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Spotlight: The Boathouse At Disney Springs


I finally had a chance to try out the food at the Boathouse, the first major Disney Springs restaurant that opened in April. What took me so long? Well, I wasn’t looking forward to shelling out 21 bucks for fish tacos or 29 clams for for a lobster roll. Even a “classic burger” demands $18. So when I was invited to attend a wine luncheon, I said yes. And I was most anxious to try that Lobster Roll. A lobroll, of course, is a sandwich, a fairly simple one at that, with a lobster salad — steamed lobster meat chopped and tossed with mayonnaise and celery — on a toasted and buttered bun, most usually a mere hot dog bun …
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Food & Wine and Star Wars Universe by Doug


The Downtown Food and Wine Festival brings 30 restaurants and 30 thousand people to a Lake Eola Park for all-day noshing and boozing this Saturday noon to 9 and Sunday noon to 7. Full disclosure for the third year in a row I am one of the judges. So if you see me cutting in line, waving at fans and taking selfies with my mahi mahi gnocci, say hey girl. The Port Canaveral Seafood Music Festival is all weekend long featuring seafood and outdoor fun. It all takes place at Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. For more information go to portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com Local legendary artists Doug Rodehamel, featured at The Daily City’s Cardboard Art Festival the past 2 years, will be …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Litlando


The news is full of headlines about the rising costs of education. As college tuition spirals ever upward, soaring student debt has become a national concern. And many are discouraged from post-collegiate study purely because of the price tag. So maybe this group of Orlando writers, poets and publishers has the right idea: The Litlando Creative Writing Conference, happening Saturday the 27th, bills itself as “the day-long literary equivalent of an MFA for the frugal and possibly deranged.” There’s your first literary lesson: a perfect example of hyperbole. It may be a slight exaggeration, but the organizers of Litlando have lined up a full day of lectures, workshops and panels that anyone seeking a master of fine arts in creative …
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Spotlight: The Sanctum In Mills 50


Anyone who questions whether there is a market for vegetarian restaurants only needs to visit The Sanctum, a new meat-freetery in the Mills 50 district.It seems that it is always packed. Admittedly, it doesn’t take a lot of people to fill the space, but still. It isn’t totally vegan but offers several items that can easily be veganized. And, despite what the menu says, it isn’t all plant based, either. In the case of the Mo’Rockin Bowl, real chevre was an optional add-on. This was a salad of mixed greens tossed with roasted beets spiked with harissa (wonderful). Calling another Green Bowl selection the Toasted Caesar would suggest someone had had a bit too much to drink when compiling the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FL DEP Proposal to use State Parks to Generate Revenue


On Feb. 13, a group of activists, concerned citizens and speakers gathered at Wekiwa Springs State Park to protest a Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposal to use state parks to generate revenue. It was one of many similar protests held in state parks around the state. There’s currently a plan on the table to allow hunting, as well as increased cattle grazing and timbering in state parks because, according to DEP secretary Jon Steverson, the parks could be doing more to earn their keep. According to Gov. Rick Scott’s office, state parks attracted about 27.1 million visitors in 2014 and they generate “nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact” for the state. But that’s not enough. Now the state …
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Spotlight: Saint Anejo + Tequileria


Saint Anejo is a new Mexican restaurant in Winter Springs, and in case you’re wondering, there doesn’t seem to have been a real Saint Anejo. Apparently, it’s a reference to tequila, anejo being the designation of the oldest-aged varieties. In my experience, tequila drinking has seldom led to saintly behavior, but there you go. So then, Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria (ah, now the name makes sense). It’s the latest attempt to bring something more than chain dining to the Winter Springs/Oviedo area. Not that this is anything close to fine dining, but it is more pleasant than your typical stereotypical Tex-Mexery. It’s even more Mex than Tex, though far from traditional Mexican cooking (any restaurant that lists fajitas …
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Dogs, Films, Music Legend and Folk Fest


5 dogs and a bird from Austin put on a live stage show involving a journey, a juggler and the Circus Chickendog’s Rehabilitation Home for Wayward Dogs in “Circus Chicken Dog” Thursdays thru Sundays now to February 21st at The Venue in Ivanhoe Village. For more info go to chickendog.net/stageshow. Short films play and you pay at the annual downtown Sanford Love Your Shorts Film Festival all weekend. For more info go to loveyourshorts.com. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does a fun community dog walk with dock diving, dog activity course, dog sports area and more Saturday 9 to 1 in Lake Eola Park. For more info go to pawsinthepark.org. Diana Ross is performing in Saturday night at Universal during …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Medical Marijuana Initiative Returning To 2016 Ballot


It’s official: The medical marijuana initiative is returning to the ballot in 2016. United for Care has collected more than enough verified signatures to put the issue up to a vote in November. So Floridians will get to decide on a constitutional amendment that would allow licensed doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients, in a presidential election that virtually guarantees high voter turnout. Ben Pollara, executive director of United for Care, said, “Every day, doctors prescribe dangerous, addictive, and potentially deadly narcotics to their patients but can’t even suggest the use of marijuana. Very soon, Florida doctors will finally have that option.” In 2014, Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030, also known as the Charlotte’s Web bill, making …
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