

MOD’s individual, artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics. The price always remains the same regardless of the number of toppings.

MOD Pizza will celebrate National Pizza Day at all eight of its Florida locations.
  • MOD Pizza Coral Springs | The Walk | 2702 N University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065
  • MOD Pizza Gainesville | The Standard | 50 NW 13th St, Suite 30, Gainesville, FL 32603
  • MOD Pizza Jacksonville | Bartram Village | 12547 Bartram Park Blvd, Suite 201, Jacksonville, FL 32258
  • MOD Pizza Kendall | The Palms at Town & Country | 8525 Mills Dr, Unit 301, Kendall, FL 33183
  • MOD Pizza Lutz | Wesley Chapel | 2227 Sun Vista Dr., Lutz, FL 33559
  • MOD Pizza Orlando |Vineland Pointe | 11549 Regency Village Dr., Orlando, FL 32821
  • MOD Pizza Parkland | Shoppes of Parkland | 7171 N State Road 7, Parkland, FL 33067
  • MOD Pizza Pembroke Pines | 11255 Pines Blvd, Suite 101, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

January 28, 2019

Super Bowl 53 at Ace Cafe Orlando

Big Game Car Show and Watch Party on Tap for Feb. 3
                                                                     
WHAT:  Show off your favorite team gear in your best ride at Ace Cafe during the Ace’s Big Game Car Show. No advance registration nor entry fee is required, and all years, makes and models are welcome. Music provided by Cruisin’ Orlando. Stick around for the Big Game Watch Party at 6pm. For $59.95 per adult (age 21+), enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet and unlimited domestic beers, house wines and well drinks. The buffet includes beef empanadas, pulled pork sliders, tater tots, buffalo wings, BBQ chicken sliders, nacho station and many more Ace faves. For only $29.95, event-goers can enjoy the unlimited buffet without alcohol. The Ace’s regular menu will also be available for all ages. Watch the Super Bowl on the Ace’s giant TV screen and more than 20 TVs located on property.

WHEN:  Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2109
Big Game Car Show (2-5 pm) | Big Game Watch Party (6 pm – end of game)

January 26, 2019

SEAWORLD’S SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL SERVES UP EXCITEMENT WITH ARTIST LINEUP


First wave of performances announced for February and March

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 24, 2019) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival returns this year with more dates than ever.  Guests are invited to sip and sample their way around the world of international street food traditions every weekend from February 9 through May 5.  New this year, starting on February 15, guests will be able to enjoy Seven Seas on Friday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with all food and drink booths available to visit. 

Enjoy local craft beers and exciting new flavors while exploring culinary marketplaces throughout the park. A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Valentine ‘Conversation Doughnuts,’ Filling a Need and Enabling Fans to Express ‘All the Feels’

Say It with Valentine Doughnuts!
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Valentine ‘Conversation Doughnuts,’
Filling a Need and Enabling Fans to Express ‘All the Feels’  
Limited-time heart-shaped doughnuts available Jan. 30, through Valentine’s Day
 
ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2019) – With a shortage of candy conversation hearts expected this Valentine season, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is showing America just how CRAZY 4 U we are by introducing Valentine “Conversation Doughnuts.”
 
Krispy Kreme’s all-new Valentine Conversation Doughnuts are topped with more than a dozen new and traditional edible phrases, including “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS,” and “BE MINE.” The conversation gets even sweeter since the doughnuts feature four Krispy Kreme classic fillings – Cake Batter, Strawberries & KREME™, Raspberry Filled and Chocolate KREME™ Filled.
 
And to make this even sweeter, Krispy Kreme Rewards members can get a FREE Conversation Heart Doughnut of choice with any purchase on Wednesday, February 6.

January 19, 2019

REVIEW: Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum - NEW FOR 2019!


Every year seems to bring so many new amusements and original experiences to the Orlando area, and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. Aside from all the theme park updates, we continue to stress that you cannot allow yourself to overlook the expanding options beyond the big three parks. International Drive is continuing its progressive growth with new shops, entertainment, lodging, and dining options - and one that launched like a racehorse straight out of the gate is the Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum. Receiving rave reviews all around, this is a venue that has absolutely earned every ounce of praise it's received.

The background on this one is really quite interesting. It's a surprising location and one that I know well from my days at the now-defunct CSI: The Experience. The Orlando Forum has taken up residence in a building across the street from the CSI building, in what used to be a Ponderosa Steakhouse. I know what you're thinking because I mentally went there, too - a revamped buffet "steakhouse" as a performance venue?? Maybe not such a logical fit at first consideration, but it really works. There wasn't a complete and total level-and-rebuild of the building, and it transformed quite quickly overall. It's opened up to be seamlessly functional in its new purpose, and intimate enough to give the theme of the location a much greater appeal. The vibe is classy - almost like the atmosphere of a wedding reception, and moreso than the traditional dinner show. I wouldn't show up here in my tourist garb after a full day at Magic Kingdom, in other words.

