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Spotlight: Does Orlando Have A Signature Dish?


Oh my gosh, just look at the calendar. It appears we’ve cycled once again into the “Orlando Needs a Signature Dish” epoch. This occurs every couple of decades or so, brought on by lamentations that Central Florida has no regional foodstuff, you know, something that would cause people around the world to say, “Oh, when you go to Orlando you must have the [blank]; they’re known for that.” We’re not known for anything. It’s regrettable, but it’s true. And it isn’t likely to change. But that isn’t stopping Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Visit Orlando from trying once again. In her State of the County address earlier this month, Jacobs announced a new initiative challenging the area’s top chefs …
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Spotlight: FL Salsa Fest, Homesteading, Dapper Days and SAK Comedy


Expect plenty of Corona, tequila, salsa dancing, salsa music and unlimited salsa tastings from over 30 different chefs & restaurants during this block party on the brick streets of Thornton Park surrounding Mucho Tequila & Taco Bar during Florida Salsa Fest Sunday 1pm-6pm at Mucho Tacos and Tequila in Thornton Park. For tickets go to OrlandoWeeklyTickets.com. An afternoon of classes on backyard chickens, preserving and canning, vegetable gardening in Central Florida and pickling your own vegetables await guests during the Modern Homesteading Class Series taking place Sunday 1pm-4pm at the Alafaya branch of Orange County Public Library. For information google mother earth peace signs fleet farming just kidding I don’t know what to google. Dress up in vintage clothing for …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh Suing PACs


Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh is suing political action committees and their anonymous supporters for running a “smear campaign” against him during the 2016 election. The complaint names two PACs called Leadership For Florida Future and For a Better Orange County, as well as their anonymous financial backers. The libel suit says the PACs acted maliciously when they falsely accused Singh in mailers and television ads of changing his first name to hide a federal lawsuit, financial debt and a felony arrest, among other things. Singh’s lawyers estimate the PACs, which were not registered properly, spent about $3.4 million in dark money to discredit the incumbent before he was re-elected. The property appraiser and his lawyers wouldn’t name any …
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Spotlight: CF Earth Day, German Fest, Blueberry Fest and Vive la France


Central Florida Earth Day: Healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education and more will be taking place during Central Florida Earth Day! The fun takes place at Lake Eola Park Saturday 10 to 6. For information go to CFEarthDay.org. Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest: Fans of Oompa-pa bands, German beer, Bavarian style food, lively crowds and chicken dancing will love the event called Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest! Hang out in the Biergarten eating German food, drinking Hofbrau Beer on tap, dancing the schunkeln, toasting to Ein Prosit and enjoying live musical entertainment all day long. Orlando’s Most Authentic German Fest takes place at the German …
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Spotlight: Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar


The servers at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar, the new restaurant in the old Ravenous Pig space, have apparently been instructed to explain to new guests that it is “a contemporary version of a classic fish camp,” but they’ve not been told how to respond when someone asks, “What does that mean?” So I can only assume that it means taking tastefully casual decor of the previous tenant, gluing some weathered planks to some walls and stenciling the words Fish Camp on a brick wall. One will never confuse Reel Fish with, say, JB’s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach. In fact there’s very little that’s campy about it. But fish? Yes, there is fish. But here, too, the …
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Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration./ Photo: File, WMFE
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Racist Threats Toward State Attorney Aramis Ayala


Aside from debating life and death, the conversation around Florida’s death penalty has some racist undertones, as evidenced this week after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said a noose was mailed to her office. Ayala made the remarks during a radio interview on WHPB 98.5 The Wire, a station based in the Pine Hills area. Host Paul Porter had asked Ayala about the threats she received after announcing in March that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty for capital cases, including the case of murder suspect Markeith Loyd. Since Ayala announced her decision, she was removed from the Loyd case and 22 more first-degree murder cases by Gov. Rick Scott, who said she “won’t fight for justice.” Ayala has filed …
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90.7’s economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversation: What’s Wrong With Proposed Florida Budgets?


Last week the Florida Legislature passed competing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on July 1st. The Senate passed a $85.1 billion budget plan compared to the House plan at $81.2 billion putting the two $3.9 billion apart. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind dug into those budgets and shares a few of his thoughts with 90.7’s Catherine Welch.  
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Spotlight: Tater Tots, Star Wars, Drag Queens and Chris Rock


Sample dozens of domestic, imported and crafted beers and tater tots for your guilty dining pleasure at the Tater Tots and Beer Festival Saturday 1 to 4 Orlando Festival Park. For tickets go to tatertotfestival.com. Star Wars Celebration is in town so the nerd bar Cloak and Blaster is paying tribute with a Star Wars-themed pajama party, complete with breakfast food specials and coloring pages. Bring your own art supplies and coloring books, or borrow some of theirs. And most importantly, wear pajamas. Star Wars PJs Breakfast is Sunday 4 to 11 at Cloak and Blaster. Google cloak and blaster for information. Gets your fill of glamboyance as Central Florida’s top Drag Queens take over Sanford’s monthly art walk and …
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Spotlight: Nonno’s Italian


When it was announced, in December, that Stefano LaCommare would be coming out of retirement to help out at his son’s restaurant, Nonno’s, many people were excited at the prospect of having him back in a kitchen. The reality is even better: he’s back in the dining room. LaCommare and his wife, Marie, have owned and operated several restaurants in the area over the last few decades. Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs was the most recent. A popular destination for families and lovers of uncomplicated cuisine, Stefano’s also became a workplace for the LaCommare’s children, including their son, Leonardo, or Leo. Apparently Leo, who like his father is a cook, wanted his own restaurant, so he opened Nonno’s Italian Restaurant …
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