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Spotlight: The Pie In College Park


The Pie is the simplistic name for a new pizza joint in College Park. But the pizza here is different from your average pie. It’s pizza al taglio, which, according to a large sign on the wall inside the restaurant, is “Italian for pizza by the slice or ‘by the cut.’” The word taglio translates to shear, so sort of a cut. It’s also made in rectangular pans and sold by the slice. This is a common type of pizza that you’d find in Rome and is sometimes sold by weight. Luckily that’s not the case with The Pie because given the toppings that were on the slice I had I would have paid extra euros. My cut had ham, …
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Image: Construction of Orlando City Soccer Stadium, orlandocitysc.com
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Podfest, OCSC Stadium, Fear Market and Gods and Monsters


Podcasting is a fun and inexpensive way to get your voice and ideas out to the public and it’s huge! Orlando has several popular podcasts including one called Scotch and Good Conversation which happened to have me on as a guest because hello! I’m me. If you’d like to learn more about podcasting you can attend the final day of Podfest Multimedia Expo all day Saturday. For more info go to podfest.us. Tour the brand new Orlando City Soccer stadium during the Stadium House Party! You’ll get to peek inside the locker rooms, the expensive sky seats you can’t afford (well this is WMFE, so maybe some of you can afford them) meet some of the team members and eat …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Artegon Marketplace Shutdown


Heidi and Tony Wentzell opened their first business knowing they would be evicted in two weeks. The Wentzells opened the Hoppy Cellar, a craft beer and wine bar, the night of Jan. 12, just hours after other vendors heard the news that Artegon Marketplace, Orlando’s two-year-old “anti-mall” on International Drive, was closing. The Hoppy Cellar was supposed to open at the mall the following week, but after hearing from a friend about the shutdown, the couple rushed to open so they could sell the inventory they had invested in. On Jan. 26, the Hoppy Cellar closed, along with dozens of other vendors, except for retail anchors like Bass Pro Shops and the Cinemark Theater. The Wentzells say after quitting their …
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Spotlight: Zora Grille


I’ve mentioned a few times about the sixth sense that a critic develops over time, that feeling that you get when you walk into an unfamiliar restaurant and a voice in the back of your mind that says — no, screams — run! But there’s a diametrical feeling — a seventh sense? — where you enter a restaurant and you know immediately that you’re going to like it. That’s the feeling I got when I walked into Zora Grille in Altamonte Springs recently. Just for a moment, I had that niggling feeling that something might be off. Perhaps it was the fact that the place had no customers even though it was the height of the lunch hour. But the …
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Image: Newsies, newsiesthemusical.com
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Newsies, Romeo & Juliet, Garden and Home Show


Newsies the Broadway musical was filmed and is now being shown across the country. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is about a ragged band of teenage newspaper salesmen who, when forced to bear the brunt of publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst distribution price hikes, fight back! They all die like in Les Mis but hey they tried. The showing of the filmed musical is Saturday at 1 at Waterford Lakes 20, Winter Park Village 20 and Oviedo Mall Stadium 22. For tickets go to fathomevents.com In the American speakeasies of the 1930s, young lovers Romeo and Juliet are caught in turf wars as the Montague and Capulet families vie for …
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Image: Cress Restaurant, Restaurant’s facebook page
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Cress Restaurant: 7 Courses, 7 Countries


Although the Trump administration’s travel ban has been blocked by the federal court, it put a spotlight on America’s relationship with immigrants, perhaps nowhere more than in the restaurant industry, which depends heavily on immigrant labor. Restaurant industry leaders noted that 70 percent of their 12 million workers in the US are born abroad, and the importance of immigrant workers to our food supply chain can’t be overstated. According to the National Agricultural Workers Survey, 78 percent of agricultural workers are foreign-born. In response, chefs around the country vowed to celebrate the unique flavors of those seven banned nations. One such chef is Hari Pulapaka, owner of DeLand’s Cress Restaurant. Roughly a week after the ban was announced, Pulapaka tweeted, …
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Spotlight: Luke’s Kitchen and Bar


The opening of Luke’s Kitchen and Bar in Maitland was anxiously anticipated, primarily because of the pedigree of the people involved. That would be the team from Luma on Park and Prato, especially the duo of chef Brandon McGlamery and general manager Tim Noelke, who have made their Park Avenue posts so popular. If you had managed to visit the previous tenant, Blackfin, during the five weeks of its existence, you’ll be surprised at the transformation of the space. The redesign has opened the first floor up so expansively that it causes one to wonder what’s holding the second floor up. The menu is meant to “focus on classic American cuisine,” which calls into question the prominent placement on said …
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Image: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, gardentheatre.org
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Folk Fest, Lunar New Year Fest and Theatre


Last year’s Indie-Folkfest 2016 drew thousands to celebrate local music, artists, food and community and this year…the organizers expect at least one more thousand to add to the thousands from last year… Unless it rains. Then Orlando locals roll up into balls and stay home. Ugh. Join the Indie Folk Fest again while they showcase local, national and regional art, music and culinary talent in the beautiful lakeside Sculpture Garden of The Mennello Museum Saturday noon to 5 at Mennello Museum of American Art. Last year, seventy-five hundred locals enjoyed Asian cultural performances, Arts and Crafts, exotic food and exhibits during the Lunar New year Festival and Dragon Parade. This year, it’s back! The parade will start behind Orlando Fashion …
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