Another notable difference between Rock Dinner Show and area competitors... I often remark about the intrusion factor of a typical dinner show - the servers and guests constantly coming to and fro, consistently in your view, or interrupting the show to peddle up-sell photos, additional drinks, etc. It is probably a combination of the venue's layout, the flawless skills of the staff, and the coordination of the specific show model, but Rock Dinner Show does not present these standard dinner show nuisances - and I love it! The meal service and clean-up were practically ninja-level in nature and wrapped up before the show kicked into gear. There was none of the chintzy money grab photo pitching going on, either - and that was so refreshing. The only "extra" we were advised of was an alcohol add-on. Although you can select from a menu of wine, beer, and liquor selections (prices on par with I-Drive expectations), you can opt for a bracelet that offers unlimited beverages from a slightly narrowed list for less than $30. If you plan to have more than two drinks, this would be a worthwhile option, so keep it in mind!

I've always been of the opinion that you shouldn't go into a dinner show experience expecting the finest standard of food. Behind-the-scenes, as a former dinner show employee, I realize that it is mass-produced, to be blunt (hence the limited menu options), and you have to go into the event feeling that you are there for the show primarily. Of all the Orlando dinner shows (we've been to each venue), Rock Dinner Show absolutely has the BEST quality of food. There is absolutely nothing generic about the menu items, and in no way did we find the food to be lacking in freshness or flavor. Frankly, it tasted every bit as tantalizing as it sounded in its description! In fact, let's take a look at what's on the menu ...


FIRST COURSE: FORUM’S WEDGE SALAD
Crispy lettuce wedge topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and house brined olives, served with blue cheese buttermilk dressing.

ENTREE SELECTION: SCALLOPINI OF CHICKEN
Parmesan crusted chicken breast with fire roasted tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese, served with creamy Pecorino Romano risotto and Chef’s selection of market fresh vegetables.

ENTREE SELECTION: BRAISED SHORT RIB
Fork tender slow braised short rib of beef seasoned with sea salt and fragrant rosemary, accompanied with truffle mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables and a natural beef broth.

DESSERT: “SWEET EMOTIONS”
Double chocolate mousse filed cupcake topped with a creamy and rich chocolate frosting and chocolate pearls.

Vegan pasta options also available, as well as entree upgrades.

But what about the show? If I'm too be entirely honest, it was a challenge to go into this with no advance potential comparisons in mind. I really had little idea what to expect, but I knew that there was a celebrity impersonator theme to the show. A couple experiences I've had with this type of performance stand out a bit. One of those is a place called Memories Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the other is Mango's - also on I-Drive. Those are both entirely different in scope, and Rock Dinner Show added yet another new layer to my celebrity impersonator experiences. Rock Dinner Show differs from Mango's in many ways. I wouldn't really say one is better or worse than the other - but it depends on what type of experience you seek. As I said before, Rock Dinner Show is more intimate. Rock Dinner Show also does not stray from its focus, whereas Mango's presents a performance event with only bits of impersonator inclusions. It follows the dinner show "model" more than Mango's does, but you still can just visit The Orlando Forum for drinks at their indoor-outdoor bar/patio. Unlike Mango's you won't get the full, direct stage view from that perspective, but it has a more inclusive and inviting feel than other dinner shows... sort of like an in-between venue that takes all the best aspects of everything similar!

Memories in Tennessee did not include a dinner element. It was performance only, set in a theater. One thing that Memories had that I did somewhat expect at Rock Dinner Show was diversity of performers. Unfortunately, this is the one area I was somewhat disappointed in at Rock Dinner Show. When I originally heard of it, it sounded like it would be a journey through the evolution of rock. It was not. It is worth mentioning that performers rotate, so the lineup varies, but thus far the website roster for Rock Dinner Show doesn't show the diversity or span I'd personally appreciate. While the performers were much better than I expected, and every bit fit to their roles, I didn't really find the "rock" in the lineup, or much of an expanse in the timeline represented. My disappointment was in the expectation more than the event, however - and I am hopeful that the show's cast will begin to show more of an array of artists. Certainly, Orlando has a great pool of creative workers to choose from! During out visit, we caught: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Adele, and Prince. Again... all very skilled in their portrayals, but this was a pop show, with each performer offering up three of their most recognizable chart-toppers from a pretty narrow time frame.

But don't just take our word for it - check out Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum for yourself! We've included a brief mashup with segments from the performances (see top of page). As you probably know by now, we do not attend these events with high-profile intrusive equipment, opting to visit and review these experiences as any other guest. While the video is not pro-level, it is a fair representation of the show. Rock Dinner Show takes place seven nights per week, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Adult admission is $64.95, children 3-12 are $39.95. For more information, or to reserve your spot, visit http://orlando-forum.com/. Don't forget to stick around after the show for selfies and meet-and-greets with the cast!

January 14, 2019

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ New Chocolate Glaze Collection Rewards Americans’ New Year’s Resolutions and Fuels Their Crave


Experts encourage ‘cheating’ to help achieve diet-related resolutions, so Krispy Kreme ‘choco-fies’ four fan favorites for first time

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2019) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has a message for all Americans in the midst of New Year’s resolutions: Don’t Quit, #CheatSweet!
 
It’s likely a third of Americans will have already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions, and by the end of January up to half will have fallen out. But numerous experts say that “cheaters prosper” when it comes to keeping fitness- or diet-related resolutions.

December 21, 2018

DON’T EAT US! Tired of Running, Gingerbread People Issue Holiday Plea for Sweet Alternative


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Saves Gingerbread People of America with Return of
Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2018) - Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 19 and through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Krispy Kreme is offering its popular Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut – a perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze.
“Please do your part to enable us to keep all our parts. We implore you to “run, run as fast as you can” to participating Krispy Kreme shops across the U.S., before all the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnuts are gone. And save the lives of innocent gingerbread people everywhere,” said George the Gingerbread Man.

December 6, 2018

Krispy Kreme Doughnut countdown to the ‘Day of the Dozens’ is on!

On Wednesday, 12/12, customers can enjoy a dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen at regular price
 
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2018) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will return its “Day of the Dozens” holiday tradition next Wednesday December 12, with one of its sweetest offers of the season. On 12/12 only, fans can purchase one dozen of the iconic Original Glazed® doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen at participating shops across the United States.
 
Krispy Kreme Shops in Central Florida
 
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
 
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
 
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746
 
7930 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, (192 / Mile Marker 4.5), Kissimmee, Florida
 
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935
 
980 W Intl. Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Ace Cafe Orlando with the News Junkie’s Christmas Bike Drive on December 7th


December event lineup at the Motor-Centric Dining, Entertainment and Retail Destination
            
Friday, December 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – News Junkie's 6th Annual Christmas Bike Drive
Join us at the Ace Cafe for the News Junkie's annual Christmas bike drive. Drop off a new
bike and help us collect over 100 bikes for deserving children in Central Florida. Special
thanks to Nations Trucks and the National Latino Peace Officers Association Central Florida Chapter for helping families in our community.

Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Drive Florida Pre-Rally Meet
The Drive Florida Pre-Rally Meet at Ace Cafe Orlando is a party before the Drive Florida Rally, which will occur on December 9. The party is open to all show vehicles, regardless of whether or not the vehicle is registered for the event. More than 200 cars are expected! Drive Florida's mission is to bring participants on a driving adventure like no other around the state. For this adventure (December 9), drivers will be exploring Central Florida as they start in Clermont and finish up in Bushnell for some go-karting at Bushnell Motorsports Park.

Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Toys for Tots Christmas Car Show
Come donate toys for those less fortunate during this holiday car show hosted by Ace Cafe. Any and all show cars classic or exotic are welcome. Contact coordinator tbush@acecafeusa.com to register to participate or with any questions. Come by to make a difference in children’s’ lives this holiday season, enjoy the car show, and stay awhile to delight in our delicious brunch!

November 28, 2018

Ace Cafe Orlando Launches New Menu

Debuts Holiday Gift Card Bonus

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2018) – More than a year after its debut in downtown Orlando, Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London motor-diner, will introduce a dozen new menu items to its American diner fare with a twist offerings on November 20, including five new entrees, three new salads, and a handful of new kickstarters, sides and desserts that compliment authentic British favorites already offered. 

Joining the restaurant’s delectable and affordable menu are a Po’ Boy sandwich, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Tender Platter, Chicken & Waffles, Classic Burger Sliders, Chicken Taco Salad, Sesame Chicken Salad, and Cobb Salad. Rounding out the new menu offerings are a Fried Mozzarella starter and sides including Sweet Potato Tots and Onion Rings. New desserts include a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and Peanut Butter Pie.

“We’re all about connecting great food and dining with motoring and live entertainment, so this evolution of our menu is just another step towards ensuring we provide a unique experience found nowhere else in the U.S.A. After all, we’ve been a part of this community for over a year now and felt it is the right time to add a few new favorites,” said Jimmy Forster, director of operations.

November 23, 2018

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Holiday Treats Are Back for a Limited Time Only

Four adorable doughnuts including the Santa Belly Doughnut and New Ugly Sweater Doughnuts join a festive Peppermint Mocha beverage now through Dec. 24

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2018) – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announces the return of its limitededition decorated holiday doughnuts, available now through Dec. 24 at participating all shops throughout Central Florida. Fans can fill their dozens with four adorably delicious doughnuts in the following flavors to complete any holiday festivity:

  • Santa Belly Doughnut: This chocolate Kreme™ filled shell is dipped in red icing and decorated to look like Santa’s jolly belly – a beloved Krispy Kreme holiday tradition. 
  • Ugly Sweater Doughnut: A tasty new take on the festive ugly sweater trend, this doughnut is dipped in green icing, sprinkled with confetti and decorated with over-the-top reindeer and penguin candy pieces. 
  • Holiday Plaid Doughnut: An Original Glazed® Doughnut dipped in icing and decorated in a fun red and green plaid design. 
  • Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut: A chocolate iced ring with festive holiday sprinkles. 

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